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Crescent City Waves

Crescent City

Rocky Shoreline near Crescent City, California

It’s always good to get back home! I have been on the road photographing the Pacific Coast from Crescent City, California to Brookings, Oregon. When I am out, I am on the go from before sunrise to long after sunset, so I really have no time to post. My apologies for those of you that frequently check in. In fact, I am on my way out again this afternoon, but for a shorter trip this time. I will be back to regular posting next week. I have some new images and stories to go along with them.

This image was made on my first evening in Crescent City. It had been stormy all day, but we got just a sliver of light right at sunset that illuminated the coastline while the waves crashed into the rocky shoreline. It was quite a trek getting to water level, as I had to make my way down a steep incline of boulders, but it was well worth it. Never could I have experienced the sea in this way from high above. There is nothing like being right at the waters edge, or even in it at times, attempting to capture a representation of its force, power and beauty.

Developing Personal Vision

Mussel in the Sand

Anything can be photographed! We have been talking about vision in my advanced photo classes, and looking at images of ordinary subjects photographed in extraordinary ways. It all boils down to vision, what we see and how we present it in a photograph. Is it nicely composed and flawlessly lit to enhance our vision? Does it create a feeling or a mood?

Some of my favorite photographers photographed common things. Edward Weston photographed peppers and Paul Caponigro shot sunflowers, both in incredible ways. It really doesn’t matter where we reside and work, it is about how we see. Learning to see in moving ways is an art. Through practice we can develop a personal vision that allows us to share a piece of ourselves to the world. I find it very refreshing as well that my vision evolves and changes with time and experience. As I live life, those experiences shape and mold my vision. I see old things in new ways and new things in old ways. When photographing from the heart, I am never disappointed. It is always new and exciting.

I love life!

I love photography!

Exploring the Possibilities

promenade, Seaside, Oregon

Strolling the Promenade, Seaside, Oregon

Taking time to explore new possibilities in our photography is an essential element in keeping fresh. It is so easy to get stale and bored, even with our own work, if we never shake it up a bit. It really doesn’t take much time to explore, but the benefits are tremendous to our creativity.

On a recent trip to Seaside, Oregon, Christeena and I went for a stroll on the Promenade. It was a cool evening with threatening storm, but even with that it was a wonderful evening. As we walked, I began photographing. No tripod, not even stopping to set up. Just walking and shooting. Very much not the norm for me. I usually am all about setting up on a tripod and picking apart the composition before pressing the shutter. I use a spot meter to make sure that the exposure is perfect. This was so different, yet quite refreshing. I set my camera to a long shutter speed, put the camera up to my eye and started walking. The camera shake was unpredictable but inspiring. The motion in the image creates a feeling of speed, the tilt of the lens indicates motion. It is wonderful.

No, I haven’t changed my style. What this experience did do, though, was refresh my mind and get me ready for a few days of my style of photography. It has also got me to thinking about how many possibilities there are to pursuing creativity in out photography. So let yourself go. try something new. You just may find that you like it!

Creating Depth with Lighting

large storage tanks

Tanks And Trains

On occasion I get the chance to shoot commercial photographs for some medium to large businesses based here in Idaho. On this occasion I was photographing a large asphalt plant. How do you make a big industrial area with large storage tanks and rail cars look inviting and interesting? It is all about light.

Originally this company wanted me to shoot earlier in the day, and I insisted that to get what they really wanted I needed to be there later. They agreed to my terms and afterward were very pleased with the images. I waited until just before sunset so that the light was softer and at a lower angle, thus having the ability to create shape and form from the tanks. With the softer light, the black rail car also held detail while the lowering sun struck the sides of the white tanks creating three dimensional depth. As a bonus, we had a few light clouds in the sky to add some nice texture to an otherwise blue sky.

Remember, photography is all about the light!

Painterly Sunrise

McGowan Peak, Stanley Lake

I pulled this one out of the archives just to take another look. Awhile back I was experimenting with some watercolor effects on my images. This is the only one that I thought was even close to successful. Would love to hear some comments. I live for feedback. What is good? What don’t you like? How would you improve the image? Everyone can give input. I have never met a person that I could not learn something from.

After experimenting for a while, I decided it best to leave the painting to the painters and for me to stick to photography.

Home on the range

Roaming Buffalo

On on of our trips to Jackson Hole, Christeena and I were out exploring and photographing the beautiful landscape when we happened upon a herd of buffalo. We had to stop and wait for them as they were occupying not only the land but the road as well. I had never been so close to such huge animals in the wild. It was amazing and a bit scary at the same time. I definitely would not want to get in the way of one of these creatures when it got mad.

While waiting for the road to clear, I got out my camera and began shooting. I don’t know why, but I feel safer when I’m hiding behind the lens. I know, it makes no sense, but I find myself going place and doing things to get the shot that without the security of my camera I would not even think of doing, like getting as close as I can to a buffalo just so I can fill the frame and not have to crop later.