Life gets in the way of living.

A lot has been going on since my last post and I’ve neglected this blog. Mainly I’ve been adjusting to my new job, schedule, and routine.. while getting out to take photos.. not nearly enough. I’ve been up to some things though.. a couple of which I’ll mention here.

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Three Day Photo Trip

At the end of April I went on a three day photo jaunt with my friends Brian Kibbons (<– click!) and Dustin Gent (<– click!) that spanned from the Redwoods or Northern California to the Eastern Columbia River Gorge. We left Portland and drove the entire night to catch Sunrise in Samuel Boardman State Park. We got skunked. In fact.. we got skunked 4 out of the 5 light opportunities that we had. 😦 Needless to say I don’t have many images from that trip to share.. but I certainly learned a lot, drank a lot of bad coffee, and ate a lot of unhealthy food.

I think my favorite image from the trip is this one:

After Light

This was our last sunrise which we caught on Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge. We showed up super early to be the first car in the lot. If you didn’t already know.. this area is FILLED with blooming balsamroot and lupine and photographer flock here every year to make the most of the opportunities that about. No really.. they flock. Sometimes nearly standing shoulder to shoulder across the plateau.

We were soon joined by Alex Noriega (<— click!) and headed onto the plateau to forage through the poison oak and flowers trying to find the most photogenic bunches of flowers that we could. Having first pick.. we set up shop and waited for the light while the parking lot continued to fill. The sunrise was uneventful but we hung around talking afterwords. 95% of the photographer had left for the day when this action started to happen on the horizon. So we set up and continued to shoot.

Technical Details:

  • 2 exposures at f11 ISO 2000 for depth of field focus blending. The wind was our enemy which required a faster shutter speed and wider aperture.
  • 1 exposure at f11 ISO 100 for the sky.

I blended this all by hand and it was my first time doing so. There was a lot for me to learn but I’m pleased with the way it came out.. though I think I want to work on the colors more. All told I put almost 15 hours into this photo through 5 different ground-up edits.

Here are some other shots that I came away with from our trip:

Wizard Hat

Duncan Creek I

Gallery Show in Fremont, CA this October!

I am also preparing for my first ever gallery show! I will be hanging pieces at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery from 10.25-11.16. The opening reception is on the 25th and I plan to be there. Hopefully it all goes well! I know that I am and will continue to be putting a ton of focus into reworking my images with newly learned techniques as well as getting the prints just right.

That’s about all I have right now. I know this is a long post and if anyone reads this blog and made it to the end.. thank you.

Here’s to hoping for good light!

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