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Wall of Fame Winner: Steve Giardini

Palouse Fall State Park, Palouse, Washington, USA
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, f/22, 6sec, ISO 50

The Palouse River drops 198 feet into a bowl formed by basalt columns in Eastern Washington. The waterfall was originally named Aput Aput meaning falling water by the Palouse Indians. Four miles downstream the Palouse River merges with the Snake River and eventually the Columbia River.

We traveled a good distance from Oregon to photograph the Palouse Waterfall and surrounding landscape.

The light was good but not stellar the first evening. On the second evening the clouds moved in during sunset creating a better opportunity. I spent a couple of hours inches from the edge of the cliff with my eye to the sky and my finger on the cable release.

At the end of the evening I was feeling pretty proud because I had created some very good images. That is when I noticed that two people were at water level flying drones towards and above the falls! Had I included them in my images? The pilots had been hidden from view in a little crudely built hut. Not surprising that they were hiding as there is a 'No Drones' sign at the trailhead. The sound of the falls had completely muffled the drone noise. I spent a good deal of time looking for the drones in my frame as I made the final edit. None to be found. I must have caught them during refuelling!

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