Salmon River Photo Clinic

Salmon River Photo Clinic – June 13, 2015

Hi everyone.

I have just announced a one day workshop at the Old Salmon River Trail near Welches, Oregon. CLICK HERE to register.


The trail is about an hour away from Portland near Mount Hood. It was established in the late 1800’s as a hunting trail by the pioneers of the area including Samuel Welch and his son Billy Welch, who the little town of Welches is named for.

The trail parallels the Wild and Scenic Salmon River. The only river in the U.S. designated Wild and Scenic from it’s source to its terminus. This clear beautiful river is a very photogenic feature along the way. The main attraction of this trail are the huge trees and mossy scenes that you walk through in this rain forest cathedral.

The trail is fairly easy but does require a certain amount of physical ability. We will hit the trail about 9am and will stroll with no certain agenda other than to enjoy the scenery, get some amazing photos and enjoy each other’s company.

During the trek Gary will be covering how to make the shot. He will discuss composition and balancing the light to get the shot. He will cover camera function and purpose as well as composition. If you are a beginner, this is perfect for you. If you’re an intermediate shooter this is perfect for you as well. Gary doesn’t assume anything is able to start at the point of your need and, hopefully fill in some blanks. There will be no hands on processing work in this workshop but I will be discussing processing as we shoot. I’ll be passing along a lot of info.

In addition to photography Gary loves to talk about the history of the area as well as the natural features.

Bring a sack lunch and we’ll break for a picnic among the trees and moss, weather permitting as this is an all weather event. Dress appropriately. :)

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

I’m looking forward to sharing my approach to landscape photography with those that decide to tag along. We’re going to have a blast!!

Walking With My 50mm f/1.8 and Extension Tubes

Walking With My 50mm f/1.8 and Extension Tubes

Walking With My 50mm f/1.8 and Extension Tubes –

There are times when that which is the least clear gives that which is most clear more meaning.

I like to take my camera with me on walkies with my little dog Betty. Springtime is the best time for macro photos, in my opinion. There is all sorts of new growth, leaves, flowers, mushrooms, bugs etc. I will even grab my stack of old manual extension tubes to allow even greater magnification.

I just wander and usually linger longer outside on my walks. Betty doesn’t seem to mind, and sometimes I bring back some pretty cool photos.

Gary =0)














Singh Ray Grad Filters

Singh Ray Grad Filters

GAR_5866Time to do some experimenting.

A couple of years ago I tossed out my grad filters. I hate grad lines, I break them, scratch them or just lose them. I just learned to do without them.

In the past I have always made up for the lack of dynamic range that the sensors in the cameras that I had lacked by bracketing and blending using one of several methods that I’ve learned through the years. From manual blending to TK luminosity masks etc. Anything but using a grad filter.

I am now using a camera that will allow me, in most cases, to get a photo in a single exposure without blending. The dynamic range of the Nikon D800 that I’m using is far superior to the cameras that I’ve used in the past.

And so now that I’ve been using the D800 for a few months I think that I can see where when I’m shooting a single exposure and not blending, if I can knock the light in the sky down a bit that I can get better pixel density in the highlight end of the histogram. As long as the grad doesn’t interfere with a tree, mountain or anything that enters into the grad affected area I’m good to go.

Enter my new set of Singh-Ray grads. I got four Galen Rowell hard and soft grads 2&3 and two Daryl Benson reverse grads 2&3. I will be doing a lot of experimenting with these.

What I expect to find is that they will come in very handy in a lot of situations and yet hinder others. Cases such as a nice even ocean horizon for example will benefit, while a scene with a mountain or a tree that juts up in to the sky maybe not.

And for those that have heard me say to throw out your grads… well, we’ll see if I have to revise my opinion in another month or so. We’ll see if my mind can be changed. :)

#singhray #photography #randallpics

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Photography Clinic

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Photography Clinic – April 19 2015 – 6am – 3pm

We had an amazing time last year during this event and came away with some awesome photographs.

Please consider joining us for this years clinic. I am offering a very low price. So don’t miss out. Seats will be limited to ten people.

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register.


