Last weekend was Julie’s wedding – it was fah-bu-luhs! They held it at the pear orchard where her dad lives near Hood River. Amazing venue btw, I think I may have to steal the idea … (read, I will steal the idea for next summer – mark your calendars 7-13-13)
While the professional photographer was taking her traditional shots near some large fruit boxes, Briana asked me to come over and get some family shots with her husband, Ben, and her two children.
Her son Addison’s smirk cracks me up. He did it in nearly all the shots. Scroll to the bottom to see the slideshow.
I love how these turned out!
Here’s a few of Adam and me and our puppers.
Yay, super duper moon tonight. I thought we’d miss it entirely, but around 7 p.m. the clouds that had blanketed Corvallis all day lift, lucky me!
I’m not prepared – figuring the clouds would foil me as they did when I wanted to shoot the last lunar eclipse – so I didn’t wander around town today looking for a good spot to shoot like I thought I would. With the moonrise coming (scheduled for 8:24p), I talk Adam into going out to Bald Hill farm with our bikes and Yoshi at 7:15.
We bike the path until I find a nice hill ( I worried it was on someone’s property, but went ahead and set up, anyway). Then I check my compas, set up the tripod to that.
And am ready to go, it’s 7:50.
Then I check my iPhone Star Walk app, and it says the moon is actually a little more north – I move and set up again. Am ready to go … again … by 8:10.
Then we wait. It’s pretty darn cold out here. Yoshi’s even getting cold; course, he had a haircut Monday, so he’s practically naked. I’d be cold, too.
The moon’s supposed to come up at 8:24. By 8:30, I’m like wtf is up? I check Star Walk, it says it’s coming up? What gives?
THEN, I notice the semitransparent, nearly not there, huge as hell half circle coming up about 30 degrees south from where Star Walk says the moon is.
Thanks for nothing Star Walk app.
Here’s how ghostly the moon was first coming up. We missed the first half of it coming up because we weren’t looking in the right direction and it was barely there anyway. Maybe that’s a result of the haze? It was so big I wasn’t even sure it WAS the moon, thinking it was a cloud that just happened to be in a perfect circle (dur!)
Here’s my best close up. We were treated to a beautiful pink orb.
Because it was so barely there (isn’t this moon supposed to be 30 percent brighter than normal? It sure wasn’t putting that face on for us tonight) I had to drop down the shutter speed to get in more light , which means the moon has some movement so it’s not as completely crisp as I would have preferred (darn atmosphere!). But the purpose of tonight’s trip was to capture the horizon illusion, and I think I did – that was fun! In this one, notice Reser Stadium in the lower left corner.
Here’s a bunch o cold crazies!
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.
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.
I can giggle at this all day.
Adam and I took a hike on the East Ridge Trail on Saturday. We only made it to the first switch back before we realized we weren’t wearing the right gear for hiking in snow (we passed a group of guys coming down the trail who were carrying snow shoes).
It was beautiful up there.