You and I are on a special journey together, uncontrollably spinning our way through the universe.
We have no idea where we’re going, when we’ll get there, or why we’re going at all.
At least, we have each other on this journey, if nothing else.
When I forget that, I can feel alone and overwhelmed.
Untethered, I drift between stability and chaos.
Bouncing aimlessly between the two.
Then, you grab me and hold tight.
Until I return to solid ground.
(This is my first, half-assed attempt at star trails with my Nikon. It was the end of a long day, plus it was chilly out. The next one will be better.)
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.
Yesterday, Matt Newman (@matthewnewmanphotography) mentioned wanting to go spin some steel wool at night. I haven’t seen this in person before, and decided I wanted to go check it out.
Normally, when we shoot together, its to shoot the milky way, or stars, but they were mostly covered by the storm clouds. This time we were forced to experiment and put our creative minds together to come up with cool shots. We had a good time, until the wind chill coming off of the lake became too much for us to bear anymore.
I understand this photo may be concerning, but I promise everything was damp after days of rain.
This was from a couple of months ago, on the best night of astrophotography of my life. I had good company, and great conditions. We were able to hit a handful of amazing spots on the Oregon coast.
This particular photo was taken from the Arch Rock parking lot in Boardman state park. It wasn’t really on the shot list, but I had planned to meet back up with Michael Shainblum there after Mark Metternich showed me his free stealth campsite. I decided to quickly take a few shots before we moved up the coast near the Pistol river.
I’ve been going through the archives, looking for more images that I think would work well with a painterly edit. This one seemed perfect. I’ve found the key to a good painterly image is a strong composition and vibrant colors.
It doesn’t even matter if the image is completely in focus. This one below of a cute chipmunk was one where the focus missed. I’d have never shared the original, but the painterly route saved it. I still liked the image because of the colors and composition, so I used an adjustment brush in lightroom to try and add sharpness, contrast, and clarity on the little guy, before using Topaz Impressions. Then I used ColorEfex Pro 4 to add a little something extra.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but there are a lot of new followers to this blog, so I’ll say it again. You can salvage your out of focus, slightly blurry, iphone photos with a painterly app. Nobody will ever know you messed up, and they’ll think you’re just being creative haha.
(Just to avoid any confusion, the photos in this post were taken with my Nikon D7000.)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with good light.