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New on 500px : Overload by AaronMPhoto by AaronMPhoto

After days spent hiking to a number of waterfalls, several breweries, and a few hours stuck in the snow, my 3 day trip to the Columbia River Gorge ended at Proxy Falls.

I arrived early so I could have time to figure out what compositions I wanted. The sun stayed behind the trees and out of the way until just after 10:30am, giving me over 2 hours to shoot with beautiful soft light. Once the sun came out I watched as the classic “light beams” came out. Ultimately I decided not to use those photos because I felt they distracted from the stunning waterfall!

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17mm, f/9, 0.8 sec, ISO 100

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New on 500px : whatever by DustinGent by DustinGent

I usually don’t do quotes – too cliche for my liking – but this actually is pretty powerful

“An interesting story that someone told me once is that in Belfast, by what street someone lives on you can tell not only their religion but tell how much money they’re making — literally by which side of the road they live on, because the further up the hill the more expensive the houses become. You can almost tell what the people are earning by the name of the street they live on and what side of that street they live on. That said something to me, and so I started writing about a place where the streets have no name….”

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New on 500px : Let It Shine by TjThorne by TjThorne


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I don’t have many chances to get out to nature currently. “Life gets in the way of living” kind of stuff. When my friend Tula invited me on a hike on one of the busiest trails in Oregon on the Fourth of July… I felt no hesitation about tagging along.

I think my favorite image from the day is this one right here. I was hanging out in a cave when I noticed the backlit ferns. Not thinking anything of it.. I just started shooting. I was lucky enough to catch the sun peeking through the space between the top of the cave and the opposing ridge line. Water dripping down the outside cliff face adds another pleasing element to the scene.

Yeah.. there was a line at the payment box in the parking lot. Yeah.. there was barely any parking. Yup… there was a highway of people walking up the trail and cooling off in the waters. Yes.. I shot Punchbowl Falls. But sometimes when you have those chances to get out and immerse yourself in natural beauty you just need to suck it up and let that opportunity shine.

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New on 500px : Golden Eagle by tulatop by tulatop

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Punch Bowl Falls · Eagle Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Bonneville · Oregon · USA

Morning sun gilds Eagle Creek and Punch Bowl Falls in resplendent aureate light.

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New on 500px : Spring Greens by SarahMarino by SarahMarino

The intense greens are one of my favorite things about the Columbia River Gorge in the spring.

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New on 500px : Gorton Creek Magic by scottyperkins by scottyperkins

Gentle cascades around moss-covered rocks in Gorton Creek in the Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon. Another taken with Joe Rossbach and Alex Mody on their recent workshop there.

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New on 500px : One Morning in Paradise by tulatop by tulatop

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Mossy Grotto Falls · Ruckel Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Bonneville · Oregon · USA

Exceptionally low flow on Ruckel Creek brought a rare opportunity for a long-coveted reflection shot of the falls, lending added serenity to the verdant glen of Mossy Grotto Falls.

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New on 500px : Panther Light-mare by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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I finally made the epic 3 hour (and some change) voyage to Panther Creek this weekend and it was definitely worth it, but man talk about tough shooting conditions! Intense spray accompanied by almost direct sunlight with scattered clouds. This photo was a rough one to put together; lots of multiple exposure blending, it didn’t turn out too bad though. All in all 7 hours of driving and several hours of post processing for one photo…. yikes haha, the things we do for photography.

Panther Creek Falls in spring light, Carson, WA


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