Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Winter's Touch

Holga, Kodak Ektar 100

A window to the winter sky from beneath the snow-covered trees of Forest Park, Portland, Oregon

I spent about 4 hours last winter wandering through Forest Park after a few inches of snow fell the night before. I've found Forest Park to be a pretty challenging place to photograph throughout most of the year. It usually requires just the right light to render a composition that is free of distracting elements while also conveying the wonder and awe of being deep within the forest. After a fresh snowfall, however, this visual chaos merges and becomes a little more cohesive. Snow-coated branches begin to show their form, soon giving trees that once blended in with the forest a chance to stand out in all their glory.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Autumn Beauty

Holga, Exposure 1/2 sec, Kodak Ektar 100

The last bit of color on a brisk autumn morning in November, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Friday, February 3, 2012

Moonlit Alders

Holga, Exposure 3-4 min, Kodak Ektar 100

After finishing up a night run in Portland's, Forest Park, last December, I grabbed my medium format Holga camera and walked to this spot a short distance from my vehicle. Portland was under an inversion at the time, which made for some extremely calm and foggy conditions. I was standing at 1000ft in elevation, the transition zone between the dense clouds and the starry night sky. The diffused glow from the moon intermittently illuminated this stand of alders, making for some interesting photo opportunities. I almost always find myself shooting alder forests using a low-angled perspective such as this. This particular exposure was right around 3 or 4 minutes. © Tyson Fisher