At the Crossroads of Oblivion by Tula Top

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At the Crossroads of Oblivion by 

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Latourell, Oregon, USA

  • Canon 5DII, 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 42mm, CPL, ISO 200, f/8, 0.6s
  • Monochrome conversion in Silver Efex Pro 2
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Physician and passionate nature photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, USA.

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 3 years ago

    The human psyche never ceases to amaze me. As I was setting up my camera to shoot Shaft, this gentleman gave me a quick glance as he walked past and then promptly scrambled down the path to the falls directly in front of me. No hi how are you doing or what are you up to or will I get in your shot (he did, obviously). He made his way to the base of the falls, shot a quick look skyward with hands on hips, then tended to his cell phone the remainder of his time there.

    I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on the guy—after all, who could possibly be bothered with the trivialities of nature when the grandeur of our electronic devices demand our ministration?

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 3 years ago

    ROFL, tourists.( shakes head)….. in this case it actually helps to have him in the shot, shows scale. Nice!

  • True that…I just wondered why he couldn’t have been a bit more courteous. I’d have been happy to have sent him a print if he was a considerately willing participant, lol…

    – Tula Top

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    very wonderful…mono shot!!! ha. that’s a fun scene for views treat. awesome RB piece.

  • Thank you very much, LisaBeth! Even though he was a bit inconsiderate, I like the sense of scale he lent to the scene. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Yelena Rozov
    Yelena Rozovover 3 years ago

    When this photo popped up, somehow I know it was yours! What a beautiful work and amazing capture Tula!
    I actually thought you planned to have this guy in the frame :). I like it!

  • Appreciate the tremendous compliment immensely, Yelena! Haha, I’d have paid the guy five bucks to get the guy in the image, but he ended up doing it ‘for free’, lol.

    – Tula Top

  • AkaleiKilikina
    AkaleiKilikinaover 3 years ago

    This is wonderful! :D

  • Thank you, Akalei! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • Cheers, Michele. Thanks so much!

    – Tula Top

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghover 3 years ago

    I’ve had a similar thing happen to me here, was taking beach shots, had set up ready to press go and guess what happened… Oh well he made a good silhouette (haha)…
    I do like this shot though, it certainly puts the size of this place into perspective…

  • Thank you, Sharon. Indeed, his inconsiderateness was my gain! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonover 3 years ago

    Well, he does show the scale of the falls:) Awesome image!!

  • Thank you, Kim! Indeed, he does…just wished he’d been more mindful of others around him. Catching him texting was the icing on the irony cake. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 3 years ago

    oh oh can I be in your next awesome shot so I can get a free print? :):) I promise to be courteous lol

  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep, now… ;)

    I’d love to have you in one of my ‘awesome’ images someday—it’d make it even awesomer! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 3 years ago

    And I can’t but help think beam me up Scotty.. sorry, I’m a trekkie :)

  • Don’t be sorry, it’s what I think of, too, but I wanted to give it a little extra meaning beyond the more patent first impression. Live long and prosper, my dear. ;)

    – Tula Top

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