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Mount Hood Sunrise January 2015

I got an opportunity to head up to Rocky Butte the other day to photograph the sunrise and created this short series of images just as the Sun was peering over the horizon. The first few days of 2015 in the Portland area have been beautifully clear, but cold. It was very foggy on this particular morning, when I headed up to the Butte, I wasn’t sure if I’d see anything because of the fog. But it was lying low so the elevation was perfect for getting some clear images of Mount Hood. I got other images, but my camera is dirty right now, even though I just had it cleaned a couple months ago. If there’s any insight on how often a camera should be cleaned, please provide in the comments section. It seems too soon to have such a dirty sensor on my camera, but none-the-less. Once I get the other images cleaned up, they will be posted here. In the mean time, enjoy these beautiful ones. And please share with your friends.

Peace

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Sunrise Abstracts

Here are a couple images I’ve been mulling over for a couple weeks now. If you can do them correctly, and I probably can’t, closeup images of the Sun over the horizon, at sunrise or sunset, can create some pretty interesting colors and abstract designs. Here are a couple I create recently while up at Rocky Butte in the morning. The first image has the Sun coming up directly over Mount Hood. The Second is the Sun rising over the horizon.

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You can view these images and more by visiting my Viewbug gallery – Emerald Studio Photography

Peace

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Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 5

Well, I have to say I was immensely surprise this morning. It was the first morning in about two weeks that Portland, Oregon has seen a completely clear sky at sunrise. I headed up to Rocky Butte to see if I could cap off my Tracking the Sunrise series, and the surprise came when I saw the Sun peer over the horizon at sunrise, to see that is was so far North of Mount Hood. It has only been a couple weeks, when we last saw the Sun rising just South of Mount Hood, as seen from Rocky Butte. You can see for yourself in the images of this post and what we saw in Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 3 with images from Feb 23. It’s only been 2 1/2 weeks, the Sun sure did travel fast?

Anyway, enjoy this final post of the Tracking the Sunrise series. I’ll more than likely still post Sunrise images, but the next installment of the Tracking the Sunrise series probably won’t appear until next October, when the sun travels back South and again starts to approach Mount Hood.

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Peace

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Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 4

Okay, well, we got a couple days last week where we almost could see the sunrise. The first day, while it was clear out above, on the horizon, and particularly looking out East toward Mount Hood, the clouds were ever present. It made for some interesting images. While they do not necessarily fit here with this Tracking the Sunrise series, they could end up in the Emerald Studio Photo blog at some point in the future.

Today’s post features some images created on February 26, 2014. While with these images we can’t tell exactly where the sun is rising on the horizon in relation to Mount Hood, these might be some pretty cool images anyway? I like them anyhow.

I hope you like them too? Leave a comment, or simply like below. You can also rate this post by voting above. I hope you enjoy these images. PLEASE SHARE! I would love to see new followers, so recommend this blog to your friends. As always, your comments and likes are always appreciate.

Peace

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Tracking the Sunrise, Pt 3

Vince Ferguson - Mount Hood Sunrise Panoramic - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Mount Hood Sunrise Panoramic – Digital Image

I’m not a huge fan of these images. I guess I was just off, in regards to exposure settings, this day. Well, some are salvageable, and I want to present some of those in today’s posst. These are part of my Tracking the Sunrise series. Yes, the clouds cleared somewhat for a couple days, giving us an opportunity to see where the sun is rising in regards the Mount Hood’s location, as seen from Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. The first day (Saturday), while it was clear out, Mount Hood itself was covered in clouds. Combine that with the clouds off on the horizon, I couldn’t see where the sun was rising exactly. I found some cool pictures, but not good enough to show just yet. The images in this post were created on Sunday, Jan. 23. As you can tell, the sun is now rising just South of the Mount Hood pinnacle. You may get a better idea from the last two images in this post? This was all I could get and probably what I’ll get, now, the clouds have returned and there are currently no clear mornings in the forecast. I’ll be up at Rocky Butte on the next clear morning to see where the sun rises on the horizon. Until then, enjoy these for now.

I hope you like? Be honest, I love constructive criticism. If you have any suggestions for making these images better, by all means, leave a comment or two. Or, if you just love these images, give this post a like, better yet… share with your friends.

Peace

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Something to Crow About!

I just wanted to share these pretty cool images. I found them one morning while up at Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. I was there to photograph the sunrise, so in addition to some cool sunrise images, I think I got lucky with these images too? What do you think? Leave a comment or like this post, please share with your friends!

Peace

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Blurry Portland Morning

Vince Ferguson - Hawthorne Bridge, Portland, Oregon - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Hawthorne Bridge, Portland, Oregon – Digital Image

Here’s a bonus image I wanted to share with everyone. I normally don’t post on Saturdays, but this morning I felt compelled to share.

