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  • My Favorite Images From 2010

    Despite their ubiquity this time of year, I always look forward to year end reviews in which we, as a society, look back at the previous year and what came of it. There is something intrinsically valuable about the practice of remembering the year gone, both personally and as a community. I appreciate the sense of closure it gives; a sort of taking stock and clearing of the air, a brief pause before barreling toward the future again. We do this for all aspects of life. The media loves to inundate us with lists and images recalling the year in politics, movies, economics, environmental crises and sport. Many of us take stock of what our personal lives brought in the past year as well.

    Like many of my photographer colleagues, much of my year is wrapped up in the places I traveled and the photographs I made. Much effort and time is spent in pursuit of those few defining images that rise above the rest. They alone tell the story of my success or failure to communicate the vision I strive to capture and share. Despite success or failure, it is really about going for the ride. Whatever the outcome I take heart in adding another year to my photography story.

    With those thoughts in mind I share some of my favorite images taken in 2010. Enjoy.

    Camino de Oro

    Camino de Oro, Guanajuato, Mexico

    Lost In A Winter Forest, Crater Lake, Oregon

    Copper Coast, Puerto Escondido, Mexico

    Shasta Lavender, California

    Sparks Lake Columbine, Oregon

    Twilight Grove, Redwood National Park, California

    Unforgettable Fire, Cascade Pass, Washington

    Mineral de Pozos Doorways, Mexico

    Teardrop Of Sky, Bandon, Oregon

    Starvation Creek, Columbia Gorge, Oregon

    Thanks for looking. I'd love to read any comments questions you might like to share, so please post those below. If you're feeling it, please share this blog on your social media site of choice. Here's to 2011!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Jefferson Wilderness, Jewel of the Oregon Cascades

    The Jefferson Wilderness in the Oregon Cascades, located to the north of Santiam Pass, east of Salem and West of Sisters, is one of the most amazing natural mountain environments on the west coast. Mt. Jefferson itself is awe inspiring as the second highest peak in Oregon and host to the largest glaciers in the state other than those found on Mt. Hood.

    Warm sunset light on Mt. Jefferson and Bays Lake

    Warm sunset light on Mt. Jefferson and Bays Lake

    In days past I have trekked into Jefferson Wilderness on several occasions, either backpacking or to climb Three Fingered Jack or Mt. Jefferson itself. This was my first time to visit specifically to take photographs. The wilderness is home to some extremely photogenic countryside. For the dedicated photographer willing to backpack in with camera gear and spend a couple days exploring it is a wonderland.

    In July I spent a memorable week with fellow photographer, David Cobb (www.dmcobbphoto.com), photographing in two different parts of the wilderness area.

    Mt. Jefferson reflected in Rock Lake

    Mt. Jefferson reflected in Rock Lake

    First, we backpacked in to the popular Jefferson Park area via the Woodpecker Ridge Trail which is accessed by a forest road (road 040) a few miles to the east of the town of Detroit. Jefferson Park can be overcrowded on weekends in August, but midweek in July, when there is still quite a bit of snow on the ground and the mosquitoes are at their peak, we only saw three or four other parties in three days. Jefferson Park is popular for a reason. The flat alpine basin at over 6,000 feet of elevation has several lakes and numerous small tarns that reflect some of the best views of the mountain available. As the snow melts wildflowers carpet the marshy meadows. The position of the Jefferson Park area on the north side of the mountain means that in summer the peak gets great side light for photography at both sunrise and sunset.

    Snow filled tarn in Jefferson Park

    Snow filled tarn in Jefferson Park

    After three days on the north side of the wilderness we hiked out, drove over Santiam Pass and down the east side of the cascades where we drove along more forest roads (road 12 to 1230 to 1234) to reach the Canyon Creek trail head. The Canyon Creek trail starts at Jack Lake ascends toward Canyon Creek eventually arriving at Canyon Creek Meadow at the base of the north east side of Three Fingered Jack. Three Fingered Jack isn't the highest of the Oregon Cascades, but it is one of the cragiest with the most interesting geologic patterns of colors and layering. Canyon Creek Meadow is located in a glacier carved basin directly at the base of the sheer north face of Three Fingered Jack. In late July it is home to one of the most amazing wildflower blooms in the state. We were a week or two too early for the peak of the flowers, so I look forward to getting the timing better next year. Even still the early morning light on the peak with winding streams, reflecting pools and green meadows below made it one of the more memorable campsites and photography locations I have had. A high ridge blocks the late evening light, so we cooked dinner and hid from the voracious mosquitos in the tent. However, the morning light is sublime. We spent over an hour finding one composition after another as the warm glow of the rising sun slowly progressed down the mountain face.

    Paint brush in Canyon Creek Meadow below Three Fingered Jack

    Paint brush in Canyon Creek Meadow below Three Fingered Jack

    Greg Vaughn gives good directions and photography suggestions for both these locations in his book Photographing Oregon.

    Three Fingered reflection

    Three Fingered reflection

  • The Difference Light Makes

    Howard Prairie lupine right before sunrise.

    Howard Prairie lupine right before sunrise.

