An Interview with a Panther by cwexplorationphotography

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So Lower Panther Creek Falls has been shot A LOT and it’s pretty much always shot from the same vantage point on the opposite side of Panther Creek. I decided to go for something different; partly because that water was damn cold and I had a 4 hour drive ahead of me and partly because I wanted to attempt something new. I climbed up and over several logs to find this little area buried between two massive pieces of timber right below the falls. This was really my only clean shot as the spray was crazy intense. I don’t know if this comp works or not, but it was something a bit out of the box for the area. Any who hope you enjoy this one!

Lower Panther Creek Falls, WA

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Hobbit Highway by cwexplorationphotography

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This is a slightly different view of Panther Creek Falls in Washington state. I decided to challenge myself to incorporate a lot of the dead-fall in this shot to give you a sense of what this place looks like. Most folks focus on shooting just beyond this giant log; I decided to use it as a leading line for something different. You can see how worn down the log is; it’s almost like a hobbit highway or something of that nature. Hope that you enjoy this one!

Panther Creek Falls, WA

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Breathe In by YegorMalinovskii

My memories of this shot will always be associated with freezing cold feet.
I never thought the water can be so cold despite the fact I do live in Maine after all and our ocean is not exactly of Bora Bora temperatures.
Marc Adamus did advise to wear waders and neoprene socks but somehow I took it as if was to do that, I would automatically become classified as a sissy. So here I am in the old sneakers and ankle length socks standing in the most beautiful fast moving stream – thinking at what point will I lose my legs.
I never had a chance before to shoot a waterfall midstream – or any waterfall of this grander for that matter , so to tell you I was in owe for an extended length of time is an understatement.
Panther Creek Falls is located in Gifford Pinchot National Forest Washington and consists of two drops – this is being the smaller of the two. In order to get here we had to do some intense hiking, climbing and scaling of almost vertical rocks – at times grabbing vines and tree branches to maneuver down.

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Panther Mist by Pcoskun

A straight forward view of the incredible panther falls in the Columbia river gorge. The composition is nothing groundbreaking, but the overall scenery is pretty spectacular. This was perhaps one of the coolest waterfalls I had the privelege of viewing and photographing. I took plenty of photos of the place, but of course, many of them are a bit similar to one another. I liked the focus on cascades here surrounded by the lush greens for which the area is known for. I hope I am fortunate to return to the area next year when the water flow is a little better.

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Frigid Panther by MaxFoster

“Frigid Panther” – Lower Panther Creek Falls, WA

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Panther Creek Falls is one of the most unique and diverse waterfalls I have seen. Its sheer size and number of features kept Chris Williams and I busy shooting for hours. The upper tier features hundreds of thin veils of water cascading down a 102′ mossy rock face.Taking a hard turn, the creek then drops another 30′, which is what you see here. While shooting the upper tier, I stood waist high in the creek for about twenty minutes. I’ve been in some cold water before, but this was painfully frigid. After several minutes of numbness, I figured I should probably get out and restore feeling to my lower half…only to go back for more in the lower section. Numbness aside, it was a thrilling experience!

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Primitive Waters by Pcoskun

This is Panther Creek Falls on the Washington side of the Columbia river gorge. This was one of those waterfalls that I had always seen images of, and had always wanted to see it with my own eyes. There are a few ways to get down to the base of the falls, both requiring some sketchy scrambling and climbing. It’s evident that many people have made it down here because the routes are pretty worn out and easily noticable. I was a bit disappointed that the water levels were so low during my trip, but I wasn’t going to let that ruin my plans. I had set my camera bag aside and went into the waters to find a few compositions. The water didn’t feel too cold at first (I was only ankle deep at the time), but then I took two steps and was almost waist deep and the water at that time was pretty freaking cold. After grabbing a few shots from the water, I went back to my bag to find it soaking wet from the spray coming off the water. It had totally slipped my mind that my back had a built in rain cover, so after checking to make sure my gear wasn’t soaked, I put the cover on, and moved it a little further away from the heavy spray. It’s unfortunate that there is a tree blocking the beautiful falls here (I have a few shots focusing more on them), but it does add to the wild and primitive feel to this place. For those not willing to get a little dirty and scramble down to the bottom, there is a built in wooden viewing platform that stares these falls right in the face.

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