Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cape Kiwanda churning, B+W


Cape Kiwanda churning, B+W
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

From yesterday (Sept 29) Believe it or not, it was sunny and hot, and I got fried like a red crab!

Quite windy with waves crashing all around you, which is usual here.

~dr

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Autumn, Mt Hood and Lost Lake.


Autumn, Mt Hood and Lost Lake.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Some wispy unsual clouds and vine maple backlight by sunlight.

~dr

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oregon Tundra 2

Oregon Tundra 2

Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™
Here's a vertical comp of my previous upload (please visit the other photo if you wish to learn more about it). Would love to hear your thoughts as to which one you like better:)

~dr

Friday, September 24, 2010

Oregon tundra; a carpet of red, gold, and Mt. Jefferson


Oregon tundra; a carpet of red, gold, and Mt. Jefferson
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Although not the best wildflower year in the pacific northwest, this is the best for fall color I have seen in the high country of Oregon in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness. I hiked up a hill near my camp to get the lay of the land, and saw this intense patch of red. It was far off trail so I had to be mindful of how to get back and to not disturb the fragile ecosystem there.

What you see here is mountain ash (yellow orange) and red blueberry and huckleberry. Not sure what some of the other yellow flora is.

Photographed 10 days ago while colors where in its prime.

Happy Fall Friday everyone! :)

Single exposure 2 stop grad.

~dr

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Serenity and Chinese made shutter releases. Mt. Jefferson, Oregon.


Serenity and Chinese made shutter releases. Mt. Jefferson, Oregon.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Early morning perseverance.

Here's one of my last Jefferson photos for now (I'll post a couple more over the next few days). This photograph I made in the early morning while camping in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness. I had a 10 stop nd filter on and was hand holding a 2 stop hard grad with a remote release with my mirror locked down. All of a sudden my camera was frozen. Nothing would work. I could not trigger the shutter. I played with all my settings to no avail. I thought, "wow maybe this is my first memory card failure." So I ran like a gazelle to my camp grabbed a fresh memory card. Nothing, same thing. So now I'm grabbing at straws thinking that somehow my new 25 megapixel camera was in effect a boat anchor at this point. The light was changing fast and I was getting bummed. So as I went to take everything down and pack it up, I noticed after I unplugged my remote shutter release, "the beast" came back to life! Now what? I have to take an 144 second exposure with my frozen little fingers on the camera and hold a nd grad on it at the same time - and not breath at all, all the way through the exposure to avoid shaking the camera. I had to invoke my previous experiences as a marksman and former x-ray and MRI patient - which means, do not breath or move for way longer than humanly possible! So I changed from a hard, to soft grad, and after I pulled it away at the end of the exposure (with my frozen paws) I looked at the instant gratification on the back of my camera. I then zoomed in everywhere to see if I messed it up. Somehow, I lucked out, and here you have it. Nothing too special, but kind of pretty and serene. Left this one a bit dark and moody.

Lesson: Do not use cheap Chinese made shutter releases when important business is to be conducted! ;)

F16 @16mm. Bit of a vignette was added to pull the eyes in.

~dr

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A bad moon arise'n, Mt. Jefferson, Oregon - reflection


A bad moon arise'n, Mt. Jefferson, Oregon - reflection
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

No contrails here. Just some soft serene light provided by the moon over Mt. Jefferson. Went for a dark moody look here, and added a bit of a vignette to pull the eyes in. In many of my lake shot's you'll notice I'll put a rock on my comp in the right or left, to break things up.

~dr

Ghastly contrails in special places wilderness rant.


Ghastly contrails in special places wilderness rant.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Here's my rant about wilderness. I don't know if it legal or not, but like many of you I sure get sick of all the air traffic over sacred places. Mt. Jefferson and the three sisters wilderness are obvious popular flight paths. It's nearly impossible to get photo with the sky without contrails. I'm thinking about raising hell with congress on this (feel free to join me). I doubt a few photographers have little power to change FAA policy however.

On another note.

I like dogs, and think they have a place out in the woods. But I have to tell you, it seems like everyone brings them up here to the very fragile Jefferson park. I thought it was illegal to do so, but I must be mistaken. There is restoration attempts going on out here, but apparently it's ok for dogs to tear up the fragile ecosystem while digging after ground squirrels and what not. I can't tell out how many dog turds I stepped over as well. Can't tell you how frustrated I was trying to get some solitude in this heavenly place when all the dogs are just barking all the time. I really prefer to hear coyotes and not domestic dogs in places like this. Please people, in special areas like this, please consider leaving Fido at home. This is a true wilderness.

I will post some pretty non contrail shots later :)


~dr

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The play of light - Mt. Jefferson black and white.


The play of light - Mt. Jefferson black and white.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Posting photos of my latest backcountry trip in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness in chronological order so you can see the drama of light progressively unfold. Notice the moon to the left of Jefferson and the cloud? It's small do to the extreme wide angle (16mm on a full frame sensor)?

~dr

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Invoking Ansel, Mt. Jefferson and alpine lake


Invoking Ansel, Mt. Jefferson and alpine lake
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

I went for an Ansel Adams feel here. Please view large!

~dr

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mt. Jefferson, rugged and steep!


Mt. Jefferson, rugged and steep!
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

I will try and post some better more artful photos of Jefferson tonight and over next few days. But thought I'd just toss up a tourist-like photo in the meantime, and I will have a rant about wilderness on one of them.

Check out how steep and rugged Jefferson is!

BTW, the flowers are done, however the mosquitoes are still bad at Jefferson Park. I thought they'd be gone, but no such luck.

~dr

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fire in the sky - Sunset, Portland Oregon


Fire in the sky - Sunset, Portland Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Sunset (cloudgasm) from the rolling hills of my backyard. Believe it or not, this is within Portland city limits! We have been getting some killer light lately here!

~dr

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cloud Porn, Oregon


Cloud Porn, Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Cloud "abstract" from the sunset a couple of nights ago. This is straight out of the camera no adjustments whatsoever.

~dr

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Gallery Shows

Some new Gallery shows coming, will post dates are whereabouts shortly! :)



~dr

Summoning Jefferson


Summoning Jefferson
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Getting to Jefferson park is about a two thousand foot elevation gain straight up 6 miles on one of the worst trails in Oregon; it's an ankle breaker. Photo gear plus overnight gear is a bear.

Was camped up there Monday and Tuesday. And wasn't going to post anything, because I didn't think I had anything worth posting. But here's a B+W and the partial view of her here is all that happened. It was just for a couple of seconds. I managed to get a 2 stop grad on her, but that was it.

I just went for black and white tone here. Loved the rocks in the lake. No polarizer.

~dr

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Solitude, Sunset at the Oregon Coast.


Solitude, Sunset at the Oregon Coast.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

128 sec exposure @ f14. 2 stop hard grad

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Desert Garden


Desert Garden
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

This is not my garden, I wish it were!

~dr

Transitioning back to the elements, old Dodge, Eastern Oregon


Transitioning back to the elements, old Dodge, Eastern Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

I made a 20x30 of this for a client, and it looks like your walking right into the scene!

Ilford black and white + orange filter

~dr