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New on 500px : Spring Layers by BrandtM by BrandtM

This is a reprocess from two seasons ago using my current workflow. I have photographed this same comp. four or five times since, but have never come close to the combination of light, color and layers that were captured here.

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New on 500px : Panther Mist by snyder7 by snyder7

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This is Panther Creek Falls in the Gifford-Pinchot Forest in Washington State. And this another image from my recent trip to the Olympic Peninsula and the Columbia Gorge, with fellow photographer Ted Gore. On this day, we were also with two Canadian photographers Rob Lafreniere and Justin Grimm.

Getting to the falls is a bit tricky, and nearly impossible to find if you’ve never been there before, or are going with someone that has. You pretty much park on the side of the road, and walk down an unmarked trail. At the bottom of the trail, you need to find a spot to scramble down to this vantage point, or you could stay up and shoot them at a weird, side angle.

Given that it had rained pretty hard for the past 2 days, the flow on all the waterfalls in the Gorge was pretty strong. On this morning, the spray from the falls themselves was ridiculous. I was wearing waders, rubber boots and a gore-tex jacket. I pretty much looked like an Umpa Lumpa. However, anything that was exposed, was soaking wet after just a few moments.

I ran out of dry cloths to wipe my lens dry, so I used my rocket blower to dry the front of the lens as best as possible, and stuck the camera into a zip lock plastic bag. The idea was to compose and get ready to shoot as soon as you pressed the shutter button. This was the only workable photograph from that day. Everything else is covered in water drops.

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New on 500px : Rusting In Beauty by BrandtM by BrandtM

So I finally found “The Car”. Last year I drove all over The Columbia Hills State Park looking for “The Car”, to no avail, I drove back and forth, up and down, hiked around without success. Then over the winter I decided to try to track down “The Car” on Google Earth. Well I found it, there is was sitting just yards from where I drove, parked and walked, mocking me from it’s hillside perch. This year I returned, and within minutes I found my prize, and it didn’t disappoint. Though “The Car” has been photographed by many more before me and smarter than me (they obviously had far less trouble finding it), it didn’t disappoint. How perfect, an abandoned rusting car sitting on a flower filled hillside overlooking the Columbia River valley. Michael Brandt Photography
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New on 500px : Awakening by BrandtM by BrandtM

I am fortunate to live on the edge of the Palouse and eagerly await its awakening each spring. Sometimes it seems that it will lay dormant forever, then a few days of warm weather and it seems to just suddenly emerge from it’s slumber. It is finally that time of year, and from here on out the fields will rapidly grow and present a tapestry of greens and hues that will change almost daily, a photographers dream. Michael Brandt Photography
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New on 500px : As Far As The Eye Can See by MilesSmithIII by MilesSmithIII

Sunrise in the Palouse section of eastern Washington looking out over the endless wheat fields between Pullman and Colfax.
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New on 500px : Flower Eruption by BrandtM by BrandtM

The flowers are phenomenal at the Columbia Hills State Park this year. A beautiful place to spend a couple of days basking in spring’s glory. Michael Brandt Photography
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