Multnomah Falls – jigsaw puzzle style!

I have been keeping a little secret.  Ok, I have hinted just a little bit about it, and a few people already know, but now that the contracts have been signed and I actually have the check in my hands, it is time to let the cat out of the bag so to speak.  If you have followed me for any length of time there is a good chance that you have already seen this image of Multnomah Falls before, it is one of my most popular images, but now A LOT more people who have never heard of me will be getting a chance to see it, in jigsaw puzzle form.

I was contacted about a month ago with a request to license this image to be used as a jigsaw puzzle that will be sold in a lot of retail outlets not the least of which is Hallmark Stores all across America, and will be available sometime in the spring of 2013.  Not only will my name be on each and every box, but it will be on the puzzle itself, how cool is that?  This is the largest single image license deal I have ever done and I can’t begin to tell you just how excited I am about this.  Truth be told, I wanted to tell EVERYONE a few weeks ago when I signed the contract, but being the type that sort of believes in an occasional jinx, I kept it as secret as possible.

What you may not realize about this image is that I actually made it back in 2007 with a Nikon D40 using the kit lens that came with the camera.  If anyone ever tells you that it is all about gear, ignore them, you can sell images made with entry level gear, this image is proof.

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  1. Bryan Snider November 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Wow! I’m speechless this is so awesome! Great job Scott!

  2. Mike Olbinski November 9, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    That’s huge dude, congrats!

    • ScottWood November 9, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks Mike. I am stil sort of “giddy” over it all. I think we have talked about it before, but until I have the check in my hands I always think something is going to screw it all up. :-)

  3. Kris Koeller November 9, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Absolutely amazing. I’ve seen a number of photos of Multnomah and the Columbia Gorge lately. So beautiful. The first time I visited the Falls the area was closed due to a rockslide (happened during a wedding on the bridge). Been back many times. Great stuff.
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    • ScottWood November 9, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks Kris. The gorge really is a pretty special place. Everyone should try to make a trip there at some point.

  4. murphyz November 9, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    This is awesome news – well done!

    I guess the really important question is ‘how many pieces will this puzzle be?’ I’m hoping 1,000 – those leaves would be crazy to do :)
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    • ScottWood November 9, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      I am told that it will be a 1000 piece puzzle. The funny thing is that my wife said the same thing when we found out this was happening.

  5. Jim Denham November 9, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Congrats Scott – how cool is that? May have to get one myself!

    • ScottWood November 9, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks Jim. They are sending me 6 samples once they are printed and ready, really looking forward to seeing one.

  6. Justin Ward November 9, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Absolutely the best news I have heard in awhile! Well deserved, Scott. Soon, my brother, soon. :-)

    • ScottWood November 9, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      Thanks Justin, I really appreciate that.

  7. Toad Hollow Photo November 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    We’re so proud of you, Scott, what a HUGE deal!!! Well deserved, too, I might add! That is a PERFECT picture to use for such a purpose! What an inspiring story for the rest of us; keep on taking epic shots and keep on working it, and success will come your way! You, sir, are bigger than life here today for us.
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    • ScottWood November 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks Toad. I have actually licensed this image a number of times to different travel guides in Europe, but this is the very first time that it has gone to something here in the US, and is by far the biggest deal for it.

  8. Chris Frailey November 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Congrats Scott. How exciting.

  9. Chris Nitz November 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Damn dude, congrats and well deserved!
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  10. Eje Gustafsson November 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Awesome Scott… congrats. Now I have to look in the puzzle isles in the spring
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  11. Rachel Cohen November 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Wow, a huge well deserved Congrats Scott!! I’m sooooo happy for you! :))

  12. Clif November 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Awesome news, Scott! And what a great shot. Now if your Cougs could just start winning…

    • ScottWood November 12, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      Thanks. As for the Cougs, it has been so long that I don’t know if I remember how it feels to have a winning team. :-(

  13. Nathan (Wez) December 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Congrats Scott. That is awesome news and well deserved. It’s a great photo, and good proof that gear isn’t everything ;)
    Hope to see you getting more puzzle deals among other things.

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