It's been a few years since I photographed the coast of Oregon. It was good to do so again, in the company of several photographers, some who were old friends, some who were new, and all of whom I enjoyed spending time with.
Our trip took us from Portland, where we all met, to Astoria, on the northwestern tip of Oregon, down to the vast sand dunes south of the town of Florence, and back to Portland. We were out to push beyond the limits, to think and see and photograph in new ways, portraying images both iconic and unique. And we tried to photograph the people of Oregon. We also had to contend with some overcast and occasionally rainy weather. Although more sun would have been nice, the clouds meant we could photograph all day long, and we ended up with some dramatic light that we could never have had under relentlessly blue skies. It's true: bad weather can help make great photos.
Unfortunately, one person who wasn't with us was the inestimable Ken Rockwell, who had to bow out of the trip. We missed him and one of us would often remark, when we passed a particularly colorful location, that we were seeing a Ken Rockwell photo.
Here, then are some images that can serve as my homage to Ken; he was with us in spirit, if not in the flesh.
Note: Ken and I are putting together a photo trip for this summer (probably late August) in the San Diego area. Bookmark iqtours.com and check it in late June for details. And you can follow me on Facebook here.
Peter Watching the Transit of Venus 220 views
The Transit of Venus (Plus Sunspots!) - from Sunny Portland! 209 views
City of Bridges 210 views
Hanging Out 214 views
Beneath the Bank of America Entrance, in Portland 214 views
Cottonwood Grove 216 views
Red Pond 216 views
Leaf and Water Drop, at the historic Flavel House, Astoria, Oregon 216 views
Triple Vision - Multnomah Falls in a Water Drop 214 views
At Multnomah Fall, Columbia River Gorge 219 views
Multnomah Falls in an Eyeball 214 views
Sea Anemone 210 views
In St. Marys Church, Rockaway, Oregon 213 views
Wreck of the Peter Iredale 212 views
Nancy in the Ruins at Fort Stevens 209 views
Fort Stevens - Receding Walkway 70 views
Peter Exploring Ft. Stevens 69 views
Brian is Exuberant On the Oregon Dunes 71 views
The Case of the Curious Cow 76 views
A Young Woman at the Oregon Coast Aquarium 69 views
Paragliders 67 views
Sharks and their Wished-For Prey, Oregon Coast Aquarium 65 views