As an aspiring landscape photographer, I have the opportunity to explore less traveled parks and remote wilderness areas. This blog shares of my "notes from the field," including photography techniques, hiking tips and lessons learned the hard way ... like the time I fell through the ice in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park. I welcome your comments and thank you for visiting our site. Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer, Field Photographer
"There's something about the Pacific Northwest, the scale of it, and the fact that not so long ago people came here and died getting here, and then died the first winter they were here. There's this breathtaking beauty, just a little bit of moss on the tree, just this little thread of danger, and the sinister. And I really like that." - Chelsea Cain
Returning from a four day photography trek on the Oregon coast, I feel like such an ingrate.
Barring disc failure or other technical problems, I'm confident that we have a solid crop of coastal images and a few real "keepers." At the same time, I'm struck by the realization that we only scratched the surface in our whirlwind trip centered at iconic Bandon Beach (Bandon State Natural Area). In fact, I now realize one could spend a lifetime hiking and exploring photo opportunities in this scenic stretch of the Pacific Coast.
In this five part series, we'll share our travel itinerary, some field notes and favorite images. Our itinerary is by no means the recommended way to photograph the coast, but rather a possible place to start for some longer and better considered trip planning:
Day 1: Fly from Phoenix to Portland and drive to Bandon Beach- the two hours in dense fog.
Days 2 and 3: Bandon Beach
Day 4: Port Orford, Cape Blanco and Bandon Beach
Day 5: Oregon Dunes, Devil's Punch Bowl and Cannon Beach
Day 6: Drive from Cannon Beach to Portland and return flight to Phoenix
We gracefully acknowledge The Photographer's Guide to the Oregon Coast, an invaluable book by David Middleton and Rod Barbee.
Our next postings will share more photos and notes on the ever changing Oregon weather, the Oregon Dunes, a celebration of color and some monochromatic images.
Special thanks to my brother and fellow photographer, Brian Reinkensmeyer; my son, David, and his friend, Ashley, for their wonderful company and support throughout the trip.
Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer
Related postings: Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore, California; Landscape Photography Podcast; Impending Coastal Storm: California Landscape Photography, Lighthouses and Piers: Ten Tips for Coastal Photography and Natural Coastline Shift.
Our photo, Sunflower Graced Mountain Road, has been named as a Judges' Favorite in the AAA Highroads Arizona Wild Flowers photography contest.
One of my colleagues and a fellow photographer was kind enough to tell me about this scenic area just North of Wupakti Look Road, near Flagstaff, Arizona. This road leads to Sunset Crater Volcanic National Monument, a unique geological wonderland of volcanic cinder fields. We were delighted to hike this scenic hillside in the aftermath of heavy monsoon rains, which support vibrant plant life in Northern Arizona mountains.
Our visit to this site is memorable, not only due to the abundant Sunflowers, but also given the extremely windy conditions on that day. During most of our hike, it was not possible to photograph detailed landscape scene having an extended depth of field, at least not without moving to unacceptably high ISO camera settings, e.g., 1,600 and above.
After fighting the wind and these technical limitations for some time, I decided to photography a series of time exposures depicting the raw energy of sunflowers in motion. For more information on the time exposures and wildlife photography, see Photography on a Windy Hillside.
My sincere thanks to the contest judges at AAA Highroads for their recognition of my wild flower photography.
Today, I’m honored to have one of my photos used as artwork on New Zealand born Composer Annea Lockwood’s Ground of Being CD album cover. An Emeritus Professor at Vassar University, Ms. Lockwood creates music from sounds in nature – wind, water and rocks - and “found instruments.”
Her expansive body of work explores unique acoustic and electronic instrument sounds in natural settings. The album is available at http://www.recitalprogram.com/ground-of-being/.
The featured photo, Nature’s Grand Design, is apropos for sounds in nature, showing a cross section of striated Navajo Sandstone at the iconic Wave, North Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, Arizona-Utah Border. This same image was featured in Capture My Arizona’s 2013 calendar.
For more information on the unique geology of the Wave and nearby areas, see: The Wave: Landscape Photography in a Geological Wonderland; White Pocket Landscape Photography: Weather on the Plateau; Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona and Utah – Lake Powell.
< Nature's Grand Design, Striated Navajo Sandstone, Capture My Arizona Photo of the Day, Nikon D70 0.3s at f/25
My thanks to Producer Sean McCann (Recital Records) and Ms. Lockwood for the opportunity to be part of such a creative, far reaching project.
< The Wave, Nikon D70, 1/15 at f/22
Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer
Another first for your's truly: I've just been been interviewed for a podcast on landscape photography. This is the third podcast in a new series from Lens and Landscape. Earlier podcasts have addressed astrophotography and various facets of nature photography.
My interview delves into favorite shooting and hiking locations like White Sands National Park, Vermilion Cliffs (Arizona-Utah border) and the Oregon coast; getting your images published; composition; and pre-visualization.
- Misty Morning Surf, Maui, Hawaii
My sincere thanks to Fred Weymouth, the founder of Lens and Landscape and an avid photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. Fred tells me that many other podcasts are in the works, addressing a wide array of photography trends and techniques.
Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer
Related posts: Natural Coastline Shift: Big Beach, Maui, Hawaii; New Mexico Landscape Photography, Part 1: White Sands Dunes to Carlsbad Caverns; Grand Staircase - Escalante Photography Part 2: Zebra Canyon & Red Breaks; and The Wave: Landscape Photography in a Geological Wonderland.
We’re pleased to present a new line of sweatshirts from People’s Choice Apparel (PCA), featuring some of our favorite photographs. The full collection of my photo shirts can be found at: http://www.peopleschoiceapparel.com/marcus-reinkensmeyer.html.
As a part-time landscape photographer, I‘ve never had the time or the expertise needed to actively market my images outside of traditional publication channels such as magazines, calendars and prints. The folks at People’s Choice Apparel have opened up a whole new world of possibilities, as they are now my work on offering phone cases as well as various styles of shirts.
Located in Los Angeles, this family owned business produces tasteful, high quality customized merchandise at reasonable prices. I’m grateful to work with the PCA team, given their strong sense of design and deep commitment to customer service.
- The Havasu Falls shows the cascading waters and pools at the foot of this iconic waterfall, located in a side canyon of the Grand Canyon. Everyone asks about the blue waters, which may look “fake” unless you visited in the falls in person. The crystal clear waters really do appear to be a lovely blue-green color, as the rock and sand in this area is made of a crisp white Bicarbonate mineral. A great hiking area, with other water falls down stream leading to the Colorado River.
- With the low tide at Cannon Beach, Oregon, tidal pools made for wonderful reflections and abstract patterns in the sand. At sundown, what a great way to end an perfect day, with the ever changing weather so typical of the Pacific Coast. This shoot always holds special memories, as I brought my lovely to for the weekend, celebrating our 30th Anniversary.
- The image Cathedral Rock was taken on New Year’s Day, when the iconic Sedona red rock was blanketed in snow and ice. We lucked out on that day, as we were actually heading up to Flagstaff, Arizona, but decided to make “a quick stop” in Sedona.
My sincere thanks to People’s Choice Apparel for the opportunity to present my photography and to all of you for your continuing support.
Related posts: Snow Laced Sedona, Whirlwind Photography Trek: Arizona & Utah – Part 2 Havasupai Falls; Coastal Photography: Point Reyes National Seashore, California; Lighthouses and Piers: Ten Tips for Coastal Photography.
Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer
Landscape photography techniques, photo expedition travel planning and hiking tips.