Umtanum Falls

Liddy & I drove over the Cascades to explore Umtanum Creek and to discover Umtanum Falls. This video is the story behind these four shots below.

Umtanum Falls #1

Umtanum Falls
Umtanum Creek crashes into the basin

This first shot of the falls is exposed at f/8, 1/25th of a second, ISO 100. The composition is pretty much straight on. Not my favorite as the water is not silky enough.

Umtanum Falls #2

Untanum Falls
Liddy and I recently hiked down to Umtanum Falls. An easy walk just south of Ellensburg, WA.

This second shot is taken from a location about 10 feet to the right of the first giving it a slightly different perspective. It was exposed at f/16, 18th of a second, ISO 100. I like this one much better because the water has that silky look to it.

Umtanum Falls #3

Untanum Falls
Looking up the gorge at the falls.

Finally, Liddy, and I climbed down into the gorge below the falls and captured this shot. An HDR at f/16, ISO 100. I struggled with the post-processing because of the darkness in the gorge against the bright trees and sky. The shot is no prize winner, but it shows how pretty the location is.

Umtanum Pines

Umtanum Pines
Ponderosa Pine stand tall above the path nearby Umtanum Creek

On the way back up the creek, we stopped to shoot this landscape of the pines and scrub alongside the creek – f/8 1/800th of a second at ISO 400.

I love the classic shape of the Ponderosa Pine on the left, the brush that follows the creek on the right. Both elements pull you down into the center of the frame where the silver bark contrasts against the pines in the background. Some lovely clouds in the sky and a hint of red on the trees…

It’s moments like this that draw me out into the woods.

About YouTube

This is my first published video on YouTube, or anywhere else for that matter. It is the beginning of my plan to conquer the world – well my little corner of it anyway. I know there are all sorts of ways it could be improved, but it is time to move on to the next one. Please let me know by commenting on YouTube, or below, or Facebook, what you think of it.


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