Work where various natural features are the main elements in the composition
Last Light Half Dome
My wife arranged a photo tour with a photographer from the Ansel Adams Gallery. While traveling up Glacier Point Road the photographer asked me if I was up for a hike. We parked on the side of the road and began climbing. The entire time I saw one other set of footprints. Looking at my GPS date from my 6D it appeared we were on Illilouette Ridge. We reached the top of the ridge and traversed across to this view of half dome. I regret there was no significant foreground elements to give scale but I am appreciative of the few seconds the clouds parted and lit Half Dome in this manner.
Spring Evening Yosemite
My first trip to Yosemite. We had a long drive in from visiting family in Sacramento. We arrived later than expected but I could not resist stopping at the classic "Tunnel View" Viewpoint. I am glad I did as this ended up being one of my favorite images from that trip. It was a focus stacked image for maximum depth of field and I did several exposures blended in PS CC to maximize the drama in the clouds.
Morning Dew in Yosemite Valley
Being in the middle of Yosemite Valley at first light was one of the most profound experiences I have had to date. It was a cold trudge through very wet grass in the meadow but I feel the results were worth it.
Dog Mountain Sunset
Tried Lightroom CC's new HDR function for this sunset composition taken of the wildflowers at the top of Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge. I like the functionality and results of the new software. This photo was also focus stacked in Photoshop CC for maximum depth of field.
Smith Rock Sky Fire
Smith Rock State Park is one of my favorite locations in Oregon. It is a short drive from Redmond where my family and I spend a good portion of our vacation time. I have always wanted to get a sunset shot with drama in the sky to match the rocks. This is a blend of two exposures, one for the sky and one for the rocks/foreground. I used a new tool for this shot. A web based application called Skyfire which predicts the likelihood of dramatic sunset/sunrise skies. I have to say it worked quite well.
The high desert of central Oregon is one of my favorite regions. This photo is of the vibrantly colored soil of the painted hills. I loved the rich textures in the soil.
Mount Hood from Trillium
My wife and I drove up to Trillium Lake for sunset on one of our first date nights after my daughter was born. I am fortunate she is very supportive of my photography. Although the sky was not as dramatic as I had hoped I was pleased with the lighting on the mountain and I liked the leading lines that developed in the lake during the long exposure.
Sunrise in the Field
Image from the fields at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. This is image is focus stacked for maximum depth of field and a separate exposure for the sun and sky. Very cool place if you are in Oregon in the Spring.
Early morning at Smith Rock State Park. Crooked River and one of the many rock faces.
Long exposure with silhouette and reflection of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. I used a 10 stop neutral density filter and calculated the proper exposure using the photo pills app on my iPhone.
Yosemite Fall with Reflection in the Merced River. I used a polarizer to control the reflection as I wanted some of the texture in the river bottom to show up.
Smith Rock Sunset
Separate exposures and focus for the foreground and background blended in photoshop. The rocks in the foreground are actually columns of rock that seem about 10-15 feet high.
Golden Hour Smith Rock
The golden hour light on the peaks of Smith Rock. Tighter composition with a 300 mm focal length and held.
Grove of Aspen trees along the Deschutes River near Bend, OR.
Work where water is the primary element in the composition
Early morning light on Ponytail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge
Evening light on Ramona Falls in the Mount Hood National Forest. In the evening the light dances across the face of the falls. I liked this tighter composition on this large falls showing the light and some rainbow colorations.
Panther Creek Falls
Absolutely amazing falls in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of Washington State. The scramble/climb down to the base of the falls is well worth it.
An absolutely stunning but very obscure waterfall on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. The steep hike down the minimal trail is challenging but well worth the effort to see the incredible blue waters of this falls.
This is not one of the biggest falls in the gorge but is quite powerful in terms of water volume. I like the way longer shutter speeds look for waterfalls, but here you cannot go too long or the falls will be white with no detail. I feel I balanced this one well. I used a cooler color temperature to bring out some of the natural blues under the falls.
One of the most unique looking falls in Oregon. This fall lends itself to a long exposure very well.
