Saturday, January 4, 2014

Top 10 Images of 2013

Today I'm posting a collection of my Top 10 Images of 2013.  I hope you enjoy them!  I'm always interested to hear which ones are your favorites, so please let me know which ones you liked the best.

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"Hello New Day"  Sunrise light and waves in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  February 2013.

"In the Hills" A sunrise view of Mt Hood from the wildflower fields of Columbia Hills State Park, Washington.  April 2013

"Rowena Sunrise" The first rays of sunlight shining down over a field of Arrowleaf Balsamroot at Rowena Crest in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge.  April 2013.

"Lush" Peak spring greens surrounding a beautiful waterfall deep in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. Catching the greens at their peak is truly an amazing experience. The colors are absolutely incredible!  May 2013.

"Awakening" Summer wildflowers and sunset alpenglow at Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington.   June 2013.

"Fjallsárlón Midnight" An incredible tent site at the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon in eastern Iceland.  July 2013

"Pure Iceland" A beautiful waterfall on the Berufjarðará River in the East Fjords of Iceland.  July 2013.

"The Photographer" A photographer composing an image at the edge of Dettifoss in Northeastern Iceland. This waterfall is 45 meters (150 ft) tall.  July 2013.

"Fire Tree"  Fall colors at the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR. October 2013

"Abiqua Freeze"  Abiqua Falls, Oregon surrounded by icicles and frozen spray.  December 2013.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Favorite Images of 2013

It's hard to believe that 2013 is almost over!  During the past year, I had the opportunity to travel to many new locations and was lucky enough to have great light almost everywhere.

The images below are a collection of my favorites from 2013.   I'm really happy with each of these images and feel they are a good representation of my work in 2013.  I hope you enjoy them.

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"Cascade Radiance"  Sunrise, Mt Hood Wilderness, Oregon.  January 2013.

"Hello New Day"  Sunrise light and waves in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  February 2013.

"Endless" Sunset light during a very long exposure in Tulum, Mexico.  February 2013. 

"In the Hills" A sunrise view of Mt Hood from the wildflower fields of Columbia Hills State Park, Washington.  April 2013

"Oregon Countryside" Early morning sunlight over spring farmland in Oregon. April 2013.
 

"Luminance" Sunrise light over a field of Arrowleaf Balsamroot at Rowena Crest in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge.  April 2013.

"Rowena Sunrise" The first rays of sunlight shining down over a field of Arrowleaf Balsamroot at Rowena Crest in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge.  April 2013.

"Lost Emerald" Early spring greens at a beautiful waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon.  April 2013.

"Lush" Peak spring greens surrounding a beautiful waterfall deep in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. Catching the greens at their peak is truly an amazing experience. The colors are absolutely incredible.  May 2013.

"Awakening" Summer wildflowers and sunset alpenglow at Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington.   June 2013.

"Recovery" Sunrise alpenglow and peak summer wildflowers at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington.  June 2013.

"Azure" Incredible blues in the Brúará river at Brúarfoss, Iceland.  July 2013.

"Landmannalaugar Hills" Summer greens and melting snowfields near Landmannalaugar, Iceland.  July 2013.

"Jökulsárlón Wildflowers"  A small cluster of wildflowers thrive beneath the midnight sun on the shore of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.  July 2013


"Fjallsárlón Midnight" An incredible tent site at the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon in eastern Iceland.  July 2013

"Pure Iceland" A beautiful waterfall on the Berufjarðará River in the East Fjords of Iceland.  July 2013.

"The Photographer" A photographer composing an image at the edge of Dettifoss in Northeastern Iceland. This waterfall is 45 meters (150 ft) tall.  July 2013.

"Idyllic Iceland" Early evening light at Hrafnabjargafoss in northeast Iceland. This waterfall has some serious power and it was quite an experience standing near the edge.  July 2013.

"Autumn Light"   Sunrise alpenglow on Mt Adams and early fall colors near Trout Lake, Washington.  October 2013.

