Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Each year I try to post a solid collection at New Years to provide some perspective on what I may have been shooting. This year has been a busy and fruitful year, and I feel like I could post hundreds! Here is a small sampler and I will get some more stuff up here soon...
It was a big year for spending time at Illumination Saddle. This unique feature on Mt Hood is at roughly 9500' and provides some stunning views in all directions. Here is one from the Illumination Saddle Summer Solstice extravaganza! Notice oddly that Indiana Jones is visible with his fedora and whip in the top of this photo. Seriously. Quick side note: over a hundred people attended this event and there were no vestiges of our presence save for footprints. If only all groups treated this mountain with that kind of respect!
This shot was the result of an effort to shoot some engagement/wedding photos for two of my favorite people. We were really happy with the results!
Sunrises over Mt Hood are the best. It would be impossible with its dominance in our landscape to
Not have it be front and center in so many photos
The introduction of the next generation into the love of adventure and the fascination with our wild spaces can not be given enough emphasis. It is they who will protect our incredible Public Lands from the maelstrom of assaults currently underway. Here my daughter joins me in the exploration of an ice cave in the Columbia Gorge formed by one of the many storms that ripped through the Gorge this year...
The haze from the Eagle Creek Fire made for some amazing sunrises and sunsets, perhaps the only
Up side to this horrific and unnecessary degradation of our local playground
Smoke billows from the Wyeth Campground Complex in the Gorge. This plume was tiny when I left Portland and by the time I reached here it had gone ballistic. What a difficult time for the residents of the area
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
The New Year seems to always bring retrospectives and I am no different. Here are a few favorites, new and old, from my year. @himalayanskier in Pattycakes on Mt Hood, this has been such a unique snow year, many things are possible
Sunset from Roach Bowl Mt Hood Meadows
Love this shot of Broken Top at Sunrise...How many mornings have I toured out somewhere for a sunrise and gotten totally shut down, but mornings like this are why I continue to do it! The Emotions that this shot evokes for me, the feelings, are similar to the ones I get from the work of photographers like Ralf Dujmovits. Proud, for a moment, to feel in such company.
Hanes Dam in Los Angeles because if you look hard enough, natural beauty really is all around you.
Playtime for puppies in Portland anytime of year but especially in the wet winter months, has a tendency to end like this
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Here Brian "papa" Murphy doing his best to show his appreciation of these days in Jack's Woods at Mt Hood Meadows A couple years ago...best to go outside this Holiday weekend and find a way to show your gratitude.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Monday, September 05, 2016
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
I had so much fun with this shoot, and this group of people! On the coast for work, this group was so accommodating with my repeated requests of "just one more!" each time I thought I could get one just a little bit better, then when I looked at them I had so many amazing photos I could never use them all! Thanks to @kice_shelly, @tlive88, and @tdtucker13 for their endless patience.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Holy Cow! This morning's sunrise was spectacular. A very brief show, but beautiful nonetheless. I was debating going out for Sunrise, but a slight mauve in the predawn clouds made up my mind for me. So glad that I made the effort when I was rewarded with one of those mornings that makes you want to click your heels. I will cruise through my day with the armor of such beauty surrounding me. Thanks for the Earthporn!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Firefighters in the Feather River Canyon in Northern California get an overview of ongoing operations. This fire was started by Cartel marijuana growers making their escape from Federal Agents, and starting fires as they fled to cover their tracks. This is amazingly difficult terrain, with precipitous walls in the Canyon, draws and smaller canyons everywhere. Hiking is not hiking but more accurately scrambling, making firelines near vertical in spots. The logistical challenges are unbelievable. These Hotshots make it all just another day on the job, handling the extra effort and workload without a second thought. With any luck the spate of recent State actions on legalization will cut deeply into the market for these illegal grows which are devastating to our National Lands, leaving garbage strewn camps, dangerous chemicals and miles of PVC piping from their "irrigation projects".
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Todat's shot from Crater Lake! With the days and days of rain in the city and snow in the mountains, sometimes we can forget why we put up with it. Here is a little sunshine and a remnder that all of the grey days allow us to have full rivers and lakes, ample fishing, spring skiing, water sports and all the amazing craft beer, wine, and cider that we can drink! It is days like these that we pay for all winter by putting up with a little grey. I don;t know about you, but I think the payoff is well worth it!
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Taking a photo is an ephemeral thing. It is fleeting, and if the opportunity is gone, it does not frequently return. The light will not be the same, the moment, the conditions, you...none of it will happen exactly the same way to recreate your experience. I have become better, as I age and shoot more and more, at seizing that moment, stopping whatever I am doing, and getting the shot. This applies so much when I am driving. I see a certain condition, or light, or subject, and have to know if I stop that it is not going to be a quick thing. The right photo takes time, and often encompasses simple patience and waiting for that place in time when you get what you see in your mind's eye. I have often yelled, danced, sung, or otherwise expressed my happiness aloud when I have gotten what I think I was after, most often with no one around...The joy of photography is not for everyone, but if you are bitten with the bug, it is gratifying.