Snow beginning to melt and clinging to the play equipment
All of the cold weather we’ve had recently brought back to mind an interesting image from several years ago. Clinging Snow is this week’s Image of the Week.
In 2003 we lived in Northeast Portland not far from Fernhill Park. When the snow flies Fernhill is one of the better and more popular sledding locations in Portland. On one of our visits there for snow play I noticed the way the snow was clinging to the monkey bars. It was just starting to melt a bit, but as it began to slide off it clung to the bottom side of the bars on the near side and in a bunting formation on the far side. Really quite unusual!
Keep your eye’s open as you traverse our winter landscape.
- JPEG Image with Fujifilm FinePix S602 Zoom @ 200 ISO
- Integrated Lens @ 9.7mm
- 1/420th of a second @ ƒ/7
- Wednesday, January 1, 2003 @ 13:03
- Fernhill Park, Portland, Oregon, USA
Show opens Tuesday!
An event opening Tuesday is the subject of this week’s Image of the Week post. Life in Action is the latest Gresham Art Committee exhibition and sale. I created the Promotional Poster for the exhibition that features four pieces from Kroll Images; that poster is this week’s Image of the Week.
Four of us have worked together to curate this season’s show. As a relatively new member of the Gresham Art Committee I have contributed to the curating efforts of a few other shows, but this is the first time I have that I have been a part of the full experience. Lead curator Cindy has certainly carried the heaviest load and been the guiding force, each of us have grown together through the experience. There is a great deal more work behind the scenes to produce one of these events than meets the eye. I’m trying to take it as a learning experience leading into the first show I will be lead curator on: Reflections coming up in October, 2014. I’ve had some unexpected demands on my time that have somewhat limited what I’ve been able to contribute to the cause, so I’m especially thankful that we have such a great team working on it!
Creating the poster for Life in Action was my most significant task for the curating team. The concept actually came together fairly quickly thanks to a wonderful selection of art to choose from for the featured images. My biggest stumbling block was what to use as a background that would add to the interest of the poster but not distract from it’s message. I played with a number of different possibilities but none of them fit the bill for me. I was leery about featuring any of my work on the poster; I do not want there to be any hint of favoritism. I would never use a derivative of anyone else’s work out of respect for their art. That lead me to decide to try out one of pieces in a derivative form as the background, as you can see that is what made it to the final version!
I want to give a shout out to the athletes featured in the images. Billy “Bones” Meiners is featured in what is still one of my all time favorite skate images and among first that I really got right. Billy is a fixture in the skate community, promoter (not to mention 2 time champ) of the annual Mt. Tabor Downhill Challenge, and known far and wide for his signature skeleton skate leathers and sugar skull helmet. Patrick Switzer and Robin “Robskey” McGuirk are the two lead riders in one of my favorite images captured at the Maryhill Festival of Speed. Patrick is a world champion downhill skater and among the best known riders on the international circuit, he is also the guiding force behind the outstanding Greener Pastures series. Robin is a legend in skateboard push racing (long distance endurance races) and the innovative proprietor of Eastside Longboards. The subject of the most recent skate image in the group is JP Rowan. JP is one of the most outspoken advocates for skater’s rights and safety along with one of it’s biggest event promotors, a producer of the PDX Downhill site, and helped put Rip City Skate on the map. The jet sprint boat image features the Sling Shot Race Team #16 with driver Rick Henderson and navigator Richie Henderson at the Field of Dreams course in Tangent, Oregon.
The artists reception for the exhibition is this coming Tuesday; the show runs through the sixth of February. I’d love to see you there for the reception or invite you to come see the show during it’s run into next year!
- Promotional poster produced using Adobe Photoshop CS5
Mt. Hood from Jonsrud Viewpoint just north of Sandy, Oregon.
I wanted a special subject for this holiday Image of the Week post. I am very thankful to live in such a wonderfully scenic corner of the world and am proud to present Hood Under a Fresh Blanket as this week’s entry..
