Adrian Klein Photography: Blog en-us (C) Adrian Klein Photography (Adrian Klein Photography) Sun, 27 Dec 2020 23:17:00 GMT Sun, 27 Dec 2020 23:17:00 GMT Adrian Klein Photography: Blog 120 80 2020 Photo Retrospective Impressive what 12 months can do to change your life and perspective in many ways. When I take time to reflect back each year on trips and photos I never think the next year might include things like domestic travel restrictions, quarantine, and wearing a face mask while hiking. Yet here we are in December 2020 and that and much more was awaited us as came into the year. 

The beginning of the year started in a tropical paradise with my family and adventure-filled plans to fill up some extended time off I planned on taking. I wanted to go here and there, and everywhere. That was before everything changed.

Once the pandemic hit I didn't expect to travel much, and I didn't after March. I figured the end result would be having hardly any new photos by year's end. That was not the case. It goes to show with the right attitude and flexibility as artists we can still produce new work in a responsible way even in the middle of a global pandemic. What you see here is not the full set of best of 2020 highlights, only what I have worked through. The rest I will get to reviewing and processing in 2021. 

From a photography business standpoint, I am truly thankful for all the customers that continued purchasing and licensing my work throughout 2020. Beyond that, the definite highlight was the release of "Oregon My Oregon, Land of Natural Wonders" with my great friends on the Photo Cascadia Team and designed by Timber Press. A high-quality publisher supported photography book is an aspiration for most photographers and filled with immense gratitude as the book was released. 

There were a lot of negative reactions on social media and the news about 2020 which I get. It was anything but a normal year and is truly unfortunate the number of lives, jobs, and businesses lost. Not to mention all the forest fires in the west that devastated communities and altered wilderness locations to point of being unrecognizable. I do believe that there is a silver lining in almost everything. This year included. The changes we all experienced in 2020 are going to continue to shape how we live our lives for years to come and I don't see that as a bad thing.

It's easy to get set in our ways and an abrupt societal pause, even if it's a pandemic, can be just what we need to remind all of us of what is most important going forward. There are certain things I will never go back to again like commuting 5 days a week in rush hour and things I will appreciate even more such as in-person group gatherings that don't require face masks, being outdoors, and standing at least 6ft apart. I am also absorbing my experiences in nature on another level, sadly realizing that I never know now when I leave a forested location if I will be able to come back to it again before it's visited by wildfire. 

I feel like 2020 was training for whatever 2021 and beyond brings our way. To everyone reading this, stay positive. We are ready!


Below ZeroBelow ZeroThe steam comes off the 104 degree hot spring pond at Chena Hotsprings in Alaska

Early in the year before Covid shut down travel, my friend Sean Bagshaw and I did a multiday road trip around Southern Oregon and Northern California. We had a mixture of subjects including a stop for a night at Crater Lake National Park which resulted in a nice sunset and sunrise. 

Sunset BluesSunset BluesStanding near the edge of Crater Lake at sunset in winter Winter WizardWinter WizardView of Wizard Island in Crater Lake at sunrise during a cold winter morning

Molten FlowMolten FlowA waterfall in California flowing strong during spring season with some nice back light coming through the spray.

Then in late spring to early summer, I went with another friend from Photo Cascadia, David Cobb, to several locations in Washington. Traveling in our separate vehicles of course. Here are a couple of images from the places we visited. If you look close enough in the forest photo filled with lush ferns you will see David hiking ahead of me. 

RefreshingRefreshingA waterfall in spring time dropping from a basalt cliff in Washington State

The ConnectionThe ConnectionMy friend walking the trail as ferns come alive in spring.
In mid-summer, we found a way to make a small extended family trip to work down to Crescent City, California to visit Redwoods National Park. I found this nice set of rocks along the shore and this wonderful "salad" mix of seaweed and kelp. The fog rolling in and out in the redwood forest is something you can't pass up. 

Fresh From The TumblerFresh From The TumblerA colorful set of agates set against a pile of granite and quartz. Fresh from the ocean beaches waitin for the tide to return and continue the tumbling and polishing. North California Coast

Shoreline SaladShoreline SaladA beautiful mix of kelp and seaweed in nature color tones seen at low tide. North California Coast.

Febreze de RedwoodFebreze de RedwoodThe smell of the cool foggy air rolling through the Redwood forest is something everyone needs to experience. North California Coast.

While out hiking on one of the few trails open in the Columbia River Gorge, I ended up taking my camera out for this close-up image of a partially burned tree trunk. The three very distinct textures and colors drew me in. 

Black and LeatherBlack and LeatherA large log from a burned tree showing three distintic layers. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Speaking of burned, the whole pacific northwest felt like it was on fire at one point this summer, which isn't much of an exaggeration. For about a week the air in Portland, Oregon was considered hazardous. I put on the best mask I had to get out for this photo. 

Portland on FirePortland on FireIn summer 2020 as forests burned around Oregon smoke poured into Portland with hazardous level air quality for a week.

One fall day my friend Michael Bollino and I headed out to see what we could find. After a long drive through pouring rain that had me almost hydroplaning at one point, I was rewarded with this view as flurries of snow fell on my camera and the fog failing an attempt to perform a disappearing act. Taken in the Mount Hood National Forest on a cold fall day with snow showers and freezing fog.

Frigid NeedlesFrigid NeedlesFreezing fog blankets the Mount Hood National Forest as the season changes from Fall to Winter in Oregon

In early fall I had just recently purchased the Canon 100-400 telephoto lens which had been on my wishlist for years. One morning in the Columbia Gorge the dense low clouds and fog were slowly being burned away by the incoming sunlight. This view is something I spied way off in the distance and I set up at this location hoping the right moment of sunlight and clouds would appear, and it did.   
Gilded TowersGilded TowersA small group of trees growing on the edge of a cliff with the morning light shining through. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

For years now I have passed through the Oregon Coast range in fall and always said "next year" as I drive to wherever I am headed. Well, I couldn't let another year pass and not stop. While I want to get back again to explore more this was a very nice start. I put myself in the photo for some perspective. 

Yellow Brick TrailYellow Brick TrailA forest filled with yellow maple leaves in the Oregon Coast range.

One rainy spring day we decided to head out as a family for a hike with only loose plans for a general area but not a specific spot. We decided to visit this location which turned out to be a great family hike. Considering it was a rainy weekday we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Plenty of wet foliage and thick mud. We all needed to wash our clothes and take a shower after this hike.  

The EntranceThe EntranceHiking in a cool lush Pacific Northwest rain forest during a spring rain shower.

While at the Oregon Coast dunes my daughter ran on ahead of me towards the top. Multiple times a day we ran around the dunes. Great exercise as we took a family camping trip shortly after the state parks opened again. Pretty easy to keep your distance from others when you camp. 

SandySandyA young child hikes to the top of a large sand dune near the Oregon coast.

This photo sums it up. Hiking in the redwoods with a mask on. While I tried to avoid busy hiking trails even some of the hiking required wearing a mask to do the right thing and be considerate to those you pass on the trail. 

Hiking Redwoods National ParkMe wearing a mask while hiking in the summer of 2020

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Alaska In Winter - Anchorage to Fairbanks "We are going to Alaska... this winter" I exclaimed to my wife as we sat on the couch chatting. It was already January which means there wasn't much left of winter as far as planning a trip but I wanted to make it happen. Next, I texted my brother that we wanted to come up and that it would be very soon. He quickly responded with a yes! 

See here is the thing. While we have been to Alaska before it's been a long time and we had not yet been in winter. It was on my must-do/see adventure list (which mind you is too long as it is) but this one gets a bump up to the top because we have family there which is a double win. Through a couple of calls and a flurry of texts we worked out the dates. It would be mostly a family trip, less photography focused, and we would time it with Fur Rendevous. This is the winter festival in Anchorage that includes the start of the iconic Iditarod dogsled race and many other fun-filled activities that would be a stark contrast from the activities we have in our area. Running with the reindeer!? Umm, not exactly in Portland, maybe running with the dogs while carrying a microbrew or kombucha. 

When we started the trip the Coronvirous pandemic was not having a significant impact in most of the US and in fact was not yet declared a pandemic. There were no cases in Alaska before we left for the trip and none until right when I came home. However, by the time I boarded the plane 10 days later to head home the world had changed. Once I arrived home I hardly left our neighborhood for the next month which is where things stand now as I write this. Hopefully, we continue to flatten the curve to reduce the strain on the medical works and allow places to slowly start to open up again. 

We did a lot on this trip to get a true flavor of Alaska in winter. In or near Anchorage this included walks in the snow over the front marsh area, fat tire biking, ice skating on a frozen lagoon, many Fur Rondy events including watching the start of the Iditarod. Not far from Anchorage is the amazing Alyeska Resort where we headed for some time on the slopes. Spring break on the mountain and almost no lift lines. It was amazing. It would be packed back home during our local spring break. 

Walking the frozen marsh landscape in Anchorage.

Frozen marsh land in AnchorageFrozen marsh land in AnchorageFrozen marsh land in Anchorage

Sandstone or snow? An abstract look at the layers.

Ice crystals in full close-up detail. FragileFragileWater frozen with unique crystilized look of shapes and lines. Anchorage, Alaska

Sightseeing out along Turnagain Arm.

The hotel room view during the blue hour.  Chair 7Chair 7The view from our hotel room at Alyeska Resort during a winter trip to the area. A gondola heading into the dense fog. Alyeska TramAlyeska Tram

The sled dogs and their musher starting off on the long journey.  

Then we headed from Anchorage to Fairbanks and into a rental car for a drive to the end of the road for an amazing hot springs experience. Literally, it was at the end of a long single-lane highway. It was cold in Anchorage but a whole other level of cold in Fairbanks. It started just above 0 degree's Fahrenheit yet once it dropped below zero it stayed that way all day and night until we got back to Anchorage. It was as cold as about -20 at night. Cold it was yet I loved it. I was hoping to see the northern lights at Chena Hotsprings. Unfortunately, they didn't come out while I was there. That said it was amazing regardless with the nearly full moon lighting up the snow-covered landscape. In reality, we were lucky to make it up there at all. I was searching in January and found the very last available reservation during the whole 10 day Alaska trip. Boom! We jumped on it. We did the middle of the night aurora tour, swam in the 105-degree hot spring, had a drink in the ice museum. Before leaving Fairbanks visited the Ice Sculpture World Championships. Artists from around the world come every year and these sculptures are nothing short of amazing art pieces. 

