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Deschutes River Recreation Area Campground

Hey guys, last weekend we had a blast spending the night at Leslie Gulch. I plan on revisiting the area once more, but this past weekend we spent the night at Deschutes River Recreation Area. This is the first time I took my Sony A7iii for a test, I'm still an amature and a long way to being a pro. What you're seeing now is the beginning of becoming a better photographer. I'm quite pleased with the photos I took during this trip, when we woke up the following morning we all decided to visit Mary Hill Stonehenge then Cottonwood Canyon State Park. It was such an eventful day and a rainy one. We had an amazing time and hope you enjoy the photos below and continue to follow this crazy adventure, at the moment I'm keeping an eye out for the weather, moonrise, and moonset so I can go take photos of the night sky before the full moon occurs later this month. Hope I'll see ya on the next blog post :)

I had a hard time seeing the focusing through the viewfinder and little did I realize I failed to set the viewfinders focus dial, silly me these photos are slightly off focus because I use manual focus for landscape. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

I had a hard time seeing the focusing through the viewfinder and little did I realize I failed to set the viewfinders focus dial, silly me these photos are slightly off focus because I use manual focus for landscape. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

In this photo I was trying to smooth out the water by doing a slight long exposure of 4 sec, came out alright I was testing out the new lens with the Sony A7iii. As mentioned I didn't set the viewfinder focus even though I have the LCD screen to go off of I use it from time to time, Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

In this photo I was trying to smooth out the water by doing a slight long exposure of 4 sec, came out alright I was testing out the new lens with the Sony A7iii. As mentioned I didn't set the viewfinder focus even though I have the LCD screen to go off of I use it from time to time, Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

This photo has been taken by hundreds of people but the weather and timing is always different, viewing Maryhill State park and Hwy 97 Bridge from Maryhill Stonehenge is a spectacular view. If it was a clear day you can see Mt. Hood from here. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

This photo has been taken by hundreds of people but the weather and timing is always different, viewing Maryhill State park and Hwy 97 Bridge from Maryhill Stonehenge is a spectacular view. If it was a clear day you can see Mt. Hood from here. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

Just a random photo I decided to take, it was raining pretty hard here at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. It was a little challenging but I was in a hurry since I was getting soaked by the rain and at least my camera was safe with small umbrella. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

Just a random photo I decided to take, it was raining pretty hard here at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. It was a little challenging but I was in a hurry since I was getting soaked by the rain and at least my camera was safe with small umbrella. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

As we were driving out, my cousins husband he wanted to get to see this view so we parked off the side of the road and walked over the side to see this full view. John Day river is to left and runs through Cottonwood Canyon State Park. You can see the dark clouds above the hill, it was still raining pretty hard, my Sony A7iii was fine no harm done. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

As we were driving out, my cousins husband he wanted to get to see this view so we parked off the side of the road and walked over the side to see this full view. John Day river is to left and runs through Cottonwood Canyon State Park. You can see the dark clouds above the hill, it was still raining pretty hard, my Sony A7iii was fine no harm done. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

We decided to make a stop at Rowena Crest Viewpoint, I've seen this photo many times online, its hard not to take this photo haha, it was an overcast day, no rain when we got there unlike Cottonwood Canyon State Park. We stayed here for a while enjoying the view of the Columbia River Gorge. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

We decided to make a stop at Rowena Crest Viewpoint, I've seen this photo many times online, its hard not to take this photo haha, it was an overcast day, no rain when we got there unlike Cottonwood Canyon State Park. We stayed here for a while enjoying the view of the Columbia River Gorge. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

For our last stop, we decided to stop at Mayer State Park, I came quite a few times last year taking photos of the night sky. They had to wait a little as I was doing a long exposure with ND Grad filters, pretty happy with what I got, Decided to do B&W for this photo cause of high contrast that I added in lightroom, which seemed more appealing to my eyes. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

For our last stop, we decided to stop at Mayer State Park, I came quite a few times last year taking photos of the night sky. They had to wait a little as I was doing a long exposure with ND Grad filters, pretty happy with what I got, Decided to do B&W for this photo cause of high contrast that I added in lightroom, which seemed more appealing to my eyes. Used Sony A7iii with Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM.

