Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon, USA

 

A serene morning at Trillium Lake with Mount Hood reflecting in the calm water. Three days prior to taking this photograph the high peaks had received the first substantial snowfall of the season. Nikon D800, F8, 24-70mm Lens, ISO 100, 8 sec exposure.

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Katherine Creek, Columbia Gorge, Washington, USA

 

Unique weather conditions made it possible to capture this alluring and surreal image. Nikon D800, 16-35mm Lens, 1/40th Sec exposure, ISO 100

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Death Valley National Park, CA, USA

The view from Auguereberry Point is certainly beautiful but be alert for rattle snakes. I'm comfortable traveling through rattle snake territory, but I had quite a fright heading back to my car after shooting this photo. I came with a single stride of stepping on a snake poised to strike. Interesting how I quickly reacted before realizing it was a snake. My brain's fight or flight reaction saved me to photograph another day! Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F11, 1/60 sec, ISO 100.

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Death Valley, CA, USA

Sunstar and Joshua trees in the Santa Rosa Hills near Death Valley National Park. I never tire of the zig-zaggy Dr. Seuss like shape of these trees. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F22, 1/60th, ISO 200. 

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Inyo Mountains, CA, USA

Admittedly, when I setup to photograph the sunrise that morning the Inyo Mountains was certainly not my intended subject. Rather my camera was focused west toward the dramatic eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. However, one should remember to always look around as the drama could be unfolding behind you; such was the case that morning. I love the pastel colors in the sky and the deep shadows on the mountains. Nikon D800, 24-70mm lens, F11, 1 sec, ISO 100

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Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

 

I love the interplay of light, clouds, rain, dust and shadows as the storm moved across the desert playa. Storms of this nature are rare in the Black Rock Desert and I was fortunate to experience these conditions providing the opportunity to capture this photograph. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F8, 1/100 sec, ISO 100, 1:3 pano crop.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA, USA

 

This amazing copper colored sky developed as the sunset behind the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I love the interplay of warm and cool colors and I enjoy pausing on sunlit summits as my eye to travels across the skyline. Nikon D800, aperture F8, 1/80th sec, 80-200mm lens, 9 image pano stitched in Photoshop.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA, USA

 

The granite boulders and interesting rock formations of the Alabama Hills creates a contrasting foreground for the snowy high peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Nikon D800, aperture F9, 1/80th sec, 80-200 mm lens, 9 image pano stitched in Photoshop.

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  • 25 Limited Edition prints available
  • Printed on Baryta 100% acid free fine art paper
  • Print margins: top ½ inch, bottom 1 ½ inches, sides ½ inch
  • Prints are embossed, signed and numbered using an acid free pen in the bottom margin. Let me know if you prefer the signature and edition number placed on the back of the print without an embossed stamped.
  • Each limited edition print comes with a description of my experience taking the image including location, date image was taken and camera settings.
  • All limited edition prints are supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Limited edition prints are shipped first class. Large prints are rolled and shipped in a 4” diameter tube. Smaller prints are placed in a black display box then packed in a durable book box for shipping.
  • Nature’s Aperture Photography reserves the right to use limited edition images in greeting cards, calendars and for promotional purposes. These reproductions are not considered originals and may augment the value of the limited edition print.
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Zion National Park, Utah, USA

 

The Towers of the Virgin form a remarkable buttress of pastel walls against an azure sky. When photographed at first light the result is surreal. This was my second trip to Zion and my first attempt to photograph the park. I was there in early February during an especially cold and clear spell of weather. The morning I took this photograph it was 12°F and windy. Somewhat warm in comparison to the previous night I spent in Great Basin National Park (Nevada) where the temperature dropped to -2ºF, but the Great Basin provides an opportunity for viewing a remarkable night sky that makes it well worth braving the cold. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F11, 1/30 sec, 3 image pano blended in Photoshop.

