Recently I met Fototripper Gavin Hardcastle while out shooting Lower Lewis River Falls

This past October a friend of mine, Jon Stolarski, was doing some work in the Portland area.  Jon is from Arizona and while we used to shoot together a lot when I lived there, and from time to time during my storm chasing trips, it was great to have him make his way to the Pacific Northwest where he could see some water flowing in its natural habitat.  Ironically, I am talking about shooting with my friend Jon, and it isn’t actually Jon in this image.  This shot is of another guy we met on this trip, Gavin Hardcastle, better known as the Fototripper.

Jon and I had shot a few other locations before making it to Lower Lewis River Falls, and when we got to the falls we pretty much had the place to ourselves, with the exception of this guy in a blue jacket that seemed to be talking to himself a lot.  Gavin wasn’t actually talking to himself, but was talking to his GoPro camera while shooting one of his YouTube videos.  I shoot these falls somewhat regularly, I only live about 90 minutes or so away from them, and I was really enjoying watching Jon move around the area trying to take it all in, these falls are pretty spectacular, and I wasn’t really putting much effort into shooting.  I actually took more pictures of Jon taking pictures of the falls than I actually took of the falls themselves.  I also grabbed this snapshot of Gavin while he was shooting the YouTube video I just mentioned.

Curious about the video that Gavin was shooting?  Here is a link.  I won’t say where, but I am actually in the background of a shot in this video. :-)

All in all it was a great day.  I got to spend the day shooting with an old friend and even met a new one.

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  1. Jim Denham January 9, 2019 at 3:33 am #

    You were on the stairway weren’t ya! I had already seen his video prior to you posting this so I had to go back and look again! So cool, and a cool shot with him in it! Glad you and Jon got to get out up there! Looks like a beautiful place!

    • ScottWood January 9, 2019 at 7:47 am #

      You got it. I was down at the bottom of the stair and he climbed back up to the trail.

  2. Michael W Criswell May 21, 2019 at 10:58 am #

    Looks like an awesome location Scott, nice work

  3. Mark Stewart August 22, 2019 at 12:34 am #

    This is a must-see if you are near Cougar Washington or the Ape Caves on the South Side of Mt. St. Helens. was lucky that the day we went was warm and sunny. This is a popular falls for swimmers and photographers. Swimmers can jump from high rocks into deep pools at the bottom of the falls. Take your lunch and camera as well as a bathing suit.
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