Feb. Coast Trip

Our annual trip to the Oregon Coast has come and gone and we are back home.  This year, we received a 4 nights stay in Neskowin, OR. at the Chalet from our daughter Kerri (Thank you so much).  Really a great place to stay on the coast for peace and quiet and rest.  Kathy and I greatly enjoyed our time there and couldn’t believe how nice the condo was.  The view from the room was un-matched for coastal viewing:

View from the living room.

View from the living room.

 

I will say that this year produced the worst weather we have experienced in our yearly trips to the coast.  Let me explain a little bit more:  For visiting the coast, the stormy weather was perfect!  Big surf, storm clouds, wind, rain, hail all worked to produce an unforgettable experience!  For photography, it was the pits!  I had a couple of borrowed lens’s and a rented lens to try out with my new camera (Nikon D600) and taking them out to the beach for some good ocean, tide, wave photography was simply out of the question.  Here are a couple of the sunsets I was able to shoot from the balcony of the room:

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As you can see, we did get some fairly good sunsets, however, the wind blew constantly.  Now, in the room, with the sound of the surf pounding and the wind blowing, it was delicious.  However, if you were an ant and happen to be taking a stroll across the beach, you were in trouble:

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I guess the moral of that story is:  If you are an ant, don’t go to the beach in a wind storm!

One of the more interesting things I found to shoot was the “Girl on the Beach Ball” statute.  Looked like something from the 50′s and was in terrific shape:

"Girl on a Beach Ball"

“Girl on a Beach Ball”

Looks like she is dreaming of something special.  This was just a fun shoot and I was able to add some light to the subject using my new Cree 1600 lummins (yes that is correct) head lamp.  Boy, does that thing ever light it up!  Going to be fun to do some light painting with that!

One thing that this trip definitely produced was a need to return!  In our little scouting missions, I found several places I want to shoot again when the wind isn’t blowing so hard.  Now, some may say that I may be a whoosie, and they would probably be correct!  On a more practical level, the sand in the camera/lens thing is not something I want to engage in, so I will simply wait for the wind to die down!

 


Photo of the Month!

Wow!  Just found out they chose my image “Car Trails” as “Image of the Month” at the Cascade Camera Club. Each month we turn in an image for critique by a photography professional (which includes George Lepp!!!!!) and one is selected as the critiquer’s favorite. For January, the theme was “Motion”.  I am honored!

Movement of light.

Movement of light.

Most amazing part of this image is the way the light trails intersect each other-indicating the timing of each vehicle, car or truck!  Hope you enjoy!


2013 and Beyond!

What a wonderful year last year was.  Not only photographically, but for a host of other reasons too!  We did quite a bit of travelling, Kathy retired from her managerial position, I got to get out and do a lot of photography with my good friends and Pro Shooter’s, Judy Neill and Kathi Climer and the list goes on and on.  I shot rodeo’s and car shows, and some of the most beautiful landscapes you could hope to imagine.  I finally was able to up my game with a full-frame camera, so I am looking forward to some good shooting this year.  Right now, in the throws of the cold winter, I am trying to learn as much as I can about post-processing and my new camera, get more active with social media and in other words, increase my presence in the photographic world.  I also put a large number of my images in with a stock photography agency-PicsaStock-and am looking forward to some future business there.

Trying hard to shoot each assignment for my camera club (Cascade Camera Club) for the critique night instead of pulling from the archives.  For instance, this coming month’s theme is “Bridges” and instead of pulling one of the bridge shots I already have, I made the trip down to Smith Rock State Park and came away with this image:

Bridge to Misery Ridge

 

I call this image “Bridge to Misery Ridge” mainly because it is, well, the bridge over the Crooked River that leads to Misery Ridge!

I also got the pleasure of shooting some photographs of my friend Kiefer and his dog Opie.  Now Opie is a 3 legged dog that still gets around remarkably well.  Kiefer made him a wheel chair to rest his front leg on and use his back legs to navigate;

Man and his Dog.

Man and his Dog.

 

Next month, Kathy and I will be headed to the coast for our annual Anniversary trip to the coast.  Can you believe it?  45 years and counting.  Hope to have some excellent photo op’s while I am there.  We are saddened this year because for the first time in 11 years, we will be without our beloved Maddy who past this last month.  We miss her;

Our Maddy

 

 

She was such a good and beautiful companion to us both.  I know she is at the Rainbow Bridge, where all dogs go to await our arrival.

