After living in Central Oregon for about a decade, Mike Putnam and I have managed to compile quite a collection of photographs for our Pacific Crest Stock photography company. As 2010 starts, it’s fun to look back and think about some of our favorite photographs from the last ten years. The New Year also marks the end of our first year of being in business together. It was an exciting year to say the least, and thanks to readers like you, our blog site has steadily grown through the months to the point that we are now getting nearly 4,000 visitors per month. We are very grateful for all of the clicks you’ve given us through the year, and for all of the other support and feedback that we’ve received from our friends, families, and customers. We truly appreciate it.
Although it’s nearly impossible to pick out our true favorites, the following photos have a certain level of sentimental value as they often represented significant milestones from our early photography careers. We hope you enjoy them.
1. Summit Sunrise
2. Strawberry Mountains
3. Sparks Lake Sunset
4. Skier on Three Fingered Jack
5. Mount Jefferson Wildflowers
6. The Monument at Smith Rock
7. Aspen Leaves
8. Mount Hood from Lost Lake
9. Basalt Columns
10. Oceanside Sunset
Thanks for all of your support through the year, and we’re looking forward to another exciting year in 2010. Cheers!
Posted by Troy McMullin
I feel the need to write this blog entry because my friend and partner in Pacific Crest Stock , Troy McMullin, is shy. OK, maybe not shy but he is humble. If you’ve read any of his blog entries here on the Pacific Crest Stock Photography Blog, you’ll notice a theme of self-deprecating humor. Despite his many talents, Troy has always been humble almost to a fault yet his passion for Oregon stock photos drives him to continue to improve his photography. Despite being one of the smartest people I know, very quick witted, a dedicated family man, a home improvement wiz(this might be an exaggeration, but he did repaint some of his house last weekend!), and a remarkable endurance athlete (he’s consistently finished well in the Central Oregon Pole Pedal Paddle race in the individual men’s category), he is also an excellent photographer. It’s been fun watching Troy’s progression from a tiny point and shoot camera to the Pro-Canon 5D that he currently shoots. His work has improved accordingly to the point that he is a highly talented Professional Photographer. It’s pretty Cool! To support my argument that Troy, despite his arguments to the contrary, has become an excellent photographer, I give you the following evidence!
Yeah, that is Troy’s photo on the cover of the newly released annual report for PremierWest Bank. The shot looks great, the cover looks great, and the graphics are great. The back cover(which I might like even better) is also pretty exceptional. It is seen below.
I love how the fence on the back cover draws me into the image. When the annual report is opened up you can see the entire image, which doubles the effect of this Oregon Stock Photo. Troy took this image while on a photography journey in the Strawberry Mountain area of Eastern Oregon, which he recently documented in a Blog entry and which can be found here, Eastern Oregon Gems. Please visit that link to read Troy’s story about capturing this excellent stock photo. Troy will argue that this image is a result of an impulsive reaction to an attractive cloud formation but I beg to differ. I think that this is the sort of shot that only a great stock photographer captures. He recognized great photographic subject matter that was not his target for the day. He then temporarily changed his plans, and worked with what was available (great field, great fence, great clouds and great mountains) to capture a great stock photo. Frankly, this is one of the best Eastern Oregon photos I’ve ever seen!
A special thanks goes out to the good people at PremierWest Bank for licensing our image. Kaleene Connelly and the rest of the PremierWest team were great to work with as they were professional and personable throughout the whole licensing process. Thank You PremierWest Bank!
Incidentally, I’d like to thank another contact at PremierWest, Deanna Crouser. She is the Manager of the Redmond, Oregon branch of PremierWest, another very professional, organized and likable PremierWest employee. I’m not sure if she had any influence on the good people in the PremierWest graphics and marketing department finding us at Pacific Crest Stock but if she did, Thanks to her too! A couple of years ago I negotiated with Deanna regarding some Fine art prints for their Redmond branch. The Prints did not work out but Deanna did buy a print for her personal fine art collection. Thanks to Deanna for that and thanks for the possible referral!
Finally, congratulations to Troy for a great cover shot and another great Oregon Stock photo in his collection. Troy, don’t be so humble! To see more of Troy’s excellent photos, please visit his portfolio on our Pacific Crest Stock website. Troy’s Portfolio