Let's talk Fine Art.  

This is the kind of image I've wanted to produce for a while.  I love portraits, and I love capturing people, but I also want to turn my camera into a paintbrush.  I want to tell the stories in my head through my portraits.  I've always been influenced by the dark images produced by some of the amazing fine art photographers and artists out there, and I have so many ideas of my own that I'd like to explore much in the same way.  

The image above is one of my firsts, and I've finally got some idea about how I can express myself this way.  Photoshop has always intimidated me because every time I open it I get lost in tools, filters, and the many, many ways I can destroy one of my pictures.  It's taken some time to learn, but I've seen how others can use it so easily and now I can apply those same techniques to my own art. The picture here originally only had three vines, so I took multiple pictures with the vines in several different places in the frame, then blended it all together.  It's also the 4th version of the same image.  I have a feeling it's going to take some time to refine my skills but I'm excited to share them as I go.  

Central Oregon has some beautiful scenery, and I can't wait to incorporate my Fine Art portraits into the amazing landscapes I'm surrounded by.  

Sometimes being random is the best way to bring out your creative side.  It's been a while since I shot anything out of the norm for me, so I called up my friend and headed in to Bend.  We hit up craft stores and put various things in the cart to see what we could throw together.  Some flowers, moss, eyelash glue and dark mascara seemed to be what called to me, and we threw in a couple random studs because we could.  We did our best to glue things to her face, and then she stood in front of the camera for some photos.  I love the color, I love the contrast, and even more I loved the freedom of not having to fit into an aesthetic of some sort.  Check out the rest in the portrait gallery!

Now that spring is hitting Central Oregon, I need to get out and do more of this.  Find something that suits my fancy for the day, make it personal, and throw it in front of the lens.  

Want to be my subject?  Contact me for bookings!

It was time for an update. 

I had to change some things around.  We all change a bit, find interest in other ideas, and find inspiration in places we never thought to look before.  I'm starting to be more focused on people.  Portraits, headshots, and photo stories of people doing something they are passionate about. I'm going to be working on a lot more personal projects and making art with my camera.  

The picture above was one of those times where I had more fun playing around, and the camera was an extension of myself.  It was a few friends in my garage, some fake blood, and a dress I bought at Goodwill.  The pictures came out amazing, and everything was done in camera.  That's what I'd like to focus on for a while. 

"She bit into it, but she barely had the bite in her mouth when she fell to the ground dead."

I love these images.  I had so much fun capturing them as well.  Halloween provided an unique opportunity to take some photos that you normally wouldn't get.  My friend called me up, excited about her costume, and asked if we could get some images to mark the occasion.  There was no way I could say no!  I think they came out great!  

I've been obsessed with portraits lately.  They are not only a fun way to learn to play with light and illuminate the subject, but also a great way for the model to express themselves in ways they may not show on a day to day basis.  There's a creative side to portraiture that's been itching to get out and play, and somehow portraits just seem to be the direction it wants to take. Anything from headshots to boudoir, I can't wait to create more of the imagery I see in my mind.  

Another thing I've been learning is a bit of technique in Photoshop.  I was always afraid of it, intimidated by how much you could do.  I don't want my images to look fake, or too doctored.  I do, however, see the benefit to some editing as well, and have had clients ask for a bit of touchup.  I've learned a lot, and while I'm using it much more than I ever used to, I still want my art to come from the camera itself, not from a paintbrush on a computer.  

I'm looking forward to showing more and more of my work as I learn as much as I can! 

Fall is here!  I love when the weather starts to change and the days get shorter. It also seems like it becomes portrait season, especially for seniors getting ready to move on the the next step of life: Graduation!  I've already done a couple sessions, and I can't wait to book more.  Portraits are a lot of fun for me, and the opportunity to express the personalities of others through photography is a great creative outlet.  Book yours today!  

Above is a slideshow of a few of my favorite images from the last month or so.  A few from Bend's Fall Festival, and a couple from my latest Senior Portrait session.  I've also updated the Portrait gallery with a few more of my favorites, as well as the Fine Art gallery.  Prints are available as always, so call or email today to get yours!

