We spent the last few days in Coos Bay with my parents and some good family friends. Two of those mornings were spent out on the boat starting from the Charleston Harbor.
This weekend, Gavin, my middle son and I made the trek out to Fall Creek Falls in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Neither of us had been there before, so it was a fun adventure to share with only him.
Also, good to note- Gavin says, "Dad, this is a really cool waterfall, but it has the dumbest name ever."
This view is somewhat unique as most people shoot from the lower falls, but if you keep hiking through a tangled mess of downed trees and roots, the trail leads to this amazing view of the upper falls. This is a Pano from 8 images made with my Sony Alpha A7ii and Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.
This is a 14 image 42.6 megapixel pano of the Wahclella Falls gorge near the Bonneville dam on the Columbia River. We try to get out here pretty regularly as it's a fairly easy hike with a nice loop through this canyon with a view of Wahclella falls at the apex. You can click the link under the photo to see a full size section up close.
I've mentioned (I think) that I got my hands on a Sony RX1r on New Years Day and have been carrying it daily along with a film camera. It has a similar sensor to the one on my Sony A7ii, but no anti-alias filter which I'm noticing produces greater detail overall.
I really like how this photo captures the energy in the river, the thin veiling of the undulating moisture in the air and the warmth of the winter sun cutting into this secluded space.
You may notice that I posted another version of this same scene a few weeks ago taken on film with my Hasselblad. I find the basic color profiles so different and wonder how much of it is due to the film choice (Ektar 100) and/ or metering.
I didn't really fiddle with the colors much on either and the Sony is pretty much spot on, though perhaps just a little punchier due to some basic curves adjustments. The film shot however, has a noticeable orange and aqua cast with some reddish pink in the highlights.
I really need to work through the color thing on my film work so that I understand it and can consistently come in where I want it. That's one area where digital is a lot more straightforward at least for me.
Here's the first image from our trip to Crater Lake this year. This trip was pretty close to the same time of year, but Shaun and I brought all 6 of our collective children with us. It was a very different trip to say the least.
I snuck away at the end of a full day spent visiting most every stop on the drive around the rim of the crater to make this merger of 11 images and the resulting 71 megapixel pano. It was pretty quiet, as all the kids were wiped and were happy to stay in the car.
If you click on the image you can see it full screen on a black background.
With my kids out of town I got up at 4:30 and drove out to Jonsrud point in Sandy yesterday. I've been reading about stitching together multiple images and thought I'd try my hand at it. I really like the detail in the mist over the green field just below the mountain.
This particular image is made from 12 images shot at 75mm on my OM Mount Soligor macro zoom. I stitched them in Lightroom and it couldn't have been more simple.
The resulting image after cropping is 62.5 megapixels. Before cropping it was 74! I put together a couple other versions that were all aligned pretty well with almost no crop needed, but this is actually the photos from 2 different sets so it wasn't aligned quite as well. I'm looking forward to doing some of these with even more images, but this was a fun first try.