Stair Step Falls

I have no idea what the falls along Big Tumbling are named or if they ever have been named but this one sounded appropriate! All of them can be really beautiful but you have to be willing to get muddy and wet to shoot them. The river has cut a deep ravine into the mountain over the millennia and it is a long, steep climb from the narrow gravel road down to the water.

The river is a favorite among local fisherman so there are many worn paths down the banks but the footing is still pretty unpredictable. I scouted around the side of the road for several minutes trying to find the best route to reach these cascades. I finally came down a few hundred feet upstream and worked my way to them crawling over and under fallen trees.

The lighting in this particular spot turned out to be somewhat problematic. The foreground and far background were already catching the sun as it topped the mountainside to the right but the center frame was being shadowed by trees on the bank. A graduated filter plus a little luck (read as ‘passing cloud’!) prevailed and I got the right balance in just a few shots.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Tamron AF 10-24mm

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Topaz Adjust 5

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