Archive for July, 2008

Bald Peak State Park

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Not sure how I managed to squeeze in a long drive over the chaotic weekend, but I’m surely not complaining.  Headed down to Newberg, OR via the "back roads", and then up to to Bald Peak State Park.  I’ve been up here several times, but the view never gets old.  You walk through some woods to see:

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And then when you turn back around:

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Hagg Lake looked so enticing from the view that I decided to do a lap in person.  Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a spirited drive.  Two corn dogs and a Gatorade later, I was on my way home. 

4th of July

Monday, July 7th, 2008

It feels like I’m finally starting to get back into the picture-taking groove again.  I had a few great photo op’s during this weekend’s 4th of July celebration, out visiting Cam and Dave in St. Helen’s, OR.  The view from the hill at their house turned out to be spectacular!  At 20-30 miles from downtown Portland, I figured we’d be too far away to see much of the fireworks action around the city, but it turns out the distance allowed us to see over 100 shows!  I REALLY need to start bringing a tripod to these gigs! Check out the ridge in this photo, where you can see all the tiny explosions in the distance (click for larger):

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A nearby field and cloudy sunset made for some great HDR opportunities:

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Pitch black in between bursts, the picnic area become brightly lit for the brief moment of the mortar rounds exploding:

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And a few obligatory 4th of July sparkler shots:

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NW Rocky Point Road

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

It’s once again been a LONG time since I’ve posted here, and what better way to get back in action than a Corvette photo.  Here is a quick shot off of NW Rocky Point Rd, in Portland, OR.  Starts off a little rough, but a great shot through some twisties once you get started.  This was a three exposure HDR blend through Photomatix and Photoshop.

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