Photo Processing

The Upper Falls of Multnomah Creek


This is a 91 Megapixel pano made from 17 images. Here's a peek at the detail


The kids and I hiked up past the upper observatory deck of Multnomah Falls to see the two waterfalls that most visitors never see. Dutchman falls is a smaller cascade over a mound of basalt chunks and then a gentle pour from the pull beneath. There's been a log in front of the falls for a couple years now, but hey, that's nature.

There's nothing quite like the view through a Hasselblad viewfinder. The kids and I took turns framing things up. I'll share those shots when I get them developed.


This is a 76megapixel pano made from 22 images. Click here for a peek at the detail


The trail continues to wind up into the forest, but not before a beautiful view of Weisendanger Falls. There are a bunch of logs to climb if you want to get right up near the falls, but it's pretty easy even for my 7 year old. Weisendanger can fluctuate quite a bit, and this photo shows it at a particularly light flow. I'm looking forward to coming back once the rains start up again and we get more snow pack.

Lightroom Mobile for iPhone

So, I'm not sure how cool this is gonna be, but I've loaded the Lightroom Mobile app onto my iPhone and it's currently syncing my camera roll to Lightroom on my Macbook and of course, Creative Cloud.

So, what I'm hoping this will help with is the loads of snapshots I take with my iPhone, but never remember to import into Lightroom.

I have the Photography plan which give you 20gb of cloud storage. I've avoided turning on and relying on Dropbox syncing for awhile simply because I still don't pay for my Dropbox. It's big enough due to referrals for my regular usage, but not quite big enough to sync all my photos - but this is enough dedicated space that I feel I can rely on it.

I'll update as I learn more about it. I'm hoping that it has some more cool features. I love the idea of having some of the great editing tools from Lightroom right there on my phone for quick edits.

90 Percent of Everything is Crap

Jim Goldstein, on being picky about what you put out there-

No critic can be harsher about your work than you. The tougher and pickier you become the better the odds the work you show will be your best. Personally I think 98% of what I have in my library is “crap”. I find I sit and stew on my work more than ever.

Every person I talk to who is just getting started hears this from me," Be ruthless when editing photos."

I stole this post from my other site Because Jim's post was so good it deserves a couple links.

Pre-Distressed Photos


Great article today by Randall Armor on PetaPixel entitled Who’s Your Dada? This isn't just another stupid Instagram rant He makes the comparison of photo filters to pre-distressed jeans.

Jeans used to be a journey, not a destination; a promise, not a product. In the way they shrank, faded, and eventually ripped and disintegrated, they reflected the accumulation of our life’s adventures, our authentic experience.

But like so much else in our post-modern smorgasbord of infinite choice and empty meaning, fashion jeans have traded the journey for the destination, the promise for the product. We want our jeans, and perhaps by extension ourselves, to look like they’ve been somewhere without the inconvenience of actually having to go there. We want them to look that way NOW and at whatever cost. With our fashion jeans, we are buying our own back story.

That’s how I have always regarded the manufactured character of Instagram and its kissin’ cousins. Authenticity seems to have become aspirational instead of just a state of being that exists for no other reason than that it can’t exist any other way. Sound familiar?

I'm not against Instagram and other photo apps of its kind, but I do intentionally avoid trying to make a photo appear to be aged when it's brand new. I'm not a fan of fake light leaks on digital photos or the yellowing that comes from years of chemical breakdown creeping into photos of something that happened last week.

I started shooting with film again this week. I'm anxious to see how they turn out, but a large part of the excitement has to do with the process. There's something different about loading the film into the back of a camera and winding each frame forward. Choosing aperture and shutter speed with a chart or a meter. There is an intentionality and an unknown about the process that you can see in the prints. But you see, that's just it. These prints are the result of this process.

I prefer that photos retain the character of the camera and process that produced them. l have to also mention that I do use Instagram and VSCOCam and need to ask you to overlook the occasional slip up if you catch me posting a photo that looks a little too pre-distressed...


Fieldtrip Church Visit

I had the honor of chaperoning Caedon's fieldtrip this week to downtown Portland. One of the places we visited was the First Congregational Church which was built in 1891. All of the kids were pretty fascinated by the giant arches, the ornate wood carvings everywhere, and of course the amazing stained glass.

That's an Instrument? | 365 Project | May 23rd, 2013 | 18mm, f/3.5, ISO 400, 1/30, Developed in Lightroom

Of course, like any good church, there's a lot of symbolism built into every nook and cranny and though it was a fieldtrip for our public elementary school, we got to talk about what it all means.

Stained Glass | 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/250, Developed in Lightroom

Come Unto Me | 35mm, f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/400

These images were all taken with the Sony NEX 7. The first wide angle shot is the kit lens as wide open as it goes. The other two are with the 35mm prime. As with most all of my photos, they were developed in Lightroom and the RAW files from this camera are fantastic! So much detail in the shadows!