Quiet peaceful bluebird morning at Chena.

The view from inside the hot spring as the steam billows off of the 105-degree water in sharp contrast from the -15 degree air.  

Sunrise in Chena shows a splash of "warmth" on the top of the trees. 

Warmth Below ZeroWarmth Below Zero

The Ice Museum and all the colorful ice details lit up inside. 

Middle of the night on Charlie's Dome with a nearly full moon lighting up the landscape. 

The most impressive ice sculptures you are likely to ever see are at this ice championship in Fairbanks.   While visiting the Last Frontier in winter the spectacular scenery doesn't end on the ground, the scenery from the sky is just as breathtaking. I had a few different opportunities to see the sites from the sky while flying Alaska Airlines of course. The photo with the city is downtown Anchorage as we came in for a landing from the Fairbanks excursion. 

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Photos A Decade In The Making - 2010 to 2020 I remember as a kid the year 2000 seemed like another lifetime away. Then as Y2K approached it was this big milestone as we moved into a new millennium. That New Year's Eve as a young twenty something was fun but somewhat of a bust from my expectations. For anyone reading this that is looking for a fun filled all night party scene on New Year's Eve, going to small quiet island in the San Juan's is not your ticket. At that time I wasn't really into photography, that was still a couple years away. 

Then came the 2000's where I got into photography and it started out with knowing next to nothing, moving to the point of making it my only job at one point (right as the economy was collapsing, unfortunately). I was trying to grow as a photographer at the fast pace that the technology was changing. I remember the sheer excitement of my first DLSR (Canon 10D). It was a good time and many of the photogs I met then and grew a friendship with, mostly meeting online, I am still friends with today. In the last few years of the last decade I had taken a break from nature photography and the corporate world to focus on full time wedding and portrait photography. Yet by the end of the decade I was unwinding that business and Photo Cascadia was born. 

While I enjoyed the non-nature photo business experience I was ready to get back to what I loved most about photography, being outdoors roaming the landscape. With this I decided to move back into the corporate tech world which would give me time to transition back to nature photography as a side gig. As the portraits and weddings faded into the sunset I was ramping up to do more and more photo workshops around the Pacific Northwest. Kevin McNeal and I partnered for many of these and it was a lot of fun with many amazing and fun participants. Some of the photogs that attended our workshops in the early days have grown into nothing short of incredible photographers, that seeing their work regularly inspires me. 

During the last decade the Photo Cascadia team that started as a random thought I had, turned out to be a group of photogs that would be a source of lasting friendship and continued inspiration that helped me during a few times I thought getting out of photography for one reason or another. I have now grown to realize I need photography. It's the creative outlet I need. From staring out into wide open landscapes to focusing on an area that can be measured in inches, 2010 to 2019 has seen a lot of growth in my work, experiencing new places and pure enjoyment. 

For this blog post I tried to keep to only 20 photos which is no easy task when you are talking about a decade that included capturing tens of thousands of frames and where most of the photos you see on this website came during this period. Put another way, whittling it down to 20, that's only an average of two photos a year! This is my attempt to curate to some of my favorites of the decade but certainly not all of them. I am excited what 2020 to 2029 will bring, and if 2010 to 2019 is any indication I know one thing for sure. It will go fast so wherever it takes me I will do my best to soak up the new adventures and photographic experiences. Here is hoping you have all that you are looking for in the next decade as we all roll into 2020!

Forest RainForest RainA strong flowing stream during a cold spring rain in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

"Forest Rain" - This is one of my first images of the decade that is still in my portfolio. Only the sound of rushing water as I spent a while in and out of the water to the point my feet were freezing. Back at the trailhead and out of the trees, I could see the snowline only about 500 ft above me. A cold fantastic spring day in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Lost PassageLost PassageThe Central Oregon Coast during a rare minus 2 tide just after sunrise. The beauty of this "path" leads the viewer to the magic of this image. "Lost Passage" - This was was one of those rare moments as a photographer where things came together even better than expected. I had went to this location on a ultra low tide to see what was on the other side. I was busy photographing out towards the ocean until I turned around to see this very compelling view. 

Morning TransitionsMorning TransitionsKauai sunrise while out and about. That is one thing nice about the south shore you get sunrises and sunsets which means it's easier to get skies transitioning from golden warm to cool blue like this one "Morning Transitions" - I have been fortunate to go to Kauai for a number of trips with my family. My wife grew up going here and has since got me and now our girls hooked on the Garden Island. This was a casual morning, one of many playing on the South Shore, where the transition of the sky came out very well with complimenting waves and colors.

Glowing CauldronGlowing CauldronHiking at Mount Saint Helens at sunrise in early summer. This time of year can be a wildflower treat with Indian paintbrush and Primose carpeting the ground.

"Glowing Cauldron"  - Sunrise on Mount Saint Helens after a 2 am wake-up call. This image is special because it was one that made it on display at the the Smithsonian as part of Nature's Best annual showcase of top selected work in 2018. That and I appreciate this scene as someone that stood on a hill side as a little kid watching plumes of ash come from Saint Helens in 1980. This image represents recovery and rebirth to an area that was decimated. 

The HauntingThe HauntingCanyon hiking on the Colorado Plateau in Utah with cracked mud ground and desert varnish dripping from the walls.

"The Haunting" - While exploring the magical desert southwest with Erin Babnik and David M Cobb we came across this very unique and haunting looking scene. It all also represents what you can find when you wander up a canyon with no expectations of what you will ultimately see and photograph.

Through The TreesThrough The TreesHiking in the Redwoods of Nothern California this beautiful and serene scene of fog and tree trunks captivated my attention. Del Norte part of Redwoods National and State Parks.   "Through The Trees" - On a fun filled family trip to Redwoods National Park, the first for our girls, we got to enjoy the fog covered forest in all it's wonder and delight. My family standing near by marveling at this natural wonder and the size of these trees. The peace and serenity of this hike still sticks out for me. We saw hardly anyone else. 

Summer HavenSummer HavenMt Jefferson reflects in the wildflower shores of Russell Lake in Jefferson Park Wilderness, Oregon

"Summer Haven" - Not much to say about this one other than it's one of those idyllic summer alpine moments. And a nice reminder that you that a beautiful landscape scene can definitely be made without fluffy colorful cotton candy clouds. 

Wetland LayersWetland LayersIn a marsh pond area of Grand Teton National Park sits this rich layered scene of yellow shrubs and dense bare trees "Wetland Layers" - This was from very early in the decade and the start of me realizing that I would have more and more interest in more subtle intimate scenes, not just the grand landscapes. After this I would be find peering through my telephoto lens more and more to capture something I would see off in the distance. 

Ground RainbowGround RainbowRainbow of colors fills the Palouse Hills fields near Steptoe Butte State Park. The morning was filled with low clouds filtering dappled light onto the fields. "Ground Rainbow" - Hard to pick from the many many Palouse photos I took early in this decade. I chose this one since I feel it really showcases the colors, lines and light that have made this area popular among photographers. Plus, it's more of an abstract than a landscape photo which speaks to me more these days. 

Rocky CandyRocky CandyColorful assortment of rocks at Shi Shi Beach on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington

"Rock Candy" - Not only is this one of my favorite rock photos of the decade, and I have many of rock photos. It's also one of my more successful one as a puzzle that many thousands of copies and turned out to be fairly lucrative for me as well. All of that I do like photographing rocks in general!

The ConeThe ConeThe Painted Hills in Central Oregon just after stormy sunrise "The Cone" - The Painted Hills National Monument is one of my favorite locations in Oregon. And while the "main hill" is super photogenic there are many other hills that get much less attention that are just as photogenic in the right conditions. On this spring day the light was dancing around this national monument for hours. I was couldn't sit still with these glorious views taking shape. 

Winter DreamWinter DreamA sublime morning on top of Tumalo Mountain after a winter storm clears at dawn "Winter Dream" - After multiple attempts up this small peak for a keeper photo I was rewarded on this morning which included camping just below the treeline overnight. Opening the tent in the middle of the night to see the storm had cleared and stars were out in the stillness of fresh deep snow I could hardly sleep waiting for sunrise. Also, the resort in this photo, Mount Bachelor, is where I learned how to snowboard many years ago. 

Hiker and Mount RainierHiker and Mount RainierHiking on the Pinnacle Peak trail at Mount Rainer National Park Me hiking at Mount Rainier National Park. This image was chosen by the Wilderness Act 50th anniversary celebration to help promote that momentous milestone. It also shows me out in my element enjoying what I love to do, hike and be outdoors. Last and not least is the Fstop Gear bag I am wearing. This was the first one  they provided me, and the Photo Cascadia crew with our logo added to it. I continue to believe they make some of the best bags for photogs today. 

GlimmerGlimmerThe sunrise light glimmers briefly on the summit of South Sister in Three Sisters Wilderness

"Glimmer" - This is Green Lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Central Oregon. While this isn't necessarily my favorite location in this wilderness I picked it because it's a good example of what we are seeing today. This wilderness area starting in summer of 2020 will be only accessible by securing permits in advance. As sad as that is I can say this area needs to recover from the damage the last few years has brought and the dramatic increase in crowds. This image was captured when you could still visit this lake without mobs of people (circa 2011). 

Forest GemsForest GemsThe opal colored water flowing through Opal Creek Wilderness "Forest Gems" - Well, it's pretty and I like nice forest scenes, and you add in a turquoise flowing water and well it's hard to beat in my mind. And was also used to help promote the Wilderness Act celebration I noted in an image above. 

Thor's FistThor's FistA hoodoo stands short but solid giving the feeling of strength and power. Photo taken on Cape Kiwanda along the Oregon Coast in Pacific City at sunrise in summer. "Thor's Fist" - I had no idea when I captured this that this hoodoo would be near the end of it's life. Unfortunately, not many months after this was taken a group of people were filmed toppling it over in what they said was their attempt to make the area safer. Just one of many moments in this decade that helped draw awareness and education around respecting the landscape. I am hoping to see a large reduction in these types of events in the next decade. You would have to be living under a rock, or crumbled up hoodoo, to not understand at this point that destruction at this level amounts to vandalism. 

Adrenaline SunriseAdrenaline SunriseStanding on the edge of a cliff enjoying a sunrise view above Lake Ohara in Canada during fall.