"Fire Tree"  Fall colors at the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR. October 2013

"Abiqua Freeze"  Abiqua Falls, Oregon surrounded by icicles and frozen spray.  December 2013.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

2103 Oregon Wild Photo Contest (Vote Now)



 I'm pleased to announce two of my images have been selected as finalists in the 2013 Oregon Wild Photo Contest.  The first image is titled "Luminance" and is a sunrise shot of the Arrowleaf Balsamroot bloom this spring at Rowena Crest.  The second image is titled "Morning Reflections" and is an early morning shot from Sparks Lake last fall.

The winner of the contest will be selected by a popular vote.  If you would like to vote in the contest (you have to provide a name, email and zip code), please click HERE to cast your vote.  Thank you very much to those of you who vote in the contest.  I really appreciate it and this helps Oregon Wild as well.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Favorite Images of 2012

It's hard to believe that 2012 is already over!  I'm quite pleased with the images I was able to capture during 2012.  During the past year, I had the opportunity to travel to many new locations and was lucky enough to have great light almost everywhere.  I spent much of the year exploring the more artistic side of photography, compared to previous years where I focused more on the technical side.

The images below are 12 of my personal favorites from 2012.  I hope you enjoy them.  I'm really looking forward to new photography adventures in 2013!

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"Mar de Sueños"  (Sea of Dreams) Sunset in Tulum, Mexico.  January 2012

"Waiting and Wondering"  A beautiful Caribbean sunrise in Tulum, Mexico.  February 2012.

"Hello Spring"  Wildflowers and spring greens surrounding Ponytail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It doesn't get much better than springtime in the Gorge...electric greens, wildflowers and tons of water!  May 2012.

"The Allure of Spring" Peak spring greens and lots of water in the Columbia River Gorge of Washington.  May 2012.

"Raging Spirit" High water and peak spring greens at one of my favorite waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge of Washington. It was amazing to see the insane amount of water pouring over the falls during the spring runoff. The water in this river is almost entirely spring fed which makes it incredibly clear and blue.  May 2012.

"Signs of Summer" A fresh summertime display of Veratrum (Corn Lily) on Mt Hood, Oregon.  I can spend hours exploring all of the different comps available in these plants.  July 2012.

"Perpetua Glow"  Sunrise light at Cape Perpetua on the Central Oregon Coast.  August 2012.

"Morning View"  Summer wildflowers and sunrise alpenglow on Mt Adams from the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington.  August 2012.

"Celestial Existence"  The Milky Way and millions of other stars above Mt Adams and a field of lupine and paintbrush. Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington, August 2012.

"Lupine Sunrise" Day break over a huge field of lupine in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington.  August 2012.

"Morning Reflections" Early morning light at Sparks Lake, Central Oregon Cascades.  September 2012.

"Falling from the Sky"  Peak fall colors and fog at Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon and drops 620 feet.  November 2012.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oregon Wild 2011 Photo Contest

My image titled, "Alvord Desert Sunrise" was chosen as the winner of the Wildlands category of the Oregon Wild 2011 Photo Contest. There were over 400 images submitted this year, so this is quite an honor for me! I won a $250 gift certificate to Pro Photo Supply and a new REI Flash 65 lightweight backpack. The image will also be published on the Oregon Wild Website and in the Oregon Wild Magazine.

Here is my winning image.

Here is a picture of me with the 20x30 print at the Oregon Wild Photo Contest unveiling/silent auction. This is the first 20x30 print I've had made and I was impressed with how well it turned out. Angie and I had a great time at this event. It was fun to meet several other Oregon Wild members and view all of the winning images. The prints were all beautiful and we ended up buying Brizz Medding's image titled "Skunk Cabbage Sofa".

I would like to personally thank Oregon Wild for hosting this photo contest and also for all of the work they do protecting Oregon's endangered places and animals. Please click the Oregon Wild logo image at the top of this post to learn more about Oregon Wild.

Oregon Wild 2011 Photo Contest Press Release

Oregon Wild 2011 Photo Contest Winners

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dropbox Review


Traditionally, storage and backup of digital data has been limited to physical devices such as hard drives, CD-ROMs, Blu-Ray discs and flash drives. While these devices have been used for years, they are all prone to failure, loss and theft. When the devices fail or are lost/stolen, the digital data is lost forever. In the last few years, a new way of managing digital data called "cloud computing" has emerged.

