Pictures for the People!

Nine of my recent fine art landscape prints are currently on display at Sushi Okalani in Hood River.  The show runs through March and April and features images from several of my trips last fall -- including a late fall hike into the Enchantments after the first new snow, and a spectacular September morning in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

Drop in for a some sushi and enjoy the show!  Prints from my landscape collection are available in a variety of sizes and formats to suit any taste or budget.  To learn more, contact Vince by email or by phone at (541) 716-4749.

Mosier Voices

Last week, in collaboration with Friends of the Columbia Gorge, I helped photograph and profile a few of the people most directly affected by the Union Pacific oil train derailment on June 3rd, including a volunteer firefighter who was one of the first responders on-scene, and his 8-year old son who was evacuated from the Mosier Community School (less than a ¼ mile from the site of the derailment).

 Jenny Hass lives in the Mosier Creek town homes less than 100' from where rail cars full of highly-volatile Bakken oil were stopped in the hours following the train derailment.

The idea was to move beyond sensational headlines and imagery of exploding railcars and gather first-hand accounts of how the train derailment affected residents of this tiny community (population 430) to humanize the issue.  We asked each person how they experienced the events of June 3rd, how their feelings about oil-by-rail have changed since the derailment, what their hopes are for Mosier moving forward, and what message they would like to send to leaders and elected officials to ensure their safety and influence regulatory policy.

Visit the Mosier Voices microsite at to read their stories and learn more.

Solo Exhibition at Brian's Pourhouse

Eleven featured works from my landscape collection are on display at Brian's Pourhouse in Hood River, Oregon through June and July 2016.

The show encompasses a variety of scenes from around the Columbia Gorge, including iconic spots and lesser-known locations.  Most of the finished pieces have been printed as face-mounted acrylic prints or metal prints with clean, modern art box framing, which allows the images to speak for themselves.

All of the images in the show (as well as others from my landscape collection) are available for purchase as limited edition fine art prints in a variety of sizes, styles and prices to suit any taste or budget.  Contact Vince at (541) 716-4749 or email to inquire.

So drop by Brian's this summer to enjoy a great meal from their innovative menu featuring fresh, locally-source ingredients, or stop in for a drink in their spacious bar offering creative cocktails, five local microbrews on tap, and friendly bartenders.  They are located at 606 Oak Street right in the heart of Hood River.

And if you get a chance to see the show, I'd love to hear from you.  Cheers!


Like Father, Like Son

Over the last month, my nine year old son Ethan has expressed an interest in photography as I've been launching my photography business.  I offered to let him use my full-featured Canon point and shoot camera and taught him the basics of exposure, shutter speed and aperture, and he has joined me on several photo outings around Hood River.

His shots so far have been amazing, and the proud father in me wants to share them here for everyone to see.  Keep it up, Ethan!

Cold storage at the DFW fruit packing facility in Pine Grove (PC: Ethan Ready)

A backlit portrait of me up on the Whoopdee Trail (PC:  Ethan Ready)



What the Eye Cannot See

Most people know that the best opportunities for landscape photography occur around sunrise and sunset in what is often referred to as the golden hour.  I used to set my camera up and wait for the sun to appear, or pack up as soon as the sun had set, but over the past few years, I've learned to observe the ambient light and shoot longer exposures at twilight to amplify details in a scene, and reveal qualities of the light that the human eye can't perceive.

Some of the most subtle and interesting light happens before the sun even breaks the horizon, or long after it has set in what is called, "the blue hour."  The blue hour is the period of twilight during dawn each morning and dusk each evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue.

This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths.  During the "blue hour" (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the Earth's surface.

A related phenomenon occurs shortly after sunset when the Earth's shadow is cast on the atmosphere, creating a striking gradient of pink, lavender and mauve hues with a darker bluish band.  The Earth's shadow and Belt of Venus are most visible in locations with a high vantage point or an open, expansive view so that the horizon line is low.  It also doesn't last very long as the sun continues to set and the colors dissolve into the darkness of the night sky.

Understanding light is one of the most important factors in creating distinctive images, so I'm learning to use my camera to capture not only what I see, but also the details my eye cannot discern.

To explore more of my landscape photography or purchase fine art prints, please visit:

Story Behind the Shot: Rialto Dune Grass

I plan to do a series of blog posts that explain more about my creative process and tell the backstory behind certain images in my portfolio.  Since a prospective client recently inquired about this abstract image titled, "Dune Grass at Rialto Beach" I'm going to make that the first topic in the series.

 Dune Grass at Rialto Beach

This image was created during a photography workshop on the Olympic Peninsula last year.  I woke up early and drove to Rialto Beach to scout the shoreline for interesting scenes and subjects.  The sky was overcast with low clouds, and the light was fairly flat, so I moved inland a bit — exploring the driftwood and dune grasses.

There was a light breeze creating motion in the grass, so I decided to follow nature's lead and shot a series of long exposures (varying between 2-4 seconds each) while panning my camera over areas of the dune grass that had particularly interesting contrast and color.

In the reference shot below, you can see what the underlying subject looked like without motion.

It was rather unremarkable, but I like how adding motion causes the image to become so abstract that you wouldn't even know what the subject was, yet it retains an organic quality with lots of visual interest.

Is there another image in my portfolio that you're curious about?  Ask me in the Comments section below, and I'll consider writing a "story behind the shot" blog post for it as well.  Stay tuned!