I had never been to Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon so on our mini driving vacation Mark and I decided to go. The closest town is Mitchel, so small that we drove through it twice looking for its charm, which was difficult to find especially with road construction taking over one of its two block Main Street.
When arriving at Painted Hills I was disappointed that we couldn't walk into it but instead had to stay behind the fence. The blend of colors and textures reminded me of Artists Palette in Death Valley. The ground however was much softer and therefore easier to disturb.
I spent awhile finding the perfect location to capture its essence with my iPhone and its limited capabilities, I really wanted to jump the fence and get right into it but also knew it was the wrong thing to do as I appreciated the lack of footprints on the fragile landscape.
I love the texture in the foreground and the clouds were incredible. The image might be a bit too 1/3 divided for my taste however.
Pro HDR on tripod with legs as short as possible
So I decided to go on this aggressive hike up to a summit just east of Smith Rock State Park in OR. Hiking poles were needed so no tripod was allowed. Of course my iPhone was in my pocket for many reasons.
The hike was hot, the hill steep and the scenery beautiful. I took a pano from the top with the native camera panoramic option, see my Facebook page.
This image was captured as 4 ProHDR images, blended together with AutoStiched and processed with Snspseed.
I can't tell how steady the camera was held when viewing the photo on my iPhone but I do know the image was incredible to take as the clouds and light were dramatic.
As I sit here under the tree still near the summit, I am posting to my blog. And this is why I love iPhoneography!
The east coast trip with my dad sadly ended today. On the final day we toured Colonial Williamsburg. It was a great education in 18th century Virginia.
Our forefathers were wonderful men and women who believed in a better way to live. The courageously fought for those freedoms and beliefs. They were politicians, presidents, scholars, slave owners, educated and above all farmers.
Children unlike today were required to be part of the running household.
In my heart I know this was a better way to be a family - strong, united and needed - loved, cared for and guided.
Today I used Autopainter as my painterly effect filter.
Times in my own world with my camera and creativity are full of playful moments. I am known for my self portraits of "my backside" and regularly search for a creative playful way to capture them.
While on the swinging suspension bridge at 5280' on top of Grandfather Mountain I took advantage of the foggy weather to capture this image.
FX Photo Studio
My dad and I spent the last two days touring the North Carolina Outer Banks. I had never been before and enjoyed many of the lighthouses and sights.
Here are a few highlights.
BTW we were one of the first people to get the first ever public your of the Bodie Lighthouse that just opened to the public today. The images from inside were so much fun to capture even without my tripod as they were not allowed.
Today I arrived to the outer banks for the first time. It felt great to have sand between my toes again.
One of my goals while visiting is to capture the lighthouses along the way.
This one is from Cape Hatteras. The processing technic was inspired by some art in the motel I am staying at.
My dad is a patriot through and through. He has proudly admired many of the monuments and museums throughout DC, spoke of the pride he has for our founding fathers and those who have served in our countries military, and walked through homes, cemeteries and military colleges along our journey.
Everyday he appreciates the journey he so proudly says to all I gifted him.
Yesterday we were driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway and decided it was time to eat some dinner. The closest big town was Lexington, VA so down went went to find some grub. My dad, using his iPad, gave me turn by turn directions all while using Yelp to find us a great place to eat.
He found a wonderful location outside in the warm 75 degree air. He eat a creole pork and clam dish and I had homemade butternut squash ravioli - they were both delicious. To finish the meal we shared a hazelnut cheesecake that my dad savored every bite.
Then we took a walk to the Virginia Military Institute where the students in white uniforms politely gave us directions.
My dad once again expressed how much he appreciated our country, those that serve and me for providing him with these opportunities.
You're very welcome dad! What a great journey it has been!