Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Before Dawn in Kolob Canyon

A. F. Litt: Zion National Park &emdash; Before Dawn in Kolob Canyon
Before Dawn in Kolob Canyon
Zion National Park, Utah. March 24, 2016.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 13, 2016

Not much to say here, just a nice morning on the spring trip...  Got some photos and videos here at this northern canyon in Zion, just off the interstate, before swinging around to hit the main section of the park later in the morning.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Amaragosa Valley, East of Death Valley

A. F. Litt: Nevada &emdash; Amaragosa Valley, East of Death Valley
Amaragosa Valley, East of Death Valley
Amaragosa Desert and the Grapevine Mountains.  Near Rhyolite, Nevada. March 31, 2016.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 12, 2016

This is not that exciting of a picture, shot at speed while cruising down the highway, but I dug it out this morning while trying to dial in the location of the photo by Ghenadie Shatov in the Facebook post below.  I originally remembered this valley being even emptier than this, and was not sure that it taken where I thought it was...  But it was.  While not quite in the National Park itself,

My shot is not nearly as great as Shatov's shot, but this was taken a couple weeks ago... It's near the road to Rhyolite, just west of Beatty, outside the park to the east. So this is the Amaragosa Valley and the Grapevine Mountains, but not quite in the park yet, though it is not too far from the park entrance and the mountains are in the park itself....




Death Valley National Park, California. Photo by ©Ghenadie Shatov
Posted by Earth Porn on Thursday, January 21, 2016


Below are a couple of photos of the descent from Daylight Pass into Death Valley itself...

A. F. Litt: Death Valley National Park &emdash; Down into Death Valley
Down into Death Valley
Daylight Pass Road.  Death Valley National Park, California.  March 31, 2016.
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A. F. Litt: Death Valley National Park &emdash; Intersection and Dunes in Death Valley
Intersection and Dunes in Death Valley
Daylight Pass Road.  Death Valley National Park, California.  March 31, 2016. 
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And here are a few shot near the site of the first photo, outside of the park looking the other direction...

A. F. Litt: Nevada &emdash; Pronghorn, Rhyolite, and the Bullfrog Hills
Pronghorn, Rhyolite, and the Bullfrog Hills
Amaragosa Desert near Rhyolite, Nevada. March 31, 2016.
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A. F. Litt: Nevada &emdash; Pronghorn in the Amaragosa Valley, East of Death Valley
Pronghorn in the Amaragosa Valley, East of Death Valley
Amaragosa Desert near Rhyolite, Nevada. March 31, 2016.
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A. F. Litt: Nevada &emdash; Pronghorn Below Rhyolite
Pronghorn Below Rhyolite
Amaragosa Desert near Rhyolite, Nevada. March 31, 2016.
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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Bryce Canyon's Natural Bridge

Bryce Canyon's Natural Bridge
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. March 23, 2016.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 7, 2016

Bryce Canyon was the first high elevation stop on the trip. This overlook is at 8627 feet. After being stuck near sea level for most of the past year and a half, I was missing oxygen pretty badly up there! After a few more days, up and down from these sorts of elevations, I did a bit better. Unfortunately the trip schedule didn't allow for much hiking, or it might have been a bad time for me until I got acclimated to the elevation.

Of course, a week later we were in Death Valley, below sea level... The southwest is a region of contrasts and extremes.





Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Coyote at Saguaro National Park

Coyote at Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park, Tuscon Mountain Segment. Arizona. March 29, 2015.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: April 6, 2016

Hit some new territory this spring, looking forward to rolling some of the photos out over the next few weeks!

This shot is a little soft, being shot with a superzoom Nikon out of the dirty back window of our van... So considering that, I think it came out fantastic!

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Tour Boat on Crater Lake

A. F. Litt: Crater Lake National Park &emdash; Tour Boat on Crater Lake (2012)

Tour Boat on Crater Lake (2012)
Rim Village Visitor Center. Crater Lake National Park. Oregon. August 22, 2012.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: December 1, 2015

Scrolling through a ton of photos from our family's 2012 summer vacation today, looking for one that leapt out at me... I was thinking mountain, or coast, but this one, overlooked for years, really struck me today.

On that trip, two of the places we visited I found to be remarkably difficult to shoot, the Redwoods and Crater Lake... Both due to the scale of the subjects. These are both incredibly beautiful, photogenic places, of course, but they also have challenges. In the Redwoods, it can be difficult to convey the size and scale of the trees while at Crater Lake, it is difficult to show much of the lake, when shooting from the rim, without resorting to a pano, and I sort of hate most panos, unless they are blown up large and hanging on a wall.

You'll notice that most of the fantastic shots you'll see of Crater Lake are not taken from the rim, but from the peaks circling the rim, back a bit from the edge. Unfortunately, another challenge I faced as a photographer on this trip (and most) is that my main role while visiting was not as a photographer, but as a dad on a family vacation, and due to the limitations of time and children, not much hiking happens on these trips.

Shooting Crater Lake from the rim is all about finding interesting details, and there are plenty of those. One of the things I like about this shot is that there is a sense of immensity conveyed, even though the actual subject of the photo is one of the smallest details you will see at the lake, a small boat made tiny by the vastness of the water and the maw of the caldera containing it.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Latourell Into the Ice, and what the heck is this "Photo of the Day" stuff all about anyway?!?


