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Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon, USA

 

Trilium Lake is located on the western flank of Mount Hood. I left home early with no particular location in mind but when approaching Mount Hood I noticed areas of low lying fog at the same time I saw the turn-off for Trilium Lake. As you can see, I was not dissapointed and captured this sunrise image of Trilium Lake with Mount Hood in the distance reflected in the water. The fog adds a wonderful touch of atmosphere. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F11, 1/25 sec, 1:3 pano crop. 

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Columbia Hills, Washington, USA

 

This panorama of the Columbia Hills with Mount Hood in the distance was taken January, 2018. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F8, 1/30 sec, ISO 100. 5 image pano stitched in Photoshop.  

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Tatoosh Range, Washington, USA

 

The Tatoosh Range is a small but rugged range located within Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier dominates the landscape and certainly captures the attention of everyone from the casual tourist to the hard core mountaineer.  On a smaller scale, the Tatoosh Range offers the likelyhood of greater solitude and many hiking and mountaineering opportunities. One of my favorite off-trail hikes traverses the range from Unicorn Peak to Lane Peak, a wonderful day hike or backcountry ski tour. Nikon D800, F11, 1/60 sec, ISO 100, 5 image pano stitched in Photoshop and converted to black & white.

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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon/Washinton, USA

 

The Columbia River National Scenic area is bordered by Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Home to mutiple waterfalls, old growth forest and abundant hiking and fishing opportunities, the Columbia River Scenic area is highly photographed and yet, there's still endless opportunities for original interpretations. This image formed in my mind from years of doing early morning drives from Portland to points east. A common local weather pattern is for clouds to form over the western portion of the gorge with clear skies in the east. When the cloud cover and sunrise ideally align, the result is a beautiful display of color, light and shadows. This photograph is the result of being persistant after many previous failed attempts. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F8, ISO 100, 5 image HDR composite, 1:3 pano crop.

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Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon, USA

 

I drove to Mount Hood intending to photograph the sunrise on the peak, but the weather was perfectly clear. It certainly made a pretty scene but not much to work with for a good photograph. However, as luck would have it, the clear weather on Mount Hood was due to an inversion that filled the valleys with clouds. So, I turned around and pointed my camera south, adjust my settings and you can see the result. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F22, 1/40 sec, ISO 100, 1:3 image crop.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

 

I took this photograph in February from Wacouba Pass on Death Valley Road while traveling to Eureka Dunes. I have a bias toward all things associated with the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I grew up in Southern California and the Sierra's were both a place to play and a place to hone my backcountry skills for a lifetime of hiking and mountaineering. Each time I look at a picture of the Sierra's I see both beauty and a mentor. Nikon D800, 80-200mm, F11, I/640 sec, ISO 100, 1:3 image crop. 

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Alvord Desert, Oregon, USA

 

The approaching sunrise glows below the horizon illuminating the desert playa with reflected light. Nikon D800, 24-70mm Lens, 1/40th Sec exposure, ISO 100

 

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Columbia Hills, Washington, USA

 

A strong spring wind shapes the tall grass creating form and contrast in the Columbia Hills. Nikon D800, 16-35mm Lens, 60 Sec exposure, ISO 100

 

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Columbia River, Washington, USA

 

Snow, wind and cold makes a typical winter day on the Columbia River. Nikon D800, 24-70mm Lens, F8, 30 Sec exposure, ISO 100

 

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Columbia River, Washington, USA

 

Unsettled weather often creates photogenic conditions such as these beautiful light rays illuminating the Columbia River Gorge. Olympus E-M1MII, 12-40mm Lens, F5.6, 1/125 Sec exposure, ISO 200

 

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Columbia Hills, Washington, USA

 

What can I say, I love mornings, especially the pre-dawn blue hour. I have two versions of this image, one long exposure and one normal exposure. Personally, I prefer the cloud pattern created by the long exposure in this image. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F16, 256 sec, ISO 100. 

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Klickitat River, Washington, USA

 

The Klickitat River flows through a section of narrows before empying into the Columbia River. I took the same picture the following winter during a rare weather event when everything was covered in freshly fallen snow. The scene was wonderful and really popped. However, when I downloaded the images I discovered the camera had failed and all the images were lost. Needless to say I was dissapointed. No worries though, I really like this image and I'm looking forward to next winter! Nikon D800, 14-24mm, F8, 30 sec, ISO 100. 

