WC: The Waterfalls’ Spell

We’re quite spoiled here in the Northwest when it comes to waterfalls.

To be honest, when I first moved here, I wasn’t all that excited about waterfalls.  They were all photographed the same, and they all looked the same to me.  The hikes were pleasant, but I just couldn’t understand how the group would then park their tripods at the waterfall at the end and shoot for what felt like forever.  I was used to a quick shot, and I was done.

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How many pictures of the same scene can one take?

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WC: Eclipseption

Before we get too departed from the excitement of the great American eclipse this year, I wanted to share a fun photo with you.

With cameras painfully ubiquitous, it is increasingly difficult to present any new ideas.  But I love a good challenge, and I’m always trying to push myself.  Sometimes, the unique concept comes from how the picture is taken.  Other times, the creativity shines in the editing.

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WC: Helpless

It feels somewhat easy to distance myself from the devastation in Texas, and I turn only a concerned brow toward what lies in wait for Florida.  It’s tragic, and my heart aches for all who have lost their homes and livelihoods (and all this month, I am donating 25% of all proceeds from print sales to Harvey relief efforts).  But once the news is turned off, my personal life creeps back in, pushing the drenched scenes, the tears, the pleas for help – back across the miles from whence they came.

But when tragedy strikes so close to home, I can no longer shut it out – intentionally or otherwise.

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WC: Overcoming the Tourist Trap

Tourist spots are so cliche and overdone that most self-respecting photographers will steer way clear.  However, there are times when a photographer has visitors from out of town, and they want to see these famous sites.  Many begrudgingly agree but leave the camera at home – what’s the point in shooting something with more clicks than the Google homepage? (I might be exaggerating…)

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WC: Milestones

The world is inundated with superb photographs on a daily basis.  It is an immensely saturated market.  As someone passionate about photography, I’ll never stop working at my craft and trying to find my edge.  However, I often feel grossly inadequate.  Who am I to try to break into this market when it’s sadly undervalued by the general public and already dominated by artists far more talented than I?

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Eclipse: A Preview

Alright.. So I know everyone’s anxious for my Alaska posts, and I even had something else originally planned for this week, but with all the excitement of this life-changing event, I had to interject an extra story.

This is just a preview, as I’m still working on the photos, but I’ll have the rest next week.  Follow my blog for all the latest!

Anticipation for the solar eclipse has been brewing for months, and “totality” invokes a very clear image in everyone’s minds.  For any living in the States, it’s meant booking hotels and campsites for exorbitant amounts, scrambling to secure legitimate solar glasses when half those sold were recalled a week prior, and selecting the best viewing spots.

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TWOI – 8/18/17

Happy Friday!  Are you excited for the eclipse on Monday?  I live right near the path of totality, so I’ve been stoked for years (not exaggerating).  I got my long lens from the rental shop last night, and I’m all packed up to go camping in eastern Oregon.  I’ll have two cameras set up (Aaron will have three), and I hope to catch everything from the shadow moving across the landscape to the solar prominences.  Look forward to pictures after we get back!

What are your plans for the eclipse?

So!  Another week of photos on the good ‘ole ‘gram.

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