cormorants, sauvie island

January 2, 2014


Hudson and I went shooting in the fog on Sauvie Island this morning, along the Multnomah Channel. I’ve been shooting this scene for years: every January, the fog comes in for a few weeks, and it’s just a glorious place to shoot. (My Sauvie shots are viewable here.)

I’m still working through all the photos we shot, but this one jumped out at me pretty quickly. I love the three cormorants on the pilings, all aligned in the same direction, and I just got lucky with the bird flying right above the water. (Check it out full size to really see all the detail.)

where is this?

[Check out Hudson’s blog: one of his Denali shots is on the cover of this month’s Sierra magazine, which is pretty friggin’ awesome.]

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  • Reply Deb Goldstein January 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Mr. LePage – this is stillness with just a touch of movement captured beautifully. Especially love the darkness and shadow in the right of the pic. Spectacular and poetic.

    • Reply rick January 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks, Deb. I’ve been writing poetry again (after 30 years away), and I’ve been searching for images that speak to that as well. 😉

  • Reply Richard Wanderman January 2, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Fantastic Rick. The mood is palpable.

    So, A7 with 35mm f/2.8 or an RX1r with EVF? Is there still a place for the RX1? The silent shutter? The faster lens? The smaller package? Will you keep using it?

    • Reply rick January 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks, Richard.

      I’m not sure about the place for the RX1, other than as a truly pocketable camera for occasional use. I certainly haven’t used it since I got the a7r, but that’s not surprising.

      I am amazed at how good the a7r EVF is; it’s pretty darn close to a real viewfinder in terms of quality. I don’t notice the refresh like I do with the RX1 add-on EVF.

      The louder shutter hasn’t bothered me much at all, but I haven’t done any street shooting with the camera yet, so we’ll see. That might be a place where the RX1 still has a place.

      I have both the 35 f/2.8 and the 55 f/1.8; they’re each quite nice pieces of glass. But it’s also been a lot of fun using the Metabones Canon EF adapter — all of my Canon lenses work great with that setup. I was shooting with the EF 16-35 mm f/2.8 this morning during the shoot, and it was awesome. And the lens metadata is also captured, so I can use the Lightroom lens corrections if I want. (It’s not perfect, but it does work.)

  • Reply Hudson Henry January 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Great shot Rick. I’m having fun with the pano I shot right before we left. Great morning. Lets repeat soon and often!

  • Reply Julie McLeod January 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Art that soothes the soul, I think. So glad you shared this.

  • Reply sauvie fog study, no. 3 | 135 f/2 January 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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