"Adrenaline Sunrise" - This was one of those special moments during a very memorable trip with good friends. After hiking in the dark through heavy bear country I was overcome with a rush of adrenaline to make it the viewpoint above O'Hara Lake as sunrise was quickly approaching. To get up here on time for this photo and others, was a reminder that nature photography can be an action sport. With beautiful rewards at the "finish line". 

Coloring In The RainColoring In The RainStanding along the doc at the pier in Astoria, Oregon as rain comes down. "Coloring In The Rain" - This last half of the decade marked an increase in this type of abstract and intimate work, both nature focused and scenes like this that come from a mix of man made products where nature and other elements play a combined role. I got into this enough to the point David M Cobb and myself led a couple photo tours focused on finding these types of scenes. There are a lot of benefits to adding work like this to ones portfolio and I will continue that trend into 2020 and beyond. 

Cracked LeatherCracked LeatherThe floor of the Alvord Desert looking a little like old cracked leather. Southeastern, Oregon

"Cracked Leather" - I also photographed my share of cracked mud. It is all that it's cracked up to be. While I have a number of them this one stands out as a rough and worn leather. A good fit for finding it on the desert landscape next to ranching farms that have their share of worn leather from gloves to chaps. This is also one of my favorite more remote locations in Oregon, the Alvord Desert.

Crater Lake SunriseCrater Lake SunriseSunrise along the rim of Crater Lake in Summer time at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

"Crater Lake Sunrise" - Yes a truly original name. Now accepting suggestions for a new name on this one. A summer sunrise at Crater Lake National Park during our first family camping trip here. It was also our first trip back since Molly and I backpacked in summer part of the rim many years back, excluding one trip we did in winter where the rim was so socked in we never saw the lake. This image was taken along side my good friend Josh. I am glad to have someone like him to help wake up early for sunrise photos like this for good company even when he doesn't have the same level of interest in photography. 

Campervan TripCampervan TripTraveling through the desert southwest by campervan. On red rock and under a full rainbow. Okay technically this is photo #21. I added this one for a couple reasons. It shows the adventures my family and I have been going on from weekend jaunts to the beach, to camper van road trips. This was taken in 2019 on our desert southwest road trip with our Escape Campervan called "The Dark Side". Very fitting for a Pink Floyd fan. Just after the rain stopped we looked and saw a full rainbow. This was taken with my iPhone. It came and went before I could even get my big camera out. That is the other reason for choosing this photo. In 2010 a cell phone camera would take low res low quality photos and by 2019 they have all but eliminated the compact camera market with the huge leap in features and quality output. Where 'phone' cameras will be by 2030, one can only guess at this point. 

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2018 Photo Retrospective I feel like I just did a blog post retrospective on my favorites of the year! When you are kid you can't wait to grow up faster looking for that stick shift to switch life into high gear. Then as you start to get older you are looking for the brakes to slow it down. I can't find the brakes on the ride of my life but that is just fine by me. Yes another year has past yet it was a great one and that is what matters. This was the first year where outside of short photo escapes nearby all major getaways were family trips. For some that I know that would be a problem. Fortunately, for me my family is supportive and knows the camera toting and shooting is simply a part of me no matter what the trip. I truly enjoy the trips with my wife and girls, with most of them involving some form of camping. The most noteworthy being a 8 day campervan trip in the Desert Southwest covering close to 1,000 miles which we loved enough that we already have another one planned for 2019 with a different route. 

As time in the day is limited and I have to always decide what gets done, along with what doesn't, the processing of my images takes a back seat since I already spend enough time in front of a screen each day. I had hoped to process a few more in the last couple weeks of the year yet my main photo computer had to go to the shop for a system issue and hard drive failure in late December leaving me to work from my laptop which is less than ideal for multiple reasons. All photos are backed up, it's simply the inconvenience of getting it fixed. The good part is I always go back and find great keepers when I find time for processing and sharing. Below are photos processed this year. A few are from trips this year while others might be from the digital vault, placed in their a number of years back. For work I captured this year I continue to notice a progression towards simplicity while ensuring the work is still compelling and engaging. Abstracts and close-up scenes reigned king this year for me. 

I continue to be thankful for the customers, both new and returning. I would still do it for my own personal fulfillment yet having places requesting to showcase my work and customers buying it, is always appreciated. I am definitely thankful for the great relationships over the years with other photographers like my Photo Cascadia team mates. Landscape photography doesn't need to be isolated solo activity all the time, and in fact it's better when you experience both the solitude and the social aspects. Without further rambling here are some of the highlights from this year. Once again including the smartphone section since sometimes that would be the only camera I had on me. 

2018 Photo Retrospective 

"Adrenaline Sunrise" - Standing on the edge of a cliff enjoying a sunrise view above Lake O'hara in Canada during fall. This was after a long middle of the night hike through bear country a couple years back. One of the more breathtaking views and experiences I have enjoyed the last few years.

Adrenaline SunriseAdrenaline SunriseStanding on the edge of a cliff enjoying a sunrise view above Lake Ohara in Canada during fall.

"Rising Sinopah" - Along Two Medicine in Glacier National Park of Montana on a early summer morning.

Rising SinopahRising SinopahSinopah Mountain starts glow as the daybreak comes to Glacier National Park, Montana along the shores of Two Medicine Lake.

"Spire Light" - Walls of spires at Bryce Canyon National Park light up during the morning sun as two hikers make their way on the trail below.

Spire LightSpire LightWalls of spires at Bryce Canyon National Park light up during the morning sun as two hikers make their way on the trail below.

"Spring Rush" - On a late spring outing in Southern Washington with a friend of mine checking out some places new to us, this little waterfall being one of them.

Spring RushSpring RushIron Creek Falls in Washington surrounded by vibrant spring greens

"Start of Fall" - A classic scene of Moulton Bridge with long exposure to use the debris in the river to my advantage. 

Start of FallStart of FallThe Moulton Falls Bridge on the East Fork Lewis River in Washington with just a touch of fall foliage starting to show. "Rainbow Canyon" - Running and out of breath I was able to setup and capture this scene seconds before the rainbow began to fade. North Rim Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
Rainbow CanyonRainbow CanyonRunning and out of breath I was able to setup and capture this scene seconds before the rainbow began to fade. North Rim Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

"Beauty From The Ashes" - With all the unfortunate destruction we saw again this year from wildfires it's hard to think of them as beautiful when you think of all the lives they negatively impact. Yet I do feel there is an artistic beautiful side that comes up afterwards as areas grow into whatever they will look like next. Here it was only a few months after this wildfire ripped through the landscape and plant life was showing us just how resilient they are as this triangle shaped one sprouts from the charred ground. 

Beauty From The AshesA fresh start of life sprouting up from a burned landscape in Oregon after a wildfire.

"Nature Strong" - The rebirth of a forest destroyed from wildfire in Glacier National Park, Montana along with some afternoon filtered light. 

Nature StrongNature StrongIn a forest of dead tree trunks from a forest fire is an abundance of life growing up to take their place.Glacier National Park, Montana.

"Falling Into Winter" - The Poplar Trees at Boardman Tree Farm have lost their leaves as fall turns into winter. In Boardman, Oregon as this tree fades into the sunset for good to become a dairy farm. 

Falling Into WinterFalling Into WinterThe Poplar Trees at Boardman Tree Farm have lost their leaves as fall turns into winter. Boardman, Oregon

"Your Illusion" - The yellow leaves of fall and the evergreen of every season reflect in a slow moving creek in the Pacific Northwest.

Your IllusionYour IllusionThe yellow leaves of fall and the evergreen of every season reflect in a slow moving creek in the Pacific Northwest.

"Confetti" - Fallen needles and tiny pine cones along the river shore in Washington.

ConfettiConfettiFallen needles and tiny pine cones along the river shore in Washington

"Searching" - A wall showing it's history in a colorful way through nature starting the decay process. A true blend of man and nature at work to create this piece. 

SearchingSearchingA wall showing it's history in a colorful way.

"Oil Ocean" - Oil sheen, rust and decaying paint on a fish vessel in Astoria, Oregon.

Oil OceanOil OceanOil sheen, rust and decaying paint on a fish vessel in Astoria, Oregon. iPhone Photos

Here are some more of my favorites, all taken this year from my smartphone since almost all these cases it was the only phone on me or the quickest I could get to to capture the moment. 

"Foggy Portland" - Biking into the city I had to stop for this scene as the bridge seems to disappear into nothing deep into the foggy morning. 

Foggy PortlandFoggy Portland

"Snowy Light" - While up at the mountain skiing and snowboarding with the family I could not resist snapping this scene as the sunlight tries to illuminate the foreground with another band of snowy sky coming from the back. 

Snowy LightSnowy Light

"Hotsprings Sunset" - Not much better way to enjoy a sunset than this. I stopped to capture this scene before jump into the 100 degree pool of water. Taken on a fantastic short getaway with just my wife and I. 

Hotsprings SunsetHotsprings Sunset

"Lake Powell Sunrise" - Waking up to this is a way I could surely spend most mornings. My daughter I enjoyed the view of Lake Powell as we played a game of backgammon enjoying this view. 

Lake Powell SunriseLake Powell Sunrise

"12,000 Foot View" - Shortly after take off and just after sunrise I had a perfect view of Mount Hood. Certainly I have passed this mountain in an airplane many times. It's not often the view is this good, at this time of day and with a window offering a clear view. 

Airplane ViewAirplane View

"Untouched" - A beautiful wall of sandstone on the Oregon Coast at Cape Kiwanda. If you missed my blog on the vandalism happening here you can check it out at this link. Let's all work to try and not destroy our treasured places. 


"Wind Driven" - Intriguing lines created by the force of wind and water. Along the Oregon Coast. 

Windy LinesWindy Lines

"Docked" - One of the top mornings all summer. Heading out just after sunrise with almost no one else on the lake and calm as can be for the paddle board. Had this little island all to myself soaking up the morning sunshine. 


"Neurons" - The water was crystal clear and the light was mesmerizing. I kept on staring at it, lost in it's snake charmer trance. 

NeuronsNeurons "Blending" - This high rise building in Portland seemed to blend into the sky with this free flowing clouds and dappled blue sky. 


"Frosty" - On a cold fall morning with ice crystals still glued to my drivers side window I had to capture the filtered view of sky and land from the inside.

FrostyFrosty "In The Distance" - This post would not be complete with a photo of each of my two daughters. Here one stands off in the distance on the large sand dune at Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast during a cool foggy morning. 

In The DistanceIn The Distance

"Jungle Gym" - She would, and will, climb just about anything. If I would have let her should would have went near the top on this one. 

