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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What the Recap?! - A huge WTF?! pictorial

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

It's been far too long to have gone without updating everyone on the massive electronic music festival outside of Dufur Oregon on Wolf Run Ranch known as WTF?! (What The Festival). But now the photos are ready.

Most of the pictures in this post will speak for themselves. The big take away here is that this event kicks ass. In only its second year, it is an absolutely well run festival. Take a look at these photographs and see what I mean. Stick around and catch some of my follow-up comments below. Then mark your calendar for next year. Alright, let's get to it.

In the shadow of Mt. Hood, we danced.
  • In the shadow of Mt. Hood, we danced.

In the forest we camped.
  • In the forest we camped.

Massages, sauna and group showering. Thats how its done.
  • Massages, sauna and group showering. That's how it's done.

We danced in a big pool to stay cool.
  • We danced in a big pool to stay cool.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Like Smearing Honey On a Baby

More from Tara on climbing, life and being thankful.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Today the morning sun crawled through my window and sat quietly on the floor of my apartment while I got dressed. As I left for work, I imagined it sauntering over the coffee table and up the wall only to loiter between shadows on the bookshelf for hours. Yesterday I caught it showing off near the coffee shop as it appeared satisfied by it's own unpredicted presence in the otherwise cold days of early February.  

I have been hesitant to write lately. This due in part to a general lack of my own personal progression in climbing, but also in hopes of avoiding the obvious topic of unexpected change in my heart as of late. Alas, I'm overwhelmed with the freshly painted blue backdrop of my home town in Bend. In the past, I've causally opted to brave uninspiring forecasts for even a few simple pitches at the Morning Glory wall. Last weekend, and the many before have left me speechless. The walls of Smith materialize as a pop-up mud playground that gives the impression of an intricate cardboard cut out. 

What better way to put life into perspective then by taking a handful of its certainties and hucking them into the air like a deck of playing cards. As they fall and reposition themselves, I'm able to tactically re-arrange my life.  

As far as climbing continues, I have been watching myself fail on moves that require fitness, not technique as I work myself on Times Up. I've been up it only five times so far which seems ridiculous if I actually want to finish in victory, like the end of a Mortal Combat game. For me, my passion for climbing is a sure thing. Like smearing honey on a baby and tossing it in the woods. Time to remind myself that I love this.  

Last weekend as I mindfully walked my feet into the layback of Times Up's 25ft runout, I heard a choir of shutter closures coming from the gully. Bruce Adams had sneaked into the rocks above and snapped this shot of me entering the crux — shortly before my first of many falls. Thank you Bruce :)  

So, here's to inspiring each other, and enjoying the community of friends and faces that keep it real. 

In other news, I'm fairly certain my cat has been plotting my ultimate demise. It's rare that on film I catch her, but as seen here she is attempting to gnaw a core shot into my new Sterling 9.2. I'll continue to document her murder attempts as time goes on. I hope to make it through the spring unscathed.  

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Evelyn Dong - Strong is Beautiful

You don't have the chance every day to photograph a ski champion like Evelyn Dong at your studio.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

You don't have the chance every day to photograph a ski champion like Evelyn Dong at your studio.

To show her muscles and that cool turtle tattoo I decide to shoot her backside with some back light to frame her physique.

The idea was to showcase her athletic body and show that strong is beautiful. Again it shows how great it is to live in place where you have all these athletes and fit people around.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Getting Ugly with the Source: A photographic review of Friday's party

Lots of terrible looking holiday attire here.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Friday night the Astro Lounge hosted our seasonal "Reader Appreciation Ugly Sweater/Holiday Garb Party." Drinks were consumed, good times were had and those not in attendance were ridiculed. See below for photographic evidence of this.

Mike and James, stories filed, head out the Source's doors and into the night...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

How Full is Your Glass?

Reynvaan's latest blog and photos on climbing, passion and the confluence of the two.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Even though the climbing community can widely be referred to as a dirty group of mostly white people who seem to have more time than they know what to do with, we seem to have one thing down - passion. Climbers: Where passion crawls along the fine line of obsession and we find ourselves jobless, eating honey packets outside of our car-hotel. 

