Saturday, November 30, 2013

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Umpqua River Lighthouse - Oregon Coast

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Oregon photos from this trip, use this link. To view my best US National Park photos, use this link. To view all of my day 3 photos, use this link.

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Today I continue my trip north along the Oregon Coast. Photos from today are from Reedsport, Winchester Bay, and Gardiner. Places in these cities include the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and the Umpqua River Lighthouse.

Message from the Photographer: I got the order of the blog posts a bit screwed up. This one was actually suppose to be after the Cape Blanco State Park post. Sorry!

The 1st 2 photos are taken in Tugman State Park in Reedsport, Oregon. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 36 13 N 124 10 33 W 

 Here is a photo from Reedsport, Oregon 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 39 29 N 124 11 21 W 


 Here are a few photos from the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Reedsport, Oregon. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 39 44 N 124 11 55 W 

 Here are a few signs around the Umpqua River Lighthouse. 


A photo from Winchester Bay, Oregon. This is the sand near the ocean. Photo was shot near the Umpqua River Lighthouse. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 39 45 N 124 11 57 W 

Here is a photo from the Siuslaw National Forest in Reedsport, Oregon. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 47 58 N 124 08 48 W 

The rest of these photos are all from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Gardiner, Oregon. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 50 00 N 124 09 08 W 

 Another photo from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 49 58 N 124 09 06 W 


This isn't a desert. It is just a giant beach near the ocean. Here are some vegetation on the sand dunes. The wind was blowing very hard that day. Sand was flying around everywhere. Gotta love the weatherproofing on my camera. Back at the car, I just used a brush and brushed all the sand off of my equipment and I was fine. However my skin was slightly itchy from the sand. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 49 56 N 124 09 06 W 

A black and white process of the photo above.  

 Another photo from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 49 56 N 124 09 07 W 

 I spotted this one of these grass plants all by itself. I thought it would make a nice abstract shot. 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 49 56 N 124 09 07 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Another shot of the giant sand dunes in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 49 54 N 124 09 08 W 


These foot prints walking towards me or away from me? :) I'll put the answer in below the black and white process. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 43 49 54 N 124 09 10 W  

Black and white process of the photo above. I made these foot prints while walking down the sand dunes. Purposely made them deeper for photographic purposes. I walked down, turned around, and took the photo. The foot prints are mine and are walking towards me. I feel the black and white process is a lot better than the colored version. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I have more photos from Oregon's Coast. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Port Orford - Oregon Coast

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Oregon photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 3 photos, use this link.

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Today I continue my trip north along the Oregon Coast. Photos from today are from Port Orford, Oregon and includes scenery on the road and photos from Battle Rock City Park.

Message from the Photographer: Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday guys! Hope you guys all have a nice day. Being Black Friday, it means Amazon is running a lot of deals! When I checked this morning, they have over 200 pages worth of deals! Time to start shopping. :) If you wish to help me out with my photography, please please please use my link before you go shop on Amazon today. This way, you will be helping support my photography without having to spend extra. :) What happens is, once you click the link, Amazon will pay me a small commission for everything (with some exclusions) you buy in the next 24 hours. I participate in Amazon's Amazon Affiliate Program. Thank you very much for your support.

 Here is a photo from the Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford, Oregon. I didn't go into the park this time and shot this photo from the parking lot. When I was a kid, my family and I also took a trip up driving along the coast. Back then, our destination was Seattle, WA not Vancouver, BC. Back then, I did take a trip into the gardens. I still remember it. It was pretty fun when I was little, but the park is more geared towards little kids. That is the reason I didn't go in this time, plus we were kind of in a hurry driving up the coast on this trip!
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 34 44 N 124 23 34 W

A photo from Port Orford, Oregon. This was shot on the side of US 101. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 41 51 N 124 27 10 W

Now I get to a park called Battle Rock City Park in Port Orford, Oregon. The rest of the photos from this post was shot in the park.  
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 44 35 N 124 229 34 W

 Black and white process of the photo above. 


Always shoot a photo of the sign where you take your photos from so you don't forget where you shot them!  
 Another photo from Battle Rock City Park and a black and white process. 


 Another few photos from Battle Rock City Park and a black and white process. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I have more photos from Oregon's Coast. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday!


First of all let me just wish everyone a great Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a wonderful day. Now let's move onto Black Friday. 

Black Friday Deals Week has already begun on Amazon guys and I have the link to the deals page for you guys! Happy shopping! Amazon have the best deals ever! A few years back, I got a camera bag and memory card for 50% off! What a deal! :) So please enjoy your chance to shop for cheap products! The Amazon Countdown to Black Friday deals will last for a week. How exciting? 

