Bridal Veil Falls is a relatively short and easy hike in the Columbia River Gorge. I ended up going there twice in the span of a week. It’s quite pretty in person, but very difficult to do justice in photos. That may be why there aren’t any iconic shots that come to mind when you hear the name.
I was struggling to do a straightforward edit, so I decided to try Topaz Impressions for the painterly look. I like to reduce the opacity of the effect, so the details still come through.
This post is going to be full of DSLR photos from Oneonta Gorge, and the first one isn’t mine.
I decided to try something different out at these falls, because there aren’t a lot of vantage points in this slot canyon, and the two people I was traveling with, Mital Patel and Susan Holt, both were raving about Andrew Studer’s shot (below) because of the beams of light in it. I feel like if someone already has a shot that everyone is talking about, you need to try to think outside of the box to create something unique.
I’ve actually crossed paths with Andrew a couple of times now, since moving to Oregon. He’s a nice young guy that has a lot of passion for photography. Check him out on IG @studercinema
Back to the point of the post…as I stood in the gorge, searching for different compositions, my attention kept coming back to all of the lines in the scene. That gave me the idea to do some handheld panning with a slower shutter speed, to create some abstracts.
These images are different, and hopefully stand out, among the many taken at this location. I can’t recall ever seeing any abstracts done here. I was hoping the impressionist style would make the scene feel unreal, because thats kind of how it felt being there.
I don’t think any photos could ever do this place justice. There is such a magical quality to this gorge that is hard to convey. I think part of the magic comes from the adventure that it takes to reach the falls. You’ll climb large rocks, walk across fallen logs like its an obstacle course, and wade through some deep water with your gear above your head. Definitely go, if you have the chance, but be prepared to get wet.
I’m on the road again…or am I returning home? Either way, I got talked into going to Ashland, OR for an extended weekend visit. My aunt was nice enough to come stay with my grandma so I could get away and take some photos in Oregon.
I thought I would share this photo of Multnomah Falls from nearly 2 years ago so you could experience some of Oregon’s beauty too. I shot this with my old Nikon D60 and just got around to editing it yesterday when I saw it in my archives. Edited with Topaz and Nik plugins, along with luminosity masks.