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This was kind of like that for me, only the aesthetic version.
I know of people who don’t see the appeal in hiking because of the lack of thrill factor, but I’d be lying if I said my heart wasn’t pounding as I stood gaping in awe of this place. The challenge of getting here (I failed once) made it that much more rewarding.
The whole time, based on the images I had seen prior, I expected the sun to make an appearance from the left side igniting the falls to the right.
Being March, this happened instead.
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On my final morning in Oregon, I wanted to finish up with a relatively easy hike. I was already car camped in the Eagle Creek area, so I headed out to Metlako and Punchbowl. After almost completely overcast conditions for the previous 3 days, I was excited to see a few slivers of sunshine on the hike out. On my last few shots at Punchbowl, the sun finally made a full appearance and cast some nice warm light on the canyon walls. It was a really nice ending to a jam-packed trip.
Tech: 3 shots, one for sunlight, one for freezing the foliage in place, and a longer exposure for smoothing out the foreground water. Hand blended in PS.
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