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Monday, March 25, 2013

Contender Coby Cooper


Pairing different angles of the same scene keep American Landscape contest Contender Coby Cooper captivated by America’s smaller State Parks and create captivating dual submissions

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Photographer: Coby Cooper

Smith Rock State Park

Location: Canyon Trail, Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne, Oregon

When did you take the photograph? January 25, 2013

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D MK II, EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM, Tiffen circular polarizer, Flashpoint CF Tripod, Manfrotto 498 RC2 Ball Head

Describe how you got this photo.
I was visiting Oregon to help a friend on a project. The weekend was the only available time I had to shoot as I was flying home on Sunday. The weather was forecast to be overcast and raining. Nonetheless, I got an early start Saturday morning in the hope I might catch a sunrise. I ran into black ice for the nine-mile drive but had the park to myself when I arrived. I waited on the canyon rim for sunrise but it looked like nature wasn't cooperating so I began the hike to the canyon floor. I shot from a number of places on the trail on the way down but just as I hit the floor of the canyon, the sunrise broke in full force and began to clime the canyon walls. I found a spot on the trail that gave me a full view of the canyon from within and I began shooting. I prefer this image and composition because the wall was in full sun with the floor still in shadow.

Did you use any special techniques?
To bring out the detail of the canyon floor that was in deep shade, I shot 3 bracketed images and combined them in post using Photomatix Pro 4.2.2 then converted to black and white with NIK Silver Efex Pro 2

Crooked River at Smith Rock State Park

Location: River Trail, Smith Rock State Park along Crooked River, Terrebonne, Oregon

When did you take this photograph? January 26, 2013

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D MK II, EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM, Tiffen circular polarizer

Describe how you got this photo.
I capture this image on my second day of shooting. After shooting the sunrise in the canyon from the top rim, I hiked along the River Trail, which runs along the Crooked River. This is an angle looking back along the trail toward the trailhead. It was shot handheld through the Juniper trees, which are so prevalent in the high desert of Central Oregon.

Did you use any special techniques?
Some tweaking in Canon's DPP then converted to black and white with NIK Silver Efex Pro 2

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This was my first trip to Oregon as an adult. I honestly had no idea of the beauty of the high desert area. The majesty of Smith Rock State Park was such a surprise and the rock formations reminded me so much of my trip as a boy to Half Dome in Yosemite.

Do the photos you entered go together to tell a story, or do you think they work best individually? If together, what story about the American Landscape do the photos tell?

I think they can both stand alone, but also work well together because they show such drastic differences of essentially the same rock face. They illustrate the many "Faces" we can find when exploring a landscape. I am relatively new to Landscape photography having shot mostly wildlife and action but challenge myself to look at every potential image from every direction. My trip to the high desert of Oregon certainly made me more aware of the diversity of topography and the beauty of some of America's wonderful, smaller, State Parks.



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