Friday, July 24, 2015

Girlfriends: Black & White Photography Challenge--Day 10

The latest and last challenge is black and white photography. Years ago, when I was just a little baby, there was only black and white photography. I grew up with a Brownie box camera that took black and white photos. My mom let me use it at outdoor school, when I was in the 6th grade, oh so last century! I made my first double exposures on it,
 by accident.

 Three of my growing up years girlfriends were with me earlier in May for a beach getaway.  I shot this photo as they were ahead of me on the boardwalk with kites flying over head.  An appropriate shot for memories of years gone by. Gone are the school days, we are grown women, two of us grandmothers. I am so thankful my friends and I remain in touch with each other, through good and bad times. We had a great weekend and will be sharing more of it with you in the coming week!!!  I changed this photo from color to black & white for this challenge, tweaking it a bit to my liking.

I hope you all have enjoyed the posts these two weeks of my photography. It has been challenging to keep up with it but in return I've learned some new things about photography and how share via the internet. It's been fun looking at other people's photos in the challenge as well! I still need to go back and take notes to use later. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pacific Sea Nettle: Movement Photography Challenge--Day 9

I chose a photo of a Pacific Sea Nettle to share today. This was at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, OR.  Besides the moon jellyfish, these were my favorites to watch swim gracefully behind glass.  ISO 800, f/8 1/4 sec.  Canon Rebel T3 is my best friend that I carry with me just about everywhere I go. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rodeo: Lowlight Photography Challenge--Day 8


 Low light has always been a challenge for me. I have"wrestled" with my camera in these situations. I do come out on top with some good photos. This photo of the wild horses being let from the chute holding area across the arena to the other end when they end up resting from their work. They are so pretty!! This ISO 800 with lighting from the stadium lights at 9:54 PM.
 The calf roping competition is shot at ISO 3200 at 10:30 PM. This photo is much brighter so I am thinking the higher ISO could have been used in the first on as well. Trial and error. But I like both of the photos.
Fireworks were about 10 minutes after the last photo, at ISO 3200 as well. No tripod since I was sitting in the stands at the rodeo. We enjoyed the rodeo for five years. 

My Daughter: People we Love Photography Challenge--Day 7

 My Daughter and I have a lot of fun together shopping and going different places together. Recently we had a photo shoot for university graduation, coming soon! Here's a few of my favorites. Way too many too share...she chose a "gun" since she's studying criminal justice. Here the evening light is shining through on the patio out at the tulip farm, in May. We had a lot of fun together do this photo shoot.

This garden area at the tulip farm is so fun to be in and good spots for props,especially when the day is done. I took these photos after I got off work. Evening shots are nice, since the sun is in the west.  A young girl grown up can be a mother's friend as well! How about yours?

This should have been available Tues but my computer mouse fell and one of the buttons quit working. Too late to go and get another one. Now I'm up and going with a new one my husband bought after work. Sigh!
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Chocolate Candy: Product Photography--Day 6


 We invited a few friends over for the Superbowl in Feb.  So I decided to make spreads from Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays cookbook (pg 312).  You can use any candy so I chose M&M's Touchdown mix.  M&M's are one of my go-to candies when I need some chocolate.
Since I didn't use all of the candies. I "tackled" the bag and "sacked" it into a jar, for photo's sake!

The sliders ready to eat at our dining room table and napkins to go with the food we served. I enjoyed these sliders so much that I will make them again since they are quick and easy and require chocolate!!



Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beach time: Outdoor Challenge-Day 5


 A day at the beach is always something I enjoy. We packed up our bags and checked out of our hotel in Lincoln City and drove to  Roads End beach. This is day two of our trip to the coast in late April.
 Day 1 was getting part way there and going off to see Drift Creek Falls.
 The morning was chilly and my camera strap was a bit wet from yesterday's adventure so it was sitting on the dashboard of my car to dry out. I am crazy enough to not remember to dry it out overnight! I like looking from the inside out of our car to the beach,
 where it was raining. Clouds were rolling in so we didn't walk on the beach. We were biding our time as our plans for whale watching were dashed because of the rough sea!

It was too early for lunch since we'd eaten a nice breakfast at the hotel. We pointed the car to Devil's Lake Rd and stopped at this park to view the lake. It was a bit warmer here than on the beach and no rain! We spent a little time here then drove through the neighborhood and came back to hwy 101 in town. Well, almost, as we made a stop at the outlet mall since I wanted to check out the Tree of Life book store.  Found a few things for gifts. Not alot left from their close out sale. Sad to see them go.


Back on the road, we stopped at Gleneden Beach, south end of Lincoln City. Waves were fun to watch. We decided to go and walk the beach for awhile before lunch.
Keep out for sure!

Once we got down to the beach we spied these creatures all over the place! I found out, by reading a fellow blogger's site, these are velella velella, a cousin to jelly fish. (Thanks, Linda!)Also called "by the wind sailor" because of their sails that float them above the water. Stronger winds usually bring them ashore, as happened this year in OR, WA and other countries.

Walking we go on the beach with my husband near the shoreline. Quite a bit of wave action going on. I tend to take alot of those type of photos!! Just a passion with the ocean! Can't help myself!



Notice all the little blue creatures in photo above? I decided to get down on the sand and get up close.


Little shells on a log before we left the beach.

One last peek through the trees!!
Mushrooms near the picnic area.  Headed back to the car and drove to Depoe Bay and ate lunch at Gracie's Sea Hag restaurant and bar. Here waves come in at the bay wall.


After lunch we headed to the car but more photos since the light had changed in the sky. And the local fire men go out on a call.

Drove down to the other side of the bridge and the dock. Time to go home. It's always hard to go home on a lovely day at the coast. Camera and tripod packed up with our clothes and off we go, with a bit of ice cream at Dairy Queen before we travel the road home.
Equipment:Tripod always goes with me even if I don't wind up using it. I take a wide angle and zoom lenses with me, not knowing what I'll find on the trip. Not always both though. 
I hope you enjoyed the beach through my photography!!! 


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dessert: Food Photography-Day 4

Dessert at a bridal shower. What's a party without cake, especially a chocolate layered cake!? Delicious!!!

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