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Scott Smorra
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"Winter's Warmth II"  Snow, ice and golden light in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon, February 2014.  Please enjoy and share!

This is another image from the Columbia River Gorge during the cold and snow in February 2013, with +Jordan Ek.  It was a really fun morning out there, but I have never been so cold in my life!  The previous image I posted was titled Winter's Warmth which is a slightly different comp.

For those of you who are curious, the ice on the bottom of the creek (look closely at the foreground of the image) is called frazil ice. This type of ice actually forms on the surface of of the creeks when the air temperature is extremely cold. When the air temp is below freezing, the surface of the water releases heat into the air and the water briefly becomes supercooled (less than 32 degrees). This supercooling allows ice crystals to rapidly form on the surface. Then the turbulence of the water column can push the frazil ice crystals to the bottom of the stream, where they can adhere to the upstream side of rocks, logs and other objects. Ice usually floats, but the small size of frazil ice crystals and the force of the current allows it to be carried to the bottom. The foreground frazil ice formations on the right hand side of this image are on the upstream side of a medium size rock that was just outside of the frame in the lower right hand corner. Pretty cool!

Thanks for taking a look and for any comments you have.
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Turned out great
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"Radiant Glow" Sunrise alpenglow on Steens Mountain from Borax Hot Springs. Alvord Desert, Oregon. The air temp that morning was 5 degrees F, which is by far the coldest temp I have ever experienced!  The quietness of this area was something that caught me by surprise. The only sounds I heard that morning were the occasional bubbles rising in the hot spring. This made for a very peaceful and relaxing morning.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 12-24mm, polarizer
2 exposure blend for DOF. 1.6 sec at f/16, ISO 100.

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#pacificnorthwest #landscapephotography #landscapephoto #hotsprings #desertphotography   #oregon  
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"Recovery"  Sunrise alpenglow and peak summer wildflowers at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington.

Thirty three years after the eruption which shot ash 80,000 feet into the air and flattened 230 square miles of forest, this area is undergoing a remarkable recovery. The wildflowers are now blooming every summer and small trees are starting to take root once again. All of the vegetation that is seen in this image is natural, since no replanting has occurred within the National Volcanic Monument. Experts believe that in 200-500 years, in the absence of another massive eruption, the area will return to the pre-1980 old growth forest. I doubt this view of the mountain will exist in a few hundred years, since an old growth forest would likely block the view of the mountain. When thinking about it in those terms, I guess this image is somewhat unique!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24mm at 19mm, no filters
4 image blend for DOF and flower motion
1/8 sec at f/9, ISO 100 for the sky, mountain and valley
1/50 sec at f/16, ISO 800 for the foreground flowers

Please enjoy and share!  #landscapephotography #mountsthelens #volcanophotography #washingtonstate #fridaygetaway #mountainphotography #mountainmonday   #volcanophotography  
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"The Tranquil Garden"  Peak fall colors on a quiet morning at the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR.

A few weeks ago, I spent a very peaceful morning capturing the fall colors at the Portland Japanese Garden. This place is beautiful any time of year, but I especially enjoy the colors here during the fall. The mix of color and the bridge/stream really caught my eye here. I captured this image a few minutes after my previous post titled "Maple Twist"

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120 at 38mm, polarizer
3 image blend for DOF,
1.6 sec at f/16, ISO 100 x3

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Gorgeous photograph +Scott Smorra. Averitable palette of colors.
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"Autumn Light"  Sunrise alpenglow on Mt Adams and early fall colors near Trout Lake, Washington.

Last weekend I made it out to the Mt Adams area with my friend and fellow photographer Jordan Ek (check out his profile if you have a chance). We were a bit early for the peak of the fall colors, but we were lucky enough to have one of the only clouds in the sky directly above Mt Adams right at sunrise. A light layer of frost also brought out some texture in the foreground grass.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm at 65mm, polarizer (very slight polarization)
6 image blend for DOF
-5 for the foreground grass - 1/30 sec at f/11, ISO 400
-1 image the the trees, mountain and sky - 1/10 sec at f/8, ISO 100

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Wonderful.  Thanks.
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"Winter's Warmth"  Snow, ice and golden light deep in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon, February 2014.  Please enjoy and share!

