Waterfalls Galore! Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

October 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Colored leaves on the ground during Fall at Silver Falls State Park
Colored leaves on the ground during Fall at Silver Falls State Park

I haven’t photographed autumn scenes in the Pacific Northwest before and recently decided to go on a little road trip to Silver Falls State Park in Oregon to do so. I learned that this park had a trail called ‘Trail of Ten Falls’ and I knew right away that I had to check it out. Autumn plus ten waterfalls equals yes, please! This trip would also be the second time taking out my recently self-converted campervan and would help me gain (or potentially lose) more trust into its reliability for longer road trips to come. I spent the night in the van among some beautiful trees...

Parked the camper van for the night among some beautiful trees.
Parked the camper van for the night among some beautiful trees.

It was about a 3-hour drive to get to the park and it rained pretty much the entire time while driving. The forecast called for the rain to stop the following day, however, which meant the rain would feed the falls and the hiking/photography could be enjoyed without getting soaked. Happily, this turned out to be accurate.

A friend and fellow photographer joined me on the hike and we started the day fueling up with some oatmeal heated up on my camping stove. Mmm! After beginning the hike, it didn’t take long for us to reach the first waterfall and we were instantly blown away by the beauty and force that was in front of us. Our tripods and cameras immediately came out of our bags and we started shooting away. I was using a 10-stop ND filter and quickly realized that this was too heavy a filter to use in the forest on an overcast morning. I took off the ND filter and played with different exposure settings until finding some I liked. After shooting for 15-20 minutes we continued on the trail and encountered waterfall after waterfall!

There were even two waterfalls that we hiked behind.

Check out the hiker behind the falls!
Check out the hiker behind the falls!

Shot taken from behind the falls
Shot taken from behind the falls​

The damp fall foliage complemented the waterfalls perfectly and left no mystery as to what time of year it was. Overall, we hiked and photographed for almost 6 hours before calling it a day… and what a day it was! Here’s a few more shots from the adventure…        

Autumn leaves provided a good foreground to set the mood of this image
Autumn leaves provided a good foreground to set the mood of this image

The forest setting was so beautiful :)
The forest setting was so beautiful :)

Self-portrait at the base of the falls...
Self-portrait at the base of the falls...


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