I had to drive to Corvallis today, and on the way back I decided to drive some of the back roads. We’ve been having incredible amounts of rain, and the flooding was apparent everywhere. Here are a couple of images from that drive.
Today I took two very different images to share. Both were taken with the same camera and lens, at f / 8. The first, taken in early afternoon, is Diamond Peak from the top of Lookout Point Dam on the Willamette. I love all the detail in the mountain, even cornices are visible from almost 40 miles away. With the naked eye from this spot Diamond Peak is just a bump on the horizon. Gotta love Canon L lenses.
The second image is my favorite from the day. K and I were approaching home on a back road, noticing the spectacular sunset in front of us to the West. Over my shoulder I saw the full moon, through a layer of thin clouds that were starting to glow. I made this HDR image from just two exposures, bracketed by about 1.5 stops.
Sometimes, photography is like hunting for game. You never know when you’ll get the shot. I set out today in the Coast Range, on a long winding road that runs diagonally from the Eugene area to Reedsport. It’s definitely a slow road, much of it is spent going about 25 mph. Endless Douglas fir and poplar trees, alder and bracken fern, mosses and lichens everywhere. Today’s light was completely flat, so the day was even more monotonous. I took a handful of images of various things that caught my eye, but nothing felt like it had the potential to be “post-worthy.”
Around 4:30 I decided to head back home. In the waning light I drove the return route, climbing from the valley bottom up and over a high ridgeline. Approaching the top, in gaps between trees I caught glimpses of low clouds off the edge of the road. I pulled over, and found a spot that had a good view—from the center of the road. Fortunately, today this road held maybe one car every hour or two.
I love these two images, if you look closely you can see that they overlap slightly, at different scales. And they were taken a few minutes apart from one another. And lastly, I varied the processing slightly to achieve the mood I was hoping for.
A few minutes later, and the whole valley filled with mist, and the daylight dropped away as well.
The afternoon light was good, and it wasn’t pouring. So I drove to the land Kathy bought last summer — where hopefully later this year we’ll have a new home. It’s a great spot, a hillside with views across the valley to the Coburg hills NE of Eugene, and on a clear day, the Sisters.
Here are a few images from my walkabout.