Single-image Sunday: Abstracted Earth

I visited the Painted Hills last week.  This is a beautiful area in central Oregon that is part of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  

The Campaign

A skiff of snow overnight and a very frosty autumn morning near Dallas Divide in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

A skiff of snow overnight and a very frosty autumn morning near Dallas Divide in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

This is an image from my last road trip through the American West.  I had hoped to just catch the fall’s last colors in the Rockies, after most of the other photographers had gone, believing the peak had passed.

I spent a freezing night and next morning the sun didn’t show.  Instead the…

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Single-image Sunday: The Viewpoint

One of my favorite viewpoints in the Columbia River Gorge is on the Oregon side, a short hike from the (Historic) highway.  

Friday Foto Talk: How to Handle Contrast the Natural Way

Friday Foto Talk: How to Handle Contrast the Natural Way

Dead camel thorn trees trace a former watercourse in the Namib Desert near Sesriem.

Dead camel thorn trees trace a former watercourse in the Namib Desert near Sesriem.

Contrast is one of the main things photographers have to deal with.  Even in the studio a lot of work goes into handling contrast in the amount of light across your subject.  And in natural light there is only so much you can do to control contrast.  For the most part you just need to accept and deal with it.  In…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Misty

Weekly Photo Challenge: Misty

After checking out Ailsa’s weekly photo challenge and finding it was Misty this week, I couldn’t resist!  Most of these are from the archive but are fairly recent images.  A couple are very recent, taken with my point and shoot.  Please note these are copyright-protected and not available for free download without my permission.  Click on the image to go to the main gallery page, and please conta…

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Single-image Sunday: Sunset from Munra Pt.

I finally broke the photo drought and went up to the Gorge for a hike with my old point and shoot.  

End of an Era

End of an Era

A rainbow reflected in a small lake along the Columbia River.  It was classic Oregon springtime weather that last day.

A rainbow reflected in a small lake along the Columbia River. It was classic Oregon springtime weather that last day.

I’ve been trying to avoid this post for the last few days.  This weekend I was shooting at the top of a waterfall, a virtually unknown one called Summit Creek Falls in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.  It’s rare you can get in a relatively safe position to shoot decent pictures at…

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Single-Image Sunday: Rock of Ages

Single-Image Sunday: Rock of Ages

Columbia River Gorge

St. Peter’s Dome, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

Yesterday the light was beautiful in the late afternoon when I went out to the Columbia Gorge.  I really like this section, and unbelievably no photographers seem to be interested in it.  They go for the waterfalls and creeks, and also the flower display to the east.

But this area features some of the most spectacular terrain on the Oregon side, and…

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Friday Foto Talk: Creeking

Friday Foto Talk: Creeking

Gorton Creek Falls in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area.

Gorton Creek Falls is not very well known and not on a trail: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

No this post isn’t about creaky knees.  I don’t know any more than you do how to stop the process of a nature photographer’s knees going creaky with age.  It’s a different spelling anyway!  No, this post is about photographing creeks and streams.  Big rivers require a different sort of approach, so this…

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