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Dorena Lake in Black and White

Hello everyone! 

It feels great to be posting again 🙂 Life has been a little busy with this new job and just life in general. I haven’t taken pictures in soooo long. Yesterday was my day off and William suggested going to Dorena Lake. Now this lake is absolutely gorgeous… during the summer. During the winter, however, it’s drained to prevent flooding, so it’s very muddy and ugly lol! What can you do to make ugly areas more beautiful?… BLACK AND WHITE! 

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A Good Time For a Walk

I apologize for the delay in posts, it’s been another crazy week. It’s been more of an emotionally crazy week than anything else. My husband is going to Afghanistan for contract work again 😦 I hate being away from him, but this opportunity is a great one and I’m excited for him in that way. With William leaving soon and me trying to find work and we haven’t had time to go take any pictures, but today was another typical day here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been cloudy, than sunny, than cloudy and sunny again haha! So while the sun was out I ran outside with William and my brother Ryan and I took what pictures I could. You guys are probably completely sick of this covered bridge lol, but it’s just so pretty I couldn’t help but get a different look on it this time 🙂 I’m still sticking to my goal this year and trying to find different ways of seeing and capturing areas or objects. So far I was happy with what I was able to get today.

 

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A New Year A New Goal

As most of my you know, I don’t take a lot of animal shots (besides my cats of course lol). It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never really practiced. I have a decent stock lens that came with Frank (my Canon) so I thought I’d use it to practice how close I could get to them and different ways I can brighten their faces. Because I also don’t do portraits, I don’t work on brightening faces, so I’ve been using my flash more and adjusting everything for a flash on a sunny day! It’s so interesting lowering the ISO and raising the aperture just to get that perfect brightness on their faces. I’ve been learning so much on my own, I really hope in a few months to take a few classes, but for now, I like figuring out different tricks on my own 🙂

Any advise on nature portraits would be awesome, I’m very new at this and would love some feedback!

Here’s what I came up with 🙂

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Revisiting Moon Falls

My husband and I went to Moon Falls this time last year, but at that time I didn’t have my wide angle lens! I was going to go back this last summer to capture it, but life got a little busy and I ended up forgetting about it. Yesterday I woke up and told William, “We need to go to Moon Falls, I’ve been putting it off for way too long!” HAHA! It was a cloudy day and by the time we left it had started raining, but the pictures turned out pretty anyways. Not as beautiful as the last time I was there, but still happy to see it through my wide angle lens 🙂

 

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Goodbye 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you all had a fun and safe New Years. This last year was a hard one on us. We lost my 12 year old cat, George, unexpectedly and then right before Christmas we lost a family friend. 2013 had so many downs that it was hard for us to find the good times. With all the heart ache and frustrations, I was thankful to have family and of course, my amazing husband William next to me during it all. 

I’m hoping to start up some goals and actually complete them this year. I do love the beginning of new years, that clean slate feeling, the way you think you can do anything and it’s going to happen this time! HAHA! Lots of thoughts run through my mind, I just hope to accomplish some of them 🙂 

These were taken New Year’s Eve around our neighborhood! My last pictures of 2013

 

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These were found under our tree! 

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