Today I leave southern Oregon for a new adventure. I’m visiting my family in California for a couple of days before I fly to Maine to start a new chapter. Its pretty exciting, to say the least.
This photo was taken right above Abiqua Falls. I wanted to go shoot Abiqua, but I ended up on a different trail that dropped me just above the falls. Thats where I found this gem. This view is gorgeous, and the view directly opposite was just as awesome, though the light wasn’t great, so I didn’t take any photos in that direction.
When I moved to Oregon I had all these ideas about exploring and finding lesser known waterfalls. I didn’t get to do that very often, but when I did find some rare beauty, it was magical. I’m looking forward to exploring remote areas of Maine, and leading workshops out there. Care to join me???
Bridal Veil Falls is a relatively short and easy hike in the Columbia River Gorge. I ended up going there twice in the span of a week. It’s quite pretty in person, but very difficult to do justice in photos. That may be why there aren’t any iconic shots that come to mind when you hear the name.
I was struggling to do a straightforward edit, so I decided to try Topaz Impressions for the painterly look. I like to reduce the opacity of the effect, so the details still come through.
Theres so much to share since my last post. The most exciting thing is I’m moving to Maine next month. In the meantime, I’m trying to sell stuff to raise money for the move. If you’ve ever thought about buying one of my prints, this would be the perfect time to do so. You can email me directly at email@example.com for pricing.
Why Maine? I’m following my intuition and my heart. After a week traveling around Oregon with my girlfriend, she asked me to move in with her in Maine. She was looking into jobs and housing in Oregon, but it would probably be easier for me to relocate for now.
Being on the east coast will be a fun new adventure for me. And it should provide Shannon and I with more opportunities to lead workshops together. If you have any interest in a waterfall or fall color workshop in the New England area, you can let me know in the comments, or email me directly.
This was shot with my Nikon D7000 using the Tokina 11-16 2.8 lens. I’ll try to get back into the habit of posting here again.
We’ve received some great submissions for the painting with your camera challenge. Its not too late to participate yet. All you have to do is email me your image(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Wednesday.
The photo above was created using the out of of focus on purpose technique. It’s not hard, but its not simple either. You have to try different focal lengths, to make sure you have enough detail, and maybe even try different apertures, depending on the bokeh. I used f8 for this particular shot.
I’m kind of surprised I forgot to post the iPhone version of this shot, while I was on the road. As good as it turned out, this Nikon version came out even better.
This shot is made of up 3 exposures that were manually blended in PS. It was very challenging to blend because of all the detail throughout the image.
Enough of the technical stuff, this spot was beautiful. I spent a lot of time just soaking in the view. I also took some risks to get to a dangerous vantage point next to the falls. Basically, I was holding onto tree roots to keep from sliding down into the falls. Normally, I’m very cautious, but I wanted to see if there was a unique shot to be had over there. I’m sure I’ll end up editing that shot a few months from now, when I feel like I have nothing good to edit.
This post is going to be full of DSLR photos from Oneonta Gorge, and the first one isn’t mine.
I decided to try something different out at these falls, because there aren’t a lot of vantage points in this slot canyon, and the two people I was traveling with, Mital Patel and Susan Holt, both were raving about Andrew Studer’s shot (below) because of the beams of light in it. I feel like if someone already has a shot that everyone is talking about, you need to try to think outside of the box to create something unique.
I’ve actually crossed paths with Andrew a couple of times now, since moving to Oregon. He’s a nice young guy that has a lot of passion for photography. Check him out on IG @studercinema
Back to the point of the post…as I stood in the gorge, searching for different compositions, my attention kept coming back to all of the lines in the scene. That gave me the idea to do some handheld panning with a slower shutter speed, to create some abstracts.
These images are different, and hopefully stand out, among the many taken at this location. I can’t recall ever seeing any abstracts done here. I was hoping the impressionist style would make the scene feel unreal, because thats kind of how it felt being there.
I don’t think any photos could ever do this place justice. There is such a magical quality to this gorge that is hard to convey. I think part of the magic comes from the adventure that it takes to reach the falls. You’ll climb large rocks, walk across fallen logs like its an obstacle course, and wade through some deep water with your gear above your head. Definitely go, if you have the chance, but be prepared to get wet.
Quite often, when people find out I’m a professional photographer, they’ll tell me what I should go take a photo of. Over the years, I’ve come to understand that we don’t all view things the same way. Our current mental state, as well as our connection to a location, or object, greatly influence how we perceive something. So, a lot of times, since I don’t share the same connection to something that someone else has, I’m unable to see why they think its so worthy of a photograph. Does that make sense?
It’s pretty hit and miss when someone wants to show me a location that they think is cool. Ok…it’s mostly miss. But not this time. My new friend was telling me about some unmarked falls she found while exploring Southern Oregon. I was pretty eager to check it out because its hard to find waterfalls that aren’t overshot, or crowded with tourists.
These cascading falls certainly didn’t disappoint. The photo only captures about a quarter of its size. It went up much higher and farther back. It had that classic Oregon look with all the moss covering the rocks. There were ferns to use as a foreground element, and a massive boulder to help frame the falls. Basically, theres a lot of potential there.
I did get some nice shots with my Nikon, but I feel like this is a place I’ll have to go spend some more time with, so I can do it justice.