Well, 2014 looks to be another very good year, so here’s to good!

 

 


Elk..Wapati..Elusive

For the past several years, we have been hunting (archery) a certain area in Eastern Oregon.  Although we have had more than one opportunity, we have not captured that elusive “Big Bull”.  Next week is our time to head back out and see what we can do for this year.  We were out last week and saw about 650 head of cows and calves without a single bull in the three separate groups.  These elk were all on property we cannot hunt.  A few years back, I was able to capture some nice images of a great bull and his herd and I am hoping I can find him or his grand dad on my side of the fence this year.  Wish us luck and may it all be good!

Large Bull elk keeping an eye on the happenings.

Large Bull elk keeping an eye on the happenings.


Beautiful Place

One of the more beautiful spots to visit in Glacier National Park is the “Trail of the Cedars” boardwalk.  There is a fantastic boardwalk about 1/2 mile in length that eventually crosses Avalanche Creek and then returns to the Going to the Sun road on a paved pathway.  The trek through the Cedar Forest is beautiful and is very easy to navigate.  There is even a blown over Cedar Tree with the root wad exposed and totally clean of any dirt or debris.  Presents a pretty fasinating view of the root system of these trees.  I took this photo in between people walking over the boardwalk.

In Glacier National Park

In Glacier National Park


WOWZER!!!!!

Honor’s of Honors.  My photograph “Catchin’ Some Rays”  has been given the “Judge’s Choice Award” at the Crook County Fair.  I am indeed honored by their selection.  That is just soooooo Cool!

Sea Lions basking in the evening sunlight.

Sea Lions basking in the evening sunlight.


McDonald Lodge-Main Hall

One of my favorite shots is this one from the interior of the grand McDonald Lodge in West Glacier National Park.  The shot lent itself to using the 10.5 fish-eye lens and turned out beautifully.  I have additional photos of the other lodges which are equally as beautiful in their design as this one, but this is my favorite.  I just love the perspective, don’t you?

Fish eye view of the main hall in McDonald Lodge

Fish eye view of the main hall in McDonald Lodge


We’re Back!

We have returned from our EPIC adventure dubbed a “vacation”.  I have seen some of this countries most beautiful scenery and hopefully will be able to share some with you all soon!  Until I start the story, here is a shot from a Helicopter Tour in Glacier showing a little of the Grand scale of things up there!

Shot from a helicopter window showing the expanse of Glacier National Park

Shot from a helicopter window showing the expanse of Glacier National Park


About that time!

It is getting almost time to leave on the big “Scenic Tour” for this year.  We will be heading for Glacier, Yellowstone, Cody, WY., and the Tetons.  Should be a grand adventure with plenty of photo ops along the way.  I don’t know if I will be able to post much while I am gone, but for sure when I return.

See ya’ then!  Until we talk again, I will leave you with the beautiful “Summit Prairie”.

Early morning light on Summit Prairie in the Ochoco Mts.

Early morning light on Summit Prairie in the Ochoco Mts.


Cruise to Central Oregon

The annual Hot Rod show happened this weekend at the Crook County Fair Grounds and it was a spectacular day for viewing these works of art.  It, however, was a little bit tough for the photography because of the extremely bright and direct sun and the unbelievably fantastic paint on these cars.  Judy Neill and I took as many as we could and I am going to post a couple of them that I have done so far.

This first one is a 1934 Hudson “Terraplane”.  Extremely rare and beautifully done, this gem won the big show at Redmond last year and it is easy to see why.

Beautifully detailed.

Beautifully detailed.

The cars are all side by side in several rows, so it is difficult to get a good shot of just the car without a lot of background.  This next car was one of the most exciting cars at the show.  Painted a brilliant, high metallic orange/tangerine color, it was next to impossible to capture without the bright sunlight blowing a part of it out.  I decided to do something different with this shot of the 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe:

Vintage B & W

Vintage B & W

After the processing, I was really pleased with the finished look of this beautiful car.   These are only a couple of the many shot I took.  Old car photography is a real passion for me and I really wish I could do a Scott Kelby thing with this one without all the huge highlights being blown.  Say a cloudy day on green grass with some special lighting!  Man would that be fun!

 


Jordan Valley, OR.

