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I've always wanted to capture Multnomah Falls in Oregon and was disappointed that during previous visits to that state I either had to hurry to whatever destination I was traveling to or the weather was far too miserable to even bother stopping at the Falls. It seems that inclement weather is an issue in that area, for once again it was pouring rain along the I-84 as I neared Multnomah Falls. I resolutely veered into the entrance to the parking area and put on my parka and hat to fend off the blowing rain.

The walk to the underpass was miserable. I had my camera inside my parka to keep it dry. Surprisingly, the wind was blocked on the other side of the underpass and all I had to deal with was the rain, and the natural umbrella of the forest canopy helped to suppress some of the wetness.

Once I got to the base of the falls I noted that upper and lower falls only line up if you stand in a particular spot, and it being a coveted spot by photographers and tourists alike, it would be some time before I could make any images from there. I opted to make a non-traditional panorama of the Falls instead, while I was still half-way dry. I didn't take my tripod with me because of the wind so I was going to have to hand-hold my images, which required 1600 ISO due to the low light level on this cloudy and rainy day. I worked my way from the bottom of the Falls up to the top, to minimize the amount of time raindrops could fall onto my lens, which they invariably did.

It's not the best image of Multnomah Falls, but it's the only one I have and I must confess that I had a great time out there in that miserable weather, but next time I'd much prefer a nice sunny day with some white clouds in a blue sky.

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Camera: NIKON D800
Lens: 24-120 mm f/4
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f14
Shutter Speed: 1/25s
ISO: 1600
Date: 2014-10-24
Time: 14:43:51

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