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New on 500px : As Luck Would Have It by alexnoriega by alexnoriega

Looks best on black.

An image from this spring up on the Rowena Crest. Got some nice color on quickly-changing lenticulars around sunset one evening with TEEDGEPEEDGE and aFein. It had initially looked like we were going to get skunked, but we got lucky with a break in the sky at the right time. Maybe it was this horseshoe formation of balsamroot that brought us that luck?

Utilized a perspective blend to achieve this composition. I normally would have liked to have the tree more prominent in the frame, but I felt this cloud formation needed to be showcased without distractions.

Sorry for reposting if you saw this yesterday, decided not to have multiple images up during the shenanigans.
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New on 500px : Rowena Sunrise II by scottsmorra by scottsmorra

The first rays of sunlight shining down over a field of Arrowleaf Balsamroot at Rowena Crest in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge.

This image was recently featured in the Pushing Reality Photography Exhibition at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon. This gallery show featured an outstanding collection of images which were created in the Columbia River Gorge in 2013. I sold a matted/framed 12×18″ print of the image during the show, which makes this my first ever sale through a gallery!

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New on 500px : Blooming Storm by razadurrani by razadurrani

I woke up to a rainy morning near the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon with Alex Noriega and Michael Bollino. Obviously my camera batteries died and it started to rain but Alex was kind and generous to let me use his Nikon to get this shot.

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New on 500px : Throw Caution to the Wind by TjThorne by TjThorne

http://ift.tt/1cRHAV1 http://ift.tt/1cRHCfO It looks best on black. Click the photo to make that happen. This is from a spur of the moment hookup with brotogs Aaron Feinberg and Alex ‘aNorg’ Noriega out in the Eastern Gorge. On this day the weather was pretty crazy. My girlfriend and I were out in the gorge gathering nettle when Aaron texted me telling me he was heading to Rowena. When looking at weather forecasts earlier in the day I had resigned myself to NOT shooting. However, I had my gear with me.. so I went. I enticed Alex to head out with cell phone shots of the crazy weather happening around us and we all met on Rowena Plateau. There was such dynamic weather going on. While in the gorge we got absolutely dumped on, hailed on, and basked in glorious sunlight off and on while driving around on Larch Mountain. There were lots of clouds coming off/rolling over the hills and moving through the gorge proper with additional sudden downpours, hail, sun, and wind. Upon passing Hood River the weather opened up a bit and the sun shined a bit more… but behind to the west it was armageddon in the gorge. We had some virga/rainbow happening off and on to the east over The Dalles with crepuscular rays, downpours, and clouds to the west. At times I was confident that we would get something epic, and at other times I was questioning why I was getting completely soaked in a downpour. We had some clouds breaking to the west during sunset while lenticular clouds spun off of Mount Hood to the south. As the sun started to set it cast light on the lenticulars.. so we changed our approach and started shooting to the south. I was caught farther west at our location with no trees to use as a foreground or compositional element. Furthermore, all the trees are windswept to the east (to the left in this photo) which didn’t provide enough visual interest to counter the cloud movement. I found this patch of balsam which mirrored the clouds, snapped a few frames, and moved on. I wasn’t too confident in my shots from the night. I was just going with the flow and firing away rather than taking my normally calculated approach. It’s also easy to feel that lack of confidence when you’re shooting with such great and talented photographers. After the shoot we headed to Hood River for dinner, drinks, and conversation. There’s a photographic philosophy that was coined by Arthur Fellig back in the 40’s: “f/8 and be there.” Meaning.. that in order to get his shots in acceptable focus without fussing he would set his aperture to f/8 and then ‘BE THERE’.. as in position himself in the moment. Since that time the saying has resounded in the hearts and minds of photographers of all kinds. It’s one of the first sayings you hear as a photographer. Fellow photographer/brotog Jeff Swanson amended the saying: “f/it and be there”.. and I have to say.. that saying has inspired me to take these moments for what they are. Stop fussing about the weather forecast. Stop hemming and hawing ‘should I go, should I not go?’. Stop making excuses.. and start living. Life is fleeting, so “f/it and be there”. Even if you don’t get the shot you’ll be left with standing in a beautiful place with good friends.
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