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Multnomah Falls, 120 seconds | by Zeb Andrews
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Multnomah Falls, 120 seconds

This is an older pinhole image of Multnomah Falls I took during the winter of 2006. I have always liked and disliked this shot. I really like the mood to this shot, but unfortunately I underexposed it by about a stop. It was already about a two minute exposure and it could have used about five minutes instead. But ah well, photograph and learn, eh? Anyway, I have always been a bit turned off by the dense shadows, or rather the lack of detail in them, which is why I wish I had exposed it a bit longer. But this was a pretty amazing day to be at the falls which I remember quite well. Not only was the fog obscuring the top of the falls, lending a sense of the impending to the scene, but the water level was the highest I think I have ever seen here. I remember my first thought upon getting out of the car (and still in the parking lot) was this is what it must sound like to stand at the end of a runway while a passenger jet is taking off. The roar was so loud it almost made conversation impossible, not that I had anybody to talk to this day anyway, and even if I had, we would have been so engrossed by the falls, conversation would have been a distant second option.


So I have spent over a year now occasionally coming back to this picture, tweaking it a bit, trying to mold it into something just right and always falling a bit short. And it still is, but at the same time, I like it still.


Taken with my Zero Image pinhole.


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Taken on March 4, 2008