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Best Of 2016

(January – December 2016)

Alain Collet

North Cape

Jim Cole

Crystal Falls

McDowell Creek Falls Park, Lebanon, Oregon, USA

July 3, 2016 17:23 UTC (10:23 am local time)

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This is Crystal Falls, sometimes called Crystal Pool Falls.

Crystal Falls is one of the four primary waterfalls in McDowell Creek County Park. Crystal Falls is the hardest one to view, as can be seen from the picture; easy access is possibly only when the water flow is relatively low. It's fairly common to see people playing in the water during the warm summer months, but access becomes more challenging when the water is higher.

This is a "best of" for me because, even though the picture isn't that outstanding, I had waited a long time for opportunity, water level, and trail access to make it possible to take the picture. There's no developed trail, and sometimes the scramble is too overgrown to easily carry photo equipment down. All these came together last summer, and I was finally able to grab this picture.

I decided to keep the tripod in this picture because it was part of the experience -- without getting wet, moving further upstream proved difficult, and this was the best place to set up the camera. This shows some back story of what it took to get the picture.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Nodal Ninja 5, PTGui, Pano2VR, Photomatix, Photoshop

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