Month: November 2013

More Historical Carousel

Hello friends! So sorry about not posting for a while, life has been crazy and sometimes I don’t get to my computer for a few days. I’m very excited to show you more pictures of this Historical Carousel! In my last post I explained a little on what this amazing place is doing for the city of Albany. Bringing back history is no easy thing when there isn’t a lot of money to give for help, but there are so many amazing people who have come out from all over the west coast to help make their goal happen! Artists volunteer their time and energy to sit and carve these gorgeous carousel characters!

Here’s their website if you’d like to read more about it!

http://albanycarousel.com/WP/

 

In my last post I showed you some of the many who were there working, and now here are the pictures of some of their finished work so far.

 

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A lot of their finished characters were in other areas that I wasn’t able to capture, but I hope you all enjoyed these and I will be posting more hopefully soon! 

 

The Historic Carousel & Museum

“In 2002 the community of Albany, Oregon became interested in creating a hand carved carousel similar to projects recently completed in Missoula, Montana and Salem, Oregon. As a matter of fact it was a visit to Missoula by our board president, Wendy Kirby, that brought the idea of a carousel to Albany. Wendy was attending an Altrusa conference there where the carousel Missoula had done as a part of their downtown’s revitalization was one of that conference’s presentations. This was the spark that began Albany’s journey toward creating truly a one of a kind carousel!”

http://albanycarousel.com/WP/about-us/

 

William and I came across this being advertised at a Del Taco in Albany, Oregon. HAHA! We don’t travel up there often and didn’t know much about the area. Thank goodness I had brought Frank (my Canon) with us that day because what we saw was really amazing! People from all over the west coast travel up and carve these gorgeous animals for a new carousel! On their website they say they’ve spent over 152,000 hours on this project. These people are all volunteers and absolutely incredible! I was so happy to see a few of them working on certain projects when we walked in, they were so friendly and didn’t mind me taking pictures of them 🙂 A gentleman there was from Los Angelas and the rest were from different towns here in Oregon.

It was really a sight to see and I’m so happy we found this treasure 🙂

 

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I asked how long it takes them to carve a character and they said this dragon has taken them 3 years and they are still working on it! Amazing

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I’ll be posting more soon! 

Finding Ways to Photograph a Cemetery

I used to go to this Cemetery quite a bit. It was always open, and the gravestones were old and so beautiful. I have posted a blog in the past about this cemetery, but I’m having a hard time finding it! They are assuming young kids got into the graveyard and completely ruined the gravestones. They brought in someone who was able to place the stones where they belonged and after that it has been chained up every sense. I know there’s a way to get someone to open the gate, but I really wanted to see what kind of shots I could get on the outside of it. 

 

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Boys and their Toys

As I mentioned in my last post, we all headed into the mountains to do some sunset shots, and the guys wanted to do some different kind of shots. They had all their guns and ammo and I was excited to be capturing the action, but sadly, as always, they didn’t turn out the way I wanted them too haha!

As you can see, I was trying to capture the flash that comes while firing. I was happy to have this one come out.

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Then I was thinking, why not have the shutter open and see if I can capture lots of light and flashes while they shoot. The shots are so fast I thought this was the best way to do it without failing… it didn’t quite work lol! This picture turned out pretty good, but I was just hoping for more. Also, our friend was on the other side of William taking pictures and that’s what the flash is behind him haha

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I didn’t get any flashes of light with this one, but I love his outline better 🙂

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Tucked in the Mountains

A few friends of ours wanted to take us up into the mountains for some sunset photos, and so the guys could shoot off some rounds. While us girls were running around with our cameras, the guys were waiting patiently to shoot their guns haha! I wish I would have gotten better photos, there were so many that I took, but because the sun was hidden behind the clouds it wasn’t as nice as I’d hoped.

We found these amazing rocks by our location and these became my favorite shots of the evening 🙂 I will be posting more soon!

 

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Nature Made

I’ve always noticed this, but my mom was the one who pointed it out to me last night. This time of year we get the leaves falling and then with all the moister, it make an imprint in the concrete! It always amazes me and as quickly as I see it, it disappears just as quickly. I was happy to have my camera with me so I could share it with you all 🙂 

Nature has a beautiful way of making it’s own art 

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Not More Autumn Trees!

Yes, I have more autumn shots for you haha! The last couple of days have been very rainy and we are losing a lot of these gorgeous colors! Lately I’ve been focusing on these trees, because I know once they’re gone I’m going to be missing them immensely.

I’ve been using my flash more, which has been nice for these dark evenings and I think my photographs are looking better with it on, what do you think? 

As you can tell, I have only changed my blog name and not my URL, during research and information from one of my bloggers, if I change my URL I’d be losing all of you amazing followers! You’d have to come find me and it just sounded kind of complicated. Eventually, I would like to maybe change it more, but for now I’m going to keep it simple 🙂

 

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From Wannabe to…

Update: New Blog Name!

To all my amazing followers, I’ve decided to change my blog name. WannabePhotographer is growing up and learning more each and every day 🙂 I was having a hard time deciding on using my name or creating a name for a possible photo career in the future! I love when people come up with clever names that represent their style. I wanted something more personal and something that was easy to remember. Some of you probably remember my bedroom window shots in My Rear Window. Spending years looking out my window and seeing that broken piece taped a million time because we just haven’t gotten to it, has become a joke in my house. We mention it and laugh knowing probably nothing is going to happen about it for a while. I’ve taken plenty of pictures out those windows and it’s inspired me in so many way on the kind of photographer I wanted to be! William came up with Broken Window Photography, and it just sounded right to me! Something simple and rustic. I have an amazing friend who is a pro at creating logos and I asked him for a watermark. Really love what he came up with! I’m having a hard time knowing how to layer images in Lightroom, does anyone know? I’ve been trying to look stuff up but I’m just lost. For now, I’m just attaching it as a graphic in my watermark setting, but eventually I will be layering it. 

I hope you all like it! The blog name will be changed soon to Broken Window Photography, so I hope it doesn’t confuse anyone! I’d love to hear your feedback!

 

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