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Stumpled Upon

I took a road trip last weekend to Detroit (Oregon, not Michigan) to see how all of the streams and creeks looked. Unfortunately, when I arrived I couldn’t get very far up the back-roads due to a high volume of snowfall this year. Disappointed I couldn’t reach my destination I turned around and decided to change my plans from a photography trip to a scouting mission. I viewed some places of potential for later in the year. Then I stumbled upon the place where French Creek enters Detroit Lake. The sun peaked over the mountains so as to shine across, but not directly on, the lake. Since the snow was melting ever so slowly the water level was low exposing many of the tree stumps that are usually covered by water during late spring and summer. Because I was fixated on the stumps I didn’t notice the green reflections until after I shot two or three times and viewed them on the back of my camera. Liking what I saw I continued to shoot and at several different perspectives and angles. This was the best of the bunch, I felt.


When finished I happened to see a young couple enjoying an afternoon picnic across the creek but upstream 100 yards, or so. They were situated in an area featuring wild green grass, a few tree stumps, some colorful shrubbery, and the creek. The sun was at the right spot, too. So, I began to shoot thinking between the couple and the beautiful backdrop these would make wonderful candid scenes. What I didn’t know was there were two Oregon State Policemen watching every move I was making. Upon completion of my photo-shoot I was confronted by the two nice officers at my car. I guess they didn’t understand why I was taking pictures of total strangers without their permission. I can understand their point. So, I handed them one of my trusty forms listing the rights of a photographer while explaining the meaning of candid photography. With all of the candid street photography I do in the city without ever a complaint who’d a thought the one place I’d experience confrontation would be out in the wilderness.


More of Detroit Lake ------->

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Taken on April 7, 2012