Started setting up the camera at 0500 on the observation path around Dee Wright Observatory at the top of the Old Mckenzie Scenic Highway. That means that I left Eugene about 0300. I do love driving at night with classical music on the radio and I was able to tune it in all the way up and back. I read in a recent Outdoor Photographer magazine that most landscape photographers spend a lot of time alone – good news, back news – today was an alone trip.
I was not happy with the morning light on the 3-Sisters mountains – really pretty flat but there was a mildly interesting sunrise going on in the east. I ran into a fellow photographer who was from Sisters and a member of the Sisters astronomy club and he told me that the bright object just to the right of the stand of trees was called a sun pillar. Made the scene more interesting and I learned something new.
After the light came up a bit and the interest dropped off even more I packed up and headed down the road to Craig Lake. Paula, Dave and I have all shot at this magical little lake. For some reason creating natural abstracts always comes to mind when I am shooting there and today was no different. These are done using a long exposure – 6 seconds in the two cases below and then moving the camera vertically while it is solidly attached to a tripod.
When doing this you are never sure in the field what the results will be and it is not until you get back to the digital darkroom that you sometimes find one or two that portray what you were after. Such are two above.
I also spent some time shooting reed patterns against the water. The reflected color from the sky, trees and brush created a pastel pallet to shoot the reeds against and the sun just lit up the stalks. I think this is my favorite from the morning.