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McDowell Creek 2011 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 28 Album Created: 29 Jul 2011 Last Updated: 29 Jul 2011
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One morning in late July I headed out to McDowell Creek Falls County Park — arriving around 5:45 AM after a 45 minute drive from our house in Albany, Oregon — to capture in photos the ambiance of the dawn forest.

It was such a peaceful and lovely time of the morning — definitely worth getting up early! I didn't see anyone else the whole time — I had the entire place to myself! For about three-and-a-half hours I walked through the park, taking pictures.

The relative darkness necessitated the use of a tripod and long exposures, resulting in some especially lovely waterfall shots. It was a pain to carry my tripod around, but it was unavoidable in the low-light conditions of early morning, especially in a gorge. My favorite photos are of the rising sun piercing the waterfall mist with its sunbeams; the leaf in the stream is pretty nice too.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Mc­Dow­ell Creek Pho­to Out­ing.
The photos in this album were taken with the Sony Alpha α55 camera.
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