Oregon Landscape Photography News
This blog section is a way for me to share images and adventures with friends, family, and fellow professional photographers. Most of these adventures take place in the wilderness area near Bend, Oregon, the heart of Central Oregon. Many of the images you will see here were originally captured with a large format camera, as were all of the images on my website. Over the past several years, I’ve accumulated thousands of very good photos, most of which are not available for purchase. I’ve found that sharing my work is one of the most rewarding parts of being a photographer and this news section will hopefully provide me with a more efficient way of sharing my work with others. In addition to sharing Oregon Landscape photographs that may not be available on my website, the informality of this blog will allow me to share information and anecdotes about my photographic adventures on a more personal level. I hope you enjoy it!
Oregon Landscape Photographer, Mike Putnam
Where to begin? How about the beginning…. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska, a long time ago! A year later, my parents, Mike and Sheila Putnam, packed up and moved our family to Lexington, Kentucky. I had a pleasant, and very well supported, if not typical childhood. I attended Sayre School( Go Spartans!) from Kindergarten all the way through high school. When I
was 12 years old, my only sibling, Hallison, was born. While in Lexington, I developed a passion for the natural world, animals, gardening, and athletics. I played both soccer and basketball while in high school. After graduation, I attended Kenyon College( Go Lords!) where I majored in Philosophy, played soccer for the college team, made some of the best friends a guy could ever have(GDI’s!) and I received a wonderful liberal arts education. After graduation, I briefly took an office job before realizing the indoor life was not for me. I underwent two years of post-graduate education at the University of Kentucky( Go Cats!) before being admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University( War Eagle!) where I met my future wife, Debbie. Debbie was a year ahead of me in Vet school. In addition to being smart beautiful, Debbie took great notes, which was a huge bonus for me! After receiving a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn, Debbie and I moved back to Lexington where I worked as an equine veterinarian( shout-out to Dr. Chet Blackey, one of the great mentors in my life!). A passion for adventure drew Debbie and I out of Lexington and to our home in Bend, Oregon, a place I truly love.
Several years after moving to Bend, our only child, Emma, was born. She, like her mother, is smart, funny, athletic, exceptionally hard-working
and beautiful. She is our light. After working as a Veterinarian( My emphasis was on horses with some small animals as well) for nearly 15 years I hung up my stethoscope and became a full-time Landscape photographer.
My transition from Veterinarian to Landscape photographer was not as abrupt as it sounds. I have always had a tremendous passion for the outdoors. As soon as I was old enough to drive, much of my free time was spent hiking and backpacking. The outdoor world has always been my “happy spot”. My adventures have always been accompanied by a camera which documents my quests. I’ve explored in countless wild areas across the United States, including but not limited to the Appalachian Mountains, the Smokey Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Mountains, the San Juan Mountain, the Wind River Range, the Cascade Mountains, the Wrangle St. Elias Mountains, and the Alaska Range. After moving to Bend, nearly 20 years ago, my passion for wild and beautiful places exploded. Being able to find adventure and natural beauty before or after the work day was a game-changer for me. Being forced to repeatedly say, ” the pictures don’t do it justice…” took its toll. I wanted images that truly honored the special places that brought me such joy. After years of research and trial and error, I bought and experimented with countless different cameras in an effort to honor the beauty of the natural world. Long before discontinuing my Veterinary career, I settled on a large format film camera for the capture and creation of all of my fine art landscape photographs. To be certain, being a large format photographer is unique in today’s digital world. To learn a bit more about my prints, visit, fine art landscape photography.
Currently, our wonderful daughter, Emma is in High School, My amazing wife, Dr. Debbie Putnam is an owner and Veterinarian at Riverside Animal Hospital here in Bend and I am a busy Oregon Landscape photographer. I’ll soon share more details about my fine art landscape prints and what makes them special. Thanks for visiting!
California Road trip. I am often asked by friends where I’ve been traveling for landscape photography purposes. They are often surprised that I rarely leave Central Oregon and virtually never leave the boundaries of my home state of Oregon. I live in downtown Bend, not far from this location along the banks of Mirror Pond in Bend’s Drake Park, Bend Oregon photo. I love it there! It is beautiful and there are countless natural areas in the Bend, Oregon area that are more than photo worthy.
Compound my home body tendencies with soccer dad necessities and my passion for local scenery is better understood. My wonderful wife is extremely busy with her work-life. She’s a veterinarian(so am I, believe it or not!) and an owner of Riverside Animal Hospital which is also located near our home on the Westside of Bend. Her chaotic work schedule means that I am often the primary parent for our amazing daughter, Emma, who is often in need of chauffeur services. As a competitive soccer player and honor student, she too is remarkably busy. As I’m self-employed, I have the latitude to shuttle Emma to and fro. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a soccer dad. I played soccer in college( Go Kenyon Lords!) and Emma and I have spent thousands of hours practicing soccer together over the years. Watching her play makes me more proud than I could ever have imagined. My life-balance of soccer-Dad and Landscape photographer is fantastic but I need to focus on photographic opportunities in any time window that I can find.
In the summer of 2016, Emma’s club soccer team was scheduled to play in a tournament in Davis, California and the idea for a California Road Trip was hatched.
I knew time on the trip would be limited , so I tried to work in a couple of California Landscape Photography opportunities balanced out with what my traveling companions , Emma and her friend, Zoe, wanted.
The girls over-achieved in their soccer tournament, advancing to the playoff round of the tournament, despite playing up an age group against some of the top 100 ranked teams in the US. The photo to the right shows some of my favorite women immediately before the departure for our adventure, my daughter, Emma, my wife, Debbie, Our wonderful friend, Chanda, and her daughter, Zoe. Chanda and Rocco entrusted Zoe with Emma and I which, when I think about it, is pretty flattering. Granted, Zoe is not your average friend to our family, she is something akin to a favorite cousin and a second daughter.
Me and the girls headed almost due south towards Yosemite National Park with the intention of shooting sunset From the famed Tunnel View overlook.
After driving for 2.5 hours, we stopped for gas and much to my chagrin, I could not find my credit card. Yikes! Evidently, after I paid for lunch, 2.5 hours earlier,my credit card ended up in my wife’s purse. There was no simple resolution, so, Debbie left my credit card at a bank in Willows, California( shout out to the nice women who work there, they were life-savers). We drove north/backwards for 3 hours to Willows.
The photo to the left show Emma, Zoe and my newly recovered credit card in downtown Willows, California.
Prior to my credit card snafu, we were going to have lots of extra time to explore the Yosemite Valley, after the snafu, I knew the timing would be tight.
I drove hard while the girls slumbered deeply, a reoccurring theme during our trip! We narrowly avoided a bad highway accident that involved multiple cars flipping into oncoming lanes. Perhaps gladly, the girls slept through the whole near-miss!
We arrived in Yosemite National Park not long before sunset, we got our bearings and quickly headed to the Tunnel View overlook, our chosen shooting location for the evening.
Yosemite National Park is no Secret! The Tunnel View overlook was crowded! I quickly composed the scene while dozens of tourists looked on in disbelief. Fortunately, Emma and Zoe served as my marketing directors, answering question, distributing brochures and taking pictures of tourists while they posed with my 4×5 camera. All of my fine art landscape photographs are captured with my 4×5 film camera pictured in the photo to the right.