Upper Lewis River Falls
There are three falls along this section of the Lewis River. The lower falls is probably the most famous. On this day the river was too high to safely get to the lower falls base, the upper falls however was quite photogenic. I felt the composition looked good as a black and white, especially with the fog against the dark trees.
Yosemite Spray Rainbow
The early morning light makes a rainbow in the spray created by Lower Yosemite Falls, The texture in the rocks and the light blue water made for a very nice composition.
This is a very small waterfall on Gorton Greek in the Columbia River gorge. Even though it is small it makes for a very beautiful composition.
Punch Bowl Falls
Probably one of the more famous falls in the Columbia River Gorge. To get the falls with good flow usually requires a short wade into the creek itself.
Nugget Falls as reflected in a small pool with Mendenhall Glacier in the background. I was going to attempt to photoshop the people out for a cleaner composition but I decided against this as I felt it gave the photo scale.
I really liked the cracks in the moss covered rock along Multnomah Creek. This is the creek that feeds the famous Multnomah Falls. It is a short but steep hike to the top of the falls but I think the effort is worth it as you are rewarded by this beautiful creek bed with other falls above.
Lower Yosemite Falls
The high granite peaks around Yosemite make for some interesting transitions between light and shadow as demonstrated in this photo of Lower Yosemite Falls.
Falls Creek Falls
Falls Creek Falls is a large waterfall in Washington state. It has multiple tiers. This photo shows the bottom and a distant middle tier. We had to scramble to get down to the base, but it was worth it.
Silver Falls Fog
South Falls at Silver Fall State Park. A very worthwhile destination for any photographer that likes waterfalls and hiking. This was a very cold late fall morning. I love the mood the fog creates.
Fallen Foliage at Silver Falls
Some fallen foliage at the base of South Falls at Silver Falls State Park.
Fall Foliage at Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. This is one of the most impressive falls in the gorge when it has strong water flow. This is a focus stacked image with a separate faster exposure for the tree which was blowing wildly in the wind.
A thawing Multnomah Falls following a deep freeze a few years ago. Felt the black and white enhances the textures and tones of the ice and falls.
Fallen Leaves Tanner Creek
Grounded fall foliage besides the flowing blue waters of Tanner Creek in the Columbia River Gorge
Lateral Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. When the weather turns cold in the gorge the spray from the falls freezes on contact to everything it touches. There is a rock at the base of the falls which kicks the spray everywhere making for some amazing ice formations. Little slick and treacherous to get here but well worth it.
This photo has special meaning to me. It is of my wife, daughter, and I stargazing up on McKenzie Pass in Central Oregon. The photo was created using two different panoramas. The foreground elements including us, the vehicle, and lava rock were exposed with the headlights on and is composed of eight shots stitched in photoshop. The Milky Way was exposed with the headlights off and is composed 16 shots in two rows also stitched with photoshop. The separately exposed panoramas were then blended in photoshop, Final adjustments were done in Lightroom. I gleaned much of the technical knowledge to accomplish this shot from the excellent Craft & Vision book Nightscape by David Kingham
Internally lit tent on the rim of Crater Lake with the Milky Way over the top. The tent was lit with the smallest light source I could find, the screen of my cell phone. I was really liking the reflections picked up in the lake's surface.
Milky Way shot coming out over the top of several Cascade Mountain peaks. You could see the full arch but I liked this composition better as the mountains were a larger element. Multiple shot panorama in multiple rows stitched in photoshop.
Smith Rock Milky Way
Smith Rock State Park is one of the most beautiful spots in Oregon. It is great for night photos as the sky is dark enough to capture the detail of the Milky Way but the city lights of Redmond are close enough to cast a warm glow on the rocks. This was a multiple shot, multiple row panorama shot with a 24 mm lens and stitched in photoshop.
Domesticated or wild animals are the primary subject in the composition
Sunset at Laniakea Beach on Oahu with several sea turtles basking in the evening sun.
Love the textures and colors in the turtle's skin.
Loved the designs on this turtle's shell. The sunset provided a lovely warm back light. I added some fill flash for this photo after speaking to one of the biologists that man this beach for the turtles protection, I wanted to make sure the flash would not disturb them.