Ecola State Park

 After spending the afternoon in Astoria and Fort Clatsop (the place where Lewis & Clark’s expedition wintered in 1805-06), I spent the evening photographing at Ecola State Park. It’s a great place and reminiscent of Trinidad State Beach in Northern California. I’d certainly like to spend more time exploring Oregon’s coast in the future.  

The Kind Act of Sharing Knowledge

 I had packed away my camera equipment and was about to head back down the mountain to my car because I wasn’t eager to hike through an unfamiliar, dense forest in complete darkness equipped with only an LED flashlight. As I was about to leave, the several locals (non-photographers) that were up on the mountain …

Mount Hood

 Mount Hood is a very distinct-shaped peak that I’ve seen several times while flying by in airplanes so I was excited to finally be able to photograph it when the rainy weather cleared up. I’ll say it again, man, Oregon is awesome!  

Mount Adams

 Dare I say it, but Oregon is way more fun for landscape photography than California is. Oregon is so underrated. It wasn’t until the past few years when I started seeing images from Oregon that it got on my radar. This scenic photo of Mount Adams at sunset was made on the 4th of July …

Mount St. Helens

 Mount St. Helens is a fascinating place. The amount of destruction within the blast zone from 1980 is difficult to describe other than you have to be there and experience it for yourself. My goal with this photo was to show the juxtaposition between the barren landscape surrounding the peak which had steam coming from …

Fairy Falls

 Fairy Falls was arguably the prettiest waterfall that I visited during this trip. The other waterfalls I saw were a straight drop of water for the most part but Fairy Falls is actually a fairly small cascading waterfall. The hike up here features a bunch of switchbacks and is a fairly steep uphill hike which …

Why Oregon’s Scenery is So Amazing

 Why is Oregon’s scenery so amazing? Because it looks like this most of the time! If you put L.A. weather year-round up here, it would probably be as ugly as L.A. Luckily for me, I love wet, gloomy weather as evidenced by the places I tend to travel to.  

Graduated Neutral-Density Filter Video

  Graduated Neutral-Density Filter Video While hiking the trails around Elowah Falls, Brandon noticed that Rob and I were using Singh-Ray “Galen Rowell” Graduated Neutral-Density filters to photograph a landscape overlooking the Columbia River Gorge so he turned on video mode and I started talking about what I was doing. This was all spur-of-the-moment done …

Elowah Falls

 The most overlooked aspect within landscape photography is including people within the scenes. There are probably a lot of photographers that have photographed waterfalls within the Columbia River Gorge but how many come away with “lifestylescapes”? Funny thing is that I thought my Elowah Falls landscape photos kind of sucked and this image is better …

Multnomah Falls

 My grad school roommate, Brandon Hill, recently moved to Seattle from Kansas City so he came down the night before. We hadn’t seen each other in a few years so it was a fun time catching up with each others’ lives. He was a newlywed when I last saw him and wasn’t yet a photographer …