Bend, Oregon and Cascade Lakes

For Memorial Day I took a trip over to central Oregon with my mom and brother. Central Oregon is mountainous, high-desert country that makes for gorgeous scenery. On Saturday morning we drove the Cascade Lakes Highway (really a two lane road) which has some great spots to stop and photograph the mountains. The snow covered conical peak you see in these photos is Mt. Bachelor. Today’s set up is my Nikon D40 w/ 18-70mm lens. I had fully intended to shoot only film for the weekend, but my N80 is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment and I’m still working through the first roll of my Canonet 28 (want to make sure it’s exposing properly before I use it more exclusively).

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Mt. Bachelor is home to one of the biggest ski areas in North America. What’s cool though is that it’s day use only. There are no upscale developments or residential areas to spoil the nature. It gives the place a much more rugged feel.

 

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I can’t decide whether I like the black and white better, or color. They both work but have such different looks. The big fluffy clouds are what really make these pictures though.

 

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I took this photo one evening near the cabin where we were staying. The clear skies and high clouds provided some incredible sunsets.
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The Cascade Lakes Highway.
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Thanks for stopping by today!
Chris

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Pre-Departure Mt. Hood Hike


Mt. Hood, located in the Cascade Range, is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. Its just an hour and a half drive from Portland and offers amazing hikes in the summer and skiing (or snowboarding I suppose) in the winter. I made a point of getting up to hike at least once before leaving for Tokyo. My best friend Ryan and I decided to hike to Ramona Falls on the western spur. I’m still learning about photography and probably could have used a UV filter today, but I did get about 10 or 15 good shots out of about 155. Enjoy!

The alpine portion of the Sandy River.

No love for the horses I guess. That water looked freezing!

The “hikers only” bridge. The forest service takes it down every fall and re-installs it in the spring. If they didn’t it would get washed out from flash floods.

Macro pictures are so easy to take and produce amazing results!

Came across this twig literally hanging on by a thread. What are the chances?!

This is the reward for two hours of hiking. Ramona Falls! Almost looks unreal and definitely post-card worthy. One of the many reasons I love the PNW.

Closer in the cascading water looks so cool! I was shooting at f/16 I believe.

I thought this was a neat picture. It really gives you a sense of the drop off next to the trail leading up t0 the falls. Had to sneak up to the edge to take it. Luckily heights don’t bother me 🙂

Great view of Mt. Hood, and I don’t mind the cloud obscuring the summit. It adds to the composition and its what I had to work with.

Meet Ryan, best friend and hiking companion. He’s not actually that serious, and had just finished lobbing stones at me before I took this.

Ryan’s car and the parking lot.

We stopped at the Zig Zag Cafe on the way back. Had great pizza and beer! I’m really developing a taste for pilsners and this one was excellent. The lighting was a bit dim so I increased the ISO, but you can see the graininess of the picture as a result. The colors and reflection on the bottle are very pleasing though.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Chris