Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mt. Hood, a winter wonder

Mt. Hood as seen from Trillium Lake

I've been shooting a series on Mt. Hood for some time now. My goal is to capture the mountain in all its moods throughout the seasons. Friday turned out to be as beautiful as predicted, a perfectly clear morning near zero degrees. Snowshoeing in just before sunrise was fairly easy since all but the last 1/4 mile was on groomed trail.

The snow in this area is about 5-7ft deep, about 14" of that being fresh dry snow. So while the going was good on the groomed trail, it was moderately difficult in the untracked snow. Need a good workout? try 4.5 miles on snowshoes over mixed terrain and snowpack. Oh, and don't forget the 30 or so pounds of gear in the ol backpack ;-)

I headed out to the west side of the mountain later in the afternoon. The photo below was taken late day and at a spot I haven't been to before. It's an interesting area, I'm looking forward to exploring more.

Mt. Hood

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fire Light

Sunset at Cannon Beach
No, it really didn't look like that but sometimes it's just fun to apply a little artisic touch. I brought up the fill light a little and drastically changed the white balance to flood the scene with red. Otherwise, it's exactly as shot. In all I spent less than one minute on this photo. Less time than it took to upload it and write this!

Hope you enjoy :-)


Friday, February 20, 2009

Just Ducky

Mirror mirror on the pond...

What can I say, been working way too much lately so I ended up with a day off during the week. Considering I'm on-call I couldn't really travel to any of my favorite spots so I made do with the local wildlife. The ducks are courting now so they put on a pretty good show throughout the morning.

The photo to the right isn't anything to write home about, but I thought the water drops looked cool.

After a rather serious courting session she decided a good bath was in order. Not having a towel handy, she just shook vigorously (like your dog does, except ducks aren't all wet and smelly afterwards ;-)