To commemorate 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act the Wilderness 50 Coalition established a photo contest. The winners and honorable mentions, more than 100 images in all, are now on display at the Smithsonian!
Here is the link to the Wilderness Forever site.
I was lucky enough to have an image chosen as an honorable mention! Here it is.
I have never had any images win any thing or get chosen for any exhibition, and I must say its quite an honor. The winning images are really stunning. My favorite is the Milky Way shot over Second Beach in Olympic National Park. But have a look for yourself!
I am officially scheduled to deliver a short workshop on how to capture images of the Milky Way. The workshop will be held at the Diablo Lake Overlook, on Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. I am putting on the class through the North Cascades National Park.
Have you ever seen stunning images of the Milky Way? And have you ever wondered how YOU could take pictures like this of the night sky? Come learn with professional photographer Andy Porter!
The workshop is scheduled for Friday night, August 22nd, at 10pm. IF its a cloudy night, the class will be rescheduled for Friday night, August 29th, also at 10pm.
If you’d like to learn how to do it, come on out, we’ll have lots of fun!
Last weekend I made it to Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Baker to get Milky Way shots, and here they are!
During the entire month of July I will have my prints on display at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, in Mount Vernon.
Left Fork Canyon, Zion National Park This print is a panorama and is quite stunning.
Every month the Co-op offers their space to artists to display their work, each for a month showing.
North Fork Bridge Creek and Mount Logan, North Cascades National Park This water fall is in a cirque carpeted with wildflowers and surrounded by waterfalls streaming down from Mount Logan…
I will have a wide range of prints on display, ranging from $80 for 12 x 18″ canvas wrapped prints, to $180 for some of the large pieces, 24″ x 36″ or 15″ x 40″ canvas prints. If you’d like to order prints, contact me and I can have them shipped directly to your home. And you can choose the size as well!
Skagit Valley Tulips at Sunrise This print is big, 24 x 36, and very bright!
All of the images in this post will be on display/sale!
Morning at Sahale Glacier Camp In September this image will be displayed in the Smithsonian , in Wash. DC. as a part of th 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
This mountain goat came early one morning to visit at Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park.
The tent sites are atop three big piles of rubble, from the glacier above.
The goat was hanging out looking for places where someone had peed so that he could get some salt!
The goat had a minimum safe distance of about 10 feet. He was happy to be that close, but if I took one step closer he would back off that same distance.
The large white mountain way in the distance here is Mount Rainier.
Photomegre is one of the multitude of Photoshop Tools. It is a system of merging 2 or more images into a panorama.
Here are two original jpeg images from Sahale Glacier Camp. I took these with the thought in mind to later merge them. using a tripod I captured one image and carefully swung the camera on the tripod and lined up the second one. It wasn’t any fancy movement, I made note in my mind of where the frame’s edge was and pointed the camera in the approximate place to take up where the first image left off, planning for some overlap. I was using a 24 mm lens. I set my image quality when capturing the images so that I would have both a RAW file and a jpeg of the shots.
Once back home I opened both of the raw files together in Photoshop CS6 and synchronized them so that what ever changes I made to one were duplicated on the other. I worked to lighten the foreground and darken the sky. Using the sliders for highlights, shadows, exposure, clarity, whites and contrast I played around until I liked the result.
I also used the brush tool on the foreground to bring out more details on the rocks.
Opening the panorama as a jpeg image I filled in the corners using the clone stamp tool and tweaked the levels settings a bit, and Viola! Here is the final image.
I have printed the image as a 40″ x 15″ canvas print and it is very stunning.
For some time now I have donated use of my images to various groups. Washington Trails Association, North Cascades Institute, The Sierra Club, Washington Wild, National Resources Defense Fund, National Park Foundation, Cascade Loop Magazine and others have all used my images to help promote their message(s) of conservation, environmental protection and tourism.
This the first time one of my images has been used directly to promote something very important to me, namely, Global Warming and Climate Change! I am excited to attend the event.
This image is of Mount Baker and the Coleman Glacier from the Heliotrope Trail, on the north side of Mount Baker, in the North Cascades, in Washington State.
Here is an image I captured and it is now on the cover of the May/June Issue of Northwest Magazine! The image is Mount Logan and a waterfall on the North Fork Bridge Creek Trail, North Cascades National Park. One of my favorite places in the North Cascades…Here is a link describing how to get there!
Here is my full sized original image:
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act. In September of 1964 President Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in the US regarding protection and preservation of Wilderness.
Wilderness 50 “The 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Planning Team (Wilderness50) is a growing coalition of federal agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and other wilderness user groups whose purpose is to plan and eventually implement local, regional, and national events and projects, specifically designed to elevate the profile of wilderness during the 50th anniversary celebration.”
One of their programs was to hold a photo contest and use the winning images as a part of their plans to inform people about the significance of the Wilderness Act.
More than 50 images were chosen and these will be displayed as large format prints in the Smithsonian Museum, in Washington DC starting in September!
I submitted several images to the competition and this image, here was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the People in Wilderness Category and will be used on signage for the various events and displayed in the museum.
Sahale Glacier Camp in the Steven Mather Wilderness in North Cascades National Park, in Washington.
As a part of the process I was asked to submit a personal story about the image. Here it is:
“My connection with wilderness began when I was 16. I spent a month in the Sawtooth Wilderness in Idaho, learning how to backpack, climb and survive. The trip changed my life and encouraged me to continue. Treks along the Pacific Crest Trail and the Andes followed.
Then my life changed again and I was off on a different purpose. For almost 20 years I followed the light only to wind up in the darkness. And then I felt the wilderness call to me again, beckoning me back into her arms.
I had packed my old life in boxes and uncovering them produced an old hiking guide. I scoured it and found the most exciting sounding trip in there, recruited a few friends to accompany me and off we started.
I had forgotten what mileage and elevation gain portended and as we began our trip up to Sahale Camp. It slowly came back to me, what sweat and struggle were all about.
We finally made it to the camp well after dark and collapsed in our tent.
This image was captured the next morning. My life was changed anew; I had found a new purpose. Wilderness had rescued me again.”
I am excited and proud that any image of mine would be used to promote and protect wilderness!
Here is the cover of the March-April Northwest Travel Magazine, featuring one of my favorite tulip images…
Here is my original image…
Sahale Glacier Camp sits at the base of Sahale glacier atop 3 piles of rubble each crowned with a ring of stone. The views are breathtaking: a 180 degree sweeping view of the North Cascades, a sea of peaks stretching out to the horizon.
I have visited many times and tried to capture the feel of the view. Here are several panoramas, some from sunrise, and several from sunset, each comprised of two or more images merged.