This image turned out way more contrasty than I originally envisioned it to be. I should hardly be surprised as the lighting was pretty harsh. I got to this location far later into the day than I originally intended and the sun was blazing without hardly a cloud in the sky. It was one of those days where even just looking into the viewfinder one felt like your retinas were going to burn to a crisp from the harsh glare of the sun.Read More
Late last week I took a trip down to Silverton Oregon with a friend to visit The Oregon Garden. I didn’t expect to take many photographs as we really just wanted to check out the beautiful gardens and landscaped pathways before it got too hot but I decided to take my Hasselblad along with me anyway and a few rolls of film. I’ve done a lot of photographs with this particular friend in the past and I knew she would be happy to pose for some images if we came across anything particular cool.
It’s a little tough to see on a computer monitor or a phone screen, but the flower plant that is at the center of this image is covered in caterpillars! There are probably at least twenty of them crawling along the stems and flower tops of the plant. We thought it was such a cool sight that we just had to take a picture. I love the way the image turned out and I plan on making an extra large print in the near future so one can see the details of all the little hairy caterpillars walking up and down the plant stock.Read More
I really love old trees. I like dead trees and trees full of bright green leaves. I like tiny trees and grand trees that tower over my head up toward the sky. I like looking at trees and reading under them. Most of all I like photographing trees. I find trees more difficult to photograph than people. I can't tell a tree to shift its trunk toward the light or ask it to move a branch just a little bit down to make a more pleasing composition. All I can do is simply photograph them as they are. That is a lot more difficult than it may sound at first.
This photograph was made along a hiking trial in Mosier Oregon. Mosier is a very sleepy little town with not a lot going for it beyond picture perfect landscapes, a waterfall or two, and a lazy river that winds its way right through the center of town. I say all of that with the utmost respect. I wouldn't want to see Mosier change one little bit. The world needs more towns like Mosier. Nobody seems to be in much of a hurry to get anywhere. Heck, most times when I visit Mosier I don't see much of anyone at all.Read More
Three minutes feels like a long time when you are watching the second hand on your watch. Two and a half minutes is the point where one begins to appreciate silence. Or if not appreciate it, then at least to acknowledge that it exists. The camera isn't moving. I'm not composing. Time just has to walk forward without my assistance. The film needs just a few more seconds to soak in the light. I hope I managed to record the swaying of that tree just ahead.Read More
Lately I've been doing a lot of pinhole photography by myself out in the woods. It's been rather refreshing and every once in a while I need to go through this type of phase with photography in order to give myself a re-set.Read More