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Aaron Meyers
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Tasty Falls
If there is one kind of photography that pushed me over the edge a number of years ago and convinced me to buy a dSLR it was waterfall photography. I remember when my friend stopped at my apartment and showed me some photos of waterfalls he had taken in Yosemite with his Canon Rebel. I was sold. Ever since then I’ve always held a special place in my heart for waterfalls. When you can combine lush green mossy scenes with waterfalls they become even more spectacular. I’ve always loved looking at photos of the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon but visiting with my own two eyes is more difficult than say, a drive somewhere local. When Willie made me aware of our own mossy falls I knew I had to visit! 

Although it hadn’t rained in a week and the water level started to die out, Sammi and I were surely in for a good morning when we found our way to this waterfall. Thanks to some locals pointing out “WATERFALL ->” with some big giant arrows etched in the dirt, we made our way down this steep ravine and over to the falls. I loved the way the moss, the fallen tree branches, and the 2-pronged waterfall all come together here. I made sure to walk slightly down-stream to capture some of the motion from the river but not too far that the waterfall became teeny tiny. After enjoying the morning at the waterfall we hiked back up and spent the rest of the day eating yummy food and tasting delicious wine. We couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/11, 0.6 sec, ISO 200

http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-vwZcZmm/A

#Waterfall   #Napa   #NapaValley   #Wine   #WineCountry   #Moss   #Mossy   #River   #Stream   #flow   #California  
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Love the lower perspective and the careful planning to frame everything just right. The greens are spot on and is really inviting.
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Autumn Zen [artograph]
One of the most iconic photos of Portland is of the famous Japanese Maple Tree at the Japanese Garden. People photograph it at all times of the year but it looks most stunning in autumn when the leaves turn orange and red and make for an absolutely stunning scene. Unfortunately I arrived a little too early and the Japanese Maple hadn’t quite turned orange. A little trick in photoshop fixed that (and thus the term ... "artograph", a photo that I artistically altered). I’ll have to go back another year and photograph this when it's really orangey red.

I always laugh when I see this tree because photos of this, taken using ultra-wide lenses, make the tree appear fairly large. How tall would you say this tree was? 20-25 feet maybe? If you thought that, you’d be wrong. The tree is maybe FOUR or FIVE feet tall! We were all hunched over in between some branches trying to take turns shooting the tree. It would have been quite a peaceful time too, had Alan not spend the entire time grumbling about how he had to pay $15 to take a photo of a five foot tall tree. Surprisingly, with all his kvetching, he spent the most time photographing the tree. I guess he needed to get his money’s worth.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/16, 0.8 sec, ISO 250
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-KKcq7dZ/A

#Japanese   #Maple   #JapaneseMaple   #autumn   #fall   #color   #trees   #Portland   #JapaneseGarden   #MapleTree   #tree   #small  
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Fog Dune
The year 2013 was a fairly slow year for my photography. Although I came home with many great images it seemd like Mama Nature was out to get me way too often. The previous evening I completely missed an absolutely stunning sunset and walked out of work an hour after sunset to see the sky was still ablaze with color. It looked like Mama Nature was out to get me again. The next day, this day, the clouds looked to be sticking around and I had no intentions of missing out.

+Willie Huang and I left work and drove up to the SF Coast with the intentions of photographing the Sutro Baths. In typical 2013 fashion Mama Nature didn't want my plan to go smoothly and fog began to roll in almost as soon as we got there. Guess we weren’t going to shoot the coast. Our only option was to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and hope the fog stayed low and continued to fill in. The heat of the sun kept the fog away from the Golden Gate Bridge and we, once again, had to abandon our plan and try something else. We hiked over a small hill to see what the fog looked like on the Pacific Ocean side of the coast and were greeted with a stunning layer of fog. Willie quickly suggested using the telephoto lens to get some intimate fog shots.

One area of fog that peaked my interest was a bowl-like section of fog that was creating dunes of fog. The rolling hills of fog were stunning to look at. I tried a number of compositions and ultimately decided I liked leaving some room on the right for the lines of fog to let the eye flow. I also knew that I wanted to smooth out the fog, hence I threw the Lee Big Stopper on and increased my shutter speeds to 20 seconds. What do you think, a neat patch of fog?

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED:
145mm, f/11, 20 sec, ISO 100

#SF   #SanFrancisco   #Fog   #Dune   #Abstract   #GGB   #GoldenGateBridge   #California   #sunset  
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I think you made a nice withdrawal from mama nature. 
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My #PlusOneCollectionIII for this year! Super excited for this years book. +Ivan Makarov does an AMAZING job with this and it's for a great cause. I highly recommend everyone to support once the book is out (I'll repost when it is with more details!)
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+Aaron Meyers Thanks..will look at the link
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Overwhelmingly Grand
Many times during my photography career people come up to me and ask "Why aren't you taking a picture of this? It's so pretty!" One of the things I learned early on was that often times scenes that are pretty to the eye unfortunately don't make great photos. Scenes are too busy, they're too grand, or they lack a main subject. This was the case when Willie and I arrived at Burney Falls. We took one look at it and said "WOW!!!!" But as we got down lower and took out our cameras we started to scratch our heads. No wonder we didn't see many good photos during our research. It's not that it hasn't been photographed, it's that it's really hard to photograph well. The place is just too grand. Blue skies didn't help either.  