I am a little late in getting this posting out-I apologize.  To say the Jordan Valley area is beautiful is an understatement.  Spring time over there brings out a wide variety of colors and flowers and absolute beauty.  Because of the copywrite laws and the rules for the Big Loop Rodeo, I will not be posting any images from our time there, nor will there be any for sale.  With that disclaimer in place, let’s talk about the rest of that country.

We arrived Thursday evening and set up camp and immediately found the Rock House Coffee Shop.  Thank God!  I was able to get my Mocha and was it good.  The building is a house built before 1900 and still in use-now as a coffee shop!  We left early Friday morning for the Leslie Gulch area and neither of us had any idea what we were going to find!  Very cloudy and rainy, we figured it would not be too good of day shooting and were we surprised!  I took this 3 shot pano at the entrance to Leslie Gulch.

At the start of Leslie Gulch

At the start of Leslie Gulch

As you can see, there were a lot of colorful rocks at this point.  As we proceeded down into the Gulch, the erosion from the wind and rain became apparent, so much so that it just astounded us.

Erosion

Erosion

Following are pictures from our run down to the  Owyhee Resevoir and back.  Incomparable beauty and natural architecture.

Amazing structures.

Amazing structures.

Absolute beauty

Absolute beauty

Sunlight illuminates a cliff

Sunlight illuminates a cliff

We had begun to catch some sun breaks and the light on those hills was fantastic.  The color that was brought out from the rain and then the sun was, to say the least, mind-blowing.

Big color and Big structures.

Big color and Big structures.

There are several smaller side trips (all via hiking) that we didn’t take.  I would imagine the scenery back into those spots is equally as fabulous.  We encountered this cabin, which I assumed is the care-takers cabin during the open season.  What a beautiful setting!

Care-takers Cabin.

Care-takers Cabin.

Once down to the lake, we stayed there and photographed a rapidly changing scene as the coluds and sky transformed the vista each time we looked.

Owyhee Lake

Owyhee Lake

Our trip back out yielded several photo ops as well.

Huge mountains of color!

Huge mountains of color!

Hoodos

Hoodos

Once on top and out of the Gulch, we were presented with the vast prairie and the wildflowers there.

Vast prairie.

Vast prairie.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much my friend Judy Neill and I enjoyed the beauty of this area.  All of these photographs and more will be added to my portfolio and will be available for purchase.  It is an incredible area and is worth the trip.  I have more to add, but that will be another blog a little later.  I hope you enjoyed this little scenic romp into Oregon’s own beauty.  Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

 

 


Jordan Valley

Tomorrow morning, Judy Neill and I leave for a shoot over at the Jordan Valley Rodeo and surrounding country.  I am excited to get over there and visit places like Leslie Gulch and Silver City.  These are two places I have wanted to shoot for a long time and now I finally get to do that.  For those who may not know Judy Neill, she is a Pro Photographer from right here in Prineville and takes some excellent photos of horses and cowboys doing their thing.  Visit her web site at www.judylneill.com and you will soon see what I mean.  I feel privileged to have her as a friend and to get to go out and shoot with her.  If the weather co-operates we should be able to get some exciting rodeo action and some beautiful photographs of the country around this tiny berg in far south-eastern Oregon.  Look for some shots next week.  Have a great day!


Yellow Bells Again!

These Yellow Bells have kinda captured my imagination.  First off, they are a beautiful, very tiny flower that only stays around a little while.  After I took the shots, it was another week before I returned because of the weather and these beautiful little flowers were done.  This next photo is one that I like most.  I have worked it in Photoshop and added a texture and brought out some of the colors.  I also sent it in for a Gallery Wrap (my first one) using the Perfect Resize unit in OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 7.  Seemed to work just right.  So, I hope you enjoy this rendition.

 

Tiny flowers approx. 1 1/2 in. petal height and 1 in petal width across the bottom of the bell.

Tiny flowers approx. 1 1/2 in. petal height and 1 in petal width across the bottom of the bell.

