Monday, November 14, 2011

Last run in the high country

Before all the recent snow, I made one last run into the high country. I chose to head up Lookout Mountain, located on the east side of Mount Hood. Here is a snap I made on my way back down.

This pocket of forest was aglow in late evening light. I photographed this scene until the sun dipped behind a distant ridge and the trees released their warmth into the cool autumn air. © Tyson Fisher

Olympus E-PM1, Olympus m.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F6.3, 1/50 sec, ISO 500, 42mm

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Along the banks of Herman Creek

Luminescent vine maple and Douglas Fir glow under late afternoon light near Herman Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. ©Tyson Fisher

Olympus E-PM1, Olympus m.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F11, 2 sec, ISO 200, 31mm

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumn in Forest Park

From last week along Wildwood Trail in Portland's, Forest Park

A golden maple leaf caught in the moss covered trunk of a maple tree

Olympus E-PM1, Olympus m.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F8, 1/50 sec, ISO 1250, 14mm

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Autumn in Forest Park

Fall is coming along quite nicely in Forest Park. Here are a couple snaps from today's wet and soggy run.

Some autumn color along Newton Road
Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F5.1, 1/60th sec, ISO 1600

And a vertical rendition
Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F4.1, 1/60th sec, ISO 800

Along Wildwood Trail
Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F4.4, 1/40th sec, ISO 1600

A stand of Maples along the BPA road
Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F5.6, 1/100th sec, ISO 400

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New 8 x 10 Limited Edition Released!

Winter sunset along the rugged cliffs of Cascade Head, Oregon Coast

Gowland Lite 8 x 10
Schneider Super Symmar 150
Lee .9 Soft Grad
8 sec @ F32
Fuji Provia 100F
Howtek Drumscan

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Summer Backpacking

This past summer wasn't the most productive for photography. I did, however, manage to get a couple of short backpacking trips in.

My cousin and I were camped below timberline on our first night in the Washington's Goat Rocks Wilderness. Our camp was in a forested area flanked by meadows and gently tumbling streams on either side. At sunset we built a fire and watched the stars appear one by one in the twilight sky. I took advantage of the minimal moonlight and made this 5 hour time exposure aimed north towards Polaris. The glowing trees are illuminated by the light from our fire.

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35mm, F4, 5hrs, Fuji Velvia 50

I made this shot on our second day. Due to our unusually cold spring and summer, epic snowfields such as this covered the higher trails until late into August. This particular one probably never melted. This is Ryan making the long climb on the PCT up towards Old Snowy. This was his first backpacking trip.

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 28-80, exposure unrecorded, Fuji Velvia 50

I made this image later in the summer from our camp near Bald Mountain. I had Katie model for me as the full moon rose up behind Mount Hood.

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35, 3-stop gnd filter, exposure unrecorded, Fuji Velvia 50

Friday, October 21, 2011

Columbia River to Lolo Pass

Here are a couple of images from my recent trail run from the Columbia River Gorge to Lolo Pass on the west side of Mount Hood.

I spotted this colorful Vine Maple a short ways down a talus slope. I scrambled down and made a half dozen close up images of the reds, oranges and yellows that were absolutely bursting with color under the diffused afternoon sun.

Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F16, 32mm, 1/60th sec, ISO 640


I jumped into the photo here to give the scene a little more interest. This section of the Pacific Crest Trail was a real treat to run through. The forest on the Benson Plateau is primarily Silver and Noble Fir with a beautiful carpet of Beargrass underneath.

Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F3.6, 15mm, 1/60th sec, ISO 1000

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Glistening Maple

Towards the end of a trail run in Portland's, Forest Park, this glistening Maple stopped me in mid -stride. The leaves, saturated from a passing shower, are reflecting a bright area of sky that was shining through an opening in the forest canopy.

Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F3.5, 24mm, 1/30th sec, ISO 1600

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Green Point Mountain Trail Run

Trail running and photography is an area I have dabbled in over the years. However, combining these two passions of mine has always been a bit of a challenge due to the weight of high quality camera gear. Sure, I could run with a small point and shoot camera, but it won't give me the quality I'm looking for in a big print. SLR's I've determined are too heavy and cumbersome for the runs I like to go on. Camera makers the past few years have introduced a new hybrid digital camera that offers superior image quality in a compact, lightweight body. I recently purchased the Olympus E-PM1 for the sole purpose of trail running photography. Last week I tested it out in the Columbia River Gorge. I found a new loop that takes one up Nick Eaton Ridge to Green Point Mountain (4,700') and then down to Herman Creek. The camera was everything I'd hoped it would be in terms of quality and portability. Witnessing the light phenomenon, known as the Spectre of Brocken, while I was up there was unbelievable. It was only the second time in my life that I've seen it. I was really grateful I had a camera with me to capture it.

This rare meteorological phenomenon, known as the Spectre of Brocken, briefly appeared below Green Point Mountain. I was resting on the 4,700' summit when a shaft of light broke through the clouds and momentarily illuminated the area surrounding the mountain. When I stood up, there below the ridge crest was my magnified shadow projected forward onto the sunlit area of mist-shrouded forest below. It grew in intensity for 5 seconds then gradually faded as passing clouds obscured the sun. The colored rings surrounding my shadow are caused from the diffraction of light as it passes through the water droplets in the air. I only had time to snap 3 images. This particular shot was captured when the light display was at its peak. The lake in the upper right is Rainy Lake. Cascade Mountains, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F8, 31mm, 1/250/sec, ISO 200


Passing clouds and shafts of sunlight lend an atmospheric quality to this view of Mount Defiance and Rainy Lake. I chose a low-angled perspective to showcase the vibrant huckleberry growing along the open ridgeline of Green Point Mountain. Cascade Mountains, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F18, 22mm, 1/80th/sec, ISO 400


High on Nick Eaton Ridge a cluster of moss draped trees display their various forms against a blanket of clouds. Beyond the trees the ridge drops off precipitously a few thousand feet to the east, Cascade Mountains, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F11, 33mm, 1/500th/sec, ISO 200


Self portrait on the summit of 4,700' Green Point Mountain, Cascade Mountains, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Olympus E-PM1, 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R, F18, 28mm, 1/60th/sec, ISO 320

Friday, September 30, 2011

New Pacific Crest Trail Website

The Forest Service recently launched their new Pacific Crest Trail website. The banner is a photo I made in the Sierra Nevada while hiking the trail in 2003.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Home Again on The Mountain

A few shots from my recent trek up Mount St.Helens. I think I found my new favorite route to the summit rim. It felt great to get back up there again.

Far below my campsite on the western slope of Mount St. Helens distant peaks float like islands in the clouds under the fading twilight, Cascade Mountains, Washington © Tyson Fisher

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 28-80/3.5-5.6 D, Fuji Velvia 50, Exposure Unrecorded

Evening light illuminates the western slope of Mount St. Helens while halfway up the slope close to 40 elk and 4 mountain goats graze, Cascade Mountains, Washington © Tyson Fisher

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 28-80/3.5-5.6 D, Fuji Velvia 50, Exposure Unrecorded

A climber looks into the steaming crater of Mount St. Helens from a large snow ledge on the summit rim, Cascade Mountains, Washington © Tyson Fisher

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35/2.8 ED, Fuji Velvia 50, Exposure Unrecorded

A climber looks into the steaming crater of Mount St. Helens from a large snow ledge on the summit rim, Cascade Mountains, Washington © Tyson Fisher

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35/2.8 ED, Fuji Velvia 50, Exposure Unrecorded

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Current and Future Shows in Portland, Oregon

This summer and fall there will be several opportunities to view my fine art photographs in the Portland area.

Endorphins Massage is currently displaying 3 framed 24 x 30 Limited Edition prints. All of my Limited Editions are created with my large format 8 x 10 view camera. In addition, 3 framed 16 x 24 Open Edition 35mm prints are also currently on display. This show does not have a planned take down date.

