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The Brooklyn Bridge

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 16-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/8, iso 100, 292 sec)

A couple of days ago I posted an Instagram photo of a new canvas we bought for the house of one of my shots from New York. You can see a picture of it below. I haven’t posted a shot from that trip in awhile, especially the bridge shots. In the days immediately following my visit there, all my photog buddies that I had met up with were unleashing a torrent of bridge images and we all got sick of them fairly quickly *grin*

But maybe enough time has passed by?

This was taken on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. You can see the Manhattan Bridge off in the distance. I have to give some credit to my buddy Brian Matiash for giving me the idea to jump over the railings here to setup a shot on the beach. I tend to take what is given to me sometimes, instead of going for the shot that no one else is thinking about.

I love the way this turned out. I had a 10-stop filter on my lens for 292 seconds and it was kind of a tough shot with the light falling quickly and my inexperience with that filter. There is some graininess to it which I dig and it actually looks quite fantastic on the canvas.

Alien

Alien - Boiler Bay Oregon

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 16-35mm 2.8 l, 16mm, iso 50, f/8.0, 602 sec, 10-stop filter // buy print)

If I had to pick my top five favorite science fiction movies of all-time, I think Alien would be in there, and perhaps also the sequel, Aliens. The second one was fantastic…there was just so much awesome action and memorable lines (“Game over man, game over!“) but the first one will always be a classic. A terrifying trip with some space travelers who are being slaughtered by a creature hitching a ride on their vessel.

For those that have seen Alien, you may already have figured out why I chose it for this week’s Movie Title Wednesday image. One of the more haunting scenes in the movie is when they find the alien spaceship and rappel into the belly of the thing. Lining the floor in a strange mist are all these organic pods, which just happen to be eggs ready to own your face.

Kind of reminded me of the rocks floating in the foggy ocean in my image. And it’s hard to see, but one of them is actually not a rock, but a old, rusty canister, which to me almost looked like an abandoned space capsule. Sweet.

This photo was taken on the Oregon coast in an area known as Boiler Bay. I left my hotel well before the sun came up that morning and was using Google Maps to locate ANY good spot about an hour north of Newport. I came across Boiler Bay and waited until there was enough light to hike down a fairly steep trail to the beach below. I was surprised I found the spot at all…it was a tiny little pull-out on the side of the road and I barely saw it in the dark.

Glad I did.

I believe this was one of my last shots of the morning before I had to book it to Portland and catch a noon flight. I was lucky enough to have perfectly overcast skies to keep my images moody just like I wanted. This particular exposure was done with a 10-stop and lasted just over 10 minutes. Thanks again to Rick Young for letting me borrow his filter.

I badly want to return to the coast of Oregon sometime, perhaps for a week or two. There is just so much to see, so many skies and sunsets to capture with the gorgeous, rocky shoreline. Two weeks wouldn’t even be enough.

Cape Fear

Cape Fear - Devil's Gulch Oregon Coast

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 35mm 1.4 L, f/16, iso 400, 58 sec // buy print)

As this Movie Title Series continues on an on for over a year now…it feels like I’m running thin on movies I’ve seen that have titles which work well enough for images.  Hence you may start seeing films that I’ve actually never viewed before. Or perhaps I may have seen portions of it, but have no clue what it was about, nor remember anything.

Sort of like Cape Fear.

I am certain I saw this movie, or at least the majority of it. But aside from knowing it was on the water, kind of scary and called Cape Fear, that’s all I remember. Now that I look it up on IMDB, I find out the plot was about “A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a 14 year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.” Creepy. I believe people liked it…I remember all this talk about how freaky it was. Robert DeNiro…Nick Nolte…Jessica Lange. May need to watch this one again. Lange is now on American Horror Story and is downright creepy in that as well.

This image is from Devil’s Gulch along the Oregon coast. When I stood there, it was kind of freaking me out a bit. You probably don’t know it, but the road around that mountain on the horizon isn’t down by the water. It’s about  1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the mountain. That’s how far you have to hike to get down to this point. The sun was going down, it was getting dark, kind of foggy, the waves were crashing around me, the low-tide exposed rocks were black as night…and I have to say…I was nervous.

Cape Fear.

