I have never done anything like this before! I saw it on a fellow bloggers site, and I know a lot of you have done these in the past and thought, what better way to challenge myself than to do it like this? I’m excited and extremely nervous. What if I do them wrong? The first and last challenge is a “self portrait”… what?? I do NOT like photos of myself. How will I do it? So needless to say, it will be challenging HAHA! I hope to increase my creativity and do it well!
Let the games begin!!
Here in the Pacific Northwest we get a lot of weird weather. Our spring consists of rain, sun and hail… all in one day haha! I took advantage of the moment when the sun came out to capture rain drops with the sun shining on them. The second one could be better, but I like how they turned out 🙂
As most of you know, Frank is my Canon camera. William and I took him to our lake, not far from home. We wanted to see what Frank saw when he looked at the stars. The results were incredible. I only wish I could have fixed them better, but to see stars through his lens was something I will be doing a lot more 🙂
I turned my f-stop down to the lowest number to bring in more light and then I set my camera to the “bulb” setting which allowed me to have it open as long as I wanted. Unfortunately it was a cooooolllld night and I wasn’t willing to stand in the cold air too long. The first three shots the lens was open for 1 minute and 30 seconds. It was a good amount of time before the stars got too blurry and I got some of the light from where towns were and where the sun had set earlier.
I wish these first two didn’t have as much grain, but I’m still learning how to clean them up better 🙂
This one I messed with a bit, just ended up liking the look of it better. The exposure was also only open for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
This one is by far my favorite! I left the exposure open for 10 minutes and I was so happy with it 😀
I would love to hear your thoughts on these! Also with the grain, if any of you know how to prevent it I’d love to hear what you have to say 🙂
We have, surprisingly, had some nice warm days this month! Sadly, I’m writing this on a rainy and stormy day, haha! We let our two cats out of the house to enjoy the sunshine and they are just so much fun to photograph sometimes 🙂
My oldest cat, George 🙂
The baby, Stevie
William reading on the sunny porch 🙂
I love that I was able to capture George like this! One of my favorite shots for sure!
So sorry to be so distant this week, I just celebrated my 26th birthday 🙂 So I haven’t had a lot of time to do anything, but today I hope to go through some emails so you’ll be seeing my comments soon.
Before heading home from Newport, we stopped off at a view point where our lighthouse tour guild said we could see some seals!
While photographing them, they looked at me as if saying, “Do you mind?!”
After exploring the outside of this beautiful lighthouse, we attended a tour of the inside. We saw where they stored gallons of lard that kept the flame going all those years ago. They would carry extremely heavy buckets of lard up the stairs each day to the light. They hired more than one family to keep everything running correctly. It was a very hard and demanding job, the families were kept away from town for long periods of time, so the tour guild described them being musicians, something to take up most their time.
The stairs tired me out! I need to workout more lol
The view at the top was amazing, but this was as far up as we were aloud to go.
They have this light bulb now that flashes on and off every few seconds
The website above has some fun information on the lighthouse, and I was excited to see an older picture of it. The winds on the coast was so brutal that the older houses built around the lighthouse didn’t last and had to be torn down. This lighthouse is so gorgeous, I was happy to have my new wide angle lens for these shots, so you can see more of it closer up.
The tour of the inside of the lighthouse will be in the next post! I’m so excited to share them with you all:)
“…But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee…”
-Edgar Allan Poe (Annabel Lee)
While visiting Newport we decided to go take a tour of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse before heading home. We had taken this tour about 3 years earlier, I didn’t have Frank (My Canon) with me yet, so I thought he’d enjoy the trip 🙂
We got to the parking lot next to the Lighthouse and saw the tide was at it’s highest, we had about an hour to kill before the tour so William and I took a stroll down where the tide pools were suppose to be.
The beach, as you can see in the pictures, are mostly these gorgeous black rocks. The waves hitting and rolling away from the rocks made a loud rolling sound, the water was pushing and dragging the rocks as they clung to the beach. I’ve never heard a sound like it. It was a cloudy morning and the Edgar Allan Poe poem came to my mind.
Look hard… there’s a small bird diving for fish in there 🙂
I have so many pictures of Yaquina Head Lighthouse that I’m having a hard time knowing what to post! The next blog you will see more of it 🙂
While William and I were visiting Newport Beach, we wanted to stop and eat at the Rogue Brewery. Turns out it was in front of the dock I showed you in the last post I made! So to kill some time before we ate, we decided to walk along the bridge that you’ve also seen in the last post and loved the shots I got. We were walking right along where the cars drove by and it was really scary! HAHA! But the pictures were worth it, and I’ll never do that again 😛
So happy to announce that this is my 1 year anniversary with WordPress! I can’t tell you how amazing you all are, you’ve helped me with all my silly questions and have helped me to continue to do what I love. Thank you all for encouraging me and never letting me quit.
William and I visited Newport Beach this last weekend! It was a lot of fun, the first thing we did was visit the docks and the beautiful bridge next to it. I was happy with the time of day I took these.
Sorry for being away for so long, I just now was able to adjust these shots. Enjoy 😀