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Watson Falls by greglief Watson Falls by greglief
Thank you for taking the time to visit my gallery. Faves and comments are always appreciated! Also, I invite you to download this image to use as desktop wallpaper. Please respect my work by not printing, selling, or reposting it.

Watson Falls is located along the North Umpqua River east of Roseburg, Oregon. It plunges 272 feet, and is the third highest waterfall in the state of Oregon.

It is also virtually IMPOSSIBLE to photograph any closer than this downstream vantage point. I tried many spots, including on the cliff at the end of the trail directly adjacent the waterfall, and only succeeded in getting my camera and my body thoroughly drenched by the relentless spray. {sigh}

Directions can be found at the "Thundering Waters" site.

If you enjoy this photo, please take a few moments to visit my Waterscapes gallery.
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Beautiful!
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur welcome ^^
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Bobby01 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot mate! What a beautiful spot! I think this may have been the best spot to shoot from anyway, those smaller falls with the mossy rocks add so much interesting detail to the foreground :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your kind words! It was indeed a nice spot, but unfortunately it de-accentuated the height (83 meters). I shall have to try again from the side.
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Bobby01 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It always seems to be the way! Even with wide angle lenses its really hard to portray the scope of high waterfalls without them looking either small or extremely flat! Still I think this is a great shot, look forward to seeing the side on version :)
Oh and thanks for the :+fav:'s!! Really appreciate it :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
True... wide-angle lenses are fantastic (I use mine most of the time), but the simple fact is that they can distort the subject. They are particularly nasty for people shots. :(
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Bobby01 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha yeah they're not exaclty what you'd call a portrait lens! I use mine all the time though, expecially on holidays...hoping to get some waterfall shots up soon as I hiked down to one over the weekend, was quite a hike! And when we gotr down to the bottom the wind and the spray made it impossible to get close to it without getting my gear all drenched! Its a challenging subject to photograph! ;p
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Tanager Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, you found yourself one hell of an angle. Perfect shutter speed, seriously.
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for your kind words!
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DerekMgrfx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
nice, gotta put this on my list of falls to see.
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is absolutely worth a visit. This photograph does not do justice to the waterfall's height and grandeur. It's a tough one to document properly.
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DerekMgrfx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'll have to go there and use some of my ingenuitive magic.
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Excuses, excuses! Nice photo anyway!

Walt
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"Excuses, excuses!" -- :lol:
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Jadaya Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Wow! Such a beautiful place and amazing shot! :heart:
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! My photograph does not do this waterfall justice... it is MUCH taller than one would think from this.
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Jadaya Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Even if it doesn't, it's amazing! It feels like holiday to look at it :D
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Marce, Leathurkatt's mom. She was showing me some of her fav pics, and this was one of them. I almost choked. I was at this very spot with her father and his parents in early 1974 while I was pregnant (7 months) with her. Her father climbed all over this trying to get me a log to take home for my rock garden. I got so upset because I was afraid that he was going to get hurt, that he and his parents were afraid I was going to go into labor right then and there. That was the only thing that got him to stop. Thanks for the memories, this is one of my favorite places I have ever been. We live in Tacoma, WA and his parents were living in McMinnville, OR at the time.
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW! Thank you very much for sharing this story with me. I am glad that nobody got hurt on that trip! :)
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD There's all sorts of fun stories in my family. My mother knows many of them and I keep trying to get her to just sit down and write them all down. My father's side of the family have quite a long history in the area, from a Riverboat Captain on the Columbia in the mid 1800's, to the turn of the century logging expeditions. Long history spanning at least 200 years that I'm aware of.
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HolzOnkel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student Photographer
Awesome. Makes me with i could see in situ.
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I assure you that, as is the case with nearly all of my photos, these places are much nicer in person. :D
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HolzOnkel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Photographer
Well, of course. A picture hardly can capture everything connected to the place. Which doesn't mean the picture is bad, it just means that it is limited to your eyes.
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well put! It is also limited to the physical constraints of the camera, which is generally even more limiting than the eyes. :)
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HolzOnkel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Photographer
True, true. I guess the overall resolution of an eye still beats any cam. ;)
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abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sooooooooo beautiful!!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful
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