Smith Rock State Park, Pt 3

This post presents expansive color landscapes, featuring the wide range of earth tones found in the volcanic rock formations in Smith Rock State Park.

Crooked River and Staender Ridge 1
Crooked River and Staender Ridge 1

I typically finish my color composition workflows with a Kodachrome 25 film emulation using Alien Skin’s Exposure X3. For this series, I used Photoshop to mix in, at varying percentages, an older Kodachrome II film emulation with the newer Kodachrome 25. The results offered what I felt was a more realistic, and pleasing, presentation and separation of yellow to green tonalities.

North Point View 1
North Point View 1
Homestead Trail Vignette 1
Homestead Trail Vignette 1
View of Picnic Lunch Wall and Red Wall
View of Picnic Lunch Wall and Red Wall
Phoenix Buttress Landscape
Phoenix Buttress Landscape
Phoenix Buttress Vignette 2
Phoenix Buttress Vignette 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. More of this amazing landscape and be viewed at my Smith Rock State Park Gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

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Monochrome Monday: Smith Rock State Park, Pt 2

Here are additional compositions I promised from my previous Smith Rock State Park post last month. I saved these for a Monochrome Monday.

Picnic Lunch Wall and Crooked River Composition
Picnic Lunch Wall and Crooked River Composition
Climbing The Dihedrals 2
Climbing The Dihedrals 2
Monument Wall Composition
Monument Wall Composition
Northern Wall Landscape Composition 3
Northern Wall Landscape Composition 3

Thank you for visiting my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to open up a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Oh Oregon! Cape Lookout and Oceanside

North of Nestucca Bay on the Oregon coast, Hwy 101 heads north northeast inland through Cloverdale and Hemlock, away from the coastline, to Tillamook (say cheese!).  One the coastline, west of Hwy 101, along Netarts Bay Rd, are Cape Lookout State Park, Netarts Bay, the sea stacks at Oceanside and the lighthouse at Cape Mears.  This post features compositions from the north side of Cape Lookout and the sea stacks at Oceanside.

Cape Lookout Landscape
Cape Lookout Landscape
Cape Lookout Landscape Detail
Cape Lookout Landscape Detail
View of Oceanside From Cape Lookout
View of Oceanside From Cape Lookout
Oceanside Seascape Composition 1
Oceanside Seascape Composition 1
Oceanside Seascape Composition 2
Oceanside Seascape Composition 2
Oceanside Seascape Composition 3
Oceanside Seascape Composition 3
Oceanside From Cape Meares
Oceanside From Cape Meares

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view the high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Oregon Badlands Wilderness, Pt 2

This post features additional monochrome western juniper tree and lava rock compositions from my visit to the Oregon Badlands Wilderness earlier last month. My previous post included details about this amazing landscape. This was supposed to be a Monochrome Monday post, but I just had too many items on my Labor Day to-do-list. So, its my Monochrome Tuesday, Day After Labor Day post instead.

Splintered Juniper Tree Composition 2
Splintered Juniper Tree Composition 2
Fallen Juniper and Volcanic Rock Composition 1
Fallen Juniper and Volcanic Rock Composition 1
Fallen Juniper Landscape Composition
Fallen Juniper Landscape Composition
Lava Rock Wall Composition 1
Lava Rock Wall Composition 1
Dying Juniper and Lava Rock Composition 1
Dying Juniper and Lava Rock Composition 1

My wife was appalled by my consistent grammatical errors and typos in recent posts. She told me “You don’t want readers to think you’re illiterate!” I told her not to worry, its just my ADD, and me getting a little older. She replied “Just read it out loud before you post!” That sounds like some good advice, I’ll give it a shoot.

Thanks for taking time to visit my photo blog! For the best viewing experience , click on an image to see a high resolution version, as well as other images from my Oregon Badlands Wilderness Gallery. Ha, ha “I’ll give it a shoot”! I’m so silly!

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Bubble Play at Cape Kiwanda

Initially, I imaged a dreamy, glow treatment for these compositions, but ended up with a watercolor wash treatment using Filter Forge. This was after taking the color version to monochrome while retaining the color in the bubbles. The idea was to further abstract the fantasy color bubble concept a bit further.

Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 2 Monochrome Wash
Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 2 Monochrome Wash
Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 1 Monochrome Wash
Cape Kiwanda Bubble Play 1 Monochrome Wash

To best experience the creative treatment, click on an image to view the high resolution version and to visit my Cape Kiwanda gallery. There you’ll also find the prior color and monochrome versions of these compositions.

Cheers!

C. S.

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Pt 2

Following up on my last post, here are more compositions of this amazing destination on the Oregon Coast.

Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 4
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 4
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 3
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 3
Cape Kiwanda Northern View Composition 1
Cape Kiwanda Northern View Composition 1
Cape Kiwanda Cove and Cave Composition 2
Cape Kiwanda Cove and Cave Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Oh Oregon! Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Chief Kiawanda Rock Composition 1
Chief Kiawanda Rock Composition 1

During our trip north along the Oregon’s scenic Highway 101, we detoured off the highway along the northern boundary of Nestucca Bay to Pacific City and the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.  I specifically wanted to see (translation – photograph) the iconic Chief Kiawanda Rock – a sea stack geological formation.   Upon our arrival, I found the tall sandstone cliffs jetting out into the ocean and the enormous Great Dune equally impressive.

Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 1
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 1

The sandy beach and adjacent sand hills were popular among the numerous visitors.  My younger son Parker and I climbed the sand hill to reach the top edge of the sandstone cliffs.  A fence warned visitors of the dangerous cliffs.  Seeing a few others exploring the cliffs and boulders, we cautiously and perhaps foolishly climbed under the fence to gain a better view from of Chief Kiawanda Rock.

Cape Kiwanda Landscape 1
Cape Kiwanda Landscape 1

Making our way to the top, we backtracked to find a safer route to the top of the cliff.  My rule for Parker and I was to stay 20 feet away from edge of cliffs.  I’m glad we did; while researching the area for this post, I learned 7 people have died – falling into sea from crumbling sandstone cliffs! Below is a photo of Parker with Pacific City in the background.

20ft from Cliff Edge at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
20ft from Cliff Edge at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 2
Cape Kiwanda Great Dune Composition 2

The area was originally inhabited by the Nestugga and Killamook Native Americans.  The names evolved into Nestucca (as in the Nestucca River) and Tillamook – the city to the north with the huge cheese factory.  The sea stack was named after Chief Kiawanda, whose name has also changed over time to Kiwanda.  In the past, some referred to the sea stack as Haystack Rock, but this is often confused with the also iconic Haystack Rock 65 miles to the north at Cannon Beach.   Today the locals in Pacific City, and most maps, refer to it as Chief Kiawanda Rock.

Cape Kiwanda Cove and Cave Composition 1
Cape Kiwanda Cove and Cave Composition 1

At 341 feet (104 m), Chief Kiawanda Rock is actually 100 ft taller than Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.  It looks smaller because it is actually almost 3800 ft (3/4 mile, 1189 m) offshore from the beach at Pacific City.  Sea stacks are formed when lava flows collapse under the upper crust and later erupt back to the surface.  Ocean waves and wind carve the rocks into their current shapes.  Most of these sea stacks are considered bird sanctuaries and as such are off-limits to human visitors.

Cape Kiwanda Landscape 2
Cape Kiwanda Landscape 2

I wished we could have stayed longer and had a beer at the original Pelican Brewery location in Pacific City. But, there was still much more to see along the Oregon Coast. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution. Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers,

C. S.

Oh Oregon! Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is an amazing volcanic rock formation rising above the high desert plateau in central Oregon.  In addition to its gorgeous scenery and abundant hiking trails, it is also considered one of the best rock climbing destinations in the western United States.

Morning Glory Wall Composition 1
Morning Glory Wall Composition 1

We arrived in mid-morning and were able to hike a couple of miles before it got too hot.  As usual, I was constantly lagging behind my family, sister and brother-in-law, stopping to take photos.  So many amazing photo opportunities!

The Dihedrals Composition 1
The Dihedrals Composition 1
Climbing The Dihedrals 1
Climbing The Dihedrals 1
Smith Rock Tuff Monochrome Composition 1
Smith Rock Tuff Monochrome Composition 1
Smith Rock Tuff Composition 1
Smith Rock Tuff Composition 1
Phoenix Buttress Vignette
Phoenix Buttress Vignette
Asterisk Pass Composition 1
Asterisk Pass Composition 1

There are more pictures from Smith Rock State Park to curate for a future follow-up post.  For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high-resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers!

C. S.

Oh Oregon! Yaquina Head Marine Garden & Lighthouse

Last week the family spent a week in Oregon, 4 days with my sister and brother-in-law in Bend, and then on to the Pacific Coast and finally Portland. I almost filled up two 64GB SD cards! Guess I’ll be curating, editing and posting these photos for the next several months.

Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 1
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 1

This first post features Yaquina Head Marine Garden and Lighthouse, just north of Newport, Oregon. We were rewarded with beautiful scenery including multiple bird species, tide pool creatures and sea lions basking on the rocks.

Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 2
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 2
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 3
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 3
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 4
Yaquina Head Marine Garden Composition 4
Yaquina Head Sea Lion Composition
Yaquina Head Sea Lion Composition
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.