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  • 2009 Nature's Best Photography

    Each year Nature's Best Photography Magazine sponsors the Windland Smith Rice International Awards, one of the biggest and most highly acclaimed international nature photography competitions. Each year they receive tens of thousands of entries. In 2008 I was very humbled to be chosen as a category winner for my image Lunar Eclipse Over Mt. Shasta. As a category winner, that image was displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for six months. This year I was surprised again to have two of my images receive Highly Honored awards in the competition.

    Earth Bound Suns was honored in the Plant Life category,

    and Shadow Lands was honored in the Weather category.

    In addition to the excitement of being included in the Nature's Best Awards again, it was also an honor to be represented along with other northwest photographers who I know and admire, including Kevin McNeal, Jon Cornforth and Dennis Frates.

    Nature's Best 2009

  • Good Cheer!

    Lake of the Woods in Winter, OR

    Wishing you wonder, mystery, adventure and good light in the New Year! Thanks for being a part of Outdoor Exposure Photography!

  • Finally Some New Images On The Site

    I really enjoy almost every aspect of the work I do. Going out in search of light and visually enticing scenes to photograph takes effort, but it is also good fun and a worthy challenge. The countless hours I spend painstakingly guiding each image through my workflow, applying the processing and developing skills I have learned over the last decade is also quite enjoyable and rewarding too. So is producing prints, and sharing my images with others on various websites, in publicatons and at galleries and exhibits. However, I have to admit that the tide of progress often stops flowing when it comes time to introduce new images on my own website. We all have portions of our work that is less engaging and more tedious than others. The process of putting new images on my site, which is the way that I share them with my largest audience, requires several layers of work I don't particularly look forward to.

    I'll spare you all the details, but in brief it requires renumbering all the images to be uploaded, creating web sized images and thumbnails for each image, giving each image a title, keywords, caption and the organizing it into various departments and categories within the structure of my site. Once all the data entry is complete the database is uploaded to the software that uses the information to create the web pages and link structure for the new content. Any mistakes or typos cause havoc on my site, so I have to look carefully for bugs, repair them in the database and then allow the software to build the site again. Depending on how many images there are, the entire process can take me as much as a week.

    Needless to say, this chore often slips off the top of my to do list to make way for more engaging or more pressing business. It has been nearly eight months since I last added new images to www.OutdoorExposurePhoto.com but I finally got it done. The good news is that there is now a large collection of new work created in the last year up on my site just waiting to meet the public. If you are keen to take a look at the photography I've been up to I invite you to take a look at my latest additions.

    I wonder when I'll catch up with the hundreds of stock images still waiting for their turn to see the light of day?

  • Pacific Northwest Photography Podcast Interview

    Talented outdoor photographer, Adrian Klein, is now producing a great podcast called Pacific Northwest Photography. Adrian recently interviewed me for his podcast, which you can listen to on the player above. During our conversation we chatted about favorite locations, adventures and photography equipment. I also give the behind the scenes tales of the two images below. You can also get the complete story behind my intolerance of goat flavored food products.

    I highly recommend checking out Adrian's photography at www.adrianklein.com

    and his photography blog at http://adriankleinphoto.blogspot.com/

    On Adrian's home page you can subscribe to his PNWP Podcast by clicking the red musical note.

    Lunar Eclipse Over Mt. Shasta

    Lunar Eclipse Over Mt. Shasta

    Double Falls, Glacier National Park

    Double Falls, Glacier National Park

  • Peeling The Moon


    Peeling the Moon - Cracked desert mud near Escalante, Utah.

    David Cobb and I came across this cracked, peeling mud layer in a wash while hiking in the desert along Hole in the Wall Rd in Utah. We were drawn, not only to the curled and cracked patterns, but the pock marks that must have been left by a rain shower. Without the cracks it would be hard to tell apart from a high altitude view of the moon's surface.

    There was harsh 10 o'clock light at the time, so I shaded the area with my jacket and noticed a great warm glow on the curled portions which was reflecting from the brightly lit bank of the wash. There was also a very slight blue cast in the flat sections which were reflecting the sky. The RAW file has pretty low contrast, but after working a bit in both RAW conversion and in PS to draw out the histogram and increase the contrast, this is the result. I often look for low contrast scenes to photograph knowing that the effect of enhancing the contrast later will give results that I find visually exciting.

