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Shifting Perspectives

East Oregonian photographer E.J. Harris takes a new look and an old subject
E.J. Harris

East Oregonian

Published on September 15, 2017 7:00PM

Rough stock horses stand in a pen Monday after being offloaded in preparation for the Pendleton Round-Up.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Rough stock horses stand in a pen Monday after being offloaded in preparation for the Pendleton Round-Up.

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Bullfighters swoop in to distract a bull as Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, dashes to safety after a scoring a 80.5-point ride  on Monday in the Happy Canyon Arena in Pendleton.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Bullfighters swoop in to distract a bull as Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, dashes to safety after a scoring a 80.5-point ride on Monday in the Happy Canyon Arena in Pendleton.

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Cowboys watch as Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, Lousiana, races down the chute while competing in calf roping  slack on Tuesday at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Cowboys watch as Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, Lousiana, races down the chute while competing in calf roping slack on Tuesday at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

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A bird flies over the teepees in the Indian Village on Tuesday at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

A bird flies over the teepees in the Indian Village on Tuesday at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

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Cody McCleary of Walla Walla picks packed mud out of the hoof of a horse during slack on Tuesday in the Pendleton Round-Up Arena.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Cody McCleary of Walla Walla picks packed mud out of the hoof of a horse during slack on Tuesday in the Pendleton Round-Up Arena.

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Mariah, a nine-year-old Staffordshire terrier mix, sits with her owner, Heather Wescott of Pendleton, on Main Street on Tuesday in Pendleton.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Mariah, a nine-year-old Staffordshire terrier mix, sits with her owner, Heather Wescott of Pendleton, on Main Street on Tuesday in Pendleton.

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Dantan Bertsch of Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, rides Zip Code for 71.5 points in bareback riding on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Dantan Bertsch of Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, rides Zip Code for 71.5 points in bareback riding on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up.

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A horse looks out of its stahl in the Queen’s barn on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

A horse looks out of its stahl in the Queen’s barn on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

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William Jons of Hermiston rides into the arena carrying the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony Wednesday of the Pendleton Round-Up.

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William Jons of Hermiston rides into the arena carrying the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony Wednesday of the Pendleton Round-Up.

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Native riders make their way around the arena during the Indian Pageant on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Native riders make their way around the arena during the Indian Pageant on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up.

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The cavalry saber is attached to the saddle of a mounted soldier from the 1st Infantry Division command general’s mounted color guard on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

The cavalry saber is attached to the saddle of a mounted soldier from the 1st Infantry Division command general’s mounted color guard on Wednesday at the Pendleton Round-Up.

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These are my boots as I sit on Main Street looking for photos. I just really like thier story.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

These are my boots as I sit on Main Street looking for photos. I just really like thier story.

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Pendleton Round-Up Queen Kendra Torrey, center, is introduced with the rest of the court before the start of the Pendleton PBR Classic on Monday at the Happy Canyon Arena.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Pendleton Round-Up Queen Kendra Torrey, center, is introduced with the rest of the court before the start of the Pendleton PBR Classic on Monday at the Happy Canyon Arena.

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Rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen of Choteau, Montana, performs during an intermission at the Pendleton PBR Classic on Monday in the Happy Canyon Arena.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen of Choteau, Montana, performs during an intermission at the Pendleton PBR Classic on Monday in the Happy Canyon Arena.

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Sometimes it is necessary to look at life through a new lens — to shift one’s perspective and give new life to the old vision. This seems especially true for an artist. So I bought a new tilt-shift lens to do just that.

I actually made the purchase a few weeks ago and have been hesitant to pull the new lens out of my camera bag until this week. For one, I didn’t really know how to use it. And two, I did not want to take images that were cliché or gimmicky — where I just relied on the lens effect without taking into consideration of the content of photos I was creating. But since it is the week of the Pendleton Round-Up, I decided to Let ‘er Tilt-Shift (Yeah, I know. I kinda forced that one).

A tilt-shift lens harkens back to the yesteryear of photography, when photographers like Ansel Adams would lug around their giant bellows camera, that old-timey device that looked like an accordion, in the latter half of the 19th Century and the early parts of the 20th Century taking mostly stilllife images. One of the capabilities of these cameras was the ability to shift the lens plane away from the image plane. This ability allows the photographer to manipulate the plane of focus in a image in ways normal camera lenses cannot.

Now the modern tilt-shift lens for 35mm cameras has abandoned the bellows structure for a ball and socket structure, but the effect is the same: A focal plane that slices through the image at whichever angle the photographer desires.

I spent the first half of this week to hit the Round-Up running with my new lens in hand. It has been an extremely rewarding learning experience for me.

I hope you all enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed creating them for you.

Let’er Buck!



























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