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First of all, thank you sincerely to everyone for their feedback here. It is greatly appreciated.
Ditto here!! Awesome processing of such a dynamic range of colors and contrast!! I've been to that very spot and had this very same image in my mind, although the environmental conditions did not work in my favor that day. Even more reason to make another trip out there one day!
Amazing!! Your work is always so inspiring. I was in Bend last year at this time, my first ever trip to Oregon. After spending 10 days there exploring (and shooting) the very locations you mentioned in your post, I knew it was a place I could live in...Show more →
A HUGE thank you Carl! Moving to Bend has been a dream for most of my life. In the early teens to twenties I would go out here to climb the mountains and hike and just take in the beauty. Before that (when I was a toddler through adolescence) my dad took me out all over to do the same. I can literally remember being in my dads backpack hiking somewhere in the central Oregon mountains as he was climbing. Then in my early thirties the Photography bug got me and I have been roaming out here every chance I get. Every time I went through Bend I knew I wanted to be here. My step brother lived here a lot of his life and I envied his outdoor lifestyle. So, on the 3rd of July I came home from a workshop to some big personal losses and knew it was time to make some positive changes to my life. On the 4th I moved to Redmond (to get close) and then last week I finally found a place right in the heart of Bend. I literally live right off the Cascade Lakes Highway!
As far as holding my chin up. Yes. Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson's attitude toward life has been a big inspiration to me. He always says:
"Embrace the grind, lower your shoulder, keep pushing through that mother***r, change will come". "Still holding my head up and pushing through."
I have this on my wall and on my door as I go out to the world every morning. It is almost like a chant. An affirmation. One really great thing about lemons is that if used correctly they can be the best motivators to make lemonade. As long as you find a healthy constructive way to deal with losses and grief. That is what I do. So, in a way, I can appreciate the pains.
Again, thank you for the great encouraging words and PM.