Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
— Jo Walton

I had been waiting for this a long time. For once, I checked the weather at the coast and found the little sun icon, instead of the little cloud icon with rain drops. I'm going to Cape Kiwanda!!!!! 

I took off as SOON as I got off work and collected my camera gear on the way. The drive was INCREDIBLE. Perfect sunny weather, windows down, music blaring, and - no traffic. As I was driving it occured to me, I really don't have many current pictures of myself. Like, at all. Mostly because I hate when other people take pictures of me. So, here's one for ya'll. And I had a lot of fun trying to actually do this while driving.

I got out to to parking lot at 5:51. Sun sets at 7:01. It will take about 20 minutes to walk to the spot I want and 10 minutes to set up for the shot, so my camera stays in my bag until then. No exploring.

I expected there to be an arch at the place I was going to shoot, but I was extremely surprised to find a pile of rocks instead and no arch. No worries.

As I was shooting, I met a couple cool people as they came and went from the area I was at. I met a family, I met a dude named Chet (awesome name), and a lady named Alice. Chet was really cool and I showed him the pictures I was taking, and explained the process I'll go through to stitch several layers of photos together. Alice was super nice too, and she had two dogs. One of them was named Mojo. Both of the dogs were super soft.

Anyway, after a lot of waiting for the perfect wave, I captured this. Keep in mind, this is several photos stitched together. One of the sky, one of the rocky foreground, and one of the wave.

Don't you just LOVE how the sunlight reflects through that wave???? There were two other really great waves like this one, but they were larger and it made the photo look a little messy, so I kept this one. I like clean shots.

So after playing with the puppers some more, I set off to find a good place for the stars. I climbed up and around to a point I had never been before, and as I was approaching I saw another photographer up there. His name is Jeff. He's a super cool dude, and I found out he climbs at the Circuit, just like me! We also almost have the exact same kit. Identical tripod, same lense, and almost the same camera body. He had an L-bracket though, so I was a little jealous. Anyway his pictures are really good! You should check them out!

So Jeff and I chilled at the top of the hill for a while and shared stories. He was hoping for more sunset colors, but I was looking for stars, so after he left I hung out a while longer.

After messing around with the framing for a while, I finally found the best composition to include the sand edge in the photo as a leading line. Once I found that composition I stayed there, and I noticed a boat beginning to approach from the south with a bright orange light. I waited. And waited. And waited. 

At long last, the boat had approached the position I was waiting for. Just as it arrived in place though, something else happened! The moon rose behind me, casting my hills' shadow on the rock in front of me! It was perfect timing, and that moment only lasted about 40 seconds before the boat disappeared and the clouds covered the moon. But I got it.

*Update* - To avoid confusion, let me explain that the light you see here is the boat. That's not a sunset, and in fact it was pitch-black outside when I took this, which is why the boat appears so bright.

The moment was magical, honestly. Sitting on the edge of a cliff in barefeet and getting to witness this? Too good. I thanked God a lot today.

I've been thanking God a lot recently, actually. And yeah sorry about being so negative recently, I'm not sure why moving made me so mad, but it sure did. But remember how I said I was broke? I was. I had $28 bucks in my account, hahaha. Anyway after praying about it a lot, I was blessed with a couple things! I was paid for the PT Northwest shoots I did, I got a huge amount of kickback money from our driver at work (for all the rides I schedule through him), and I found $80 inside my dashboard!! Hahaha, that was fun. Also, my friend Ian is back in town from Chicago, so that was very cool.

But now I'm gonna go. I'll leave you with a black and white version though.

Not-So-Typical Spring Break

Not-So-Typical Spring Break

Poor But Not Poor

Poor But Not Poor