Marvelous combination for an almost autumn day ! An opportunity was given me to meet an online friend from Australia and I ran with the chance. As a bonus new friends and old friends mingled for lunch and shooting sunset (in classic photographer meetup fashion worldwide). Gary Randall, one of the brothers of my heart rather than blood, helped make this happen with his sweetie Darlene Cox, our dear Australian friend Hillary Younger, and Hudson Henry from Portland area. This Grand day included excellent food from El Burro Loco in Welches, Oregon, and a hairy drive up long mountain roads to Flagg Mountain lookout. These are the moments in a photographers life that help us remember the joy in what we do wandering around the county and sometimes around the world observing and capturing the unusual moments in life and the beauty of nature. Of course it also helps when someone actually buys some of this beauty, and I am so appreciative of those who have understood the work that I and others put into creating our art, and showed their appreciation through purchases both large and small.
Gary Randall has been seriously following his art and his dream this last few years, and not only sells prints but also leads workshops and is licensed as a guide in the National Forest and in the Columbia River Gorge. You can learn more about him and his work on this website Gary Randall Fine Art Photography . His sweet girlfriend Darlene is a jewel and also a fine photographer in her own right.
Hillary is a marvelous photographer from Tasmania, with a heart as deep as the ocean and a deep caring for the hill people of Ladakh.
Hudson Henry is remarkable, energetic and creative and fun. You can see his website here: Hudson Henry Ironically, I had saved a draft of this post with the title as is, and then hours later read Hudson’s post which has almost the same title!
A few images from the event, beginning with my quick trip to Sandy for a headlight so I could stay out after dark!
Taken in the afternoon of Sept 15 from Sandy, Oregon as the 36 Pit Fire flared up again.
Brother and Sister PPV enjoying a sunset. (PPV is Gary’s name for a Photography Pursuit Vehicle. Or was that Personal Photography Vehicle?) In any case, His PPV did not leave mine in the dust, lil sis kept up just fine.
The Sun was fascinating seen through the smoke laden sunset from atop Flag Mountain lookout
Dropping swiftly below the horizon, the sun was a ball of luminescent red in the smoky sky.
As the colors faded, I was still shooting… my friends! Hudson, Hillary, and Gary
Gary was a blur of action catching all the Comps, while Hudson stood still long enough to capture as he caught the fading sunset.
and of course, one last blast of color long after most people think sunset is over. I loved the layers here.
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