The Inadvertent Upper Lewis River Falls

The Inadvertent Upper Lewis River Falls

By |2014-12-30T19:35:39+00:00Dec 30th, 2014|

The temps are low, the weather is crap and I forgot to pack my Camelbak water reservoir.

That was the general thought bouncing around my head the other day as I aimlessly followed a path I assumed was a detour to Middle Lewis River Falls in Washington. I’m not sure what happened to the main path but I was greeted with a long strand of ribbon tape with a warning written in permanent marker indicating that it was closed and that I should follow the detour. At the time, I wasn’t sure whether the path I chose was the actual detour (in hindsight, it certainly wasn’t) but I followed it for what seemed like 143 miles. I just assumed that the trail would eventually lead me to the falls where I’d regroup with Brian and Nicole, who were in front of and behind me, respectively.

Alas, after about an hour of meandering up and down the trail while being positively drenched from the rain, I finally heard the clear roar of a waterfall in the distance. This filled me with renewed energy and a few minutes later, I was able to make out a waterfall. When I got there, I was expecting to see Brian scrambling across the rocky shore trying to get some photos without raindrops coating his lens. But, neither he nor Nicole were anywhere to be seen. No matter. I was here and I’d be damned if I didn’t get my fill of photos. Granted, it was not without its challenges as raindrops would begin coating my filter the second I removed my microfiber cloth. Still, with some perseverance and good timing, I was able to nab a few photos sans droplets.

With those photos in the bag, I packed up my gear and began the trek back to wherever we last saw each other. Why does it always seem faster when you’re returning from a trek than when you first set out on it? Along the way, I encountered two couples who seemed nice enough and before I knew it, I saw Brian in the distance with his arms stretched out and screaming, “Praise Jesus, you’re alive!” Apparently, he and Nicole decided to take their chances and scramble down a portion of the hillside that led them to Middle Lewis River Falls, our intended destination. And that’s where the comedy resides for me. I totally blazed right by Middle Lewis River Falls and inadvertently found Upper Lewis River Falls without even knowing that an Upper falls existed. I guess I’ll just chalk it up to one of those happy, and exhausting, accidents.

I took this photo with my Sony a7R and Sony FE 16-35mm lens. It was the first time I had the opportunity to put my new Formatt Hitech Firecrest filters to use. For this photo, I had mounted the 77mm Firecrest circular polarizer on using a 72mm-77mm step up ring. The CPL filter was absolutely critical in cutting out the crazy amount of glare on the water’s surface and haze from the lingering fog. Thankfully, everything was nice and sturdy with my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. I had my rubber feet on and had wished I brought my rock feet. They would have been perfect for that environment. Stylization was done by building a custom preset in onOne Perfect Effects 9.


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  2. Michael PA Fine Art December 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Is that snow on the tips of the trees? Great shot mate. Stay warm!

  3. Robert Lussier December 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Damn, dude. This is great. Love the mood.

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  5. Luis January 1, 2015 at 4:34 am - Reply

    A great photo, definitely worth printing large and hanging on a wall. Wish you all the best for 2015!

  6. Carole Powers January 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    How about that. Wonders never cease

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