Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 485 - STRIKE!

ISO 200, 130mm, f/4.0, 1/1250 sec

I am not a sports fan really, but something about photographing the college's sports is, exhilarating. I really love anticipating the action and perhaps it is my ignorance about what is happening makes it all the better.

I'm pretty sure this is a strike.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 484 - Just ducky

ISO 200, 200mm, f/3.5, 1/320 sec

First trip down to the pond this spring.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 483 - Tulip dreams

ISO 200, 182mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec

These tulips are from one of our campus gardens. I walk past them every day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 482 - Hinged

ISO 100, 105mm, f/7.1, 1/60 sec

This was one of the hinges on the Gribble barn. Looks like it was patented in 1907.

I think it is a beautiful piece of metal.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 481 - Layers

ISO 100, 70mm, f/9.0, 1/250 sec

'Nuff said.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 480 - Portrait of Tanner

ISO 100, 88mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec

Tanner is one of the students that work in our office. My original hope for a cover shot was to have him reading beside a tree and have a squirrel show up beside him. So far we have not had any luck finding squirrels. This is a really odd, if I weren't looking for squirrels, they would be everywhere.

Tanner's a trooper though, he say under that tree through wind, sun and the proverbial sun shower.

Oh where, oh where is spring?

A few more out takes.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 479 - Save the Gribble Barn

ISO 100, 24mm, f/8.0,  1/80 and 1/1250 sec

As I was doing some research yesterday for Dr. Pierce's barn, I discovered another barn not far from our house... it is also in trouble.

The barn was built in 1907 and the barn itself is still owned by a Gribble, but the land it sits on is owned by someone that wants to see the barn go away.

The "Flying Double A" logo was painted on by a Portland company in 1986 to run in a national ad for Burger King. Maybe they should pony up to save the barn. :o))) Search as I may, I can't find a commercial or ad to back it up.

On a side note, I e-mailed a delightful blogger from Cottage Grove last night asking about the Pierce barn. It's fate is in jeopardy. The new owner of the property wants it torn down. The city council has given it a 90 day stay of demolition. Sigh.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 478 - Dr. Pierce and his pleasant pellets

ISO 100, 60mm, f/4.0, HDR 1/200, 1/3200,  1/800, 1/50, 1/13 sec

Our ambitious adventures had us up and out of the house early this morning. We were on our way to Cottage Grove. 

We were totally food motivated. Two years ago we were down there to do the covered bridge tour and stumbled upon the best barbeque restaurant. We took a chance and found it just as tasty as two years ago.

Who on earth was Dr. Pierce? What are these Pleasant Pellets? He was born in 1840 and set up shop as a medical doctor in Pennsylvania in his 20s. In 1875 he published a book, The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English, still available on Amazon for the Kindle. He mastered the art of advertising his magic tonics and pellets, complete with testimonials.

As for the Pleasant Pellets, they are the miracle cure for constipation and torpid liver, in addition to taking care of the headaches, dizziness, sour stomach, loss of appetite, indigestion, dyspepsia, windy belchings, heartburn, pain and distress after eating, and kindred derangements of the stomach, liver and bowels. Oh, and they are the result of years of study and experience.

I feel better already.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 477 - Sunset tulips

ISO 400, 110mm, f/32, 1/10 sec

Another beautiful but windy day today. We made a mad dash out to the tulip fields in hopes of capturing a sunset.

Just barely. The movement in the tulips is disappointing, but just to be out there was pretty damn cool.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 476 - Maple blossoms

ISO 100, 105mm, f/10, 1/80 sec

Last night as the sun was going down, I dashed out of the house to play for a few minutes. The night before I had done the same and was so disappointed when I came back with either a silhouette of what was in the foreground, or a totally washed out sky.

Armed with my flash and cable, this is what I captured.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 474 - Portrait of Clancy

ISO 250, 123mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec

I followed the dogs out this evening with my camera, the weather was cooperating beautifully.

Greyhounds, on the other hand, don't always cooperate so beautifully. Clancy insisted on sitting with his face to shade.