Latourell Into the Ice (2013)
Latourell Falls. Oregon. December 10, 2013
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: November 27, 2015

I realized that a lot of folks might not know what these "photos of the day" posts are all about for me. Essentially, my rules, set by myself, for myself, are to post a previously unedited, unreleased photo as often as possible (every work day is a goal, though possibly one that is unobtainable at this point) and to try to write a line or two, at least, relating to the photo (usually), as well...

As for frequency, I want to keep this rolling, so I am not holding myself to posting each and every day, lest I get discouraged and decide that I am just too busy at this time to continue with this "project," and recently it seems like posts are the exception, not the rule, but I stumble along anyway... I've abandoned this project for long periods in the past for that very reason and I don't want to do that again right now.

This all really started back in 2011 as a way for me to force myself to work on photography every day. I was much better about posting most days back then, but as other ventures picked up, and as family life went through a busy and complicated few years, I set the project aside for a couple years.

It was feeling like a burden, and I felt like I'd accomplished most of the goals I'd set for myself with the project, which at the time involved working every day on digital photography (most of my serious work before was done with black and white film in these places called "darkrooms," not on computers), and to establish myself somewhat as a photographer.

The same rules applied back then, posting a previously unedited, unreleased photo, but without the writing component which is a new addition to the 2015 incarnation of this project...

Aside from feeling I'd met a lot of my goals back in 2012, and general busyness in other departments, another big reason why I abandoned the project for awhile was that I found myself rushing the work too much, and that I was not taking the time to select great photos (ones I love, at least) and that I was rushing the edit on them.

So, rather than flooding everyone with sub-par work, I thought it was best to pull the plug on the endeavour for a while.

Earlier this year, though, I realized that I was spending a tiny percentage of my time working on photography outside of the stills for the Recreating the HCRH project, which tend to be more survey oriented rather than artistic, by nature, and I felt that I needed to start forcing myself to spend some time working on my still photography again. Plus, I had several years of photos sitting on my hard drive collecting many layers of digital dust, and it seemed as though those shots might never make it out into the world without returning at least some of my focus back towards still photography.

Back in January, at the dawn of 2015, I tried to relaunch this project. I really only made it a few days, though, before the video work piled up and I found myself feeling like it just wasn't the right time to re-launch the POTD. But the photos were still piling up, and the work on photography still wasn't happening...

A couple months ago, though, I started feeling almost caught up, so I tried again, this time changing the expectations on myself away from rigidly posting every day to posting as much as possible, and that is where we are now. I post if I have time and I find a photo I like. I skip it if nothing is speaking to me or if I just do not have time. This should keep the quality somewhat decent (no guarantees... My taste, not yours! And sometimes I do post photos that have more sentimental value than artistic value, but then it will be explained in the written part of the post), and it lessens the risk of me abandoning the project all together due to feeling like I don't have the time to put the proper effort in.

Because of that, sometimes it will truly be the photo of the day, sometimes the photo of the week, sometimes the photo of the every once in awhile, but by giving myself the flexibility to post like that, hopefully I will posting more than a handful of shots every year.  I am still calling it the "Photo of the Day," but it might not happen every day.  It seems the right name for a project like this and I do hope to be consistently posting more than once a week, so...

For today's photo, I am revisiting the icy winter of 2012 / 2013... There was not much snow, really, but there was a lot of ice around the Gorge's falls, and they were spectacular. I've got a few of Multnomah that have never been posted from this trip that will emerge at some point, but I decided to post one up from Latourell. I've put a few of the shots from day at Latourell out before, but I was never happy with the edits. Who knows? I may hate this one too, on later review, but I wanted to take another swing at getting a photo that I liked out into the world from this set.

That is it for today. I'll be back tomorrow, or next week, or in a couple weeks... But, because of the new approach to this, I am, at a minimum, confident that I'll be posting again, sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Devil's Churn at Cape Perpetua

A. F. Litt: Oregon Coast &emdash; Early Evening at Devil's Churn

Early Evening at Devil's Churn
Cape Perpetua Special Interest Area. Siuslaw National Forest. Oregon. July 2, 2011.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: November 25, 2015

Out on the coast in 2011, pushing the little $35 camera I had at the time to its limits!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Methodists Have Left the Building...

A. F. Litt: Eastern Oregon &emdash; The Methodists Have Left the Building... (2013)



The Methodists Have Left the Building... (2013)
Grass Valley, Oregon. April 12, 2013
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Photo of the Every-So-Often by A. F. Litt: November 23, 2015

Too much going on!  Posting when I can.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

1781 Buried Forest at Oxbow Regional Park

A. F. Litt: Gresham &emdash; Uncovered Stumps From Old Hood Eruption (2010)

Uncovered Stumps From 1781 Eruption of Mt. Hood (2010)
Oxbow Regional Park. Oregon. March 20, 2010.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: November 11, 2015

For today's photo I went a little random into the old files and landed in some shots I took in Oxbow Regional Park back in 2010.    What's cool about this shot is that you can see the stumps buried in Mt. Hood's 1781 Old Maid eruptions emerging.  After some major storms over the next few years, much more of this bank was eroded away revealing many more of these old trees.  These stumps first came to attention in 2013, but this photo shows that some were already starting to poke out a few years earlier... 








































































For more information:

Sullivan, William. "Sandy River uncovers a forest buried by Mount Hood in 1781". The Statesman Journal. Apr. 20, 2013

2014 Bretz Club Field Trip Materials Sandy River, Oregon April 10-12, 2014. Oregon State University.