This past weekend a quick family errand took me out to Sandy. Of course with a crisp clear blue sky and a recent blanket of snow covering the mountain I brought my camera along. I knew of the Jonsrud Viewpoint and was anxious to shoot from there since my previous favorite vantage point near Sandy is no longer open to the public. It provides a commanding view of Mt. Hood and the Sandy River along with interpretive signage about the Oregon Trail history in the area.
After shooting for a few minutes some nice gentlemen came up to me and we started talking about photography and cameras. By remarkable coincidence one of them happened to be Nathan, the IT consultant for my wife’s work! We had never met but he recognized me from a photo on her desk. We had some great conversation and look forward to doing some shooting together in the future.
I spent about an hour shooting at the viewpoint. I used a variety of settings and combinations of equipment. In most cases I shot bracketed exposure groupings so I could create HDR later if I chose to. In the end it was this single exposure from early in my session that ended up being my first pick of the session. This RAW capture was slightly underexposed so that the blue of the sky and white of the mountain would retain their detail. I used Aperture to adjust the shadows using curves and contrast adjustments along with RAW fine turning to reach the final image you see here.
Have a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday.
- Raw Image with Nikon D7000 @ 100 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 105mm
- 1/200th of a second @ ƒ/14
- Saturday, November 23, 2013 @ 13:28
- Jonsrud Viewpoint, Near Sandy, Oregon, USA
Lindsey Creek Falls is difficult to find and access, but is truly a gem of the gorge.
I’m proud to present one of my all time favorite captures as this week’s Image of the Week. The image was featured in my premier solo exhibition and the story of how it was captured cements it near the top of my list. We return to the spectacular Columbia River Gorge for Hidden Beauty.
Lindsey Creek Falls was once known unofficially as Harrison Falls in the days before the interstate was built. There was an waypoint and garage near the site along the historic highway called Harrison’s Auto Camp that lent it’s name to the falls on Lindsey Creek. Time has forgotten this stretch with the highway long abandoned and no trace of the auto camp remaining.
When the freeway was put into service some maps mistakenly called the smaller falls near where the new roadway crosses the creek Lindsey Falls, the actual falls upstream have been largely forgotten. Oregon State Parks owns the property today but there has been no formal development. The falls near the freeway are now officially named Harrison Falls and a trek to Lindsey Falls requires a bit of an adventurous spirit.
A trek to the falls today starts with a walk up and across the historic roadbed along access roads for the high tension power lines. After cresting a ridge the sounds of the creek become audible as you descend towards it. Next is a trek upstream within the creek itself, abundant poison oak and often steep banks make the creek bed the safest traverse.
Traversing the creek with sensitive camera gear in water that is at times chest deep does present some challenges! When I reached the creek I swapped my hiking shoes for water sandals and worked my way upstream. I used my tripod as a trekking pole and put everything water sensitive in my camera bag so I could keep it overhead when necessary.
When I reached the falls I knew that my efforts were well worth it. Lindsey Falls is truly a gem in the Columbia River Gorge and I had the additional knowledge that I was one of the few lucky enough to see it for myself. There was clear evidence that others had braved the log for a closer look, but it was dangerously slick with moss moist from the spray and I chose vantage points from the west bank instead.
After spending about 45 minutes at my final destination I made my way back downstream and out of this wonderland. In hindsight it was not my wisest decision to make the trek on my own, but the moments of solitude along the way (not to mention at the destination) were truly awe inspiring. I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful corner of the world!
- Raw Image with Nikon D300 @ 100 ISO
- Tokina AT-X116 AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm Ultra-wide Angle Lens @ 13mm
- 6 seconds @ ƒ/13
- Saturday, September 25, 2010 @ 16:26
- Lindsey Creek Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA
Donner Lake and the Donner Memorial Bridge on historic Hwy. 40 from Donner Pass.
I’m traveling for work this week so thought I would grab the Image of the Week from a work trip several years ago. Donner Lake & Memorial Bridge was captured during a side trip to Lake Tahoe from a convention in Reno.