    Canon 5DII, 24-105mm f/4L IS, 1/6 sec @ f/22, ISO 100

  • Blurred Water Effect

    I recently had a question from a photographer about achieving the classic blurred water effect that many landscape photographers use during full daylight. The blurry water effect comes from using a long shutter speed (.5 sec to 10 sec depending on speed of water) to allow the motion of the water to appear smooth.  In low light situations it can be easy, and sometimes unavoidable, to get a long enough shutter speed without any assistance. When more exposure time is needed also make sure you are using a tight aperture (f/22+) to let in less light and a low ISO (50-100) to decrease your camera's sensitivity to light. In slightly brighter conditions a polarizing filter, which holds back about 1 stop of light, can help give a long enough shutter speed to get blurry water. In brighter daylight conditions you might also need to use a neutral density (ND) filter, or combinations of ND filters, to block some light (3 stop up to 10 stops depending on how bright it is) and give you a slower shutter speed. Singh-Ray and other filter makers also have variable ND filters that allow you to "dial in" the amount of filtration you need.0383912-20090722-Edit

  • Oregon Exposure App for the iPhone

    Oregon-Envi-3-bigI'm proud to announce the release of my second iPhone app which is called Oregon Exposure for iEnvision. As with my first iPhone app, Outdoor Exposure for iEnvision, it was created in partnership with the fine folks at Open Door Network. They produce an entire line of iPhone apps based on their iEnvision software platform.Oregon-exposure-screen2

    Oregon Exposure for iEnvision runs on any iPhone or iPod Touch. It contains nearly 100 stunning images that show the grandeur and beauty of Oregon. The images are arranged into galleries by region. Each photo captures a bit of Oregon's personality with the artistic attention to composition and light that my photography has become known for.Oregon-exposure-screen4

    I'm really excited about this application because as resident of Oregon for 35 years it is a place that I am very close to and feel strong connections with the geology, nature, climate and culture. Several years worth of photography work have gone into creating the images in this new iPhone application.  I really wanted the app to be a worthy tribute to my home state and a way that people who share my enthusiasm can take a bit of it with them. It is a great way to keep Oregon close at heart and to share it with others who might not have had the opportunity to visit.Oregon-exposure-main1

    You can download the app from the iTunes store: http://itunes.com/app/oregonexposureforienvisionOregon-exposure-screen3

  • Help Selecting Images for 2009 NANPA Showcase

    Help me select images for the NANPA Showcase

    Help me select images for the NANPA Showcase

    Want to help me select the images I enter in the 2009 NANPA Showcase competition? I have narrowed it down to the photos in this gallery on facebook. You'll need to have or sign up for a facebook account to enter your votes.  I can only enter 6 images in the competition, and it gets really tough to narrow them down. This is where you come in. Vote for your 6 favorites by commenting with a "Yo!". The first person who v otes for all 6 of the images I submit will win an 8x12 print of their choice. My final selection may or may not be the 6 with the most votes, so vote for your favorites not just the most popular. Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Never Hurts to Check

    Bandon Beach, OregonIt never hurts to check back through old images. I apply a fairly rigorous editing process to my images. After a shoot I download the images and then begin the deleting. Using Adobe Lightroom I first find any images that are out of focus, poorly exposed, etc. and delete them. Next I go through and flag all the images that I think may have some promise. Looking at just the flagged images I now go through again and give each image a rank from one to three stars, with three stars being the top level images. Finally I give color codes to some of the stared images, red to indicate a prime select and yellow to indicate a basic stock image. Once this is done I am now able to quickly get back to the best images from a shoot as well as sort them by their potential future use.

    However, I need to stay in the practice of going back and looking through the images that didn't receive a star or a color label from time to time. Often I will find a great image that slipped through the cracks or that I had a bias against at the time, but looks more appealing once I have distanced my mind from it a bit. The photo above of one of the rock formations and beach near Bandon is one such photo. When I took the photo I was hoping for a brilliant sunrise, so when the dawn came with gray conditions I was disappointed, but still dutifully took a few images. My lack of enthusiasm for the day affected how I saw this image when I was first editing the group of images it was in and it didn't make the cut. Nearly a year later I came across it while searching for different beach images. Now that I have had time to distance my mind from the fact that there wasn't a colorful sunrise the image really stands out to me. Now I rather like the dramatic, dark and somewhat ominous feel and muted tones. I have also moved the image quite a bit higher in my ranking system.

  • Intimate Painted Hills

    Intimate Painted Hills

    Intimate Painted Hills

    The painted hills in central Oregon is one of my favorite places in the state. The Painted Hills are located in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument along Hwy 26 just west of Mitchell. Even though the hills don't cover much area, the patterns and shapes and the way light plays across them is visually absorbing. I often take wide landscapes, but for this image I decided to zoom in for an intimate and abstract study. When photographed like this, the hills really do look painted...or rather, they create a photograph that looks like a painting. I'll have to print this large on canvas and see how it looks.

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