Big Island Sunrise

Big Island Sunrise

As I stood in the darkness of the predawn morning in my shorts, “rubbah slippahs” (called sandals on the mainland) and my ABC Store t-shirt, I held my cup of Kona coffee in one hand and leaned against my tripod held in the other. The stars were still out in the sky and the surf was crashing at the bottom of the black lava rock ledge below. The warm Trade Winds were softly blowing across my face and through my hair while rattling the palm fronds in the trees around me. The smell of the moist flowery tropical vegetation mixed with the ocean cleansed breeze combined to create a sweet fragrance impossible to duplicate.

I stood there drinking my coffee and taking in the experience until I could perceive the warm glow of the sun just over the horizon. I set up my camera and then proceeded to enjoy and document one of the best sunrises that I have seen since I lived on Midway Island in the 70’s.

I love Hawaii. It’s my adopted second home. I’ve loved it since my first visit in 1977 at 19 years old. I have a couple of trips planned for the future but they’re still in the planning stage, but both are completely photography related in their purpose.

Aloha nui loa and mahalo for all of your support my hoapili’s!!! 😀



Eagle Creek Oregon Photography Workshop

Eagle Creek Oregon Photography Workshop

Punchbowl Falls

Punchbowl Falls

Just a heads up that time is starting to run short to be included in this coming April 11-12th Eagle Creek Oregon Photography Workshop. eagle Creek, in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge is a photographers dream location.

We’re going to have a great time, don’t miss out.

Remember; Gary Randall is a licensed guide in the state of Oregon and has permits to conduct workshops in the gorge. Being only one of three photographers with permits. You should always ask your guide if they have all of the permits for the areas that they are taking you to.  Ask also about first aid qualifications and if they are insured. At this time there are only three photographer who possess permits to conduct workshops in the Columbia River Gorge. Hire a legitimate and licensed professional when you go to photograph this amazing scenery.

Please check my Workshop page for details about this and other workshops that I will be conducting this next season. <a href=””>CLICK HERE</a>.

Gary Randall Best of 2014

Gary Randall Best of 2014

It’s been a fabulous photography year. Enjoy this little video that highlights some of the best times that I experienced last season.

2015 Oregon Photography Workshop Schedule

2015 Oregon Photography Workshop Schedule

2015 Oregon Photography Workshop Schedule

At Eagle Creek in the Columbia river Gorge.

I’m glad to announce the 2015 Oregon Photography Workshop Schedule. It’s going to be a great year. Reserve your seat soon as seats are limited for these workshops. This year I will be planning two five day workshops. This will maximize our time at the epic locations in hops of getting perfect conditions. We will also have more time to delve into the inner workings of getting the shot and processing it just right.

I’m glad to help arrange my out of town attendees with logistics. We have some nice lodging available in this area from simple to first class. Just let me know how I can help.

April 11-12 2015 – Eagle Creek  
TBA – Wooden Shoe Tulips
April 25-26 2015 – Columbia Gorge
May 15-19 2015 – Columbia Gorge
June 12-16  – Mount Hood
July 11-12 Mount Hood
Sept 25-27 2015 – Opal Creek
TBA – Mount Hood Autumn
TBA – Columbia Gorge Autumn

I hope to see you there!

Please CONTACT me if you have any questions at all.

The Columbia River Gorge Oregon

The Columbia River Gorge Oregon

Affectionately called “The Gorge” by the locals, as if there’s no other gorge in the world, it is shared with literally millions of people each year.

The amazing Columbia River Gorge is the pathway for the mighty Columbia River and a connection between eastern Oregon and western Oregon through the Cascade Mountain Range for river level barge traffic and modern highway traffic on the modern Highway 84. The Columbia River also acts as the border line between Oregon and Washington states.

Although both side are amazingly beautiful, the Oregon side, with it’s northern exposure, shady groves of tall trees, fresh ferns, lush moss and dramatic waterfalls that gets most of the attention. It is truly a rainforest in every sense of the word.

Many of the waterfalls are easily accessible from the old Historic Columbia River Highway, which was built in 1917 and designed for early primitive touring automobiles of the era and runs parallel with Highway 84. This day and age most people fly through the gorge on the freeway, but for those that take the time, their time is rewarded greatly. It’s just a short detour to Paradise

This is a series of photos of some of the many creeks and waterfalls along the Oregon side of The Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. I hope that you enjoy them.

#oregon #columbiarivergorge #waterfalls #randallpics

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