I picked up a copy of Intimate Landscapes: The Photographs of Eliot Porter the other day at Smith Family bookstore – only cost me $15 – such a deal. His images are inspirational – at least for me. The images in the book were all taken in the 50’s and 60’s and are in my opinion remarkable. His eye for composition lead me to start thinking about what I was seeing on the land beyond the big Grand Landscapes and waterfalls which I love to shoot.
I turned off the main Salmon Creek road and found a young stand of alder backlit by the morning sunlight. I love the color, texture, light and geometry in this image.
My thanks go out to fellow photographer April Norman for the tip and directions to Salmon Creek falls near the town of Oakridge. I went up this morning and found a beautiful stream in spring flow. I know it will change as its watershed drys and images taken at that time will certainly look different and beautiful in their own right.
I parked at the gate leading into the campground and walked down toward the stream. Trails everywhere – an indication of a well used facility when open. There are two small waterfalls plunging into the main stem just across from the main campground. The first image below focused more on the detail.
“When gifts are given to me through my camera, I accept them graciously.” – Minor White
From a thicket of young hardwoods along a gravel road in the South Santiam River watershed. A simple gift of line, texture and color. I think painters call this abstract impressionism – at least I am giving myself that ‘out’. Love to have your comments even if they are “What were you thinking!!”
I have always considered the mountains to be a refuge; a place of renewal and of course, over the years, a place of employment. This morning the top of the Coburg Hills near the town of Marcola was filled with snow and formed even more of a refuge from all of the stress that seems to be running rampant. So quiet and renewing with fresh and falling snow.
I think snow helps to set off the bare branches of deciduous trees in winter forming almost line drawings. The first image below brought to mind a line dawning.
Going higher my friend Chris and I stopped at a meadow where we had both individually shot in the past under very different circumstances i.e., no snow. There is this wonderful little tree growing in the middle of the meadow and it always draws my attention. Dressed in winter togs it got my attention even more so.
At the top the road is cut into the side of the hill offering nice views but the fog was so thick it blocked those views. I did find a stand of leaf empty trees silhouetted against the fog that I liked. Standing strong waiting out winter.
Took the new camera on another outing on Saturday morning. I went thru the Cascades to the small town of Crescent along Hwy 97 in Central Oregon. Along the way I stopped at an overview and was fortunate enough to see the sun lighting up Diamond Peak and Mt. Yoran. Did not last long as that cloud in left hand side of the image moved in quickly.
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On Tuesday afternoon a new Canon EOS R5 decided to come home with me. I spent most of yesterday watching tutorial videos on camera set-up and use and then whacking my forehead when it did not work but being delighted when whatever routine I was trying to set up did. This is a camera full of features that I am only learning – it will be a long time coming to discover all the ways it can help my photography. I have say after years of shooting my Canon 5D Mark IV it came to feel like an old friend. I knew all of its’ quirks and what to expect and I do miss it a bit but am enthusiastically looking forward to growing with my new friend.
I went to Wildwood Falls on the Row River east of Cottage Grove this morning just to test out the camera in the field. It is an amazing tool. Here are a couple of images from this outing. It was a fun morning and I hope to get better with this camera. Click for a larger view and as always comments are more than welcome.
I think there is a poem and a prayer somewhere in this image – grateful to start another day filled with light and shadow. T’was a great morning yesterday at an overlook of Lookout Point Reservoir near Lowell, OR. A tip from a photographer friend got me up there and I plan on returning. As always your comments are welcome. Click on the image for a larger view on your screen.