The Art of Photography Studio forum: A Bit of Oregon

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ImageMikeJ
Aug 4, 2010 10:37 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
Janet, you said you wanted to see some pictures of my part of the country. I live just West of Portland, Oregon and have for about 20 years. As a kid I spent a lot of years living in Washington and Alaska. I've lived in other parts of the country as well, but most of my time has been in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few pictures from the local area.


This is a image taking looking out East over the Columbia River Gorge. That is Crown Point with the Vista House off in the distance.

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ImageMikeJ
Aug 4, 2010 10:40 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
This image is taken from the Washington side of the river (the one above was on the Oregon side), still looking East. This is also a multi-print image that is stiched together.



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ImageMikeJ
Aug 4, 2010 10:43 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR

This is one of the many waterfalls that surrounds Portland. This is from Silver Falls National Park, just East of Salem and is one of 9 falls in the park.

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ImageMikeJ
Aug 4, 2010 10:47 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
This is one of the many falls along the Columbia River Gorge called Punch Bowl. The log across it has been there since a flood in about 1996 and the park service says they won't remove it because it's a natural occurance. More than one photographer has tried to figure out a way to "help" it along. My suggestion was to train several Beavers to go chew it down. The problem is the only Beavers we could find where the Oregon Beaves football team and they wanted to much beer to go chew the log down. Rolling on the floor laughing I've heard rumor that it finally came down a year or so ago but I haven't been back myself to check it out. It's on my list though.

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By the way, don't let the size of the log fool you in the picture... that is one huge log.
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ImageMikeJ
Aug 4, 2010 10:57 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
And this is another multi-image photo over looking the city of Portland at dusk with Mt. Hood in the distance (if there weren't trees in the way, I could have done a wider panaroma and gotten several more mountains in the picture that you can see from this spot).

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Besides the water, waterfalls, mountains, and forests, we have ocean beaches, an active volcano (Mt. St. Helens that has blown several times since 1980), some of the best winter wheat in the country, some of the best micro breweries (for those that like beer and ale) and lets not forget, the source of the best onions in the country, the Walla Walla Sweet Onion (often over shadowed by marketing hype by those pretend sweets out of Texas Rolling on the floor laughing ) and where most of the patatoes used for french fries are grown... some of the biggest, ugliest patatoes you have ever seen, but where the best fries come from. Hilarious!

Anyway, that's a bit from this part of the work, Janet.

Mike
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ImageMikeJ
Aug 8, 2010 10:41 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
Darn, Texans never could take a joke about their onions, they get tight lipped and refuse to speak every time.

Rolling on the floor laughing

Mike

ImageUniQueTreasures
Aug 9, 2010 8:29 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
HAHAHAHA Oh Mike. Your photos are incredible. Makes me wish I had a 10 ft. monitor to view them. Every one of those images would make an awesome mural!!!

Thank you so much for taking me West to Oregon. I really appreciate the narrative that accompanied your photos too. I love learning about different places.

You can see the Hand of God in every one your photos. I hope you'll share more images with us.

By the way, I just saw this post so wasn't being tight lipped. HAHAHAHA I use onions in most of my dishes (mostly use shallots or red onions though because white onions aren't on my diet list) so I'd love to try your Walla Walla Sweet Onions as a "treat"! I like the 1015 and Sweet Vadalia onions here in Texas but really only TRULY appreciate them when used in a blooming onion or for hand made onion rings (neither of which are on the diet either.... but I remember those very well).
ImageMikeJ
Aug 10, 2010 5:21 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
I have some bigger images I did that are made up of 11 images stiched together. It makes for a really nice panorama image if you can get them printed. I do a lot of multi-image photography as it lets me get a lot more detail. I've even down flowers with 3 to 7 images so I could get close but still get a lot of details.

Thanks for the comments, Janet.

So you weren't tight lipped, you just had our eyes closed so you didn't have to look! I see how it is. Rolling on the floor laughing

I was wondering if that might be the case, which is why I posted the other message. If I hadn't gotten anything after that... well, we won't go there. Hilarious!

Thanks, Janet.

Mike
ImageUniQueTreasures
Aug 10, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
You've definitely got a beautiful slice of our great country to photograph. :-) I enjoyed all of the photos and am sure I'd enjoy any others you'd like to post.

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