On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to go out with a local group of photographers for Kelby’s annual Worldwide Photo Walk here in Corvallis, Oregon.
A huge thank you to Kat Sloma for leading this year’s event!
The weather in Corvallis was expected to get near 70 mid day but I was glad to see some early morning fog downtown near the river. And by late morning it had all but burned off.
Just to be honest, I typically find it difficult to shoot in downtown Corvallis. It’s probably because I’ve been here near 20 years and I’ve walked the streets many times with a camera (the downtown really isn’t all that big). And just about every time I pull out a camera down there those “been there, done that” storm clouds start raining on me again.
That said, below are a few more from the morning in no particular order.
Earlier in the morning, I clung to the fog. Later in the morning, it was the light shining down the east-west streets that caught my attention.
When it comes to photo walks – there’s always discussion on gear. This year I kept it light. Really light. OK – maybe not as light as the mobile-photography folks. But much, much lighter than I’ve been in years past. This year I had just the X100s – and in a jacket pocket I had two extra batters, one extra memory card, a lens cleaning cloth, and one little dinosaur that came in a Photojojo package – just in case it got boring out there (figured I could capture him in various Corvallis locations).
On Labor Day I had the chance to get out for a day hike with Jim up to Burnt Lake in the Mt Hood Wilderness. It was just a 6.5 mile or so round trip – but I took more gear than any one person should be allowed on a day hike. Fortunately, I had the f-Stop Loka backpack and it performed flawlessly down the trail.
And in no particular order here are a few photos from the outing.
Not too much later after this first photo – Mt Hood was mostly blanketed by clouds.
We found Lost Creek Falls. I great little spot. The greens were quite lush – but I sort of liked the B&W treatment on this one.
Late-morning light peaking through trees on the trail.
Had a chance to get out for the hot air balloon launches this weekend over at the NW Art & Air Festival in Albany, OR. This year – I worked the entire weekend with only a 17-55mm f/2.8. And yes – there were times I wished I had the fisheye and, yes, there were times that something a bit longer would have helped. But it was a good challenge nonetheless.
By the way, been digging the VSCO filters.
And, yes, that’s one of those crazy “tiny planet” panoramas up there. Over on the Camera 47 Facebook page you’ll find a few more. I’ve been experimenting a bit with them lately.
On Saturday morning, we had about a dozen folks at the Garden of Gentle \Breeze, a newly opened Japanese garden here in Corvallis, for the 2012 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. This year there were over 1,300 walk locations around the world with more than 32,000 registered walkers.
After four months of essentially no measurable rain here in the Willamette Valley, the dry spell gave way to rain most of the day on Friday. And it didn’t look all that promising for Saturday. But, as it turned out, the weather was mild during the walk – and dare I say, it was a pleasant morning?
None of these images will likely make the medals podium – but I thought I’d share a few from the morning.
The gardens are closed now for the winter, but next spring, if you happen to be in the Willamette Valley and like strolling through gardens, put this stop on your list.
And, if you’d like to read more on the Corvallis walk – check out Kat’s post here.
This one is from Saturday morning at the annual NW Art & Air Festival held in Albany, Oregon. This year they had more than 30 balloons out.
If you happen to be on Instagram – you can check out my entire feed at Camera47.
Hi all – Scott Kelby has just announced his 5th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk – happening on Saturday 13 October 2012. This year, the Corvallis, OR walk will be at the new Japanese-style garden, Garden of Gentle Breeze.
The owner of the property has kindly given our group private access to the gardens during the time of the walk.
For all of the Corvallis walk details – hit the link. If you’re looking for general Worldwide Photo Walk details (and possibly for a walk near you) –here’s the link to get you started.
The Instagram photos are from my scouting visit.
With Jim in town – it seemed like a good excuse to try for a sunrise shoot over at Finley Wildlife Refuge – up until he confirmed that sunrise was at something like 5:50AM.
As for the bird at the birdhouse – I’d really like to go back and try that photo again. With the sun coming in behind the birds – it just made for great lighting.
From the top:
- Jim shooting over the valley.
- Wild irises. If you’re looking for the Instagram version…
- Swallows (I think) feeding their young.
Some time ago – I posted on a Central California Coast trip with Hugh and Jim.
As it turns out – Jim made it out to Oregon from Michigan a couple of weeks ago – and the three of us had a chance to get out for some shooting. Here are a few from that morning session.
From top to bottom:
- We passed this old gas station on the way out to Alsea Falls – I probably took more photos than necessary of rusting gas pumps.
- Upper Alsea Falls at 30 seconds with a 10 stop neutral density filter + a polarizer.
- Hugh and Jim walking back to the truck.
- Hugh at the camera.
Well – here in the NW it’s Tulip time – and in these parts – the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon is one of largest destinations. My wife likes to go look at the flowers – my daughter likes the activities – and I’m OK as long as I get to bring a camera along (and I really like to get lunch from the folks at Mt Angel Sausage who are typically at the event).
Here are two from Saturday. The first is with the Sigma 10mm fisheye – and the second is an experiment with a 30 second exposure (includes both a 10 stop ND filter and a polarizer).