This year I had the opportunity to head on over for two mornings to the hot air balloon launches at the NW Art & Air Festival in Albany, OR. Below are a few in no particular order. Just for fun – I did give myself a bit of a challenge later in the mornings to look for opportunities to use the sun creatively. Not sure if I met that challenge – but I had fun trying. Enjoy!
It’s always a great challenge to look back on a year’s collection and to trim to a list of the best. It’s an exercise I recommend to every photographer out there. That said, the extra challenge is to get that list to only 10 photos. Well, I almost made it this year – I trimmed this one to 11.
So, in no particular order, here’s my 2013 list with a bit on each addition.
This first photo is from a children’s church group singing at a convalescence home. It was a very sweet moment with folks stepping out of their rooms to hear the children sing Christmas carols in the hall.
Once I saw these two barns – I just wanted to figure out a way to get the photo. This is one of those rare images where (if I remember correctly) I was thinking black and white from the onset.
In 2013 I had the opportunity to shoot two Polar Plunge events for Oregon Special Olympics. This next photo is from the Corvallis event. Initially I was torn between two photos for this list: “dynamic splash” and “pink tutu’s”. You can see which one I chose.
This was from the 2013 Photo Walk here in Corvallis. It’s probably safe to presume that it took me over a hundred images to get this one.
In the very next moment, this bull fighter found himself in the air (but my very next frame only had the legs of the bullfighter visible – I was zoomed in too far on the scene to get all of him in the air).
The Lover’s Bridge in Danshui, Taiwan. This is one of those rare images where I actually pre-visualized the final result. Some folks are really good at that – I’m not.
Jiufen, Taiwan is a great little market town. Fortunately while we were there we were treated to this epic rain.
Street opera in Tainan, Taiwan. I like how this image shows the proximity of the street to the opera.
Hot air balloon festival. Another image here on the list with strong architectural elements.
Sheep nor shearing are typically on my list of favorite images. But, I liked this moment along with the lighting, color, and texture.
Mt Hood in the clouds. It wasn’t long after this image that the mountain was completely obscured by the incoming weather.
On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to go out with a local group of photographers for Kelby’s annual Worldwide Photo Walk here in Corvallis, Oregon.
A huge thank you to Kat Sloma for leading this year’s event!
The weather in Corvallis was expected to get near 70 mid day but I was glad to see some early morning fog downtown near the river. And by late morning it had all but burned off.
Just to be honest, I typically find it difficult to shoot in downtown Corvallis. It’s probably because I’ve been here near 20 years and I’ve walked the streets many times with a camera (the downtown really isn’t all that big). And just about every time I pull out a camera down there those “been there, done that” storm clouds start raining on me again.
That said, below are a few more from the morning in no particular order.
Earlier in the morning, I clung to the fog. Later in the morning, it was the light shining down the east-west streets that caught my attention.
When it comes to photo walks – there’s always discussion on gear. This year I kept it light. Really light. OK – maybe not as light as the mobile-photography folks. But much, much lighter than I’ve been in years past. This year I had just the X100s – and in a jacket pocket I had two extra batters, one extra memory card, a lens cleaning cloth, and one little dinosaur that came in a Photojojo package – just in case it got boring out there (figured I could capture him in various Corvallis locations).
I think I read somewhere that the Jefferson, Oregon Frog Jumping contest (part of the Jefferson Mint Festival) is the second largest such event this side of the Mississippi. It’s entirely possible. I didn’t get an official participant count – but I have no reason to believe that there were less than 100 folks ready to coach their frog to victory. And if you didn’t have a frog with you – they were kind enough to rent frogs. So – for $5 – you could both enter the contest and borrow an amphibian, too.
So – without delay, I’ll just hop straight to a few photos from the afternoon.
(And just in case you’re curious about these sorts of things – photos 1, 3 and 4 were partly processed using the VSCO film emulation package. I just picked it up – and have probably been using it way too much. Hopefully I’ll have a better review of it a bit later.)