Day trip to the Painted Hills

Hello again, 2 days ago I went out with the family to the painted hills and smith rock. Fun day for all of us, though it was almost a whoopin 5 hour drive. Nice scenic drive for the family, anyways I recently got a 30mm f/3.5 macro lens that I wanted to use and test out. I'm not very technical with the gears so I don't know a whole lot about them, however the photos I took that day I'm quite pleased, after we left the painted hills we all went to smith rock, missed the sunset but i was able to get a photo in. Thats it for this weekend and as spring break begins this week, we'll see what other adventures awaits us.

first photo using Sony E mount 30mm f/3.5mm macro lens and I'm impressed with it. Planning on using it more often for some interesting shots. Edited in lightroom. 

first photo using Sony E mount 30mm f/3.5mm macro lens and I'm impressed with it. Planning on using it more often for some interesting shots. Edited in lightroom. 

This little guy is my cousins baby, his name is Leo, he's joining us on all our adventures. Used Sony E Mount 30mm f/3.5 macro lens and edited in lightroom.

This little guy is my cousins baby, his name is Leo, he's joining us on all our adventures. Used Sony E Mount 30mm f/3.5 macro lens and edited in lightroom.

Just testing out the Sony E mount 30mm f/3.5 macro lens for the second time, this shot looks pretty cool after editing the shot in lightroom

Just testing out the Sony E mount 30mm f/3.5 macro lens for the second time, this shot looks pretty cool after editing the shot in lightroom

This is the best view from Carroll Rim Trail in my opinion, never gets old to see this spectacular view, Used Sony FE 50mm f1.8 lens and edited in lightroom.

This is the best view from Carroll Rim Trail in my opinion, never gets old to see this spectacular view, Used Sony FE 50mm f1.8 lens and edited in lightroom.

Blended two images together here to test out my photoshop skills and it looks okay to me it was one exposure for the sky and one for the foreground. Used Sony E mount 35mm f/1.8 edited in lightroom.

Blended two images together here to test out my photoshop skills and it looks okay to me it was one exposure for the sky and one for the foreground. Used Sony E mount 35mm f/1.8 edited in lightroom.

Startrail at Tolovana Beach

Earlier in the night I drove out to Cannon beach to do night sky photography, took about an hour and 40 mins, I was trying to look for a spot to take a photo of haystack rock, ended up driving down south of cannon beach at Tolovana Beach State Recreation site. Normally I see bunnies scattered all over the place(probably still cold for them to be out), pretty sure they're hiding haha.
Anyways I came here to do night sky photography, however I didn't like what I was originally seeing so I decided to do a star trail with a 10 minute long exposure. It came out like I hoped it would but didn't get the foreground in focus. I'm still learning all of this stuff so I thought it'd be a good opportunity to practice to get better. Used Sony A6000, 35mm lens, ISO 200, F1.8, and 10min exposure.

I'm still planning the next trip for this coming weekend so we'll see what adventure awaits us! :) 

This is so cool, but it isn't perfect.

This is so cool, but it isn't perfect.

This is the photo wasn't quite pleased with it after editing.

This is the photo wasn't quite pleased with it after editing.

Night at The Cove Palisades

Hey guys, I've been feeling sick this week. I did however went out to take a photo at the cove palisades, Two and a half hour drive from Portland, quite the drive through the night and arrived at around 10pm, I parked off the side of the road and waited for my eyes to adjust to the dark which typically takes about 30mins. I saw a cluster of stars on top of the canyon to the far right of the orion belt, did a little research and its the Pleiades star cluster.
Cause I was sick I didn't want to stay around for long, probably the worst idea to rush to take photos haha, anyways I wanted to do a panoramic of the canyon but didn't come out right so I just put 6 photos together which you'll find in "latest" tab. Thanks for coming by and reading my blog! Have a wonderful day :)

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