I’m not sure how many times I said,”Yep, this is the same type of camera Ansel Adams used in this very same location”.
There was something magical about shooting from a location that Ansel, through his photography, helped protect for posterity. Pretty Cool!
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While I exclusively shot with my beloved 4×5 camera, the girls went wild with their iPhones. I focused on the Yosemite Valley you see above, featuring El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridal Veil Falls. The girls focused a bit more on ….selfies! After our wildfire enlivened sunset in Yosemite, we left in the dark while gaping in awe at the vertical faces that rose thousands of feet above the valley floor. We spent the next night in the small town of Mariposa, just outside of Yosemite. The next morning, it was back on the road. No California road trip would be complete with out a visit to the beach. We made a bee-line for the Big Sur Coast.
I knew the girls wanted to spend as much time as possible during our California road trip in the Big Sur area , which was fine with me… it was beautiful. One of our favorite stops along the California Coast was at the McWay Falls viewpoint in Julia Pfeiffer State Park, Big Sur. It was stunning and …crowded. I don’t mean to harp on the California crowds. We live in Oregon which is seeing an influx of new residents from California and I think the congestion in California is a primary reason for their re-location. I don’t blame them.
While we found no solitude in Julia Pfeiffer State Park, the setting was stunning. McWay Falls plummets 80 feet, directly onto the beach in Julia Pfeiffer cove. The stunning turquoise color of the cove is my favorite part of this new California Landscape photograph. I am offering both vertical( shown above) and horizontally oriented fine art prints of this beautiful location along California’s Big Sur Coast. in this Vertical photo of McWay Falls, I love the intimate feeling of the image, the glowing reflected light beneath the falls and the wonderful color and luminosity of the water in the cove.
We narrowly avoided another tragic accident on Highway 1 before staying in the town of Salinas. Three take-aways about Salinas. 1. There is a fantastic Taco Truck there, Tacos El Grullense, 2. It is a much longer drive from Salinas to Carmel than you might think! 3. The girls loved the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn( they love all swimming pools!)
The next morning we were off to beautiful Carmel, California for a day of beach time and shopping, a teenage girl’s dream. While I’m more of a mountain guy than a beach guy, Carmel was beautiful and quaint. The level of opulence was quite stunning. In terms of shopping, I could be happy with nothing more than a Patagonia Store, a grocery store and a sporting goods store. My travel companions…like to shop. It must be an X vs. Y chromosomal issue.
The girls were giddy with each high-end boutique they discovered and they all looked the same to me. I did find some impressive art galleries and we had a good lunch. The next stop on our California Road Trip was academically oriented. The next stop on our California road trip, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
A special thanks to my friends, Chooch, David Laws and Scott Witscher. Chooch and David both are Stanford alumni while Scott grew up in the town of Palo Alto. All of them rave about the town and the school. Stanford has the reputation of being one of the best academic universities int he world and Stanford’s campus did not disappoint.
The architecture was stunning, the scale of the campus was impressive, and the athletic facilities were amazing. The accessibility was pleasant and the girls loved the gift shop! I honestly believe that our visit offered some future academic motivation for Emma and Zoe who are both already honor roll students.
I’ve told the following tidbit to many former Bay Area residents and I’m usually interrupted by a knowing giggle about half way through the story. We left Palo Alto and the Stanford campus at about 3PM. Siri routed us north on Highway 101 to Highway 80 and the Bay Bridge. Just South of the Bay Bridge, traffic slowed considerably and then stopped. Stopped! Between 3:45 and 4:45 we traveled exactly 1 mile! I had made an enormous “country mouse in the big city error”. We never found a lane closure, accident, construction. No extenuating circumstances whatsoever. I cannot imagine tolerating that kind of traffic on a daily basis. It is mind -boggling to me.
That night we drove Northeast out of the Bay area and stayed in the pleasant but unremarkable town of Fairfield. The last notable stop on our California Road trip was at the famed, “Olive Pit” in Corning, California where the girls gorged themselves on every imaginable type of olive known to man.
California Road trip notes from an Oregonian
- California is really big! Oregon is not a small state but California is huge. We drove hours each day and never made it any further south than Carmel and Big Sur.
- California is beautiful. Yosemite Valley is quite simply one of the most visually stunning places I’ve ever seen. Big Sur while also very attractive was not as stunning to me. The Oregon coast is every bit as beautiful as California’s but Oregon has no equal for the Yosemite Valley.
- The Traffic is horrendous. Not just during our Bay area adventure but virtually everywhere we went, the traffic was worse than anything I ever experience in Central Oregon.
- Stanford is stunning and lived up to its reputation.
- The people were friendly. This is not stated as a surprise, just an observation. I guess I was assuming that the stress of hectic lifestyle would make residents surly. Not the case.
- There are a LOT of people in California. Granted, we visited Yosemite Valley and Big Sur, burt, wow. We traveled entirely on weekdays. I cannot imagine how much congestion there would be on a weekend.
- The Food was quite good. In Bend, we have excellent food but California did not disappoint.
- My traveling companions, Emma and Zoe are awesome! Awesome! They are smart, funny, tolerant, and they were game for any adventure. I could not imagine better traveling buddies.
There are few places that have more enjoyable summers than Bend Oregon. Warm sunny days, low humidity, cool evenings and endless outdoor recreational opportunities are what define summers in Bend. Luckily, I was able to capture several new Bend Oregon photos which capture the essence of this beautiful city and the surrounding region. At the heart of Bend, lies Mirror Pond and Bend’s famed Drake Park. Named after Alexander Drake, the park offers Bend’s most iconic view right from the heart of Downtown Bend. Old growth Ponderosa trees, rebound trout, Bend’s most famous footbridge, view of Central Oregon’s Three Sisters Mountains, and proximity to downtown Bend are just part of what makes Drake Park and Mirror Pond one of Bend Oregon’s featured attractions.
Drake Park lies on the left hand side of this new fine art print. In the middle of the image on the far shore of Mirror Pond, is the Nashville Footbridge with connects Drake Park and Harmon Park, located on the west side of Mirror Pond. Also bordering the waters of Mirror Pond are Brooks Park, Pageant Park, Columbia Park. Mirror Pond is truly the backbone of Bend’s history, culture and a focal point for its historic inner Westside neighborhoods.
Another one of my new Bend Oregon Photos is of Smith Rock State Park. Located near Terrebonne, Oregon, about 25 miles north of Bend, Smith Rock State Park is one of the crown jewels of the Oregon State Parks System.
Smith Rock is a mecca for rock climbers from around the world. It’s countless vertical rock faces offer a myriad of climbing routes for both sport and traditional climbers. For more information about this image one of my newest Bend Oregon Photos, please visit, Smith Rock State Park Photo.
My newest Fine art landscape photograph, Resurrection Falls, will be unveiled 9/2/2016 during Downtown Bend’s First Friday Art Walk.
I believe the stunning braided pattern of this gorgeous Oregon waterfall will delight collectors and has already proven to be a big seller, before its has even been released!
This beautiful waterfall, located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, not far from Bend, is extremely difficult to reach and I believe that very few people have ever seen this wonderful backcountry waterfall. For more information about this beautiful new landscape photograph, please visit, Oregon Waterfall photo.
