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“Our Inner Sense”

"A Time To Reflect"

"A Time To Reflect"

I have always loved to travel and experience different places, other than the ones I usually frequent. My inner compass pointed to… the west coast… specifically Oregon. It offered many features that could be used in a photo shoot and also appealed to my inner vision. The surrounding landscape included sea stacks, cliffs, fog, and lots of water, to only mention a few of its spectacular views. An extensive tour of the coast included very expansive dunes, starfish and their intimate relationship with the water. I soon realized that a water theme was prevalent in most of my compositions. To create not just a static shot, I employed the use of long exposures which gave a sense of movement. One shot in particular required a lot of trial and error. The photo “Beached” came from my inability to stay on one subject for a long period time… it’s my “photo ADD moment”.  It started one evening while I was waiting for a spectacular sunset, which seemed to take forever to materialize. I had isolated my camera’s focus on a shell. The many challenges to this shot were…timing the movement of the water, the dwindling light, sinking tripod legs, and seagulls… who seemed to think it was the last morsel on earth. My wait was rewarded with one of my favorite compositions.

Throughout my travels in Oregon, from the rainforest’s, cliffs, harbors, and beaches, I truly felt a familiar bond. Although it was very different from my east coast origin, it shared something I was all to familiar with… water. My connection with the beach and its fluid beauty gave me a true sense of belonging. I was able to both relate and create yet not feel out-of-place. I encourage you to explore your inner senses… discover that common bond that can touch you regardless of time or place.

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14 responses

  1. Thank you for bringing us to these beautiful places. Your images captured its beauty and magic. And it is mesmerizing. I can close my eyes, imagine and the images comes alive. Have a great weekend.

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    June 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

    • Thanks ‘IT’ for checking back.

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      July 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  2. Great post, and a collection of great photos!

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    June 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

  3. Nice work

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    April 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

    • Hi Lou… thanks for stopping by and leaving a note.

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      April 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

  4. Your photos never cease to amaze me. You’re very in tune with nature here and it shows. I spent a day on the highway next to the Oregon coastline and really enjoyed the scenery. I have to make it back sometime so that I can explore more. I love these shots, especially “Beached,” “A Time to Reflect,” and the purple sunset 🙂

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    April 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

  5. I love your photo (s) – Nature is my tool for meditation and reflections (and photography!). To dwell in nature do that I find myself well and cope with the everyday demands and stress at work ….

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    April 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  6. Barbara

    Magnificent! The ocean always seems to move us emotionally. There is a sense of peace and an understanding that comes over us when we watch the rythm of the waves. You have captured those emottions in your photographs.
    I always think your pictures that involvle nature are your best. My favorite is the sixth picture in the group.That photograph is intense.

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    April 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

  7. So utterly beautiful.

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    April 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  8. OOh my god!! absolutely amazing!! wooww!! you are a magician with the camera Mike.. 🙂

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    April 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  9. Incredible stuff, Mike. Hard to single any out but in respect to 2,9,10, and 12, does Ian Plant know you’re right behind him?

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    April 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

  10. Mike, this is a really beautiful portfolio. Your dedication to your art and your patience in persuing your vision have been generously rewarded here. Several of these are among the finest work that I’ve yet seen of yours. Thank you!

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    April 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

  11. Stunning as always.

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    April 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

  12. A stunning series of photographs.

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    April 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

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