I found this image last month on an early morning photo session down on the waterfront. I’ve been working on this image ever since and think I’ve found a decent version. The image wasn’t perfect to start with, if was mainly just out of focus. But I like the composition, so decided to work with the image to see what kind of post shot editing I could incorporate. I think the blurriness of the image works. It’s kind of dark, and the fog adds more mystery to the image. The lighting very much contrasting with reality and the darkness in the image at the same time.

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Peace

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Sun Peers over the Horizon

Well, after an unusually dry winter start, then a freak snow storm, it appears a normal Winter may have settled in for the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, the gray mornings of late, may have interfered with my ability to complete my Tracking the Sunrise series. I want to remain optimistic though and hope that perhaps maybe one day between now and the end of February will present a clear morning for some beautiful sunrise images.

In the meantime, enjoy these images from the past. These were created in 2012 at various points in the year. Images of the sun just peering over the horizon, or just before it appears over the horizon. I really like how the colors play such an important part in the overall look of these images.

I hope you like too? Vote above, or like/comment below. Thanks for stopping by today.

Peace

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Tracking the Sunrise, Part 2

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Here’s the second installment in my Tracking the Sunrise series. As mentioned in Tracking the Sunrise, Part 1, I want to attempt to get up to Rocky Butte in Portland, OR and create images of the Sunrise in relation to Mount Hood as the Sun tracks to the North. Currently, the sun is rising South of Mount Hood, as seen from Portland, Oregon. I estimate the sun will rise directly behind Mount Hood some where around Feb. 28th.

I created these images on the VERY cold morning of Feb. 5th, 2014. It was a blistering 20 degrees and I almost gave up. But I knew I wouldn’t get a chance at seeing the Sunrise for a good couple weeks, so I stuck it out. By the time the sun appeared over the horizon, I was ready to leave. I snapped my camera about 10 times, and surprisingly, give my fingers were nearly frost bitten, I took some fairly decent images. As seen in the slideshow presented here. The next day on Feb. 6, Portland received around 5 inches of snow. And it looks like we’re not going to see the sun for at least a week and a half. So, hopefully, I’ll get to finish this project?

In the meantime enjoy this slideshow of the Sun rising just South of Mount Hood on Feb. 5th. Like this post? Rate the post by voting above, or Like/Comment below.

Peace

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The Sunrises Behind Mount Hood

Vince Ferguson - Mount Hood Sunrise - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Mount Hood Sunrise – Digital Image

The Weather hasn’t cooperated with me this week in regards to being able to bring you a next installment of “Tracking the Sunrise.” So, I’m dusting off an older image of the sun rising behind Mount Hood. This was taken in October last year – just a few months ago. It’s not a great image, but I think it holds muster?

The forecast is saying we’re to have some clear weather tomorrow (Thurs. Feb. 6th), but then the rain and snow is supposed to set in over the next week. So, right now, it’s not looking good. Maybe I’ll see if I can dig up some old images at this time of year from last year, or 2012?

I hope you like what you see here today? Leave a comment/like below, or vote in the poll above.

Peace

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Tracking the Sunrise, Part 1

Vince Ferguson - 012514 - Mount Hood Sunrise - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – 012514 – Mount Hood Sunrise – Digital Image

This is the first in a series that I hope to present over the next month. I say hopefully because, the weather will play a strong part in whether I’ll be able to complete this series. Right now, the Sun rises South of Mount Hood. As we get closer to the Summer Solstice, the Sun will slowly track North. Twice each year, the Sun will rise directly behind Mount Hood. You can see a similar example from a post I presented here in October. My plan is to document the Sun rising as it gets closer to Mount Hood and eventually passes Hood and starts rising to the North. I’m estimating that by Feb 28th the Sun will be rising directly behind Mount Hood. Let’s see what happens. As long as I’m able, I will release the next part in this series every Weds. for the Next 5 – 6 weeks. Some come back and check out the progress.

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Peace

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Cold? This Might Keep You Warm!

Vince Ferguson - The Sun - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – The Sun – Digital Image

Maybe this image will provide you with some warmth on a cold Winter morning? I created this image yesterday morning – Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – while up at Rocky Butte during the sunrise. I think I should have taken this image at a higher ISO on my camera, but perhaps it’s still not bad?

I took some traditional landscape images yesterday too, but while there I thought to myself, I haven’t taken an up close images of the Sun in a long time? Check out my previous attempts on a visit to this blog post. So, I stuck around a little while after the sun came above the horizon and captured her in all her glory. The traditional Landscapes I believe, will become a short series during this later part of the Winter, in the North? As long as the weather cooperates, and with it being a very dry Winter this year, so far, it’s looking like I’ll have no problem. I plan to photograph the sunrise every week until the sun rises to the North of Mount Hood, as seen from Rocky Butte, essentially tracking the sunrise as it moves North. This will be the first post in that series.