 

 

 


Macro or Iddy, Biddy, Teenie, Weenie

So, we had an rather exceptional night here in beautiful Central Oregon a couple of days ago and I decided to head on up to one of my favorite places to do some Macro shooting.  Now this is fairly new to me and the Depth of Field can really get you when shooting macro.  In other words, there is little or no Depth of Field.  When you are shooting in the wide open spaces, Depth of Field is something measured in feet or yards or something like that.  With Macro Photography, DOF is measured in milometers.  Extremely difficult to get the entire plant in focus let alone anything remotely close to it.  These Yellow Bells in the photo are no more than 2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches across the bottom of the bell.  It was fun and once I got the shot processed they way I liked it, I sent it off to my friend Judy Neill for a critique and she worked her magic on the background and really polished it off.  Thank you Judy.  She promised to show me how to do what she did!  Hope she does and then I hope I can remember how to do it!  For this shot, I was about 1 foot away from the plants and as close to the ground as I could get with my tripod.  This was shot at 1/30 sec at an Aperture setting of F 3.3 with a 105 Macro lens from Nikon.  It was fun and as soon as the wind stops blowing, I will head back up there.

 

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Cleo

When I was a young lad growing up in Central Oregon, one of my Father’s favorite places to go fishing was East Lake in the Newberry Crater here in Central Oregon.  The crater actually has two lakes-East and Paulina-both of which a very productive fisheries.  I can recollect going out in the evening and watching the bears ravage the garbage pile and seeing old Cleo carrying wood and supplies and garbage around the area.  Cleo lived her life and outlived her usefulness as a transport and now resides near the boat house at East Lake.  This photo is a 3 photograph HDR combined in Photomatix Pro and then worked in Photoshop CS6 and finished out in Lightroom 4.  A fun project for a cold winter’s day.  If you look closely at the hood, you will see the name “Cleo” painted on it.  Just click on the image which will make it larger.

Cleo


Patience!

Well, finally, I have got the white printing on white background fixed!  What a test.  Now when you write a comment or sign up to follow my blog, you will be able to see what you are writing.  Thanks for your patience.



OK-It’s as done as it gets!

Well, we have finally concluded our daily assault into the world of CSS and HTML and craziness.  Thank Goodness for Annette at Witzend Consulting in Redmond, OR.  Honestly, if you need something done with your web site or blog page or what-ever, give Annette a shout.  She can help you out!

From here we go on taking pictures and renewing the photos you see on this site.  If you would like something in print, please send me an email with the name and size you would like and I will get you some prices-(shameless self plug!).  Thanks to everyone who has counseled, helped, suggested and steered me through-out this process.  I like it!  So in true cowboy fashion, I tip my hat!

Neon cowboy tipping his hat to a pretty lady!

Neon cowboy tipping his hat to a pretty lady!


Time slips away!

Well, it has been a while since I posted here, so I thought I would catch everyone up! I have been working on the web site almost non-stop for about 3 weeks now and have it for the most part, done. Except for this blog page. For some strange reason, I can’t locate the code to change some of the features on this page. Like for instance, the comment section which is in white-the lettering is also in white so you and I are unable to see what we write, but it is writing. I have an appointment with Witzend in Redmond to finalize everything on Thursday and hopefully, all will be well at that time. Also, I haven’t decided on any kind of store front as of yet. In the meantime, if there is something you would like a print of, just zip me an email (form on that page is fine) and I will get back to you with the prices and delivery.
I had a lot of fun building this site and I hope it works for all of you. Any suggestions for improvement are definitely appreciated. Keep in mind, please, that I am not a computer programmer or web site builder and if it wasn’t for WordPress and everyone else, this wouldn’t have happened. So a definite SHOUT_OUT to WordPress and ThemeHorse for their help! The plans for this blog is to relate to you all my experiences as I go about my photography and the big news is in July, we are taking a trip to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. What great photo ops that will be. So until next time, I leave you with this:

Rail Trestle

Railroad Trestle over the HighGorge in Central Oregon


Up and Running

The new site is finished all except for the ecommerce page which I am still trying to decide which way to go with that.  I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs I have posted and if you would like to purchase a print or two or ten, on the Store page is a contact form and if you will tell me the title of the photograph and the size you would like, I will get back to you with the details of the purchase (I will need your email).  From here in the blog, you can follow me and can access the rest of the site.  Until we meet again, I leave you with one of my favorite shots from the weekend down at Yachats.  This particular photo was taken in Newport on the dock, and as I watched the interaction between all the sea lions, it was fairly obvious that they are pretty territorial, so to have this peaceful, quiet moment was pretty nice.  I titled this image “Catchin’ Some Sun” as it seems that was what they were doing.  The second photo is a group of Sea Lions doing what I can only describe as a “Water Ballet”.  Interesting!

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