"Passage Through Time"
Here is another piece from my trip to the Pacific Northwest. Shown here is Lower Oneonta Falls, an intimate waterfall at the end of Oneonta Gorge, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Oneonta Gorge seems like a landscape off another planet. It's a narrow gorge reminiscent of the slot canyons of the American Southwest, but in the middle of a lush temperate rain forest, with walls clad in moss and ferns, dripping with moisture. While hiking up the gorge, my mind was first struck by the similarity to a slot canyon, but then began to ponder the different ways they were created. The slot canyons of the Southwest form when rain water drains through existing sandstone channels, further carving them with every downpour. Oneonta Gorge, however, likely formed as the waterfalls (there are four) eroded their own precipice, marching backwards in time. As I considered this, the trek upstream began to feel like a march forward in time, mimicking the path of the waterfall but at a much faster pace. It's a truly remarkable piece of wilderness, and well worth the tricky trek over logjams and slippery boulders.
On this image, I applied a mild Orton Effect in my post-processing. The Orton Effect can be used to enhance the feel of mistiness, and also to enhance color contrast. However, it can also turn an image too dark very easily. When applying this effect, it's important to preserve all the layers for as long as possible. This way, the opacity of each can be adjusted, and the best compromise between darkness and effect strength can be chosen.