Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA
A short one-mile roundtrip hike above Historic Highway 30 in the Columbia River Gorge is a section of falls on Horsetail Creek called Upper Horsetail Falls, or Ponytail Falls. Ponytail Falls drop 88 feet into a large pool, before cascading further down Horsetail Creek. The trail takes hikers right under the falls, and most capture the falls from that perspective. I decided to capture a panorama from the base of the falls, well within the spray range, making shooting difficult. I took my time to setup the shot, wiped the lens free of water spots, then fired this single exposure. Springtime added to the serene moment with a lime-green canopy covering nearly all surfaces. Amazing!
Chad Dutson is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based wilderness photographer who occasionally ventures into fine art portraiture. He deeply admires nature, and strives to capture the finest scenes possible. He spent all but three years of his life living in the West, providing him incredible opportunities to enhance his self-taught craft.
Chad began shooting with a point-and-shoot at the age of eight. He began an early transition to digital photography in 1999, and now shoots exclusively digital. He has been published in books, magazines, websites, and has been a juror for several photo competitions.
Chad has an insatiable desire to wander the wild, seeking solitude and serenity away from the bustle of city life. His deep passion for...
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