Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Friends, inspiration and bonding times - Part 4 of 4

Our last stop before heading home was another stop on my bucket list. Smith Rock, near Terrabonne, Oregon is another one of those places where photos cannot do justice to the scale of the scene. From the trial next to the river to the various peaks,  can range from 40 feet to 400 feet.

In addition to the natural beauty that Smith Rock's volcanic pumice scenery provides it is also one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the United States with a climbing routes rated a 5.9, one of the most difficult climbs available. It has also been host to numerous film crews including John Wayne's Rooster Cogburn,  Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, the box office bomb The Postman and Swordfish with John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Holly Berry.

The shear rugged terrain is instantly eye grabbing. It is hard to know where to start photographing. I of course wanted to get the classic shot of Smith Rock, above, but then I moved into some different perspectives like the photograph on the left and below.

This location is also ripe with opportunities to photograph textures galore. Shoot one rock face, move your lens a few inches and you have an altogether new texture to photograph. If you do go to Smith Rock, do yourself a favor and visit the Crooked River Bridge which is the 464 feet long and is 295 feet above the crooked river. Don't do it if you have a deep respect for (a.k.a. fear of) heights. It isn't for the faint of heart.

I will be returning to Smith Rock again in the future. There is so much to see and photograph. You come back here tomorrow for a free desktop wallpaper from Smith Rock. Until then enjoy this one last photograph.

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