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Archive for January, 2011


These just crack me up. This was a good weekend.

And for me, this wall was just fascinating at this time and place.



A (poorly done) pano just to give an idea of scale. I was sitting in the O zone. haha

And I just loved the looks on the students’ faces as they scream at the other team (he made this shot).

New life

How small we really are

For miles and miles

Shadow dancers

New life

Winter is full of colors and grays

I don’t claim to be Photoshop pro – in fact, I likely fall under adequate. I know basics such as levels clean up, masks and how to resize images. In school, I learned to love Adobe RGB 1998 as my working color space. In most of my work, I find this color space gives my photos better colors and a more true to life look. My old camera defaulted to sRGB. I think my new camera I can pick spaces – I really should look up how to use that. Here’s a comparison of color vs differing levels of B&W. These are some frozen wind sprays that gathered on exposed grasses on top of Marys Peak.

This is the same image with richer blue values on the left image; I toned down the blues and upped the yellows on the right image.

I can’t decide which I like better – They’re both fun.

By using a similar technique, I discovered I can pull mountains out of skylines. Such as this shot of Mount Hood from the top of Marys Peak.

And this one at sunset of the Three Sisters.

3 miles up, 3 miles down

Oy, with my new camera, it sure is easy to fill up hard drive space and memory cards. The ability to take 4 photos a second when the setting is set to burst is also highly addictive with a fast moving pupper who’s full of energy. I think the hardest part for me will be to learn that it’s OK to delete 9 of the 10 photos in a burst – they’re all pretty much the same photo and I’m not making a movie here.
One of the best things about burst is it allows me to for sure get one in focus shot of Yoyo as he’s moving or playing. These are from Marys Peak from a couple weeks ago.

We were lucky for this day, we had wonderful weather.

In this shot, notice the view we had up there, we could see several mountains clearly, yes several. We tried to figure it out as we were up there but I’m confident we could see Rainer, Mount St. Helens, some other peak, the Three Sisters and Mount Hood, which you can see behind Yoshi in this photo.

We didn’t have a sled so we improvised with our butts.

Yoyo was WORN OUT by the end of the day.
(For serious, our dog is too damn cute)

I have more photos to share from this day, but this’ll do for now.
I lub this.

Go Ducks!

Coco says, So what if my brother is a tiger; I was born loving ducks. They’re goood …. Mmmm.

Yoyo loves his broccoli buddy, who’s sporting Duck colors.

Time passing

This is lovely. It’d be fun to do something like this with one of my family photos.
This first photo is from 1929 and the second 2010.

Or something like this

I’m going to have dig through my photos of Kelly and me and see if we can recreate something we did when we were 11 when I visit her next month (when she’ll be 8 months pregnant! I can’t wait to see her!)

Also, here’s another one that made me giggle.

Marys Peak in the snow

Yesterday, Adam and I tried again to hike to the top of Marys Peak. We did a few weeks ago but didn’t set out early enough and quickly realized it was too much of a hike for Dewey. So this time we left the house earlier, left Dewey at home and brought snow gear to wear.
I’m glad I always carry chains in the winter. We didn’t make it a half mile up Marys Peak road before the tires lost grip and we had to chain up.
Here’s how the roads were:

Here’s the car at Conner’s Campground:

I have lots of wonderful photos to edit through, but first I need to find some space on my hard drive =X
My new 2 TB external from Best Buy should help me solve that issue.
So I’ll save those for another post.
Here’s what we saw as we were heading off the mountain:

A couple of cars pulled off where we did to catch the gorgeous colors. As we were getting back in the car, a car pulled in behind us that slid some on the ice and the driver slightly lost control (they didn’t have chains). As we were pulling out of the parking lot to leave, that car ended up pulling out a couple hundred yards behind us. I was cruising at, oh, 5 mph because of the chains and ice and gravity – being cautious. That car quickly caught up with us and I pulled to the side to let them pass (I didn’t want unsafe driver bashing into me on the way down). As they sped past me, I turned to Adam, “How much you want to bet we’ll pass them spun out on the side of the road before we get to the bottom?)
2 miles later …
Their car was sideways with their trunk INCHES from a cliff.
We pulled off and offered to help them out. After assessing the situation, we figured we *might* have a chance to push the car back on the pavement – and hopefully it wouldn’t slide back anymore. Another driver pulled over to help push and, between the 4 of us, we managed to push it back up and all ended well. But wow, I wish I had gotten a photo – this guy’s car was so close to tumbling over into a ravine. Adam said from the trail of their tire tracks, they’d slid back quite a bit trying to salvage the situation before we arrived.

So please people!
1) carry traction when you’re in conditions and
2) don’t drive like you’re on the freeway when you’re driving on an inch of ice with an 8 percent downgrade.

Top photos 2010: Top photo

Many of you have already seen this but here it is again in all its high resolution glory.
Horseshoe Bend Arizona

Top Landscape shots
Top People shots
Top Wildlife/Pets shots
Top Corvallis shots
Top Travel shots