Oregon Moonrise

A few years ago, on a trip to photograph the Oregon coast with Per Volquartz and a small group of large format  photographers, we camped for the night not far from Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area. Being the only photographer in the group specializing exclusively in color, I got up before sunrise to photograph from the nearby park.

Being on the US West Coast, with a small mountain range to the east, I knew that conditions weren’t ideal for a sunrise photograph. However, when I arrived at the park, I found the tidal flats were empty, the tide out, with a full moon in the sky. I knew that I couldn’t ask for better circumstances.


Oregon Moonrise. Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area, Oregon. Toyo 45AII camera, Nikkor SW 90mm f8 lens on Fuji Velvia 50.

I’ve always found the Nikkor 90mm SW to be a difficult lens to work with, the small F8 aperture makes focusing on the ground glass difficult. As a result, while the foreground is sharp, the horizon isn’t as sharp as I would like. Since this time, I’ve upgraded to a Schneider Super-Symmar XL 80mm f4.5, which is an absolutely, beautiful lens to work with.

Later during this trip, we were able to meet with noted landscape photographer Christopher Burkett, in his home/workshop in Portland.

Christopher works primarily in the 8×10 format, printing on Ilfochrome (Cibachrome) papers. Cibachrome is a beautiful paper, of which there is no equal; either traditional photographic, or ink jet papers. Sadly, few use this wonderful paper, probably because of the difficulty of mastering it, as well as the cost.

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Christopher was kind enough to show us the process he uses to make his prints; from creating contrast masks, to the monster 8×10 optical enlarger and the associated Jobo print processor (about the size of a small car). Later, he showed us examples of his prints.

Truly, a memorable trip and a memorable experience.

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About roteague
I’m a landscape photographer, residing on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I love large format photography, in fact, I love any kind of photography involving film.

3 Responses to Oregon Moonrise

  1. Rob Oresteen says:

    Gorgeous image..

  2. I love these kinds of beautiful images. The colors are beautiful and the simplicity is compelling.

  3. roteague says:

    Thank you for your kind words; I found the Oregon coast to be incredibly beautiful, and look forward to the day when I can return.

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