Photography and photojournalism in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge

If Latourell Falls were almost anywhere else in the world it probably would be a lot more well known.

It would certainly be a destination spot for hikers, photographers and more. But it has the misfortune of being a 249-foot tall waterfall situated just a few miles from Multnomah Falls, which at over 650 feet tall dwarfs the rest of the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls, of which there are dozens. It seems strange that a waterfall that looks like this can be relatively anonymous both locally and further afield.

I guess, though, all that just means Latourell Falls will never be overrun with tourists like Multnomah Falls can be during the summer. Thus it was that a fellow photographer and I were out chasing water photos the other morning in Washington, only to be driven out of Panther Creek by a thunderstorm and some intense lightning. So we ended up here, at Latourell Falls, with not a single other person in sight. (ISO 100, Tokina 11-16mm lens at 14mm, f/7.1 and a 0.4 second exposure)


2 responses

  1. Being so close to the famous multnomah falls is probably a blessing in disguise. I have never seen this place crowded and love to spend time up close. The profile shot of mine was actually taken here 🙂

    Like how ur have captured the flow and the greens here , nice to get to enjoy ur work !

    September 9, 2012 at 12:16

    • It’s the first major waterfall you pass as you drive east from Corbett into the Gorge. And you’re right, it’s probably a blessing for all the other waterfalls in the area that Multnomah Falls draws many of the tourists away. There’s still a ton of people that hike the trails, though, which is why I prefer to go during the week and at dawn, if possible. Thanks for checking my work out!

      September 10, 2012 at 17:03

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