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Multnomah Falls Bridge

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 16 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is the bridge over the second Multnomah waterfall. Again the range of light was extreme, requiring HDR.
Follow-up. A special thank you to all of you who gave such thoughtful comments to my commentary yesterday. Am3 is an extraordinary community where we can share not only our photographs, but in many ways, our lives. I think that what I needed was to regain focus. It boils down to "simplicity" and "mystical oneness" being at the heart of my photographic journey; everything revolves around that.

"Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation of discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy." Jerry Uelsmann

NIKON D700 F/22.0 ISO 200 35 mm

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

I love how you captured a soul in this photo to set the scale of this beautiful waterfall. Well done!

16 May 2009 5:37am

@Bill Jennings: Thanks, Bill; it was intentional. Since this HDR was created from a 5 bracket burst, I got lucky that they stayed put.

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

Is it in your country Jack ? This view is fabulous !

16 May 2009 6:10am

@Annie Viguié: It is 150-200 km. from the city (Corvallis) where we live, Annie. The Columbia River is the major river of the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia Gorge is a canyon of the river about 50k east of the large City of Portland. There are lots and lots of waterfalls that flow into the Columbia River. Many of the waterfalls are spectacular. Multnomah is the most famous of the waterfalls. My photograph shows less than one-half of the height of the falls. My city of Corvallis is on the Willamette River which flows into the Columbia River at Portland. The Willamette Valley is one of the most fertile farming areas in the United States.

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


16 May 2009 6:46am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

wow this is awesome, where is this bridge?

16 May 2009 7:09am

@chrissy: The bridge crosses Lower Multnomah Falls and is about 1k from the parking lot along the old Columbia River Highway. It's a very easy hike to the bridge. And you can continue up a trail to the top of the Upper Falls.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

You are teasing me with this one, the location is superb as is the image you have created

16 May 2009 7:12am

@P J W Miller: Thanks, Peter; Multnomah is the most famous of the falls.

Lylou & Roland from Besancon, France

A nice place so nice thru your eyes (and lens)

16 May 2009 7:19am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

this is flawless, an absolute gem. HDR the way it should be done!

16 May 2009 7:35am

@shallowregret: Thank you. In this worikshop, I made a big jump in my ability to do HDR the way that I want to use it.

lydia from Paris, France

Very impressive !! Beautiful picture Jack !

16 May 2009 7:37am

@lydia: Thanks, Lydia.

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

just wow! the scenery reminds me of lord of the rings movies...great idea to use HDR here and give so much life on this one! excellent photo...

16 May 2009 8:16am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

MAGIQUE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *****

16 May 2009 9:28am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

So it seems I am already a returning visitor. This image is plain perfect and will go to my VFXY collection!

16 May 2009 10:02am

@Mirko Herzner: Thank you.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Well now take my breath away why don't you...this is wow amazing, and that tiny figure up on the bridge..not afraid of height obviously, how stunning...

16 May 2009 10:31am

@Lorraine: I spent about an hour down below photographing this bridge and the area around it (last Monday's photograph was taken from here); lots and lots and lots of people crossed the bridge. There actually are two people on the bridge; one is immediately behind the one in front and is looking over her shoulder; she is taking a photograph looking in my direction.

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I love the composition of this image--the double waterfall, the log at the bottom with bright colors to the right, the bridge high up with a person on it.

16 May 2009 10:59am

@Anita: Thanks, Anita. Please read my response above about there being two people.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

At the risk of repeating myself, breathtaking scenery.

16 May 2009 11:43am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks, Ana.

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Amazing shot, this is even better then the one from yesterday

16 May 2009 12:12pm

@Onlymehdi: Thank you; I agree.

Momo from Montpellier, France

great composition, color...nice work Jack...

16 May 2009 12:35pm

@Momo: Thanks, Morris.

zOOm from Paris, France

Impressive fall Jack and it's great to have someone on the bridge, giving us a scale ! HDR works so well here, empowering the green, the rocks and beautifully enhancing the waterfall as if it were enlighted from inside.