Resurrection Falls is my favorite new Oregon Waterfall. I’m beautiful any time of year but especially so in spring, when wildflowers are blooming in the foreground and the stream flow is heavy enough to accent the elegant patterns of this beautiful new Oregon Waterfall photograph! Please stop by Patagonia at Bend located at 1000 NW Wall Street in Bend between 5-8PM, tomorrow evening(9/2/2016) to see this wonderful new photograph of Resurrection Falls!
Tumalo Falls Driving Directions
Located just 10 minutes from downtown Bend, Oregon, Tumalo Falls is a short drive from the hub of Central Oregon. In summer months, Tumalo Falls is easily accessible but the parking lot does fill up during summer weekends, so arrive early. The trail which directly parallels Tumalo Creek travels uphill for several miles and passes an astounding array of additional waterfalls. Trail heads abound in the Tumalo Falls area. Do your research ahead of time if you plan to mountain bike or go on extended hikes.
Tumalo Falls parking lot, Not accessible in winter!
Crows Feet Commons, Downtown Bend
Tumalo Falls, Bend Oregon’s favorite waterfall is a 97 foot tall single drop waterfall on Tumalo Creek, located 10 minutes west of Bend, on Skyliners Road.
Tumalo Falls and the Skyliners area are one of the recreational areas that makes Bend a phenomenal place for Hiking, Mt. Biking and Cross Country Skiing.Purchase this fine art photo of Tumalo Falls
In summer, Tumalo Falls bustles with adventurers, eager to explore the easily accessible backcountry areas adjacent to the waterfall. Arrive early if you want to park near the waterfall. Trails depart in every direction but the easiest and most rewarding trail for families directly parallels Tumalo Creek. Travel uphill to enjoy 10 additional waterfalls that are found within 3.5 miles of the parking lot.
All of the waterfalls in the Tumalo Creek basin are attractive but none more so than Tumalo Falls. Of all my Tumalo Falls Photos, “Tumalo Falls in Summer” has proven to be the most popular.
Seen at right is my Tumalo Falls in Summer image in the esteemed Sierra Club Engagement Calendar. I always enjoy capturing and sharing the beauty of Central Oregon. It is an especially big honor to share Central Oregon’s beauty with the millions of people around the world who enjoy the Sierra Club Calendars!
In Winter, Tumalo Falls is not accessible via car. Instead, explorers must make a 2.5 mile journey via skis, or snowshoes to reach the falls. Winter at Tumalo Falls is certainly stunning, especially when there is fresh snow fall.Purchase this Tumalo Falls Fine Art Photo
I’ve skied in to Tumalo Falls countless times in winter and this image is the favorite winter image I’ve captured. Just the right amount of snow frosting the surfaces of the scene, make for an elegant fine art landscape photograph.
The Trail to Tumalo Falls in winter is one of the few backcountry trails in the Bend area where dogs can roam without leashes. If you are a dog loving cross country skier, This is the trail for you!
Winter adventurers should be forewarned that parking at the Tumalo Falls trailhead requires a Snow Park Pass, which can be purchased at various retailers in Bend, such as Powderhouse.
I was recently honored to have my image, “Tumalo Falls In Winter” selected to be on the cover of a new local magazine, “Bend Lifestyles”
The cover of “Bend Lifestyle” Magazine can be seen to the right.
This image of Tumalo Falls, as well as “Tumalo Falls in Autumn” and “Tumalo Fall in Summer’ are all included in my collection of Oregon Greeting Cards.
All three of the Tumalo Falls Photos which I offer as fine art prints can be viewed by visiting my Oregon Coast, Rivers, and Waterfalls Gallery. Oregon Waterfall Photos.
Autumn in Central Oregon is, in my opinion, the most underrated time of year in our beautiful part of the world. Beautiful Tumalo Falls Photos can be captured any time of year but autumn is definitely my favorite.
The following image of Tumalo Falls in Autumn was captured while my wonderful Daughter, Emma, and I were standing in a rain storm on a blustery October day. Tumalo Falls doesn’t have the fall color intensity of some Central Oregon location such as the Metolius River and it’s stunning , sun-kissed Vine Maples or Bend’s Shevlin Park and its golden larch trees. Nonetheless, under the right conditions, Tumalo Falls can have some stunning color in autumn.Purchase this Fine Art Photo of Tumalo Falls
I recommend overcast days with even light, to remove annoying, contrasty light. Wet saturated foliage are also a bonus, so early dewy mornings and rainstorms can be a photographers friend while capturing Tumalo Falls Photos! I have several new Ideas for fine art prints of the Tumalo Falls area, so please check back to my blog often to see my most up to date work.
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I’m thrilled to announce That I have released two new Oregon landscape photos! My collection of fine art landscape photographs is continually growing as I attempt to capture new images of Oregon’s diverse and beautiful landscapes.
The first of my new Oregon Landscape photos is Central Oregon’s very own Black Butte. My New fine art print of Black Butte Ranch is entitled, “Black Butte Morning”
Follow the above link for more information about Oregon’s Black Butte and Black Butte Ranch and about this beautiful new Oregon landscape photo.
This new photo of Black Butte will soon be on display at Crow’s Feet Commons in downtown Bend.
This image has the most beautiful wild lupines I’ve ever seen and the detail in my framed print is astounding. Please stop by Crow’s Feet Commons and see for yourself!
The second of my two new Oregon Landscape photos was captured a bit further from Bend. This image you see below from Silver Falls State Park.
Silver Falls State Park is an absolutely phenomenal place. It’s “Trail of Ten Falls” is one of Oregon’s best hikes and the whole park is a lush wonderland.
Visit Silver Falls State Park Photo for more information about the park and about my newest Oregon Landscape photos!
Mother Nature was kind to me while I was at Silver Falls. There had been lots of recent rain, giving Silver Creek a heavy flow and making South Falls( pictured here) more dramatic. Additionally, the fall color was at it’s absolute peak. The layers of yellows and the amount of detail in this framed print of Silver Falls State Park is stunning. I captured this new fine art print with my 4×5 film camera, allowing me to make huge photographs with incredible detail. You need to see it to believe it!
To view all of my fine art landscape photographs, please visit the gallery pages on my website, Fine Art landscape photographs. From the galleries, you can access purchasing options for each of my fine art prints. If you would like to ask me questions prior to ordering fine art prints, please use the linked contact form, or call me directly at 541-610-4815.
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Metal prints? I’m a traditionalist. I’ve always preferred my traditional fine art photographs over other medias such as canvas gallery wraps, acrylic face mounts or metal prints but I’m beginning to see the light. Call me a late adaptor! Last year I had many meetings with the good folks at St. Charles Hospital, here in Bend, Oregon. They had done their research on the the growing field of Evidence Based Design and more specifically, the role of artwork in the healing arts. They inspired me to do my own research and the evidence is unequivocal. Artwork( specifically landscape photography) aids in the healing process for hospitalized patients. In my meetings with St. Charles Hospital, the type of print that would work best for them was the primary concern. They had a list of logical needs: Central Oregon Landscape photography, safe art work, strong color, soothing images, cleanable surfaces, and modern clean lines. We came to the mutual conclusion that Metal prints would be the perfect surface for my fine art photography in St.Charles Hospital. Below is one of my metal prints of Black Butte that I will release tonight, for Bend’s First Friday Art Walk.