As I was shooting I noticed that the setting sun was positioning itself perfectly in the trees. I managed to snap off a few shots before the sun dipped completely behind the trees and cliffs and was hidden for the rest of the evening. Lightstars streak out from the sun as the trees provide an edge to refract off. 

Foregive me for the horridly boring sky but I found Burney Falls so breathtaking that I just had to post a photo of it. As Alan will say, this is "Caca Dudu" (his term for BORING) but who cares -- it's a gorgeous place and I want to motivate everyone to visit Burney Falls if they're in the Shasta area (or make a trip to go see it). I made sure to include the entire waterfall, to give you a sense of how giant and large this place is!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
20mm, f/22, 0.8 sec, ISO 320
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-mXfn5dg/A

#Burney   #BurneyFalls   #waterfall   #Shasta   #sunset   #star   #lightstar   #water   #grand   #California  
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Yup I was there early this month, it is definitely a grand place, I did manage to find a angle that I really liked, it did get me wet though, all the rocks where covered in Ice. Great image you made here and good eye on that setting sun it definitely made this image +Aaron Meyers
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Frozen Tom
One scene that Willie and I knew we wanted to photograph in the Eastern Sierras was sunrise at Mt. Tom. One of the most iconic and largest peaks in the Owens Valley region, there are many ways to photograph Mt. Tom but we felt this angle showed off its best side. The combination of trees, meadow, and mountains, along with the line running up Mt. Tom, make for a spectacular scene.

It was freezing when we woke up. Let me correct myself ... it was well below freezing. It was barely over 5°F when we set out and on that day we didn’t see above freezing temperatures for many hours. This morning was also cloudy and as we drove to our spot we started to get really excited — there was going to be a ton of color in the sky.

Willie and Alan had scouted this location a month or two previously but Willie’s GPS unit somehow deleted the coordinates. Alan’s attempt to remind us of the spot resulted in the wrong location. I think we did 4 U-Turns on CA-395 before finally getting to the spot we wanted! The light to our east was going crazy and as soon as I put the car in “Park” we were grabbing our gear and running through the snow to setup our tripods.

To the east the color in the sky looked like a giant explosion — massive oranges filled the sky and slowly faded to pink. To the east, in the direction we were shooting, the sky filled up with wonderful streaks of pink. The clouds provided a nice amount of layers to contrast the sky with pink and purple lines. We came home cold but happy campers!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF:
80mm, f/11, ISO 100, 0.4 sec
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-dqrZJ7q/A

#MtTom   #Mountains   #EasternSierras   #Sunrise   #Explosion   #Color  
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Love the pink tone! Nice texture!
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Reynolds Milk
Willie, Alan, and I spent a week at Glacier National Park back in August and the trip was everything but what we expected. This particular night was about the only night that went as we intended. The weather forecast seemed great before we arrived but we witnessed poor conditions after poor conditions. For 2 days we couldn't even see our feet the fog was so thick. On our first night the clouds stayed away and we did the one thing we planned on: getting some Milky Way shots from Logan Pass.

I had seen this waterfall earlier in the evening and photographed it as the last light hit Mt. Reynolds, disappeared, the stars came out, and eventually the Milky Way moved into position. I knew that Milky Way would eventually move parallel to the right edge of Mt. Reynolds but I didn't realize how long it would take. It wasn't until around midnight that it got dark enough and the Milky Way moved far enough to the right. 

I used a 4 image focus stack to make sure the entire scene came out in focus. As you'll notice the sky doesn't entirely look as sharp as it could. I rented the lens from BorrowLenses and it quickly became clear that this particular copy of the lens had some serious coma flare issues. I did my best to get rid of some of it but eventually removing it became tedious and I gave up. BorrowLenses customer service was awesome and I was given a coupon for the price of the rental to use another time!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED: 
Sky: 24mm, f/1.6, 13 seconds, ISO 3200
Foreground: 4 images, 24mm, f/10, ISO 100
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-9HLPwBc/A

#MilkyWay   #Glacier   #GlacierNationalPark   #NationalPark   #Sky   #Night   #stars   #MtReynolds   #creek  
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Lilies' Strange Year
I’m not the first and I won’t be the last person to visit this particular patch of Calla Lilies along the Big Sur Coast. Calla Lilies grow all along the California coastline but this spot has become increasingly popular amongst photographers: it has beautiful scenery, it has hills the draw the eye in, a beach and water that sneak into the photo, hundreds of beautiful wildflowers, it’s easily accessible, and most importantly, it’s easy to tell a story here. This story is one that makes me smile every time I look at this photo and think of the day I took it. 

