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