More important for me than studies on evidence based design is the overwhelmingly positive feedback I’ve received regarding my metal prints since they have been at St.Charles Hospital. I have received dozens of kind notes from friends and strangers noting how my landscape photography made their stay more pleasant. this avalanche of positive feedback convinced me to print some metal prints for myself and…. show them tonight at Crow’s Feet Commons during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Bend, Oregon. I’ll be showing 5 new metal prints.
About the Metal Prints…
The print quality and detail of my metal prints is exceptional but they are different from my traditional fine art photographs in several ways….
1.In general, they seem to be slightly more saturated.
2. They do not require framing, making them less expensive. My metal prints have an aluminum subframe on the back of the print which gives them rigidity and makes them “float” away from the wall. See photo to the left. The aluminum subframe has has an internal ridge which you can easily attach hanging hardware, making hinging them quick and easy. Of course, not having framing and matting, these prints occupy a smaller “footprint” on a wall
3. They are very light, weighing a fraction of what my traditional framed prints weigh.
4. They are less reflective…. Not having glass in front of them, my metal prints look good in a wider variety of lighting conditions.
5. The prints have an elegant depth to them, almost as if they were covered with a thin transparent film of water.
6. They have a very modern “clean” look making them adaptable for interior designs that would not cooperate with my traditional fine art framing.
My New Oregon Greeting Cards have arrived! Four new greeting cards which beautifully capture the beauty of Bend and the Central Oregon Region. All of these Oregon Greeting Cards are 5×7 and if you purchase them from my website, envelopes are included. To see my entire collection, visit, Oregon Greeting Cards. The print quality of these new cards is excellent, as is the case with all of my cards. Below you will find photos of the new cards.
This beautiful image of an aspen grove near my home in Bend, Oregon is one of best selling fine art landscape photographs. It also is included in the prestigious Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar for 2016. Follow the included link to learn more about the inclusion of this beautiful image in the Sierra Club Calendar October 2016.Purchase this Aspen Grove Greeting Card
If you are interested in purchasing a fine art print of this beautiful photograph, please visit the product page for this image. On the product page you will find print surface options such as traditional fine art photograph, Metal prints, Acrylic face-mounted prints and canvas prints. Aspen Grove Photo
The fine art photograph of this is absolutely stunning as is the Greeting Card. All of my Greeting cards are blank on the inside and have information about the location where the image was captured on the back of the greeting card.
“Fourth of July” Greeting Card. This Beautiful image includes Oregon’s Mt. Jefferson in the background and a stunning foreground of alpine wildflowers. Beargrass, lupines, Penstemon, and red Indian Paintbrush all make for a stunning Greeting Card.This beautiful photo of Mt. Jefferson is completed by a stunning lenticular cloud cap over the summit of Mt. Jefferson.
Purchase this Mt. Jefferson Greeting Card Like all of my Greeting Cards, this image is available as a framed fine art photograph. Mt. Jefferson Photograph.Another new Oregon Greeting Card includes the magical Deschutes River. The Deschutes River extends over 250 miles from Little Lava Lake locate along the Cascade Lakes Highway to the mighty Columbia River.
The image for this beautiful Deschutes River Greeting Card was captured along the Deschutes River Trail, just minutes away from Bend, Oregon.
The mesmerizing flow patterns in the Deschutes River combined with warm fall color along the banks of the Deschutes make for a stunning greeting card.Purchase this Deschutes River Greeting Card
Notice the Heart-shaped flow pattern in the lower left are of this photograph! To purchase a framed photograph of this image, visit Deschutes River in Autumn.The Deschutes River Trail offers exceptional recreational opportunities for the city of Bend and this greeting card is the perfect way to share the beauty of the Deschutes River with friends and Family. The Three Sisters mountains, “Faith, Hope and Charity”, more commonly referred to as North Sister, Middle Sister and South Sister dominate the skyline in the Central Oregon area.
As all of the Three Sisters stand over 10,000 feet tall, they are hard to miss when driving or hiking in the Central Oregon area. Each of the Three Sisters have their own glaciers and they form the foundation for the beautiful and popular Three Sisters Wilderness Area.
The image for this Three Sisters Greeting Cards was captured in the Deschutes National Forest, Near the city of Sisters, Oregon.Purchase this Three Sisters Greeting Card
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I discovered the view of Mirror Pond long before My wife, Dr. Debbie Putnam and I ever moved to Bend, Oregon. I remember the moment well. It was 20 years ago and I was surfing the internet, which at the time was a collection of long strings and dixie cups! I was looking for a new hometown. Friends, Max ands Chris Reitz recommended we investigate Bend, Oregon. A slow search led me to the city of Bend’s website and the view of Mirror Pond, and Drake Park with Middle Sister and North Sister in the background. I was smitten. Below is recent photo that I captured of Mirror Pond at sunrise. Bend’s signature view, with Drake Park, Mirror Pond, Middle and North Sisters, fall color, the residential area surrounding the park and beautiful sunrise color, all in the heart of Downtown Bend.
Mirror Pond and Drake Park are beautiful any time of year but Autumn is my favorite. It is amazing to have one of the west’s great rivers( Mirror Pond is formed by the Deschutes River being dammed up) glaciated volcanoes, footbridges, old growth trees all visible from the middle of Bend’s urban core. Astonishing! Years ago, when I had just started my professional photography career, the first place I displayed my work was the now defunct Mirror Pond Gallery which was operated by Arts Central. The former Mirror Pond Gallery was housed in the Goodwillie-Allen Rademacher House that is located about 50 feet from where I captured the photograph of Mirror Pond you see above. I fondly recall the sense of legitimacy I felt when I sold my very first fine art photograph at the Mirror Pond Gallery. The gallery was formative in my photography career and I was thrilled to be part of it. The beautiful photo you see above can be purchased here, Mirror Pond, Bend Oregon
The Goodwillie-Allen-Rademacher house was constructed in 1904 by Arthur L. Goodwillie who would become the city of Bend’s first mayor. It is one of the oldest Craftsman-bungalow style homes in the state of Oregon. Goodwillie lived in the house until 1908, when Herbert E. Allen, an executive with the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company occupied the home. Dr. Clyde J. Rademacher, founder of Bend Memorial Clinic resided in the house from 1937-1983. The house was nearly demolished in the early 1990’s but with great civic effort, it was saved, moved 50 feet to the south, to it’s current location and eventually preserved. In 2007, the Goodwill-Allen-Rademacher house was added to the National Register of Historic places.
