Panther Creek Falls

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Panther Creek Falls

Canon 5DMkIII, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens, Lee Big-Stopper filter, 40 sec at f/11, ISO 800

I was in Portland most of last week and while in town I had the opportunity to spend an entire day with some absolutely amazing photographers, all of whom I’ve met through Google+ (Brian Matiash, Varina Patel, Jay Patel, Patricia Davidson and Michael Riffle). This day-trip has probably been the best photography experience I’ve had since I’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest … it was gorgeous, peaceful, chilly (in an absolutely good way) and made me fall in love with everything I was surrounded by.

I also spent my time with some extremely talented artists, which is always a good way to be filled with inspiration and a drive to continue to grow in your craft. I’ve never considered myself much of a landscape photographer but have been very smitten with photographing nature lately, mostly because I’m trying to create a larger portfolio of personal images (along with my stock and food portfolio). So it was refreshing to soak up some invaluable information from the Patels, who just happen to be incredibly gifted landscape photographers who are also beautifully geeky with the technical side of it all (which I especially appreciate). I can’t wait to do more travelling to create many more images like this.

For some tips on long-exposure photography check out my article over on the Canvas Pop blog.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Rhonda May 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    The Northwest is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth, a perfect place to hone landscaping shots. Yours is absolutely stunning.

  2. Ian C Whitworth May 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful image Nicole. I have a B+W Neutral Density Filter on order now that reduces the light by six f-stops. I can only hope to get something close to what you have achieved here with my 5D Mark II. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Peter Michael Dedes May 3, 2012 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I just love the co position and this shot really speaks to me in a multitude of ways. Thank you so much for sharing this incredible image!

  4. Ariel May 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I think this photo is awesome! I like the way the water looks in this kind of shot. Thank you very much for sharing!

  5. Patricia Davidson May 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Another stunning beauty! I’m so behind on my blog, you inspire me! Loved the day. I’m still smiling about a wonderful day with everyone!

  6. Ian Ludwig (@TheCrazyLudwig) June 22, 2012 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Awesome work. I am envious of your setup.

  7. David Rothwell (Photographer) July 4, 2012 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Hi Nicole

    I love these slow shutter shots! Excellent work.

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