Last, yet definitely not least, is a fun little timelapse project I did. This was my first ever timelapse so there are certainly things I can see I will do a little different next time although I can't say I am going to likely do many more any time soon. They are fun but a fair bit of work. In this case all of these scenes are from the office I work at and in some cases basically from my desk. Although it's not some majestic wilderness I am starring out at the view is pretty damn good for a city where we see everything from downtown skyscrapers, dense evergreen forests, mountain peaks and bridges. I don't take it for granted and in fact find it inspiring. The wide open view allows for atmospheric scenes to really show there splendor when they come rolling through. One of the hardest pieces was photographing through widows of a high rise where you had no control how clean they are. Often I was picking the least dirty option and hoping it was clear enough with few or no dust spots. 



(Adrian Klein Photography) 2018 a look back adrian klein best of favorites iphonegraphy montana oregon pacific northwest photography portland retrospective roadtrips thankful Tue, 01 Jan 2019 17:45:44 GMT
My First Year Owning an Electric Bike  

It’s been just over a year since purchasing an electric bike. Admittedly I was unsure how I would like it and whether it was a change for the better. I am here to say it’s one of the best purchases I have made.  After being in complete awe from watching the Great American Solar Eclipse in the path of totality, that same afternoon in 2017 I purchased an ebike. Not a bad way to end an amazing day!

I am sure you are asking yourself why there is a post about ebiking on a photography blog. After drafting this I realized that there is a photo element to this whole change of commuting around the city for me, more on this later. All photos in this post are from my iPhone while commuting on my ebike. I would not have stopped to take in any of these moments had I been barreling down the road in a vehicle or stuck in grid lock. 

Let’s back up just a bit before I get too far. Prior to purchasing my ebike I had been thinking about upgrading my current bike for a couple years. It’s a close to 20 year old mountain bike with road tires outfitted for commuting. I did use it to commute for years yet normally didn’t ride more than a couple days a week for multiple reasons. Regardless if my new bike was going to be an ebike or not I wanted something that was going to change my routine to be my primary mode of transportation to the office in Portland, an 18 mile roundtrip ride.

I ended up getting a used yet only one year old ebike. I was planning to buy new yet this option came up where everything checked out. Boom - I knew this was it, and I exchanged my hard earned cash for a motor on wheels. It’s important to note that this bike has a max assisted speed of 20 mph. I intentionally chose a bike with the 20 mph limit to ensure it’s still legal to ride locally on bike lanes and paths.

As I had hoped this ebike completely changed my commute and became my primary mode of transportation to work. I would go weeks without filling gas in my car if I had no out of town trips happening. I looked forward to my commute, something I normally dreaded with our increased traffic congestion that is getting worse each year here in Portland, Oregon.

Tilikum Storm LightTilikum Storm Light
It didn’t take long for me to become an ebike believer. I proudly told others about my new bike with glowing excitement. Almost everyone was happy for me or even asking about it with interest of getting one. Yet there was a few exceptions, these folks made comments like “you’re cheating” or “isn’t that being lazy?” That said the one I remember most was only a few weeks into riding this bike. I was walking to the bike rack and as I was approaching the bike this lady was walking away from her bike while looking towards my bike. She turned back around to see it was mine and then stepped closer to me so she was within talking distance. “Is that shameful beast yours?” She says as if to punish me, hoping I was going to either say no or be ashamed. “Yes it’s mine, but I am not ashamed”. There was a little more back and forth yet I quickly knew there was no reason to turn this into an endless debate so I ignored her. She left and I rode home.

This encounter only a few weeks into owning my ebike, I started to wonder is there really this much pent up energy against ebikes? I made my mind up that I wasn’t going to let it bother me. Everyone else can have their opinion yet I know it’s changing me for the better. It turned out I would not get any comments like that for the next 11 months. That experience was an outlier.  I should also say that it’s not a good idea for any of us to judge and assume someone is in perfect health and tip top shape just because that is what it looks like to us when we see someone on an a ebike. Most often what potential challenges exist for a rider will not be obvious for any of us with a quick outside view. Not to mention some ebikes you cannot even tell they are ebikes as they make no noise along with the battery and engine being hidden. Bottom line is we should not care what the reason is for a person riding an ebike if they are following all the same rules as other cyclists. 

Now back to the photography component. When traveling by bike your options for stopping on a moment’s notice or the flexibility of where to stop is much more than being in your car stuck in traffic. We have all seen those nice moments while in the car and we end up taking photos out the driver’s window or through the windshield that really are less than mediocre quality most of the time. Not to mention these really shouldn’t even be happening  as they are distraction while driving. Since this became my main mode of transportation into the city I was taking snapshot photos of scenes I would normally not see in my vehicle or would not have a convenient place to stop to take it. On the remote back roads you go from 75 mph to taking a photo in seconds, like this photo in remote Montana. Not that easy in a congested city. I also carried my photo gear a number of times on my bike for a project I hope to share in the near future.

The next few months I took random notes on why I feel riding an ebike is a good thing for me. I am guessing other ebikers would likely agree with most if not all of these. The point of this post is to elaborate on my thoughts which include many benefits ebiking provides and perspective to non-ebikers that are still leery of their existence. If you have reservations about ebikes, whether you ever want to own one or not, hopefully my experience helps to see them in a different light. A positive light. 


Saves Commute Time

One of the big reasons I went with an ebike was to help save time. Like most of us my life is rather busy with main job, photography business, family and friends. I looked at it as an option to buy a little time back into my day. On a typical commute comparing my old bike to the ebike I am saving 15 to 30 minutes round trip. Not to mention that I no longer need to worry about when I leave the office and fear the view of a sea of red lines on the Google traffic app. In fact if I leave at the height of rush hour my ebike commute is similar or faster than my car. Basically I no longer need to be concerned with beating traffic coming in or when I leave. A great feeling!

Conserves Energy When Needed

I know there are cyclists that love biking more than anything. They are fine with it being the majority or their only work out. I love it too yet for me many weeks I won’t have the time and energy to do other forms of exercise if I were to bike to work every day with my non-ebike. Some weeks I would be fine and others I would be dragging. I don’t want that. This is part of the reason prior to my ebike I was only biking a couple days a week to work. I want to do other physical activities. Now I can go for a run or hit the gym in the same day without being exhausted. Maybe I have a very active weekend planned and want enough energy for it without burning out on bike commuting.  These are nice options to have.

Reduces Pollution and Traffic Congestion

This should go without saying as a benefit. My car staying at home and being on a bike instead is reducing congestion on the road. The ebike is also polluting significantly less than driving my SUV to work. Yes there is the argument that the production and disposing of an ebike costs more both financially and for the environment than a non-ebike. From my understanding components of ebikes, like their large capacity batteries, are recyclable. Charging most eBike batteries comes down to pennies or a nickel to charge. I do everything I can to help extend the life of my battery which I am told I will get 4 to 5 years on. In the end I think we can all agree that the overall pollution of using an ebike as a main form of commuting is far less than driving a vehicle. That is a good thing for everyone.

Not Stuck in Traffic

I am doing my part to help reduce congestion on the roadways and I am no longer stuck in traffic which is something to celebrate itself! Most major metropolitan cities experience morning and afternoon rush hour that at best is not impacting the commuters mood yet more than likely is sending it in the wrong direction. It’s simply not the best use of our time when you think about our lives and how much time we can spend in our vehicles because of traffic congestion. I have always said I would rather spend many hours driving on the open highway for a family or photography trip than one hour stuck in bad traffic in the city. There have been plenty of experiences where I was passing bumper-to-bumper traffic on my bike. As long as I am living relatively close to where I work I want to figure out alternatives to driving all the time. 

No Day is Too Hot

I am not a fan of the heat except for in three cases; I am in air conditioning, near water or up in the mountains. With that said during hot days in summer I was simply less likely to commute by bike. My threshold for hot is also lower than most since I prefer cold over hot. Now on those 90+ degree days I am still out on my bike commuting. In some cases I just might be using a little more assist to get me home. On the flip side I am not a fair weather only rider and as long as it’s not cold enough for snow or ice (already had a couple spills on ice) I have no concerns pedaling away in the dark winter rain. In Portland we certainly have our share of wet cool days from late fall to early spring. Wear the right gear with enough lights for the dark and it’s really a non-issue.

You Can Get Exercise – It’s Not Being Lazy

If you would have asked me several years ago about getting an ebike I would have said that was pretty unlikely and thought it really was for health challenged or those in their golden years. I completely disagree now. I lost weight the first couple months riding my ebike. Not that I was someone completely out of shape or not exercising, I wasn’t that person at all. Yet I still found I was getting in even better shape. I now have much more flexibility on when and where I get exercise on my bike. On one side of the spectrum I have had instances riding past others on non-bikes with my 50+ pound ebike pedal assist turned off and soaked in sweat. On the completely other side I have left work with no energy in my human tank and had the assist on high with the only goal of getting home. The reality is for most of my riding I am somewhere inside of these extremes where I find myself showing up to work or home where I could use a shower from the workout. Sure I could be “lazy” and never break a sweat on my ebike. That wasn’t the intention when I bought it. I think about it like this; I can get a similar workout at 18-20 mph on my ebike as I can at 12-14 mph on my non-ebike and I get that time back in my day. It's a win-win situation. 

It’s certainly not the right choice for everyone. I still see a lot more non-ebikes than ebikes at the bike racks I park it between home and work. Although lately electric rental scooters seem to be everywhere yet that is a whole other topic. There will always be the need for non-ebikes. In fact I still have a regular bike and it’s what I use when not commuting to work. That said I believe electric bikes are here to stay and have a future as integral part of getting around for the right person in the right scenario. Which people that is and which scenarios those are will be to each of us figure out for ourselves.

Here are some other good sources on eBikes if you want to know more or looking to purchase one:

Electric Bike Review

eBike Store Blog

Electric Bike Website

Cynergy E-Bikes


(Adrian Klein Photography) bike biking city of bridges cycling ebike ebiking electric iphone iphoneography less pollution oregon portland reduce traffic Sat, 15 Sep 2018 18:39:28 GMT
Gallery Show in Hood River Oregon I am pleased to announce that I have gallery show taking place from June to December 2018 at the Frame Gallery in downtown Hood River. There are already plenty of fantastic reasons to go to Hood River from the many places to have great food, coffee or beer to the numerous activities you can do from hiking to windsurfing. Now I will give you another one, or about eight of them in reality! 