    Howard Prairie lupine at sunrise

    Howard Prairie lupine at sunrise

    For me, as for many photographers, light is the most important element in any photograph. Take these two photos for example. They were taken minutes appart during the June wildflower bloom in Howard Prairie in the southern Oregon Cascades. I like both, and other than the light, both are very similar. However, in the first image the sun has not yet crested the ridgeline so the scene is lit by indirect light that is being reflected from the sky and off of the surrounding landscape. It creates a very even wash of light with subtle transitions from darker to lighter areas and the feel that light is glowing from all directions, which it basically is. In the second image the sun has just crested the ridge and direct light is shining on the meadow and strongly backlighting the flowers and grass. The color is warmer, the contrast in the scene is much greater and there is a much stronger sense of the direction of the light. Knowing the characterisitics of different types of outdoor lighting situations helps me be to plan the timing of a photo to best convey the scene the way I envision it.

  • Outdoor Exposure iPhone App

    Outdoor Exposure for iEnvision iPhone app

    While a fine art photographic print is still my favorite way to enjoy great photography, technology is rapidly changing the ways it is possible to view, access and share art. The images that move and excite us no longer have to be confined to a wall or the pages of a book. I love to share my photographs and want people to be able to access them in a way that best suits their needs and purpose. A large fine art print will always be available to those who have the resources and space, but size, cost and location are no longer limiting factors to accessing photography and other visual art.

    The iPhone is one of the most innovative pieces of technology to recently come on the scene. It can be very valuable as a tool for communication and storing and accessing information, but it also has great potential in entertainment, education and access to media and imagry, includinig art.

    iPhone app graphic

    I recently partnered with the folks at Open Door Network in creating an iPhone application of my photography. The application is like a collection of slide shows that allow iPhone users to have a portable art gallery of my photographs right in their pockets. Photographs in the Outdoor Exposure for iEnvision app are organized into three collections including Landscape, Nature and Travel. Landscape includes photos of canyons, deserts, forest, lakes, mountains, oceans, streams and waterfalls. Nature displays abstracts, fall color, flowers, trees and winter. Travel takes you to Hawaii, Mexico and Nepal.

    iPhone app graphic

    In addition to viewing the gallery shows, the images can also be saved for use as iPhone wallpaper and each image links to the Outdoor Exposure Photography website for more information.

    iPhone app graphic

    Open Door Network's flagship iEnvision web image browser, as well as their line of Envi iPhone image applications access and organize images from the Web into fun to view and share slide shows for the iPhone. Other iEnvision "Envi" apps include Art, Earth, Space, Mountain and Yosemite.

  • Presentation: Climbing Denali

    denali
    Gripped perpetually by subfreezing temperatures and cloaked by five massive glaciers, the world famous mountain known as Denali (“the Great One”) beckons intrepid mountaineers from around the world. With a summit peak that is 20,320 feet above sea level, Denali (also known as Mount McKinley) is the highest peak in North America. An aspect that is painfully evident to climbers is that the peak rises 18,000 feet from its base (which is 6,000 feet more than Everest rises above its base, the Tibetan Plateau). There is also a higher risk of altitude illness for climbers than its altitude would otherwise suggest, due to its high latitude. It all adds up to a long and merciless climb to reach the summit, where climbers can encounter temperatures as low as -100 degrees below freezing.

    So, you might ask, “What’s the big attraction?” I'll be answering that questions and others as I present my multi-media program, “Above The Shadow Lands“ on Wednesday evening, March 4th, at The Stage Door Coffee House in Mt. Shasta. The presentation will focus on the story of my second ascent of the mountain in 2005.

    walk-in-the-clouds

    In 1998 I climbed Denali as part of a six person team. It was a great adventure, but we had a few difficulties. The size of the group was a challenge and the weather kept us on the mountain for three weeks. In 2005 I went back with my climbing partner, Brock. Better conditions, more experience and an efficient two person team made for smoother ascent. However, I still almost didn't make it.

    Climbing Denali is one of the hardest things I have ever done twice. The route we climbed isn't particularly technical and I'm not a great climber. However, the mountain is big and cold. Setting the goal and then preparing for and experiencing everything it takes to live, survive and reach the summit in that harsh environment made it an enormously powerful and rewarding experience...both times.

    This program is presented by the Mt. Shasta Trail Association. Admission is by donation at the door, and guests are encouraged to have dinner at The Stage Door previous to the program.

    Stage Door Coffee House, 414 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.
    Wednesday evening, March 4th, 7pm.
    More information: 926-5966

  • Photos On Exhibit in Ashland Starbucks

    For anyone in southern Oregon who is interested in checking out some of my photography on display and/or is in need of a coffee fix, four of my large, framed fine art prints will be on exhibit in the south Ashland Starbucks from February through April. The images on exhibit are entitled Rogue Sunrise, Land of Fire, Future Forest and Lunar Eclipse Over Mt. Shasta. They are some of my most popular images and represent a good variety of my landscape photography.

    Starbucks is a corporate member of the Ashland Artisan Gallery and Art center of which I am a member and resident artist. In addition to their main gallery, the Art Center currates art shows at various corporate member locations around Ashland. As a southern Oregon artist who photographs often in the Rogue Valley it is great to have the oportunity to share my work in the community at public venues such as Starbucks.

    The south Ashland Starbucks is located at 1474 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland, Oregon.

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