However, he is still one hunka, hunka hound dog.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 473 - Three seasons

ISO 100, 24mm, f/22, 0.6 sec

On November 11 my friend Jeff from Cranial Aperture and I went up to Silver Falls State Park. We hiked down to the North Falls. Although I have been to Silver Falls many times, North Falls was a first for me and I was captivated by the beauty at the base of the falls.

ISO 100, 24mm, f/22, 0.3 sec

On January 1, during our below freezing temperatures, I thought it would be fun to go back up there and besides, Karen had not seen the North Falls either.

This was probably one of the most dangerous hikes I have ever taken. The trails were covered with slick ice. Icicles that occasionally let loose lined the walls of the canyon.

Still, I was bound and determined to see the North Falls in the dead of winter.

ISO 100, 19mm, f/22, 1/5 sec

Yesterday, April 17, we went up for an almost spring day hike.

The falls are a tad bit unique because the trail goes behind them. The roar of the water pouring down 136 ft. was almost deafening

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day 472 - Broken

ISO 100, 100mm, f/11, 1/8 sec

We were on our way to a memorial service this morning when we took a detour at Silver Falls State Park. We had extra time and we were just going to take a quick hike.

Two and half hours later, we hauled our butts out of the canyon. It was so beautiful. Not really sunny, but pleasantly overcast. A perfect day.

This is just one of the run-off streams. I don't think I have ever seen this much water. I suspect that by the middle of June, this stream will be totally dried up.

The broken rock doesn't have any moss on it and I wonder if it broke during the freezes we had this winter.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 471 - Future cherries

ISO 400, 100mm macro, f/18, 1/8 sec.

If we have one more windy, rainy day, I'm going to...

Our cherry trees are beginning to bloom. I'm fairly certain we won't get one plum because of the rain, the below freezing mornings and the lack of birds and bees due to all of the above.

But the cherry trees, I can't tell you how many times I stand beneath them and snack.

We have to have cherries.

Oh, and a big thanks to Phoblographer  for selecting one of my photos for the Rule of Thirds challenge.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 470 - Drippy day

ISO 200, 100mm macro, f/2.8, 1/200 sec.

Today was a beautifully drippy day. The light rain was warm and springy. It was one of those days that you just know better days are ahead.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 469 - Rain dog

ISO 160, 280mm, f/4.0, 1/250 sec

Today was a work at home day, my favorite kind... and oh how the doggies love it too.

I could work at home forever and never get distracted, that is until it is time for the noon time run. I have a few vocal dogs that know how to tell time.

It was raining by the time they finally got me away from the computer, but I followed them out the door anyway. We have a new squirrel in the trees that is living life a little dangerously and I was hoping to snag a photo of him.

Barney was looking so beautiful however, that by the time I got done watching him, the squirrel had left the tree.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 468 - Cluck

ISO 200, 140mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec

When we visited the lamb farm on Saturday, I was totally amused by the free range chickens.

They were everywhere. Sadly, they weren't as amused by me and my camera.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 467 - Coming up daisies

ISO 100, 105mm, f/6.3, 1/200 sec

I have a couple of marketing projects sitting on my plate for the horticulture department so I made my way over to the greenhouses this afternoon.

I always have to shift gears just a little bit because I am shooting to place copy, fit a banner, a brochure and a web banner.

I was quite taken by this flat of flowers, so vivid and the petals are adorable.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 466 - Daffodils among the oak

ISO 400, 102mm, f/8.0, 1/200 sec

There are still a few daffodils in bloom, although I suspect the season is nearing the end. I've watched this clump of flowers blooming at the base of the oak tree for awhile now and in between cloud bursts, I ran out to capture it.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 465 - Ye olde truck

ISO 200, 105mm, f/10, 1/60 sec

It's no secret, I love rust and an old vehicle by the side of the road will give me goose bumps. I believe this is a 1950 Chevy truck.

This little beauty was on a gravel road somewhere in Marion County. It was one of those drives, left or right, flip a coin.

Sadly, I have lost my edge and didn't want to go onto the property any further for different angles. This one is a beauty though. I'm guessing they must have hauled livestock in the handmade box... or maybe they followed the circus.

