I’m featuring three photos from a hike I did to Twin Falls. This particular Twin Falls is located just outside of North Bend, Washington. North Bend is located in The Snoqualmie Valley east of Seattle as you climb into the Cascade Mountain Range. There are a number of hiking trails in the valley many of them ascending into the mountains that encircle the valley. The hike to Twin Falls is considered a milder hike compare to most of the others. The trail takes you along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River through beautiful forests until you reach the falls. It isn’t two water falls side by side, but two waterfalls one right after the other.
From a photo shoot, I will take numerous shots of the same subject to make sure I have covered all angles and captured what I am visualizing in my mind. Once you look at your results, the next step is narrowing it down to the final print. I talked about this last week and wanted to give additional examples this week.
I have attached 4 photographs of a waterfall in the Cascade Mountains near North Bend, Washington.
The setting is incredible and the beauty of the area tells it’s own story. I am trying to capture the upper and the lower falls together. This shot just didn’t grab me.
Almost the same, just slightly different…still not quite what I was visualizing. Recognizing that from my angle, I wasn’t gong to get a shot that included both levels of the falls in the manner I was looking for. Once I realized that, I focused on the lower waterfall.
This is the type of framing I was looking for and really like the presentation. No cropping was required and no adjustments to color, etc.
Waterfall 4 looks identical to 3. Looking back and forth, I started thinking they were so identical it didn’t matter. Both framed the power of the water in a manner that I was looking for. The beauty of the setting was front and center and told a story. How did I decide which one? It’s all in the details…snapped just seconds apart, look at the mist in the upper pool on both. In 4 it is slightly higher than in 3 creating just a tad more of an important element. Here’s the interesting part; I had not studied them in that detail. I kept looking back and forth and my instinct told me 4 was a just a little more interesting. Then I went into the detail to determine why. I’m a firm believer in following my instinct, but I also want to know the why behind it to help me grow as a photographer. Waterfall 4 is now an art print in my Color Photography Collection and I have used it as a background with one of my Inspiration Prints.
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“The Garden Waterfall” The Art print of the week is from my Gardens Gallery. A recent addition to the collection, the setting is in Issaquah, Washington. This landscaped garden created an entrance to a hillside neighborhood. I used a watercolor technique to soften the look creating a warmer feel to the picture. Enjoy!
With record temperature cold across most of the US, this photo shoot seemed appropriate. While not from the current cold snap, but an early December cold snap hitting the Seattle area, I took the next three pictures while hiking near where we lived just before sunset. The setting is a very tall rock/dirt cliff next to the trail I was hiking on. For those of you that follow my blog, it was the same hike where I captured the moss covered wall. Because of the amount of rain the Seattle area gets, the ground is always full of moisture. The waterfall in mention is ground water running down the face of the cliff.
A closer look…..
Frozen Waterfall Close Up
This last shot I thought was interesting in that these icicles were formed from water seeping out of the cliff wall….
Thanks for letting me share my hiking find, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
I love to hike and love photography….what a perfect combo. I wanted to share some of the pictures from hikes this summer that just got uploaded into my gallery. All of these shots are from the North Bend, Washington area. For those of you unfamiliar with where that is, it is just east of Seattle in the Cascades. North Bend sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. There are a ton of well maintained trails to fit almost any level of difficulty for hikers. The pictures are pretty self-explanatory, but I would like to comment on one in particular….the waterfall. The waterfall shots are Twin Falls and are a relatively easy hike. The only issue is, yours truly struggles with heights and this first shot was actually taken from a bridge suspended over the top of the second shot looking up-stream. Sounds easy enough, but the bridge is suspended way (did I say WAY) above the waterfall and I was leaning over the rail to frame the shot. Heights aren’t so bad when you are staring through a view finder, but they do raise their ugly head when you are done with the shot and actually look at where you are….enough said…enjoy!!!
This is the water coming from the base of the very top fall (not visible) rushing to the waterfall pictured below: