Southern Oregon commercial, real estate and landscape photographer
Southern Oregon commercial, real estate and landscape photographer
Black and White, Landscape
I love the outdoors. Nature tends to relieve the stresses of day to day life and I hope I can bring a bit of that back and share it with you.
-Jesse Smith (Smi77y)
Carving its Way
A hidden gem in Southern Oregon. There’s so much to explore and see all within a half days reach.
Peak fall Aspen color in beautiful Southern Oregon.
You know those nights and weekends during the summer when you get to go out and be in nature with your friends, laughing and making memories under the perfect night sky?
I hope this image reminds you of those times, or any other memorable time,.
The Next Step
This photo means a lot to me for many reasons. It may not be my best photo, but it’s really how I ended up being able to take this photo.
I’ve been an accountant for 9 years, over 4 as a CPA. I never was able to shoot the rhododendrons in spring on the coast, or capture some of the best weather and color my local area has to offer.
But just this last month I called it quits at my accounting job. The weight of doing constant work that wasn’t as enjoyable anymore, and the negativity that creeps its way into all aspects of my life was taking its toll. With huge thanks to my wife, mom, and family there’s an opportunity ahead to lay the roots for my photography business to excel. And what better picture than an endless scene of wheat fields in the early morning hours of the Palouse.
This scene represents new adventures, I had no destination until a friend said he’s flying into the United States and to meet him in the morning. Hence a four day photography trip ensued.
This was a perfect start to a new adventure.
I just finished a road trip through Oregon and Washington. The first night I set out to get an image I've been wanting for quite some time. And oh boy it was a lot of work to put together. My edited file is over 8GB large!
This is Crater Lake under the Milky Way, which isn't anything you haven't seen. But I wanted to capture all of Crater Lake, and the surrounding trees, brush, rock, dirt complete the experience at CL so I set out to capture it.
Getting a good foreground at night/dusk isn't easy, especially when you're having to take lots of photos to stitch them together to get everything in focus.
Under the night sky at Crater Lake is such an otherworldly experience. It's only 2 hours or less from the Rogue Valley and you can just drive in 24 hours a day, I recommend doing it sometime! Pull up a chair and stargaze! If you catch the Milky Way it's one of the brightest ways I've seen it with my own eyes.
Hope you enjoy!
All of Nature
An unfortunate reality of living in Southern Oregon is being surrounded by wildfires for a large portion of our summers. The amount of work our firefighters around here put in is incredible. So thank you for your service, these forests and mountains are so incredible and it's so sad to see them up in flames.
At the same time nature provides us with some incredible scenes. Mountains, forests, fires, and the milky way combine to create this scene as seen from near the top of Mt. Ashland. The white lights are cars heading North on Interstate 5.
The fire isn't quite this bright to the naked eye, but the camera pics up the glow quite a bit. The firefighters are doing a good job of containing it, it's not quite as wild as the photo depicts.
A beautiful disaster.
This is Oregon
I call this, "This is Oregon" because it represents so much of Oregon's forests so well. From northern Oregon to Southern Oregon. A lot of it is very similar and I saw it fit that the tallest peak in the State, looking up from one of it's countless root systems overlooking a lake full of snow melt was fitting.
I hope this photo does Oregon some justice.
Along the Stout Grove trail lies a pretty unique scene of a fallen redwood that has bent it's shape to climb the hillside.
The redwoods are a blast to shoot because even in mid morning you can find great light that illuminates the lush forest grounds.
The best part of this place is the feel and the way sound is dampened by the thick forest. It's so neat and a very unique situation that's hard, if not possible to portray in an image.
If you've been there, I hope this brings back memories!
The Rogue River blasts through the Avenue of Boulders in Prospect, OR. Those rock walls get eaten up by high roaring river water.