16 May 2009 12:42pm

@zOOm: Thanks, Florence.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wow ! very impressive ! great framing from the top, with the bridge, till the down with the foreground well composed. nice colors and beautiful lighting.

16 May 2009 12:53pm

@Anna.C: Thank you, Anna.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Oh wow.. stunning shot.. great work!

16 May 2009 1:13pm

@Sarito: Thanks, Sarito.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

That's a dream place! Excellent!

16 May 2009 1:28pm

Don from spokane, United States

A beautiful shot of the falls. I love all the detail and nice colors in this shot. Very well done.

16 May 2009 1:53pm

@Don: Thanks, Don. I took several 5 bracketed bursts of the bridge (all to be composited in HDR); this one turned out the best.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

All the "ranting" yesterday has more than paid off today!!! This shot is truly fantastic Jack, and I'm not just "blowin' smoke"!! The composition and framing are spot on, and this is truly what should be used as an advertisement for the merits of "correct use of hdr"......The richness of the colors, and the flowing water, right down to the "driftwood" at the water's edge make this a shot you should be totally proud of!!

16 May 2009 2:13pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan. I have hiked to the top of the upper falls a number of times, and to the bridge many more times. We were over an hour in the Multnomah Falls area. I spent the entire time right at the spot from which I took this photograph. Took tons and tons of photographs. The only other shot that appears in the series is the one posted last Monday ("New Growth in the Gorge"); it is the area to the immediate left of the bridge. I have found that staying put can often pay dividends. (PS - I got an incredible amount of practice using Photomatix Pro, my HDR processor.)

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

5 stars also!!

16 May 2009 2:16pm

@Susan: Thanks.

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

In the prolongation on from your statement of yesterday and if I compends well your approach to photography! I think (if I can allow) that it is in this style of photo that I found your philosophy. Through the beauty and the emotion it generates! There is a fantastic composition! this little bridge and the personage! The texture of the forest! I came twice watching this picture already. It is a place of meditation. My Grail, my ideal photo is him! and I give some days of my life to be successful one day photograph of this quality! Poetry, the loneliness of these photos capsize soul.

16 May 2009 2:31pm

@Mathilde Collot: Thank you for such a thoughtful comment, my dear Mathilde. I spent time on Munier's site. He has a very consistent and distinctive style. His work creates a profound mystical feeling (which is incredibly appealing to me). He is one of those outstanding photographers for whom when one of his photographs appears on the screen, even before I see his name, I say, "Vincent Munier." It is that kind of integrity that I would like to develop. It's not a matter of mimicking his style. It is rather creating a body of work that has a cohesive integrity that expresses an inner vision. The inner vision comes first. And then the photography becomes the means of expressing that vision. Mathilde, I think that you and I are on the same wave length.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

glad you got to play with's options are almost "endless".....have a you think there's a benefit to a 5 burst shot as opposed to 3 exposures? Now that i see you doing 5 and 7 burst...i'm thinking maybe i need to upgrade the old camera...
your thoughts would be appreciated!!!

16 May 2009 2:43pm

@Susan: There are different approaches to this. Matt Kloskowski of NAPP does a 5 burst bracket, but he only uses 3; he says that Photomatix only needs the 3. I use all 5. 7 is for a really complicated lighting situation when I want to be certain to get everything. I use mainly the defaults of Photomatix. Then I take it into Photoshop for my main color work (Curves, etc.). My camera will let me take up to a 9 shot burst, but I have never gone that far. Upgrades are personal and a matter of timing. (In the Gorge, I ended up making monumental strides in the quality of my HDR results. The workshop was worth it for that alone.)

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is sensational, you are doing wonderful work, my friend.
i especially appreciate your thoughtful use of hdr to assist an image in coming forth.