I would suggest checking online for the Frame Gallery's current hours before coming out yet normal hours are Tuesday to Saturday with evening hours every First Friday. I plan to make it to a few First Fridays and hope to see you there! They are located right in the heart of all the great shopping on the corner of 4th and Oak St. 

My work on display may change slightly as the show proceeds and work sells yet initially work will include locations from the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mt Saint Helens, Painted Hills National Monument and the Oregon Coast. All work is printed on fine art archival metal from HD Aluminum Prints. Below are a couple photos that are part of the approximately eight photographs on display. 

"Wilderness Silence" - A peaceful sunset scene while backpacking in the Mount Adams Wilderness of Washington

Wilderness SilenceWilderness SilenceMount Adams glows and reflects during a late summer, early fall sunset in the high backcountry along a nameless lake.

"The Hills are Alive" - At Columbia Hills State Park in Washington as the hills come alive in Spring with wildflowers. 

The Hills are AliveThe Hills are AliveDalles Mount Ranch hillside in Washington area of the Columbia River Gorge is covered in spring wild flowers

(Adrian Klein Photography) art columbia gorge fine first friday frame gallery gallery show hood river metal prints mount adams mount saint helens oregon Tue, 05 Jun 2018 04:29:48 GMT
Favorite Photos of 2017 It's cliche to say another year has flown by so I won't say it... whoops. One thing for sure is that I seem to fall behind on my processing more as each year goes by. I find myself still digging up nuggets of treasure to process from 2016 and prior years. Looking at my work in this post there definitely seems to be a theme of simplification outside of a few photos. By that I mean looking for cleaner more straight forward compositions with fewer elements. It will be interesting to see how this manifests in the future yet I am guessing we will see more because it's the type of work that intrigues  me the most right now.

I also noticed myself taking more photos on my iPhone that I really like. It by no means will replace my mirror-less or DSLR camera systems yet the quality continues to amaze me in the right shooting situations. With this mind I decided for the first time to put a few of my iPhone photos in this post. We all know the saying that the best camera is the camera you have on you at the moment.

Looking back further than 2017 I processed a number of photos from prior years that I never worked on or released before. Although they were photographed before this year I am including some of them here as I consider them new work for the year. 

Lastly, I can say this year was not filled with a tremendous amount of travel outside of close by trips. Some years just work out that way. Outside of one trip the rest of my photography related escapades were all in Oregon and Washington. While I can never travel enough regardless if it's a family trip or photography, or both, this year did show I can still capture new and creative work locally. There are always opportunities if you go out looking. 

I hope you had a fantastic 2017. I appreciate all the support from my family, my peers in the photography community and my customers. Although I would still take photos if I had no one to share them with I must say having the support, social and business pieces are appreciated and rarely taken for granted. Here is to a stellar 2018 wherever it takes your photography or otherwise! 



"Pebble Waves" - Northern Oregon Coast at sunset looking down from a cliff. Not a drone photo even though the vantage point suggests it could be. The lines from the setting sun light along with the clean looking beach drew me in. 

Pebble WavesPebble WavesSunset light along the North Oregon Coast lights up a beach that rarely sees visitors with the only way to get there is by boat.

"Oasis Island" - While photographing the John Dellenback Dunes on the Central Oregon coast we had some spectacular conditions during the workshop I was co-leading with my good friend David Cobb. This is one of a few intriguing shots from the morning. Oasis IslandOasis IslandOne of a few ponds when winter brings plenty of rain. Close-up of a small island. John Dellenback Dunes on the Central Oregon Coast.

"Snow Glow" - On the way to our annual Photo Cascadia meetup David, Kevin and I spotted nice light along the highway going to the Central Oregon Coast. Eventually this scene came up and we took an immediate u-turn to grab it before the light faded on the tree.  Snow GlowSnow GlowTrees covered in a light coating of snow glow bright as the sun shines through. A magical moment of light that didn't last very long. Along a highway in the Oregon Coast Range.

"One Eye" -  The rocky Oregon Coast is a treasure trove of abstracts just waiting to be discovered. 

One EyeOne EyeAlong the Central Oregon coast this beautful sandstone waves and curves in all directions. Shore Acres Park, Oregon.

"Cloud Trance" - I really enjoy scenes like this when I come across them. Isolating a few key elements and nothing more. I could get lost in a cloud day dream with this one. Along the Central Oregon Coast sand dunes. 

Cloud TranceCloud TranceI got lost in a trance staring into the pond filled with clouds from above. Along the Central Oregon Coast.

"Burning Fog" - As the sunrise burns through the fog across the dunes it creates for a short yet magical scene at the Central Oregon Coast dunes.

Burning FogBurning FogFog starts to burn away as the morning sun rises at John Dellenback Dunes on the Central Oregon Coast

"A Dry Minute" - The view from Cape Horn in Washington between two intense downpours. The one you see in the distance included hail. The timing could not have been better. I was here only about 5 minutes before the sky rained down on me again. 

A Dry MinuteA Dry MinuteThere was only a few minutes between heavy rain showers. The view from Cape Horn, Washington looking down the Columbia River.

"Fractured" - This particular rock I had passed before on Bandon beach yet only this time glistening from the rain that had just stopped did it stand out to me. The wide array of colors was intriguing. 

FracturedFracturedA wide array of colors and in one large rough boulder along the Central Oregon Coast.

"Shine On" - Traveling along the highway in Montana shortly before true winter started, I came across this winter feeling scene. The thick frozen fog was burning off quickly from these white encrusted evergreen trees. It was a race to capture this before the light changed. 

Shine OnShine OnThe edge of thick fog hovers over evergreens trapped in a frozen state. Along a highway in Montana.

"Feel The Warmth" - I have grown up going to Sunriver from summer biking to winter snowboarding. I never really thought of this place as one I would seek landscape photos without plenty of man made elements. Yet on this trip near the edge of the resort I passed this scene on bike and came back to capture during the trip when the sunset looked promising. 

Feel The WarmthFeel The WarmthThe sun shines it's very last light of warmth on me during a summer sunset in Central Oregon.


The next four are all from the Alvord Desert from a trip a few years back. For some reason I had a day where I felt like processing variations of cracked or peeling mud which truth be told I like photographing these as they fill my need for abstracts staring at the earth's floor. It's really is fascinating how different the colors, textures and look can be of the desert floor just roaming around to different spots. These are from the same trip. 


CrackleCrackleSometimes starring down to your feet is the best view. The Alvord Desert Playa in Southern Oregon.

"No. 2 Pencil Shavings"

No.2 Pencil ShavingsNo.2 Pencil ShavingsDried up mud on the floor of the Alvord Desert peeling to the point it looks like pencil shavings. Southeastern, Oregon

"Drying Chocolate" 

Drying ChocolateDrying ChocolatePeeling mud looking a little like peels of drying chocolate on the floor of the Alvord Desert in Southeastern Oregon.

"Cracked Leather"

Cracked LeatherCracked LeatherThe floor of the Alvord Desert looking a little like old cracked leather. Southeastern, Oregon

"Spring Curves" - The greens of spring time glow even on a mostly cloudy day in the Columbia River Gorge. 

Spring CurvesSpring CurvesThis forest of trees and spring grass glows green in spring season while the water runs high in the marsh land swirling around there trunks. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

"Sand Bars" - Tide pools making for nice patterns and lines along the North Oregon Coast at sunset while camping. 

Sand BarsSand BarsMany little sand bars pop up at low tide along the Oregon Coast at Cape Lookout State Park.

"Around The Corner" - This year brought the unfortunate devastation to large areas of the Columbia River Gorge from a human caused wildfire. This area is near Triple Falls and based on footage around the falls this area was greatly impacted. I remember this morning vividly. It was a quiet winter morning years ago during the week with almost no one around.  

Around The CornerAround The CornerComing around the corner near Triple Falls I came across this amazing light. Columbia Gorge, Oregon

"Another World" - 2017 brought politic shifts threatening our national lands preserved for future generations to enjoy when none of us will be around. This photo is from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument which has been recommended to be cut in half. Let's hope this doesn't ultimately happen. I can say exploring this area felt like being another planet. Simply amazing scenery. 

Another WorldAnother WorldThe sunlight beams brightly at sunrise over a remote mountain in Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah. It felt like another world.


Unprompted my daughter got up on the fence and was using it as a seat to see through the view finder at the composition being setup. I let her snap the photo and take others during our outing together. 

My daughters with synchronized hand stands along the beach at sunset under a sliver of a moon during a family camping trip. 

On a bike ride into downtown Portland during sunrise the sky exploded into color all around me. I stopped for a minute to soak it in and snap this photo with my phone. 

After a heavy rain shower rolled through the storm light came out just before sunset against the dark clouds with a lone biker in yellow. It was the kind of light you have to pause for regardless where you are just to stop and enjoy it. 

(Adrian Klein Photography) 2017 adrian klein beaches best of biking columbia gorge images landscapes montana mountains nature northwest oregon pacific photography photos portland river rivers rocks washington year in images Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:14:23 GMT
Musings on the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse I am one of many that thought, sure it's pretty neat to see a total eclipse but all this fuss for a couple minutes of darkness can't really be worth all the hype? I get to see 99% from my home. Would the extra 1% (aka totality) really be worth fighting the potential crowds to see? I am here to say, it certainly is not over hyped and immersing yourself in anything less 100% totality is shorting yourself from an experience like nothing else. 

In late 2016 I had planned to go watch the eclipse from a friends property in the John Day area. For various reasons we cancelled those plans. I had decided we would stay back and watch it in town to avoid the rumored crazy crowds that would come along with an event like this.

Eventually the Friday before the eclipse I decided on traveling near the center of totality with one of my daughter's to watch it with her and my mom. My wife and other daughter chose to stay behind. This would not be a photography trip as I did not order solar filters or rent a long lens. The main focus was solely to experience this rare event with my daughter. 

In hind sight it's hard to believe I was debating with myself to go about 50 miles regardless how crazy traffic would be. It was not crazy at all. Even if it was insane traffic it's worth it. That says a lot from someone's like me that can get in a sour mood from bad traffic. The return drive went by with a blink of the eye as I was on my eclipse high. 

I snapped a few pics with a short telephoto on whatever settings I had it on when totality came. This one of them showing the sun flares. The iPhone photos are of my daughter watching the eclipse and partial eclipse showing on the ground through the trees. 

