I decided to take a trip down to the Columbia Gorge today and shoot some obligatory waterfall shots. In under an hour from Portland, there are so many places to explore. Plus, during the week, there’s hardly anyone around.
I ended up at Elowah by looking at a map, picking a random waterfall, and heading out the door. I’ve been to the falls before, but I couldn’t find any shots in my archives, so it ended up being a good “random choice”.
Waterfalls can be tricky. Without a person or other reference point in the shot, it’s hard to understand the size of everything. Rocks and water always look like rocks and water, no matter how big they are. This can turn a 300 foot waterfall into a 10 foot waterfall.
In the center photo, I tried keep this from happening through a couple of techniques. First of all, I’m a sucker for ultra-wide angle lenses. But too wide on this shot would have reduced the size of the waterfall too much. So, I didn’t go too wide on the shot, but just wide enough to get a bit of bridge railing for size reference. I also let a some water droplets collect on the UV filter to illustrate the power of the waterfall’s spray. Hopefully, these things come together to convey that this waterfall is almost 300 feet high!