Saturday, April 30, 2011

A new light


A new light
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Along the way in my Spring Cali Road trip I found myself in Lake Tahoe. I have never been there before. There was still a lot of snow, but the sky was looking really romantic. This photo was one from original scouting scenes of the day. I really wanted to shoot the Banzai rock area. It was tough to find to say the least. To make things worse I was relying on GPS coordinates from some guy who wrote a blog how to find it with HIS "GPS coordinates." That GPS coordinate wanted to take me 18 miles away from there! Not good! Luckily, I had a back-up GPS provided by, Lisa Feidler, days before. OK, now strike two. Obviously this is not working. I had other "back-ups" however. I had my pose (Lisa Fiedler - live on google earth via my iPhone) , Little M, Rich Capture, Jim Patterson, and I think JaveFoto was helping as well - via Little M as my interpreter) on the horn helping me throughout the little escapade. Success guaranteed, right? Noper! :( I spent hours on this little adventure. I eventually figured out where it was. However, the snow was so thick, and it ate-up the only possible pulling out place within walking distance. In fact it was too dangerous to hike up the road a mile, for you were sure to get hit by one of many carefree drivers in Tahoe.


Plan 2. Eat at a local restaurant, which consisted of nasty catfish tacos that I could only stomach a couple of bites of, and then back to my original location. I got there about an hour and a half before sunset. The icy-blue sky had perfect puffy clouds dancing in her bosom, and I was certain to get my dramatic sky, right? Well, I had a homemade beer to wash the bad taste out of my mouth - and this famished northwest photographer had time to kill, uh huh! Alright fast forward an hour of home brew heaven, I got my gear ready and hiked down to the rocky shore only to see my precious clouds vanish into lake Tahoe thin air! Dammit! I thought, well, I'll just get a little closer comp and hope they come back. As I scrambled upon the snow ridden boulders I soon fell through the snow up to my little chinny chin chin! Luckily had a tripod in hand that I kept above my head and that allowed me to pull myself outta that snow drift and eventually crawl my way to my disappearing sunset resting place. I made several monochrome shots, and then waited for the sun to crest. The Remington fantasy la la land sunset never happened, so I shifted creative gears and decided on a high-key long exposure image.

We often pre-visualize what it is that we hope to get, which is good practice, but when it does not happen, we should be prepared to work in a different manner; often times we get something even better. I'm not convinced this image is better than I hoped for, but I am satisfied with it. More importantly. I am satisfied with the whole experience. If we, as photographers and artist, get tooooo - wrapped up in making the image we hoped for, we often to fail to recognize what is much MUCH BIGGER that the image itself. No image, no matter how grand it can be, will ever replace the experiences along the way of making it. If we get too serious with it, we miss the true lessons of life that are to guide us along our evolutionary journey.

~dr

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alabama Hills, California B+W


Alabama Hills, California B+W
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Alabama Hills in monochrome.

~dr

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hello, it's me again!


Hello, it's me again!
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Thanks for all the flickrmail asking for more photos of the man behind the camera. In general I don't care for most photos of myself. But I will post some here and it will be a long time before I do it again, lol!

Some things about myself you might not know. Let's see. I was raised on a farm in western Oregon. Have always been into the arts my whole life. I play guitar. I used to have an exclusive contract with an old large west coast art gallery where I was replacing a prominent landscape photographer. I left that contract early on bad terms. So those missing years of me are because of that. Never ever sign an exclusive contract for a period of time. All promises of marketing your work will not be carried out!

I've also been used as a photographic forensic expert for the state of Oregon. I was a jeweler (yes ladies, diamonds are a huge scam!) and a bladesmith at one time, however I gave those arts up to focus on my photography and school. I'm in a 7 year philosophical and natural sciences school (5 years into it).

Let's see what else? Im the creator of  http://www.traditionalmead.com/ and teach fermentation sciences on a regular basis. I nearly died of cancer when I was a child, and have had several close calls out in the wilderness. But here I am stronger than ever. I think that's it for now. Cheers! ~dr

Monday, April 25, 2011

Squeaky! :)


Squeaky! :)
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Hi everyone, say hello to my kitty cat, Squeaky :) She's like a little puppy dog. Squeaky follows me around everywhere. She wakes me up if im late for work, knows when I am sick... Pretty funny, like she's a little human being as well.

~dr

Saturday, April 23, 2011

what is "fine art?"

Art is not to be defined by its creator. It is for the viewer to define if she or he must. There is no such thing as "fine art." That is not an expression a genuine professional would use.

~dr

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Here comes the Sun! Alabama Hills.


Here comes the Sun! Alabama Hills.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Minutes later (from my previous photo) I had forgoten about the chilly morning I was shooting in. Ahhhh, to soak up the magical warmth...

~dr

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Alpine glow and the Alabama hills, Eastern Sierras.


