Monthly Archives: November 2012

Down The Road with my #ProjectDSCS30

I thought it was time to re-visit my #ProjectDSCS30 that I introduced in this post a couple months ago.  As a reminder, this is a small personal project where I am capturing images with what is now considered an ancient camera, a Sony DSC-S30.  This is a 1 megapixel camera that while it does not have any real manual control, it surprisingly enough does allow me to shoot in TIFF mode.

This image was from a recent work trip down to Oregon where I made a side trip to the Columbia River Gorge to do a little shooting.  My recently posted Horsetail Falls image was from that same trip.  I processed this image in Lightroom and Perfect Black & White from OnOne Software. I thought that the title “Down The Road” seemed fitting for this image.

The purpose of this little project is not to create amazing art with a real cheap, very old camera, but simply to illustrate that you can make interesting images with any camera you have in your hands, it really shouldn’t be about the gear, but with your eye and your ability to get the most out of the gear that you do have.  I hope you enjoy this image as well as the future submissions to this project.

 

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Crossing the street

It has been a few days since I have shared anything here on the photoblog, but I would like to think that I had a great reason.  My wife and I just returned from a long Thanksgiving weekend with my family.  As you may know, my family was the real reason why we moved back to the Pacific Northwest this past spring.

This image really has nothing to do with the move, or Thanksgiving, but it has been sitting on my hard drive since I shot it in July and I have always thought it was an appealing image.  I captured it “from the hip” while walking around in downtown Olympia.  I really can’t say much more about it other than it is of some people crossing the street. :-)

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The other Haystack Rock

The “other” Haystack Rock on the Oregon coast.

If you type Haystack Rock into Google you will not be surprised when you find a lot of hits and information about Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, but you will also find that there are actually more than one Haystack Rock on the Oregon coast.  I refer you to this Wikipedia article.

If you have followed this blog recently, you will know that I have shared a few images of the really famous Haystack Rock at Cannon beach you can find those in previous posts on this very blog, but here is a recent one.

The Haystack Rock featured in this image is of the one in Pacific City.  I decided to go with a black and white for this one as it was a very overcast day and the light was very flat, even in the color version there wasn’t a lot of color, so I decided to play with the tone and contrast of the image.

If you get the chance to visit the Oregon coast, visit a Haystack Rock, it really doesn’t matter which one you see, they are all impressive. :-)

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Horsetail Falls

It’s no secret that the Columbia River Gorge is one of my favorite places to shoot in the Pacific Northwest.  Over the years I have shoot in the gorge every opportunity that I could.  I recently posted a blog post about an image of Multnomah Falls that I recently licensed to be used on a jigsaw puzzle.  While there is no doubt that Multnomah Falls is the star of the gorge, it is far from the only waterfall in the area.  This image is of Horsetail Falls which is just “down the road” from Multnomah Falls.

There can be a real problem though when shooting in the gorge.  Everything is VERY easy to get to and there is even a dedicated freeway exit for parking at Multnomah Falls.  If it is a nice summer day, there is a very good chance that you will have a very difficult time even getting to a vantage point to shoot any of the falls in the area.  There is an alternative to that though, plan your visit in the late fall or winter months.  There are actually a number of advantages to visiting during the “off peak” times of the year.

First off is you will have many of the falls pretty much to your self.  I shot this image on 6 Nov. 2012 and had NO TROUBLE at all getting a great vantage point and was never asked to move so someone else could get a shot.  The second great thing about shooting this time of the year is that more than likely it will be overcast.  This helps a lot in getting your shutter speed slowed down enough to get that “silky” look in the water that we are all shooting for.  Finally, there is a great chance that there will be some fall colors in the area, even if they are just leaves that have already fallen, but they still give a little color to an area that is normally just many shades of green.

If your travel plans only allow you to get to the area in the peak tourist season, by all means still go, it is a magical place, but if you can visit during the off season you might just have an even better trip from a photographic standpoint.

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Pacific Sunset

Arizona has some of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see.  I am almost ashamed to say that after having lived in Arizona for just over 20 years it gets easy to sort of take them for granted.  After moving back “home” to the Pacific Northwest, those Arizona sunsets are something that I am sort of missing.  While the northwest can have nice sunsets, they typically aren’t those “fire in the sky” sort of sunsets that you see in Arizona.

I found myself in Oregon for a few days last week for work.  My job took to to Eugene and I decided to make a side trip out by the coast on the way home.  My biggest goal of the trip was to stop by and see Thor’s Well, I have seen tons of images from there, but have never witnessed it myself.  Unfortunately when I arrived at the area of Thor’s Well, it was pouring down rain, rain that would rival an Arizona monsoon downpour.  Needless to say, I stayed in the car and continued north towards home.

It really was just dumb luck that I found myself in this exact location for the sunset.  I would love to say that I planned to have a nice still bay for a reflection and a tree line that makes a nice “arrow” to point right at the setting sun, but sometimes you just get really lucky and end up in the right place at just the right time, this was one of those times.

Another thing that might surprise people about this image is that I only shot it ONCE.  I knew that I nailed the shot that I wanted and spent the rest of the time simply enjoying the sunset with the 6 or so other cars that were pulled over on the side of the highway enjoying it with me.  It was tempting to keep firing away and get dozens of shots of the sunset, but I would have missed witnessing this and chatting with the drivers of those other cars.  I guess the moral of this is that if you keep your eye glued to your viewfinder you really can miss some amazing things.  As much as making a great image is important to me, seeing the world through a viewfinder can be very limited.  Put your camera down at times and simply enjoy the magic that is around us each and every day.

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