Jan 052017
 
Metlako Falls, Columbia River Gorge

An update to Photographing Oregon, pages 153-155: In December 2016, a series of slides along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge have caused major changes on this popular hike. A bridge washout has closed the trail above Punchbowl Falls, meaning Tunnel Falls is currently inaccessible. It will likely be late summer 2017 at the earliest before repairs are made. More significantly to most photographers, the entire viewpoint for Metlako Falls now rests at the bottom of the [read more …]

Apr 192014
 
Columbia River Gorge Wildflower Report

Want to photograph wildflowers at their peak in the Columbia River Gorge? Now’s the time. I’ve been wandering the Oregon side of The Gorge between Hood River and the Deschutes River the past few days, and just about all the regular known locations for wildflowers are looking very good right now. In Hood River Valley, the apple trees in the orchards are covered with delicate white blossoms. The view from Panorama Point is quite striking with the trees in the [read more …]

Feb 142014
 

Oregon became the 33rd of the United States on February 14th, 1859. To celebrate the day I’ve put up a little slideshow on my website with photographs that show some of the reasons that I love living here. Click on that link for a better, larger view of the photos. If you’re an Oregon lover too, please share the show, and leave a Comment with your favorite thing about this great state.

Nov 062013
 
Digital Photography Sensors and Software

The current generation of digital camera sensors have an amazing dynamic range. Coupled with the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, the available technology now gives photographers the ability to render contrasty scenes in a way that were next to impossible when shooting film. I was able to pull this image of Ponytail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge out of a single capture on a Nikon D600. No HDR apps, no time-consuming multiple frame blending. The scene looking out [read more …]

Oct 232013
 
Oregon Fall Color Report Update

The peak of fall color is hitting the lower elevation areas of western Oregon this last week of October, which is pretty typical for this area. I paid a quick visit to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on Saturday, 10/19/13, and found the the bigleaf maple trees throughout the the waterfall section of the Gorge have some good color. On some trees, the leaves had already turned brown or fallen, but on many others, the golden yellow foliage [read more …]

Oct 162013
 
Fall Color Photography in Oregon

Autumn just may be the very best time of year for landscape and nature photography in Oregon. Every region of the state boasts locations with vivid fall color. As a bonus, the season for prime color is spread over a period of a couple of months, depending on elevation and region. Vine maples kick in with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows as early as late August in the high Cascade Mountains, while in the Columbia River Gorge the colorful foliage [read more …]

Oct 072013
 
Columbia River Gorge Fall Color Report

Fall color is just starting to happen in the Columbia River Gorge. The bigleaf maple and vine maple leaves are taking on autumn hues, but right now there is as much brown as there is the golden yellow that nature and landscape photographers are hoping for. Two weeks from now, it should be looking a lot better and conditions will be prime for photography – peak time for fall color in the Gorge is typically the last week of October [read more …]

May 102012
 
Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers

Early May is the prime time for wildflower displays in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. There are a number of locations on both the Oregon and Washington side of the river that are great for finding and photographing wildflowers. Here are three of the best places for getting photos with masses of color. Tom McCall Preserve, pictured above, is a Nature Conservancy holding at Rowena on the Oregon side of the River. An easy stroll just a few [read more …]

May 082009
 
Dalles Mountain Road, Washington

Dalles Mountain Road is one of the premier wildflower spots in the Pacific Northwest. Each Spring, these slopes overlooking the Columbia River Gorge in Washington are blanketed in brilliant yellows and blues of arrowleaf balsamroot and lupine. Some of the best fields of flowers are on the historic Dalles Mountain Ranch, which is now part of Columbia Hills State Park.

Apr 072009
 
"Photographing Oregon" has arrived!

I am very happy to announce the release of my new book, Photographing Oregon.  The latest in the series of specialized travel guides published by PhotoTripUSA, the book is written for those with an avid interest in photography, from beginners to advanced amateurs to pros. In it I describe hundreds of the most photogenic natural landmarks and other attractions for scenic photography in Oregon. The book contains 300+ pages of text and over 240 photos, and includes detailed location directions [read more …]