Video: Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show 5/31/2015 in Portland

Over the last 8 months, I’ve had the chance to work with two groups of amazing children living with cancer through the Pablove Shutterbugs program.  I’m excited to announce that NewSpace Center For Photography will be hosting our gallery exhibition, with images on display from kids in both classes.

I hope you will join me – the show is going to be great!!

Sunday, May 31st 4pm – 7pm
NewSpace Center For Photography
1632 SE 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
FREE!

Mt. Tabor Art Walk Starts Tomorrow!

Portland, Oregon

If you are in Portland, there is a FREE event this weekend that is not to be missed!  I will be participating in the 10th annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk from 10am – 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

MTAW15-EviteThis is your chance to see 40 local artists display their work at 23 sites around Mt. Tabor.  You are invited into the homes and studios of working artists throughout the neighborhood!

I will be hosting site #21 in my home, located at 1628 SE 58th Ave.

Come to my site for a free printed map, or download your own here.

I will have many images on display, including these:

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“Finding The Spark”

Yet to be titled: Sunset over the valley in Yosemite National Park

Yet to be titled: Sunset over the valley in Yosemite National Park

"In Memory"

“In Memory”

Please come say hello!

#SWParksTour Image Preview 4: Canyonlands

Travel Photography

We had only one day in Canyonlands National Park, and not even a full day thanks to some car trouble, but it was still a place with sights to take our breath away.

The sun pokes through over an epic landscape in Canyonlands National Park

The sun pokes through over an epic landscape in Canyonlands National Park

We were blessed with some interesting clouds in the sky to balance the incredible rock formations, though we didn’t get the colorful sunset I was hoping for.

This puddle proved the perfect mirror to reflect the sky as I waited for sunset in Canyonlands National Park.

This puddle proved the perfect mirror to reflect the sky as I waited for sunset in Canyonlands National Park.

This is definitely a place I would return to on another trip, with a bit more time to look around.

Although Mesa Arch is known as a sunrise destination, it's quite an impressive structure at any time of day.

Although Mesa Arch is known as a sunrise destination, it’s quite an impressive structure at any time of day.

Not To Beat A Dead Horse

No, we didn’t have time to visit Dead-Horse Point on our way to Canyonlands, but we heard good things.  But that reminds me!  Your chance to get 25% off of images from this trip is nearly over.  The pre-sale storefront will be open until I have finished going through all of my photos and am ready to fulfill the original pre-sale orders (which is admittedly taking me longer than I anticipated, but it won’t be much longer!).

#SWParksTour Image Preview 3: More Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

In spite of many too-clear skies, my time at the Grand Canyon did yield enough beautiful imagery to warrant a second posting.

The first morning light reflecting the many colors of the canyon.

The first morning light reflecting the many colors of the canyon.

It was sometimes the subtle gradations of color that captivated me most, as in this evening shot.

It was sometimes the subtle gradations of color that captivated me most, as in this evening shot.

I was most impressed by how much the colors could change as the sun moved.  This shot from shortly after sunset revealed blues and purples that had been absent just a few minutes earlier.

I was most impressed by how much the colors could change as the sun moved. This shot from shortly after sunset revealed blues and purples that had been absent just a few minutes earlier.

Our last stop at the Watchtower on the way out gave us a last view to remember the Grand Canyon by.

Our last stop at the Watchtower on the way out gave us a last view of the river to remember the Grand Canyon by.

Time Is Almost Up!

I will continue to post images here in the weeks to come, but your chance to get 25% off of images from this trip is nearly over.  The pre-sale storefront will be open only until I have finished going through all of my photos and am ready to fulfill the original pre-sale orders.

#SWParksTour Image Preview 2: The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

Continuing the preview that I started in last week’s post, here are a few images that I took during my time at the Grand Canyon:

Pre-dawn silhouette of a tree as the sun just begins to lighten the sky over the Grand Canyon.

Pre-dawn silhouette of a tree as the sun just begins to lighten the sky over the Grand Canyon.

Sunset near Pima Point at the Grand Canyon

Sunset near Pima Point at the Grand Canyon

I was continually impressed by how the colors would shift as the light changed at the Grand Canyon.

I was continually impressed by how the colors would shift as the light changed at the Grand Canyon.

The moon showed only a sliver, but there was enough light on the darker part to give me a fantastic view as it rose over the Grand Canyon.

The moon showed only a sliver, but there was enough light on the darker part to give me a fantastic view as it rose over the Grand Canyon.

It Bears Repeating:

I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who took advantage of my art pre-sale, receiving up to 50% off by taking a chance and buying prints from my trip before seeing a single image.  Those deals are no longer available, but for anyone who is kicking themselves for passing them by, here is the next best thing:  The pre-sale storefront is still open, and will be so until sometime in early May, when I finish going through photos from the trip.  Prints are now available at a flat discount of 25% off of retail – still nothing to sniff at, if you ask me.  Don’t delay, as this deal will evaporate as well once I’m done sifting images!

