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 an elegant natural composition. Fortunately for Landscape photographers like myself, there are many areas in Oregon’s Old Cascades which are loaded with wildflowers and also have views of Mt. Jefferson. I’ve scouted in the Old Cascades countless times in the past and frankly, I’ve never captured a fine art Landscape print from the west side of Mt. Jefferson that is as stunning as this amazing photograph which I am about to release.
Mt. Jefferson, Oregon
On the Fourth of July, 2014, My Wife, Debbie, My daughter, Emma and I were driving home from Portland after a soccer game and we chose to drive home over Santiam Pass. Santiam Pass is always a pleasant drive but on this day it was amazing. I noticed amazing lenticular cloud formations forming over the Central Oregon Cascades and specifically over Mt. Jefferson. I’d been to the exact location that I took this photo only days before and I knew the wildflowers in the Old Cascades were in full bloom. The combination of stacked lenticular clouds layered over Mt.Jefferson’s elegant summit could be a winning combination! I couldn’t talk my wife and daughter into an impromptu hike in the Old Cascades, so I drove them home to Bend, and I immediately returned to this site, just in time. Dense lenticular clouds were magically stacked over Mt. Jefferson and conditions were mercifully windless. I couldn’t believe my good fortune! I quickly composed the scene you see above which includes Red Indian Paintbrush, purple penstemmon, Lupine and plentiful and whimsical Beargrass, all of them at their peak of color! To my back were clear skies, adding extra light to the scene and thankfully decreasing my exposure times.
I know I’ll get lots of questions about this Print, so let me try to be proactive and answer some ahead of time.
-Does this sort of sunset happen often over Mt. Jefferson? No!
-What kind of filter did I use? None, seriously. It was a rare combination of natural light that makes this beautiful print special.
-Where was this taken? I’m not telling! This is a public but sensitive area, so I won’t share but someone could figure it out with some minimal internet research.
- What time of year was this taken? July 4th!
How many exposures were used to make this image? One, honestly! If you were standing beside me, it would have looked exactly like what you see in this fine art photograph.
The first print of this image is on its way and will be officially released October 3rd, 2014. I can’t wait. I love capturing special places in beautiful lighting conditions and this Print of Mt. Jefferson was certainly captured under some stunning natural lighting conditions. I hope you all enjoy my newest fine art print. Please leave any comments below and if you’d like to order a fine art print of this beautiful scene, please email me at info@mikeputnamphoto or call me directly at 541-610-4815
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Proxy Falls is the kind of waterfall one never forgets. It is frequently included on lists of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. I’ve traveled to Proxy falls countless times in the last 15 years, including five times this past summer, purely for the sake of capturing the photograph you see below. Multiple times I was virtually washed away by monsoon like spray caused by heavy spring snow melt. Other times I simply missed my mark. On the day I captured what will be my next fine art print, I actually wore fly fishing waders because I knew I would be spending extended periods of time wading knee deep in frigid mountain water while focusing and adjusting my 4×5 large format film camera.
Proxy Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness Area, Oregon
Proxy Falls is located on Oregon highway 242, west of Mckenzie Pass. The parking area is clearly marked as is the trail head. The short 2 mile loop winds through moss covered lava fields and stunning old growth forests. Spring brings wonderful displays of rhododendron and beargrass blooms while fall is celebrated with the oranges and reds of vine maples in their autumnal finery. The smaller and less heralded Upper Proxy Falls is also a worthy side hike on the Proxy Falls loop.
I worked extremely hard to get what I think will be one of my more popular fine art prints. Aside from the satisfaction that comes from completing an arduous task, I’m excited about the aesthetics of this Landscape photograph. The Hint of color on the submerged rock at the bottom of the image as well as the verdant moss covered rocks make for an excellent foreground. The downed log in the mid ground adds an attractive diagonal line as well as some textural diversity to this landscape print. Finally, this photo has as good of a background as I’ve ever found for a waterfall photograph. Stunning lines and textures of water cascading 226 feet over volcanic basalt columns. I love the combination of visual scenery that this beautiful Oregon waterfall provides and I can’t wait to have my first large prints of this amazing waterfall framed.
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Hello Photography friends! After a two month sabbatical, from First Friday festivities, I will be back with with new Fine art prints at my familiar haunt, of Patagonia of Bend. Patagonia of Bend is located at 920 NW Bond Street, in Downtown Bend, Oregon.Fall Art Hop and my show will take place this Friday, 10/7/2011. I’ll be in the store from 5:00 PM until about 9:00PM. Rumor has it that the affable owner of Patagonia of Bend, Rod Bien, will be providing his signature frosted animal cookies and some only slightly toxic white wines, for free! I’ll be showing some new prints including the image of Tumalo Falls with summer wildflowers seen below. This Tumalo falls photograph is printed, framed and ready to show. It is definitely my favorite summer image of Tumalo Falls, and I think my collerctors will love it!
Bend Oregon's Tumalo Falls with summer wildflowers
The diversity of color and texture make this a visually stunning print. Because of the heavy snow fall in the Central Oregon Cascades last winter, Tumalo Falls’ flow was the highest I’ve seen it last summer, so it will be all but impossible to duplicate this wildflower and waterfall Photograph.
