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Scotland

I just got back from a trip to Scotland for a much needed vacation. I’d been planning to go for several years, but one thing or another kept getting in the way. I finally made it.

It felt great to not have any obligations—except getting up for home cooked breakfast every morning. I lugged my gear around Edinburgh, through the highlands, and all around Inverness. I spend more time just being on vacation than shooting photos, but I managed to come back with a few souvenirs.

Scotland 2011

Scotland 2011

Scotland 2011

Scotland 2011

Scotland 2011

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Portland to Bend

PDX to Bend

PDX to Bend

PDX to Bend

Every few weeks, I ride out to my brother’s in Bend with my camera gear in the back of the wagon, radio blaring, caffeine in my brain, and Bend beer on my mind.

For this trip, I made sure that my camera bag was in the passenger seat so that I could grab it when the mood struck me. With this in mind, it occurred to me that this is a trip that is so easily overlooked. Since I make this trip so often, it’s easy to get bored with the long stretches of forest in the mountains. Or the burned out deserts of the reservation. Or the gorges and bridges and endless farmland.

This time, I gave myself an extra two hours to explore the “in-betweens” of my trip. The top photo is a field just outside of the forests of Mt. Hood–one of many. The middle shot is just prior to the descent into Warm Springs. After miles and miles of ruler-straight highway through sun-scorched earth, you twist and turn into a huge, cavernous valley.

The last shot (bottom), is from a bridge near Terrebonne. Just stop, pull over, wait for a lull in traffic, lay down on the highway, and shoot. Or, in reality, stop by the Dalles-California Highway–which is closed to traffic in this section–and pretend that it’s dangerous.

Elowah Falls

2008.11.19 - Elowah Falls

2008.11.19 - Elowah Falls

2008.11.19 - Elowah Falls

I decided to take a trip down to the Columbia Gorge today and shoot some obligatory waterfall shots. In under an hour from Portland, there are so many places to explore. Plus, during the week, there’s hardly anyone around.

I ended up at Elowah by looking at a map, picking a random waterfall, and heading out the door. I’ve been to the falls before, but I couldn’t find any shots in my archives, so it ended up being a good “random choice”.

Waterfalls can be tricky. Without a person or other reference point in the shot, it’s hard to understand the size of everything. Rocks and water always look like rocks and water, no matter how big they are. This can turn a 300 foot waterfall into a 10 foot waterfall.

In the center photo, I tried keep this from happening through a couple of techniques. First of all, I’m a sucker for ultra-wide angle lenses. But too wide on this shot would have reduced the size of the waterfall too much. So, I didn’t go too wide on the shot, but just wide enough to get a bit of bridge railing for size reference. I also let a some water droplets collect on the UV filter to illustrate the power of the waterfall’s spray. Hopefully, these things come together to convey that this waterfall is almost 300 feet high!