Daniel Gomez's picture


Finding the last location for this series was proving difficult until one day I decided to trust my intuition and make last minute change of plans. I hiked up one of my favorite trails in the Columbia River Gorge and when I reached the top I knew I had made the right choice. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, or just want to try something new with your photography, I highly suggest challenging yourself to create a photo series. I discovered a few things through this series. There are a LOT of overlooks in the Gorge where you can spot a train traveling through a scenic area. I learned that trains do not come as often as you would hope so plan to stay 1 hour after golden hour at sunrise and arrive 1 hour before golden hour at sunset. Lastly, I found that my favorite way to view the Gorge is from a high overlook where I can take it all in.
Part 3 of 3 in my "Transportation in the Gorge" series


Train: F16, 1/200s, ISO 400, 20mm
Car Trails: F16, 30s, ISO 100, 20mm x 13
Golden Hour Sunset: F16, 4s, ISO 100, 20mm x 17 (1min, 8s)

Nikon D 750
20mm · f/16 · 1/200, 30s, 4s · ISO 100, 400
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Nick Wiltgen's picture

So fantastic! Saying this from someone who has shot at this location multiple times with frustrating results. Love the trails, train, and motion in the clouds - all works so nicely together. And of course, that view and light! excellent work man

Daniel Gomez's picture

Thank you Nick, thats a wonderful compliment that I truly appreciate. I had fun using a different color/time of sky in each photo from this series and thought why not try golden hour? I'm sad I'll be moving just a little further from the Gorge in the next month but I am hopeful it doesn't prove difficult to get back out here often.