The lake was originally called Truckee Lake but adopted it’s name from the infamous 1846 Donner Party that took shelter here. The bridge; known both as Donner Memorial Bridge and Rainbow Bridge, was constructed in 1925. It was part of the main East-West highway between Atlantic City and San Francisco and was revolutionary for it’s curve and the fact that it rises in elevation from East to West. Most traffic was diverted to Interstate 80 in the 1960s, in recent years it regained fame when a black bear became trapped on it’s concrete arch and had to be rescued.
The Lake Tahoe area is one of my favorite places to visit, if you get to the area make sure not to miss this scenic gem.
- Raw Image with Nikon D300 @ 200 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 95mm
- 1/400th of a second @ ƒ/16
- Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 14:38
- Donner Lake, Near Truckee, Nevada, USA
30 Second Exposure taken at Dusk at Boiler Bay near Depoe Bay, Oregon.
I was going through some of my older images this week and came across one that I’ve intended to feature as Image of the Week and have not. It’s time to correct that and present Milky Surf at Dusk as this week’s featured image.
Shooting low light and night images is one of my favorite types of photography, especially when traveling. Milky Surf at Dusk was one of my earliest attempts at the genre utilizing my first dSLR and it’s kit lens. I had done some reading and looked at examples of images that I wanted to mimic, after the rest of the camping crew was safely tucked away for the evening I went out to try my hand.
I set up the tripod out on the rocks in front of the wooden rail fence to get a clean shot. I used a 30 second exposure to give the surf it’s milky, almost surreal, appearance. It was a relatively calm evening and as I recall 30 seconds allowed the surf to reach it’s apex about 5 – 6 times. That gives the surf line a transparent white haze that you can still see the rocks through.
I wanted the lights from the resort on the far rocks and the fishing vessels out at sea in the frame to give more of a sense of place. I couldn’t go any longer without over exposing the lights and having them detract from the central subject of the frame. Since the shot was captured in RAW it allowed me to boost the darker portions of the frame just enough to give a bit more detail especially on the rocks.
This image shows once again that with a little preparation the equipment really doesn’t matter nearly as much as the vision of the photographer. Go out and show what you can do with yours!
- Raw Image with Nikon D50 @ 200 ISO
- Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18 – 55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED Zoom Lens @ 95mm
- 30 seconds @ ƒ/5.6
- Friday, June 10, 2006 @ 20:54
- Boiler Bay, Near Depoe Bay, Oregon, USA
Wooden Shoes at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival near Woodburn, Oregon.
There were a couple of factors in my selection of this week’s Image of the Week. I saw a posting from the folks at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival noting that the tulip bulbs have been planted, and the weather the last several days has been very spring like. Wooden Shoe Wooden Shoes was my favorite shot from this year’s visit to the annual festival.
I truly enjoy making an early morning trip out to the tulip fields for sunrise during the festival. I missed it last year and was determined to not let that happen again this spring. Unfortunately I cough a day that was too overcast for a great sunrise, but there is still much to capture in the fields.
There are a number of props that are scattered throughout the property for the festival each year. Standards that can be counted on are the windmill, John Deere tractors, antique steam tractors, and when the weather cooperates hot air balloons. These oversized wooden shoes have also been present every time I have visited, this April was no exception.
In order to capture this image I had to get very low and splay out the legs of my tripod. I experimented with different exposures to find the right balance of sharp foreground and slight bokeh in the background. I shot very close to the shoes with my wide angle lens to exaggerate the size of the shoes and put a little distance between them and the tulips and the background. Lying prone to get the proper focus the image you see above was captured.
- Raw Image with Nikon D300 @ 200 ISO
- Tokina AT-X116 AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm Ultra-wide Angle Lens @ 16mm
- 1/160th of a second @ ƒ/8
- Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 09:24
- Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, Woodburn, Oregon, USA
Who is watching who at the Oregon Zoo?
This week’s Image of the Week is one I’ve been saving for since spring. Those Eyes, Those Teeth was my favorite capture from a great trip to the Oregon Zoo with family and friends.
