I love looking at the world through the camera's viewfinder, the relationship between objects in the landscape and how the light makes them come alive and sing to me.
 My intent here is to post some words on what I think about the photographic process, the camera and computer. But more importantly, an occasional image of how I saw and interpreted a subject.
 While on the Flowing Water workshop with SWOCC, one of my students was told by a visitor to Sweet Creek that it was a shame that because she was photographing, she could not appreciate all that was around her (paraphrased). To a certain degree, I understand the comment. You can get to involved with all the technology to see the world around you.
 But I would argue, that once you can operate your equipment as second nature, you become even more aware of the environment around you. Your senses are heightened (especially the visual): how the light is changing, is there a breeze, bird song, people talking (getting in your shot) - your head is on a swivel, not only paying attention to the current subject of your camera and how to capture it to it's most effective representation, but looking for the next, watching the light. 

It was a bright sunny day - normally not what I want in the forest, I much prefer a nice bright overcast. On these days, one of my prime subjects is when the sunlight hits the far stream bank while the stream itself is in shadow. This creates some great color reflections as seen above. Using a long lens, I was able to pick the detail of the bright green reflected light on the water where it tumbles over the rocks.

 Running from May 2nd thru July 1st (with a reception on May 15th), the Oregon Coast Photographers' Association will be showing images by their membership. I have three images on display, two of which are for sale.
 "Storm Watcher", shot in Canyonlands National Park, Utah (upper right corner, $175.00) is a 16"x20" image on PureWhite™ canvas (archival grade, 300gr/m2 strength) printed with HP Latex printing technology (HP Latex certified) and coated with a special patented coating.
 "On The Banks Of The Coquille", photographed at Bullards Beach State Park, Oregon (center, $200.00) is a 16"x24" image, also on the HP PureWhite™ canvas.
 My third image, "Sea(star)set", photographed as Pistol River State Park, Oregon (lower right corner - 16"x20" on the same HP canvas) is not for sale, as it is not up to my standards. If you are interested, I will correct the small "error" and have another printed just for you (same price as "Storm Watcher").
 I hope you get a chance to stop by Evergreen Court and see all of the OCPA's membership's images.
 Spring break at the college. I had grand hopes to get out and photograph the skunk cabbage and some waterfalls on the Coquille (probably around Powers). But did I? Nope. Been home trying to save gas money and working on a new class for Spring Term (Lightroom for Photographers). Did manage to take a few shots around town with the cell phone, mostly for examples for another new workshop on Mobile Device Photography. Getting some images together for the final camera club competitions and thinking about an upcoming lecture for the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs' (4Cs) Annual Convention in October. I think it will be how I made a composite image (which will eventually get posted on this site); from selecting the image elements in Lightroom, through the use of layers, blending modes, smart objects, custom "god beam" brushes, etc., etc. So to sum up, not much shooting or post-processing (or lawn mowing), mostly thinking, working on this website and getting ready for upcoming classes.
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