Mirror Pond, Then and Now
After preservation, the Goodwill-Allen-Rademacher House(Goodwillie House) was utilized as the Mirror Pond Gallery and operated by Arts Central of Bend. Although esteemed, the gallery suffered tax problems and social issues. I had repeated experiences where my family felt intimidated by unseemly characters who frequently loitered around the gallery and intimidated its staff. The Gallery closed in 2008 and has thankfully been re-incarnated as Crow’s Feet Commons. Located at 875 NW Brooks Street, Crow’s Feet is a cafe and community gathering spot. Owned by David Marchi, Crow’s Feet Commons serves coffee and a wide variety of craft beer,( plenty of non- alcoholic beverages as well) and operates as a bike and ski shop. It is a conglomeration of what many Bend residents are passionate about. The Staff at Crow’s feet is personable and accommodating and they have done an amazing job of cleaning up the the adjacent plaza and making it a beautiful, safe, community gathering spot. The Goodwillie House deserves a tennant like Crow’s Feet Commons and the residents of Bend deserve the Mirror Pond Plaza to be the safe and beautiful place it has become since the foundation of Crow’s Feet. In addition to the civilized amenities available at Crow’s Feet commons and Mirror Pond Plaza, there are natural ones as well. For an urban corridor, Mirror Pond is laden with wildlife. Canada Geese, and mallards are almost always visible and on occasion, visitors with a trained eye can spot bald eagles, osprey and even River Otters!
I captured the above image of a river otter with a recently caught fish on the same autumn morning that I captured the lead image of Bend’s Mirror Pond.
Crow’s Feet Commons photography exhibit
I recently hung some of my fine art landscape photography at Crow’s Feet Commons( thanks to David and the staff for the wall space) and I couldn’t be happier. The Goodwillie House has wonderful character, Crow’s Feet Commons is about 3 blocks from my home, the lighting is good and the view of Mirror Pond and the Oregon Cascades from the adjacent Plaza are sublime. I am thrilled to have my work at Crow’s Feet which has quickly become a social hub for the city of Bend. Please Visit the Crow’s Feet Commons website for more information about the upcoming events they will be hosting and… better yet, stop in, order a tasty beverage, enjoy my landscape photographs and soak in the view of Mirror Pond from Bend’s best gathering spot. I plan to periodically rotate the work I have hanging at Crow’s Feet but below are a couple of the landscape photographs I currently have hanging there.
My Landscape photography looks beautiful at Crows Feet, which is a special place. Please stop by there frequently and tell them I sent you!
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I’m extremely proud to announce that one of my images was selected to be in the Sierra Club Calendar October 2016! I’ve have been a fan of the Sierra club my entire life and their Wilderness Calendars have always been filled with images captured by photographers who have influenced and motivated me. The Sierra Club’s 2016 Wilderness Calendar is no different except one of my images, “Autumn Delight” Oregon Aspen Grove is included for the month of October!
The 2016 Sierra Club Calendar Wilderness is beautiful, as always. Below is an image of the back cover of the calendar.
Viewing the back cover of the calendar makes me intensely proud. To be grouped with photographers such as Carr Clifton, Jack Dykinga and Mary Liz Austin who are some of my strongest photographic influences has been one of my long time term goals. I love my job as a landscape photographer. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. As I often tell people, “in my job, a bad day of work is a good day of hiking”. Well few of my work days have been as rewarding as the day that this calendar showed up in the mail. Many thanks to the good folks at Sierra Club for selecting my Aspen Grove image from the thousands of images that were submitted by the best landscape photographers in the world!
“Autumn Delight” Sierra Club Calendar October 2016
My image, titled, “Autumn Delight” Oregon Aspen Grove, which was captured in The Deschutes National Forest, near my home in Bend, Oregon is one of my better selling fine art photographs. It captures the essence and grace of our local aspen groves. This beautiful image of my favorite aspen grove is seen below.
To view purchasing options for this beautiful Photograph, please visit here. “Autumn Delight”.
I’m very excited to announce the release of my very first “Bend Wild Calendar”, hot off the presses for Christmas. I’ve entertained countless suggestions to print my own Bend, Oregon area calendar for years and this year, I finally made the plunge. This beautiful calendar was printed in Oregon and designed right here in Bend. Thanks to Sally and the staff at Red Barn design. Sally isn’t just a great neighbor, she’s a great designer as well! All of the images in my new Bend wild Calendar were captured near Bend, in the Central Oregon region. This calendar is 11 inches tall, 12 wide and when open, it is 22 inches tall and 11 inches wide. Below is the cover of my Bend Wild Calendar! Celebrate the beauty of Bend, Oregon, all year long!Purchase this Bend, Oregon Calendar Now!
This Bend, Oregon Area Calendar makes the perfect Christmas gift for friends, family, co-workers, employees and clients with whom you would like to share the beauty of Bend and the Central Oregon area, all year long!
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Back cover of the Bend Wild Calendar, featuring thumbnail images for each of the monthly Central Oregon Photographs.
Each of these Bend Oregon calendars come shrink wrapped with a cardboard insert to prevent them from bending. Purchases of 25 or more Bend Wild Calendars come boxed for ease of transport. All of the landscape photographs in this calendar were captured with my 4×5 film camera and all are available as fine art photographs. Fine Art landscape photographer. Below is a sample page for my calendar with includes planning spaces and moon phases to appropriately plan your outdoor adventures in Central Oregon!
I am proud to announce the release of “Smith Rock Morning”, my newest fine art photograph which I will unveil at the upcoming First Friday(11/6/2015) Art Walk at Crows Feet Commons( 875 NW Brooks Street, Bend, Or). I’ll be at Crow’s Feet from 5-9PM with a huge collection of my new and old work, as well as my new Bend Wild Calendar. My work will be displayed at Crow’s Feet through the end of December, so stop by at any time to enjoy great coffee, wonderful beer and My fine art landscape photographs! My newest work, “Smith Rock Morning” is seen below.
Smith Rock is a jewel in the Oregon State Park system and gladly it is located just a short drive from my home in Bend, Oregon. I’ve been traveled to Smith Rock hundreds of times and have alway been amazed by the variation in photographic conditions that can occur. I visualized this fine art photograph years ago and finally the conditions cooperated for me to capture this beautiful image. The Crooked river levels were perfect, fall color was near its peak and amazing clouds were swirling over the pinnacles of my favorite rock feature at Smith Rock, know as “The Monument”. I had visited this exact location for 3 consecutive days before capturing this image with my trusty 4×5 film camera. To reach this spot, in the middle of the Crooked River, I had to precariously scramble from boulder to boulder while not dropping my 45 lbs of camera gear into the the depths below! At several spots, I could barely stretch from one rock to the next. I was thankful for my 6’2″ frame! I spent several hours on that boulder enjoying the spectacular clouds overhead and enjoying the playful antics of a family of otters, until just the right moment, when the Monument was illuminated, with moody clouds overhead. This new fine art photograph of Smith Rock State Park achieves my primary goal as a photographer. That goal is to capture, on film, what I consider to be the essence of a place. Stunning vertical spires, an elegant river, dramatic clouds and the fantastic textures of one of Oregon’s most beautiful locations. Please come see this beautiful new photograph of Smith Rock, at Crow’s Feet Commons, tomorrow( 11/6/2015) during the First Friday Art Walk!
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I’d only read about Thor’s Well, an amazing natural water feature located at Cape Perpetua on the Oregon Coast until about two years ago. It is surreal, to say the least. Thor’s Well is essentially an oversized ocean blow hole. It is a large hole in the seaside rocks that is filled from underneath by surging Pacific Ocean swells. When the tide is high, Thor’s Well over-flows, briefly forming a boiling cauldron, before emptying back into the ocean. As the cauldron empties, a wonderful flow pattern forms as water descends down through the Well and back into the Pacific Ocean. It’s this drainage that makes the magic! To view a larger version of this beautiful part of the Oregon Coast, Thor’s Well.
