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Spring at Proxy Falls
Spring at Proxy Falls
The image was taken in the spring of 2006. Proxy Falls is located along the McKenzie Highway 242 in the Three Sisters Wilderness in central Oregon, USA. It is an easy half mile hike to a view of the falls from the car. However access to this area depends on winter snow levels as this scenic road is not plowed and therefore closed at times for six months of the year. The viewpoint from the trail is very nice but to capture this image I needed to get much closer. There's a faint trail leading down a steep embankment requiring navigation over and around fallen trees and lush vegetation. My original idea was to take some images near the base of the falls taking in the flowing stream, moss covered logs and the falls above. However another photographer had beaten me to this area this morning and he was standing within my desired composition. So I decided to look for another vantage point and climbed up the steep hillside along the left side of the falls. The falls are about 100 feet high so I climbed about 70 feet up towards a small outcrop I had seen from below. Once there I saw this beautiful plant blooming and I immediately realized what my composition would be. This was a tight area which allowed me to just set up my tripod and camera so I had to leave my back pack several steps away. So I had to climb up and down several feet each time I needed to access my equipment. Once I had the basic composition set up I went to my pack to find my focusing loupe. I looked in my bag where I usually keep my loupe but it wasn’t there. I searched some more, looked through my entire pack and nothing. I felt an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realized I had left it back home. I was about a 2 hour drive from home not to mention the sweaty climb it took to reach this spot. Well, I decided to just do my best in focusing with my naked eye. And what do you know; the image came out pretty well. It was a reminder to me to always recheck my gear the night before heading out on a trip and when adversity strikes to just keep plugging away regardless.
Camera is a Shen Hao HZX45-HA
Lens used is a Fujinon SW 1:8/90
Film Astia 100F 4x5 rated at 100 asa
Exposure I believe was 2 seconds at f 22. When I get caught up in taking an image I often forget to take notes. No filters.
I send my color work to be process at a lab in California called A&I Photographic & Digital Lab. I then scan the image myself on an Epson 4870 photo scanner. I process using Adobe Photoshop. I then sent the digital file to be printed at a lab called West Coast Imaging. They did not alter the image in any way and just print the file as I sent it to them. The image is printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Matte Paper using their Chromira printer. I found this print came out quite satisfactory at 11x14 and 16x20.