Photo Of The Day – Classic Crater Lake Panorama

Title: Classic Crater Lake Panorama Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA, North America (42°54’39” N 122°8’31” W) Description: Can you spot the studious girl in the photo? ——————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 28mm Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed 1/200 Altitude 7079′ Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Wind Through The Trees

Title: Wind Through The Trees Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA, North America, Earth (42°54’44” N 122°8’48” W) Description: A different take on Crater Lake National Park. ——————- Camera Canon 7D Mark II Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 200 Focal Length 180mm Aperture f/36 Shutter Speed 1/6 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood And Trillium Lake

First, an announcement: I know some of you have been receiving old posts in your email inbox. I have been confounded why this keeps happening but today I think I applied a fix. At least the only one I found that might work. If you receive old posts Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Crater Lake And Space

Title:  Crater Lake And Space   Location: High above Oregon, USA, North America Description: I love air travel especially when the atmosphere cooperates. In this case I by chance picked the right side of the plane fying North and was able to get a fabulous view of Crate Lake, the deepest Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Flying Across The Alvord Desert

Title: Flying Across The Alvord Desert Location: Alvord Desert, Eastern Oregon, USA, North America Description: Back in my off-roading days I would have the joy of heading into the backcountry with great friends in a variety of vehicles, but mostly Land Rovers of various styles and repair. These aren’t Continue Reading →

2015 Calendars Are Ready!

I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H). The subjects of each calendar are : US National Parks Sunrise & Sunset Himalayas in Color Himalayas in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – I Miss That Truck, Sometimes

Title: I Miss That Truck, Sometimes Location: Central Eastern Oregon, USA, North America Description: This is an image of the truck I enjoyed owning the most, one of only 500 Land Rover Defender 110s in the US at the time. When it was working properly I enjoyed it. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Title: Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake Location: Clackamas County, Oregon, USA, North America (45°16’3″ N  121°44’26” W) Description: When the sun is shining in the Pacific Northwest, it is a wonderland. Like the photo? Join the club. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Morning on the Columbia River

Title: Morning on the Columbia River Location: Columbia River between Washington & Oregon, USA, North America Description: A beautiful morning on the lower section of the Columbia River, just before it abruptly greets the Pacific Ocean, is punctuated with perfect light. This photo wasn’t hard to take and fairly Continue Reading →

Winter/Spring Photography Workshops In Washington, Oregon and California Open For Enrollment

I am happy to announce I am have set dates for Level 1 Photography Workshops in Washington, Oregon and California. The dates and locations are as follows (click on a link for more info and to register): Seattle, WA – March 2nd, 2014 Seattle, WA – March 26, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Standing In the Light

Title: Standing In the Light Location: Lake County, Oregon, USA, North America (43°31’23” N 120°52’21” W) Description: At the beginning of Derek Cave, an evacuated lava tube in central Oregon, USA, there are a few spots where the ceiling has caved in due to proximity to the ground Continue Reading →

My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013

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I am presenting these images from 2013 in the hopes that you find something you like. That being said, there are some images here only I might like, and I’m good with that. I started taking more “odd” photos in 2013, experimenting with blue and playing with colored tonic water poured over fruit and vegetables. While I love the mountains and travel, there are a lot of subject matter that interest me that will never get the “oooohhh” and “ahhhhh”s that those picture garner. But that’s what photography is for me, endless exploration and experimentation to present a view of what is in front of me.

Some of these images made the cut because they are stand-alone pretty. Some made the cut because they hold memories for me and my family (and I know my wife will be reading this post so I want to help jog her memory of the happy times we have shared). And then some….well, I’ll group these images by style to make it easier. Let’s start with the pretty stuff and then move into family memories (there were too many to show them all) and then the odd stuff you might not know me for.

This post will be gathered in a compilation my friend Jim Goldstein puts together of various photographers’ “Best of 2013” lists. If you would like to join in, check out this link. I’m wondering if this list will be included as Jim suggests (rightly so) narrowing your list to five or ten images. I have 32 in this list. I don’t follow direction well.

How To Use This Slideshow For Best Effect

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Now do you see that x in the upper right corner above this text? Once you click that, you’ll have a full browser view of the images. You can then use the control arrows at the bottom of the image or your mouse’s scroll wheel. Or just flick them aside on your tablet like you would other pictures.

