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.

B&W · Photography

Architecture and Monochrome – Photography 101

During a break in the rain, I was able to get out and take some photos of historic downtown Albany, Oregon. I don’t know if I like the looking-up shots, but the details on the tops of the buildings are very nice in person. I tried to capture that. I don’t know how successful I was.

1 – Historic church
2 – I used a red filter when editing this, which brought out the sky and blooms on the tree
3 – Old building with reflection. I wish I would have waited for the car to pass. I would have had a longer sidewalk view.
4 – Looking up
5 – This bridal shop had an interesting storefront
6 – Self portrait 🙂
7 – Again with the red filter. It made the words pop.
8 – Another historic building/sidewalk view
9 – Looking up again
10 – Another view of #3 with daffodils in the foreground

I found it very hard to take architectural photos without getting a lot of peripheral garbage like power lines and signage. Any pointers?

Photography · Uncategorized

A Pop of Color – Photography 101

For this assignment, I grabbed a couple of pictures that I took within the last few days and a couple from the archives. You can never go wrong with flowers, and they are the pop of color in my dreary, rainy world right now. I have always loved the simplicity of the paper ornament on the tree, and the Costa Rican flag added a pop of color to my beach shot.

Spring daffodils
Spring tulips


Pura Vida! Enjoying the sunset at the beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Light – Photography 101

Today the sun came out in the afternoon. I chose walking the dog over pulling out the SLR but I tried to play around with the light with my cell phone camera. There are a few pictures looking into the sun, and one taking advantage of the evening light on the grass field and canal. I don’t really like the looking into the sun ones, as they are washed out in comparison. I’ll probably come back and revise this assignment when I have more time to fiddle around.


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?

Photography · Uncategorized

Big – Photography 101

I live in a small town, where nothing is very big. Small stores and business line the small road through it. The biggest thing around is Walmart, and who wants to see that? Therefore, the subject of my photo is a biggish train trestle that lies at the edge of town.

Before you warn me about the dangers of taking pictures on RR tracks, let me assure you that I know this one. It is hardly used and trains pass slowly when they do go by. In addition, I was shooting from the road and there was an automatic gate right behind me as an extra alert to an approaching train. It can be extremely dangerous to take pictures on RR tracks. Many people have died doing so. A great picture is not worth the risk. Keep that in mind when you see a great RR picture.

(Click on the above link for guidelines for photographers from Union Pacific RR)

Photo #1 Straight on with zoom
Photo #2 – Zoomed out and to the side to show perspective


Walking back from taking a side shot, spotted these flowers and the trestle became a backdrop.
Photo #4 – Side view with telephoto lens
Photo #5 – Side view with telephoto lens
Nature · Photo Challenges · Photography


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.


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

Being in nature l

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


And running – my newfound bliss

Running for joy and sanity

What is your bliss?