Pacific Crest Falls III by Tula Top

Unnamed creek · Pacific Crest Trail · Columbia River Gorge · Cascade Locks · Oregon · USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL · 3-stop ND · 8-point star filter
  • 20mm · f/16 · 0.6s – 30s · ISO 100
  • Four images manually blended in CS5
    (Better seen large)

From the same shoot as Pacific Crest Falls II, this angle provides a more accurate sense of the rugged cascade’s height as well as a view of the top tier of PCF, which I usually omit due to the strong backlighting from the midday sun. It thus also represents my first reasonably successful (and perhaps most laborious) attempt at hand-blending a scene involving a brightly lit sky contrasted with deep recesses of shadow. The scramble path up the talus slope to the base of the lower tier skirts the left side of the cascade as seen from here.

Physician and passionate nature photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, USA.

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topalmost 3 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice capture Tula

    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you, Sylvia. :)

    – Tula Top

  • CJTill
    CJTillalmost 3 years ago

    Another wonderful image Tula.

  • Much appreciated, my friend.

    – Tula Top

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Kim!

    – Tula Top

  • Astrid Ewing Photography
    Astrid Ewing P...almost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work Tula!

  • Very kind of you, Astrid! Glad you like it. :)

    – Tula Top

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow amazing depth Tula, and another Paradise capture so beautiful!

  • Thanks, Tina! One of my favorite falls for the sheer fact that you can climb it (to a point)!

    – Tula Top

  • Roddy Atkinson
    Roddy Atkinsonalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Tula and with scenery like that you are in LOTR!

  • Haha, thanks, man…though I still think your adventures in Iceland are on a whole other level!

    – Tula Top

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 3 years ago

    A very beautiful falls Tula, love the light and shadows :o)x

  • Thank you, Josie. I tend to avoid harsh lighting in waterfall shots, but I think some new processing techniques I’ve picked up along the way will lead to taking on more challenging, contrasty scenes such as this. We’ll see how it goes… Cheers! :)

    – Tula Top

  • YogiColleen
    YogiColleenalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! Amazing falls! Great capture!! So beautiful!

  • Thanks again, Colleen! Always immensely appreciate your kind words!

    – Tula Top

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