In early February, the Pacific Northwest received the most significant low level snow since 2008. Luckily I-84, which provides access to the Oregon side of the gorge, remained open throughout the storm. After reviewing the snow forecast and road conditions with my friend Jordan Ek, we decided to head out to the gorge to see if we could make it all the way up to this location.

When we arrived at the trailhead and stepped out of the truck into 10 inches of fresh powder, we knew it was going to be a fun hike. We had no idea if it would be possible to reach this location with all of the snow, ice and high water, but we decided to give it a try. It was definitely a challenging hike, but when we finally made it to this part of the canyon, we were amazed by all of the beautiful ice.

We had a blast shooting this location, but it was damn cold! The air temperature that morning was about 20 degrees and I'm guessing the water in the creek was just a hair over 32 degrees. The water in the creek was so cold that it was actually freezing on the top and frazil ice was collecting on the bottom of the creek! Our tripods did not fare well in the cold water, since the ice completely locked them up after about 20 minutes of shooting. Mine got stuck at about 3 feet off the ground and Jordan's was stuck about 4.5 feet. After standing in the water (with waders on) for about 2 hours we could hardly feel our feet. Once the feet went numb, we decided it would be best to start heading back to the truck, since toes are probably worth more than images! This was definitely one of my most memorable trips to the gorge!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 16-35, polarizer.
3 image blend for DOF, 1.6 sec at f/16, ISO 100 x3
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Wow.! That is awsome!
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I just finished a new blog post with my favorite images from 2013.   Check it out if you have a chance and please let me know which images are YOUR favorites.  Enjoy and share!

#landscapephotography #landscapephoto #bestof2013 #photography #pacificnorthwest #fridaygetaway #icelandscapes #icelandphotography #iceland2013  
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Great collection scott. Mossy grotto, hood with flowers and st helens are my faves. You definitely had a very productive year!
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"Fire Tree" Fall colors at the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR.

I really enjoyed spending a morning at the Japanese Garden in October. I spent almost 4 hours in the garden, but I was so engaged while capturing images that it felt like 30 minutes. The colors and shapes in this tree really caught my eye that morning. The incredible colors made it appear that the tree was on fire.  I hope you enjoy the image.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120 at 100mm, polarizer
4 image blend for DOF of the tree/leaves
0.6sec at f/11, ISO 200 x4

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Another beauty.
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Scott Smorra, the garden is beautiful. I appreciate your information. Have a good weekend.
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"Maple Twist"  Fall colors at the famous Japanese Maple in the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR.

I've lived in Portland for years, but I've never been able to catch this tree at the peak of the fall colors. I was a bit late this year, but I'm pleased with how the image turned out. On the morning I visited the Japanese Garden, a slight breeze was rapidly knocking the leaves off this tree. The one good thing about the falling leaves is that they created a nice carpet of color beneath the tree.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 16-35mm, polarizer
4 image blend for DOF
4 sec at f/16, ISO 100 x4

Thanks for taking a look and for any comments you have.  Please enjoy and share!
#portlandoregon #landscapephotography #portlandjapanesegardens #japanesemaple  
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Gorgeous color, interesting tree.  Thanks for sharing.
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Fine Art Landscape Photography
My name is Scott Smorra and I am an amateur photographer based in Portland, Oregon. I primarily create landscape images of the beautiful wilderness areas of North America. My goal is not to merely document nature in a photo journalistic style, but rather to capture the beauty, emotions and moods of nature. I view photography as an artistic medium and use a variety of techniques both during image capture and in Photoshop to help achieve my personal vision for each photograph. I hope when you view my photographs, you feel some of the emotions which I experience while traveling through the wilderness. I currently use Nikon digital SLR cameras and a variety of Nikkor lenses.
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