In any case, this was treasure to find.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 464 - Not all beers foam alike, the finale

I lived in Denver, not far from the Coors Brewery, and I was there when Anheuser Busch was building their plant in Ft. Collins. I thought all beer came from giant plants with huge stainless steel vats.

Not so. Microbrews are today's news. If you travel anywhere, you gotta search out the local brew.

So back to my new favorite shady market I went in search of a local microbrew. Rogue beer must be good because it was twice as expensive as Deschutes Brewery.

Since I really know nothing about beer, I bought a bottle of Black Butte Porter because it had the best label.

Now that was some dark beer, but check out the foam. So I thought I would go back to the shady market and find a lighter beer.

I discovered that they actually have YouTube videos on pouring beer. You have got to be kidding me.

As if drinking a beer isn't enough, layering beer is it's own art form and I came across a video to pour a black and tan. First you pour the amber and then ever so carefully our a spoon you pour a stout.

During the last critique, Don suggested I pour a beer over my beloved crystal ball. In my feeble brain I'm thinking the crystal ball instead of a spoon. This meant another trip back to the store, I'm almost on a first name basis with the store owner and it no longer appears to be a shady place at all, it's almost like home at this point.

I searched up and down the aisles for Guinness, not so easy when there are a million types of beer, I don't know where it is from and I only have eyes for the labels. Eventually found it. Deschutes Brewery had Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Since I wanted to recreate the foam I achieved with the Black Butte Porter, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. I bought two bottles of Pale Ale.

The black and tan was a fail. Trying to find a glass big enough to hold the crystal ball and light up the dark beer created reflections from everywhere in the kitchen. I thought for sure the crystal ball would throw some really cool light but apparently drowning a crystal ball in beer is not the right thing to do.

The Mirror Pond Pale Ale poured well, but the foam just kept building on top of the glass. No matter how hard I tried, it wouldn't drip down the edge.

I gave this beer thing one more chance. Again, searching for a label I liked, I picked up a bottle of Fat Tire Amber Ale. Nearly foamless.

Now here is the really sad part of the story. I really don't like beer. I tasted every bottle I brought home and unlike coffee, they all tasted the same.

Our kitchen sink smell like a brewery as I dumped glass after glass after glass down the drain. Since I bought the beer based on the labels however, the kitchen window is lined with beer bottles adorned with some really fabulous labels.

Next time, I'm buying a case of Keystone.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day 463 - The old railroad bridge

ISO 400, 24mm, f/20, 30.0 sec

What a beautiful day we had today. I think Scotty beamed me up to a new planet.

There was no way I was going to miss a twilight photo. I had to head over to the west of the river. The wind was blowing to the east and I'm a weenie, it was cold. I much prefer shooting with the wind to my back.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 462 - 5 percent

ISO 100, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/160 sec

My friend Jeff over at Cranial Aperture invited my on an outing with his photography group from Portland. Destination Wooden Shoe Tulips at sunrise.

This is always a favorite in the spring, that is if and when spring decides to come.

The field reports said that 5% of the tulips were in bloom Sunday morning.

This is what 5% looks like. I so appreciated the loan daffodil.

ISO 100, 100mm, f/32, 1.3 sec.

I hadn't posted any tulip photos yet and today Jeff asked me what happened.

So, I stepped away from the beer tonight. Jeff, this post's for you. Thank you for asking me along, I had a blast.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 461 - In search of fizz, part 2

ISO 58mm, f/14, 1/100 sec

I survived my visit to sketchy convenience store (it was just a corner market, not bad) in the not so great area of town (my favorite breakfast place was in the next block) and admired the labels on beer after beer.

I had no clue that Budweiser, Miller and Coors had so much competition. Nor did I know that you could buy just a bottle (or can) in so many sizes. And I certainly wasn't expecting some of the price tags. It's BEER for crying out loud.

In my conversation with Chuck, he recommended Boddingtons Pub Ale. He said it was very pretty.

I had to laugh when I discovered that even fru fru beer comes in a can, a rather boring yellow can imported all the way from Britain.

