Land of Fairy Tales
The beautiful Ponytail falls lies up above Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Most people miss it because it requires a short but steep uphill hike to reach these upper falls, while its lower counterpart can be seen and photographed right from the road. Photographing these beautiful falls, like many in the area, is a challenge because of the dim light there, combined with extreme wind and mist being generated by the waterfall. To capture this photo, I set up my tripod directly in the water, and covered the lens while I set up the exposure. Removing a rag from the lens, I quickly made the first long exposure, to capture the beautiful creamy water motion. Then, I set up a second exposure designed to capture all the crisp details in the foliage with a very short exposure. Returning home, I blended the two exposures seamlessly in post to create this one balanced scene containing all the best details of both water and foliage into one harmonious image.