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Columbia Hills, Washington, USA

 

I woke up early and drove to the Columbia Hills as the weather pattern looked promising for an inversion layer to develop east of the the Cascades. The conditions cooperated and I was fortunate get this image as the sun broke through clouds. I love the way the fog caresses the grassy slopes and the lone tree standing above the fog layer. Nikon D800, 16-35mm, F8, 1/250 sec, ISO 100.

 

 

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Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon, USA

 

I was passing through the Mount Hood National Forest early one morning when I noticed the sunrise and atmospheric conditions were shaping up nicely for photographing White River Canyon and Mount Hood. For years I've been trying to capture a good image in this location but the photographs I took never lived up to my vision and expectation. I knew the location had potential for a quality fine art image, but I never quite found the proper composition and conditions. However, on this particular morning everything came together and I was able to capture this image. This photograph won first place in the 2018 Oregon Wild Photography Contest Waterways category. I'm quite proud of that and I hope you enjoy the photograph. Nikon D800, 16-35mm, F11, 4 sec, ISO 100.

 

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North Cascades, Washington, USA

 

First snowfall comes to Washington Pass in the North Cascades. Photograph was taken from the pass overlook that provides a bird's eye-view of the Liberty Bell peaks. A couple more snow events and route over the pass on Highway 20 will close for the winter season. Nikon D800, 24-70mm lens, F5.6, ISO 100, 2 sec exposure, 3 image pano.

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Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

A very gray, moody and typical day on the Olympic Coast at Ruby Beach. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F16, 10 sec, ISO 100. 

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Northern Harrier 

I took this image while traveling through the Steens Mountains. I must admit, this was a lucky shot, a drive-by shooting so to speak. When traveling I keep a camera on the passenger seat that's preset for photographing wildlife. I grabbed the camera and quickly fired off a burst of shots with little expectation of success. But I think the over-all image works. Nikon D500, 150-500mm, F5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO 400. 

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Tamanawaus Falls, Oregon, USA

 

A moderate 2 mile hike along beautiful Cold Springs Creek leads to Tamanawaus Falls. This waterfall fully represents most of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer: basalt cliff, moss covered rocks, clear cold water and predominantly Hemlock, Western Red Cedar and Douglas-fir forest. Nikon D800, 14-24mm, F11, .4 sec, ISO 100.

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Mount Hood, Oregon, USA

 

Mount Hood (elevation 11,250 feet) photographed from Bennett Pass during the predawn blue hour. Nikon D800, 80-200mm, F8, 1.6 sec, ISO 100.

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Great Basin, Nevada, USA

Beautiful light somewhere between Baker, Nevada and the Utah border. I was traveling from Great Basin National Park to Zion when this amazing light emerged during sunrise. What photographer wouldn't stop for this scene? Nikon D800, 24-70, F8, 1/125, ISO 100   

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Zion National Park, Utah, USA

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the predawn hike by headlamp to the overlook where I photographed the sunrise. I almost missed this shot as I had already packed my gear away thinking the best of the morning light had passed. I quickly setup again and captured this image of the sunrise. This was the last shot I took that morning and I'm surprised at how the last shot is often the keeper! Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F8, 1/40 sec, ISO 100.

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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona, USA

 

The much photographed Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River. Competition for space is intense, as is the intimating cliff (no guard rail) that you need to lean over in order to capture the full bend of the river in the frame. I used a wide angle lens to capture this mage after elbowing my way the edge of the cliff. Just prior to my arrival several tourist buses had deposited a hundred or so people making for a crowded experience. I highly suggest timing your visit to avoid such an experience. It is well worth the effort! Unfortunately I was just passing through and unable to time my visit to be there for morning or evening light, but I included the image due to its iconic nature. Nikon D800, 14-24mm, F9, 1/200 sec, ISO 100.

