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Multnomah Falls, Vertical Winter Study by greglief Multnomah Falls, Vertical Winter Study by greglief
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Multnomah Falls (Columbia River Gorge, Oregon USA) -- no tourists in sight on this icy January day!

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 D70, Nikon 12-24 lens, circular polarizer, f/18, 1/3 second, Bogen/Manfrotto tripod)

Horizontal Study:



It looks a bit different during autumn...



More winter waterfalls for your chilly viewing pleasure...

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:iconpaulswiatkowskiphoto:
PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply beautiful! I wanted to hit the waterfalls in my area this winter but we've had little to no snow, bizarre for NY!
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Paul! I agree... the lack of winter snow in NY makes no sense whatsoever. :(
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artsangel24 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice icy waterfall! It's seens very high too!
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Wow! Mega Cool... Icy even. What a magical place. You must have had a cold hike for your art!
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Moohoodles Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Never seen this place in the Winter, looks amazing :3
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is amazing any time of year, but winter can be spectacular (and very cold). :)
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Moohoodles Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed :) I can only imagine! The ice and frost looks glorious! Very cold sounds very good right now; I recently moved to Australia, and this Summer is hotter than what I'm used to! I should be in the snow right now, haha.
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IrishBuffaloGirl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot!!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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StarwaltDesign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Breathtaking!:clap:
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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MajesticPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What got me was the little bridge..
So naturally, I HAD to fave all 3 :dummy:

FANTASTIC WORK! :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! Standing on that footbridge generally means getting wet from the spray of the waterfall, but it is fun. :)
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MajesticPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, you deserve it! :meow:
And that must feel amazing during the summer! :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, it is very refreshing during the summer! :D
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Aguswu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Great image.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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pxfbird Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgot to say in my first comment that this would look great on a post card!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It does indeed look good in print!
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pxfbird Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great! I looked at the horizontal view first, then the autumn, but I think I like this one best. Great job!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Wow, this really had me fooled for a minute. It looks like a B&W but I can see faint, subtle winter colors. It's just an amazing shot, something we don't see around here. Do you know how high the total waterfall cascade is?
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Jean! I considered grayscale conversion (a la Koosah Falls), but decided to leave it in color because of the slight tinges of green. The tall drop is 542 feet, and the lower (but in my opinion more photogenic) drop is 69 feet. There is a very slight elevation difference between the two. The total height is listed by various sources as 620 - 627 feet.
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
It's beautiful the way you photographed it, just with a tiny bit of winter color. I think subtle shades like that can bring out the real structure, the "bones" of the waterfall without all the eye candy of colorful summer or autumn leaves. Some things should be seen without any other distractions, and this waterfall is one of them. Six hundred twenty feet is quite a drop! I would not go up there and look down. :no:
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for your thoughtful analysis. In terms of getting the character of a waterfall, winter may be the best time. In addition to the various distractions, the water flow is usually at its peak during the winter. Sometimes high water flow can render a waterfall less photogenic, though. For example, the relatively low water flow at White Branch Falls is what made it so photogenic. (Sorry for the verbose response!)

As to looking down from the top of Multnomah Falls, yes, it is a bit vertiginous!
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I know what you mean; too much water tends to make the things look washed out and blobby. I hate that!
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this looked familiar!
I remember the bridge way up there and the splendid waterfall that now is surrounded in snow.
This is beautiful as are all of your pictures!! Love it Lots!!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is my pleasure and thanks for showing us all the lovely things that Mother Nature has created!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I try my best. ;)
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trevg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow! I was just there last month and there was no ice or snow!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is entirely possible. This was taken a couple years ago. Traditionally there is a severe cold weather spell sometime between December and February, during which much of the Western Gorge is icy. The waterfalls are fantastic at that time, but driving to the Gorge (and walking near the waterfalls) becomes extremely hazardous. Yaktrax or something similar are highly recommended.
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11thDimensionPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Man, this is a really nice shot, Greg! :clap: You've taken some beauties from here. Can't wait to see this thing frozen over, myself.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It doesn't happen often... usually once a year for a brief period of time in the dead of winter. I have yet to see it completely frozen. That would be pretty wild! :D
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Tanager Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What! You didn't take this recently, did you?
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No... it was during the annual cold snap several years ago. I am looking forward to this year's recurrence. :)
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Tanager Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lol okay I'll take my coat back off then...

I've been there in cold weather but I've missed the nice ice formations. Great shot, BTW. Did you stitch together a few images, or have a wide angle lens?
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wide angle lens... this is a single shot. Keep your coat nearby... even if it isn't this icy, expect chilly weather if you visit the Gorge at this time of year.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow! I've been wanting to visit Multnomah for a while, and I'm thinking winter would be a great time to go. Excellent shot, Greg.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
cant beat tourist free at this location! love it when theres someone in a spot that you want..with a ten year old phone camera :|

beautifully done, Greg, are the trails accessible this time of year?
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Addam! Yes, the Gorge trails are all accessible (not in terms of ADA). Depending upon weather conditions, it is possible to encounter snow starting between 2000 and 3000 feet, but there are plenty of trails below that elevation. There is often snow on Mount Defiance and Larch Mountain.
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
welcome, Greg..and thanks for the info!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How beautiful!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, David!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome Greg
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LynxKitteh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Breathtaking :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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heavenbliss Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me of Rivendell bridge. scene with Aragorn and Arwen. though i dont know whether it could be so cold there)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope for Aragorn's and Arwen's sake that it never gets that cold at Rivendell! :)
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kram666 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
very nice photo :-)

"Turn on, tune in, drop out "
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