Daily Image - Apr 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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12 Apr 11.  We took a trip up to Snoqualmie Falls on April Fools Day to photograph what was claimed to be a regular torrent of water spilling over the falls. The area had been experiencing some serious flooding so we weren't sure we could get there but some calls to the local residents said come on up the roads are clear, so up we went. What I didn't bother to ask, as I didn't know I needed to, was about the conditions at the falls park proper. Since I was a youth there had always been this lovely old covered viewing platform that protected you from the weather other than that created by the falls. Much to my disgust, those in the "know" had it torn down and replaced with a cement ramp, in theory I guess, to make it accessible to all. Of course the reality is that now there is nothing accessible to anyone. Truly the kind of progress no one needs!! So the ability to shoot the falls is now greatly reduced and when there is really something spectacular to shoot, as the runoff was that day, all the weather generated by the falling water is blown directly into you and your equipment. I had intended to work the falls for the better part of 45 minutes, but was driven off in less than 10 due to me and the camera gear being thoroughly soaked, head to foot. With absolutely NO protection whatsoever from the weather with the new design, you now need a lot of support (people and additional equipments) to protect yourself from the flow of water being directed straight towards you. I did grab a few shots however in hopes of capturing what was happening, not only at the falls, but on the location as well. The shot for today is one of those and before you think it entirely a wash out, look closely, perhaps for a minute or more. As your eyes adjust to the bright gray you will begin to see a certain amount of detail that tells its own story about the environmental conditions for April Fools Day, 2011.  ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f / 11.

12 Apr 11. We took a trip up to Snoqualmie Falls on April Fools Day to photograph what was claimed to be a regular torrent of water spilling over the falls. The area had been experiencing some serious flooding so we weren't sure we could get there but some calls to the local residents said come on up the roads are clear, so up we went. What I didn't bother to ask, as I didn't know I needed to, was about the conditions at the falls park proper. Since I was a youth there had always been this lovely old covered viewing platform that protected you from the weather other than that created by the falls. Much to my disgust, those in the "know" had it torn down and replaced with a cement ramp, in theory I guess, to make it accessible to all. Of course the reality is that now there is nothing accessible to anyone. Truly the kind of progress no one needs!! So the ability to shoot the falls is now greatly reduced and when there is really something spectacular to shoot, as the runoff was that day, all the weather generated by the falling water is blown directly into you and your equipment. I had intended to work the falls for the better part of 45 minutes, but was driven off in less than 10 due to me and the camera gear being thoroughly soaked, head to foot. With absolutely NO protection whatsoever from the weather with the new design, you now need a lot of support (people and additional equipments) to protect yourself from the flow of water being directed straight towards you. I did grab a few shots however in hopes of capturing what was happening, not only at the falls, but on the location as well. The shot for today is one of those and before you think it entirely a wash out, look closely, perhaps for a minute or more. As your eyes adjust to the bright gray you will begin to see a certain amount of detail that tells its own story about the environmental conditions for April Fools Day, 2011. ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f / 11.

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