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April 10, 2013

Aqua Pool @ Abiqua

Abiqua Falls – There is something magical about this place. Grandeur is not a feeling you get at less than 100 feet high. The overpowering and humbling feeling is probably from the enclosed canyon like walls covered with lichen and the serene aqua pool that it falls into. Abiqua is all about the journey of getting there – starting from the rugged roads, hike up, some sliding, scrambling under and over the logs , wading thru the water etc. Having such a gem at the end of it is an added bonus :) Check this out for the view from the other side. This had been one of my favorite fun adventure hikes from the pacific north west !!!

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : 3 stop ND Filter : ISO 100 : 14 mm : f22 : 3 sec

Buy Print   Abiqua Falls
Marion, Oregon, USA
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May 8, 2012

Covert Gem of Oregon – Abiqua Falls

A visit to Abiqua falls is quiet an encompassing experience. It starts with the leisurely silver falls scenic drive from Silverton. Before you could realize, you are navigating over and down the hilly terrain. Yes an ATV would be awesome, but don’t worry you can manage with any decent passenger car, provided you drive slowly. From the parking lot, the walking quickly changes to hike, then a bit of trek, some scramble across the rocks and logs, throw in a bit of sliding, scrambling, dodging the water as you navigate your way based on the falls that you hear at the distance. Falling just at over 100 feet – it is not the biggest of the Oregon falls, but getting the glimpse of this falls after the adventures trek gives a kind of peaceful and serene contentment. It is as if you just entered a different magical world. This weeks I share with you a slice of moment from my visit. The late afternoon sun just lit up the lichen creating the glowing contrast with the falls.

Buy Print Abiqua Falls @ Santiam State Forest
Marion, Oregon, USA
April 28, 2013

The Place to be in Spring – Wooden Shoe Tulip Fields

If you came here looking for Tulip photo head straight to them …

There is nothing like seeing acres and acres of beautiful tulips and daffodils in full bloom. I got a chance to visit the place just once, last spring and was amazed at the colors & variations. If you are around in the pacific north west, this is the place to be, to enjoy Spring in it’s full glory.

P.S: No, I am not affiliated to Wooden Shoe, Just enjoyed my trip there  last season and wanted to share the details about this gem of a place.

 

 

 

It is a time of quiet joy, the sunny morning. When the glittery dew is on the mallow weeds, each leaf holds a jewel which is beautiful if not valuable. This is no time for hurry or for bustle. Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning

 

 

 

 

 

Getting there

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is located near Woodburn, OR, yeah the one the hosts the better known Woodburn Factory Outlets. It is just over an hour drive from Portland. If you are not an early riser (like me), and would like to shoot during twilight, you can find accommodation at Woodburn. Places like Budget Inn are good enough to crash in and head out early in the morning. Closer to the highway, you can get slightly better options like Best Western etc.

The Tulip Festival is during the Apr – May of each year. The Wooden shoe website is quiet handy with up to date information.

 

Things to do

Take a stroll, smell the tulips, run around, sit and enjoy a sunset or a sun rise … And if you wanted to shoot, you are in a heaven :)

When ur spending time shooting the lovely tulips, there are other things to have your family / kids engaged like bouncy house, rock climbing wall, a swing ride, a zip line for adults, vendor’s booths to shop at, and a small taste of Fair food. You can read more about the festival activities at the Wooden Shoe site.

 

Photographing Tips

  • Cool breeze, Rows and rows of colorful tulips, Lovely clouds, The setting sun dotting the horizon, what else can a photographer ask for. It definitely is photographer’s heaven.  The best time of the year – April to May. The best time of the day around sun rise and sun set.
  • Scout and Plan : Scouting the location is critical. Each year the directions of the farms are different, hence plan accordingly if you are heading there specifically to shoot. This becomes even more significant if you were planning to include a sun star or the distant Mt hood in your composition !
  • Head out early : Be friendly, make sure to nurture nature and use common sense ! Yes the farm opens only at 9 AM. But if you are friendly and talk to the owners, you would see they do not mind folks stopping by in the wee hours. And don’t be surprised, you sure would not be alone :)
  • Be prepared to get dirty : Visiting immediately after a shower is probably a best time to shoot as the colors are saturated and the the reflections are beautiful. But be open to get down on the ground and get dirty. That definitely is part of the fun :)
  • Hot Air Balloons : Make a good addition to the colorful tulips. Do get early in the morning to get them in the composition. U could also plan to get a ride out in it.
  • Tractors : In addition to the hot air balloons, the rustic tractors also play well with the colorful Tulips. Unlike the hot air balloons, the tractors are always there. This year I heard they even added a pink one [This shot is from my friend +Gary] :D
  • Each year there is also “Catch the color contest” hosted by Wooden shoe in collaboration with Pro Photo Supply. Do check this out if your are interested.

Bonus Tip : Feel free to extend the trip by including these lovely waterfalls – South / North Falls at Silver Falls state park and/or Abiqua Falls from Santiam State Forest to your itinerary.

Here are some my favorite shots from my visit. Click here for the Full Gallery.

Have fun, do share your photos from your visit in the comments below !!! Happy Spring !!!

            

May 1, 2012

Recuva – The Data Recovery that works

Over the years of shooting, switching cameras, upgrading laptops, moving large chunks of data across hard drives – I have had my share of mistakes and data losses. In past, though different scenarios, I never had been successful in recovering any worth while data. It was either too late or probably most parts of the files were messed up, that recovery was not possible.

After that sunny day at woodenshoe Tulip farm, we hit the hotel room, at about 11 PM. I still had to sketch out a plan for the next day hiking, in the near by silver falls area.  By the time I got out the plan / directions charted out, it was way past midnight. Having sneaked in a sunrise shoot for the morning at the Tulip fields, I was eager to hit the bed. Just then realized  that my memory card (Compact Flash) was full from the day’s travel and I have not copied out the same. Connected my trusted canon 7D and started the automatic download. Not having patience to wait till it completed, I hit the bed. In the morning, when I was about to leave, was a bit frustrated to see that the program had aborted due to lack of space on  laptop. Made some quick data moves to external Hard drive , restarted the copy operation, completed, wiped the card clean and was back on the road in no time.

I went ahead with the morning shoot and also did the hike to Abiqua falls during the day. Little did I release that there was a set of 200+ shots that did not make it to the laptop from the memory card. When I was going thru to the shots later, I was shocked to realize that most of the sunset shots from the previous day was missing.

Surprisingly, data does not truly get deleted, unless it is overwritten by something else (or if any explicit purge software is used). Not sure if I was plain lucky or the compact flash file structure is so organized, I was able to recover most of the those shots, if not all. May be if I had shot another 300 more shots, I doubt if I would have been any to recover anything at all from the previous day.

With out further ado, the tool that came to my rescue was Recuva (can be downloaded for free here) and worked flawlessly. The below gives the overview of recovery once installed. Hopefully you would never have a need to use it …

StartUp Wizard

Provides options to select the type of File. Predominantly it would be Pictures. Since I was trying to recover RAW tyoe, I went with Other

Select Location

Identify the place where the files needs to be extracted. Obviously make sure you select a drive other than the one you are trying to retrieve data from

Deep Scan

As the name suggest, it is for Deep scan. Have not tried this option yet. If at the first pass it does not work, enable this ...

In Progress

Give it a few seconds. With Deep Scan not enabled it took just a little over 10 seconds for a 32 GB drive, not bad !

List of Files that can be recovered

I did not have any luck with the files in RED, but the ones in GREEN, they were just a walk in the park ...

Advanced View

Switching to the Advanced view provides more details on the files. The time stamp details are especially very handy to identify the files to be recovered.

Some Quick Tips for Data Recovery

  1. Prevention is better than Cure – one can’t beat the age-old adage. Plan you trip beforehand – clean up the memory card as soon you copy to the system and validate, clean your filters, get your cables, charge your batteries, print you directions, set your alarms. Rushing out for a shoot increases the probability of the mistakes – and mistakes resulting in loss of precious shots are bad.
  2. Don’t fret when you realize that you have lost data. Especially if you are in the field, don’t loose your cool and miss out on new opportunities.
  3. If possible : stop accessing – STOP completely – both read or write access – to the media on which you have lost data i.e move it from the camera to the card holder :)
  4. If not possible – if you do not have any other secondary media to shoot in the field :  You would need to access – weather the data on the media (that is probably lost) is more critical or are the opportunities that lay in front of you out weigh the same for you to continue and use the current media
  5. Do not worry, even if you had formatted the storage media by mistake – the software these days are capable of pulling data even from these scenarios
  6. If nothing worked out – yeah it is was a precious memory – but you and the experience that you had when creating those shots far out weigh them. Just go out, shoot again.

If you have come across any better tools, would appreciate sharing the same in comments. Happy Shooting :)

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