This has been a strange weather year for the state of California. We were in a drought and the flowers had no clue what was going on. They started blooming early and I feared with the cooky weather that the flowers might both bloom and die early. I asked Sammi if she wanted to take a drive down to Big Sur, stop at Nepenthe for a drink, and then find the flowers. She agreed.

The day couldn’t have been better. It was 70 degree blue-bird day. We arrived at Nepenthe, a local restaurant and bar, just as a group of friends was getting up from the best spot in the entire place. For the next several hours Sammi and I enjoyed a beer, some wine, and margaritas while soaking in the views and trying to get a tan. We were having such a good time, in fact, that we didn’t realize it had gotten so late. 3 hours had passed and we needed to rush if we were going to make it to the lilies in time for sunset. The marine layer retreated as I drove and a few little splashes of clouds appeared in the sky. As we raced down to the flowers those few clouds started to catch the colors of the setting sun. 

We ran around like crazy chickens trying to avoid the poison oak and find the best patch of calla lilies. Rushing a photograph is never recommended and I stressed the entire time. I couldn’t find a patch void of dying flowers. I couldn’t get my tripod where I wanted. My lens wouldn’t go wide enough. I fell into a patch of thorns. The entire time Sammi stayed calm. She pulled me up when I fell, helped me get the tripod in the right spot, ignored the foul language uttered under my breath, and reminded me that ultra-wide lens was packed in my bag. I couldn’t have asked for a better companion and partner that day! It was so peaceful that we stayed well after sunset and needed a flashlight to get back. The best part of it: I came home with a photo I’m happy with!

Nikon D800 w/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/9, 0.8 sec, ISO 500

http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-TnRPrDf/A

#Calla   #CallaLily   #CallaLilies   #BigSur   #Garrapata   #StateBeach   #Coast   #California   #Nature   #Landscape   #sunset   #flower   #flowers   #tall   #poisonivy  
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Great shot & story!
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Autumn Metlako
I’ve seen many photos of the Columbia River Gorge and it was high on my photography bucket-list. Willie, Alan, and Jave still laugh at how jealous (and how quickly I responded to their behind-the-scenes post) I was of their trip to Oregon in the spring. I asked Alan and Willie if they wanted to go back in the fall and off we went. I was in Portland a couple weeks earlier for a bachelor party and the fall colors were just starting to emerge; I figured a trip in a couple weeks would be perfect timing. Unfortunately recent rain and some weird weather caused the fall color to somewhat fizzle — we never really found a great abundance of color but we did manage to find little patches here and there.

After exploring the Gorge for a bit we decided to head to the Eagle Falls Trail and visit a few more waterfalls. We came upon Metlako Falls and found a nice patch of orange leaves. I immediately setup my tripod, pulled out the 80-200 and proceeded to drop my lens hood into the gorge. I seem to have a habit of dropping things when in precarious places: I almost lost my Lee Filter Holder off the side of the Grand Canyon, I dropped a 2-stop filter off the edge of a wall at Hawk Hill and now I lost my lens hood. Oh well, at least it wasn’t my camera! The one nice thing about the rain was that the waterfalls were gushing very nicely. It was a great hike and we saw some beautiful scenes. I can’t wait to get back!

P.S: Thanks to Alan I think I put on 20 pounds after this hike. We stopped at the local eatery and Alan somehow convinced me to eat an ice-cream that was taller than my head! And I downed most of it!

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF:
100mm, f/9, 1/10 sec, ISO 400
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Water/i-5JV5DP6/A

#Metlako   #Autumn   #Waterfall   #Waterfalls   #Columbia   #ColumbiaRiverGorge   #Gorge   #Fall   #Color   #River  
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Stunning shot!
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Unsleeping Beauty
I spent a weekend in the Eastern Sierras with Willie and Sammi trying to find some snowy scenes to photograph. We had a pretty good idea of where we wanted to shoot but sometimes even with all the planning and scouting you just happen upon a beautiful scene. It’s even better when you don’t sleep through it! The benefits of keeping an open eye while in beautiful places ...

I was driving down the highway when I looked to my right and saw snow blowing off Mt. Williamson and creating this awesome scene. I slowed the car down and looked back at Willie to see if he had noticed. He was fast asleep … mouth open, head back, practically in a snore. “Willie, look to your right!” I screamed, waking him up. “Woah! yea, pull over!” he responded. Pull-over I did and we spent about 30 minutes watching the wind blow the snow off the mountain and snapped photos the entire time. I just loved the way the wind created a lot of motion, even in a still photograph. The combination of shadow, wind, and light-rays all made for a gorgeous scene!

I had a hard debate whether or not I preferred color or black and white for this photo. I liked the way the blue sky added depth to the photo but ultimately I decided I preferred the drama, detail, and added texture of the black and white. The color version is here. Thoughts?

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF:
190mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 125
http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Nature/Landscapes/i-h4c65dD/A

#MtWilliamson   #EasternSieras   #Mountains   #Snow   #Wind   #Blown   #sleeping   #awake   #drama   #dramatic   #California  
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Love the power in this image
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