4 Days In Oregon

Seattle-based photographer Andrew Kearns takes a short adventure to Oregon with his friends. From Cannon Beach to Multnomah Falls, Oregon has much to offer.

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An Oregon Adventure

Though I had been to Oregon just one month prior, I didn’t mind going back because the state has so much to discover.  I spent the trip with my girlfriend, Becca, as well as Pat, my friend from Alaska, whom I met while I was there. When Pat and I met, we hit it off instantly and have become great friends. He shoots all film too, so that’s pretty neat.

Everyone with me in Oregon was a photographer–which I’m finding is a good thing in a lot of ways. It’s important to hang out and take trips with people who are doing the same things as you are. I think this is because it helps you stay motivated and stimulates inspiration.

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This shot was taken at the Rowena Crest viewpoint, just to the left of the infamous Oregon road. I’ve seen the Rowena Crest with an amazing sunrise, in pouring rain, and once with so much fog, I couldn’t see more than 10-feet in front of me. With low fog and great light, I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. I love the rain–and the whole trip, Oregon was gray and gloomy. I was totally okay with that.

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I was excited to challenge myself to shoot mostly with my iPhone in Oregon. I have DSLR camera shots of the infamous road at Rowena Crest, but never an iPhone shot that fit the entire road in frame. With the Moment Wide lens attached, it fit everything and even some surroundings. It was just as I imagined it. I was very impressed by the quality the iPhone produced as well.

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On the other side of the rail, it’s a pretty straight drop down, but Becca was willing to get up there for this shot. I’ve driven past this spot a few times, but never stopped to capture the view.

We visited Multnomah Falls–a staple place to visit while in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. It’s a huge (620-feet)waterfall right off the road! We found it decently empty because we were there pretty early. If you visit, make sure to get some hot chocolate from the shop at the lodge.

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The final stop on our day trip was at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Oregon. It has a crazy, rocky, and muddy peninsula that juts out into the ocean. As cool as the geographical features are, I can’t get over the colors–the red rock here is like nowhere else in the PNW. As a photographer, it’s fun to play around with the colors.

When shooting on the Oregon peninsula, there’s a top where the others were standing and, in one shot, Sam stopped perfectly centered down the trail for me. When you add someone into the frame, it helps give perspective of the landscape’s size. At the top of the rock, we were about a 100-feet above the ocean. As you loom over the edge, you see waves crashing against the rock below.

Although this place is known for some insane sunsets, we sadly did’t get to catch one. Regardless, it was a memorable trip down to Oregon. Given the vast landscapes and beauty, we’re sure to head back another time!

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