Are we driven by progression, passion, or perpetual self-deprecation? Wait…Let’s back pedal here. Something I see far too little of in this world is passion, which to me is one of the true keys to happiness. A recent observation in a COCC class showed that over half of the students seemed offended by the simple question of “do you have a passion”. What is a seemingly preposterous assumption to my fellow classmates is the lifeblood that I thrive off of to remain happy. This alone suggesting there will only ever be a fair few that I can really understand. These are the people I can build off of and how with simple relationship building we become better people from simply being a part of each others' lives. 

One person who always seems to be at Smith Rock with a glass 3/4 full of his passion is Alex Baker. Always a welcome addition to my crag experience, he's consistently shown himself to not only be an extremely strong climber mentally and physically but also a refreshment to be around. I can't quite get enough of people who radiate their positivity and love for the sport we're there to do. Alex has been working on sending Vicious Fish, a notoriously hard 5.13+ on Smith’s front side since last season. Coming back from an injury last year and the motivation of a moving to start a new job for Black Diamond in a few short weeks, Alex had the extra push he needed.  Shortly after these photos were taken, he finally sent on a cold November day. I’m sure this will just spark the inspiration to continue to push Alex to his limits and then some in Utah. I look forward to hearing about his and his girlfriend Rachael’s climbing and professional successes as they move forward.



Lately I’ve been getting so excited that I lay in bed awake setting daily goals for my climbing. Inspired by unwavering optimism despite gruel forecasts, anything is possible. I've now taken 6 attempts on the latest route of interest- Kings of Rap. This is likely one of the most beautiful routes ever and will be my first 5.12d (a grade I seem to have skipped somehow). By day two, I was delighted to see beta come together. One minor set back after a fall into the 90° roof on Kings resulted in small battle wound. Likely just a reminder to either not fall there, or perhaps wear shin guards. 

Luckily the following weekend was confidence inspiring as another whip in the same spot was less like a short stab to the shin, and more like a side-hug or really good high-five. With optimism on my side and blood-induced fear behind me, the future is bright with sending! I hope :)

It's cold. Thank god for VG Leg warmers....YEAH JANE FONDA


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Right On, Newport Market Sign Person

Local grocer drops wisdom.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 6:01 PM

We're not sure what this is about. But we like it.

Can we look forward to more simple life reminders from the local grocer? Hope so.


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Traveling Camera: Proxy Falls

Proxy Falls, McKenzie Pass, Bend Oregon

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Now is the time to go out and enjoy the mountains before snow falls. There is really no better time for taking pictures. That is why all the serious nature photographers can't be reached and why I am behind with my blog.

Recently, I took my neighbors dog to Proxy Falls on the McKenzie Highway. These falls are incredibly photogenic. I brought a tripod to be able to use a slow shutter speed. Flowing water looks soft and pretty if you do that.

Biggest problem for getting the shot was the spray from the falls. The lens had constantly to be wiped dry. Needles to say that my wife had to get the actual shot and I had to do some blending in Photoshop. Dogs never stand still, so it took several images to get one good photo.

The next couple of days should be really good up in the high country due to the fall colors so what are you waiting for?

See more of Christian Heeb's work here.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Traveling Camera: Crazy Horse

Shooting the Crazy Horse monument in South Dakota.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:43 PM

The Black Hills of South Dakota are a spiritual center for the Lakota people. One of their greatest leaders was the famous warrior, Crazy Horse.

We got a private tour to see the gigantic rock face of the world’s largest sculpture. Thunderhead Mountain, where the gigantic sculpture slowly emerges out of the rock, is famous for its thunderclouds and while shooting the face, clouds seems to appear out of nowhere. I used a circular polarizer filter to darken the blue sky and further dramatize the image. I mirrored the image later in Photoshop.

In terms of theatrics, Crazy Horse Monument beats even Mt. Rushmore.

