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Upper Butte Creek Falls by Tula Top

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Butte Creek Falls Trail · Scotts Mills · Oregon · USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL · 3-stop ND
  • 20mm · f/14 · 6s – 25s · ISO 50
  • Three exposures layered in CS5
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Physician and passionate nature photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, USA.

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 2 years ago

    Not my strongest work, I’ll be the first to admit, but a salvageable piece from a frustrating day that started off with some sort of field crew doing work that entailed rappelling down this falls as I was attempting to photograph it. So off I went to the lower falls downstream…to be followed shortly thereafter by said crew gathering at the top of that falls. Okaaaaaaaaay…so I pack up and head back to the upper falls…only to be trumped by a fellow photographer who must’ve managed to stake claim to the vantage point from which I was hoping to shoot just after the workers had left.

    Sure, I could’ve waited for him to finish, but by then my spirit had been broken, and my hope of getting an original take on this falls had been dashed against the rocks. I don’t begrudge him his fortunes, obviously; it just felt like one of those days for me, so I packed up my toys and went home to pout. Fortunately, our next day’s trek to Mossy Grotto Falls made up for this day of disappointment…in spades (pics coming down the pike)! :)

  • Chris Ferrell
    Chris Ferrellover 2 years ago

    Great work anyway Tula, I just got back from Oregon on a two week vacation I wish I had contacted you but we got some good hikes in and great photos. Keep up the good work.

  • All good, man, and thanks as always! Hope you had a terrific time here!

    – Tula Top

  • Leon Heyns
    Leon Heynsover 2 years ago

    Very pleasing, well done

  • Many thanks, Leon!

    – Tula Top

  • David Murphy
    David Murphyover 2 years ago

    you did well mate….an always impeccable art piece, no matter the intrusion!

  • Generous as always, my friend, and greatly appreciated as always.

    – Tula Top

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghover 2 years ago

    Still an awesome image mate!!!!!

  • Too kind of ya, matey! Muchas gracias. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 2 years ago

    Very nice!! I love the composition and colour you have achieved.

  • Thanks a ton, Peter! Polarizer really helped enrich the colors nicely.

    – Tula Top

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Stunning falls, love this vantage point Tula, wonderful foreground rocks with moss :o)x

  • Thanks again, Josie…would’ve gotten my feet a bit wetter if I’d had the spirit for it, but there were enough stepping stones around to keep mostly dry here. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    This work is well worth the trip Tula…Beautiful image…..

  • Thanks, my friend…at barely a mile round-trip to see two nice falls, it’s definitely a huge bang-for-your-buck trail.

    – Tula Top

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaover 2 years ago

    Great shot and POV.

  • Thank you, Michele. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    YOUR spirit broken,Tula!!!?? Can’t believe that, but I do understand your feelings about those interlopers! It’s still a nice scene.

  • Thanks kindly, Bette, but I have my moments just like the next guy…maybe even more than my fair share, lol. :)

    – Tula Top

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