The evening I captured this new fine art print, the wind was absolutely blasting on Cape Perpetua and, honestly, the photography conditions were pretty miserable. I planned my efforts around sunset and hopefully high tide. When I arrived, several photographers were already stationed around the lip of Thor’s Well and I sidled up to join them. The only real tripod locations are on a raised lava shelf which is very irregular and very unforgiving. Fortunately, I found the shooting angle I’d envisioned and didn’t have to crowd other photographers too badly. As the wind nuked through the scene, it repeatedly sprayed salt water across our faces and….camera gear. I must have been a real comedy to observe. As is often the case, I was the only one shooting a film camera, much less a 4×5 film camera with enormous flapping bellows, which tried to serve as a kite in the ferocious pacific wind. On three separate occasions, the wind blew my camera, lens and tripod over as I stumbled across lava to catch it just before my fellow photographers had a chance to see a grown man(me)cry! I was fortunate and determined. As daylight passed and the sun set just below the pacific, the other photographers packed and left, I gladly stayed a bit longer to capture this new fine art photograph of Thor’s Well. The photography Gods gifted me with the most windless exposure when the light over Thor’s Well was the warmest. The Detail in this new fine art landscape photograph is exceptional. To view purchasing information for this beautiful photograph of the Oregon Coast, Thor’s Well. I’ll be unveiling it during the First Friday Art Walk(10/2/2015) in Downtown Bend. As is often the case, I will be located at Patagonia@ Bend, 1000 NW Wall Street. Please stop by to see me and this beautiful new fine art photograph of Thor’s Well, this Friday at Patagonia@Bend!
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I’m very excited to introduce a beautiful new fine art photograph,” Morning Glory”. This image of Central Oregon’s famed Three Sisters Mountains was a long time in the making. My wife Debbie and I have lived in Central Oregon for 18 years and have been fortunate to gaze upon the Three Sisters almost daily. Each of the Three Sisters, “Faith, Hope and Charity”, are over 10,000 feet tall and their close proximity to each other make them a stunning site. Despite their apparent beauty, The Sisters offer some photographic difficulty. When they are all captured in the same scene, they form a thin, panoramic layout making for rather flat presentation. Ever since we first moved to Central Oregon, I’ve been pursuing an image of the Three Sisters that captures them the way that they feel when a person views them in real life. To appropriately honor their grandeur, I’ve sought a great shooting location with a clear view of the Sisters, with forest in the foreground, good snow conditions, and most importantly a sunrise which offers warm,early light hitting the mountains AND, an engaging cloud pattern that leads the viewer into the sky and back to my favorite mountains.
The Morning I captured “Morning Glory”, was the morning I’d been waiting on for 18 years! A wonderful location, great snow conditions and an amazing cloud formation rising over the Three Sisters all converged in this special fine art photograph. You need to see it in person to appreciate how beautiful it is! To see a larger version of this image and to see the rest of the fine art prints I offer in my Oregon Mountain portfolio, please visit Bend Oregon Cascade Mountain Gallery.
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As I age( gracefully?) I find that I am drawn back to natural location with a mystical presence. I’ve been to Oregon’s amazing Oneonta Gorge several times in the past and I’ve only had minimal success from a photographic perspective. Nonetheless, Oneonta draws me back. Oneonta Gorge and its climactic Oneonta Falls are located in the Columbia River Gorge between Hood River and Portland, Oregon.
Oneonta gorge and Oneonta Falls have their difficulties and immense rewards. Their is no trail to Oneonta Falls. Instead, Hikers must wade through the stream at the base to this 200 foot deep moss-covered slot canyon. At points, the water is more than chest deep, making for a precarious passage if you are hauling 45 lbs of large format photographic gear, as I was.
Oneonta Gorge itself, is less than 20 feet wide at spots and is composed of 15 million year old basalt. It is a stunning hike, even without the spectacular Oneonta Falls as a destination. A couple notes of warning for hikers; There is a large and dangerous log jam at the beginning of the hike which is slippery and potentially treacherous. Please proceed with caution if you choose to scramble over the log jam as there have been fatalities here in the past. Lastly, don’t expect solitude if you hike to Oneonta Falls on a summer weekend. At times, it is swarming with revelers. That being notes, Oneonta Gorge can be an absolutely magical place during Oregon’s shoulder seasons. For purchasing information for this fine art photograph of Oneonta Falls, visit the product page, Oneonta Falls Fine Art Print.
This beautiful new fine art photograph of Oneonta Falls required optimal conditions and a very wide lens and extremely long exposure times. some were up to 2 minutes long, Yikes! Fortunately, the near windless conditions allowed me to capture a photograph with elegant flow patterns, exceptional detail and a magical feel which honors this magical location! To buy this fine art photograph, please call 541-610-4815 or email me at email@example.com
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One of my stated photography goals for 2015 is to capture some photographs of the Oregon Coast that are worthy of being in my fine art portfolio. In the back of my mind I felt like three new prints of the Oregon Coast captured during 2015 would be a good start. Because I am a very involved father and because I am the husband of a hard working owner of Bend, Oregon’s newest Veterinary clinic, Riverside Animal Hospital, and because I live over three hours from the Oregon Coast, I knew that three new prints would be a lofty goal.
Well, I got lucky! After playing soccer dad for my wonderful daughter, Emma, she and I decided to spend the night at the Oregon Coast. Because her soccer game had been in Portland, the Oregon coastal community of Cannon Beach was a close( and attractive) option. We booked a hotel room and left Oregon’s biggest city for the Oregon Coast town of Cannon Beach.
The Oregon Coast is undeniably beautiful but I have an admission to make…….I am more of a mountain person than a beach person. I enjoy the Oregon Coast immensely but because our home is in Bend, near the Cascade Mountains, I find it hard to leave home. Bend is blessed with countless mountain oriented entertainment and the Oregon Coast is….. over three hours away. Well when Emma and I were at Cannon Beach something wonderful and enchanting happened. My daughter morphed from a smart, hard-working, athletic, funny 12 year-old to a frolicking, giddy, beautiful 6 year old. She was a giddy cart-wheeling pixie and I was a beaming blissful father. I couldn’t have felt luckier. I captured the above fine art photograph with my large format camera after a 70 degree day filled with cavorting on Cannon Beach. Not Bad! The sunset was stunning, as you can see. I had a pre-conceived composition, which completely went out the window as the sun sank low over the Pacific Ocean. Cannon Beach’s iconic Haystack Rock couldn’t share the frame with the brilliant sunset. I quickly re-commposed several times before I found this “Ahhh-Hahhh” composition. The placid tide pool reflecting purple skies backed by Cannon Beach’s Pinnacles made for an elegant setting. I was ecstatic as I stared at the ground glass of my large format 4×5 film camera. This fine art photograph captures some of what makes the Oregon Coast special. Tide pools, sea stacks, and gorgeous sunsets.Emma, as always, was instrumental in my happiness on this evening but she was also helpful in allowing me to capture this fine art photograph. On several occasions, she detoured beach walkers out of the scene so that I could captured Cannon Beach at its best, and people free. Thank-You Emma! To purchase this beautiful photograph of Cannon Beach.
