As you know, half the effort of creating an image happens in post processing. While this is a necessary task it can also be an exciting process of watching an image transform. many times I started out with an idea in mind and in the end, I was nowhere close to what I envisioned.
This final image is an example of just that. I was up at McKenzie Pass hoping for a normal but great sunset. On the way there I saw the horrible haze of thick smoke from the many forest fires in the NW. Initially I was disappointed but as I started to look around ideas hit me and I started shooting.
The sun was several hours until it set and was a bright orange ball against the smoky sky. That gave me the idea to shoot one of the dead tree snag in the lava fields with a long lens and get a huge red ball of the sun. The problem was I could not frame that shot due to the shape of the land. I just could not get back far enough.
I shot this image around 25 years ago on Mt. Hood, Oregon. Back then I shot mostly film with a 4×5 field view camera. I loved working that way!
This was a lucky day. A storm was pounding the west side of the Cascade Mountains and I was shooting up in the Government Camp area. I have been all around this mountain many times but never had I been in these conditions above the clouds.
As I was set up here, the clouds, once hitting the mountainside, would break up and blow across the pass at the base of the mountain as seen here. I would shoot a frame or two, then the clouds would cover the mountain, so I would wait a little longer until there was a break and the mountain was visible. (more…)
I have been a professional photographer for 30 years. Based in Oregon, I have shot locally, nationally, and internationally for a wide range of editorial, business, and advertising clients. These assignments have included portraits, corporate annual reports, outdoor gear catalogs, products, magazine stories, architecture, and more. My lifestyle, nature, and adventure stock imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide. I am available for studio and location assignments. I have conducted photo workshops and lectured in the United States and Middle East. If you have a need drop us an email or give a call.