The following image of Paulina Peak, Paulina Lake and the Central Oregon Cascades as seen from the Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument will also be premiered during Bend’s First Friday Art Hop.
Newberry Crater and Paulina Lake
This Newberry Crater/Paulina Lake is one I’ve been trying to capture for two years. Until now I’d been foiled by snow,clouds, wind, you name it, I’ve been beaten by it, until now! A wonderfully colorful sunrise against the pinnacles of Paulina Peak, heavy snow cover on Mt. Bachelor and the distant Three Sisters, and the misty shores of Paulina Lake far below make this landscape photograph worthy of all my efforts. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do!
One of my favorite Prints and one that I have shown very lightly is from Canyon Creek Meadow, at the base of Central Oregon’s Three Fingered Jack. The Canyon Creek Meadow hike is one of my favorites in the Bend area and this is one of the most flower filled landscape photographs I’ve seen. There are always lots of lupines in Canyon Creek Meadow but the year of this photo was exceptional. It was simply the best and most dense stand of Lupines I’ve ever seen.
Canyon Creek Meadow hike
Another lightly shown image in my collection of Landscape photographs is from Bend’s beautiful Deschutes River Trail. The Deschutes River runs through the middle of my beautiful hometown of Bend, and the Deschutes River Trail parallels much of the Deschutes River. The section of the river trail seen in this stunning autumnal image is located south of the city of Bend. This photograph was captured last fall, perhaps the best year for fall color along the Deschutes River that I’ve ever witnessed.
Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon
The fact that such beautiful scenery can be found just minutes from the city of Bend makes me feel lucky to live here!
I haven’t yet decided which additional prints I will display during the First Friday Art Hop, but the following image of the Oregon cascades is a leading candidate as it captures what I think is the best composition of Oregon’s beautiful Cascade mountains.
Oregon Cascade Mountains
Please, if you are out this Friday(10/7/2011), stop by Patagonia@Bend and say hello! I look forward to seeing some of my photography friends and to meeting some new ones.
See you Friday Night,
The Cascade Lakes Highway near Bend,Oregon is arguably one of the prettiest drives in the United States and is filled with outdoor adventure options. Fishing, skiing at Mt. Bachelor, cross country skiing from Dutchman Flat, hiking, climbing, and of course photography. Every year I make several photographic journeys along the cascade lakes highway, so I decided to spotlight some images that emphasize this area’s impressive beauty. Sparks Lake is a favorite location of many photographers and I am no exception. I have to start my exploration of this ara with an image of one of one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. It was the sort of scene which makes me nervous with excitement. Part of what makes this one of the favorite images in my portfolio is that Debbie and Emma were there to share in this exquisite scene. Emma to this day refers to this image as “Froggy Lake” because of all the frogs she and Debbie studied that evening.
Sparks Lake Sunset
The following image is another taken with Emma, but it required more effort than the previous image. This was a scene I scouted while sea kayaking on Sparks Lake with my good friend, Mike Croxford, AKA “Old Mike”. Therefore, the next morning, I awoke long before sunrise, scooped Emma out of bed in her footy pajamas and we drove to Sparks Lake where I made trips awding back and forth in waist deep water carrying gear and Emma to a small island, where this shot was taken. I was consumed with the scene and Emma was consumed with sleep. She quickly fell asleep on my down jacket(see Columbia River Gorge entry) while I worked the scene. Soon the light became too harsh and hummingbirds frantically worked the scene as I had moments before.
Sparks Lake Garden
The next two images are both of Mt. Bachelor as seen earlier this summer along the shores of Sparks Lake. the first displays a channel of water gracefully coursing through a field of buttercups, one of the first flowers to announce the arrival of spring along the cascade lakes highway.
Mt. Bachelor and Buttercups
The following image is of Mt. Bachelor fronted by a foreground of Mountain Heather Blooming on small islands adjacent to the shores of Sparks Lake. This specific area of Sparks Lake is in my experience, essentially a holding basin designed by mosquitos in order to exsanguinate crazed landscape photographers, namely myself.
Mt. Bachelor and Mountain Heather Islands in Sparks Lake
From this image I move along to another of my favorite cascade lakes, Elk Lake. Elk Lake has more developed areas and is famed for a small but relatively stable population of sail boats residing there. My favorite area of the lake is the “south beach” area, cleverly named for the fact that it is on the south shore and has a beach and not because is sports art deco architecture, palm trees, or a prominent fashion district. The following image was captured near south beach with South Sister Mountain in the background. The most difficult part of capturing this image was waiting for the dozens of hummingbirds to clear the scene before exposing my film. Had I not waited the hummingbirds would have been represented by an unattractive blur due to the long exposure times I usually utilize with my large format camera.
South Sister, Elk Lake, and wildflowers
Next is an image taken this July showing a foreground of columbine, where I fought a similar duel against dive-bombing hummingbirds repeatedly invading my shot. I especially like the early morning fog breaking up the scene, adding to this landscape photograph.
South Sister, Elk Lake, and Columbine along the Cascade Lakes Highway.
Finally I’ll conclude with a Sparks Lake shot taken earlier this summer at sunrise. Another stunning light show at a truly beautiful location for landscape photography in Central Oregon.
Sparks Lake sunrise with South Sister and Broken Top