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A couple of fellow hikers on their way to explore the wonder that is Smith Rock.

 

I'm heading out on my first photo safari of the year to central Oregon tomorrow. Smith Rock is a primary destination. Then going to visit with family in Idaho. I will be away till early June. I'm excited and rarin' to go. Fun ahead!

 

Thanks for making my day with your appreciated comments, faves and valued friendship!

A heartfelt adieu.

An old shot from Smith Rock SP. I was here with my friends Rob, and Ryan Dyar. It was cold. Rob and I slept in my wife's van with 2 of my dogs...and there was ice 1/4 thick on the windows in the morning...but the sunrise was darn nice.

 

A new Singh-Ray GND filter is on its way....to replace the one eaten by the sea.

 

Also I now am a proud owner of a RT ticket to Iceland....so, as they say in the lightswitch business... it's ON!

The Archie Smith Wholesale Fish Company is a historic site in Sebastian, Florida, United States

A small falls along the Crooked River at Smith Rock, Oregon. On a three day trip to central Oregon there was blue sky for only this brief moment. At least I was out shooting. No matter it's always great to hop over the Cascades get back to the high desert.

I'll admit I did a lot of gawking when hiking Smith Rock's Misery trail. Remarkable geological wonder. I found it's varied forms primeval, primordial and awe inspiring.

 

Crooked river hugs it tightly adding to the beauty.

 

This is one of the 2 major formations here, with many smaller buttes, spires, hoodoos and oddities including "Monkey Face" (shown in comments).

 

Smith Rock is one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon.

As it should be.

 

The weeks half over! Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday.

  

Whilst we're waiting for the snow to arrive back in the Rockies, Brianne and I have headed south for an indian summer at Smith Rock, Oregon; home of sport climbing in the U.S. Weather is perfect, friends from Ton Sai turning up unexpected, bald eagles surfing the thermals over the canyon and the climbing is endless. Cool way to spend the shoulder season.

Another small slice of the grandeur that is Smith Rock.

Truly a photographer's paradise.

Gotta return soon.....

 

Thanks for taking a look!

 

Have a wonderful Sunday!

The geology of Smith Rocks is volcanic. It is made up of layers of recent basalt flows overlaying older Clarno ash and tuff formations. Approximately 30 million years ago, a large caldera was formed when overlying rock collapsed into an underground lava chamber. This created a huge amount of rock and ash debris that filled the caldera. That material solidified into rock, becoming Smith Rock tuff. Rhyolite flows intruded along faults in the Smith Rock Tuff. A half million years ago, basalt lava flows from nearby volcanoes covered the older tuff.

 

More recently, the Crooked River cut its way through the layers of rock to create today's geographic features. Smith Rock itself is a 3,200-foot (980 m)-high ridge (above sea level) with a sheer cliff-face overlooking a bend in the Crooked River (elev. 2600 ft), making the cliffs about 600 feet high. Source: Wikipedia

 

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On February 27, 1943, at approximately 9:37 a.m., an explosion ripped through Smith Mine No. 3, a coal mine located between the towns of Bearcreek and Washoe. Since it was a Saturday, there was a short crew in the mine. Of the 77 men working that day, only three got out of the mine alive, and one of the rescue workers died soon afterwards. The report from the United States Bureau of Mines states that 30 of the men were killed instantly by the explosion, and the remainder died either through injuries sustained in the explosion, or through suffocation from the carbon monoxide and methane gas in the mine. The explosion was deep underground, and was not even heard from the mouth of the mine, despite having enough power to knock a 20-ton locomotive off its tracks 0.25 mile (0.4 km) from the blast origin.

 

All of the bodies were removed from the mine. There is a highway plaque near the mouth of the mine, which was never reopened, and there are memorials in the cemeteries in Bearcreek and nearby Red Lodge, Montana.

