Mist in the moonlight, Sparks Lake, Oregon
Originally uploaded by Douglas Remington - Ethereal Light™
I was told that this one comes across as kind of spooky, so Happy Halloween everyone!
Sunrise, day 3, South Sister, Sparks lake.
So I was going to shoot this scene the day before, but after I set up the light on the snags in the water disappeared. Came back the next morning prepared! :)
I had just one little cloud teasing me!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Spent a few days here at Sparks Lake, which allowed me to relax and think creatively. Usually I am backpacking with both camera and overnight gear. In this case, I car camped at the lake in the late season when all distractions other than cold nights and bears existed! :)
Sunrise, day 3
That white stuff on the lava rocks is frost. Every morning half the lake would freeze over until the middays sun turned it back to complete water. This part of the lake got a good amount of wind to keep it free of ice. I got a calm moment in the morning for a couple of photos. That is South sister in the background.
Day one, Sparks lake.
Nothing to spectacular here. I have been to Sparks lake several times (twice this year, in fact last visit it rained the whole time; not a sigle photo :(), always missing out on the grand light show. In fact I met a Eugene photographer who has come over 20 times to never see the good light show! I promised myself to stay until it happened this time. The great thing about this trip is that I got to car camp rather than carrying my camera and overnight gear in the wilds. So it gave me time to think, relax, meditate and explore.
The first couple of days, I got nothing but clear skies and no dramatic sunset. It was really cold. The lake would partially freeze at night, than thaw by evening only to repeat. I saw a bear close to my camp while taking a stroll in the moonlight. So I had that on my mind throughout the days and nights.
I pulled off some nice B+W's I'll post in the days to come. One in fact looks kind of spooky, so I'll post that on Halloween.
The third day, I had a hunch that the good show was going to happen, and oh boy did it ever! I am going to post my shots in sequence. This is my first photo which is of Mt. Bachelor with the moonrise and some alpine glow.
Stay tuned for some more later!
Hey gang, sorry for being absent on both your stream and mine; been super super busy from all sort of things, plus I just got back from 3 and 1/2 freezing and windy days in the mountains. Will be sharing and commenting on your photos in the days to come as I find time. Hope everyone has been well!
Here's one from yesteryear but I thought I would throw one out for now :)
For some reason I went backwards in this series, from last to first. This is at sunset (magic hour), day one.
Any one here remember the days when making a B+W in the darkroom was not refered to as, "post processing?" Oh how I miss those days some times...
I'm an old B+W romantic whom has to get used to the lingo! :)
The Bigger Picture, Mt. Washington and the Milky Way.
Here's a photo I made during that windy night at Mt. Washington.
Up in the mountains there is much less light pollution from the city so the stars really shine well. Looking at the milky way and the rest of the cosmos really makes one think of big things.
I forget I am a Portlander. I forget I am an Oregonian. I forget I am an American. I forget I am from a particular race and have a certain color of skin (or lack thereof). And I forget that I am an earthling. I only feel as if I am one with THE ALL.
I can't help but think if more people would stop to look up at the heavens more often that they might have a similar feeling. I can't help but believe people would be less divided by "patriotism," religion, and other ideologies.
For me, no temple or church can match the beauty of the temple of the night sky.
It is mid blowing to think that everyone of those stars has planets revolving around them like we have with our sun. And what we can see is just an unfathomable small selection of what is out there.
I know this is not a technically perfect celestial - astronomy image; there's a fair amount of noise from the extremely high iso and some color banding. The wind was blowing so hard that I got a dose of vibration surely in the exposure, however I thought I would share nonetheless.
16mm F2.8 30seconds @ iso 6400
Mt. Washington and alpine lake, Oregon
This image may give the impression of a calm and peaceful morning, but read ahead.
I made this image yesterday morning. I was camped out here and all night long there was what felt to be close to hurricane force winds. The weather forecast said windy, but this was above and beyond what I imagined. Luckily I have a Bibler Itent which is used in expeditions and is as bullet proof as they get. But, I have to say, with the howling wind and fear of a tree falling on me, I don't think I slept at all. It made me remember one night camping in Leslie Gulch with my buddy, Matt. He had his tent, and I had my Bibler. I got up in the middle of the night to water a bush, and I swear to god, there was Matt with his tent ripped to shreds all around and he was laying in his boxers out in the open wind, funny as sheet!
Anyways. In the morning I hauled my butt out to the lake for my comp, and I could barely walk, the wind was that strong. Even windier than Leslie gulch and my mono lake experience with my cousin, Alan! I'm thinking, how in the hell am I going to pull this off? I hooked my camera bag to my tripod for weight stability, screwed on my 10 stop nd, and pulled out one of my homemade neutral grads. Here comes the light, woohoo! I'm trying to shield my camera from the wind as much as possible and at the same time "dodge and burn" the sky with my grad, and I cannot feel my fingers at all at this time (despite my hand warmers). I checked exposure on the photograph, it was a bit off, and then out of nowhere these two little lenticulars appear to the right. I wanted to not use such a wide lens so Mt. Washington would be a little closer and larger, but I had to get the lenny's in the comp as well. I had no choice but to go 16mm. and step my feet in the cold wet water. I screwed the grad off, recomposed, locked the mirror up and did my usual neutral grad routine. From experience, I knew this would be my last exposure with good light, so I was worried that the exposure would be too long to capture the lenny's with most of their form, but I had to let this exposure run a long time and just hope for the best.
So the light looked like I was ready for me to end the exposure. I did so, checked my histograms, everything looked great! I then looked back up at the mountain and it was completely hidden by grey clouds with no color. That's how fast these things happen.
My hands were so cold and numb at this time, that I couldn't even grab my camera and tripod, I had to scoop them up with my arms and headed back to camp to warm up.
The long exposure evened out all the crazy waves into this serene and mystical looking image. Hard to imagine with all the white-caps on that were on the water (and my legs), LOL!
In a future posting I'll give a tutorial on how to make superior ND grads for longs exposures.
16mm, 248seconds, iso 125 @ f9.5.
The Fallen, Western maple leaf, Oregon.
Here's a photo I made of a western maple leaf. I found it just laying upon the muddy banks of the main fork of, Dairy Creek Oregon. It a B+W conversion from a Fujichrome Velvia Slide scan.
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