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A Northwest Passage by parkflavor
A Northwest Passage
On a recent trip to Portland, I stopped by to visit Oneonta Gorge.  I went around noon on a sunny, hot day in the middle of July and was completely surprised by how many people were there.  It was a zoo!  From all the pictures I had seen in the past, I had assumed it was a little-known, out of the way place.  Ha!  I was so wrong.  Apparently it's super popular.  So, I hiked to the waterfall at the end, but didn't get any photos that didn't have people in them.  We decided to show back up early the next morning and pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.  I don't know that this place was really made for panos, but since that's really just about all I do, I just couldn't help myself.
Cosmic Temple by parkflavor
Cosmic Temple
If you’ve been following my work for any amount of time, then you probably already know that I have been shooting film exclusively for the last three and a half years.  More specifically, 6x17cm (medium format panoramic) film.  I love the look of film and I love the 3:1 aspect ratio.  It forces me to work slower (which is sometimes incredibly frustrating when I’m pressed for time and the good light is fading) and really focus on only capturing the best compositions and light ($4 per click for film and development will do that to you!).  And of course, I love how large film and a large format lens allow me to make huge, sharp prints to hang on my walls.

Shooting film also encourages me to remain more faithful to the original scene during processing than I would with a digital camera since I can see the original transparency right in front of me on the light table to use as a guide.  I find that most of my favorite landscape photos were taken 10+ years ago when everyone was shooting film and post-processing techniques were much less polished.  Photographs just looked more natural than most of what we are all producing today.

Anyway, I’m assuming it’s pretty obvious that this image wasn’t taken on film.  If you couldn’t tell just from looking at it, the EXIF info should give that away.  While I love film, it does have its limitations.  First of all, I simply can’t take star shots with film unless I want star trails.  My G617 has a fixed lens that only opens up to f/8 and high-ISO film is way too grainy to use if you want sharp images.

I had a photographer buddy of mine invite me on a trip with him to take night photos in Cathedral Valley at the end of May.  I agreed to come along, but I knew that my gear was pretty much worthless for night photos, so I decided to invest in some newer digital equipment.  I picked up a used Nikon D600 (yes it had the dust issue, but Nikon also allowed me to send it in for cleaning and it seems to have been staying clean lately) and a couple used lenses: a Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 ai (well worth the $100!) and a Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8.  I already had a 50mm f/1.8 and a 28-80mm lens, so I was covered.  I figured I’d use the 24mm for the night sky photos and the 80-200mm would be my main lens to stitch panos with.  Now, if I need to travel lightweight, but still want to take sharp, 100MP panoramas, I no longer need to lug my G617 around.

You may have noticed that my last few posts have all been digital.  I’ve been using this setup to stitch panoramas and I really like it, even if it is a pain to visualize how the final stitch will turn out when you’re out in the field.  I still plan on using film for the shots I really, really want, but with film prices continuing to rise and drum scans costing $50-80 per image, I can really cut back on costs by doing more digital stitching.

Now, if you’re still with me – here’s the background on this image.  I woke up before sunrise to shoot one morning and on my walk over to the Temple of the Sun, I took this pano of the Temple of the Moon.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until later that I had been shooting at ISO 4000.  Ha!  What a bonehead mistake.  I’d been shooting film so long, that I didn’t even think to check the ISO setting before I started shooting.  I just remember thinking “wow, it must be brighter out here than I realized because these are some fast shutter speeds!”  Well, at least I learned that lesson on a photo I wasn’t too crazy about.

Last night, as I was looking through my images from this trip, I noticed that series of photos still waiting to be stitched.  I also noticed some night sky images I had taken several hours before.  I figured that since the panorama would be too noisy to use in my portfolio, I’d just have some fun with it.  I took the panorama and cooled it down a lot to give it a night-time look.  I then took a night sky image facing the same direction from a few hours earlier and replaced the sky (something I would generally frown upon).  I’ve been seeing all sorts of people use this technique lately to allow them to have both the stars and detail in the foreground, and I have to admit, it came out kind of cool.  Cathedral Valley really is an incredible location.

I’m not sure about the image brightness though.  Any thoughts? Is it too bright?  Too dark?
Well, I went down to Zion a couple weeks ago to photograph the fall colors and I met another photographer that told me to check out DeviantART and start posting my stuff there.  If you haven't already, you should check out his work.  I'm pretty much a Flickr addict, but I don't think it can hurt to occasionally post a bit of my work here as well.

Anyway, I'm glad to start displaying my stuff here and hopefully I'll get to check out a whole new set of awesome photographers and their work that I have yet to see.


Chris Anderson
United States
Hi! I'm Chris and I love the mountains. And the desert. And the ocean. And pretty much any place that's awesome.

I spend a lot of time playing around outside (whether it's on skis, a bike, or my own two feet) and I love bringing my camera along on my adventures so I can share the places I've been with those that aren't fortunate enough to have been there yet.


Current Residence: Utah!
Favourite genre of music: Good stuff
Favourite photographer: Ummm, another hard one. Fatali, Roman Loranc, pre-2008 Peter Lik, Patrick Smith, Daryl Benson

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Happy Birthday!
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happy Birthday :)
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Happy Birthday, Chris!!! :cake:
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You've got too many good photos, so you're getting a watch. Cheers.
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You have such great photos!
SHollows Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your gallery is absolutely stunning!!!  Too many favs here; every shot is just perfect. Thank you for sharing :-)
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