 

Here's a composite photo I made on my latest trip (visiting Oregon for the first time). The star trails are made out of 144 photos taken at f/2.8 for 30 seconds and ISO 4000 which I processed with my technique for vortex trails (which you can see at my website: goo.gl/NYgvHF) and I merged it with a long exposure for the foreground taken at f/4.5 for 13 and a half minutes and ISO 800; I then merged both in photoshop.

 

The trails were taken on location at Smith Rock and I've positioned polaris at the same location it would have been so it would look as authentic as possible.

have a great weekend everyone :)

Smith Rock State Park is an American state park located in central Oregon's High Desert near the communities of Redmond and Terrebonne. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. Smith Rock is generally considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, and is host to cutting-edge climbing routes. It is popular for sport climbing. The geology of Smith Rocks is volcanic. It is made up of layers of recent basalt flows overlaying older Clarno ash and tuff formations. Approximately 30 million years ago, a large caldera was formed when overlying rock collapsed into an underground lava chamber. This created a huge amount of rock and ash debris that filled the caldera. That material solidified into rock, becoming Smith Rock tuff. A half million years ago, basalt lava flows from nearby volcanoes covered the older tuff. More recently, the Crooked River cut its way through the layers of rock to create today's geographic features. Smith Rock itself is a 3,200-foot (980 m)-high ridge (above sea level) with a sheer cliff-face overlooking a bend in the Crooked River (elev. 2600 ft), making the cliffs about 600 feet high.

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Nature's natural grad line!!!

 

What you see here is the Earth's shadow as the sun begins to rise in the Eastern sky. I know the light is a little harsh on the rocks but I felt it was natural as it was pretty bright out there.....

 

Things are gonna get a little crazy around my house for the next week or so. Comments and posts may be infrequent but I will do my best to keep up....

I will still be able to answer emails and take orders.

  

I think it was about 21 degrees this morning when I shot this.

 

Camera:Nikon D300

Exposure:1.3

Aperture:f/14.0

Focal Length:15 mm

Exposure:0.00

ISO Speed:100

 

June 4, 2017

Smith Island, Maryland

When at Smith Rock most of the attention is paid to the 2 monoliths, where some climb the cliff or hike over on the Misery Trail. But there is also rugged beauty hiking along the escarpment along the Crooked River viewed here.

Excellent walks for any skill level.

 

More shots of this favorite hiking destination in my Smith Rock set: www.flickr.com/photos/phils-pixels/albums/72157636936567926

 

May your Thursday be an easy walk.

 

Last weekend I took a short trip around the state of Oregon. Well, actually it was a long trip, but short on time. I traveled almost 800 miles from Friday evening through to Saturday night. As I planned the trip, I wanted to make sure to hit as much of the coast as possible as well as Crater Lake. I finally determined that the best alternative was to hit the coast on the way back allowing me to catch night and sunrise shots on Crater Lake, so that left finding something suitable on the way out. During this effort, I received a suggestion to stop at Smith Rock which not only provided a great scene but also worked out perfectly for catching Friday's sunset. The only bummer was passing all the great scenes with no time to stop, but the end result more than made up for it. For those unfamiliar, Smith Rock State Park is just north of Redmond, Oregon and about 20 miles north of Bend. It's considered by many to be the rock climbing Mecca of the west.

 

I got to the area about 1/2 hour before sunset and had a planned vantage in the park thanks to TPE. However, pulling up I decided to call an audible for a couple reasons. First, the rock is much bigger than I thought and a shot from the park would be too close. Second, as I was approaching the park I passed a spot off the side of the road that provided an interesting foreground as well as an elevated view of the rock. The sunset that day would have been perfect if not for the mountains to the west being socked in which ended the sunset artificially early. I wasn't complaining though, considering I had just about an hour to find and shoot this landmark, I came away pretty lucky!

 

Along the trail to Anna Ruby Falls, Helen, Georgia

A view of one section of Oregon's impressive Smith Rock. One of the most fascinating geological formulations with amazing colors I've seen. Truly remarkable. I filled up a couple of memory cards so you will be seeing much more of this captivating area the next few months.