The location I'm on is right on an angled rock alongside the Rogue, you can see the view behind me by viewing my other image "Avenue of Boulders" where you can see a large scary pool right below here. And just a bit further down the river lies Mill Creek Falls. Needless to say it isn't comfortable sitting right next to the extremely loud decibels and roaring river water.
I also don't like trusting me gear by dangling it over river water like this. I have a few pieces of gear I'm sure could use some upgrading, particularly my slip plates.
I loved this composition though and worked for a solid 30 minutes figuring it out. It wasn't amazing light but the composition holds strong. I love this location!!!
I took this photo just 6 months into getting serious about photography. Taken in June 2016.
To this day, I believe it to be my best photo I've ever taken. It's at least my favorite. I have the original edit in a frame. It was the first photo I was proud enough of to frame.
My editing has changed, my skill set has increased and I've been wanting to re-edit this photo for a long time.
This has got to be the best views on the Oregon coast. There's something about the Oregon sea stacks that I can't get enough of, it's like they have a mini ecosystem with trees and animals despite getting constantly beat up by the wind. Even the trees slant because of the beating they take, but they manage to stay up there for many years. Crazy.
Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!
There's NOTHING like the dense sounds of Stout Grove. It truly feels like a cathedral.
This is my interpretation of these monster trees. I loved this trip and this place! I hope it's shown in this image.
A family trip to Arizona brought us to the Airport Road viewpoint in Sedona, AZ. I love this town but this may be the only shot I ended up happy with. I hope you enjoy it to, and if you've been to Sedona I hope it reminds you of your memories of the place.
Avenue of Boulders
Looking up at Mt. Thielsen on a very mild winter in Southern Oregon.
Earth's Rarity - Eclipse
In the "State of Jefferson," there's an extra season; Winter, Spring, Summer, Smoky, Fall.
It's an unfortunate circumstance, however it does provide for some very impressive lighting conditions.
Starry Starry Night
I encourage you to listen to Don Mclean's "Starry Starry Night" while viewing this photo.
Edge of Oregon
You know how pretty much any landscape photographer has a story to tell about a treacherous photo?
Here's mine -
This is my favorite view in the world to date. It's along the Samuel H. Boardman Corridor above Brookings, OR.
There's a fairly safe ledge you can get out on for a similar photo op. However I was getting too excited about the sunset going on and wanted a better view of "Arch Rock" (which is the stop I'm at). Well I started walking on sandstone (which I didn't realize at the time). It was all fine and dandy until I started to move back over the sandstone hill I'm on. Yeah, the one in the foreground of this photo.
It was no joke. I couldn't get my footing and truly began to panic about my plan of action. The camera got a bit banged up and my mind was racing. I managed composure and got up with myself and gear in tack.
Lesson learned. I'm not an edge of the world type person to get a photo. It's just not worth it.
You can see the color variant of this shot in my image "Morning View." Something about this black and white high contrast image really portrayed what I felt that early frigid morning.
This looks incredible in print by the way.
My first attempt at a perspective blend. This is a fairly complicated process of getting the scale of both the foreground and background closer to what we can see with our eyes. I was fortunate on the sunrise this morning.
On this morning I learned to keep my gear covered, as it was frosting it up. Live and learn.
I'm very fortunate to be able to take an evening of relaxation with this view just 15 minutes from my house.
Southern Oregon is incredible.
If you look at the sky the clouds look like a Phoenix with it's wings spread and flying to the right. Enlarge to really see what I'm talking about.
This photo means a lot to me. I've been fortunate to be able to hang it up in my office, and some friends homes.
It's a picture of the town I was raised in, Ashland, OR.
What makes this fairly unique is that we had a record breaking snowfall and the downtown light festival still hadn't been taken down (this was early January).
Pretty rare conditions and shot overall, but it truly captures the feeling of our little town.
Just up the road from my mom's house has a gorgeous valley view.
An incredible driveway in Ashland, OR. This is shot in Spring, but in summer this would be a very purple photo as these are lavender bushes.
Perhaps next time I'll try and find a sunset in the summer.