Enjoying the great outdoors and coming home with a few great pictures are two of my greatest passions. My father introduced me to hiking at an early age, taking me on my first multi-day backpacking trip in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area at age 11. He also introduced me to photography, starting first with cheap 1970’s Instamatic's, graduating to his Minolta SLR during my teen years, and then finally purchasing my own Minolta XG-M SLR in my early 20’s. 

I took many good pictures over the years, but often only by accident and/or happening to be at the right place at the right time. Although I technically knew how to operate cameras I had little knowledge of such things as the importance of composition, good light, foreground objects, etc.

That all started to change several years ago. I began reading photography books, blogs, and web pages. I searched Instagram and 500px to see how others photographed landscapes, specifically locations that were in my area. I improved my knowledge and use of post processing software. I also upgraded my camera gear, not spending a fortune, but still a significant step up from what I previously had been using. 

I also started doing crazy things like planning specific photo-shoots, sometimes several months in advance. Getting up at 4AM just for the hope of getting a descent sunrise shot, or stay up half the night taking pictures of the Milky Way. I had always taken a camera backpacking, but now I also pack extra lenses, filters, and a tri-pod. Now, if I don’t come home from every photo shoot without at least a couple quality pictures I’m disappointed. 

It’s all still work-in-progress, and of course it always will be. But I’m loving it, and I hope you enjoy the pictures in this gallery.

David Schmidt
Portland, Oregon

My Equipment

Sony A6000 - 24 mega-pixel mirrorless APC
Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS - My primary landscape lens
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA – My best landscape lens, occasional astrophotography use
Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS – My primary astrophotography lens, but works great for landscapes, especially for large depth-of-field shots
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN ART – Primarily used for multi-shot high-resolution landscape panoramas
Minolta MD Rokkor 135mm F3.5 with Fotacy Adaptor – My single holdover from film days, a little tough to focus correctly but I still use it when I need a long telephoto (205mm equivalent when used on my A6000) 
Various Hoya ProND Neutral Density Filters
Hoya EVO Antistatic Circular Polarizer Filter
Three Legged Thing Equinox Albert Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with AirHed 360 Ball Head

Post Processing Software

Adobe Lightroom CC - All basic RAW editing, cataloging, etc.
Adobe Photoshop CC - Additional post-processing steps
On1 Photo 10 - Additional post-processing steps
Nik Define2 - Noise reduction for Astrophotography shots
Starry Landscape Stacker - Astrophotography image stacking

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