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Originally published Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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Falling water, green gorge

Seattle Times reader Larry Heyert's photo of a scenic cataract at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon.

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Larry Heyert, Bellevue.

Photo taken:

June 2, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon.

Photographer's description:

"I was taking a photo class at Silver Falls State Park and was struck by the beauty of North Falls, one of 10 falls along a 7-mile trail within the beautiful park. The picture was taken with my Nikon D90 camera and Tamron 18-270 lens."

Expert says:

"A beautiful scene. The long exposure gives the waterfall a soft, fluid appearance, and it pops among the vivid green environment. The bridge with surrounding greenery is reminiscent of a Claude Monet painting. Using a tripod, small aperture and varying exposure time is a great way to play with the texture of moving water. Suggestions: Since the main subject is very vertical, it would be better showcased with a vertical frame, not a horizontal. This would also allow the viewer to see the origin of the waterfall and make it feel more complete. The 'Rule of Thirds' can often make the composition of an image more interesting, but in this case the waterfall would have a better balance in the center of the image, with the bridge across the bottom third."

— Kathryn Bachen, Seattle Times photo staff

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