He's a nice guy and the funny thing about him was that he sold me my car back in 2013.
Every week he comes home with a different car. Most of the time it has been muscle cars. You know the $30k+ ones. Usually a used car and usually supped up.
Right now I hear him tearing up the streets in a customized Corvette Z.
Sounds like a monster as it roars down the road
Anyway. Is it normal for car salesmen to bring home used cars driving them around over the course of several days?
As a potential used car buyer I don't know if I would want to buy a vehicle that has been extra used?
I mean when I've boughten used cars there is an expected belief that the vehicles haven't been on a joy ride and possibly subjected to high speed abuse plus the added mileage.
Have you ever thought about just how big a lightening bolt really is?
Not very big. Even though the length can stretch out over miles the diameter can be really small.
This is a piece of fulgurite.
Made from a single strand of lightening. It is created by the lightening when it passes through sand.
The sand creates a casting of the lightening bolt because the high temps of the lightening literally melting it into a glass like structure.
They are hard to find intact because the y are so fragile.
I headed out super early to shoot Zig Zag creek and Falls today.
I was super surprised to see the creek was running full. In my mind I was a creek with really low flow because of the low snow pack. But I guess being that close to Mt Hood the creek was getting the first hit of any melting snow..
It was lush, green and a wee bit dark at 5:45 am. I had to run longer shutter speeds to pick up the lighting in the begining. Some people had asked me about why I didn't use a high ISO?
Simple really, I hate dealing with noise in images. On a busy background you may not notice it. but you would see it in the dark part of the water..
This is the first in a series of images I'll be posting from my littlle day trip..
Photography is litterally a snapshot in time. (Cliche I know)
But as a landscape photographer you really get to see how the land changes and you get to record it year in and year out.
For instance this image of Wahkeena Falls is one that is not attainable anymore. The tree to the right has grown so much since 2006 that it completely blocks the view of the bridge and much of the creek below the bridge.
A lot of you Landscape Photographers out there are always in the chase for the WoW! The Dynamic and beautiful imagery. (Myself included)
But have you ever stopped and compared images that you have taken in the past to the ones you have today? I know we all go back and try to re-do some shots. Honing your skills so to speak.
But take a good look sometime in your archive.
Personally in my library I've seen disappearing glaciers, dying forests and some epic views that have really changed. Trees blocking waterfalls, small islands washed way and a lot more.
Austin at the Oregon State Archives would be your contact. He is over the photography department.
That being said. With the accelerated changes we are seeing specifically in the Gorge. You could probably use your own photos from the past 20 years.
I think there has been more visible change during that time frame than at any other time.
When I last did some work for the Columbia River Gorge Commission in 2009 they told me that they were using Google Earth and photos from the PanOramio layer to locate the old obstructed scenic views. they were part of a plan to clear those areas out and restore the views.
The bishops cap photos that you posted that had the tree blocking its view. well the tree was slated for removal. But Mother Nature decided to pull it down a bit early.
- Sacred Earth StudiosLandscape, Architecture, Environmental, Internet Photographer, present
I have been photographing Oregon since 2001. I mainly do landscapes.
I am drawn to the outdoors because I feel most at peace in nature. I would love to do a book someday. Maybe with a focus on the environment.
I believe nature photographers get a front row seat to observe climate change and its tangeable effects on the land. With their cameras at the ready to record the proof.
Reciently I've fallen in love with shooting Historical Architecture.