Metal Mulisha performing at the Airshow of the Cascades

The more pictures I take, the more I scrutinize every image I produce. I get more and more selective about what I actually want to post and use as a representation of what I see.  I've been learning a lot, but that only encourages me to be a bit more picky about what I take, and how my edit process works.  

I still have pictures of everything.  Just when I narrow down a genre I want to be a part of, I find something new and interesting.  This summer has been fantastic, from weddings, to portraits, and even to some extreme sports.  I'm excited to see what I can find in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

Welcome welcome welcome!  For those of you who have been to my page before, I'm sure you've noticed it looks a lot different!  I wanted to simplify things a bit more, and organize the page a lot better. If you're new, welcome! 

There's a lot that has happened in the last few weeks! I love being busy doing what I love. The above picture is from a senior photoshoot I did recently, and I couldn't be happier with the images. You can see more samples in the Portraits gallery. I'm looking forward to doing more portraits, and hopefully a few weddings this Summer! Contact me for prices and packages today!

Last week I went back up to Oregon Raceway Park on a whim.  I knew there was an event going, so my hope was to get back on the track and get some more images and motorsport practice under my belt.  I was not disappointed. There were a multitude of different cars and groups racing in the event. I'm still going through all the images I took (over 2,700!) and trying to get them up in the gallery. The picture below is from an incident that happened quite close to me. Brake failure led to a rollover, and the car catching on fire. It was pretty dramatic, but the driver was fortunate to walk away from it. 

I also had the pleasure of meeting another photographer who also captures some amazing motorsport images. Check out Therese Lombardi's page here

It's been a wonderful few weeks, and I can't wait to see what Summer is going to bring!

-Richard


2014 Chevrolet Corvette

ACCO Track Day at ORP

I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had last Saturday. The world of racing is a world I've always wanted to be a part of, but also a world that is a little too expensive for my pockets. Always admired it as a spectator, however. WRC, AutoX, Formula One, and the local dirt tracks have always caught my eye.  Now that I have a camera, I've started to look at that world a little bit more closely.  

Last Saturday I had the privilege of taking some photos at Oregon Raceway Park with the Autocross Club of Central Oregon. I had a blast. I'd only been up there once before with a friend, and we were able to get a few, but only from the stands. I had no idea what I was doing, and even with a telephoto they just looked like pictures to me.  I had fun, and got some neat photos, but it wasn't the experience I was looking for.  This was much, much different. 

Two weeks ago I got the new camera, the D7100. That's exciting on it's own. Also came with a much nicer telephoto lens, which was pretty much the only thing attached to the camera all Saturday. I placed myself at a turn I though would give some great shots and watched through the finder as the cars passed by, snapping picture after picture after picture. The grin never left my face.  It was my first real adventure with the new body, and the first time I was able to get so close to the track I could smell the brakes as they raced by.  

I took 1400 photos that day.  In retrospect I'd like to have walked around a lot more, and taken some more diverse pictures than what I did.  It was definitely a learning experience. I did narrow it down quite a bit, and put them in a gallery on their own. Look for ACCO Track Day at the top of the page.  

I'm looking forward to more events, and a lot more pictures. The feedback I've received from this shoot has been more than amazing, and only fuels my excitement that much more.  


It's been a few weeks, but don't think I haven't stopped taking pictures or creating more content!  

I've been reading a lot of Ansel Adams and studying his work, and for it's been influencing me a bit.  I've started adopting a "less is more" attitude towards my photography, and working on more black and white development in some images.  Once I get more comfortable with it.  You can always see the most recent stuff I've been working on posted to my Facebook page.  

A few new things that I'm excited about!  The first is I'm finally going to be upgrading the body.  I love my D40, it's been a great camera and I don't think I'll ever be able to get rid of it.  It is, however, time for something a bit more powerful.  I have my eye set on the D5300 right now.  What I really want is a D7100 or D7200, but those are a little out of range for now.  Ok, let's be honest.  What I really want is the D810, but that's years to come when I can afford to drop $5000 on equipment.  