Image Descriptions

1. Cho Oyu and Photographers, Nepal

2. Sunset from 39,000′, somewhere over California, USA

3. Machermo Range And Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Nepal

4. Himalayas and stars through a windows, Machermo, Nepal

5. Yak and Kangtega, Nepal

6. Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lakes, Washington, USA

7. Mt. Baker at sunset, Washington, USA

8. Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

9. Photographer and the Moon, near Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

10. Sun through the trees, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

11. Moonrise over the Cascade Mountains from Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

12. Sunset on the Washington Coast, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

13. Temple Of The Mad Man, Bhutan

14. Monks at ceremony, Jakar, Bhutan

15. Blossoms and field, Jakar, Bhutan

16. My daughter and her friend exploring trees, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

17. SMORES!!!! Sequoia National Park, California, USA

18. Looking up, Sequoia National Park, California, USA

19. My wife and daughter at a Papohaku Beach, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

20. My daughter flying a kite, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

21. Sunrise over Maui aboard the UnCruise Adventures Safari Explorer, Hawaii, USA

22. Jessie breaks open coconuts, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

23. A mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of California, USA

24. Military gravestones, Medical Lake, Washington, USA

25. Playing with LEDs, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

26. Rust and waves, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada

27. Moths to a flame (look closely and you’ll see the repeating pattern as the light hit them), Clinton, Washington, USA

28. Spinning dancer, Paro, Bhutan

29. Nature’s ladder, Washington, USA

30. Keeping pace with the falls, Oregon, USA

31. How to make an okay sunset even better (panning blur), Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

32. Sunset on our second to last night on our honeymoon 🙂

Photo Of The Day – Following The Falls

Title: Following The Falls Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: By panning down with the falling water of Triple Falls in Oregon, interesting patterns emerge. It’s a simple technique and with the advantage of nearly unlimited storage in digital cameras, it doesn’t take long to gain dramatic images. Camera Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Title: Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake Location: Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA, USA, North America Description: Mt. Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon state, stands above Trillium Lake as a couple glides gently across the surface of the lake in their canoe. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm Continue Reading →

Air Travel Amazes Me

To say air travel amazes me is like saying the Pope is kind of Catholic. Have you ever considered what it takes to get a plane off the ground or why it flies? Have you thought about how easy it is to get from Point A to Point Continue Reading →

Shadows In The Forest

While leading a three day waterfall workshop in Oregon’s gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, I grew a little bored at the last waterfall. We had seen and photographed a lot of waterfalls and I was casting about for some other form of inspiration. The day was perfect. No, really, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Spinning Waterfall

  Title: Spinning Waterfall Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: Starvation Creek Falls, as seen through a spinning lens. The technique is simple but takes trial and error. Make sure the spinning point is centered where you want focus sharpest. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Looking Good

Title: Mount Hood Looking Good Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: Mt. Hood, as seen along the freeway leading right to the base of the mountain. Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, this stunning mountain makes for an easy photography target. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Title: Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA Location: Oregon, USA, North America Description: Along the Columbia River Gorge, on the Oregon side, is a vast network of cascading waterfalls emptying into the might Columbia River. These waterfalls bring rain and snowmelt down from the Cascades and over a steep Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Autumn Is Here

Title: Autumn Is Here Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA, North America Description: As the leafs begin to change color and fall, a cool mist rises from the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. Purchase this print on Etsy with a 10% discount for blog readers (discount code is 10POTD). Camera Continue Reading →

2013 US National Parks Calendar Now Available

Would you like to discover a new National Park each and every month next year? For 2013 I am offering a 12 month Majestic US National Parks calendar perfect for your office, garage or outhouse. Each month offers 2 – 5 images from parks throughout the USA, including: Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Same Scene, Different Sunset

Title: Same Scene, Different Sunset Location: West Linn, Oregon, USA, North America Description: Different Day, same scene, different sunset. Here’s one from two nights ago. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed 1/640 Aperture f/5.6 ISO 100 Focal Length 300mm (480mm equivalent) Photograph Copyright Peter West Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset Before The Storm

Title: Sunset Before The Storm Location: West Linn, Oregon, USA, North America Description: Storm clouds moving from the South start to cover over the sun before it can dive into the horizon. This shot was taken about 20 minutes before yesterday’s Photo Of The Day where you can Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Morning Colors At Trillium Lake

Title: Morning Colors At Trillium Lake Location: Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA, North America MAP Description: Waking up early is not my forte unless I have a good reason. On the last day of my Waterfalls, Mountains & Stars workshop in Oregon this past weekend we were hoping and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mt. Hood Aglow

Title: Mt. Hood Aglow Location: White Salmon, Washington, USA, North America MAP Description: Mornings come very early just after the solstice in Washington state where it borders Oregon along the Columbia River. But there are few better times to capture Mt. Hood in magnificent light. Image shot this Continue Reading →

Kids In The City – Expedia’s Useful Tips For Family Travel This Summer

I love planning. I don’t like random email pitches from PR or product companies. Today the two worlds collide. That’s because Expedia pitched me something I ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT AND WILL USE! It doesn’t happen often. It’s their Kids In The City program and you might be able Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Into The Sky

Title: Into The Sky Location: Portland, Oregon, USA, North America Description: A Delta jet heads East toward Mt. Hood along the Columbia River in Oregon on Sunday. Clear skies in the winter are enjoyed by a town often gray for months on end. At least that’s what they Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Green Rush

Title: Green Rush Location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA Description: The outflow from Bridal Veil Falls (no, not that Bridal Veil Falls, the other one….no, the other, other one) cascades through a cleft in moss covered rocks before meeting up with the mighty Columbia River 400 yards later. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Take Offs And Landings

Title: Take Offs And Landings Location: Portland, Oregon, USA, North America Description: What’s going on here? First, this image was shot with a Canon 7D and Canon 28-300mm L lens with settings of ISO 100, 150mm, f/20, 30 seconds. What’s going is one plane is taking off and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Proxy Falls

Title: Proxy Falls Location: Three Sisters Wilderness, Willamette National Forest, Oregon, USA, North America Description: Road access is closed in the Fall and Winter months requiring a bit of a slog up cedar bough covered pavement before branching off to the falls trails. The transition, in a deserted Continue Reading →

The Locks Of Portland

Sometimes I become irrationally obsessed with the mundane. During a Level 2 Photo Workshop in Portland two weekends ago, we took a walk around a couple dozen blocks of the city. While helping students, I became highly interested in the repeating pattern of locks. Big, small, integrated or Continue Reading →