At the headwaters of the McKenzie River lies a mountain lake that’s known amongst Central Oregonians for its spectacular fall colors. Vine maples seemingly grow straight out of the lava rock, and the clarity of the water makes it appear almost as though the lake is being lit from beneath. As a bonus, an easy 7-mile loop trail offers many vantage points for photographers. On this particular day, it was raining sideways; this saturated the colors of the foliage to the point that I actually had to dial back the Vibrance slider in Lightroom in order for it to retain a realistic appearance.
Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Gitzo tripod, Acratech ballhead, Moose Peterson warming polarizer
I enjoy taking overcast autumn days and touring a handful of river corridors close to my home. The Clackamas is always high on my list. Although it gets crowded with kayakers and rafters during the summer months, I’ve found it to be relatively deserted during the height of the fall colors. It’s a great place to practice detail shots and abstracts with a telephoto lens.
Nikon D7000, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, Gitzo tripod, Acratech ballhead
The Clackamas River Corridor is a fantastic location for fall photography, and it is relatively un-photographed due to its proximity to other, more popular destinations. Many a roadside pullout offer intimate glimpses of vibrant vine maples and moss-covered boulders. It can be difficult to reduce the scenes before you into a single photographic frame—a mid-range or all-in-one zoom is key for refining your compositions.
Nikon D7000, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, Gitzo tripod, Acratech ballheaf
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