But I loved this scene. I hung in there for a few exposures to get it right. The silhouette of that mountain was just too beautiful to pass up. I definitely would love a week driving up the coast of Oregon, and that probably still wouldn’t be enough time.

Devil’s Gulch

Devil's Gulch - Oregon Coast

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 16-35mm 2.8l, 33mm, iso 200, f/10, 302 sec, 10-stop // buy print)

Ever since I first saw a long exposure of the Oregon coast, I knew I wanted to shoot something like that…someday. The sunsets there are spectacular, but when you can’t get those, the rocks, the water, the waves…they make for some of the most beautiful coastal shots anywhere.

Last week I got sent to Corvallis, Oregon for my day job, and from the second I knew I was going, I got excited. I borrowed a B+W 10-stop filter from my good friend Rick Young to use not just on my recent New York trip, but also for this coastal visit.

On Wednesday night, I bailed out of the office a bit after 4pm and made for Thor’s Well, which was 90 minutes away according to Google Maps. The road from Corvallis to Waldport via State Route 34 was astoundingly beautiful. I had so little time to make it to the ocean before sunset, I was groaning audibly in my car at the literally thousands of photo ops I missed along the way. Normally I seem to end up with my best shots on the journey instead of the destination, but this was something different.

I had to ignore the rest of it. I wanted those black rocks.

When I finally arrived, it was only 30 minutes to sunset. And the climb down to the rocky terrain was about 60 feet below the road. The tide was out, which was fine, but to get good shots of Thor’s Well, you kind of need the tide to be in a bit more. So I ignored that location and setup right away at the spot above in the photo.

I have to say…it was pretty freaky for this desert boy to stand at the edge of this 20 foot or so drop watching waves come smashing in, splashing upwards at random spots with deep, thundering sounds echoing everywhere. I have zero knowledge of tides, how they work, when it might come back in…so I was doing my best to stay alert.

This exposure was just over 300 seconds. I blended it a bit with another one that had a smidge more detail on the left shore. I definitely am a newbie when it comes to the 10-stop filter, so a calculator would have been a smart thing. You don’t realize how quickly you lose light.

I have a handful of other shots I’ll show at some point…especially from the next morning. But I have to show this one today…it’s my first oceanic long exposure and I was pretty stoked when I saw it in Lightroom.

First Friday is tonight!

(Canon Rebel XSi, 17-35mm, 17mm, ISO100, F10, six exposure HDR, Photomatix, CS5, Topaz Adjust)

The First Friday art walk in downtown Phoenix happens tonight and for the first time I’ll be showing my work in a collaborative gallery for a month. I’m beyond excited and cannot wait for 6pm! My wonderful mom and step-dad are babysitting for us so that my wife and I can get out of the house and just enjoy a lovely evening meeting people, talking to people and enjoying our time spent together.

If you are interested in coming, click right here for the flyer. Myself along with five other photographers will have their work shown at Day Twelve, which is a church plant in downtown Phoenix, one we’re helping to get going. Their goal is to become a part of the city and aid it in anyway possible, and right now that includes embracing the artists in Phoenix and helping to showcase their work. If you’ve never heard of a church doing something like that before…join the club. It’s amazing. The “gallery” is where they house the Day Twelve office, but it’s more of a collaborative gallery/workspace for those who need it.

Like I said…this isn’t just about me. There is another HDR guy down there in Rick Young who is amazing, my buddy Dee who specializes in beautiful landscapes, Chereth who tells stories from Africa with her portraits, Tiffany the vintage fashion photographer and Steve who just “sees” things worth shooting anywhere he goes. While I was down there on Wednesday helping to hang these images with a few of the other photogs…it was so awesome to see how different we all were but how much we loved each other’s work and were inspired by that.

Today’s photo was taken at the same time as the one in the flyer…at a pedestrian overpass crossing Interstate 10. I was trying so hard to find a place to get a stormy sunset photo with the freeway and city skyline integrated into one and it’s a difficult task down here. There aren’t many spots at all, the freeway doesn’t run through the areas with tall buildings, so you kind of have to take what you can get.

Hope to see some of you tonight! And from the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you who have supported me since I started doing this…it’s been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see what’s next.