Ponytail, Elowah and Dry Creek Falls Photography - MadsPeterIversenPhotography

Ponytail, Elowah and Dry Creek Falls Photography


Ponytail Falls

Upper Horsetail Falls also known as Ponytail Falls are located close to Oneonta Gorge. The easiest way to Ponytail Falls is parking at Lower Horsetail Falls and walking up the trail. The lower falls are the largest, but not as photogenic as the upper falls.

After the hike, which requires of bit of stamina you will find this relatively small waterfall located neatly within a small bend in the cliffs. You are able to talk behind the waterfall, but I had most luck photographing it from a low perspective with the stream in the foreground. A wide angle or standard lens works very well here.If you follow the trail a bit further you’ll come to some beautiful viewpoints which are worth checking out. I think it must look stunning during

If you follow the trail a bit further you’ll come to some beautiful viewpoints which are worth checking out. I think it must look stunning during fall season when all the trees are yellow and orange.


Elowah Falls

Elowah Falls along with Multnomah Falls was one of my top locations to visit in the US since one of my all-time favorite landscape photos “Fray” by Ted Gore was taken here. There is an easy hike up there, which is family friendly but the trail is a little steep from time to time. At the end of a small valley picturesque valley among trees and moss-covered stones, you’ll find Elowah Falls. Again a place which is straight out of a fairytale

There are plenty of compositions to have had here and I found a rather large stone out in the stream, which I could reach and put my tripod on. You do have to be careful here not knocking your tripod and camera over since there is not much space to work on and remember a cloth or some paper towels, which you can easily reach to wipe of your lens for water splashes. You can also go to the other side of the stream and find some beautiful composition, but be aware of that huge stone to the right, it might be a bit big within your frame.


Dry Creek Falls

Dry Creek Falls are not hard to find, but it does take a little. First of all you’ll have to drive into some narrow forest roads and next you’ll have to hike along those roads for around 2-3 kilometers. Along the road there’s a sign pointing towards the falls.

Dry Creek Falls are located among some beautiful basalt cliffs. If you bring some wellingtons you’ll have an easier time finding a good composition in the stream, which can be used a foreground. Sadly when we were there it was just around sunset on a cloudy day, so darkness swept in rather fast which made finding a proper composition almost impossible. I’m not too happy with the pictures I got from this location, but that’s the name of the game – you can’t win each time.