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Scott Smorra
Attended University of Arizona
Lives in Portland, Oregon, USA
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"Frigid"  Early morning light at Borax Hot Springs in the Alvord Desert of Oregon. The extremely cold air temperature helped create a thick layer of hoarfrost on the grasses surrounding the hot spring. The air temperature that morning was 5 degrees F and the hot spring water was 180 degrees F.

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.

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Beautiful!!
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"Cascade Light"  Ice, snow and the first rays of sunrise light on Mt Jefferson, Mt Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon.

This is another image from an early season backpacking trip to Jefferson Park several weeks ago with my buddy Jordan Ek. The overnight temp was in the mid 20s that night and the small pool near the lake completely froze over. I'm definitely happy that I had the chance to visit Jefferson Park during early season conditions. All of the snow and ice transforms this area into a completely different landscape.

Thanks in advance for any comments you have. I really appreciate it!  Please enjoy and share!

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Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24mm, no filters
1/25 sec at f/9, ISO 100 x3 for DOF

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C 'est magnifique.
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"Limitless" The Milky Way and millions of other stars above Mt St. Helens and a field of summer wildflowers. Mt St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington, June 2013. I really enjoyed this particular evening in the mountains. Watching the stars and clouds move over the mountain while listening to the coyotes howling in the valley below was an incredible experience!

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Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24 at 14mm
4 image blend for DOF and dynamic range
10 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200 x3 for the flowers - at twilight
15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200 for the stars and mountain - 45 minutes later

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Beautiful photograph. Stunning! :-)
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If you are interested in purchasing a 12x18" signed/matted print of this image please check out -> MY BLOG http://bit.ly/1gXrHzM. I donated 2 prints to the Art for Oso Photography Auction on Facebook (the other print is "Celestial Existence" https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ScottSmorra/posts if you are interested). All of the proceeds from the sale of the prints will be donated to the Cascade Valley Hospital Relief Fund. This fund has been set up to support those affected by the Oso, Washington Mudslide in March 2014. See the blog for more details. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.   Please enjoy and share!

Today (May 18th) marks the 34th Anniversary of the Mt St Helens eruption which forever changed the landscape around the mountain and claimed the lives of 57 people. The eruption shot ash 80,000 feet into the air and flattened 230 square miles of forest, but 34 years later, 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!

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Very lovely.
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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.
#lanscapephotography #winterphotography #columbiarivergorge #ice #pacificnorthwest #pacificnorthwestphotography #pacificnorthwestphotographers #landscapephoto  
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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.

Please enjoy and share!  Thanks for any comments you have.

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Love the frosty grass.   Beautiful image.
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"Last Light"  An intense sunset along a small stream in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

I created this image on day 5 of a 40 mile backpacking trip through the Wind River Range of Wyoming in August of 2010. To this day, this sunset stands as one of the most incredible sights I have ever seen. I was blown away by the light during this sunset and I had a hard time focusing on making an image! It's always a good feeling when everything comes together right and sunset/sunrise.

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Nikon D80, Nikkor 12-24mm, polarizer
4 sec at f/16, ISO 100
Single exposure, double processed raw file

See more at www.scottsmorraphotography.com  http://bit.ly/1sNjaq9
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Very beautiful landscape 🌅🌄🌅🌄🌅🌄
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"Wandering Stars"  The Milky Way and millions of other stars above Mt Jefferson, Mt Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon.

This is an image from an early season backpacking trip to Jefferson Park several weeks ago with my buddy Jordan Ek. It was a completely moonless night and the stars were absolutely amazing. There was no light pollution at this location, which is an added bonus for central/western Oregon.

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Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24 at 17mm
5 exposure blend for DOF and dyanmic range
2 sec at f/9, ISO 100 x4 for DOF in the foreground water/snow/mountain. These images were captured at ~9:20PM during twilight.
20 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200 for the stars/star reflection. This image was captured 3 hours after sunset at ~12:20AM

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Muito triste meu time perdeu

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"Rowena Sunrise II"  The first rays of sunlight shining down over a field of Arrowleaf Balsamroot at Rowena Crest in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge.

This image was recently featured in the Pushing Reality Photography Exhibition at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon. This gallery show featured an outstanding collection of images which were created in the Columbia River Gorge in 2013.  I sold a matted/framed 12x18" print of the image during the show, which makes this my first ever sale through a gallery!

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BEAUTY AND SENSIBILITY 🍀
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I'm happy to announce three of my images have been selected for the Pushing Reality Photography Exhibition and Sale at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon. If you are interested, you can read more about it on my Blog  http://bit.ly/1o6syT6

"Awake and Dreaming"  The image below is from a beautiful sunrise in the Columbia Hills of Washington a few weeks ago. This year's mix of lupine and Arrowleaf Balsamroot is just about perfect. I was really happy to have a sky which compliments the colors of the flowers in the foreground. I hope you enjoy the image. Thanks in advance for any comments you have. I really appreciate it!  Please enjoy and share!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 14-24mm, no filters
6 image blend for dynamic range and DOF
1/40 sec at f/11, ISO 100 for the sky/hills
1/50 sec at f/13, ISO 400 x5 for the flowers

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Congratulations Scott.....I can see why !!!  Great images.
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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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Marvellous work!
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I just finished a new blog post with my favorite images from 2013.  http://bit.ly/1lmgA59   Check it out if you have a chance and please let me know which images are YOUR favorites.  Enjoy and share!

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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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My name is Scott Smorra and I am a 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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