Just make sure that you use my link before adding anything to your cart! This way, you will be helping support my photography with out having to spend extra. :) What happens is, once you click the link, Amazon will pay me a small commission for everything (with some exclusions) you buy in the next 24 hours. I participate in Amazon's Amazon Affiliate Program. Thank you very much for your support. 

Brookings, Gold Beach - Oregon Coast

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Oregon photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 2 photos, use this link. To view all of my day 3 photos, use this link.

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Today I start photos from my drive up Oregon's coast. I will include some sunset shots from Brookings, Oregon, and photos from Gold Beach, Oregon.

Message from the Photographer: Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday guys! Hope you guys all have a nice day. Being Black Friday, it means Amazon is running a lot of deals! When I checked this morning, they have over 200 pages worth of deals! Time to start shopping. :) If you wish to help me out with my photography, please please please use my link before you go shop on Amazon today. This way, you will be helping support my photography without having to spend extra. :) What happens is, once you click the link, Amazon will pay me a small commission for everything (with some exclusions) you buy in the next 24 hours. I participate in Amazon's Amazon Affiliate Program. Thank you very much for your support.

I'm guessing this is one of the first shots EVERYONE takes of Oregon. I'm no better. :P Good thing they have a pull out right at the sign! Pretty sure this sign saved a lot of traffic headaches. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 59 55 N 124 12 29 W

A photo of Chetco River in Brookings, OR. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 03 15 N 124 16 16 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 


I was a bit behind schedule so I knew I wasn't going to make it to Gold Beach for sunset. I decided to pull into another park on the road for sunset photos. This was shot in Harris Beach State Park in Brookings, Oregon. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 04 07 N 124 118 54 W

With all sunsets, you can't just take one photo and get over with it. Here are a few more. 

Another sunset photo. 

I thought the beach would look nice in black and white so I did a process of that too. 

Another sunset photo. 


Now I get to my hotel in Gold Beach, Oregon. I shot this photo from my hotel room at Gold Beach Resort facing South Beach Park. The hotel rooms had a small deck facing outside. It was already dark out, but some how the sunset was still visible to the camera. 

I set up for a star trails that night. Photo consists of 30 exposures at around 2 minutes each. So total exposure time is around 1 hour and 3 minutes. To take this photo, I just went ahead and set up the camera to take the photos automatically with my intervalometer, and I went ahead and showered for the night. 

The next morning, I decided to get a better look of the park and get a panorama of the park from the deck. 

Here is an HDR composition. 


I then proceeded to walk into the park for some shots. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

A few more photos from the park. 


Now I continue my drive up north taking a few photos at beaches in Gold Beach, Oregon. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 42 30 51 N 124 24 34 W

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I have more photos from Oregon's Coast. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Klamath, Crescent City - California's Coast

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best California photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my day 2 photos, use this link.

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Today I continue my trip up California's Coast with the last of the photos from California's Coast. After this, it will be Oregon, USA. The photos for today are shot in Klamath and Crescent City. I visit some of the more popular places along the California's Coast such as the Tour Through Tree in Klamath, CA.

The famous Tour Through Tree in Klamanth, CA. Which is really just a tree with a big hole on it that you can drive through. Nothing else. Oh yes, did I mention the outhouse. Only bathroom there. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 31 19 N 124 01 50 W

A photo on Requa Road in Klamath, CA. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 33 13 N 124 03 33 W

Another photo from Requa Road in Klamath, CA. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 33 12 N 124 03 32 W

A black and white process of the photo above. 


Photo from Mouth of Klamath Road. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 32 43 N 124 04 15 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Another photo from Mouth of Klamath Road. 

Another photo from Mouth of Klamath Road. Seems to be some sort of marina. 


Here is a photo of the Tree of Mystery. As you can tell, I didn't really go into any of these. I read reviews talking about how it is a bit more geared toward little kids. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 35 04 N 124 05 11 W

Still in Klamath, CA here are some shots from False Klamath Cove. And there on the left you see my student (dad) who photo bombed my shot. LOL
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 35 37 N 124 05 55 W

Another photo from False Klamath Cove. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 35 56 N 124 06 03 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 


Another photo from False Klamath Cove. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 35 55 N 124 06 03 W

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Now I drive out of Klamath, CA into Crescent City, CA which was the last city I took photos in California (for the drive North that is). 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 41 44 26 N 124 11 02 W


I just ended up shooting photos of some seagulls that was in Crescent City. I was in a rush to get to my destination at Gold Beach, OR to catch the sunset. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I have photos from Oregon's Coast. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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