My Own Back Yard

Every year I log tens of thousands of air and road miles tavelling all over North America and beyond.  I moved to Oregon because I always loved visiting it and in the beginning I explored new places every chance I got.  Then I got busy traveling elsewhere and when I made it home I had a lot of catching up to do.  Before you know it, you aren’t seeing the beauty of your own backyard.  So, when my friend Evan showed me some photos he had done at Jawbone Flats (an old mining town) I decided I had to go.

It was worth the trip.  We found wonderful abandonded vehicles with the foiliage overtaking them…

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I chose to enhance the grunge look with NIK Color Efex Pro 4, Tonal Contrast filter (run twice at the default setting), a little glamour glow to take the hard edge off and then into NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 using the antique setting and then adding a mask and painting the color of the vehicle back in.  Image captured with Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR @ 40mm  ISO 100 f22 (for increased depth of field) @ 1/2 sec.


What I hadn’t expected was the gorgeous river and falls all along the way.  Most of the time the river was too far to reach but, on the occaisions when it opened up and we could get down, it was worth the scramble.  Our lunch break was along a stretch of river that had many cascading falls…



Image captured with Nikon D800, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR @ 250mm  ISO 100 f38 @ 6 sec  I added my Hoya ND400, ten stop, ND filter to slow the shutter speed down to 6 seconds.

Opal Creek reminded me a lot of Glacier National Park and Avalanche Gorge with a deep canyon that the river flows through and tall trees.  It also reminded me that I have a lot of wonderful photo opportunities in my own back yard.  Take time to stop and enjoy life and your own back yard too!  Stay tuned.