 

Back from my last camping/image hunting trip of the year. Time to winterize and put my truck camper in storage :-((. Still grinning from the visits with family and friends, and the beautiful sights I experienced.

 

Looking forward to catching up with you and your beautiful images.

   

Waiting for the sunlight to strike the rock face. But by the time it did, very harsh lighting conditions (virtually cloudless skies). So this is not as dramatic as I'd like. Oh well. I did ultimately get a tight shot of the rock with the reflection in the river that turned out nice though.

The night was cold…each time I woke and checked the clock I found time was crawling. When will this night END! Considerable ice was forming on the insides of all the windows as well, time to grab the dogs. It was another 2-dog night. I was actually happy to move Duke…his hind quarters were facing my face…being cold is bad enough without dog rear firing off at random intervals.

 

Out my window I could barely see the massive stone walls that make up Smith Rock SP silhouetted on the horizon.

 

Before I left on the adventure I had emailed Ryan Dyar www.flickr.com/photos/ryandyar/ to ask him about the ‘Painted Hills’ and the best times for photography…I knew he’d been there pretty recently and would be able to provide the best information on the best times.

 

Ryan Dyar has it made…rolling around the country in his custom rigged black Honda Element photographing when and where he pleases. At 25 years old he’s accumulated an amazing portfolio and already set himself up to be able to photograph on a full time basis.

 

In addition to his photography skills, he’s also a heck of a nice guy and offered to meet us and shoot with us. Our schedule depended largely on weather…so the only place I knew with any reasonable certainty that we’d be at was Smith Rock on Monday.

 

6am….Ryan rolled in to the park in his rig. Not a lot of people hang out at Smith Rock in the dark. I’m not positive but I think I might have scared him a bit when I knocked on his window. I should start carrying a hockey mask in my car for just such occasions. If you’ve seen the Dyar Element…then you know it’s awesome. I’m not certain I could live out of it as much as he does…but if you have to call a vehicle home for a given stretch of time…it can’t get much better than the Element. It has a bed…fridge, storage…it’s pretty sweet.

 

Ryan knew the park and pointed out the good vantage points to shoot from…and we set out to photograph the sunrise, and it was a real nice one.

 

Smith Rock reminds me of a little Zion NP, great big red rocks sticking out of a winding river. It was the one place I visited on this trip I really wanted more time….just for exploring. Trails traverse the entire park…I really wanted to photograph from the waters edge as well….but sunrises aren’t exactly geared to coincide with MY schedule…so I had to settle for a post on a rocky ledge, which was nice.

 

Ryan and I finished shooting earlier than Rob and sat around the van and talked while my dogs ate their breakfast. Eventually, we started to wonder if Rob fell off a rock and I went to check on him.

 

He hadn’t fallen…but took a detour and went to the river’s edge to shoot. I give Rob credit…he shot as much as he could possibly shoot at each location.

 

Once he’d finished and hiked back to the car, it was time to head to the Painted Hills. Ryan knew the way….so we followed him. The day before meeting us he’d driven from Missouri back to the PNW. I do a lot of driving, and even I think that’s kind of nutty.

 

Dyar is a rolling stone….where his Element stops…that is his home.

 

"Losses and Gains"

 

To be as brief as possible, I have been off the grid for quite a while due to the busiest workshop season in my career and then after finishing that, I came home to some major personal losses, yet also some beautiful gains. Not one to dwell on the negative, I focus on the gains.

 

Here is a photo that represents (at least to me) some of those beautiful gains. One gain I will share is that I now live in my dream of dreams locations: BEND Oregon! This truly amazing small town (population 80,000) is very often voted the greatest outdoor recreational town in the US. This has been a lifelong dream for me and I am now living in the very heart of it all! On the "Bend Ale Trail" even! Pinch me!

