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Horsetail Falls, Winter Study by greglief Horsetail Falls, Winter Study by greglief
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Horsetail Falls (Columbia River Gorge, Oregon USA) generally looks something like this:



But it looked very different on this icy December day several years ago. There was a thick layer of ice and snow above the splash pool, and several brave people ventured out upon it to get a unique vantage point. (Look for the two red coats in the lower left corner of the frame.) This gave me an unexpected photo opportunity, because it is generally impossible to get a proper sense of scale for this 176 foot waterfall. I was doubly fortunate that they remained stationary during my 1/4 second exposure!

NOTE: When displayed at its default size, the photo may appear a bit "soft". FULL VIEW is highly recommended for better appreciation of detail.

(Nikon D90, Nikon 12-24 lens, circular polarizer, f/11 1/4 second, Bogen/Manfrotto tripod)

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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks stunning with the water coming down into the pool surrounded by ice and snow. The people also give a great sense of scale. :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree completely about the two people in the frame. I was very fortunate that they were crazy enough to venture onto the ice while I was setting up for my shot! :D
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cactusmumkate Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, thatīs very impressing :clap: :wow:
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Positively surreal. I keep looking for the Snow Queen from Narnia to be lurking somewhere behind the mist
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a frightening thought! Fortunately she was nowhere in the vicinity. :)
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Tanager Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy SHIT I've never seen horsetail look like that!! What year was this?
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Mid-December 2009.
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Erikku-Kun Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice to see this in black and white
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's nice with the greenery too, but there really wasn't very much green on this cold day. :D
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Erikku-Kun Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can imagine
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yulii Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
what a shot. love that !!!!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! :wow:
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
epic!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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pxfbird Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yet another beautiful winter waterfall! And I love the people in it... really gives a good sense of how tall the fall is. :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree. In my opinion, the [unexpected] people really made the difference here. :)
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db-imagery Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Photographer
loving these winter shots, greg!!..thanks for braving the elements to bring us these fine images:)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Doug!
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db-imagery Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Photographer
you're welcome!
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lawout16 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
wow, that's awesome! you're right, the people yield scale. the pool ice thickness says this may have taken awhile to develop. we florida boys don't know about such things. haha
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It actually developed fairly quickly... during the course of a couple days. There was a lot of water flow to assist in the process.
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lawout16 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
holy cow, that fast! incredible. brrrrr
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VicEberly Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
The only thing that would make this photo even cooler (no pun intended) is if the rime on both sides of the falling water connected to form a closed circle through which the water falls. Even so, this is a great capture, Greg!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed, Vic... that would have been very cool. (Pun unavoidable) :D
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innac Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Amazing!
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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innac Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
:)
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kram666 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
very nice photo :-)

"Turn on, tune in, drop out "
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Mark!
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
The snow and ice on either side of the waterfall make it so much more interesting and beautiful! And I like that the two figures are so unobtrusive.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree on all counts. :)
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ArchiHArt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mesmerizing :love:
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
WOW!!! That's a great picture!!! It's surprising how cold it gets through the Columbia River Gorge!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is not always that cold, but when the east winds barrel westward and hit a cold front, this is the result. :)
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
This is really eye-popping, a stunning view of the cascade. I'm glad you got those two guys in the picture because it shows how high up the falls go--and how thick the ice layer is below. Wonderful shot, Greg!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Jean! I'm surprised (but happy) that they ventured out onto the ice. :D
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
It looked thick enough to support a truck, but I'm sure there were thinned out areas as well. Ice can be deceiving.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It can be very deceiving. In my opinion, those people were crazy to be standing out there!
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Very crazy, for sure. But if I were 20-something, I would do it in a heartbeat! When I was a kid, everything was "I dare you...." and we used to do some pretty dangerous and appalling things. Ah, but it was fun!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hear you loud and clear. Actually I still take a few risks while hiking/bushwhacking, but I have cut way down on those. Not out of fear, but for consideration of those who would rather not learn of my untimely and messy demise. :D
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
:lol: :laughing: :D :thumbsup:
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reclusive-aesthetic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
That is amazing. Very beautiful, yet very dangerous if you get too close.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree completely. I wouldn't have gone out there!
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reclusive-aesthetic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah that ice and snow looks ready to fall out from under their feet.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Risky indeed!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how beautiful in winter!
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