Lower Lewis River Falls by Tula Top

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Lewis River, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cougar, Washington, USA

  • Canon 5DII · 24-70mm f/2.8L · CPL · 3-stop ND
  • 24mm · f/11 · 1/8th to 4s · ISO 50
  • Six exposures fused in Photomatix Pro · highlight recovery via layer masking in CS5

(Definitely better viewed LARGE, in my estimation. Thanks!!)

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topabout 3 years ago

    Who says you can’t shoot a waterfall in broad daylight? Well, you can, but it’s gonna take some fancy post-processing to preserve the highlights in the highly reflective whitewater (oy). In any case, Lower Lewis River Falls is the seaward-most of a trio of tumbles along a 3.3-mile (5.3km) stretch of the Lewis River, whose waters drain into the mighty Columbia and ulteriorly into the Pacific Ocean. The Lower Falls is just a hop, skip, and jump from the lower trailhead, with multiple viewpoints along the steep canyon rim (such as the one from which this image was made) as well as several scramble paths that allow access to the river immediately up- and downstream from the falls. The submerged rocky ledge lining the splash pool is a favorite perch for swimmers and sunbathers looking to beat the summer heat, and I’ve even seen a couple of daredevils take the 43-foot (13.1m) plunge from the top of the falls feetfirst into the cool emerald waters below. None for me, thanks.

    I’m including an image below from the previous year that has people in it for scale’s sake, as it’s difficult to get a true appreciation for the enormity of this falls without a solid reference. Granted, it’s no Niagara or Victoria, but it’s still an impressive cascade around these parts, and when the river is high the rocky cliff is completely obscured by seething, deafening whitewater. As a result of the tumultuous flow, each year brings new variations on the collection of fallen timber that adorns its southern flank, each log a legitmate telephone pole candidate (or two!) in its own right.

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyabout 3 years ago

    stunning! what a fabulous place! and thanks for the description in the comment explaining those huge timbers!

  • Thank you, Nadine! Yeah, it’s easy for people unfamiliar with the falls to assume the placement of the timbers was deliberate given how orderly their placement looks.

    – Tula Top

  • Jennifer Hulbert-Hortman
    Jennifer Hulbe...about 3 years ago

    And you didn’t stop buy the house on your way out to say hello!!! LOL. : ).
    Great capture 2la. This is one of my favorite waterfalls. Great post processing.
    Glad you took all the peeps out. Sept 29th is my dday. : (
    Will head out this weekend for one last vacation. Hopefully I can get a pic or two before the dreaded day…take care and keep me well entertained please!!!
    : ) Jen

  • Lol, somehow I knew that was coming… :D I lucked out as it was a cool day and no one apparently was in the mood to take a dip in the cool waters, so no peeps in the pic. Sending good vibes your way and hope you have a great photo session before the date! :) :)

    – Tula Top

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 3 years ago

    Wow, this is superb Tula!!! Favourite!! Gorgeous photography and love the aspect!! :)))

  • Many thanks for the visit and fave, Vicki! Cheers!

    – Tula Top

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleabout 3 years ago

    Looks like trout heaven, Tula! AMR
    p.s. thanks for the tech notes!!

  • Thanks, AMR! And no problem on the tech notes…I’ve learned so much from people here, the least I can do is try to reciprocate. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Kymie
    Kymieabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully done, what a gorgeous spot

  • Yes, it is, Kymie! And thank you! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture…love this POV Tula

  • Much appreciated, Larry! Always love to see the hummingbird. ;)

    – Tula Top

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonabout 3 years ago

    Oh so dreamy! What amazing places you have to go to! I love your end result of all that processing…I’m still struggling with getting a natural look with all the blending:)

  • Thanks so much, Kim! If you’re interested in more detailed descriptions of the process, I’m happy to share…just shoot me a B-mail. :)

    – Tula Top

  • yampy
    yampyabout 3 years ago

    This is awesome

    Love this Superb shot :)

  • Thanks, my friend, and for the fave, too!

    – Tula Top

  • Nasko .
    Nasko .about 3 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic capture, great colors, composition and balance.

  • Many thanks, Nasko. Appreciate the fave as well!

    – Tula Top

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