Month: March 2013

30 Day Challenge

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!!

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After the Rain

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 🙂

 

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Through Franks Lens

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. 

 

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I wish these first two didn’t have as much grain, but I’m still learning how to clean them up better 🙂

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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.

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This one is by far my favorite! I left the exposure open for 10 minutes and I was so happy with it 😀

ImageI 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 🙂

 

Adventures with George and Stevie

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 🙂

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The baby, Stevie

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William reading on the sunny porch 🙂

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I love that I was able to capture George like this! One of my favorite shots for sure!

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Do You Mind?!

Hello everyone!

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! 

 

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While photographing them, they looked at me as if saying, “Do you mind?!” 

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Inside Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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. 

 

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The stairs tired me out! I need to workout more lol

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The view at the top was amazing, but this was as far up as we were aloud to go.

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They have this light bulb now that flashes on and off every few seconds

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The Exterior of Yaquina Head

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1890’s 

http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=133

 

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.

 

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The tour of the inside of the lighthouse will be in the next post! I’m so excited to share them with you all:)