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An Evening in Venice

An Evening in Venice I’m so ready to go back to Italy. I had to go back and look at my photos from last year after seeing all of the wonderful images +Arno Jenkins is posting during his forever long trip in Europe. My wife and I had about a week to enjoy Venice, Florence and Rome on our 20th anniversary trip but a week isn’t enough. I was really drawn to Venice as the pace was slow and the traffic was non-existent. I think I could spend a week in Venice and then move on to Tuscany for a first time visit. Heck, I could travel the rest of my life and love every moment of it. #italy #travel #blog
I'm so ready to go back to Italy.  I had to go back and look at my photos from last year after seeing all of the wonderful images +Arno Jenkins is posting during his forever long trip in Europe.  My wife and I had about a week to enjoy Venice, Florence and Rome on our 20th anniversary trip but a week isn't enough.  I was really drawn to Venice as the pace was slow and the traffic was non-existent.  I think I could spend a week in Venice and then move on to Tuscany for a first time visit.  Heck, I could travel the rest of my life and love every moment of it.

#italy  #travel #blog

The Needle

I've previously posted this image in black and white but do to a recent inquiry revisited the color version and thought it was worth a share.  This is a composite image of Seattle's Space Needle as seen from +Nicole S. Young's former Seattle apartment set against a comped in sky from my front yard that I blurred in Photoshop.  I used +onOne Software's Perfect Mask to pull the Space Needle from the original sky and Layers to blend the two images.

#blog #architecture

Panther's Milk

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The overall view of Panther Creek Falls is awesome.  And I mean that in the "full of awe" way, not the popular 80's slang that still hangs around today.  When you stand on the overlook and take your first glimpse at the expanse of the falls you are taken in by its beauty and grandeur. Saturday morning I spent a lot of time trying to get an over all view of the multi-tiered falls that I was happy with and I think I got the shot which I'll share another time as it's a story to itself.  

This shot was taken at the end of the morning as +David Staggs and I were standing around talking about photography.  I was fighting the mist on my filter and was a bit tired so I decided to step back a ways and do a couple shots with a longer lens to capture some of the detail in the falls.  When I looked at this shout I couldn't help but see milk.  However, it was the layers in the moss and rock behind the water that I really liked.

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Lower Panther

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Yesterday morning I met up with +David Staggs at Panther Creek Falls for a morning shoot.  David contacted me earlier in the week asking for some tips about shooting the area. He is from Colorado and was coming to town for the weekend to do some shooting.  What kind of host would I be if I didn't join him? So I did.  The whole week we had cloudless skies, but this morning we were fortunate enough to have a light cloud layer that provided for some nice even light.

This shot is of the lower portion of the falls, you can see the main falls in the background in the upper left.  Getting down to shoot this is not for the faint of heart as there isn't much of a trail and the ground isn't always as stable as it appears and the whole thing starts with a climb down a short cliff face.  But the journey is totally worth it as the view is outstanding.

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Photawesomeness!

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My favorite thing about Google+ is all the rad people I've got the chance to meet and call friends.  One in particular has been +Nicole S. Young!  She is an amazing friend and one of the best photographers I've had the pleasure of shooting with.  I'm super sad she's leaving the Portland area but am glad to have got to know her over the past year or so.  Last year I had the distinct pleasure of performing her and +Brian Matiash's marriage ceremony here at a local restaurant.  They both have been the best of friends and although there will be some distance between us I'm sure that our friendship will remain.

Here's a shot of Nicole from this past weekend during our shoot up near Rowena, OR in the Columbia River Gorge.

One thing that Nicole brings to the table, besides her amazing photography, is her breadth of knowledge she shares through her books and her amazing LR presets.  If you're interested in seeing what I'm talking about check our her blog and her store at:
http://nicolesyblog.com/blog/
http://store.nicolesy.com/

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An Old Tired Bathroom

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I'm finally home after a week of travel and I feel like this old worn down bathroom.  I love to travel and see new places and meet new people but it sure does take its toll on this old man.  The bummer is that this morning I had to drive my wife to the airport for her trip this  week.  I look forward to things getting back to normal soon.

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Points to the Sky

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Today I'll be wrapping my time up in Florida and will be driving to Georgia later today.  I've had a great time and got to see +Cameron Siguenza again and meet +Gilmar Smith and +Mike Blank in person.  I know Gilmar is sad that she didn't get to see me rock Sublime's Santeria on stage at the karaoke place but maybe next time.  

So why did I post a photo of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley while I'm in Florida?  Well, it's because the one geological fact of Florida that has struck me thus far is its utter flatness, I think the highest hill I've driven over was five feet high.  Although it's flat, I will say the stark weather changes each day have been interesting.  My first day here the rains welcomed me as I dragged my bags into the hotel.  I was soaking wet in mere seconds.  And as an Oregonian, to say that the rain here is impressive, that means something.

Happy Humpday everyone!!!

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Lagos' Lodge

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This is a shot of +Ricardo Lagos from our trip to Death Valley this past winter. Ricardo was kind enough to put his camera down for a few seconds and peek out from this shack for a couple shots.  In honor of him I put this into B/W which I think highlights the textures of the shack and landscapes well.

This shack sits at an abandoned mine at the end of a road that truly tested our rental car.  We made it most of the way before having to hoof it the rest.  It's fun to get out and explore some of these lesser known places and to wonder what life was like for those that worked here.

#blog   #dvonewaytrip13  

Behind the Falls

I was going through my LR catalog tonight and found an avi file from a recent shoot in the Columbia River Gorge at Ponytail Falls.  I don't remember taking this and may not have taken it intentionally.  But, it's kind of a fun little clip.  You can see and hear what it sounds like standing in the cavern behind the falls.

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The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm has announced the the flowers are at their peak

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 Better hurry out if you want to see them.

Reshared post from +Brian Bonham

Painting Tulips

When your the first one at the tulip field in the morning what do you do?  Well, all my experience so far tells me that you light paint.  So this morning, day 2 of shooting with +Nicole S. Young at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm,  I was again the first one there so I pulled out the flashlight and started to play.  You can see that during this shot a couple other people arrived and drove straight through my shot.  As much as I wish it was, that isn't a laser fence, it's the tail lights of the new arrivals.

In this image I blended in a shot of the sky, from a few minutes after the light painting, with the light painted shot of the tulips and tractor using Perfect Mask and added some color to the sky using Perfect Effects from +onOne Software's Perfect Suite 7.  The final touches were done in LR4.

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