16 May 2009 2:50pm

@jim: Thanks, Jim. As I said to Susan, my primary growth area in the Gorge workshop was in HDR. But let me tell you, I had many more failures than successes. But the failures were more in the area of poor composition. I have a much more clear vision of what I want to accomplish with HDR. Some people do most of their work in Photomatix. I just use Photomatix to get an acceptable HDR image. Then I do my major color work on it in Photoshop (especially Curves) that I would do with any file.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

WOw - this is really wonderful! HDR did great for this one. Great composition, and light, and of course the falls are spectacular.

16 May 2009 3:25pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Here's a bit of info for ya, about too many programs, and mastering none...I don't have a clue about "curves".....but will certainly be reading up on it today!!!

16 May 2009 3:34pm

@Susan: Curves is the major adjustment tool in Photoshop for dealing with color and tones.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld (Old Pembroke Dock boy,Wales), Germany

A truly amazing shot,I like HDR work but only in small doses.When a photographer uses it for every shot I start to think that maybe theres a bad photographer hiding behind all the technical work.
This really is a brilliant piece of work. A1

16 May 2009 4:07pm

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thank you, Anthony; you are very kind. I see HDR as a special tool for dealing with lighting conditions that lie beyond the capture capabilities of the camera. My goal is for no one to have a clue that I used HDR.

isidro from Spain

excelente imagen de la naturaleza!! enhorabuena por el trabajo.

16 May 2009 4:31pm

@isidro: Gracias.

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Beautiful ! I like the compsoition and the falls are great § The color is a little too yellow for me !

16 May 2009 5:24pm

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: The yellow has to do with the time of the year.

-C16H25NØ2- from Persia, Iran

this is wonderful
excellent shot

16 May 2009 5:26pm

@-C16H25NØ2-: Thank you.

Fred from Montréal, Canada

awesome !!! i love it !!!

16 May 2009 5:27pm

@Fred: Thanks, Fred.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Very nicely done with these super HDR touches.

16 May 2009 5:55pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

great, gorgeous , very impressive

16 May 2009 6:01pm

@kerfendal: Thanks, Max.

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Great, wonderful and so giant !!! Very good photo and HDR suits it very well !

16 May 2009 6:30pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

OK, now I'm intimidated. I have a waterfall shot I was posting in a few day, but wow, this one is so wonderful! I see all of the HDR shots, but do not know how to do it.

16 May 2009 6:43pm

@B. Thomas: Download a free trial of Photomatix and watch the tutorial Since you don't have a DSLR and thus are not able to take bursts of bracketed shots, it will be more difficult for you to do (but it can be done). HDR, as you probably know, stands for High Dynamic Range. It's purpose is to deal with exposures where the range of light exceeds the capture capability of your camera. You take a burst of shots, one at normal, then some at stops above normal, and some at stops below normal. The software puts all of this together and then does tone mapping (since you end up with a 32 bit file that exceeds what monitors can display properly). After that, you adjust the file as you normally would. There also is the so-called HDR look which you can create; some like it; some don't.

oncho from granada, Spain

gran salto y caudal de agua,bonito sitio lleno de color y agua

16 May 2009 6:55pm

@oncho: Gracias.

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Brilliant shot ! The greens from side gives some silver color to the water . Really gorgeous ! Wish to see it in a real :))

16 May 2009 7:01pm

@Mariana: Thank you, Mariana. Due to the heavy snow pack, the falls a going full blast and are spectacular.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

The Falls have never looked so good, Jack! Exceptional capture and processing. I haven't stopped for a visit there in quite a while, but I guess I don't get to Portland all that often. I need to make time next time.

16 May 2009 7:03pm

@Toni: Yep. The falls are especially incredible this year.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful Image! Great shot!

16 May 2009 7:13pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

As I said, gonna have to pull out the old CS3 book, and learn about curves!!!

16 May 2009 8:41pm

@Susan: That probably will be one the most beneficial processing learning sessions you will have. Note: everything that you learn about Curves in PS, you can use in the "Tone Curve" section of the Develop Module in LR; plus, in LR, you can just use sliders with the Tone Curve.

k@ from Paristanbul*, France

Ooooooooooooh !
R....... piece !

16 May 2009 8:45pm

@k@: Thank you, Karine. What a creative comment! You have so much creativity, you just can't keep it in!!

