Saturday, January 31, 2009

Yet Another Oregon Barn

We have lots but I do enjoy photographing them. Today I went to a wetland reserve I read about in the paper last night. It was very disappointing but the barn was nice so I photographed it.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

More Shelves

Here is another of the shelf photos I took for the challenge. These shells are a few of the many, many we collected while sailing and diving in the Pacific and South Pacific. My husband built these shells in to the wall of the hall so that we could dipslay a few of them. Light is the enemy of shells so they had to be in a place that is sheltered from natural light.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


A small group I belong to has a challenge this week to take photos of shelves. Since it was snowing I took a photo of my garden window shelf for the challenge.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Real Sammy

Now that you have seen the caricature of Sammy, I want to share a real portrait of him. I am a bit prejudiced, but I think he is the cutest thing around.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Sammy

A dear, sweet, very talented friend offered to make a caricature drawing of my miniature poodle, Sammy. It is so cute that I wanted to share it here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Word of Advice.....

from Vincent Versace:
Remember that Photoshop is a Noun and that you as photographer is the verb

This photo is the first I have taken with my new Tokina Fisheye lens. I am having a hard time deciding what sort of things to photograph with this lens.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Painter Class

Sorry I haven't posted lately. I have been having computer troubles thanks to Microsoft support messing up my computer. I'll never let them have control of my computer again. I was having a little problem with installing critical updates so I finally called them. They messed up my Anitvirus, my wacom tablet, my mouse and my Photoshop.

This is just a little exercise from a Painter class.

Friday, January 16, 2009

One Room Schoolhouse

This little schoolhouse is located in the ghost town of Golden, OR. It is amazingly well preserved for a wooden building that is over 100 years old. It is in the forest and although I have visited Golden many times, this is the first time we discovered the school. The church is also well preserved but has already had some restoration work done on it.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


In the midst of a very cold winter, I had the urge to work with a pretty spring image of tulips. This photo was taken last year at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, Woodburn, OR It is a beautiful place to visit with it fields of tuplips, windmill and view of Mt Hood.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Country Road with Rays of Sun

This is not a very interesting photo except that I liked the effect of the rays of sun through the trees.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Golden - Oregon Ghost Town

Golden, OR - 3 miles east of Wolf Creek

Gold was first discovered in the mid 1850's and was sluice box mined until the late 1870's when the first hydraulic giant was introduced. By the mid 1880's William Ruble had purchased nearly all mining claims east and west of Golden. William's sons, Schuyler and William, mined the shallow ground and leased the deeper ground to other miners.

Coyote Creek was continuously mined will into the mid 20th Century. The activity was so great in the late 1870's the Oregon-California Stage Company detoured to what is now Golden to deliver mail, passengers and goods--a fact established by William Ruble's deed records.

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Stormy Day on the Oregon Coast

This shot was taken on a trip to the coast in November. It was edited in Photomatix and PS CS4. It is an HDR image.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Today I was experimenting with a Photoshop Plugin called Contrast Master from

The challenge here was to make an HDR-like image with one shot. Using this software I was able to edita photo taken midday on a sunny day and expose it so that the dark doorway was quite visible. It worked very well, I think. I will enjoy using it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Top 10 Canon Lenses

From Digital Photography School's survey.

  1. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - fast, great for portraits, weddings, sports, versatile focal length. Quite a heavy lens and not cheap.
  2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens - for its price perhaps the best value lens in terms of the quality of output.
  3. Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens - a step up from the f/1.8 in terms of build quality and results but more expensive.
  4. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens - a great walk around lens. Faster than the 24-105 but no image stabilization.
  5. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - often compared with the 24-70mm this lens is not as fast but has image stabilization and an extra 35mm reach. A worthy contender for a great walk around lens.
  6. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - not as fast as the 70-200mm f2.8 and without image stabilization but still a very sharp lens, a considerably cheaper option and lighter too. Note: between these two lenses is also a 70-200 f2.8 lens without image stabilization.
  7. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens - another alternative for a walk around lens if you take wide angle shots. A fast lens and loved by many.
  8. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Telephoto Lens - a prime lens that gets great reviews. Also check out the f/1.2 version which is super fast but pricey.
  9. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens - I love this lens. It’s not as fast as some but has been great for landscapes.
  10. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens - another of my personal favorites. If you want to take Macro shots this is well worth considering. Interestingly it also takes great portraits.
How many do you own? Sadly, I have only two of those listed.... the #1 pick and the #3. My wish list is for the #5 and # 10.

The Photo
The nuthatch is one of the most skittish birds of all. They grab their food and fly away. I con'tinue to try to get a good shot, just once. This one really doesn't make the cut but it is the best I have done so far.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Infrared Oregon Retirement Home

The weather is really cold right now so I am not taking many photos . This one was taken in October with my IR Life Pixel modded Canon XT.

This is the Wood House, built in 1870 by Civil War veteran Martin Sylvester Wood.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

You Gotta See This!

This is very unusual and interesting photography. I just can't imagine how she goes about taking these photos. It reminds me oif Rockwell gone wild. The family is there but not at all like Rockwell's. Her name is Julie Blackmon and she lives in Washington state. Take a look. I think you will be mystified too.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Tale of Two Mountains

This is Mt Shasta, California taken from a viewpoint along Interstate I-5. I was taken with the hill below and the cloud formation. It was a hazy day but it was the best I have ever seen this location. I did quite a bit of editing to enhance it.