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New on 500px : Staircase Falls by RyanDyar by RyanDyar

I’m sure by now that many of you have seen my girlfriend’s awesome take on this little known, yet extremely impressive waterfall. We went out a couple weeks back with my buddy Chris to track down some waterfalls that were off the beaten path (for photographers anyway) and found some really awesome stuff. It felt great to see some stuff that’s not in the Columbia River Gorge, as this particular forest had an entirely different feel to it.

The low sloping angle coupled with the perspective from shooting this at 14mm makes it appear to be a rather small waterfall… but in reality this beauty is well over 100ft tall and cascades amazingly down this series of striated rock. Probably one of the coolest waterfalls I’ve had the chance to shoot. Kudos to Candace for bird dogging this one after researching hundreds of waterfalls.

Anyways, I recently released a tutorial video that covers some of the techniques I use in my processing, including techniques used in this photo. I also lead in-field workshops, teach processing online via Skype screen sharing, and blah blah blah.

Also, I’m happy to announce that I will be co-leading a tour in March with my friend Arild Heitmann! 10 epic days of chasing light across Norway. Mountains, beaches, beaches with mountains, Aurora, long arctic sunrises and sunsets. It’s destined to be the trip of lifetime!

You can check it all out at Ryan Dyar Photography.

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New on 500px : Emerald Cove by candacebartlett by candacebartlett

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This past weekend I decided to explore some lesser known waterfalls with my boyfriend Ryan and friend Chris Williams. With a bit of research and luck, I was able to track this one down and it stands out now as a personal favorite of mine as the area is incredibly lush and pristine.

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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 : oh my gush (ponytail falls, columbia river gorge) by maxvuong by maxvuong

Posted a few days ago on my facebook

First time in the PNW and I had a blast. I didn’t come away with much but I got to spend time with some awesome people. Thanks for letting me hang with ya’ll. And a huge thanks for the hospitality and for letting me crash at your pad. Oh, and it wasn’t poison oak. Just a water rash from swimming in my waders all day 🙂

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New on 500px : Neverland by ramij by ramij

Neverland – Columbia River Gorge, OR

What does this weekend have in store? Hopefully some more of this kind of action.

This is fairy falls, one of the more unique cascading falls in the gorge. Unfortunately someone decided to strip away the right side of the falls which was also covered in ferns. Kind of lame but forced me to think differently about composing a shot that would work.

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New on 500px : In Wonderland by KristinaWilson by KristinaWilson

“I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
– Lewis Carroll

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Happy Tuesday =)

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New on 500px : Green Dreams by KristinaWilson by KristinaWilson

“The hour of spring was dark at last,
sensuous memories of sunlight past,
I stood alone in garden bowers
and asked the value of my hours.”
– Roman Payne

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New on 500px : 40 x 20 by DustinGent by DustinGent

For those that have been following my work, or that know me personally, know that I don’t indulge on my adventures. Also, I don’t really have a lot of dialog that goes with my photos. 99% of the time I am ho-hum about it.

Well my friends, this falls deserves the deets. I know the word “remote” gets thrown around for street cred, but this place is no fuckin joke. Wassen Creek is the most remote place on the Oregon Coast, and possibly Oregon (that has a destination like this worthwhile visiting). For years, it was endangered of getting logged, much like Opal Creek was. In November of 2013, it passed protection from voters. It will remain wild! There has been no wildfire in here for I bet 150 years. Undergrowth is ridiculous.

The “main” route to this place calls for a minimum of 8 hours. However, my good buddy
Brian and I tried another way. Wrong idea. We planned on camping one night. We left the dip in point at 2:45pm and by 8:30pm, we had only gotten half way to the falls – maybe 1.5 miles in. The next day we broke down camp and left at 8am and didn’t reach the falls until a little after 10am. The lighting wasn’t the best, and the water was maybe 2 feet higher than any of the photos I had seen of this place, but was still magical nonetheless. Visiting a place that maybe less than 15 people a year see is really an experience.

We left the falls a little after noon and a few bad calls later, we were camping again on a creek. It is disheartening to go 3 hours and gain 700 feet of elevation in trail less forest to reach acres and acres of huckleberries, rotten trees, and a ton of rhodys out of the blue – to the point we were crawling on all fours for 100 yards. With a 40lb Gregory Baltoro 75 litre bag. Yes I need to re-evaluate my gear 🙂 We made a decision at 7pm to head back down the 700 hard ass feet in elevation we had worked for hours to gain, to get water (which we were super low on), and to try to get sleep.

We reached the creek in which it took us 2.5 hours to reach the first day. We actually were super lucky to find the location we camped at, as flat ground is non existent in this area, literally. I had to use my emergency blanket, and I had a Marmot down vest, pants and a 30 degree down bag. It was 39 degrees, but I was set up on the only level ground, 6 inches from the creek. We both were. Photos will be posted on my blog.

Now before I left, we were smart and let people know where we were going. We left on a Sunday and I worked on Tuesday at 8am. I have to say that REI is the BEST place to work – not just saying that because of the discounts. They were in contact with the sherifs office all day, and a special thanks to my wonderful wife, who started the whole “chain reaction”. I told her if I wasn’t back by midnight on Monday, to call it in. Same thing I told several people at work.

So when we left camp at 8am, I knew it was bad. The problem with this place is that the GPS only works maybe 50% of the time. Creek level, you are better off finding a money tree than getting a satellite feed. When we reached an “opening” in the tree line, it would “update” our track. So while we were checking where we needed to go, it would suddenly move our position. Yes, I had a topo map as well.

After 5 hours of super hard conditions, we came up maybe 10 feet from the truck! We were both super exhausted, low on water but high on spirits! We did hear a heli fly over maybe 40 minutes before we reached the summit.

Would I visit this falls again? I actually would. This area is super amazing, and I would love to visit in fall. In total, it took us 21 hours of action to reach this spot, and I would guess 2900 feet of brutal elevation gain to reach this place – all with 30-40 lbs on gear on our backs each.

I present to you the Devil’s Staircase.

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New on 500px : Darkroot Grotto by alexnoriega by alexnoriega

Diffused light filters in over a downright enchanting waterfall, situated deep in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.

This year is the year I’m finally getting some good forest shooting in – green has been conspicuously absent from my portfolio for too long. This spot’s been done before, but it’s still a damn special place. Thanks Teedge and Boolini for the good times en route and afterward!

Two exposures here – one ISO 100, 1s, f/16 for the base scene and water movement; one ISO 400, 1/8s, f/11 for depth of field and foliage movement.


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New on 500px : Toward Enlightenment by tulatop by tulatop

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Horsetail Falls Trail #438 · Columbia River Gorge · Dodson · Oregon · USA

Pacific forest moss- and licorice fern-flocked red alder flanking the zigzagging trail to Ponytail Falls seem to clamber relentlessly upwards in their determined quest for sunlight, raked even as they may be in the throes of a slow but graceful death.

Parallels in my line of work as a palliative care and hospice physician? Yeah, you might say that.

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