Silver Falls Memory

Looking back to November, 2014 at Silver Falls State Park, OR with Dad.  These trips are always more amazing when you have someone you love and admire with you.  My Dad is a super creative guy and sees the world like no one I’ve ever met.  He never fails to blow my mind with amazing compositions in his own photography, and has greatly influenced the work that I do.  If you like anything that I’ve done, its because of this man.

The last photo in this slide show can be found in my book, Sacred Waterfalls, and is one of my favorites.  I can recall the emotional and mental state I was in for almost every photo I have ever taken, but some, like this one, stand out.  It was a scene I had in mind for a long time.  I didn’t know I would find it here, but when I came around the corner to see the moss in the trees, the powerful water, and the morning light coming through the trees, I was in a grateful state of awe and grounded by the thunderous sound of water pouring into the shallow pool below.  Moments like these touch your soul.  To share it with Dad was a true gift and one I will never forget.

As I gear up for a weekend trip with a dear friend of mine, I wonder what dreams may become visual reality this time and present themselves in front of my camera.  All I can tell you is that capturing the moment is secondary to what’s really important… being in the moment.

Pro Tip

These images were all made with Zeiss lenses (85 and 15mm).  I can’t stress to photographers enough how important good glass is.  I have to give credit to a mentor and friend of mine, James Hickey, who taught me the importance of clear lenses over megapixels.  If you’re at the stage with your gear where you’re having to make a buying decision between a powerful camera and good lenses, I would rather have good lenses on any day.  Clarity is key.  The last photo I mentioned, which is in the book, is crystal clear and in focus, without any distortion or chromatic aberration, from corner to corner.   Their lens coatings are almost magical, and allow me to capture great color while avoiding lens flares.  These points are important because if you plan on enlarging your work, you might run into problems (that you can’t photoshop) if you don’t start with a clear image.  Small problems become big problems when enlarging.  Thanks, Zeiss!

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