After our wonderful but short visit to Cannon Beach, I developed a new appreciation of the Oregon Coast and its happiness-inducing powers. Any place that can make a 12 years -old do involuntary cart- wheels for hours on end is worth re-visiting!
I’m thrilled to announce that my fine art landscape photographs are currently being exhibited at the recently opened Riverside Animal Hospital, located at 25 NW Olney Avenue in Bend, Oregon. Riverside Animal Hospital is located in the same building where Deschutes Veterinary Clinic was formerly located. Although some of the employees are the same, this is a brand new Veterinary clinic with new ownership and management. Situated in an excellent location on the west side of Bend, Oregon, Riverside Animal Hospital is a wonderful facility in which to display my work and and it is an amazing veterinary clinic for your pets.
Riverside Animal Hospital was opened just weeks ago by my wonderful wife, Dr. Debbie Putnam and two partners, Dr. Cody Menasco and Dr. Sarah Cummings. These three veterinarians have well over 30 years of combined experience, exceptional communications skills and they are backed by an amazing technical staff! The doctors of Riverside Animal Hospital have put in an amazing about of work over the last few months in the process of establishing this exceptional veterinary clinic. I know because much of their work was done in the dining room of our little home! They tirelessly, discussed, negotiated, planned, laughed and and organized in the process of establishing Bend Oregon’s newest veterinary clinic. Below are the founders and Veterinarians at Riverside Animal Hospital.
In addition to skilled veterinarians, Riverside Animal Hospital has an amazing staff. When Riverside’s clients walk in the front door, they are greeted by the smiling face, of Zachary, the receptionist and behind him my Print, “Mt. Jefferson Wilderness” The print is huge, over five feet tall and looks beautiful in the reception area. I should note that in addition to being an exceptionally skilled receptionist, Zachary bakes fresh cookies for the clients, infusing the clinic with their aroma. Nice!
My fine art landscape photographs can be found in several areas of the clinic but none of the photographs are quite as impressive as the “Mt. Jefferson Wilderness” print in the reception area! To learn more about Riverside Animal Hospital and its impressive staff, please visit their website, Bend Oregon Veterinarians.
The Painted Hill of John Day have mesmerized geologists and paleontologists for generations. The Painted Hills themselves, have been adored by photographers since the development of the camera. I make a photographic pilgrimage to the Painted Hills of John Day, in hopes of capturing a fine art photograph, just like the one you see below!
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is managed by the National Park Service and is composed of three separate units, the Sheep Rock Unit, the Painted Hills Unit(seen above) and the Clarno Unit. For more images of these beautiful units, visit my High Desert Gallery.
In my newest fine art photograph, “Painted Hills Sunset”, seen above, the geologic diversity of the Painted hills is clearly captured. A bonus capture was that of the ephemeral “Bee Plants”, Cleome platycarpa. These little golden beauties bloom for only a few days, if at all, in a given year. The splattering of Bee plants, combined with the warm glow of sunset on the Painted Hills with the wonderfully detailed Sutton Mountain in the background gives a wonderful sense of what it is like to enjoy a sunset in this magical part of Eastern Oregon. I hope this fine art photograph of the Painted Hills appropriately honors the beauty of this amazing location.
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Friends and family of mine are well aware that my wonderful daughter, Emma, attended the Highland Magnet School at Kenwood, located just blocks away from our home in Bend, Oregon. Highland is a K-5th grade school that incorporates the Scottish Storyline method of teaching. I can’t say enough positive things about this wonderful school and the Storyline Method. The Storyline method deeply immerses students in specific themes and incorporates such fundamentals such as reading, writing, social studies, math and science into these themes. Some of my favorite Storylines were the National Parks, Famous Artists, and the winter Olympics. The level of creativity and commitment practiced by the teachers at Highland is astounding. When I was recently approached to contribute a framed print to help with fund-raising for the Storyline at Highland, I jumped at the chance. Below is “Fourth Of July”, a beautiful fine art photograph of Oregon’s Mt. Jefferson which I captured July 4th, 2014.
The Print is 20 inches x 24 inches, it is double matted, dry mounted, and framed with the hand made cherry wood frames that I craft in my wood shop. The good folks at Highland will be selling raffle tickets to win this beautiful print. For more information about buying raffle tickets to win this fine art photograph, please visit the Highland Elementary PTO website.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to the amazing staff at Highland. Their emphasis on community,education, respect and responsibility has helped to give my daughter a phenomenal foundation from which to live her life. Highland staff, you are truly appreciated!
As many of you know, I live in Bend, Oregon, the hub of Central Oregon and One of the most amazing regions of the United States. As a professional landscape photographer, there are countless photo opportunities in the Bend area so leaving Central Oregon for work reasons can be hard to justify. A quick visit to my online Landscape portfolios, will show the phenomenal natural beauty and diversity of the Central Oregon area. Despite having amazing diversity, Oregon has no answer for Washington’s Mt. Rainier National Park. Mt. Rainier is absolutely overwhelmingly huge and beautiful.
I’ve traveled to Mt. Rainier several times in hopes of capturing a photograph, just like the one you see here. This past summer, I got my wish! Beautiful clouds that are not covering Mt. Rainier, an amazing display of wildflowers with the overpowering Mt. Rainier as a dominant back-drop. For those of you who haven’t traveled to Mt. Rainier National Park, the Paradise area of the national park is located on the south side of Mt. Rainier. It offers excellent hiking trails at the base the mountain and an impressive visitors center and wonderful lodge. I shot from this location at sunset and at sunrise and Sunrise was far better light for my purposes. I captured the beautiful photograph of Mt. Rainier you see above with my large format film camera, allowing me to create the huge, exceptionally detailed fine art photographs which are my speciality. My first print of this Mt. Rainier image is on the way and I couldn’t be more excited. I hope to unveil this fine art photograph at the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Bend Oregon, at Patagonia of Bend. The show will be 2/6/15 from 5-8PM. Please stop by and visit me and my favorite new print of Mt. Rainier National Park. If you have questions about this print or if you’d like to place an order, please feel free to call me at 541-610-4815.
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I’ve never done a year in review post before and frankly, the idea scared me. Not because I am not proud of my work, I am quite proud. My trepidation stemmed from the fact that, in most years, I don’t put out a lot of new work. Please don’t perceive this “lack of new work” as a lack of effort. I get into the back-country several times per week for most of the year, I just don’t find many wilderness scenes that I feel fit my portfolio. As I assessed my new work for the year, I realize that I did have lots of new beautiful, fine art prints and that I was actually very proud of them! The following image of Oregon’s Mt. Jefferson is one of my favorites from 2014 and it is a landscape photograph that can never be precisely duplicated.
1. Oregon’s Beautiful Mt. Jefferson, “Fourth of July”
There will be plenty of other beautiful images of Mt. Jefferson as it is a wonderful subject for landscape photographers but capturing lighting conditions like the ones seen in this beautiful fine art print of Mt. Jefferson, will take some phenomenal luck. I have never seen lenticular clouds stacked up over Oregon’s cascades like this except for this evening. Captured on the Fourth of July, 2014, this image of Mt. Jefferson is definitely one of my best of the year.