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

this one is fantastic, it would almost water down and listen to the sound of water over the landscape is wonderful!
friendships jack!

16 May 2009 8:53pm

@marc battault: Merci, Marc.

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Superb composition, plenty of nice details. Great job!

16 May 2009 9:08pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Very good photo.

16 May 2009 9:11pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Quel endroit magnifique...

16 May 2009 9:19pm

Denise from Duncannon, United States

How beautiful! Are those logs floating at the bottom?

17 May 2009 12:18am

@Denise: Yep. Actually they are busted up logs.

Cricket-Tammy from Alabama, United States


17 May 2009 2:16am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wow, that is an incredible photograph. So clear and sharp.

17 May 2009 2:16am

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Just fantastic work on this Jack! I saw a poster of this someone had framed in my hometown in an office and I always wondered where it was! Now I know! A fantastic waterfall and beautiful capture! The bridge is amazing also!

17 May 2009 4:57am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott.



17 May 2009 5:11am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Wonderful shot the composition and the colors are fantastic great shot

17 May 2009 7:59am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thank you.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I can hear the sound of waterfall ! In Japan, people say we can make our health betther by visiting waterfall because of the minus ion that the spray shoots. At least, this photo is good for my eyes. Thank you.

17 May 2009 8:24am

@Hiro: Thank you, Hiro.

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

A superb shot Jack. HDR at it's finest. I applaud your workmanship.

17 May 2009 10:06am

@Lee: Thanks, Lee.

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

Well done image of a classic scene. The HDR work is balanced nicely and compliments the scene.

17 May 2009 3:17pm

@Dan Creighton: Thanks, Dan.

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5 stars

17 May 2009 4:18pm

Ajay from Pune, India

I am just not sure what to praise here... there composition or the place itself. Both are just amazing.

17 May 2009 6:31pm

@Ajay: Thanks, Ajay.

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Love your HDR work, Jack ... and this one is breathtaking ... the tonal range is absolutely stunning and your framing, here, superb. I read your comments from yesterday and I couldn't agree more ... an absolutely outstanding community with an amazing willingness to share ... a sentiment beautifully expressed ... best regards, ron

17 May 2009 9:23pm

@Ron: Thank you, Ron.

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Beautiful! excellent composition...

18 May 2009 12:45am

@Sandrine: Thank you.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Just breathtaking!!!! Beautifully framed with amazing colour and detail.... Fabulous!!!

18 May 2009 2:49am

@Magda: Thank you; it's a very special place.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

You know, I'm speechless.
I will say, this is one of the most amazing photos I have ever seen.

18 May 2009 3:44am

@bluechameleon: Oh Sharon, you overwhelm me with your generosity; thank you.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a very famous location -- SUPERB capture!!! bravo!!

18 May 2009 12:48pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Really impressive perspective and place... fabulous !

18 May 2009 3:01pm

Beau from Gold Coast, Australia

Excellent photo! This is probably my favourite waterfall that I have discovered thanks to the world wide web, and I would love to shoot it myself one day.

19 May 2009 8:04am

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Simply stunning. What an amazing place.

20 May 2009 12:18am

@Chris Parr: Thank you, Chris; it is indeed.

Gary Hart from California, United States

Ahhh, the beautiful Northwest. It's pictures like this that convince me it's my next frontier.

20 May 2009 2:01am

@Gary Hart: If you ever lead a workshop up here, please let me know.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

An impressive fall and a wonderful picture.

21 May 2009 12:16am

@akarui: Thank you.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Wow! The waterfalls are all beautiful, but this one ?! - just wow!

21 May 2009 2:19am

@willow: I spent a good hour there and had more failures than successes. Thanks for your kind words.

Kris from Superior, United States

I don't think I can find enough words to describe how incredible this capture is! Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! You couldn't do one more thing to this to make it any more beautiful than it already is. Great work! ~Kris

2 Jun 2009 2:32am

@Kris: Thanks, Kris; you are very kind.