Thursday, August 26, 2010

Composition, Painted Hills, Eastern Oregon


Composition, Painted Hills, Eastern Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

A couple of friends and I camped up on a local mountain and I shot this photo right after a fresh rain saturated the colors. I compressed features by using a 400mm lens. Many landscape photographers fall in the ultra wide trap. A long telephoto is also appropriate for landscape photography; the art of seeing should have no limitations.

~dr

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Alpine Lunar Magic; the reunion. Mt. Rainier, Spray Park


Alpine Lunar Magic; the reunion. Mt. Rainier, Spray Park
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

So it's been 20 years since I have been to spray park, and boy did I pick a grand day to come. Yesterday I was looking at weather data across the pacific northwest, and at last minute I chose to come here. I arrived later than I hoped to (and I was hustling and out of breath), so I had not much scouting time. Yes the wild flowers are nice up there, they are just at their peak, perhaps a little past their prime, and the lupines did not grow as tall this season.

And let me tell you, the mosquitoes are terrible right now! Anyways, I did see an elusive Pine Martin, he walked right in front of me. I had never seen one in the wild before. I also noticed a big fat Hoary Marmot sitting on a rock close to me. I didn't take photos because I had my super wide on.

Now for the nitty gritty. The sky was awesome, and to boot, the moon was there to add another dimension. So I climbed a little higher than the main part of spray park and found an alpine lake. I tried several comps and this one is my fave. This was very difficult. I was literally being swarmed by mosquitoes. They were on my lens, biting my eyebrows, ears, knuckles, everywhere! They were biting through my jacked, and when I was holding my neutral grad in front of my lens they just attacked my hand and had a feast. I couldn't move, and blowing on them did not work. I had to stay cool. I had my mirror locked up and I wasn't going to risk touching the camera and ruin the several second exposure. Just had to tough it out; no pain, no gain I guess.

This was one of the best light shows I have ever seen. So blessed to have been there!

So I had to hike out in the dark (4 miles to trail head) and l am no stranger of doing this (this is how great photos are made), but in them woods are some spooky sounds. I just kept whistling and making noise, always looking behind me with my headlamp to make sure I was not being tailed by a cougar. Pretty soon I was in the darkest and quietest part of the woods and I heard a loud snap behind me and some fast foot work. I just froze and just about browned my shorts! I'm thinking, what, a cougar, bear, a yeti? LOL! I picked up my pace and I couldn't been happier to get back to my car, which I slept in for a few hours and then drove home. This image was totally worth the effort (8 miles round trip - highest point I was at 6450 feet)!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Graceful Radiance


Graceful Radiance
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

The graceful radiance of that of which is in front of everyone, every day and are unaware of its presence.

Is it too much effort to take some time, even a short amount of time, to get on our knees, with the sun on our face, and look upon the vast micro landscape with a child's like imagination and be absorbed into the grand beauty of it all? It is the "small" things that will change your life, when willing to see their greatness and value.

I bet anyone of us can drive down a street at anytime and see someone spraying death upon these so called weeds without a thought of its consequences and the potential loss of seeing something of value.

I know dandelions can be a nuisance at times, however there is almost always some beauty in that which many of us consider unworthy - if we chose to view it in a different light.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Three Finger Jack and alpine lake, Oregon


Three Finger Jack and alpine lake, Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Another from my cloudless blue sky series. This one is from a hike with Little M :), last week!

2 stop hard nd grad, single exposure.

~dr

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mt. Jefferson, Oregon


Mt. Jefferson, Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Another from my cloudless blue sky series.

Making it to here was tough, long steep rugged trail, and then trail dissapeared do to snow. I lost trail many times there and back, but somehow made it out alive, LOL!

The only other creatures out here was a bear and mosquitos, which did not make for a happy sleep out!

Selective parts of image hand blended with different brushes from two exposures (highlight and shadows).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunstar and Spanish Moss, Oregon.


Sunstar and Spanish Moss, Oregon.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Made this image while shooting with Little M last week in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

South Sister at sunrise, Sparks Lake, Oregon


South Sister at sunrise, Sparks Lake, Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Landscapes photographers often get over-involved in shooting only dramatic glowing cloud, epic scenes (and I am no exception) and in doing so we often forget the simplicity and importance of an image that dances only in concert with a pure blue sky.

~dr

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Three Finger Jack, Duffy Lake, Mosquitoes, Oregon, and Little M :)


Three Finger Jack, Duffy Lake, Mosquitoes, Oregon, and Little M :)
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Little M www.flickr.com/photos/little-m/ and I hiked to Duffy lake for some evening light photos. Nothing to exciting here; there was no dramatic cloud show, but the warm orange-red light and play of shadows on Three Fingered Jack and surroundings was with value.

I have questioned more than once if the 100-plus Mosquitoes bites on my body and the miles of hiking in the "scary" dark night with crappy headlamps back to the trailhead were worth it, however Lil' M's humor reminds me that it was :)

For those of you who don't know little M (and you must be in the minority) she is a great photographer with a unique creative vision. She is as distracted to bright shiny objects as they come; true story! M, will make you laugh your ass off and if you say the wrong thing to her, she has hidden somewhere in her cargo pants a skillet which she will bust up upon your head at her leisure! A LITTLE danger is just part of the fun that little M brings to the table. You have been warned!

~dr