he fall of 2007 provided the most beautiful color
change in Central Oregon in my 40 years here.
'Flowing through Fall' evolved through two successive
evenings along the Deschutes River Trail. I photographed
down along the shore earlier the first evening,
then found this scene, too late to photograph
in the fading light. Let the waiting game begin.
Periodically throughout the next day my attention
drifted to the river trail and the stunning scene
I witnessed the night before. I became very excited,
but also nervous that the weather might not hold
long enough for me to realize my dream. Would
the wind and/or rain take down the leaves before
With great anticipation I returned
late the second afternoon, waited for the sun
to set behind the hills to the west and began
composing. Wind is always a concern with the
long exposure times often required with my 4x5
view camera. However, this night would be very
different. As I set up my camera I was in awe
of the scene, and was breathless at how still
the air had become.
For thirty plus minutes the
fiery vegetation did not move a muscle. I photographed
the scene in both horizontal and vertical formats
with two different lenses looking to the find
the perfect combination. Success!
timing is everything. 'Flowing through Fall'
to me is the perfect combination of being in
the right place at the right time, engaged in
just the right activity. In the case of 'Flowing
through Fall,' it took forty years for all the
elements to come into alignment. For me, well
worth the wait!