Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Serenity, Mt. Bachelor, and Sparks Lake.


Serenity, Mt. Bachelor, and Sparks Lake.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

The third and final image of the series. I went wider on this one and went for a very long exposure (253 sec @f16) to get the clouds and light nice and silky.

Cheers!

~dr

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Magic and Mt. Bachelor V "2"


Magic and Mt. Bachelor V "2"
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

Sometimes I do things backwards, I can't explain it, it just is. So anyways. This is actually the first photo a took, so the previous upload was the second. I just processed that one first. This one is a bit cooler color balance. Let me know whish one you like better! :)

Cheers!

~dr

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Magic and Mt. Bachelor, Oregon


Magic and Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington (away) Ethereal Light™

So, Tuesday I headed out for a combination of camping, relaxing, and road tripping. I headed out to eastern Oregon to a place special to me, but I never got good light. Just your typical blue sky. Wednesday eve I was able to get a cell signal and checked weather report for the Bend area. Thunderstorms; It's on! Time to pack up and head to Sparks lake. I have got some killer shots from this place before, and so has a lot of other great shooters out there. And it seems that South Sister and Broken-top mountains get the majority of the focus. I never felt however that I got the killer shot of Bachelor, so I focused my attention to the, "great white breast."

I only got maybe an hour of sleep last night, but at 4:20 am I was awoken to distant sounds of thunder. I ran out of my tent, to see these killer thunder clouds building up to the S.W. of Bachelor. I found where I wanted to set up, and just as I got my camera and comp some killer lightning lit off those sweet clouds like the fourth of july before I could capture it! Dammit I thought! Oh well, I knew however, when sunrise comes, those clouds are going to turn into a blissful magic light show. I was not disappointed, and I hope you are not as well. It was a very peaceful and serene setting, and feel to the morning.

I shot some wider views and some really longs exposures to mix it up, however this was my first exposure and my fav thus far.

~dr

Monday, July 4, 2011

The serpent and the sun star.


The serpent and the sun star.
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™

I recently (early June) had a close encounter with a rattlesnake (not my first). I was enjoying a window of sunshine by a creek in one of my favorite places in the world. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive creatures (despite Hollywood portraying them as such), they are like anything else that feels threatened in some way. They react. I was in rattlesnake country. AND I KNEW IT. I did have a tourniquet and what-not just in case, as always - however. I let my guard down. I am to blame. I was in "HIS" territory (we forget that sometimes). How would you react if someone broke into YOUR home?

I have had so many "close calls" in life. I must say, these incidents are no coincidences, nor are they to be feared by either you or your loved ones. They are a necessary element in your development. They happen for reasons. We often let our emotions cloud our judgments, and I am no exception. Emotions, because they do cloud our judgments, they can control us, or let others manipulate us through known emotional reactions - I digress.

So anyways. I was walking on an off trail location in one of the remotest parts of eastern Oregon (and the lower 48 states). There is no cell phone signals and the only radio signals you can pick up are several AM radio stations that play Rush Limbaugh, and Glen Beck on an endless 24/7 loupe; thank gawd for the freedom of turning it off and embracing the sound of silence! Bottom line; There is no one out there to help you! So, I "always" watch every step I take out there, except this one time. Yup. He was big and threw 2/3rds of his body at me. Dead center and between my legs. My legs somehow managed to go left and right and my pelvic region went backwards and my arms went left and right and I found myself balanced over his body while his spent energy lay right in front and below me; I just about browned my shorts! It felt like some other invisible entity made my body and mind react this fast, I couldn't have, it seems. There is no explanation. If there wasn't an outside force that had power to temporary possession of my physical form I would have fangs and venom somewhere in my being, and that would had been beyond very bad! Whatever the case, I ended up not being harmed and have renewed my carefulness at the same time!

Normally, rattlers such as the great basin species don't get very large in Oregon, but with all the rain we have had there has made more food for them; mice and other unfortunate entities to be found in their swollen bellies and are larger this year than most.

This guy was a magnificent looking creature. As he slithered away he never stopped rattling his tail. It was quite loud and I could hear it for some distance.

Have a happy 4th and don't blow yourselves up with the fireworks!

~dr