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Great Oregon Steamup 2017

If you have been on this site before, you know that I tend to follow old rusty machinery and old equipment.  I’m always curious as to how some of the jobs we do now were preformed in the past.  Many of the old jobs were very labor intensive and it is interesting to me to see the machines were used to do some of that work.  With that in mind, this years allotment of images from the Great Oregon Steamup 2017 follow.  It was advertised as the 47th annual edition.  More people show up each year, many more never having been here at all, or just now hearing about it.  The grounds fill earlier each year it seems, so if you like to photograph as of this equipment, you need to be early if you prefer not to have a lot of people in your images.  The morning is more fun (at least for me)  because you get to see all of the start-up procedures that take a lot of time, and are not apparent later in the day. As the day wears on and warms up and the machines are brought to operating temperature, all of the sights and sounds from the morning wake-up are gone.  These old machines are temperamental as old machines tend to be, (many were that way from the beginning, age had nothing to do with it) but this was how you started the day.  Some of these machines were very clever and inventive, and many times better at their job than the new replacements.  Even though I’ve seen most of these machines before, it is still fun to see them work.


Rivers and Fields

I’ll by-pass the water falls for a bit (there is another in line)  and head over to the rivers and fields department.  I went camping with family members a couple of weeks ago to the southern part of our fine state.  We got there early enough to pick a really nice site to put up the tent, we were right next to the river.  So while everyone was still  sleeping the next morning, I left to get some early morning shots.  I had to get permission from the local residents to check out their field, but after a bit of discussion, they said it was alright as long as did not interrupt their breakfast.  I added their photo as well.  We will be going back next month, so I may be able to add something a bit different later.

4 leaves, or more

Yes, the colors are changing.  More rapidly now.  So I left on a hike, took my point and shoot, and headed out.  It wasn’t raining when I left home, but I was headed for the Columbia River Gorge, so all weather is expected.  As the saying goes,  “wait ten minutes and it will change”.   So I took my rain gear.  It started out foggy, but turned to rain soon after I got on the trail.   The good steady soaking rain.   Not a downpour.   Pretty much all of me got wet by the time I was done, but it was great.  I had the trail mostly to myself, even though I had left later than normal.  I met lots of people on my way back,  though.   The camera survived, as did I and the raincoat.  My glasses had a hard day, they kept fogging up.   Guess I will have to try Rain-x or something similar.  All in all, I had a good day, the photos were not too bad, the colors were bright and saturated just like the leaf images show.  Those were right out of the camera.  All were for that matter.  I only brought out the highlight detail that the camera tends to blow out on days like this.   It’s true,  don’t let the rain slow down your photo journey.


new ground (water)!!

Normally, I’m not a water falls photo person. I like water falls, they are great. I can sit and watch them for a long time; like watching a campfire. You can set and watch for what seems like hours and just stare at it. and listen to it. Yes, you have to experience the sound effects as well. So the rushing water flowing over the rocks, the cool breeze along the creek, the bright green foliage nearby, it all adds up. But taking photos of all this has been a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve seen others do it, and their images turn out well. I’ve just not been one to want to hang the images on my wall. Mine were just not quite up to what I thought they should be. So, I now have a new project. Find what I think a waterfall image should be. 

This all came about  a week or so ago when I set out to hike to the top of Multnomah Falls. I arrived at the lodge/trailhead early in the morning (to avoid crowds), and after getting all ready to go, boots, water, snacks, layers, I found the trail closed because of work on the Benson Bridge. They had a large rock fall last winter and took a large chunk out of the bridge. For safety they have closed it off to travelers until it is repaired. Work is in progress, but obviously wouldn’t be finished today, so I had to find another trail. Returning back on the old highway, I stopped to check out Wahkeena Falls. It ended up being a great hike, and a few images. I then decided I would work on some waterfall photos, and see if I could make this an opportunity to improve my experiences for better images. It may take a few more trips, but that makes it more fun. The little dude gathering fluff for the nest was not taken near the falls. He (or she) was less than 100 yards from a very main highway.