Mt Hood & the Lavender - Nick Delany Photography
Mt Hood & the Lavender Fields


Lavender is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. Commercially, the plant is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of lavender. This has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. These extracts are also used as fragrances for bath products.

Mount Hood, called Wy'east by the Multnomah tribe, is a potentially active stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. It was formed by a subduction zone on the Pacific coast and rests in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located about 50 miles (80 km) east-southeast of Portland, on the border between Clackamas and Hood River counties. In addition to being Oregon's highest mountain, it is one of the loftiest mountains in the nation based on its prominence. The height assigned to Mount Hood's snow-covered peak is 11,249 feet

Location : Odell, OR which is just South of Hood River, Colombia Gorge July 6th, 2016 at 5.28pm


It is early summer and the lavender fields are in full bloom and about to be harvested. Kathryn my talented artistic wife has chosen to enter a competition to paint lavender fields in “plein air” which requires that the art can only be created on site. I thought it would be a good challenge to create a photograph that captured this element of the beautiful NorthWest. We identified this lovely lavender farm in Odell Oregon as the preferred site. On my first photo session, I found the light range from the snow capped mountain to the darker shades of the field very difficult to capture. The camera’s is designed to balance the light at a neutral 22% grey the result was badly blown.

The next visit led to a completely different approach of using a variable neutral density filter, monopod plus adjustments to the camera to allow me to photograph at a low speed, despite the bright light, to allow the absorption of the beautiful colors that your eye naturally sees with no post production processing. I am proud of the result and very fond of the composition which captures so much of the essence of the beautiful NorthWest landscape. The color of the lavender fields leads to the barn, surrounding trees with the majestic mountain filling the background. It epitomizes for me the beauty of Oregon on a summer day.


Cameras : Nikon 610 FX Lens : AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8/ED with a Platinum Neutral Density filter Settings : ISO 3200 70mm f/22 1/60 Camera adjustments : White Balance - Sunny / Active D Lighting: Extra High