I like my photos to generate an emotional response. I like to feel a photo as much as I like to see it.
This photo of Willamette Falls is underexposed by a fair amount. For me this adds a richness to the colors and takes away the busyness of the falls.
Exposed to reveal the shadow detail or even the mid-tones, this photo loses some of its drama and pull. With this photo underexposed, the shadows have melted into the black and what is left is the shape of the falls, the white water, and the sunset reflection on the water.
I love the combination of the blue of the water and the salmon colored reflection, and the shadowy logs and rock give the photo some structure.
It's funny, I've spent a good portion of my adult life trying to avoid drama only to crave it in my photographs.