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Oregonian Adventure

Greetings friends! Last month we had the privilege of flying to Oregon to hang out with some of the nicest people in the world and teach at Professional Photographer’s of Oregon‘s “Focus” conference. We took some personal days before and after the conference to find inspiration in the beautiful Northwest. Our trip began in Portland:

Shortly before this trip we acquired our first iPhone and discovered Instagram (the most fun camera app ever). You’ll see a lot of Instagram’s scattered throughout this post. The app captures images in a variety of retro square formats that look like this:
That orange Dodge Caliber was our trusty rental car that helped us tear up the coast! Shortly after landing we met up with two of our talented and fun–loving friends from college, Björn and Lia:

After thoroughly exploring Portland, we spent a day driving to the coast and exploring Oregon’s beautiful terrain and weather patterns. Over the course of the day we experienced warm sunshine, fluffy snowflakes, rain, more warm sunshine and hail. It was bizarrely fantastic:

And of course no McClanahan vacation would be complete without an awkward jumping self portrait:
We brought along 2 Canon 580’s with our beloved Radiopopper PX‘s to turn Cannon Beach into a studio and had fun creating some images for the sheer joy of it:

After parting ways with Björn and Lia, we headed back to Portland for the Focus conference…

Here’s a shot of our PPO class! We spent 7 hours with these guys and we can sincerely say that they were a joy to hang out with. Lots of great questions, lots of great insights and I think everybody in attendance was inspired (including us):

We want to give a huge thanks to Millers Lab and Radiopopper for donating sweet prizes to give away to these guys! It’s a huge blessing to have the support of vendors that we love! We also want to give special thanks to Chea Barns, a PPO member that agreed to let us photograph her (below) as part of a live demo during our class. We photographed Chea inside using softboxes provided by Larson Enterprises (what we use in our studio) and studio equipment provided by Lisa Dillon (We love Lisa! She organized the conference and did a rockin’ job)! To create the image below we composited Chea into a Portland cityscape that we photographed the night before:
Once the conference was over, we headed to Mt. Hood for some snowboarding action. Along the way we came across Multnomah Falls and photographed arguably our most extreme “little people/big world” self portrait to date:

It was raining really hard and we had to take the image from a tripod without destroying our camera. We bought a poncho from the gift shop and borrowed an umbrella from the “Friends of Multnomah Falls.” The camera still got pretty soaked and it was tough to get a frame with no raindrops on the lens (because the camera had to be angled up into the rain), but we got the shot. To accomplish the image, each of us was photographed separately (Dan shot Alex, Alex shot Dan). We took turns running 1/2 mile up the slippery, wet trail to get to the bridge and combined the images in Photoshop. Here’s the setup:

Another noteworthy happening was Dan’s new red pants from H&M (trying to pass as an Oregonian hipster). He’ll probably get beat up when he tries to wear them in Iowa, but they go wonderfully with beards and strange red cars. We made it to Mt. Hood and enjoyed some of the best snowboarding we’ve ever had thanks to 19″ of fresh powder.

We’ll end this post with a few dusk images from our beach adventure with Björn and Lia. We used combination of on-camera-flash and iPhone flashlights to mess with light-painting. If we were an indie band, these would be our awkwardly abstract promo images that adorned the walls of the dorm-dwelling cool kids:

Thanks for reading! We need to go back to Oregon again to hang out with our new friends and see all the great stuff we missed. If you enjoyed this post, do us a favor and leave a comment letting us know you were here!

  • Lori K - March 23, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    My favorite picture is the reflection of Alex in the window… such a surreal, cool shot!ReplyCancel

    • dannymac - March 23, 2012 - 3:03 pm

      Thanks! I swear, the iPhone is our new favorite cameraReplyCancel

  • Laura Rendall - March 23, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    What a beautiful place to go! Oregon is now officially on my bucket list of states to visit.ReplyCancel

    • dannymac - March 23, 2012 - 3:02 pm

      Do it! You and James would love exploring the coast!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Dillon - March 23, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Wow–you make Oregon look so awesome. Oh wait–it *is* awesome. That’s the coolest Multnomah Falls image evah!ReplyCancel

  • Chip Truex - March 23, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Awesome stuff you guys! Serious props for managing to get that shot at Multnomah; it’s definitely not a short trek up to the bridge. Looks like you had a ton of fun! Tis’ a shame I didn’t know y’all were out here. Next time you head out this way give me a heads up!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - March 23, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    It’s hard to pick a favorite photograph! These are so fun to look at. We enjoyed having you visit. Hopefully, you will return for PPO or maybe even PPW. :0)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - March 23, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    That looked like an awesome adventure! And cold 😉ReplyCancel

  • Amy Edmondson - March 23, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    Loved this post! Soooo beautiful. Personal fav: the instagram with the shoes at the top of the frame and the reflection on the beach below. I’d love to use one of you landscape shots as a desktop wallpaper…any chance you would email one to me?ReplyCancel

  • Levi Figueira - March 23, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    Great job guys!! I have a bunch of friends in Portland and can’t wait to visit! :)ReplyCancel

  • Austin Kimler - March 23, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    Great captures, especially love #0224ReplyCancel

  • Matthew - March 24, 2012 - 11:03 am

    You guys never cease to amaze!ReplyCancel

  • dannymac - March 25, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Thanks much to all of you for taking the time to look and comment! I would strongly recommend Oregon as a bucket-list addition for anybody that hasn’t made the tripReplyCancel

  • Brittany - March 25, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    Not gonna lie, the more pics you have in your posts, the more I like ’em…Loved this one and the variety of pics in it!ReplyCancel

  • Malcolm Squire - April 17, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    This is great! I love all of the photos, especially the ones on the beach with the off-camera flashes. Looks like a really sweet environment to experience and shoot in!ReplyCancel

  • Erika C. - April 25, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    This post makes me want to grab the hubby and hit the road! :) (Sorry for all the posts in one day…I’m catching up on your blog today!)ReplyCancel

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