Alpine glow and the Alabama hills, Eastern Sierras.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Well, I didn't get the clouds for the dramatic sunrise sky I was hoping for, but that's photography - and I just don't Photoshop in fake skies like many do. The alpine glow was really nice however! :)

~dr

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Illumination.


Illumination.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

I finally achieved enlightenment! ;)

My Cousin snapped this shot of me and my headlamp at a recent trip in Joshua Tree NP.

~dr

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cherry blossom spring welcome, Oregon.


Cherry blossom spring welcome, Oregon.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Taken on a country road not far from Portland.

~dr

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dodge Dart Man (yours truly)


Dodge Dart Man (yours truly)
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

I don't usually do selfies (there's a reason why I am BEHIND the camera, LOL!). This is a 74 original Dodge Dart. It has the original Mopar 318 V8. It's for sale. My last Dart was a 70 Swinger that I dropped a 550 horse 440 magnum that I balanced and blueprinted myself. I set it up for road racing, rather than drag racing, and it would suck the headlights out of a new Vette, not to mention out brake and corner! I had to grow up so I sold it on ebay and some dude had it trucked down to Texas. The first time he drove It, it scared the piss out of him, LOL!

I processed this one with a vintage look.

That's my cat squeaky in the background.

~dr

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Death valley sandstorm


Death valley sandstorm
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

So after Joshua tree I left for Death Valley with the hopes of capturing a sunset on the great sand dunes. It was still windy all through eastern California. I made it to the dunes, and then looked for a camp site. My plan was to hike about a mile into the dunes and wait for the light. Well as I got close to a mile out the winds picked up very strongly. Pretty soon It was unsafe. I snapped this photo right when it started happening, and packed up. The winds became so strong that I could barely stand up. I had to put clothing over my face to breath and the sky soon grew dark. GPS could not get a signal do to the strong cloud of sand. It was difficult to not panic do to the circumstances and how far I had to hike to get back to my car - with little idea if I was going in the right direction. Somehow I did manage to get back. Obviously, I had to get the hell out of there. So I drove my car out and climbed up the mountains. And when I got to an overview, what I could see was all of Death valley as a huge sandstorm. I drove on westward and stayed the night in Lone Pine (by the famous Alabama Hills in the eastern Sierras.). In the morning my cousin, Paul, who camped with me at Joshua Tree called informed me that the front page of the LA times said that Palm Springs was shut down due to that major sandstorm. People die out in death valley every year, and I'm glad I wasn't one of them!

~dr

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wildflowers, Oregon coast.


Wildflowers, Oregon coast.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Taking a quick brake from my Cali road-trip. I know these flowers aren't scotch broom, but if anyone know what they are please let me know. All I know is, I had to climb up a muddy cliff that has sections that were very quick-sand like to get to them. And these little yellow beast have thorns that like to rip you and your stuff up!

~dr

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A sudden realization in the sun.


A sudden realization in the sun.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

So camping out on at Joshua Tree NP was not as fun as usual. Had gail force winds battering my tent all night long, so I didn't sleep at all of course. When I got out of my sleeping bag and tent to go shoot sunrise, I noticed my Cousin Paul bailed out of his tent and was crashed in his Jeep. I took the drive out to the cholla gardens, grabbed gear and started to hike around looking for my comp when all of a sudden I felt a strong "sting" on my right ankle. My immediate reaction was," oh my god, I just got bit by a rattlesnake. To my surprise, I had a nice "cholla ball" imbedded deeply in my ankle. Looks like the strong winds were not going to give me a hall pass. Ok, so try pulling one of these out of your person, it's not easy nor fun! Cholla cactus spines, or needles, have barbs and hooks that are made to never come out of anything. I had no pliers, comb, nothing to get them out. I had to grab my sock around the cholla ball and rip the ball out of my ankle with the sock. Many barbs stayed behind and it was very difficult to pull those out with no tools. So yes, now I had bloody puncture wounds in my hand to boot. And those were yet difficult to pull out as well. In fact, parts of those stingers had to stay behind in my flesh to dissolve naturally. Not sure how I actually photographed this landscape (which I made after the incident) given the circumstance. I made several more as well, and then drove to the nearest town for some first aid. Don't get me wrong it was still worth it and any discomfort I had was only temporary. It could have been worse, that really could have been a rattlesnake instead.

~dr

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Glowing rocks


Glowing rocks
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Joshua tree NP, California. Some of those rocks are several stories high.

~dr

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Moving on


Moving on
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Arch rock at sunset, Joshua tree NP, California.

~dr

Here's looking at you!


Here's looking at you!
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Arch rock at sunset, Joshua tree NP, California. That's my cousin Paul looking down at you all.

~dr

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Time.


Time.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

A quick break from my Cali road-trip. I shot this a couple of days ago on the Oregon coast. Many fall into the trap that you cannot make a good landscape other than at "magic hour." I shot this in the middle of the day. Black and white works better at times other than magic hour, so go do it! :)

~dr