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Zion National Park, Utah, USA

 

I love the contrast of the sun illuminating Watchman Tower against the dark storm clouds. I spent most of my first day in the park dodging thunderstorms. However, as evening approached the clouds cleared in the west setting up the conditions that generated this image. For all its beauty and grand scale, Zion is a difficult place to photograph. Grand vistas are difficult to find and compose, but for those with an eye for intimate landscapes and reflected light will find an abundance of compositions in Zion. Nikon D800, 80-200mm, F8, 1/250 sec, ISO 100.

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Steens Mountain, Oregon, USA

 

This photograph was taken from the Alvord Desert Playa. The beautiful red tone that developed in the sky and across the landscape was amazing. The Steens Mountain's is a fault block range that rises gently from the west and drops steeply to the east. This picture is of the steep and rugged eastern escarpment catching the morning light. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F8, 4 sec, ISO 100.

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Snow Lake, Washington, USA

 

Located in the Tatoosh Range within Mount Rainier National Park, Snow Lake resides in a scenic basin below Unicorn Peak. The saddle in the center of the photo is the primary access point leading to the summit of Unicorn Peak. Camping at Snow Lake is by reservation only and difficult to obtain. So I had to get up very early in order to make the 3 hour drive and 1 hour hike to photograph the lake in early morning. Funny though, just as I was setting up for the shot a family of 4 popped in and stood in front of my camera for about 10 minutes before wandering off. Patience, tolerance and a polite attitude won the day. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F8, 3 image HDR composite, ISO 100.

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Steens Mountains, Oregon, USA

 

This image was taken in late spring from the summit of the Steens Mountains (elevation 9,734 feet) looking across the Alvord Desert. I really like the compostion and leading lines that draw the eye into the image from the summit across the sunlit playa and up through the clouds. Nikon D7000, 18-35mm, F11, 1/60 sec, ISO 100.    

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Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

 

I awoke to stormy conditions the morning of my second day in the Black Rock. Knowing that persitance is often rewarded, I hiked up Morman Dan Peak in foul weather, found a composition and waited for sunrise and better conditions. As luck would have it, the atmospheric conditions resulted in fantastic light and I captured this image of storm & light over the playa and Black Rock Mountains. In a land of little rain and few storms, I was certainly fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F11, 3 image HDR composite, ISO 100.   

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Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA

 

Classic basin and range sunrise. Image was taken from the upper slopes of Wheeler Peak. Great Basin National Park is located in a remote corner of Nevada near the Utah border and sees limited crowds. Lehman Caves is the primary attraction along with several near-by ancient bristlecone pine groves. There's an interesting and humorously sad story about the world's oldest bristlecone pine that once stood in the park. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F8, 1/125 sec, ISO 100.

 

 

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Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

 

Photograph was taken in February during another drought year in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Alabama Hills are visible in the foreground, a popular location for filming several movies. To learn more about  movie history in the Alabama Hills visit the Movie Museum in Lone Pine, CA. The peaks in this image reach 14,000 feet elavation. Nearby Mt Whitney (14,505 feet) is the highest point in the contiguous USA. From Mt. Whitney it is possible to see Badwater Basin (282 feet below sea level) the lowest point in North America, just 85 miles east-southeast in Death Valley National Park. Nikon D800, 80-200mm, F16, 1/125 sec, ISO 100.

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Painted Hills, Oregon, USA

 

What can you say, the sensual curves, textures and colors can be found only in the Painted Hills of Central Oregon! There's a feline quality to the texture, shape and colors. Almost feels alive! Nikon D800, 80-200mm, F18, 1/40 sec, ISO 100

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Painted Hills, Oregon, USA

 

Trails provide access through the deiicate red soil of the Painted Hills in Central Oregon. The curves, contours, colors and textures combine to create a pleasing scene. Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F16, 1/15 sec, ISO 100

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Darwin Falls, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

 

Death Valley National Park is full of surprises and extreme contrast and Darwin Falls is no exception. The falls and plunge pool is a wonderful oasis loacated in one of the hottest and driest locations on the planet. Anticipating crowds, my pre-dawn start paid off as I had the entire hike and photography session to myself.  Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F16, 1/5 sec, ISO 100

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