I have spent a few wonderful and chilly November days exploring the Gifford Pinchot National Forest when the fall has almost given way to the winter. The fall color peak was almost over and most of the trees have completely lost their leafs.
As I was looking for some interesting composition, I hiked down to the bottom of this waterfall to explore the area and to see how it looks from the lower angle. I descended from the steep cliff first, holding the rope with my left hand and the tripod in my right hand. Then I crossed the river to the other side in freezing water in order to close in on the waterfall from the bottom. To say it was quite a risky challenge is not to say anything. I think I slipped a few times while crossing the river as the bottom of it is solid polished rock; a stream of cold water also makes it difficult to move easily as your feet slowly begin to freeze.
As I approached the waterfall from the bottom, I looked up and saw this beautiful tree hanging from the cliff above the waterfall. I wish I noticed it earlier. I immediately realized what a nice composition it could be from the top of the waterfall had I came closer to the tree and looked down the waterfall. The tree had already lost some of its yellow leaves and even a slight whiff of wind could completely blow away the rest of the leaves.
In order to get there, I had to go back and cross the river once again, then climb back up the steep cliff, holding the rope with only one free hand and then hike in the river to get as close as possible to this spot.
While I was setting up my tripod and camera, standing in the freezing fast running water, I realized that I almost don't feel my feet anymore – they felt completely numb. Luckily, the perfect late afternoon light conditions and the complete absence of wind made it easy to compose and I made a few exposures quickly enough.
Camera: Arca Swiss RL3d Large Format
Lens: Rodenstock 70mm
Exposure: 1 Second
Digital: Phase One IQ180 (ISO35)
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