Category Archives: Landscape Photogrpahy

A trip to Proxy Falls

A long exposure photograph of the water flowing through proxy falls in Oregon.


Last week I got to knock off a bucket list photo for me. I’ve always wanted to go and photograph Proxy Falls, located about an hour east of Eugene, Oregon. I am really proud of the final results, and this might be one of my favorite waterfall photos I have ever taken. I titled this image “Enlightened Waters” to try and convey the feeling I get when I look at this image. I shot this while standing knee deep in the creek. The water was cold but the air had a coolness that was quite refreshing. The road to the waterfall is closed part of the year, but if you get a chance I highly recommend making the trip because this is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever been to in Oregon.


This is available in my fine art print shop  I have some standard sizes and options listed. I think this print would look amazing as a signature custom print under acrylic or on metal. It would be a great focal piece for an office, bar, or living room. Please contact me if your interested – ([email protected]).

Iceland: Svörtuloft Lighthouse

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One of my favorite experience during our recent trip to Iceland was our visit to the Svörtuloft Lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated out toward the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, one of the most western spots on the island.

The lighthouse sits out on the edge of the cliffs and is accessed by a single lane dirt and gravel road that cuts through a fields of moss covered igneous rock. I really enjoyed the stormy weather that day it added a lot of mood to the images and our overall experience visiting the lighthouse. Not only was it cold and windy but the waves were crashing into the face of the cliffs like thunder which added to the overall dramatic feeling in the atmosphere. It was really neat that the lighthouse was painted orange it adds a great contrast against the darkness in the sky.


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The waves thundered against the cliffs

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I put together a short video of the waves crashing into the rocks. Check it out

Fall Creek Trail – Central Oregon

Water cascading over a fallen log along Fall Creek in Central Oregon

I just wanted to share a few photos from a trip I took over to Central Oregon a few weeks ago. We got up early on a Sunday morning and went exploring looking for a waterfall I had heard about. I never found the falls…. I think I needed to travel farther along the trail but didn’t have enough time.

I did get a few nice photos from the outing:

The view of Fall Creek in Central Oregon from the first bridge crossing on the Green Lakes Trail Deschutes National Forest Sign near Fall Creek Silhouette of Trees - Fall Creek - Central Oregon

A Bandon Sunset

Howling Dog Sea Stack at Sunset, Bandon, Oregon.

Bandon is probably the most beautiful spot I’ve been to on the Oregon Coast. It was my first time photographing the area and was amazed by the gorgeous beach and incredible sea stacks. It really was a photographers paradise. I was speaking to a friend Yesterday and he made the comment that you could spend a week shooting this beach and still not get bored! While doing my research I found a particular Sea Stack that caught my aptly nicknamed Howling Dog (Above – *corrected by a local expert I originally misidentified the sea stack as wizards hat another local seastack). We were fortunate enough to get a really fantastic sunset and wonderful moody blues highlights of orange. My last few attempts to shoot a sunset on the coast have been fruitless and made this epic sunset that much more bittersweet.

Landscape photography to me is a very meditative process. It requires slowing down, taking in and enjoying your surroundings.






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