This is Multnomah Falls in Oregon just south of the Historic Columbia River Highway in the northern part of Oregon. Even though it was in a drought year the run off is still quite good but, I still want to catch it in a good year. Also this was shot in August.
I had to process this quite different than I normally process my images due to the high contrast in the shadow and sun. I did not plan the timing I was just on a trip with my family. The best time of the day would be in the morning or evening when the contrast is low. Normally I would crank the contrast up but on this image it was already too high. I was not happy with the detail in the highlights. Luckily I shot in RAW and was able to save a copy of the shortest exposure at a -1 setting and process it plus my normal bracketed series in my HDR software and even then I still lowered the exposure in the HDR software. There are many advantages to shooting in RAW. Like correction for lens distortion and chromatic aberration and many more. I had to break out a few new tricks to save an image that was not shot at the "perfect time". It's nice to find new challenges and not settle for the normal process. When you are not happy with the results process the image again and try something new not every image is the same. The more I shoot the more I find that you can break the rules and shoot any time of day and break other rules as long as you are creative. Enjoy your photography and never stop trying new things.