2017 Great American Eclipse2017 Great American EclipseEclipse photo collage of Great American Total Solar Eclipse in 2017


Back to the eclipse. As the sun moved to the end of the diamond ring and a second or two before totality, I saw what looked like sparkling glitter in the circle of the moon. I assume it's space dust reflecting from the light but can't find anything online about it. I thought it was just me yet my daughter said she saw it too. Sparkles in the sky!

If you can't be awe struck by an event like this then I have to wonder if much in our natural world can impress you in any way. I have seen some amazing scenes as someone that loves the outdoors and nature photography. I really thought it would be another one of those moments of simply a nice yet memorable sunset or sunrise. It's much much more than that and I see now why there are those out there seeking this unique event wherever it may occur on our planet. Before witnessing one that would have seemed crazy talk to me. 

No photos or videos no matter how amazing, and there are some amazing ones out there, can replace being their in person. It's truly an all senses event where you can feel the air get cooler and smell the changes going on around you. What you see is the biggest part yet to me it's the full experience impacting all my senses that you have to be there in the flesh to experience. If it's not on your bucket list then it should be. You won't be sorry. You owe it yourself. 

One minute timelapse covering about an hour showing my daughter and I watching the eclipse in various ways from glasses to pinhole box to shadows from our hands.

I did see the solar eclipse of 1979 according to my mother. Unfortunately I was a diaper sporting toddler. A few years too young to remember it. On the other hand my daughter was ten when she saw this one. She mentioned something about it almost ever day the first week afterward because it was such a memorable experience for her. Guaranteed this is a memory implanted for life, for both of us. It may sound cliche yet it's truly priceless. 

As someone that has been listening to Pink Floyd since I was a young teenager I have always said I would try to see one of their shows. I missed their final tour in the 1990's so when I had the chance to see Roger Waters only a couple months back I jumped on it. He played many songs from the album Dark Side of the Moon, my favorite. The show lived up to all of my expectations and then some. He even played the song Eclipse which is quite fitting. Despite how amazing it was I almost feel like the actual eclipse, eclipsed the show. 

A video showing how dark it got. Mostly background music yet I do cut out a few times so you can hear my daughter. Including her comment "I will remember this forever". 

I took very few photos but did set up a couple cameras to do video and timelapes. Honestly when I look back at this event 10 or 20 years from now it's the video and timelapse of us enjoying the experience that will mean more to me than any photo of just the sun and moon. Maybe when I see the next one I will feel more inspired photography wise. For now I will continue to enjoy the amazing feeling seeing this natural phenomenon unfold before my eyes. The emotional buzz after seeing it reminds us what is most important in life, and it's not material things. It's family, friends and experiences. 

Our whole family will be at the one in 2024. Less than seven years is a short time away. I know it will be well worth it despite the cost, effort and travel distance being significant compared to the one this year unfolding pretty much in our back yard. I hope to see you there!


(Adrian Klein Photography) amazing american bucket dark eclipse great important is light list moon natural night northwest oregon pacific planet remind sky solar sun system to us what wonder Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:09:13 GMT
Best Photos of 2016 2016 was another good year personally and for photography. This showcase of my favorite images will be shorter than usual as I am behind on processing. There will certainly be highlights in late 2017 from 2016 as I get caught up. Mainly this applies to my Desert Southwest trip where I have many keeper photos and only a handful are here.

I was thankful to get out to some new places which I always seek to do whether it's for photography or family trips. New scenery excites the senses and stimulates the creative spirit in me. I imagine that is similar for many of us.

As always thank you for the support from my peers to my customers and most importantly my wife and kids who support me on this never ending endeavour. More important than even the business aspect is what it does for me mentally and physically from getting outdoors to exercise. You can't put a price on that.

If you did not get a chance to check the annual year end Photo Cascadia slideshow for 2016 it's worth the 4 minutes. Everything from local Pacific Northwest to Patagonia is showcased along with many behind the scenes snap shots.

Here is to a stellar 2017 to you, to me, to all of us.


The Desert Southwest trip visiting Arizona, Utah and Nevada was definitely the photography highlight. Traveling with four other Photo Cascadia team members we visited great spots at the right time.

Coal Mine Sunrise - Here is friend David Cobb standing at the edge of Coal Mine Canyon at sunrise.

Coal Mine SunriseCoal Mine SunriseMy friend David stands along the cliff edge watching the sunrise at Coal Mine Canyon, Arizona.

Friend and Photo Cascadia team member Chip Phillips getting into the zone out in the backcountry of Utah.

Blending Into The HillsBlending Into The HillsMy friend Chip Phillips busy caputring the beauty of this scene in the Desert Southwest. If you look close you can see our ride, black FJ, near the center of the photo. Simply shows the immense scale of this backcountry scene in Utah.

Sunrise OpenSunrise OpenLooking out over the desert southwest at sunrise in Utah

The Haunting - Canyon hiking on the Colorado Plateau of Utah with an amazing cracked mud ground and desert varnish dripping from the walls.

The HauntingThe HauntingCanyon hiking on the Colorado Plateau in Utah with cracked mud ground and desert varnish dripping from the walls.

Nature Tripping - Taken while walking on psychedelic candyland sandstone in Nevada. It was a rainbow of colors like nothing I had ever seen before. Felt as excited as a kid in a candy store as this was my first time photography sandstone like this, albeit this was far from candy!

Nature TrippingNature TrippingWalking on psychedelic sandstone in Nevada. It was a rainbow of colors like nothing I had ever seen before.

Golden Pools - Numerous pools of water reflecting the warm and cool sky from above along the South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii.

Golden PoolsGolden PoolsPools of ocean water along the south shore of Kauai at Shipwreck Beach at sunrise.

More Than a Pond - A historic fishing pond from many generations ago on the island of Kauai, Hawaii with a vibrant sunset evening.

More Than a PondMore Than a PondA historic fishing pond from generations ago on the island of Kauai, Hawaii with a vibrant sunset evening.

Seascape Dreams - As a photographer we often hope for a sky like this, if not daydream for one. At Cannon Beach, OR the dream came alive this time around. One of my nicer photos from this area while co-leading a spring time workshop with my friend David Cobb.

Seascape DreamsSeascape DreamsAs a photographer we hope for skies like this, in fact we sometimes dream of it. At Cannon Beach, OR the dream came aliive this time around. Short Sands - A very pleasant spring Sunday morning along the North Oregon Coast at Oswald West State Park. Another scene from a workshop with David Cobb where the participants were raving about the conditions.

Short SandsShort SandsA Sunday morning along the North Oregon Coast at Oswald West State Park.

Summer Wizardry - Sunrise along the rim of Crater Lake in Summer time at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. I was on a family camping trip yet my friend and I got out for one morning of photography. Although summer is busy here, sunrise is early and only a small number of folks up wandering around at this time.

Crater Lake SunriseCrater Lake SunriseSunrise along the rim of Crater Lake in Summer time at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

Sounds of Stillness - All that could be heard was the sound of occasional water dripping and leaves waving when breezes came through. Acadia National Park in Maine. I had a short but very nice trip to see Acadia for the first time. This scene was one of my favorite on the main loop just before dark with almost no traffic coming by to rustle this field of ferns.

Sounds of StillnessSounds of StillnessAll that could be heard was the sound of occasional water dripping and leaves waving when breezes came through. Acadia National Park in Maine.

Marbles I - Colorful rocks along the shore in Acadia National Park in Maine. I could have spent half a day just starring at the rocks taking different compositions. This wide variety of different shapes, patterns and colors together on the same beach is not often seen.

Marbles IMarbles IA wide assortment of very colorful rocks along the shore in Acadia National Park in Maine.

Snow and Stars - I had not been snow camping for a couple years. it was good to get out with a good friend for a short trip of snow and testing out a new backpack for f-stop gear which I used to carry all my equipment and supplies. 

Snow and StarsSnow and StarsSnow camping along Trillium Lake on Mount Hood, Oregon on a starry sky night.

My good friend Josh stands along the edge of Tam McArthur Rim in Central Oregon of Three Sisters Wilderness. This shows how small we are in the vast open earth we live on. This was one of two short backpacking trips for the year. LRG_DSC07186LRG_DSC07186

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Photography Show, Food and Spirits Coming up on May 5th 2016 (Cinco de Mayo) will be a photography show at Stein Distillery in Portland, Oregon from 4 to 8 pm. There will be a number of large pieces of my work on display and for purchase. Free appetizers and drink samples along with inexpensive cocktails. It looks like the turn out will be really good and I hope to see all of you there. This event is open to the general public and no reservations required!

Some photos will be on display for a longer period than one day yet the majority will be there for this one big evening event. You don't want to miss it!

Stein Distillery
Located at Progress Ridge, 12345 Southwest Horizon Boulevard,  Beaverton, Oregon 97007

Inside of Stein Distillery tasting room, photo from Stein Distillery




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Best Photos of 2015 As I mentioned when I started this blog it wouldn't be one I would post a whole lot to yet when I do make posts they are worthwhile. As the year comes to an end it's always fun to review where I went and photographed.  It was another good year visiting new places and returning to a few spots I have been many times. It was all good times whether with friends or family or solo.

For your viewing pleasure here are some of my favs, at least what I have processed. You will notice a fair number of have people or man made objects in them whether me or someone else. I notice I am definitely gravitating to mixing up my work more with people in them instead of 100% landscape. I think it's a better blend.

Thank you to all those that follow my work, my supportive wife and girls, clients and fellow photographer friends for a great 2015! I am excited for another new year and new adventures. May the new year be all that you are hoping for too!

If you missed there is also a Photo Cascadia best of slideshow yet that only covers a few of my favs for the year since it's a group of us we try to keep it to smaller number to avoid a 10 minute slideshow!


Spring came very early this year as far as snow melting away, warming temps and blooming flowers. Here are some spring time photos from the Columbia River Gorge area. This first one is of an old homestead with moody skies rolling through.

Abandoned But Not DeadAbandoned But Not DeadOld farm home near The Dalles Oregon. It certainly has not been lived in for many years yet feels far from dead still standing tall through the tough Columbia Gorge weather. Fruit tree's bloom with Mount Hood in the background in Hood River Valley. They seem to be cheering for the mountain.

The Blossom CheerThe Blossom CheerThe spring blooms fill the Hood River Valley with the view of majestic Mount Hood during a tranquil sunset.

Here is a more intimate and abstract view of Cabin Creek Falls. Plenty of spray from these tall skinny falls throughout the year, except maybe late summer.

