I am pretty sure that the Garden of Eden would have looked something like this. I love this spot in Eagle Creek in Northern Oregon. The best time to visit this location is when it has been raining – or under heavily overcast skies. Filtered light brings out the rich greens and reduces the overall dynamic range.
This was my third attempt to photograph this location….and if I had to try 300 more times before getting a shot like this, I wouldn’t mind in the least. I enjoyed every minute of it.
I wanted to create a sense of depth in the finished image. To do this, I placed the camera close the surface of the water and used a wide-angle lens. I stood in the water (did I mention that the water was icy cold because of Spring snow melt?) for about 45 minutes and waited for just the right distribution of the bubbles to go by me to capture their streaks with a long shutter speed. By the time I was done, my feet were numb… I think I could feel my toes again after another hour and a half. ;)