Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Photos and Video From The Shins Concert on Sept. 26, 2017

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 4:33 PM


With Modest Mouse on Friday night and The Shins on the following Tuesday, it's been a pretty amazing week for live indie rock in Bend. Check out our photos and video from The Shins concert at the Athletic Club of Bend. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sunset over Mt. Bachelor

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

  • © Christian Heeb, Cascade Center of Photography

Nothing beats stormy weather when it comes to shooting sunsets. The clouds in the sky make for dramatic images. The sun light gets filtered through them and the sky often lights up in a blaze of color around sunset or sunrise for that matter. We were having drinks with friends recently on my property in the High Desert of Central Oregon when suddenly the sky erupted in a blaze of reds and orange. If this happens I cannot just sit and enjoy but I have to shoot it. I used my Nikon D600 camera with a 70 to 200mm lens. Shooting it in three horizontal images one after another I used Photoshop to stitch them into one large file image. I usually have my camera shoot images in RAW so I can later process them just the way I want them. I do set my color temperature manually in this case at 5800 Kelvin. Daylight would be around 5200K but here I wanted warmer colors. My ISO was set at 200 which is a good all around number. There is not much to say in terms of composition. Frame it so you concentrate on whats interesting. In this case the clouds lit up in the sky. Crop of what 's boring like the dark land on the bottom and you got it. Sometimes Nature puts on such a show all you really have to do is push the button.
The American West and my home state Oregon  really have  great light so it is a pleasure to shoot, travel and live here.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Broken Top In The News

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM


For those of you who do not wait by your mailbox or stalk newsstands for all things male and macho in the magazine world, you probably missed this nice shout out to our very own, often overlooked, treasure - Broken Top. It will probably come as a shock that there are publications out there who still are aware that not everyone is hunkered down quaffing as much microbrew as possible in this town but Men's Journal found Bend native Eli Odegaard, 23, doing a spring paddle and published a killer photo in the latest issue. Give it up for Eli who managed NOT to talk about which brewery he went to after his adventure and which seasonal he sucked down and what subtle aroma was present in those first heady moments of his consumption. Perhaps it was just good editing but Eli is my hero of the day. Be like Eli - and don't forget your waterproof booties.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Prescribed Burn near Horse Butte

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 7:43 AM

As they say there is always a photo to be had. So when my wife almost jumped out of her skin yesterday when suddenly dark smoke clouds appear right next to our house I did what I always do. I grabbed my camera.

Living in the American West makes you jumpy when you hear, smell or see fire. The arid deserts here notoriously fire prone. This one turned out to be a prescribed fire with happy firefighters running all over the place. They were happy for once to start a fire instead of always fighting one.

While they were doing their work I shot some photos with my SLR using a 70-200mm lens. The colors in the smoke and the combination of smoke, fire and the yellow firefighter outfit made my day. All it took for this photo were 10 minutes and I was back at my computer working on...of course more images.

More images.

Prescribed Burn near Horse Butte

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Monday, April 1, 2013

All the Other Amazing Skate Photos

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Tyler Orton, the man behind this week's feature photography, has taken some top-notch images of Central Oregon's skate scene. Sadly, we had room for only two in our print issue. Here are the rest.

  • Tyler Orton

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Nothing's Happening

Reynvaan on climbing in winter.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

There’s something I really appreciate about people who are stoked to climb in less than optimal conditions. In theory, my favorite climbing partners are the ones throwing in a backwards fist pump or two while quickdraws slam to the beat of a violent metal soundtrack below. Regardless, whichever way you see it, climbing in bad conditions is still better than working, blogging, or learning how to navigate I seem to survive by implementing my favorite new ill-weather tactic: the fetal position rest. The unique aspect of the fetal position rest is that it can be used both on the wall (preferably after punting), or mid-siesta to increase your psyche. The way of the armadillo never seemed so practical… 


Saturday. The morning glory wall belonged to only 4 armadillos for a large chunk of the day.

Since August, I’d pretty much written off Churning in the Wake. Due to emotional problems, we sort of ‘broke up’ and have been talking shit about each other ever since. Jespy and Daniel recommended that, instead of blaming what was clearly communication and commitment issues, I try it again—only with slightly different beta. I surprised myself by falling in or around the dime edge four times this weekend.  In a way, I’m pretty excited to make a quick tick of what has been my white whale since it tore my hand and put me out for three months. In other ways I’m way more excited to try ‘prettier’ lines that I’m more attracted to, like Last Waltz. I’ll probably keep trying Churning here and there but I don’t see myself accepting a promise ring or prom date from it anytime soon.


POP! Goes the Tendon

In other news, while taking somewhat of a ‘resting’ weekend from Scarface in order to heal a skin injury, Greg put down three hard 5.13s in one day. On Sunday the Crusher sent Taco Chips, 5.13a, Aggro Monkey, 5.13b, and Rude Boys, 5.13c. This is super amazing, however, in true Smith fashion you’re only allowed to complete one hard route a season. Any more is foul play.


Luck Dragon, Ruby, and Casey

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Alpine Lake at Dawn

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 6:01 PM



Living in Central Oregon I am always reminded of my old stomping grounds in Switzerland. What Sparks Lake is to me here in Oregon, Seealpsee  was in my old country.

You have to walk up to this Lake which takes about 30 minutes. To catch the first light and the red glow on the rocks you the trail in the dark. This image was captured with a film camera and Fuji Velvia Film. That film had only 50 ISO and really had to be shot at 40 ISO so it got exposed right. Naturally a tripod was and still is essential for most landscape shots. The morning I took this image we had  one of those perfect late summer days in Switzerland when the air is fresh and calm and the sky has that deep stunning blue. Days we take for granted in Central Oregon  but in Switzerland and west of the Cascades are are hard to find.

I will be teaching a weekend workshop this spring on the top of the mountain you see in this photo. Mount Saentis has a Restaurant and a hotel on Top. The View taken from there is truly spectacular. I took the second photo one winter evening right after Mountains and it felt truly like the top of the world.
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