Each month I look forward to writing these “photo retrospective” posts for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I love being able to share what I’m shooting! Knowing that there are thousands of you from all over the world reading Less Gear || More Photos is an awesome thing, and being able to share the scenery and seasons from here in New York and beyond with all of you is incredible. The emails that I receive and the comments that you leave on the blog keep me motivated to get out week to week and continue to shoot. Second, it gives me a chance to let you in a little on what’s going on in my life, and hopefully what motivates me as a person and a photographer (and soon a father!) 🙂
With that said, here are my favorites for the month of May, with a few extra personal shots sprinkled in.
I usually share these photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+, along with camera, lens and exposure info. Make sure to give me a follow on any of those networks to see what I’m posting throughout the month. These were all taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Enjoy!
My in-laws live out in Portland, Oregon so we get out there a few times a year, often for a couple weeks at a time. The photography in and around Portland is wonderful, and something I always look forward to when I travel there. When we arrived in mid May, the city was in full bloom. Just taking a walk around the neighborhoods felt like you were in a botanical garden with all of the different flower varieties on display. I don’t have a macro lens for my OM-D, but the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 makes a good stand in. The clarity and detail this lens produces coupled along with the 16 MP sensor on the E-M5 lets me crop into the photo with no problem.
The Olympus 25mm f/1.8 is also a great lens for flowers, producing great colors, nice sharpness and creamy blur.
Each time I visit Portland I try to find a new area to photograph. This time, it was Mount Tabor Park, which sits on a 636 foot high extinct volcano and was home to three open air reservoirs providing Portland’s drinking water (they’re currently being taken offline). It’s a beautiful area, with wooded trails and great views of all of Portland. We took a hike during the day, and I knew I wanted to return one night at sunset to do some photography.
Another new spot I was excited about checking out in PDX was the new pedestrian bridge over the Willamette River. At the moment, the new Tilikum Crossing is not even open, but in September it will provide a great way for light rail as well as walkers and bikers from Southeast Portland to get across the river into downtown.
While we were out in Portland, my wife hit the 34th week of her pregnancy. I can’t let these milestones go without doing a photoshoot, so we found a great rose garden in Northeast Portland called Peninsula Park and did some maternity shots.
We capped off an amazing couple of weeks in City of Roses with a trip out to the coast. Cannon Beach is about 90 minutes outside of the Portland, and home to Haystack Rock (you may recognize it from The Goonies). I grew up in New Jersey, so the unique beauty of the Oregon coastline is a treat for me as a photographer. The conditions were dense overcast, but I made the best of what I was given. As the sun went down the first night, a beautiful blue came across the beach, letting me use some long shutter speeds to capture what light was left in the sky.
Even though the forecast called for more dense overcast, I was determined to be on the beach at sunrise, and woke around 5 am the next morning. As a landscape photographer, it’s always tough when you visit a location for one day, only to be greeted with subpar weather conditions. In my head I’m always telling myself, “Good photographers can take great photos no matter what the conditions”. I took a lot of photos that morning, but this runner crossing my path and making fresh tracks on the beach was by far one of my favorites.
These are only two of the many photos I took on my trip to the coast. I’m still going through them all, so I may be sharing a few more in next month’s photo retrospective, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+ throughout the month of June. Make sure to follow along if you’d like to see some more shots of the Oregon coast!
What were you shooting in during the month of May? Let me know in the comments!