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Featured Fine Art Piece: Bunch Falls

Bunch Falls (click to expand)

Image Title: Bunch Falls (view)
Image Size: 19"x48"
Total Size: 26"x55"
Edition: 1 of 100
Framing: This unique piece is framed with a charcoal burl frame hand-made by Nick Carver himself using top-quality moulding. The image is further accented with a seamless black linen liner with a 30-degree bevel that helps to showcase the rich colors in the image without being distracting.

I made this piece partly as a sample for showing to galleries, partly as a test for doing large-format vertical panoramas and partly just as a personal labor of love. I love this picture and I love vertical panoramas, so I wanted to try creating a big framed version of it. It's the largest piece I've ever made at nearly 5 feet tall! I used a charcoal frame with a black linen liner so as to let the vivid greens of the plants shine through. With minimal color in the framing, the colors of the print itself stand out even more. The high-gloss finish on this print goes great with the subject matter - the water and rocks truly look wet!

As with all limited edition fine art prints, this piece is printed with LightJet technology on Kodak Professional Endura Metallic Paper, making them the finest quality prints available. Click here for more info on fine art prints.

If you'd like more information about purchasing a limited edition fine art print like this or any other image in the catalog, email Nick at info [at] nickcarverphotography.com.


Washington Trip: Part 3

With a successful first day of shooting behind me and a good night's sleep, I set out to visit a couple waterfalls near the hotel. My plan was to hit Merriman Falls and Bunch Falls during the day, then make my way out to Ruby Beach for sunset.

Lower Cascades of Merriman Falls - Olympic National Forest, WA

Quinault Rain Forest - Olympic National Forest, WA

I'd only seen these two waterfalls indicated on the map. I hadn't seen any previous photos, read any material on them or gotten details like height. With such little research, I had low expectations. I thought I'd see a couple of waterfalls maybe 20 feet tall at the most, do my best to make some good shots and just take what I could get.

Boy, were my expectations wrong. To put it simply: these waterfalls were insane!

It wasn't just the intense volume of water or the height with Merriman at about 45' from top to bottom and Bunch Falls around 60'-70'. It was the form of these falls with the artfully placed deadwood and rocks, the lush moss and ferns, the gorgeous tiered drops at the base... They were "designed" so perfectly. I'd go so far as to say they are 2 of the most beautifully crafted waterfalls I've ever seen (and yes, I've been to Yosemite).

It's one thing to have a big waterfall, but one that is just a flat out work of art is a real treat. I photographed each one of these falls for over an hour, and in between the two falls was a beautiful stretch of forest. This blog post covers my shots from Merriman Falls and the forest. The next and final post will showcase my photos from Bunch Falls and Ruby Beach.

Oh, and the interesting thing about these falls is that neither of them seemed to be a big deal. They were on the side of the road with no information panel, no marker, no viewing platform - nothing. If either one of these waterfalls were in Southern California, they'd have an entire parking lot dedicated to it, a big information panel, a deck to view it from a safe distance, a visitor center and, since it's So Cal, tons of graffiti and trash. But not up in Washington. I didn't see a single piece of litter, nary a tree carved up with some deadbeat's initials (that was really new for me) and really no evidence of any human before me. They must just be better people up there in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe the rain weeds out the dregs of society.

Anywho, here are the results. Take a look at this first picture with yours truly in front of the falls. This gives it a little bit of a sense of scale, but it still isn't completely accurate. I'm about 6'4" with my shoes and hat on, but I'm much closer to the camera than the waterfall in the back. The main drop behind me is around 35'-40'.

Self-portrait in front of Merriman Falls - Olympic National Forest, WA

Oxalis Near Merriman Falls - Olympic National Forest, WA

Lower Cascades of Merriman Falls - Olympic National Forest, WA

Merriman Falls - Olympic National Forest, WA

Lower Cascades of Merriman Falls - Olympic National Forest, WA

Quinault Rain Forest - Olympic National Forest, WA

Quinault Rain Forest - Olympic National Forest, WA

Quinault Rain Forest - Olympic National Forest, WA

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Oxalis Near Merriman Falls - Olympic National Forest, WA

Quinault Rain Forest - Olympic National Forest, WA

As always, thank you for letting me share these photos with you. Stay tuned because there's only 1 post left with my pictures from Washington!

Escondido Canyon Falls

My brother and I took a hike yesterday in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area near Malibu, CA to see Escondido Canyon Falls.

Upper Escondido Canyon Falls - Malibu, CA

We'd never been here before and I've never even hiked in Los Angeles County before, but I read great things about this waterfall, so we decided to take a chance on it. There are an upper and lower falls that both consist of a long drop where water clings to the cliff in its descent. It's not a ton of water pouring off these crests, but the waterfalls are impressive nonetheless - especially for being tucked in this wealthy, densely populated area of the country. You really wouldn't expect to see waterfalls of this size here.

The lower falls is about 60' tall and is easy to get to. I didn't get any pictures of the lower falls because the light was ugly. But the second falls is an adventure to reach with very steep rock scrambling - part of which necessitated using some pre-tied ropes to assist your climb - and tight squeezes through brush. The reward, though, is worth it.

Most sources I find online say the upper falls is 120'-150'. I call foul on that. Can't be more than 80'. But still very impressive. Check the second picture below for scale (I'm on the left and I'm 6'2"), just keep in mind that the extreme wide angle I had to use for the shot distorts sizes and actually makes the falls look much smaller than it is.

Upper Escondido Canyon Falls - Malibu, CA

Upper Escondido Canyon Falls - Malibu, CA

Overall, we must have hiked about 6 miles. Great work out, but I was beat by the end of it.