I've also created my logo.  I'm sure you see the change in the top right corner.  I'm not much of a design person, and have even less experience with Photoshop, but I did that all by myself (with some instruction from my beautiful wife, of course) and I'm quite happy with it.  I want to go nuts and make stickers and a slew of different products with it, but I think I'll stick with just the business cards for now. 

As always, stay tuned!  I promise there will be lots more to come! 


 

We'll call this "Baby's First Adventure." I know she isn't anywhere in the image at all, in fact she'd be up a bit higher on the hill I climbed down from for this image.  Her and her mother stayed there while I slid my way down the hill to take a few pictures. My wife wanted to join me on this hike, and that means we had little Kennedy Jade with us.  She slept most of the way, cuddled up next to Mom in the sling, layers upon layers of clothing around them both.  

This is the fish ladder at Steelhead Falls. Just outside of Terrebonne and Crooked River Ranch, a quick half-mile hike from the parking lot brings you here.  For a big guy like me, the way down into the canyon was easy.  Going back up not so much.  It's a lot steeper going back up than what I remember it being going down.  Not complaining of course, after all these adventures are part of that goal to get more exercise and see more of the area I've called home for several years now. There are two more images from this adventure in the Landscapes gallery!

Sadly I wasn't able to get out last week, but I'll make up for it with two updates this week!  Here in a day or two I'll post some from the roller derby I got to shoot.  It's always so much fun to attend those events!  Keep your eyes peeled for it!

-Richard


  Maple Street Bridge January 20, 2015     I have a great view of this from my backyard, but I've been itching to see it from a different angle. I decided to take the hike down into the Redmond Dry Canyon, and boy was it worth it. I barely made it in time, though, as the sun was setting quite fast.  It was almost dark by the time I got home, but I did manage to take a great sunset shot as well on the way back.    This was shot with my Nikon D40, and is composed of 7 different images at different exposures, then merged together in Photoshop.  The sensor on my camera isn't what it used to be, and for higher quality images I've been learning to shoot for HDR images. Afterwards, I brought the image into Lightroom for a bit more contrast and cleaning up.  Both images can be seen in the Landscapes gallery!  -Richard  

Maple Street Bridge
January 20, 2015

 

I have a great view of this from my backyard, but I've been itching to see it from a different angle. I decided to take the hike down into the Redmond Dry Canyon, and boy was it worth it. I barely made it in time, though, as the sun was setting quite fast.  It was almost dark by the time I got home, but I did manage to take a great sunset shot as well on the way back.  

This was shot with my Nikon D40, and is composed of 7 different images at different exposures, then merged together in Photoshop.  The sensor on my camera isn't what it used to be, and for higher quality images I've been learning to shoot for HDR images. Afterwards, I brought the image into Lightroom for a bit more contrast and cleaning up.  Both images can be seen in the Landscapes gallery!

-Richard
 


 

Sahalie Falls
January 13, 2015

This last weekend I took a quick trip to Sahalie Falls, a trip suggested by a friend for some great views and an amazing look into nature.  As soon as I got there, I knew I needed to spend more time than I had exploring the area.  With a family at home, my adventure had to be limited.  There are plans to head back that way and spend a lot more time seeing much more than I did. 

I did hike down for about a mile, stopping at a few of the more popular places to take some photos.  With the new year, I decided to practice some new techniques, so every image I captured I shot three frames or more to merge together for HDR.  The image above is my favorite from this adventure, though there are a few more that I really felt stand out. 

Of course, it wouldn't be an adventure without a sense of danger.  Along the trail I spotted a great vantage point that was a good 75 feet down from the beaten trail.  You could see that people had made their way down, but the climb was steep and loaded with rocks and large tree roots. It didn't stop me from attempting the descent. I say attempting as about halfway down I lost my footing and slid the rest of the way.  I got lucky, no damage to my equipment, nor any injury to myself save for a few bruises and my pride. I intend on making it down there a second time when I go back, next time a bit more carefully. 

Look for the rest of the images in the Landscape gallery!

-Richard