The Long PlungeThe Long PlungeCabin Creek Falls hits rocks at the btoom for a nice cascading look before pooling up and eventually running it's way to the Columbia River. Back to the Gorge again for some lush greens in April and May. Here is Gorton Creek.


Electric GreensElectric GreensSpring runoff from snow melt in The Gorge making it's way to the Columbia River. A wooden bridge blends into natures landscape. Greens glow with electrified feeling right after a rain shower rolled through.

Emerald StaircaseEmerald StaircaseWater flowing on Gorton Creek down Emerald Falls making it's way to the Columbia River of Oregon.


In late May my family and I hit Redwood National Park in our quest to see more an do more outside of Oregon. The kids won't put up a fight to come out of school for a few days to spend time camping. The rhodies were not having a great year but still some nice photos regardless. Here a couple of my favs with fogged in redwood trees.

Through The TreesThrough The TreesHiking in the Redwoods of Nothern California this beautiful and serene scene of fog and tree trunks captivated my attention. Del Norte part of Redwoods National and State Parks. Feeling Like an AntFeeling Like an AntLooking up through the forest canopy of foggy redwood trees feeling like an ant. Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Redwood National Park in California. In early June when the snow was already melting from high country, many weeks earlier than usual, I headed to Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon for a backpack trip with one of my best friends. Although I got quite sick and had to leave early (throwing up on the hike out) it was still a great time. Here is my favorite shot of the trip.

Mountain FlowMountain FlowThe winding curves of a stream flowing into Mirror Lake with Eagle Cap Mountain in the background. Durign the summer snow melt in Eagle Cap Wilderness of Eastern Oregon. The Alps of Oregon. One evening in June I could driving real far yet wanted to get out so I checked out Larch Mountain view at sunset. I liked the dappled light across the forest and Mount Hood.

Rolling Spot LightsRolling Spot LightsThe clouds above me act as rolling spot lights on Mount Hood and the lower forest foothills. Taken from Larch Mountain in Oregon. In late June I went down to a few places not far south from Portland, all the way down to the Central Oregon area. Central Oregon being one of my favorite areas in Oregon to spend time for no good reason and to photograph. The next couple are Abiqua Falls (self portrait) and Butte Creek Falls.

Standing In The WayStanding In The WayA hiker stands at the edge of a small pond of water where Abiqua Falls lands before moving down stream. Abiqua Falls in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The Green FrameThe Green FrameUpper Butte Creek Falls in the Willamette Valley of Oregon surrounded by lush green foliage during spring season.

In Central Oregon I visited Proxy Falls, Koosah Falls and Scott Lake. Scott Lake had some great light and Koosah was flowing well. Proxy looked a little sad as it was definitely running low on water because of the low snow pack yet I found a comp I liked.

Proxy Cool DownProxy Cool DownProxy Falls provides a cool off sanctuary on a hot summer day. In the Willamette Forest of Oregon.

Koosahing IKoosahing IKoosah Falls on the McKenzie River of Oregon in the Willamette National Forest. The falls flows strong during early summer surrounded by an abundance of green lush foliage and forest. Storm WatchersStorm WatchersTwo people and a dog canoeing on peaceful Scott Lake in Central Oregon as a stormy sky brews above. Weekend AdventuresWeekend AdventuresCanoes on the shore of Scott Lake in Central Oregon as the early summer sun rises from the East. Near Sisters Oregon. In mid-July my good friend and fellow photographer David Cobb and I backpacked into Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington. I had not been before this trip and it did not disappoint even though every single flower was already fried and every tarn empty. We camped near a trickle of water to pump what we needed. This tent is not our camp site yet I liked the composition walking back to camp at sunset.

Wilderness RoadWilderness RoadTwo trails resembling more of a narrow road than a trail wind their way on a ridge in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Washington with a climber's home for the night all setup. Golden GatewayGolden GatewayComing over a ridge we were rewarded with Glacier Peak in all her glory bathing in the sunset light. Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington. In late September it was off to the Canadian Rockies. Another place on my bucket list to visit in fall that I had not yet visited at all. It was all that I expected and more. Here are just a few of my favorites. The photog in the photo is my good friend Chip Phillips. The light was good just about every direction that evening. No EscapeNo EscapeAlong the shore of the iconic Moraine Lake in Banff National Park of Alberta, Canada. Down along the shore was one of few locations you could photograph without other photographers in the photo. Amazing beauty and amazing crowds.

Golden LineGolden LineAspens in full fall season glow along the shore of Wedge Lake in Kananaskis area of Alberta, Canada. Mount Kidd in the background. Multiple ViewsMultiple ViewsMy friend Chip Phillips photographing in the Canadian Rockies during fall. Too many amazing views to pick from. Banff National Park in Canada. Rocky Mountain HighRocky Mountain HighAfter hiking in the dark for about 9 miles and about 2,000 feet we arrived for sunrise. It was a high to see this scene unfold out of the darkness. Near Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park of Alberta Canada. In mid November it was looking nice one morning (by nice I mean overcast and dreary) and I took this chance to capture a fall image of the under photographed Multnomah Falls. You might have heard of this waterfall before?

Multnomah FallsMultnomah FallsA lone hiker stands under umbrella on a cool damp fall day at Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon.

Then in mid-December the Photo Cascadia crew met up in Eastern Oregon for a few days of fun, business and few more clicks of the shutter. We had blue skies, rain and snow. Plus a decent sunrise for photography. All in all a good way to start winding down 2015. The first photo is me standing above Wallowa Lake on a snow flurry morning. The second is of the remote Imnaha Canyon.

Rock On!Rock On!Self portrait standing above Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon on a cold winter morning with snow flurries floating through the air.




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Photographing The Redwood Forests of Northern California I am well overdue for a new post on my website blog. Given my recent road trip to the Redwoods Forest of Northern California it seems like a worthwhile post of info, stories and photos. This was a combined family and photo trip. As you might imagine this brings it's own rewards and challenges for photography. If you have not read my post on the Photo Cascadia blog on the subject of family vs personal trips for photography, check it out for helpful hints.

Photo Location: Damnation Trail

Through The TreesThrough The TreesHiking in the Redwoods of Nothern California this beautiful and serene scene of fog and tree trunks captivated my attention. Del Norte part of Redwoods National and State Parks.


Part of why we chose to do this trip in late May into early June was two fold. First is the timing around potential rhododendron bloom that happens normally between mid May and mid June each year. That said this year was not that good. The second reason is going before most schools get out, we prefer less crowds not more. To give you an idea going in late May shortly after the campgrounds open you can expect to see 40 to 50% less visitors than peak during July and August. Our campground was about 2/3 empty! You might think there is better weather in summer yet it appears to be the case by a very small amount. The probability of rainfall is not much less in mid summer than late May and the average high temperature is only a few degrees fahrenheit warmer. I recommend the website Weather Spark for temperature trends for a location. As for taking the kids out of school the reality is they learned a lot from the hikes we did to the junior ranger sessions. A different type of education they likely won't get in school that we normally don't shy away from a few times throughout the school year.

Photo Location: Fern Canyon

Jurassic EntranceJurassic EntranceA hiker starring into the magnificent Fern Canyon at Gold Bluffs Beach located in Northern California in the Redwoods.


There are some motels in Crescent City, fewer options in towns of Klamath. There will certainly be lodging down near Eureka although that will result in more driving if you want to frequent the Del Norte or Jedediah Smith areas. This was only my second trip the Redwoods and both times I camped. This time we stayed in Mill Creek / Del Norte as our base camp. Situated between Jedediah Smith and Prairie Creek means less driving if you are trying to make your way around to different parts of the park. A handy tip if you are going to a new campground check out Campsite Photos to see photos of each site for campgrounds across the United States. As a side note this is one of the few parks that is state and national park combined. This coupled with the fact that most spots to visit sit on or just off hwy 101 mean no national park entrance fee.

Photo Location: Del Norte area

Redwoods and RhodiesRedwoods and RhodiesRhododendron's bloom in Redwood State and National Park during spring season. Taken near Del Norte area of the park.


As long as you like photographing forests and enjoy the challenge like me, you will find staying 3 or 4 nights will allow a fair amount of time to try and catch decent conditions and light. The fog comes and goes without a specific time of day being better than others, at least from my experience. For example one afternoon a stretch of Del Norte was engulfed in thick fog while the next afternoon not so much. If I had to pick I would go with mornings as most likely to be fog heavy. Having flexibility to quickly drive or hike in different locations based on whether conditions look good or not will work in your favor.

If you are photographing along highway 101 use caution. My first trip here in 2007 I was working a shot with my foot dangling on the fog line of the highway. While doing this a tour bus came through and missed my foot by less than a foot! This trip when I was along the highway I made sure to be well out of the way. One corner I was on  logging trucks were regularly crossing well over the fog stripe on the road. 

Here are some of my favorite locations in no particular order. I am not going to go into detail on each spot since the website redwoodhikes covers them very well from showing maps to general info.

  • Fern Canyon - Short easy hike on mostly flat area. Some logs to walk or crawl over. Wearing water shoes so you can get is best. Allow about an hour in the main canyon area to look for different compositions as well as waiting for others to pass out of your way.
  • Stout Grove - Short nature walk with many possible compositions. If you have time I would plan on at least 1.5 to 2 hours to walk through the half mile loop and take photos. Lots of interesting views.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove - Similar to Stout Grove it's a relatively short nature walk that most visitors will go through pretty quick. A couple hours as a photographer is what I would shoot for to not be rushed. Small parking lot so come early in the day.
  • Damnation Trail - If you are not up for the steep hike down to the ocean just the first .6 mile to the Coastal Trail intersection can keep you busy photography wise for a hours if conditions are right. I know it was for me this last trip.
  • Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway - Has lots of turnouts to photograph along the road and several short grove hikes including one that takes you to largest redwood in this part of the park.
  • Highway 101 - As mentioned above some photos are taken simply finding a safe turn out and pointing my camera to the quiet tress next to the loud highway. Not my preferred area to photography yet it's an option especially if you have little time to roam the trails.

In regards to gear you want the full range from wide angle to telephoto as you can see by my photos. Most range from 16mm to 126mm. Don't forget plenty of lens clothes as the fog alone accounts for up to 1/3 annual precipitation and it shows by how much drips from the forest canopy.

