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New on 500px : Dark Divide by MichaelBollino by MichaelBollino

Between Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens lies the Dark Divide, an area of dense forest and high ridges full of incredible creeks and waterfalls. The Dark Divide is the epicenter for mythology surrounding Big Foot. I couldn’t help feeling as though I had company while exploring this rarely shot area.

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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 : Miss Independent by ramij by ramij

Instead of catching fireworks on the 4th of July, I decided to take the 2 hour drive to shoot wildflowers on Mt. St. Helens. Thought I’d miss fireworks, but my trip on the way back was a “drive-through fireworks” display through the back roads of Washington. It seemed every home had their personal show going off in their backyard. Very cool experience on both fronts.

Technically, this one was an absolute bear to process. Something like 10 focus stacked shots and manually blending that took me longer than I’d like to admit. I wanted to get up close and personal with the wildflowers, which meant focus blending was critical for sharpness front to back. It’s not perfect but I couldn’t look at it any longer. I’ll definitely be back to this location again next year.

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New on 500px : Partly Sunny by DustinGent by DustinGent

Taken a few weeks ago, same trip as my last MSH shot – just a bit earlier. I over sharpened this one on accident/purpose – the thumbnail on 500px looked bad.. oh well 🙂

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New on 500px : The Golden Light, Palouse by SeanYan by SeanYan

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What I learned this week: Don’t upload photos using the “ProPhoto” color space. It’s great for printing but destroys color integrity on numerous monitors and internet browsers. Always use “sRGB” color space for web sharing.

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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 : Hydrotopia by MichaelBollino by MichaelBollino

Last week I was lucky enough to spend a very long and very eye opening day with Brian Kibbons exploring little visited locations in Washington State’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest. To say the least, it was the most excited I’ve felt about shooting waterfalls and creeks in a very long time. So much new ground to cover and explore. This image was taken in the most spectacular waterfall location I’ve visited and may surpass any location I’ve seen in the Columbia River Gorge. My mind was absolutely blown. Brian, with his photographic memory, drove us down seemingly endless miles of forest service roads, screeching to a halt when I saw a small pink ribbon tied to a tree. “This is our Spot.” We grabbed our bags and bushwhacked down a steep and burly hillside for a while before popping out just down stream from this falls. When I saw what we were heading for I just shook my head and started smiling. Can’t wait to get back into this area again.

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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 : Memories of Days Past by brianhiltz by brianhiltz

It seems it was only yesterday that I stood here, alone on the beach, after the storms passed. Like so many Washington mornings in March, the roads were wet as I drove through the rainy darkness, slowly sipping my coffee in eager anticipation of being near the water.

The inclement weather impeded my ability to shoot, so I missed my chance to capture a gorgeous sunrise. By the time the rain passed, the orange glow behind the distant islands had already disappeared, but in its place were dark clouds and a soft subtle light that filled the sky.

Today, as I look forward to my next trip to Washington, I can’t help but wonder… Will I be just as excited this time? Like the broken posts remaining from the pier that once stood there, I know there are parts of my life that are gone, and so many things have changed. Was this just a fleeting moment in time that only exists now through the memories I have in this image, or will I find that same feeling and fall in love with Washington all over again?

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