See more of Christian Heeb's work by visiting his facebook page.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Recap of the High and Dry Bluegrass Festival

Photos and a recap of the High and Dry Bluegrass Festival.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

When it comes to outdoor music festivals, the annual High and Dry Bluegrass Festival at John and Nancy Hancock’s Runway Ranch east of Bend is a throwback. A throwback to simpler times when acoustic bluegrass and folk music was a festival norm and the gatherings to listen to it were often at people’s homes or rural properties, settings that had a relaxed, informal feel to them.

High and Dry succeeds not only because of its relaxed informal atmosphere but also because it provides a place for top line bluegrass and folk ensembles to strut their stuff and a chance for new acts eager for a chance to perform and get noticed.

This year’s format had main stage acts playing 45-minute sets with new groups and up-and-coming groups playing fifteen-minute sets in between on a smaller side stage.

Sitting on the ranch lawn sheltered by canopies provided by Pickathon, festival goers brought in their lawn chairs, snacks and drinks. Food truck vendors were on hand to provide full meals.


As usual, High and Dry regulars Great Northern Planes charmed the audience on both Friday and Saturday night with their extensive musical chops, superb “high lonesome” harmonizing and incredible wit. This is a must-see act for anyone who likes groups that play to a high standard and have unmatched stage presence.

Apart from the names like Great Northern Planes, there were the usual surprises. Surprises like the group Powder Monkey, whose Friday night set weaved nicely along an invisible line between true bluegrass and more modern “new grass.”

Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, was the low key named “bass + mandolin” duo of bassist Josh Feinberg and mandolin player Brian Oberlin. Both masters of their instruments (Fienberg a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music), they were not scared to present a wide-ranging program from Bill Monroe tunes to, get this, Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies” with some classic swing numbers mixed in.

But in the long run the star of the show was yet again the venue with the stages set up on the banks of the Runway Ranch’s pond, the hundreds of hours put in by volunteers to make the festival flow smoothly, the motor home and tent camping, the appreciative audiences and musicians, and the prevailing overall sense of community.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Traveling Camera: No Return Wilderness

Christian Heeb shoots from the Nez Perce Pass on the Idaho-Montana border.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:16 PM

This is probably not the road you want to drive with your mini van. The Nez Perce Pass from Idaho into Montana cuts through some serious wilderness and some jaw-dropping scenery.

The road sometimes is just a rugged Jeep trail with impossible steep grades and the fellows from the highway department who cleared it this spring were minimalistic in their work. While cutting the trees that fell over the road, they cut out little passageways that made it very hard to squeeze through in our Ford F250.

After a 10-hour drive, we camped at Poet Creek, rewarded us with some beautiful pictures. Here a shoot looking into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. I put myself in to show the scale and to add human content to the image. I also used a circular polarizer to enhance the colors.

Visit Christian Heeb on Facebook.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Now Hanging: Sean Bagshaw's nature photography

Sean Bagshaw's work is on display through the end of August at Bellatazza in downtown Bend.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Well known nature photographer Sean Bagshaw's beautiful canvas prints are showcased this month at Bellatazza on Wall Street here in Bend. Sean is one of the represented photographers at the Cascade Center of Photography and a frequent workshop teacher there.

It is a a pleasure for me to work with other great photographers. Sean is always good for a photo shoot out here in the beautiful scenery of Central Oregon.

His prints will be at Bellatazza until the end of August.

See more of Bagshaw's work here.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Traveling Camera: Balloons Over Bend

Balloons Over Bend provides some great photographic opportunities.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM

The Balloons Over Bend event is very, very photogenic. You have to be a lousy photographer to not get a decent shot. The challenge is to get a shot not everybody else got.

So we went airborne (thanks to the Source) and we shot all possible angles day and night. All said and done, I like this photo best, which I took on the first day. Probably one of my first exposures there.

While Mark Trujillo was inflating his balloon and the sun was rising behind him, I captured the moment by shooting into the huge cavern of the balloon while Mark was closing the top.

I used a wide-angle lens to capture this.

See more of Christian Heeb's Balloons Over Bend photos right here.

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