Hole-In-The Wall Falls looks like any other small waterfall cascading on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. That’s what I thought when I first saw it until I saw a plaque on the new circular picnic area with “HOLE-IN-THE-WALL FALLS – CREATED 1938.” There is apparently a history with this man-made waterfall, which I will not go into now. I will revisit this site later.
Before I go on about the main image, I want to talk about the detail image below that I shot first. Photographing the detail image was a challenge. I had to climb steep, rugged, slippery rocks on a slope to capture the outlet on the cliff face. I went with a 50mm lens on crop sensor. I had to do it fast because the spray was misting the lens. The angle I had was the best angle given the tree branches overhead and very little footing to work with.
Now, for the main falls image at the top of the page. I debated with myself on a few ideas. The first was a wide shot of the falls with the graffiti-covered footbridge, a boulder obscuring the plunge pool, and a downed tree. I thought that composition would be a distraction from the focus on the falls. I also didn’t want to capture the falls disappearing behind the boulder. The final decision: set up the shot on some rocks in the creek that captures the falls, parts of the cliff, and the creek with a slow shutter speed.