Featured: 'Hells Canyon, Oregon, in June and October' by Tilman Paulin

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Tilman Paulin, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. this year we were lucky enough to visit Hells Canyon on two occasions... On June 1st for a day and then a weekend in the middle of October for two days.

    Hells Canyon is North Americas deepest river gorge and located between Oregon and Idaho. We stayed in Enterprise on both trips and did day hikes (although it should be a great area for backpacking too - if you're not afraid of rattlesnakes and poison oak... of which we saw neither :) )

    On our trip two weeks ago we drove to Buckhorn Lookout on the first day (we had already done this hike in June).
    On the second day we drove to Hat Point, which is the high point on the Oregon side.

    Gearwise, I used my E-M1 with the Olympus 12-60mm that I'm trying at the moment (after not really "connecting" with the 12-40mm)

    The whole set with some more shots on flickr:


    Trip to Buckhorn Lookout and hike along Imnaha River Canyon:

    Driving across Zumwalt Prairie:

    15434566857_9871551ce7_b.jpg Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    14532084991_d286ff0269_b.jpg Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    15000407893_639c5b8c23_b.jpg Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    14547882663_1f2ab4482e_b.jpg Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    Arriving at Imnaha river canyon and hiking along (and down into) the canyon side:

    15433929829_646bac611a_b.jpg walking down the Canyon by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    14532087521_e8e9df9cfa_b.jpg Imnaha River by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    vegetation in October:
    15626963182_b4d1798a18_b.jpg the way back by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    vegetation in June:
    14348845350_a0885f6153_b.jpg mountain lupines by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    some more October shots:
    15439214249_6599c79700_b.jpg lunchbreak by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    15439942768_793f520de9_b.jpg Eureka Viewpoint by tilman paulin, on Flickr


    Day 2 - Hat Point

    Snake river in the distance:
    15636588515_50a21069f7_b.jpg Hells Canyon by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    this trip switchbacks straight down into the canyon:

    15006920843_eb09875419_b.jpg switchbacking down by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    15627933842_83c04aa900_b.jpg black and white and green by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    nice spot for a lunch break, but windy :)

    15628278512_1469f05b33_b.jpg lunch break on Monday - Hells Canyon by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    going back up, the remains of summer:

    [​IMG]the remains of summer by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    last farewell glimpses towards Hells Canyon and Snake River in the evening:

    15016166724_204d33704b_b.jpg snake river by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    15634393751_8337b18575_b.jpg farewell Hells Canyon by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    back on the road, catching the trickiest bit of the drive before the sun goes down and we lose daylight.
    It's 23 miles on gravel, single lane... But fortunately only about 4 miles of it are this hairy :)

    15450443069_9900c7aeba_b.jpg going down by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    15634481511_5e92552408_b.jpg hold your breath and just keep going :) by tilman paulin, on Flickr
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  2. RT Panther

    RT Panther All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Gorgeous country there!
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  3. EasyEd

    EasyEd Regular

    Dec 22, 2010
    Hey All,

    Great images!

    I know that country very well! First summer job BLM 1977 all summer helicopter work mapping soils and vegetation types outta Baker including all along the Snake. You like it the way you saw it try a heli sometime! A graduate degree outta Union (near laGrande) I know Zumwalt and such well. Great pics - I especially liked the different seasons images.

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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Gorgeous images. Love the play of shadows across the ground and how the expanse of the landscape is captured so well.
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  5. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Veteran

    Jan 20, 2014
    Launceston & Sydney
    Nick Clark
    Lovely set!
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  6. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Your pictures do justice to the vista which is something that rarely happens! Very well done indeed :)
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  7. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Very nice set. Especially the side by side seasons.

    I read books over the years, set in the snake river country. But the verbal description, just did not convey the true picture. Thanks, for the visual trip.
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  8. NathanCom

    NathanCom Regular

    May 15, 2014
    Great set, thanks. Driving along that track looks brave
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  9. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    The prairie in June looks absolutely wonderful! Impressive in October as well, but June is just so much prettier.
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  10. Thanks Ed! Yes, a helicopter ride through the canyons must be incredible! (although it was very, very windy )
    I'm definitely a bit envious of your BLM job. :smile: Would have loved to be able to spend more time there. It was definitely very hard to leave and drive back to Portland.

  11. Yes, driving along that track was quite something. My wife was actually doing the driving for that stretch of the road, so "that I could take pictures" :redface:
    So, "hats off" to her! :tiphat:
  12. We found both to be equally beautiful and impressive. The amount of wildflowers in some places in summer is marvelous. But seeing everything bathed in gold in fall was incredible too (the gorgeous sunny weather certainly helped :smile: )
    Glad we could see it at two different times of year! That definitely added to the experience.
  13. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Amazing what a river will do if you give it enough time.
  14. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Great set! I love how almost all of your images have a scalar reference, something to latch onto, to get a true sense of the expanse of space. It made me feel like I was right there in the landscape.
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  15. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Great images!
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  16. Thanks! :) Yes, that's one way that living in Oregon has changed my photography. The landscape can be so vast that you really want to capture it all. But you need some reference points, for scale and depth. E.g. in panoramas I always try to get some foreground too, so that you don't get the typical "strip of distant mountains".
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  17. What a lovely place for a hike
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  18. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Despite the name, I keep expecting to see Julie Andrews running across #4 and breaking into song.
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  19. bosmaj

    bosmaj New Member

    Mar 21, 2014
    Wow, very, very impressive images!
    I keep coming back to them and am developing some serious GAS. But I'm afraid it's the old story of: it's the photographer
    and NOT the equipment!

    Thanks for the set.
  20. Thanks Jan-Marten! Glad you like them :)

    A huge help is of course the location and the gorgeous weather. :smile: Being at a place for the second time (or even more often) definitely helps as well.

    If you really want to buy some new gear :wink:, you could try one little thing that I'm using for a few weeks now:
    I'm setting my white-balance with an "Expodisc2". It's basically a milky white plastic disc that you hold in front of your lens and point at the dominant light source.
    On my hikes I do this once per day/weekend, preferably at mid-day light, and then it's set for the rest of the time.
    Sometimes it's only a subtle difference to the white-balance-presets, but I'm pretty happy with the results so far.