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Richard
Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA

For the last installment of my week of Portland images, I give you the great +Richard Shindell as he strums his vintage Fender Esquire. Another shot from the great show he did with The Pine Hill Project during their west coast tour.
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Falls Creek Falls
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington, USA

Going to Portland and not going to the Columbia River Gorge is kind of like going to Hawaii and not going to the beach. Although I got to hike several different trails in gorge during my visit, this was the only time I did any shooting there. Unfortunately, by the time we got to the falls, I only had 20 minutes to shoot before I had to turn back. Not ideal by any means, but 20 minutes is better than zero minutes and I did the best I could with the limited time I had.

While there's nothing new or original in this take on these falls, it does show that I haven't completely abandoned color. (Although after seeing this, some might argue that I should.)
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Portland Skyline
Portland, Oregon, USA

The city of bridges, Rose City, Stumptown...Portland goes by a lot of names. I was fortunate to spend a good chunk of last spring in this vibrant city and although my camera spent way too much time in the bag instead of in my hands, I did make it out to Pittock Mansion on my last night in town to do my take on the iconic shot of the Portland skyline with Mt. Hood in the background. 

I've visited Portland many times over the last few years and no matter how much time I spend in the city and the surrounding areas, it never seems to be enough. Fortunately, I did get to do a little bit of shooting while I was there and this week I plan on sharing a bunch of images from this latest trip.
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Thanks, +Kevin Brown!
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Fertility
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

I spent over an hour at this spot watching the clouds move in and the light change as I experimented with different filters and settings on the camera. Most of the shots were "perfectly" exposed, but it was this seriously underexposed shot using the 16 stop graduated ND filter that stood out to me. With the dark shadows and cloud movement over 350 seconds, the moodiness in this one appealed to me far more than the "properly" exposed images.
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+Marc Briggs That's way too much work. I just put the camera dial on P and hope for the best. ;)
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Pursuance
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

Number three in the Hanalei Pier study.
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Thank you +Leyla A. Roberson and +Steve Hambley!
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Acknowledgement
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

I was fortunate to spend some time last month in one of my favorite places on earth, the north shore of Kauai. Every time I cross the first of the one lane bridges on the road from Hanalei to Haena I seem to fall under a spell that melts my troubles away and fills my soul with peace and contentment.

Near where the Hanalei River empties into Hanalei Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this pier is like a magnet that attracts surfers, swimmers, photographers and beach goers of all types. Even though the beach is two miles long, the crowds converge here at all times of day and night.

I spent several mornings and evenings photographing the pier under different weather conditions and came away with four images that I liked and will share in the coming weeks.
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Thank you  +Leyla A. Roberson!
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Chef Aaron
Farm Spirit, Portland, Oregon, USA

Meet chef Aaron Adams, the chef who rocked the Portland dining scene several years ago when he opened Portobello Vegan Trattoria. After several years of cooking his amazing plant based italian fare for diners of all persuasions, he got restless for a change. Tired of being in a kitchen separated from the diners eating his food, he came up with the idea for Farm Spirit.

Fourteen diners are welcomed each night into Farm Spirit where they are seated at a counter and watch chef Aaron and his team prepare a 9-12 course dinner from fresh local, seasonal ingredients. I was one of the lucky 14 guests who got to be there for the opening night to enjoy a phenomenal meal and an unforgettable fine dining experience. Chef Aaron has elevated plant based cuisine to a level that very few chefs have achieved. His use of traditional and modern cooking techniques transforms fresh organic produce and heirloom grains into flavors that were surprising and delightful. 

Although I wanted to just concentrate on the meal, I couldn't help myself from pulling out the camera and getting some photographs. After all, there's only one opening night, and I'm glad I was part of it and got to photograph it.

Find out more about Aaron and Farm Spirit at http://farmspiritpdx.com
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+Marc Briggs It was awesome!
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Lucy
Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA

When my friend Marc Shulman told me he'd be joining The Pine Hill Project for a short west coast tour, I was happy to hear that they'd be coming to Portland while I was staying there. Not only would I get to enjoy an evening of great music, I'd also get the opportunity to do something I rarely do: photograph people, specifically +Lucy Kaplansky and +Richard Shindell who conceived The Pine Hill Project last year and funded the recording of their album through Kickstarter.

Lucy and Richard are both exceptional singer/songwriters with many albums and credits, and the blend of their two voices together is exquisite. Accompanied by the lush atmospheric tones that Marc coaxes from his guitar, it made for an evening of beautiful music. 

The most difficult aspect of photographing them was staying out of the way. The Alberta Rose Theatre is a small, intimate venue and if I moved around it would be distracting to the audience as well as the performers. Not wanting to be the obnoxious guy with the camera, I planted myself in a seat that I thought would offer the best vantage point and discreetly shot from there. It may not have been ideal, but I got some shots I liked and seemed to go unnoticed by audience and musicians.

If you're not familiar with Lucy's and Richard's music, do your ears a favor and check out The Pine Hill Project at https://pinehillproject.bandcamp.com.
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Faith
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA
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Psalm
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

Number four in the Hanalei Pier Study...and my personal favorite.
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Resolution
Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

Number two in the Hanalei Pier study.
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I'll state the obvious first: There's nothing inherently special about this picture. In fact, it's just a snap from my phone, shot while hiking one of my favorite trails at Point Reyes National Seashore. The location on the other hand is as spectacular as they come. Miles of unspoiled Pacific coastline where cliffs rise up from the ocean and sandy beaches invite animals of all sorts to rest, play and appreciate all that nature shares with us.

But there are often limits to that sharing, which brings me to what is special about this random snapshot: The cliff on which I stood as I lifted my phone to click the shutter button no longer exists. Yesterday it collapsed into a pile of rocks and claimed the life of one hiker and seriously injured another. Two souls out for a hike who happened to be at what always seemed to me the right place, but definitely at the wrong time. In a matter of seconds, Arch Rock was no more.

The last time I was there it didn't occur to me that the spot where I often found myself sitting 60 feet above the Pacific Ocean contemplating life, freeing my mind of troubles or simply enjoying the view while spending a day on the trail would disappear someday. And that is why I'm writing this today.

Most of us have our lists of places we want to see during this lifetime - places that we've heard about, seen in pictures or movies, or just want to see with our own eyes.If we're fortunate with time, finances, planning and schedules, and all of the other factors that go into getting our butts out the door to someplace new, we get slowly cross them off the list. We rarely consider that by the time we're ready to go, they may be gone.

So that place you've always been wanting to go? Get going. Nature isn't waiting for you. Neither are the developers, miners and other opportunists who see nature as a resource to exploit for their own profit. Delicate Arch, Half Dome, The Great Barrier Reef...they've all been around as long as we've been alive, but there's a good chance that some of us may outlive one or more of these icons. It may seem hard to fathom, but that's just the way it is. Arch Rock was still standing above the Pacific Ocean when I woke up yesterday. It was gone by the time I went to sleep last night. 
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Now, nobody lives forever
Nothin' stands the test of time
Oh, you heard 'em say "never say never"
But it's always best to keep it in mind
That every tower ever built tumbles
No matter how strong, no matter how tall
Someday even great walls will crumble
And every idol ever raised falls
And someday even man's best laid plans
Will lie twisted and covered in rust
When we've done all that we can but it slipped through our hands
And it's ashes to ashes and dust to dust
-Steve Earle
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Indeed it can be. Thanks +Steve Hambley. 
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My passion for photography grew from my love of nature and hiking. I find peace and beauty in the natural world and I attempt to bring some of that back into the everyday world through photography.
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