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On a spontaneous trip into the beautiful Columbia River Gorge my traveling companion suggested we stop at Starvation Creek Falls. It was the very end of Octobe...
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On a spontaneous trip into the beautiful Columbia River Gorge my traveling companion suggested we stop at Starvation Creek Falls. It was the very end of October and the Fall Colors were out in all their glory. This is the creek just below the falls, just a short walk up from the parking lot.
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Behind The Lens

Location

This is Starvation Creek just below Starvation Falls in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, near Cascade Locks, Oregon.

Time

It was late afternoon a couple of hours, or so, before sun down.

Lighting

This is all natural light, in a fairly heavily forested area with a good deal of tree coverage causing the light to be rather dispersed.

Equipment

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with a 12-40mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro lens on my Velbon tripod purchased in the very early '80s.

Inspiration

I have always had a love of water, especially moving water. I grew up in So Cal where to only natural moving water was the ocean. Since relocation to the Great Pacific Northwest I have found so many beautiful creeks and rivers within forests I could never have dreamed of in So Cal. I was out shooting with a photography friend who asked if I had ever been to Starvation Falls. I hadn't so she said we should stop. The falls is pretty spectacular but I wanted a more intimate photo, so I focused on the creek below the falls. I wanted to show the motion of the water and the greens of the ferns and mosses. I focused on the little fern clinging to the rock and stopped down the lens to get greater depth of field to include the flowing water over the rocks.

Editing

I do not have Photoshop or Lightroom so all my post processing is down with the software that came with the camera (Olympus Viewer 3).

In my camera bag

I generally carry my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the 12-40mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro zoom lens attached. The 12-40 is a good all around lens that will fit many different scenes and compositions. I will also generally carry my 60mm f2.8 Macro, 7-14mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro Wide Angle zoom, and my 40-150mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro Telephoto zoom lens.

Feedback

Keep your eyes open and always look around. When you have taken the photo you initially wanted look for different views and viewpoints of you subject, you never know what you might see. Treat your camera as if it had film in it and you only have 36 exposures available, this will slow you down a bit but it will make you stop and think about your photos a little more. Don't take a million photos hoping to get a couple of good ones. Think about the photo you are trying to capture and you will get a higher percentage of good and frameable photos you and your friends will enjoy. Remember: FAST - Focus, Aperture, Shutter and Think

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