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This is a re post of a very similar image I posted last year. It is from another frame (the other can be seen on my website).
Story: I moved back to the Portland, Oregon area from Vegas a little over a year ago and since then I have been literally obsessed with the jaw dropping beauty of the Columbia River Gorge! It took moving to a desert to open my eyes (not that I did not think it was beautiful before).
The goal on this was the least obstructed shot possible from this angle. It took harnessing up and a small rappel to get it. I used my tripod and stuck it out on a tree limb hanging out of the top of the 120-150 foot cliff (straight down). I used the tripod at maximum length and used the timer to take the shots. Many attempts where made because I could not frame the image at all. I had to guess at where my camera was generally pointing. Bracketing for dynamic range (and such) was totally out of the question (thus the water on the falls is a tad hot).
For those who have not been here, this is about a 100 foot waterfall (the length the water falling) surrounded by walls around 150 feet tall in every direction (then above that mountainous steep terrain seemingly to the sky). Photos do not do it justice in any way! If you get close to the falls it roars so loudly that your ears can literally ring for days. It sounds like a freight train right next to you and feels even more powerful!
Lastly, it is amazing to spend any length of time here. You may see the occasional extreme Kayaker actually go off it! There was a couple guys who went off it a while back in a tandem Kayak and I think it may have been a world record. I talked with some of the guys and common injuries are: ruptured eardrums, spinal injuries, concussions, hernias... crazy stuff.
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