 

Literally, this photo was taken just a couple weeks ago, just a short drive from where I live. My new place (see my Facebook page if you want more details and images and such...) along with the largest backlog of imagery I have ever had from a crazy spring and summer of furious shooting has me finally back behind the computer working on post production. You know I love that!

 

Lastly, yes my backlog is coming, BUT I am so inspired about my new surroundings (Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Sparks Lake, about 13 mountains in close proximity, too many rivers, lakes and waterfalls to count...) that I just had to start there.

 

About the photo: I was grieving some losses and so to shake it off, I decided to take off and go to this location (a place my dad had me climbing and repelling as a teen). I simply went to the central vista spot and sat in solitude (surprisingly almost no one was there) and just enjoyed the show not worrying about taking a photo so much. At sunset I was met with one of the craziest light shows I have seen in a very long time (most of which was out of the frame directly behind me). I just sat, triggered off some bracketed shots and took it all in. Once the show was over I felt quite rejuvenated as nature often does for me.

 

Techie stuff and miscellaneous information:

 

A double processed RAW file easily blended using my "Blending for Dynamic Range - Blend If" technique.

Canon 5D Mark 2

Canon 24-105 @ 24

f/8 (sharpest f-stop)

100 ISO

8 second exposure

 

Yes, I cloned out a path or two...

 

As always, more accurately viewed using a color managed browser like Safari, Firefox or Chrome, of course meticulously calibrated and maybe even on a wide gamut monitor.

 

I hope you enjoy.

 

Thank you for any comments or suggestions.

   

The 42 story Smith Tower, opened in 1914, was one of the world's first skyscrapers. It has survived three earthquakes without incident. I had the pleasure of working for almost two years on the 14th floor of the building many years ago. The elevator operators were an interesting collection of characters. There was one bird flying near the observation deck. I thought he needed company.

High Stakes Encounter...

I believe that the one that is in focus is the female. The blurred individual is the male. He was somewhat more gangly than the female, and his abdomen was thinner and had a distinct curve in it, although the color pattern was similar. He was doing a slow tai-chi with his pedipalps, which I guess will gradually hypnotize her into bearing his children instead of eating him.

 

P.S. -- I just stumbled across an almost identical scene, but taken in Scandanavia!

smith rock park, oregon

 

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Sunset on the rocks in Yallingup, Western Australia.

 

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Photographed in Downtown Houston at 1300 Smith Street. Trees, fountains, statuary all adorn city streets in Downtown Houston.

Along the trail to Anna Ruby Falls, Helen, Georgia

Hiking the path along Crooked River on a stormy autumn day.

 

Smith Rock has many great trails. I hiked about half of them. Plan on getting to know them all well the next few years. Perhaps I'll cross paths with you……..if you're looking for a hike you'll never forget you should try this one.

 

Your visits, comments and suggestions are always appreciated.

a more classic view.

 

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2 10 pdr. Parrott Rifles mark the position of Smith's Battery Richmond Howitzers (West Mule Shoe, Doles Salient). This position was overrun during Upton’s 10 May 1864 Assault. Captain Smith was captured but the Batteries 4 guns (2 Napoleons and 2 Ordinance Rifles) were recovered and placed back into service. Smith's Battery suffered 3 killed, 12 wounded, and 24 captured and 25 horses killed on May 10.

A hiking trail around Smith Rock in Terrebonne, Oregon.

Didn't get the morning sky "fireworks" that I had hoped for, but it was still nice out at Smith Rock this Independence Day morning. This is a 10-frame pano taken with a Sony a7II and Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens.

8 shot panorama

 

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All images on this blog are copyright protected, registered with the US Copyright Office, and vigorously protected. In order to avoid what could be costly contact for you with my attorney, get my written permission before any use, additionally any approved web use of this image is also required to be linked to this URL and properly credited. NO commercial use is allowed without my written approval and compensation. Images are protected and their use is tracked using Digimarc:tm:.

 

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