Through the month of September the Beaverton Starbucks location off 158th and Walker Rd will have on display 4 of my framed photographs. One is a 24 x 30 Limited Edition; the other 3 are 16 x 24 and 13 x 20 Open Editions.

And lastly, for two days this fall (November 19-20th) I will be participating in the Wild Arts Festival. I anticipate on having upwards of 10 of my photographs on display. This is a great opportunity to meet local artists and authors as well as support the Audubon Society of Portland.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Published Work

The Forest Service, in partnership with the Pacific Crest Trail Association, recently completed Northern Sierra, Map#5 of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. After their ambitious project of mapping the entire trail is finished there will be 10 maps covering its entire 2650 mile length from Mexico to Canada. On the cover is a photo I made while thru-hiking the PCT in 2003. I stopped and made camp here so I could photograph this hillside of Balsamroot and Lupine with the pointy spires of Sierra Buttes in the distance. I was well short of my 20 mi goal for the day but this scene was simply too pretty to pass up. This section of the PCT is where the rugged Sierra Nevada gradually transition into the Cascade Mountains. It is here that polished granite, scraped clean from the retreating glaciers of the last ice age, gives way to lava rock and volcanoes. It is a beautiful section of trail.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mount St. Helens Poster Sale

With the 31st anniversary of the May 18, 1980 eruption approaching, I've discounted my popular Mount St. Helens posters a full 50% through the month of May. To sweeten the deal, buy one of each title and you'll receive an additional 25% discount. These posters look fantastic in a simple 18 x 24 thin black frame. Sale ends May 31, 12:00 PST.

Fire and Ice and March 8th, 2005 were captured on film during Mount St. Helens' most recent eruptive phase (2004-2007). Many consider these two photographs among the most dramatic post-1980 images ever captured. They certainly represent some of my finest work to date.

The posters are printed right here in Portland, Oregon, using an offset press.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Winter Light on the Oregon Coast

Sunset colors blossom over the rugged sandstone cliffs of Cape Kiwanda

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35, 3 stop hard grad, Fuji Velvia 50

Sunrise north of Cape Kiwanda

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35, 2 stop soft grad, Fuji Velvia 50

Sunrise north of Cape Kiwanda

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35, 2 stop soft grad, Fuji Velvia 50

Monday, January 24, 2011

Moonrise in Bridgetown




A night time rendering of the St.Johns Bridge and the silhouetted forms of the Gothic towers under a waxing moon, Portland, Oregon.

Here is my first attempt at photographing this amazing bridge. I made this image last month as the waxing moon approached full. Holiday rush hour traffic raced below, the moon marched upward into a winter sky, and behind me, a curtain of cool air crept down from the dark forested hills. As I waited for the light to fade, a small group of runners from the University of Portland ran effortlessly across the bridge. My thoughts trailed back to my one-year stint running for U of P. Starting from the opposite side of the river and a few miles south, our team would run across this suspension bridge and into the hills of Forest Park. Little did I know, years later this beautiful area of the city would become a place of endless photographic opportunity for me. On the edge of darkness, on the fringe of one cities wilderness, this window into Portland overlooks what is arguably the most beautiful bridge in Portland.

Nikon FM2, 100mm Series E Lens, Fuji Velvia 50



Here is my second attempt at shooting the St.Johns Bridge. During this months full moon, we were greeted with clear skies that glowed with the violet light of sunset. Typically, the best time to shoot the full moon is a day or two before it's completely full. At this time, the moon is higher in the sky and the exposure is close to that of the surrounding landscape. This month we had cloudy skies up until the day the moon hit 100% illumination. I was stoked the weather cleared, but I also knew the moon wouldn't rise until it was almost dark and the color in the sky was gone. This presented a couple technical challenges I had to work around in order to obtain the result I was after. I made one exposure at sunset. Then without moving my tripod, I made another exposure on the same frame of film after the moon had risen and the lights on the bridge turned on. Obtaining color in the sky, a lighted bridge and detail in the landscape would not have been possible otherwise.

Nikon FM2, Nikkor 17-35mm, 3 stop gnd, Fuji Velvia 50