Slowing down to get the shot

While in Portland I created a photo that has been produced many times before. This is a gorgeous scene, who wouldn't want to take a picture of this amazing waterfall? While taking photos of well know spots, I never want to take a photo just to have a photo. I try to stay creative with my Photography. I try new techniques, read up on new methods. I want to always be growing as an artist, always challenging myself. I have not attempted many long exposure images but knew Portland would provide great opportunities to do just that.

So while this may be one of the most taken shots, that's not what I see when I look at this image. When I look at this image I am reminded of the camera store we had to stop at before taking this photo so I could get a neutral density filter. A neutral density filter, for those that do not know, allows you to stop down without adjusting ISO or aperture. This allows me to get a smooth look to the water by slowing down the shutter speed. When I look at this photo I am reminded of what a neutral density filter can help me achieve. When I look at this photo I am reminded of the patience I needed to achieve this shot. When I look at this photo I am reminded of my amazing husbands teaching abilities and patience with me when I am learning.

This photo means a lot to me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do...


Ashly Deskins

I am Ashly. I recently moved from Ohio to Northern California with my husband Kevin. I graduated from The Ohio State University in December of 2013 with my B.A. in Arts. I am a photographer and involve myself in various crafts. A certain level of madness sets in if I do not have a project in the works or ideas in mind. I love walking into craft or home improvement stores and getting inspired with all the possibilities. My passion of photography started in high school when I took a film class. I enjoyed the class but never considered photography could be any more than a hobby. I quickly realized how that was not true. My husband (then boyfriend) started getting into Photography which lead to a degree and career. I was often his model in his photography classes and quickly realized how intriguing this art was. I took photography classes during the course of getting my art degree and fell in love again.