Photography

Lifting Off

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Hot air balloons lift off from Timber Linn Park during Albany, Oregon’s 2017 Art and Air Festival.

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Nature · Photography · Photography 101

Slow Water – Photography 101

I’ve always wanted to take the slow photos of running water. I bought a tripod. I slowed the shot down. I also got a darkening filter, which made all the difference. (I never knew they existed.) Here are 3 photos taken at the same time with different settings. Although the assignment was about motion, I noticed the color in the slow shots is a lot deeper and more balanced. I’m sure the darkening filter had a lot to do with it.

If you are interested in settings, click on a photo and they will show up on the slideshow.

I used to have a Pentax MX – totally manual. I used to understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed. Since getting my DSLR, I’ve been pretty lazy in letting the camera do all the work. I’m just now relearning these things, and it’s a steep learning curve.

Nature · Photography · Uncategorized

Nature – Photography 101

The rain let up and I was able to head to the county park to take some nature shots. I’m not sure I have the leading lines idea down when it comes to nature, or at all. I’ve taken these type of shots before just because I liked the way they looked. I think I like the idea of perspective from my art class days. I’ll be looking for leading lines now. (Click on any photo to see a slide show.)

What do you think? What works and what doesn’t?

Nature · Photo Challenges · Photography

Bliss

Ah, bliss. A word that encompasses so many areas of my life. Pure enjoyment. Passion. For Photography 101 we were asked to represent out idea of bliss in a photo. I could not settle on just one.

My family is my bliss.

 

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Exploring the highlands north of Tucson with our son and his fiance
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My husband and partner in adventure
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Most of the family enjoying a beautiful sunset at one of our favorite spots

Being in nature l

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Oneata Gorge in the Colombia River Gorge, Oregon
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A lovely stream on one of many hikes

 

And running – my newfound bliss

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Running for joy and sanity

What is your bliss?

 

Photography · WPC

Opal Creek Hike (7 miles) January 2015

Opal Creek is a preserved natural area near Detroit Lake, Oregon. It was saved from logging in a contentious battle in the 1990s. The hike is about 7 miles to the pool and back, although much of it is on an old road, which is accessible by mountain bike. The road leads to Jawbone Flats, a small community of people who study the forest, and from there branches off into trails into the wilderness. The trail to Opal Pool is beautiful, and the loop that leads partway back down the other side of the creek is gorgeous old growth forest carpeted by moss and ferns.

We didn’t anticipate the ice, and it made the path a bit treacherous, but the pool with icicles hanging over it was stunning!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good¬†Day.”