Falls Creek Falls I by Tula Top

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Falls Creek, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Carson, Washington, USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL
  • 22mm · f/16 · 0.8s – 10s · ISO 50
  • Seven exposures fused in Photomatix Pro · highlight recovery and fine-tuning in CS5

(Please view LARGE. Wish you could see it even larger, though!) ;)

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 3 years ago

    Of all the local waterfalls in this region, this is the one you really need to see in person to fully appreciate. In moderate flood here, Falls Creek Falls is a 207-foot (63m) beast whose sheer presence defies description, hence the video I’ve included. The falls emerges from a canyon cutting into the western edge of an expansive lava formation, roaring down three distinct tiers before settling out over a bouldery 30-foot (9m) rockslide that is largely inaccessible to view. What you see here are only the lower two tiers; the first tier is obscured from this main vantage point and are only briefly glimpsed through the trees on the way in. There’s an upper trail that takes you to the creek above the falls, but the upper tier still remains largely secluded from view.

    That said, the accessible portions of the falls are impressive enough. A modestly tricky scramble path will get you up close and personal with the middle tier (pics soon), but constant spray and swirling winds generated by the falls itself make it a challenge to keep the lens droplet-free. Conditions were pretty good from the main viewpoint on this particular day, however, and standing in the presence of Falls Creek Falls is always a welcome experience at the end of an easy, woodsy 1.7-mile (2.7km) hike.

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

    Ooh lucky no 7… nice very nice.. the area looks prehistoric. I cannot wait to see this for myself, saving my pennies for Spring!

  • It does put you in mind of something out of Lord of the Rings or something. Thanks, Ang!

    – Tula Top

  • KathyT
    KathyTover 3 years ago

    Beautiful result from the seven exposures, the quality of light and colours is gorgeous.

  • Thank you, Kathy. The highlights tend to be really bright compared to the rest of the scene here even when overcast, so the technique was borne of necessity.

    – Tula Top

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 3 years ago

    Wow, another corker Tula! Real depth and atmosphere to the composition! Stunning.

  • Thanks a ton, Peter! Always appreciated!

    – Tula Top

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonover 3 years ago

    Oh wow these are truly beautiful, as a confessed waterfall nut who has visited hundreds of drops these are a true standout, only issue with them is that they’re in the wrong country…. bummer. Thanks for sharing Tula, oustanding shot.

  • Huge thanks, Travis. Probably just a grass-is-greener phenomenon as I look at your Melbourne folder and salivate. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 3 years ago

    Sigh… I’ve run out of superlatives…

  • And I’ve run out of room on my face for this silly-huge smile… :) :) :)

    – Tula Top

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 3 years ago

    Whoooww…. what an amazing capture is this, Tula!
    Great colours and light; a FAV 4 me.

  • Thank you so much, Adri! Greatly appreciated! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Zane Paxton
    Zane Paxtonover 3 years ago

    Just gorgeous! You are an inspiration.

  • Thanks so much, Zane. Trust me, the feeling’s mutual!

    – Tula Top

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture of this gorgeous waterfall. Looks amazing !!

  • Thanks, Sean! It’s an incredible sight to see in person.

    – Tula Top

  • Andrew Dickman
    Andrew Dickmanover 3 years ago

    Absolutely seriously stunning shot, well done.

  • Thanks a ton, Andrew! :)

    – Tula Top

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