Got My Head In The Cloud

iCloud cloud that is!  I finally broke down and invited fellow adventurer, Craig Meyers out to my office to get me totally networked and linked wirelessly.  All I can say is, “Wow!”  I can’t believe how awesome it is!  In just a couple of days Craig had me connected via my network and iCloud so that each one of my computers talk to the other and I can keep documents up to date on all machines!  I can even get my email on all computers and they continuously update each other.  I know I’m a little late to this party but, I am here now and loving the cloud!

Craig Meyers, iT guy (and darn good photographer) Extraordinaire!

And, when we were done in the office we headed out in search of water.  We began our first morning at the Women’s Forum overlooking Crown Point as the sun burned through a fog bank…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f9.5 @ 1/125

 

As the fog burned off we headed towards our first waterfall…

Nikon D800 AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f8 @ 1 sec

 

You can imagine how happy I was to have a shooting companion for the 4th.  We arrived early to get a good spot for the fireworks…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f9.5 @ 3.7 sec

 

We took a break from shooting and powered it for the next full day and when we called it a day the entire network, Apple TV, iPads, iPods, iPhones, buffalo, drobos, MacBook Pros, MacBook Air and Mac Pro all happily communicating with each other.  To celebrate, we got up early the next morning and headed south to Silver Falls State Park.  An unexpected bonus was the sun rising over the fields and fog lifting off the damp grasses…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f38 @ 1/2 sec

 

As the sun appeared on the horizon, the fog lit up as if on fire…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f38 @ 1/45

 

I had not photographed Silver Falls in years and was looking forward to seeing it again.  I decided to come at it from a different perspective and not do the classic identifying shots but, rather some details that caught my attention.  The rich and varied greens in the trees and reflected in the water caught my attention along with the straight tree trunks breaking up the green…

Nikon D800, 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f22 @ 2 sec

 

The calm water reflected the rich colors of the trees while contrasting beautifully against the moving water.  I looked for close up abstract shapes and patterns…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f38 @ 2 sec

 

I continued my theme of details only when I turned my lens towards the falls and composed a tight frame of a very small trickle at the far edge of Lower North Falls…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISP 100 f11 @ 1/6

 

A late lunch break refreshed us and off we went to spend our last evening back in the Columbia Gorge working Horsetail Falls.  It was a great evening spending quality time at one falls, working it from different angles…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f5.6 @ 1/8

 

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f8 @ 1/8

 

Chasing the light as the sun backlit the spray from the falls…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f8 @ 1/6

 

After a successful afternoon we found ourselves back where we had begun our photo/networking adventure, Watching the sun set on the Columbia Gorge and Crown Point, a fitting ending to a whirlwind work/play adventure…

Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR ISO 100 f5.6 @ 1/90

Thanks Craig for your expertise and friendship!