ISO 100, 58mm, f/14, 1/100 sec.,
580EXII camera left and behind 1/128, 580EXII camera right and in front 1/4

Just like Crackerjacks, the can has a surprise inside. Some small recyclable device that floats in the ale called a Draughtflow® System. When the can is opened, it releases millions of tiny bubbles. Clearly they keep going even when they reach the top of the glass.

ISO 100, 60mm, f/14, 1/100 sec.,
580EXII camera left and behind 1/128, 580EXII camera right and in front 1/4
This pale-gold ale came with rules:
  • Serve cool, but not ice cold, 41°
  • Carefully open can, pour contents into glass
  • Wait... and watch the head settle on a perfect glass of Boddingtons Pub Ale.
As of tonight, I'm down $6.08 for beer and $.99 for a mug from Goodwill.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 460 - Cheers part 1

ISO 400, 32mm, f/4.5, 1/20 sec.

This week is all about the learning curve, trying new things and landing just this side of fail.

Fortunately for me, tonight's photo has a wonderful back story. As I have mentioned before, I am doing the Project 52 that Don Giannatti over at Lighting Essentials has put together.

This weeks assignment is "Let's pour a beer" and catch the head coming up.

Since my preferred beverage of choice is coffee, the stronger the better, I had to look up head. So perhaps a better description for this assignment would have been pour a beer and make it fizz.

I was telling a friend of mine Chuck (he is part of the electronics faculty at the college) about this assignment with a deer in the headlights look, his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. "Oh beer!" he said with a smile that covered his entire face.

Apparently there is an entire cult of beer connoisseurs out there. Stout, fruity, malt, lager, amber, ale, dark, seasonal, pale, light, black, blonde, brown. All of these words were introduced into my vocabulary in 10 minutes or less and they all describe... beer.

Whatever happened to plain ole' Miller Time?

In an attempt to get a better lit pour and fizz, I will be going to what is described in the Beer Advocate review as a sketchy, not in the best neighborhood, convenience market that has far and above the best selection of beer in town. Apparently, Capital Market has a great selection of Northwest offerings as well as Belgium, German and other European imports.

Thanks for all of the hook-ups Chuck, I think.

And Megan and Holly, if you are reading this, I assure you that the aliens have taken over your mother.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 459 - Painted dog

ISO 100, 80mm, f/22, 50.0 sec

I watched this great video on Sunday Ball of Light—The Movie and I am totally smitten.

It doesn't work so well in the living room, but once the flippin' rains quit, I'm taking it outside.

So, Barney the greyhound humored me a bit and did his famous couch potato trick so that I could at least try light painting.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 458 - Gypsy

ISO 100, 100mm, f/10, 1/160 sec
My assignment this week for Project 52 was to do a portrait of an artist, using one light, showing a shadow and lit side.

My crystal ball is still rockin'.

I used a bare flash and shot it straight through the crystal ball to light Karen.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 457 - Yesteryear's view

ISO 100, 98mm, f/5.0, 1/320 sec

Imagine waking up every morning and stumbling out to the front porch with a fresh cup of coffee, and this is your view.

Today I stood on a foundation of a house that was no longer there. It was probably built in the early 1900s. Hundreds of daffodils were in bloom, a pair of hummingbirds dashed into my view and were gone and this is what saw as I looked out over the horizon.

Today was the first week-end that the Finley Wildlife Refuge was open. We had high hopes of seeing lots of birds, but the reality was we only saw amazing landscapes.

The skies were a mixed bag of flat gray, blue with white puffy clouds and ominous rain clouds. During our three hour hike we were rained on, overheated and nearly blown over. It was beautiful though.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 456 - Yes, tulips really do grown on trees

ISO 200, 99mm, f/7.1, 1/320 sec

19 years ago this week we drove to Salem, Oregon to find a place to live. We had moved from Denver to the Seattle area just a year and half earlier and now we were migrating down the I-5 corridor.

I was so impressed with Salem, I had never seen so many trees in bloom. The tree that impressed me the most though, was the tulip tree.

Never have been lucky enough to have one in my yard. Can't believe it took me 19 years to actually walk up to one and say "Hi".