It seems that, during 2014, I was especially attracted to locations that for me, had a mystical and spiritual feeling. The following photo of the “Tamolitch Pool” on Oregon’s McKenzie River is definitely one of those spiritual locations. Amazingly blue water, cold springs and a gorgeous natural setting make this feel like Mother Nature’s cathedral. The Tamolitch Pool is definitely a bucket list hike for Oregon’s outdoor lovers.
2. “Tamolitch Pool” on Oregon’s McKenzie River
The Tamolitch Pool is a place that has a feel more than it has a look. The amazing clarity of its blue water, and old growth conifers framing this natural basalt amphitheater must be seen to be understood. For more information about Tamolitch Pool, visit here, Tamolitch pool hike.
Another new print that I introduced during 2014 was captured a little closer to my home in Bend. To be more precise, this beautiful photograph was captured about 22 miles from my home. Tumalo Mountain has long been a favorite of Back country snow riders who choose to avoid the lift lines of nearby Mt. Bachelor. In addition to being free to riders, Tumalo Mountain has what may be my favorite view of Mt. Bachelor. I’ve shot Mt. Bachelor countless times over the years but this was definitely my best winter photograph of Mt. Bachelor to date. It has been very popular print for my my fine art photography collectors and I even produced a poster from this image which can be purchased here, Mt. Bachelor Poster.
Mt. Bachelor is a beautiful photographic subject any time of year and winter is no exception. In addition to my beautiful poster of Mt.Bachelor, I also printed some lovely greeting cards of Mt. Bachelor that were derived from this new print of Mt. Bachelor.
Not far from Mt. Bachelor are the headwaters of Central Oregon’s magnificent Deschutes River which arises out of Little Lava Lake, located along the Cascade Lakes Highway, south of Bend. The Deschutes flows through several high elevation lakes as it gains speed as it flows North towards Bend. One of my favorite hiking and Photography destinations in the Bend area is the Deschutes River Trail, not far from Bend. It has many convenient trail heads for hiking and Mt. Biking adventures.
In its autumn glory, the Deschutes River Trail can be truly stunning and this new 2014 prints captures a bit of that glory. I love the flow patters in this image as well as the fall color.
I seem to have gone through a strong “Deschutes phase” during 2014 as I captured three new prints of the Deschutes during the past twelve months. Technically, the Upper Deschutes River lies between its headwaters and the town of Bend, the Middle Deschutes lies between the town of Bend and Lake Billy Chinook and the Lower Deschutes River is located between Lake Billy Chinook and the confluence of the Deschute River with the mighty Columbia River.
Below is another new print captured on the Middle Deschutes River. It capture much of what I feel embodies Central Oregon.
5. ‘Middle Deschutes River”
The Deschutes River, the snow covered Three Sisters Mountains, Bluebird skies along with arid desert canyons all help to personify Central Oregon’s topography and this new print captures them all in one image! While the “green season” is short along the Middle and Lower Deschutes, it is also quite beautiful! Although the Middle Deschutes River has dangerously low flow levels during summer the months, it gains volume as it flow north towards the Columbia. Below Lake Billy Chinook, the Lower Deschutes becomes one of the United States’ premier Steelhead Rivers. It also becomes very rugged, remote and beautiful. As any avid Oregon fly-fisherman can attest, the Lower Deschutes River can be quite mesmerizing any time of year but is especially so in spring.
6. “Lower Deschutes River”
I captured this special print at the height of the Lupine bloom, near the river city of Maupin. The gentle S- curve of the Lower Deschutes, warm morning light bathing the canyon walls and an eruption of spring wildflowers make for a welcome addition to My “Deschutes River Basin” collection. For a little more information about this image, visit this previous blog entry, Lower Deschutes River.
The following new print for 2014, “Abiqua Falls” is far from the Deschutes River Basin. Abiqua Falls lies in Oregon’s moist, green Willamette valley. Not far from the town of Silverton, Oregon. Abiqua Falls requires some adventure but it is well worth the effort. Abiqua Falls Print
7.” Abiqua Falls”
Although a bit distant from my base camp of Bend, Abiqua Falls is an excellent side adventure for Central Oregonians traveling to or from Portland. Abiqua Falls is found is a stunning natural basalt column amphitheater, laden with moss and rich with the aromas of organic matter. Both vertical and horizontal versions of this Abiqua Falls print are available and they are both beautiful.
Also located in the drainage basin for the Willamette River is one of my favorite destinations, Scott Lake. As a Bend Oregon Photographer, Scott Lake is a bucket -list destination. Scott Lake is beautiful during all seasons but especially so during Spring and Autumn, when the lake is no longer frozen, allowing for a reflection of the glorious Three Sisters Mountains. Most visitors to Central Oregon are more familiar with the traditional westward facing view of the Three Sisters Mountains but the view of The Three Sisters from the west and facing east is equally stunning, especially from Scott Lake.
8. “Scott Lake” and the Three Sisters
The snow covered Three Sisters Mountains, reflected is a placid, mist infused Scott Lake is one of my favorite new prints for 2014. As you may know, all of my Oregon fine art landscape photography is captured using my large format camera. My camera allows me to capture and create finely detailed, immaculate prints which exceed anything I could create with a digital camera. Unfortunately, my large format camera can be a bit…clunky. Composing a scene can be time consuming which is stressful, especially when magical light is fleeting. Not knowing if my exposure was appropriate for up to two weeks can be exasperating, which generates extra stress when I’m shooting a beautiful and unique scene, like this one of the Three Sisters and Scott Lake. I will never see the same clouds again, which makes me cherish my process and my successes along the way.
A scene from 2014 that was also quite fleeting is the following scene from the John Day Painted Hills. During special years, yellow Chaenactis and Bee Plants bloom in the Painted Hills of John Day is what is otherwise a technicolor desert wonderland
9. John Day Painted Hills, Golden Bee Plants
The clay-like formations at the Painted Hills unit of John Day are always otherworldly but golden bee plants(Cleome platycarpa) have a very limited bloom period, making this a rare new print of one of my favorite locations in the Oregon high desert.
The juxtaposition of the Painted Hills and the following print of Bend’s Tumalo Falls is a good illustration of how diverse Central Oregon landscapes can be. Only 10 minutes from Bend, the iconic Tumalo Falls could not be more beautiful nor could it be more different than the painted hills.
Perfect snowy detail, and excellent subject matter made for a great new Landscape photograph Of Tumalo Falls in winter.
Located near the Central Oregon community of Camp Sherman, the Metolius River is quite simply, one of my favorite places on earth. I’ve worked for two years trying to capture this exact image of the Metolius River and finally the photography gods cooperated! Metolius River.
11. Metolius River
One of my stated goals as a fine art photographer is to honor the beautiful places that I am lucky enough to explore. I enjoy the knowledge that those who aren’t fortunate enough to hike or travel to beautiful places like the Metolius River can enjoy the majesty of these place through my photography. I get lots of notes to this effect and they make my day every time I get one! This beautiful image concludes my Best of Oregon landscape photos for 2014! Please leave any comments in the comment section below. Additionally, if you have any suggestions where I might capture the next great Oregon Landscape Photograph, please let me know! Thanks for reading and I hope 2014 was as wonderful and beautiful for you as it was for me!
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