You know what will help clear a Las Vegas-induced cold? Taking in the crisp and fresh air in the Mt. Hood region of Oregon. My good bud, Matt Kloskowski, is visiting town again (he works for onOne, Inc. – a Portland-based company) and so we rallied the troops to get some nature shooting under our belts. Joining us were Nicole, Brian, and Hudson. We decided on Little ZigZag Falls as our destination. With it being in the Mt. Hood region of Oregon, our hopes were high that we’d have some snow to include in our photos. Alas, there was plenty of snow… but it was the gross, dirty kind. Still, the water levels were lower than I had ever seen before, which made it pretty easy to cross the stream and photograph the actual waterfall from the other side. This was the first time I have had the opportunity to get this vantage point and made it count. As you may expect, the rate at which my lens got coated from spray was really high, so I had to device a timing system where I wiped my lens clean and kept it covered with my microfiber cloth before quickly clearing it, locking my focus, and exposing. It took a few attempts but I walked away with some keepers.
For this photo, I had my Sony a7R and Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens at around chest level. To help cut the reflection off of the rocks and water, I used a 77mm Formatt Hitech Circular Polarizer via a 72mm-77mm step-up ring. I was worried about micro-vibrations with the camera being so close to the falls but it was rock solid, thanks to my beastly Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. Stylization was done using a custom-built preset in Perfect Effects 9 by onOne, as well as some fine-tuning in Lightroom.