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Peace

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Mount St. Helens at Sunrise

Vince Ferguson - Mount St. Helens Panoramic - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Mount St. Helens Panoramic – Digital Image

This is one of my favorite images of late. It was created earlier this month on Jan. 5th , 2014. Despite it being cold on my finger that early in the morning, I really like how the sun rising reflects her light on this beautiful mountain.

I hope you like too? Vote in the poll above or “like/comment” below.

Peace

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What do You Think of This Image?

Vince Ferguson - Portland, Oregon Caged - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Morrison Grid – Digital Image

My friend Melissa and I braved the cold for as long as we could this morning, down on the Waterfront looking out over Downtown Portland, among other areas. It took about an hour and a half before our fingertips couldn’t handle it anymore, even while wearing gloves. The image above is just one I created while out on this session. What do you think? Leave feedback in the comments section, or vote in the pole below.

Thanks and come back again soon.

Peace

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Portland Skyline

Vince Ferguson - Portland Night Panoramic - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Portland Night Panoramic – Digital Image

I’m dipping back into the archives for this post. These images were created on December 30th, 2012 on a morning when I probably couldn’t sleep, so I decided to head out and see what my camera finds. I found myself walking along the Eastbank Esplande in Portland, Oregon that morning, one of my favorite walks. I hope you like, either vote in the poll above, or comment/like below.

Peace

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Sunrise Aircraft

I want to present what I think are some pretty cool images of aircraft on arrival to PDX Airport in Portland, Oregon. These images were created throughout the year 2012 while I worked on my Sunrise Series. For more images of Portland Sunrises visit the three posts listed below.

Mount Hood Sunrises

Mount St. Helens Sunrises

Abstract Sunrises

The first image was created on August 12, 2012. That summer morning was hazy in the Columbia River Gorge due to all the Wildfires happening in Southern Washington State and Central Oregon. It made for some natural filtering of the sun after rising above the horizon.

The second image was created on May 14, 2012, before the wildfires on the Summer, and on a beautiful golden Sunrise morning.

The third was created just 3 days earlier. This was a time of year when we received quite a few golden Sunrise mornings. Providing some spectacular contrast to the blue of Mount Hood.

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Peace

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The Sun Rises in Portland

Here are some images I created at sunrise on January 6, 2014. I awoke early that morning, scrapped the ice of my truck and braved the iced roads on my way to Rocky Butte on the East Side of Portland, Oregon, where I-84 meets I-205. I was up at Rocky Butte the previous morning have some pretty exciting Panoramic images that I’ll share with you some day. Right now, I like the warmth that these two images bring forth, particularly the Mount Hood image. I lost my tripod that morning. My own fault! As I was leaving, I looked back up to the point at Rocky Butte and saw a beautiful Hawk sitting and hunting from the wall. I had to get a picture. Well, I set my tripod down somewhere to create those images, and in my excitement, when done, I headed back to my vehicle, got in, and left. Without ever thinking about the tripod until the next morning. I went back and searched, know it was going to be gone. My loss, I created these images without my tripod and am now in the market for a new one.

I hope you like these images anyway. Rate this post above, or “like/comment” below. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Peace

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What do you Think of this Image?

Vince Ferguson - S - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – S – Digital Image

I like the simplistic nature of this image. The soft, subtle form of the horizon, from one cool color to another. What do you think? Perhaps the shadowed trees add a bit of mystique to the image? I didn’t like this image at first, but kept it around anyway, probably listing to my intuition for once. When I was reviewing some old images I came across this one and thought, “maybe I do have something here?” Give me some constructive feedback on what you think about this image! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Or simply “like” this post.

Peace

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Weekly #Photo Challenge: #Layers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

I think both of these images are good representatives for the subject “Layers.”

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Mt. Hood Sunrise Panoramic – 30 Oct 13

Vince Ferguson - Mt. Hood Sunrise Panoramic - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Mt. Hood Sunrise Panoramic – Digital Image

Thanks for all the great feedback in yesterday’s post where I asked, “Is this a good image.” I received a lot of likes and a few comments that made me think this image might be better as a panoramic. Unfortunately, the image is still dark. But now with the new cropping it takes on a different attitude? What do you think? Is this a better image? I like that the clouds above Mount Hood, almost look like steam blowing from the top of the mountain. It is an active volcano you know, and could erupt at any time.

Thanks for helping me out!

Peace

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