Photo Location: Stout Grove (Where's Waldo... you can barely make out my 4 foot tall daughter near the background for scale)

Among GiantsAmong GiantsMy daughter at just over 4 feet tall stands among gaint redwood trees of Northern California in Stout Grove.

Photo Location: Damnation Trail

Silent GiantsSilent GiantsStanding among the giant redwood trees in Northern California as fog moisture drips on me from the canopy above. Along the Damnation Trail.

Photo Location: Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Young Meets OldYoung Meets OldA young redwood tree fans out across the trunk of a large old growth redwood. At Lady Bird Johnson area of Redwood National and State Park of California

Photo Location: Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Feeling Like an AntFeeling Like an AntLooking up through the forest canopy of foggy redwood trees feeling like an ant. Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Redwood National Park in California.

Photo Location: Jedediah Smith State Park

The Moss TreeThe Moss TreeThis moss covered tree feels as if it's grabbing out to touch me. Photographed in the Jedediah Smith State Park of the Redwoods.

Photo Location: Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Lady Bird Johnson GroveLady Bird Johnson GroveA quiet foggy scene in Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Redwoods National and State Park of California.

Photo Location: Del Norte area

Fog and RhodiesFog and RhodiesThe fog roles through the large redwood trees while the rhododendrens are in full bloom. Del Norte area of Redwoods National Park.

Photo Location: Stout Grove (me, my wife, our girls and one ginormous tree)

Family hiking in Redwood National and State Parks of California in Stout Grove of Jedediah Smith area.

(Adrian Klein Photography) buy redwood photos fine art nature photogrpahy foggy redwood forest forest photography information about photographing the redwoods northern california people in wilderness places to camp in redwood national park redwood forest weather forecasts redwood national and state parks Sun, 07 Jun 2015 22:38:01 GMT
Best Photos of 2014 I have not taken time in past years to post my favorite photos and trips at the end of the year. That is until now. Yes we have the Photo Cascadia best of slideshow yet that only covers some of my favs for the year since it's a group of us we try to keep it limited. It was another decent year visiting scenic places whether new or return visits, good times whether with friends or family or solo, and coming home with a few winners. For your viewing pleasure here they are, at least what I have processed. I know there are more I have yet to get to. Keep your eyes open for them in 2015. Thank you to all viewers, my supportive wife, clients and fellow photogs for a good 2014! I am excited for the new year and new adventures. May the new year be all that you are looking for and more.


The year started out well with our awesome family trip to Kauai for close to two weeks. Here is sunrise on New Year's Day 2014. I certainly felt very fortunate to enjoy a start like this. The beams shined for me to provide a magnificent show. Very nice of them to do that.

Kauai New Year's SunriseSunrise morning along the shore in Kauai, Hawaii While in Kauai I did a day trip with my daughter to one of the arboretum gardens to check out the eucalyptus trees which I had not seen up close before. Although we missed visiting right after a rain shower they were still very pretty cool. Looks like a gang of crazy squirrels scratched the heck out of the bark before showed up.

Eucalyptus TreeThe rainbow colors on a eucalyptus tree in Kauai, Hawaii

One afternoon I made the drive to the North Shore for a short hike along the first part of Kalalau Trail on the Napali Coast. I found a nice spot and waited until sunset to enjoy the view before hiking out in near dark conditions. This was a reminder to always carry business cards everywhere. Had many people passing me asking what I was photographing. If they could only see the final piece.

Napali CoastThe cliff edges and sky light up in a orange yellow hue at sunset along the North Shore of Na Pali Coast in Kauai. A short morning hike just before sunrise brings me to this fine view along the South Shore. I was hoping for just enough clouds to add to the atmosphere yet not shut out the big round glowing ball we call the sun. The stars were aligned this day.

Sunrise GoldThe rocks and water light up in gold tones in Kauai at sunrise along the South Shore. A classic view of Cape Horn turned out to be rather nice on Easter Morning. Rolling green hills, vibrant sun glow and train winding it's way through the Columbia River Gorge. I searched for the Easter Bunny yet no luck. Maybe next year.

Cape Horn, WashingtonThe sunlight breaks through the thick clouds on Easter Morning from Cape Horn viewpoint in the Columbia River Gorge.

Elohaw Falls as spring green buds start dotting the trees and bushes. I never tire of the color green, especially the lush green of the Gorge. It's like a green traffic light signaling go time for nature. Without spring greens we could not enjoy yellow autumns.

Elohaw Falls, OregonThe long veil of Elohaw Falls hides behind a tree, moss and bushes in the rainforest of the Columbia Gorge during spring.


Only the sounds of nature and a gentle breeze while we stood watching the moon rise and the colors of the change for sunset. Three hours prior I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic in the city. Talk about relaxing. This is, not the traffic in case that was unclear.
Prairie Moonrise The moon rises at sunset in dry central oregon while looking down a deep canyon to a endless winding river below.

Before the desert gets unbearably hot for summer it's nice chance to enjoy the peace and solitude of the Badlands Wilderness outside of Bend, Oregon for an overnight trip. Today wilderness camping with wonderful storm light, tomorrow breakfast and coffee at Strictly Organic . Yum.

Badlands, OregonThe badlands wilderness in central Oregon lights up under stormy skies at sunset.

Sometimes nature needs to remind us just how small we are in the spectrum of all the natural wonders earth offers. In this case it's  beautiful Elowah Falls in spring with a hiker near the pool below. A human is merely a single pixel in the sensor of a large format camera.

Feeling SmallA hiker stands at the pass of Elohaw Falls in the Columbia Gorge showing just how small humans can be next to mother nature.

My good friend Josh and I took advantage of the extra light on summer solstice for a hike to the summit of South Sister. It was very nostalgic as neither of us had done it since the several times together many years back. This was our camping spot looking to Mt Bachelor at sunset after a long fantastic day. Let no Bend trip be complete without a visit to 10 Barrel Brewing. Good times. South Sister CampingView of Mount Bachelor while backpacking on South Sister in Central Oregon. I escaped early one morning during a trip with extended family to the Oregon Coast for sunrise on Cape Kiwanda while watching the dory boats make there way out to sea. It was pretty amazing to come across Thor's Fist. What a discovery.

The lone HoodooFinding Thor's Fist at the Oregon Coast. On my visits to Cape Kiwanda I get mesmerized by the waves swish swashing around and think this must be what it's like inside a giant washing machine. That sure would wash a lot of clothes. This was a race against the clock yet I snapped when the light was still fine. Minutes later it went dull.

Washing MachineThe ocean swishing around like a washing machine along the Oregon Coast.

Sunset along an unknown lake in Mount Adams Wilderness during summer backpack trip. I had great company, my good friend David Cobb introducing me to this spot. Yes that is a white man's fire starting up in the woods. Could not see the campers but could see their fire.

The Forgotten LakeThe Forgotten LakeStanding along a calm lake shore in the backcountry of Mount Adams Wilderness in Washington at sunset.

Me enjoying oatmeal and coffee with a very grand view at the same lake as prior photo yet obviously very different lighting conditions. Very few views from any corporate office can compare, nor do they have biting flies.

Mount AdamsBreakfast with a view in the wilderness Same lake as prior two shots yet on a different backpack trip. It was early fall so the greens were different along with splashes of yellow along the shore. Do you get the feeling I liked this little lake? You'd be right if you said yes. As my daughter pointed out while I was processing it, X marks the spot with the logs. Is there hidden treasure? I hope we beat the pirates to it.

Unknown LakeA quiet serene sunset at an unnamed lake in Mount Adams Wilderness of Washington.

A night time shot in the Mount Adams Wilderness of well you guessed it Mount Fuji. Okay you got me, yes it's Mount Adams. I took this just before turning in for the night. My buddy Josh already in the tent trying to get some shuteye after a long day of backpacking, exploring and soaking in a lake with floating ice bergs. Ah I can still feel how cold it was. Fantastic.

Starry NightThe night sky fills up with stars during a backpack trip in Mount Adams Wilderness.

On this day fall colors were leaving me high and dry after a fair bit of searching in the Columbia River Gorge. I decided to stop by this viewpoint. Low and behold it was peak color with nice lighting to boot. Mother nature I bow to say thank you.

Spotty FallFall colors and evergreen trees along the Columbia River in Oregon.

And lastly I leave you with a photo from my visit to another planet. The rocks were out of this world. Well okay they were truly in this world yet have a from Jupiter or Saturn vibe to them. A more intimate scene from my Southern Oregon Coast trip with my Photo Cascadia peeps.

Space RocksRocks along the shore at the Southern Oregon Coast.

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Smithsonian Wilderness Forever - Wilderness Act Celebration Well I decided I will do a blog on my website. I likely won't update it that often since I already guest blog elsewhere like Photo Cascadia. That said it's a good place for news, info and other information I simply feel like sharing with the viewers of my website.

For those that don't know 2014 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act passed in 1964. The Smithsonian will be showcasing photos that depict wilderness and all we have to be thankful for today due to the Wilderness Act.

In January I was fortunate enough to have 5 out of 300 semi-finalist images selected from the thousands submitted. I don’t enter many contests these days for various reasons yet this was one I was glad I took the time to enter. Given how much I enjoy the outdoors, especially wilderness areas, this meant a lot to me.

Then out of the final 300 images I found out this week that two of mine have been selected for display in this exhibition, one for People in Wilderness and one for Scenic Landscapes. Not sure I will make it later this year to see my images on display yet it’s nice to know I will have a small part in shaping the view all the visitors will have into our wilderness with this exhibition.

The five images in this post are the ones selected for the semi-final round. It’s a reminder to be appreciative for all the wilderness areas we have available to explore today thanks to the Wilderness Act. Congrats to all the winning photographers. Happy exploring and photographing!

Mount Rainier and HikerHiker along the trail near Pinnacle Peak at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington at sunrise in fall season. Opal Creek Wilderness, OregonThe water flows a clean feeling opal color in the forest of Opal Creek Wilderness of Oregon. South Sister and Green LakesThe clouds frame South Sister mountain perfecting at sunset along the edge of Green Lakes in Three Sisters Wilderness of Oregon. The Enchantments of Alpine Lakes WildernessThe larches glow golden yellow against a deep blue sky during fall season in the Enchantments Basin in Washington. Mount Jefferson and WildflowersMount Jefferson reflects in a small tarn surrounded by wildflowers in Jefferson Wilderness of Oregon.

(Adrian Klein Photography) people in wilderness smithsonian photo exhibition wilderness act wilderness forever exhibition wilderness scenic landscapes Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:06:04 GMT