Monochrome Monday: McKinzie Pass Oregon

Two Sisters from McKinzie Pass
Northern and Middle Sisters from McKinzie Pass

In Bend, Oregon, the high desert begins to rise along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range.  At an elevation 5,325 feet (1,623 m), McKinzie Pass on Oregon Route 242, is at the western boarder of Deschutes county, about 25 miles northwest of Bend. The pass cuts through between the Three Sisters to the south and Mount Washington to the north.

Dee Wright Observatory Composition 1
Dee Wright Observatory Composition 1

The Dee Wright Observatory is an open shelter built with basaltic andesite lava from the construction site.  The structure features windows aligned with views of the surrounding Cascade peaks.  Of course, there were numerous photography opportunities! The observatory was built during the Great Depression by a Civilian Conservation Corps crew at Camp Belknap near Clear Lake.

Dee Wright Observatory Composition 2
Dee Wright Observatory Composition 2

Oregon Route 242 follows the path of a 1860 wagon route, it emerges from the forest and crosses a 65 square-mile lava bed (170 m). The Cascades are part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. All recent volcanic eruptions in the contiguous United States have been from Cascade volcanoes, including the famous 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.

Dee Wright Observatory Composition 3
Dee Wright Observatory Composition 3

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Everyone please stay safe and practice social distancing.

Cheers,

C. S.

W-S Bank Buildings: Monochrome or Color?

I initially processed these BB&T building and Wells Fargo Tower architectural compositions, from downtown Winston-Salem, with over-top-HDR color tonality. Afterwards though, I experimented with color luminosity settings in monochrome. The resulting monochrome tonality range is quite impressive, but the near abstract HDR color styling is kinda cool as well. What do you think?

Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version. Or, visit my Winston-Salem Architectural Abstracts gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Bend Oregon, Old Mill District

For those in the Northern Hemisphere, here are some street photography captures from last August in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon.

Deschutes River at Old Mill District 7
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 7
Bend Old Mill District 5
Bend Old Mill District 5
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 3
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 3
Bend Old Mill District 6
Bend Old Mill District 6
Bend Old Mill District 4
Bend Old Mill District 4
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 1
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 1
Bend Old Mill District 2.tif
Bend Old Mill District 2.tif

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Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Ecola State Park, Oregon, pt 4

More photos from the beautiful Indian Beach at the northern end of Ecola State Park.

Indian Beach Driftwood and Rock Composition 1
Indian Beach Driftwood and Rock Composition 1
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Submarine Rock at Indian Beach
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Submarine Rock at Indian Beach
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 7
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 7
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 6
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 6

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Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A Expansion, pt 2

More architectural abstracts from my visit to the Concourse A Expansion at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4

For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version. Or visit my Charlotte Douglas International Airport Architectural Abstracts gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A Expansion

During my last flight out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, I was fortunate to be assigned to a gate in the new Concourse A Expansion. The modern architecture and natural light were quite impressive!

Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 4
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 4

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Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden, pt 3

Third post of monochrome compositions from the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version. To see more monochrome compositions visit my Portland Japanese Garden gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden

Around 2001, I decided to build a Japanese water garden in my backyard.  I studied and planned for almost a year.  I learned as much as I could about the traditional Japanese garden, how to use plants, water and rock to reflect the natural world. Over the years my knowledge and appreciation of Japanese culture has grown. As such, a top destination during the family vacation to Oregon last summer was the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Lantern Composition 3
Japanese Lantern Composition 3

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Cheers,

C. S.