My first exposure to Jordan was when he doing a personal project of 365 images in 365 days, I just remember thinking how brutal that must be! Regardless Jordan completed it and I witnessed in awe.
Shortly afterward, I first got a chance to meet and shoot with Jordan on a crazy stormy day/night down on Cape Disappointment. I quickly learned Jordan was incredibly focused once behind the lens, like a technician carefully connecting all the elements to create the image he sees. Jordan dissects the landscape, moving first finding the anchor foreground and moving up into the subject (this is in direct contrast to me, as I'm always a top down process), so I find it fascinating to watch his process and try and learn that perspective.
When he's not behind the camera, there is always a big smile or eager discussion waiting to be had. Jordan is a student of the game much like myself, always looking to improve or work on area of his photography from in camera to post processing. I have found myself engaged many times with him on the nuances of processing, color correction, or techniques which I was welcome.
On a lazy Sunday Spring morning, my phone began to flash; it was Jordan 'hey man! its flowing let's go catch some waterfalls"! I quickly fired back "i'm in! where?!!!" After some discussion on location vs light we settled on Abiqua Falls. Now if you've never been to Abiqua, half the adventure is just getting to the trailhead haha! Definitely a must.
Shortly after the steep decent into the trailhead, we arrived near the falls, this Spring has been very intense as far precipitation and as such the falls (all of them) have been roaring. So we could hear the falls from the top of the trailhead, and the roars just became louder as we neared.
This first shot was literally me yelling up to Jordan to 'Freeze!' and click! Much like a scene in the city, very workmen like, with tools in hand and a backpack full of gear. Jordan is about to get to work with this stunning waterfall in sight.
The second shot is Jordan's carefully plotted the waterfall and foreground to bring together all the elements with his image. Although I didn't ask, I'm certain some focus stacking or exposure blending was had, or both!
Be sure to check out Jordan Instagram feed @jordaninglee_photography or if you want a real treat check out his other feed of music events @visualsuplex too. Also www.visualsuplex.com/