Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mt.Lassen, California


Mt.Lassen, California
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Mt. Lassen and semi-frozen reflection.

~dr

Friday, January 28, 2011

Choiceless Awareness


Choiceless Awareness
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Peering through the blinders...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Venice beach.


Venice beach.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

along the boardwalk...

~dr

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mead University - round two

Unbelievable! The Mead Class sold out in 24 hours with people traveling from out of state to attend! I will be doing another class in March close to the Spring solstice, so if interested call if you want to reserve a spot (this will sell out fast as well!). Moreover, if you would like to put your name down in a waiting list, I will call you if someone has to cancel. Please call mainbrew.com for your reservation - 503-648-4254, or email: info@mainbrew.com
Cheers!

~dr

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mead Class; buy the drink of love for your loved one this Valentine's day!

Something not about photography. Just thought some of you might wan't to see what else I am up to! :)

http://www.traditionalmead.com/
I will be conducting a comprehensive Mead class on Saturday February 19 @ 4:00pm PST. The course will be limited to 15 individuals and the cost will be $30.00 each. Included in that price will be a tasting of some fine authentic Meads from around the world. This instruction addresses beginning to very advanced mead making. Expect to stay a couple of hours.

Please, do not bring your homemade Mead for critique. Until the current OLCC ruling pertaining to transportation of homemade alcoholic beverages is changed, we cannot have them on premise. The current law will be changed soon and following that I will be able to evaluate your treasured imbibes - so hang tight! :)

The instructional course will be held at the new mainbrew.com super store off of highway 26. The address is: 23596 Clara Lane, Hillsboro OR, 97124.

To reserve your spot please call 503-648-4254, or email: info@mainbrew.com

Cheers!

~dr

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The persona of the light.


The persona of the light.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Gunsite Peak, Oregon - touched by the light.


~dr

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lofty heights


Lofty heights
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Mt. Shasta, California from "the eye in the sky."

~dr

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rise Above


Rise Above
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Mt. Hood.

~dr

The guidance of light...


The guidance of light...
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

...cutting through the darkness.


~dr

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunrise at the river, Eastern Oregon.


Sunrise at the river, Eastern Oregon.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

If you look close at the rock face, you can see an entity yawning.

Hope everyone is having a good 2011 so far!

~dr

Sunday, January 2, 2011

B+W, tone, and seeing.


B+W, tone, and seeing
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

I get a quite a few emails asking how I do black and white. Here's some tips mostly for the color shooters. Not sure if advanced B+W shooters will get anything from this however.

All great photographers understand tone. If you are a beginning photographer and mostly enjoy color work, I recommend you give color up for a while; say maybe a month to 6 months and work hard with B+W as much as possible. As the saying goes, "you must first learn to walk before you can run."

By doing away with color, you will be less distracted by that element and the better you will start to understand tone - which will later show in your color work. A blind person can hear things better than someone who can see. A deaf person learns to see better than the non deaf... you get the idea. Even highly successful color photographers will learn to see better by putting themselves through a self-assignment such as I suggest here. One thing you will discover is that the hours in the day you can shoot go beyond the 'magic hour.'

When I was a late teenager, a friend taught me how to develop b+w prints in my bathroom. Ever since then, I have been captivated by monochrome imaging and have shared a photographic passion for both color and B+W. Like many of us here, in today's digital world, we have had to learn to adapt our chemical processes to that of digital.

My prior 23 years experience in shooting B+W has helped me to know that when I squeeze the shutter whether I will process the digital file as a B+W or a color photograph 99% of the time. To this day, I have not used any B+W programs such as silver effex-pro and what have you, I just do traditional darkroom techniques such as dodging, burning, and local contrast control, but with digital tools. For those just starting out, using the channels in light room are a good first step for B+W conversion. These are global settings and are easy to do, and once you get the hang of that, then you can start playing with local settings and dogging and burning, and then on to masking. Always work in 16 bit raw, tiff, or psd files, never 8 bit.

Rarely do I apply a global adjustment to any of my work, especially with my B+W's; it's all localized manual work, and in a fair number of cases it takes many hours. Most of my images are a single exposure, in the rare case that I need a wider dynamic range, I will manually blend parts of an image that needs it, however I never use an hdr program (I detest them). In many cases, I am throwing away information and narrowing the dynamic range for drama and contrast. Such as in this photo I made in the Elkhorn mountains of Oregon. I am throwing away some information in what was once a blue sky, but holding on to and modifying the information in the trees and foliage. In a nut's shell, that's how I do black and white.

I hope my work inspires some of you who never shoot B+W to give up color for at least 30 days if not 6 months. If you try it please let me know if it has helped you in some way, I am convinced it will.

Cheers! :)

~dr

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The second calling, horseshoe canyon, utah


The second calling, horseshoe canyon, utah
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Some of you may remember an earlier version of this, that's why I call this the 'Second Calling.' This is a diferent frame and exposure. After processing, I like this one more. This was a tough image to make, there was a bit of a sandstorm. Luckily the wind was to my back. I was able to pull off a couple of frames. I'll post some more images from Horshoe canyon, Utah in the near future.

Happy new year!

~dr