#SWParksTour Image Preview: Yosemite

Travel Photography

One of the best parts of the work I do is the opportunity to travel to beautiful places and see what justice I can do them through the lens.  The trade-off is that when you put your whole life on hold for any period of time, there is an inevitable reckoning when you return and try to pick up where you left off.  I am still buried in email and obligations, but I’m also devoting as much time as I can to going through the many photos from my trip and getting them ready to show the world.  Here are just a few of my favorites from the first stop of my trip, Yosemite National Park:

Sunset over the valley in Yosemite National Park

Sunset over the valley in Yosemite National Park

I was mesmerized by the shapes in this tree, near the base of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

I was mesmerized by the shapes in this tree, near the base of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

Sunset light on Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park

Sunset light on Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park

A Rainbow in the mist at Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

A Rainbow in the mist at Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park

The Second-Best Deal Available

I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who took advantage of my art pre-sale, receiving up to 50% off by taking a chance and buying prints from my trip before seeing a single image.  Those deals are no longer available, but for anyone who is kicking themselves for passing them by, here is the next best thing:  The pre-sale storefront is still open, and will be so until sometime in early May, when I finish going through photos from the trip.  Prints are now available at a flat discount of 25% off of retail – still nothing to sniff at, if you ask me.  Don’t delay, as this deal will evaporate as well once I’m done sifting images!

Art Reception in Portland

I’m back from my travels, and furiously working to catch up on everything that I put on hold for the trip.  While working my way through the many photos I took, I’m also preparing for an upcoming reception to be held at the Realty Trust on SE 50th & Hawthorne here in Portland on Thursday, April 23rd from 4:30-7:00pm.

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Bazi Bierbrasserie will be serving up hors d-oeuvres and offering German bier tasting (read: free food and beer) while you mingle and enjoy the art on display.  I’ll have a selection of small prints and art miniatures in addition to the larger aluminum prints on display.

Please join me!

Thursday, April 23rd, 4:30-7:00pm
Hawthorne Realty Trust
5015 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

On Photographing National Parks

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, you’ve seen a few behind-the-scenes pictures of my photography tour of the SW United States, like this one:

Behind the scenes at Bryce Canyon.

Behind the scenes at Bryce Canyon.

This trip has been incredible.  I’ve finally had the opportunity to spend some real time with my uncle Peter, after whom I was named, and together we have seen some of our country’s most beautiful destinations.  I know without a doubt that I have captured some of the best images of my life (don’t miss the last 2 days of my Pre-Sale, where you can get up to 50% off the art from this trip by making a purchase before I publish them).

Behind the scenes during sunset at Zion.

Behind the scenes during sunset at Zion.

As beautiful as they are, there is a downside to photographing national parks and monuments.  I often speak of photography as a form of meditation; a way for me to experience nature’s beauty and disengage from the overwhelm of daily life.  While this can be found in our national parks, it has not been the norm on this trip.  Many of the most picturesque places are well known, and well trafficked by photographers and sight-seers.  As a result, many of my experiences along this trip have been reminding me of my recent trip to Multnomah Falls, where I have had to work a bit harder to find the meditation that is the core of nature photography for me.

In the end, these parks and monuments are an invaluable resource, and well worth visiting for anyone who has an inkling.

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I think that they will continue to be the exception for me, rather than the rule, as I seek to maintain the sense of calm wonder and discovery that is why I am a nature photographer in the first place.

One Last Shameless Plug:

Yes, this is really, actually your last chance to take advantage of the SW Parks Tour Art Pre-Sale.  This trip has given me huge opportunity to add some of my most beautiful work ever to my portfolio.  Click here to take advantage of 35-50% off of this work by purchasing before Easter!

#SWParksTour Has Begun!

Although Wi-Fi has been strangely hard to come by, and cell service nearly as bad, I’m doing my best to give you a few peeks of what I’m seeing on this great adventure.  The best way to see the latest is to follow along on Instagram.

I have also extended the Art Pre-Sale through the end of the trip, so if you are intrigued by what you see, you can still pre-purchase to get 35-50% off the images I will create from this trip!

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My setup for sunset over Yosemite Valley.

Me capturing the sunset over the Grand Canyon.  Taken by the "other" Peter Blanchard with my phone.

Me capturing the sunset over the Grand Canyon. Taken by the “other” Peter Blanchard with my phone.

It’s been a great time so far, getting to know my uncle better and seeing some of the amazing beauty of our country.  I can’t wait to share the final images after I return in April!

Milestones

"Milestones" Painted Hills, OR

“Milestones”
Painted Hills, OR

Every step that you take moves you further in the direction of your destination.  Though each step may seem small in itself, progress in any direction is comprised of these thousands of smaller steps.  Worry more that each step moves you in the direction you wish to go, and less for how you will cover the great distance to where you’d like to end up.