Massive waterfalls are kinda “the thing” when you’re in the Columbia River Gorge and I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when I found myself driving on a brand new, perfectly smooth road that lead seemingly to the middle of no where. That is, until I reached the turn-off for Panther Creek Falls and find myself staring at this behemoth of a waterfall.
When you arrive you find ourself at the top of a a viewing platform, just above the cliff on the far right. You look down at the waterfall and just stare in awe. You’re lucky if you can manage to croak out “Holy Crap!” The route down to the bottom of the falls is a bit hidden and a bit tricky ... and lets not forget STEEP! For those of you who think I wreck trails, there was no wreckage done here (Andy made it up perfectly fine behind me!).
When I got to the bottom I looked in my camera bag and realized my wide angle lens was back at the car. Too lazy and running out of light I decided to borrow Andy’s camera instead. I made sure to stay wide, capture the multiple sections of waterfall, and tried to catch some of the stream below the falls. Despite focus stacking and bumping the ISO, I couldn’t avoid some of the leaf blur due to the windy conditions. As it got dark we had to head back up the hill. Lets just say that by the time we made it up I was ready for a good meal and a deliciously cold beer!
Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
16mm, f/9, 1.0 sec, ISO 400
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