I’ve been shooting wild and natural landscapes in many locations in the United States for a long time now. One of the most disastrous things a photographer can do is get lazy when shooting new places. It happens to the best of us, and everyone does it: we get too comfortable. Sometimes we have to shake things up to create a sense of wonder in ourselves and our craft.

Silver Falls, one of the most spectacular and violent waterfalls to be seen on Mount Rainier. (Rich Leighton)

Silver Falls

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Lately my ideas and techniques with landscape photography have everything to do with trying to create a sense of movement, power, and continuum. In this image, I wanted to show the sheer violence and power of this waterfall on the Ohanapecosh River on Mount Rainier. The water flowed with a tremendous force, enough to take these huge evergreen trees and render them into smashed logs, then stack them like discarded twigs on the side of the river at the base of the falls. Simply amazing!

Rich Leighton
October 31, 2011