The weather reports had prepared me to expect little chance of an epic sunrise shot. With that in mind, do I drive on to another location, or do I gamble on finding something different simply based on opportunity? I made the decision to stay based on having traveled half way across the US without knowing what to expect at every location, so why not wait to see what happened? When I first entered the park, the weather was simply dreary, with no definition to the sky, but soon after arriving at this vantage point, I was rewarded with this scene. Experience told me the overcast would mute the colors in the scene, so I bracketed my shots in case I needed to build an HDR print, or convert to black and white. The final print made use of both techniques. This was one of those moments in which the collective wisdom of every pro I’ve had the opportunity to work with, became critical to the success of the final print.
I have a lot of patience when shooting - about ten seconds on average. But, it is something I'm trying to change.
Several years ago, I captured this image near Fort Sumner by waiting a little longer than usual to get the second shot. Simply waiting a few minutes allowed the sky to change dramatically, giving me a very different, but memorable image.
From now on, patience it is. Maybe. Even if I can't promise myself I'll do this, I do recommend it highly.
What can you say about this scene? Easily the most photographed spot in Oregon, the scene itself says it all. Over five hundred feet of drop over two sections, with full size trees floating in the pool as if they are giant goldfish, this scene mesmerizes every visitor. On this early morning visit, I was one half of the gallery admiring this early spring beauty. Capturing it faithfully, became an immense pressure even if others had done it countless times before I arrived. When I hear people ask why I shoot such familiar scenes, I simply remember how I felt at that moment, and what it feels like even now as I admire the beauty I'm so fortunate to capture and share