Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Locations

Sivonna at Sauvie
I'm seeking new locations in which to shoot and to shoot for their own beauty. The former for my model photography and the latter for more landscape and nature photography. I've asked some of my fellow photographers and my models for suggestions, but thus far I've only received a few that I'll be able to use this year.

One location that I definitely want to visit is Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats. It's located east of Detroit Lake and is about a 3.5 mile hike in from the trailhead. I'm hoping Wanda and I will be able to check it out next Sunday and then perhaps I'll be able to revisit it later in the summer either alone or with a model. I'd love to do some HDR images of some of the old mining equipment and abandoned vehicles at Jawbone Flats.

Another location I'd like to try to visit is the semi-ghost town of Shaniko, Oregon. I've visited one ghost town before (Bodie, CA) and I think it would be interesting to shoot another. Fossil, Oregon is also on my list, but it's more of a very small town rather than a ghost town.  I'm seriously considering a trip by motorcycle through Eastern Oregon to Lake Tahoe in the late summer. That would be a fun and exciting adventure for me.

Given opportunity and willing models, I'd like to explore art and figure nudes on location at Sauvie Island. I've shot there a number of times, but I've only visited a very few locations.  The nude area at Collins Beach is quite large and I think it would be interesting to explore more of the area and photograph the weathered logs, root bundles, and the river traffic. It can get crowded int the summer with all the sunbathers, but it's usually easy to work around the people.

Finally, I'd like to take a trip up to Windy Ridge in the Mount St. Helens area. On the way, I'd revisit Ape Canyon and the lahar area south of the mountain. There are a couple of waterfall that would be wonderful to shoot, especially the one in Lava Canyon and another on the east side of the mountain. The name of the falls eludes me at the moment, but I've visited it before and would love to shoot it in better light.

With any luck, I'll have some great new images this summer in some new locations. I'll wrap up my model shoots early in the summer and then move into landscape and nature photography as the season progresses.

Sivonna - Chains at Sauvie