New Cannon Beach Fine Art Photograph!

One of my stated photography goals for 2015 is to capture some photographs of the Oregon Coast that are worthy of being in my fine art portfolio.  In the back of my mind I felt like three new prints of the Oregon Coast captured during 2015 would be a good start.  Because I am a very involved father and because I am the husband of a hard working owner of Bend, Oregon’s newest Veterinary clinic, Riverside Animal Hospital, and because I live over three hours from the Oregon Coast, I knew that three new prints would be a lofty goal.

Well, I got lucky!  After playing soccer dad for my wonderful daughter, Emma, she and I decided to spend the night at the Oregon Coast.  Because her soccer game had been in Portland,  the Oregon coastal community of Cannon Beach was a close( and attractive) option.  We booked a hotel room and left Oregon’s biggest city for Cannon Beach.

Cannon Beach Sunset, Oregon Coast

Tide Pool Sunset, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Th Oregon Coast is undeniably beautiful but I have an admission to make…….I am more of a mountain person than a beach person.  I enjoy the Oregon Coast immensely but because our home is in Bend, near the Cascade Mountains, I find it hard to leave home.  Bend is blessed with countless mountain oriented entertainment and the Oregon Coast is….. over three hours away.  Well when Emma and I were at Cannon Beach something wonderful and enchanting happened.  My daughter morphed from a smart, hard-working, athletic, funny 12 year-old to a frolicking, giddy, beautiful 6 year old.  She was a giddy cart-wheeling pixie and I was a beaming blissful father.  I couldn’t have felt luckier.  I captured the above fine art photograph with my large format camera after a 70 degree day filled with  cavorting on Cannon Beach.  Not Bad! The sunset was stunning, as you can see.  I had a pre-conceived composition, which completely went out the window as the sun sank low over the Pacific Ocean.  Cannon Beach’s iconic Haystack Rock couldn’t share the frame with the brilliant sunset.  I quickly re-commposed several times before I found this “Ahhh-Hahhh” composition.  The placid tide pool reflecting purple skies backed by Cannon Beach’s Pinnacles made for an elegant setting.  I was ecstatic as I stared at the ground glass of my large format 4×5 film camera.  This fine art photograph captures some of what makes the Oregon Coast special.  Tide pools, sea stacks, and gorgeous sunsets.Emma, as always, was instrumental in my happiness on this evening but she was also helpful in allowing me to capture this fine art photograph.  On several occasions, she detoured beach walkers out of the scene so that I could captured Cannon Beach at its best, and people free.  Thank-You Emma!

After our wonderful but short visit  to Cannon Beach, I  developed a new appreciation of the Oregon Coast and its happiness-inducing powers.  Any place that can make a 12 years -old do involuntary cart- wheels for hours on end is worth re-visiting!

Cannon Beach Cartwheel, Emma Putnam.

Cannon Beach Cartwheel, Emma Putnam.

Riverside Animal Hospital!

Riverside Animal Hospital

I’m thrilled to announce that my fine art landscape photographs are  currently being exhibited at the recently opened Riverside Animal Hospital, located at 25 NW Olney Avenue in Bend, Oregon.  Riverside Animal Hospital is located in the same building where Deschutes Veterinary Clinic was formerly located.  Although some of the employees are the same, this [...]

New photo of the John Day Painted Hills!

John Day Painted Hills

The Painted Hill of John Day have mesmerized geologists and paleontologists for generations.  The Painted Hills themselves, have been adored by photographers since the development of the camera. I make a photographic pilgrimage to the Painted Hills of John Day, in hopes of capturing a fine art photograph, just like the one you see below! [...]

Print Donation for Highland Elementary School

Friends and family of mine are well aware that my wonderful daughter, Emma, attended the Highland Magnet School at Kenwood, located just blocks away from our home in Bend, Oregon.  Highland is a K-5th grade school that incorporates the Scottish Storyline method of teaching.  I can’t say enough positive things about this wonderful school and [...]

New Mt Rainier National Park Fine Art Photograph!

Mt Rainier National Park

As many of you know, I live in Bend, Oregon, the hub of Central Oregon and One of the most amazing regions of the United States.  As a professional landscape photographer, there are countless photo opportunities in the Bend area so leaving Central Oregon for work reasons can be hard to justify.  A quick visit [...]

The Best new Oregon Landscape Photos for 2014!

Metolius River

I’ve never done a year in review post before and frankly, the idea scared me.  Not because I am not proud of my work, I am quite proud.  My trepidation stemmed from the fact that, in most years, I don’t put out a lot of new work.  Please don’t perceive this “lack of new work” [...]

Oregon’s magical Tamolitch Pool, aka, the “Blue Pool”!

Tamolitch Pool, AKA the Blue Pool on the McKenzie River

This past year, I have found myself gravitating towards photography locations that have lured me in a a spiritual way.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always felt spiritual sensations when in the presence of natural beauty but in past years, I’ve primarily been drawn to grand landscapes…think dramatic clouds, snow-covered mountains with wildflower filled foregrounds. [...]

Beautiful New Metolius River Print!

I will be unveiling a new fine art photograph at tomorrow(11/7/14) nights First Friday Art Walk and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have loved the Metolius River since the first time I explored its shores but frankly, it is a river whose exceptional beauty is photographically elusive. Old growth conifers, brilliantly colored water, verdant [...]

Top 10 Fall color Hikes in the Bend, Oregon area!

Tamolitch Pool, aka "The Blue Pool"

I’ve probably thought about this list of the best fall color hikes in the Bend, Oregon area way too much.  I love Bend and the Central Oregon area as much as anyone and as a landscape photographer, I’ve done an extraordinary amount of hiking and scouting in the Bend area for photography purposes.  So, with [...]

Oregon’s Beautiful Mt. Jefferson!

Oregon's Beautiful Mount Jefferson

Oregon’s Mt. Jefferson is quite possibly my favorite mountain in the world.  Mt. Jefferson is stunning, rugged and remote.  It holds lots of snow in summer which tends to make it more photogenic than some other Oregon volcanoes.  Also, it is loaded with wildflowers.  Mt. Jefferson, when viewed from the west and looking east, has [...]