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Fresh Paint (Everett, WA) - August 19-20
Cranberry Festival (Bandon, OR) - September 9-10
2017 Oregon Coast Photo Tours
Grays Harbor Shorebird & Nature Festival (Hoquiam, WA) - May 6-7
Wedgwood Art Festival (Seattle, WA) - July 8-9
Arts Festival (Anacortes, WA) - August 4-6
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May 10, 2017

You may have noticed that a little icon recently appeared at the bottom of the home page. I have entered the world of social media, sort of. I now have an Instagram account - kevinmerchant2774.

I have been mostly highlighting images of the Bandon area to promote the photo tours that I will be offering this coming fall. In case you missed it below, I am offering photo tours of the Bandon, Oregon area in September, October and November. Please contact me if this is something you might be interested in. Thanks.

May 4, 2017

Time flies. I've been to the California desert for a super bloom in Anza-Borrego State Park and been back since the middle of March. Lots of new images to catalog, prints to make for a client, a continued effort to spin up some new business with the Oregon coast photo tours this coming fall and getting ready for a show this coming weekend.

Which show? I'm glad you asked. It is the Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival. The festival technically starts tomorrow, but we will be setting up for the Marketplace for Saturday and Sunday. We are looking forward to returning since we did not go last year. I've been checking the bird counts and the migration is definitely underway.

February 9, 2017

I just finished processing images from a couple of different trips to Bandon, Oregon this past year. We participated in the Cranberry Festival in September and stayed a few extra days. We had some exceptional light at both the beach and the lighthouse. Then we went back in December just before Christmas for a week. And again, we had some exceptional light on several days.

In December, we went to Shore Acres State Park one afternoon when the tide was coming in. This location is known for some exceptional waves in the winter storm months. That day did not disappoint. It is truly something to be experienced in person. As spectacular as my still images are, the sound, the motion, the mist from the waves... Well, let's just say that you could not help but be affected by the majesty. Nature at its most sheer raw power. Amazing.

Take a look in the GALLERY in the NEW section - February_8_2017. Thanks.

January 31, 2017

For some time now, I have been considering dipping my toes in the water of photo tours. So, here goes.

I am announcing a series of photo tours on the south Oregon coast, in Bandon this coming fall. All of the info is right here at this link. The dates have been selected based on optimum low tides for being on the beach. Also, based on the tides, it worked out best to have some three day tours, some four day tours and a couple of five day tours. That should accomodate a variety of personal schedules.

Although, not all of the photo opportunities in the area are dictated by the tides, the main objective is to be out on the beach during low tides, at sunrise and sunset, for the sea stacks. Shooting sea stacks from a high bluff at high tide is not my idea of the best shooting opportunity or a good time. There is something more personal and intimate when you are right down there walking among or near the sea stacks. Of course, shooting the Coquille River lighthouse is not subject to the tides, but low tides do yield a different view from the south jetty.

The approach for the tours is to be one where participants spend more than a single day in the area and not race down the road to the next iconic location hoping for good light. Rather, we will slow down, explore various shooting angles and be on the beach for multiple sunrises and sunsets. Experience tells me that no two days will have the same lighting opportunities on the beach. Experience also tells me that there are too many different locations on the beach and you cannot adequately cover them all in one or two shooting sessions. This is intended to be an immersive experience.

The four and five day tours will most likely allow for exploring beyond Bandon. To the south is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and Port Orford with its own unique sea stacks and cliffs. Just to the north of Bandon is Cape Arago and the Shore Acres State Park complex, both with stunning cliffs. Nearby is the town of Charleston and its marina. Further on up the coast is the Umpqua Lighthouse and the Winchester Bay Marina. This will be the extent of day trips from the Bandon area.

There will be a digital darkroom component to the tours as well, when we are not out shooting, eating or sleeping. I will be sharing my workflow methodology starting from the memory cards to final images in Photoshop. Time permitting, of course.

If this is something that you are interested in, send me an e-mail. I'm definitely interested in feedback and interest. Or, if you know someone who might be interested, please share this information with them. Thanks.

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year to all who stop by. Thanks for your continued interest in what I do. I am thankful to be able to get out and photograph in some amazing places. It is truly a blessing. I am looking forward to another year of visiting some great outdoor locations.

I would like to extend thanks to all of the customers who have supported me in the past ten years. Yes, it has been ten years since going full time in this business. It is my hope to continue sharing images from the journeys that I am able to go on.

As a small way of commemorating ten years in business, I have written a retrospective of the calendars I started producing in 2008. They have been 8.5" x 11" sized, single image calendars intended for cubicle walls, refrigerators and whatnot. Click here to see the retrospective.

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