Cloud computing is a term which is used to describe the storage, retrieval and backup of digital data online. If current trends continue, cloud computing appears to be the future digital data management. There are currently several companies offering online cloud computing services, but this review will focus only on Dropbox.

I became interested in cloud computing earlier this year when I purchased the iPad 2. I quickly discovered the easiest way to transfer files to the iPad 2 was through the cloud. By using the cloud for file transfer, the need for being tethered to the home computer was removed. While researching different cloud computing sites, I found Dropbox and have been quite happy with the service.

Dropbox works by storing files online in the cloud. These files can then be downloaded/synchronized to different devices, including, other computers, portable tablets (iPad/Xoom/Playbook/Galaxy Tab) and mobile phones (iPhone/Blackberry/Droid). Users simply set up a Dropbox account on the website and then start uploading digital content to the cloud. On the home computer this is done by moving files to the Dropbox folder which automatically uploads the files to the cloud. On the iPad/iPhone the Dropbox app is used to upload files. Once a file is in the cloud, the user can download/synchronize the file to any device. Sounds very simple and it is.

From a photography perspective, Dropbox is likely to be most useful for the backup of digital images. All photographers should have a backup plan for their digital images and the cloud offers another possible solution.

Currently I have two main uses for Dropbox. 1)As a means to transfer files to the iPad 2. This includes anything from Word documents to PDF ebooks. 2) As a backup storage for my master digital image files.

Everyone always asks if sites like Dropbox are safe for storing digital data. In my opinion, Dropbox is safe to use, since data security appears to be very important to the Dropbox team. It's really no different than trusting your email service (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail) to send your important files. The only issue I see with using Dropbox is that if the cloud goes down, you will not be able to retrieve any digital files until it is back online. This is why I currently recommend Dropbox as a backup of the files that are already on your computer, iPad or iPhone. In the future, if services like Dropbox have proven themselves to be reliable, the cloud may turn into the primary storage site for digital data.

If you are interested in signing up for Dropbox, please click here to use my referral link. By using this link you will get an extra 250 megabytes of storage space and I will receive 250 megabytes as well. If you end up using Dropbox, I hope you enjoy the experience, and welcome to the cloud!

Dropbox has three different account types.
1. "Basic" Free account with 2 gigabytes of storage space. Dropbox also gives you 250 megabytes of storage for each friend you refer to the site, up to a maximum of 8 gigabytes.
2. "Pro 50" 50 gigabyte account for $99.99/year
3. "Pro 100" 100 gigabyte account for $199.99/year

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Winter Majestic

Winter Majestic - Mt Hood from White River
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 12-24 dx lens, polarizer
0.8 sec at f/16, ISO 100, single exposure
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In mid January I made it up to White River Sno-Park to photograph the sunrise and Mt Hood. White River is located on the southeast side of Mt Hood and is about a 90 minute drive from Portland.

I've had the idea for this image in my head for a while now and the conditions finally came together to make it a reality. The elements I was seeking for this image were; 1) clear skies, 2) sunrise alpenglow on Mt Hood, 3) fresh snowfall, 4) a good amount of water flowing in White River.

White River is a place I've visited several times over the past few years and these previous visits allowed me to scout the area and find the best compositions. Knowing the area well is very important, since to photograph the sunrise here you must start snowshoeing while it is still dark. The morning I went up to the mountain, I got up at 4AM to drive to the Sno-Park, snowshoe ~1 mile in the dark and get the camera set up in an area with a good composition.

From a composition standpoint it is somewhat difficult to make good images of Mt Hood from White River. The main challenge is the closer you get to Mt Hood, the less of the mountain you see. As you snowshoe up the canyon, the view of the mountain becomes obstructed by the ridge on the right hand side. Another challenge is finding a stretch of the river which compliments the composition. The river is in a constant state of change and the path of the river will usually change after a warm winter rains flood the river. Basically your favorite section of the river might not be the same next year, over even next month.

I processed this image using Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS4. While processing the photo I opted to keep the blue color cast to make the image feel "colder". I'm happy with the result and I really like the contrast between the warm glow on Mt Hood and the cool tones in the foreground.

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Take care,
Scott