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Everything about Proxy Falls in Oregon is an overload. Emotional overload, water overload, moss overload, stunning overload ... breathtakingly overloaded. Photos of this beautiful waterfall don't do it justice because it's so much grander than you can imagine. Had I used Andy as a frame of reference he would be so small in the photo that you would barely see him.

Our 3 day trip to the Columbia River Gorge ended at Proxy Falls and that gave us a few days to practice and be ready for the grand finale. After days spent hiking to a number of waterfalls, several breweries, and a few hours stuck in the snow, we spent the night in Sisters, Oregon at a hotel that made both of us think that we should have been there with girlfriends/wives and not each other (think modern log cabin vibe with jacuzzi and fireplace!). A short jaunt in the car, an easy hike, and a scramble down to the falls and we finally made it to Proxy!

We arrived early so we could have time to figure out what compositions we wanted. The sun stayed behind the trees and out of the way until just after 10:30am, giving us over 2 hours to shoot with beautiful soft light. Once the sun came out we watched as the classic “light beams” came out. Ultimately I decided not to use those photos because I felt they distracted from the stunning waterfall!

Knowing how wet things would be here I had picked up a few extra micro-fiber cloths to ensure I kept the lens clean from droplets. I didn’t want to pull an Alan Chan and find my shots ruined when I got home. I went through every cloth I had but I came home happy and droplet free!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/9, 0.8 sec, ISO 100