Capturing images with a natural feel at the zoo can be challenging. When I rounded the corner and saw this guy stationary and staring out through the glass I knew I’d hit pay dirt. I was able to get face to face with him from a distance of about five feet by getting down on one knee. In order to reduce glare from the glass between us I put the lens flat against it and moved in and out as I adjusted the zoom and therefore the length of the lens. I focused in on his eye and then adjusted the aperture so that his teeth were in focus as well while the background was thrown out of focus.
I was very fortunate to have had a cooperative subject. He, with a little experience and technique thrown in, resulted in one of my favorite zoo images to date.
- Raw Image with Nikon D7000 @ 200 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 95mm
- 1/4th of a second @ ƒ/8
- Sunday, October 10, 2013 @ 14:10
- Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon, USA
The downtown Seattle Skyline featuring the Great Wheel from a Ferry on Elliot Bay.
This past weekend we had to travel to the greater Seattle area for the second memorial service in the past two weeks. While the occasions were somber we spent the night on our second trip and took the opportunity to visit the scenic Seattle waterfront. This week’s Image of the Week; Seattle Great Wheel and Skyline from Ferry, was captured as we crossed the sound for our hotel in Bremerton.
Timing was the biggest challenge for this shot. The ferry was only about 1/3 full and we were one of the last cars to board. I did not have time to get to the upper decks for the close range shots of the wheel, so I had to shoot from the car deck. I wanted a slow shutter capture but with the entire vessel vibrating under power 2 seconds was as long as I could drag the shutter with reasonable camera stability.
As we picked up speed I quickly made my way up to the passenger deck and out to the rail at the stern. I did not have time to grab my tripod, and with the ferry moving at full speed it would have been of little use anyway. I experimented with several different exposure settings but was happiest with the compromise between overall clarity and motion blur in this capture. For it I set the ISO to 800 and shot in Aperture Priority wide open resulting in a 1/4 second exposure. The buildings are still nice and crisp but the exposure was long enough to bring out the reflections in the water and a slight amount of motion blur.
We will miss those who we were traveling to memorialize, and offer this image of a city they both frequented in tribute.
- Raw Image with Nikon D7000 @ 800 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 18mm
- 1/4th of a second @ ƒ/3.5
- Saturday, October 12, 2012 @ 21:10
- Seattle to Bremerton Ferry, Seattle, Washington, USA
Michael Allen Harrison benefit concert for the Franciscan Spiritual Center featuring Julianne Johnson.
The days are starting to get shorter and the weather is starting to dictate more indoor activities. Preparations are beginning for one of my favorite evenings of the winter; the annual Michael Allen Harrison benefit concert for the Franciscan Spiritual Center. Michael and Julianne, one of my favorite captures from last year’s event, is this week’s Image of the Week.
Harrison is among the best known local musicians and an internationally recognized pianist. He is equally well known for his charitable work, most notably the Snowman Foundation, and his benefit concerts for many local organizations. The Franciscan Spiritual Center is one of the organizations that is fortunate enough to be an annual stop on his benefit tour.
The FSC events occur annually at the Milwaukie Lutheran Church, a beautiful venue but one that is challenging for photography. Lighting is the challenge and flash is not a realistic option for the event. Fortunately the Nikon D7000 offers very good image quality even at high ISO settings, so I chose it along with the 18-200 to give me the most flexible kit. I set the ISO to 1600 to minimize (but not eliminate) the motion blur while still maintaining very usable image quality. You can see a slight amount of motion blur in the hands of both Michael and Julianne, but I think it gives the image a bit of life. It was important that Julianne’s face be very sharp as she held her note making this one of the most energetic moments of the evening.
The 2013 edition of the Michael Allen Harrison concert benefiting the Franciscan Spiritual Center will be on Sunday, December 1st. Ticket information can be found on the FSC web site or by calling 503-794-8542.
- Raw Image with Nikon D7000 @ 1600 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 18mm
- 1/6th of a second @ ƒ/4
- Sunday, December 2, 2012 @ 18:14
- Milwaukie Lutheran Church, Milwuakie, Oregon, USA