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A Few From 2012

At the end of the year – I like this process of digging through the year’s photo shoebox and culling it to a few that I find striking.  Is there a unifying theme among the group?  No – not really.  But for some quirky reason or another – they’ve made the list.

So (in mostly) no particular order – here are a few from the year.

Top 10 - 2012-1Here a man  at an assisted living home holds onto an ornament given to him by a six year old girl.  Her church group had visited to sing Christmas carols.Top 10 - 2012-3From the NW Art & Air Festival.  Two photos – two photos of hands.  Hmmm….

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Another one from the NW Art & Air Festival.

Top 10 - 2012-6My wife and daughter really enjoyed the butterfly farm.  I know this particular butterfly is not quite “picture perfect” – but I really liked the contrast with this photo.

Top 10 - 2012-12 From the Philomath Classic Car Show – shot with a Lensbaby – if I recall correctly it was the Sweet 35 optic.

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Coaching instructions to the Inn Keepers during rehearsal for the annual Christmas pageant.

Top 10 - 2012-10Butterflies and flowers in the same list!  This one from the Wooden Show annual tulip festival.  Fun with the fisheye.Top 10 - 2012-7

Someone quipped that this may be the most photographed tree in the world.  It’s possible.  This is from our afternoon at the Portland Japanese Garden.  Every time I open this photo up in Lightroom – I tweak it – still trying to get the oranges / reds / yellows / greens to match the photo in my head.

Portland Japanese Gardens-2 I have a blog post somewhere in the Drafts folder on our afternoon at the Portland Japanese Garden – but until I dig it up and dust it off – here’s another one.

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From the Oregon Special Olympics – bocce ball.  I’ll be honest – I spent a few frames trying to get this one.  Not sure why – but I just really wanted to catch the ball bouncing with the trailing artificial dirt springing in the air. Top 10 - 2012-4When you’re shooting rodeo – it’s seldom a good idea to have this shot on your proof sheet.  🙂

Top 10 - 2012-5 It’s not often that two bull riding shots would make the list (typically it’s steer wrestling or saddle / bareback bronc …).  Here’s another one from the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo.

Top 10 - 2012-20From a family shoot this last fall – they made sure to bring their Orange and Black. A heck of a lot of fun.  Go Beavers!

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Some wild irises from a sunrise shoot with Jim at Finley Wildlife Refuge.Top 10 - 2012-14Here’s Jim and Hugh walking back to the car after our last photo shoot together.  We miss you, Hugh.

Tulip Season 2010

tulip festival 2010 - low res-50 Here in the Northwest – it’s tulip season.  If flowers are your thing – make it on out to your local field and check it out – and, of course, take that camera.  And if contests are your thing – there’s likely one close by to submit your images.

This particular photo was taken out at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival – near Woodburn, OR – about two weeks ago.  The festival is still running – and if you’re in the Willamette Valley – I think Friday and Saturday are supposed to be pretty good weather.  And the lens?  It’s the ultra cool Lensbaby fisheye – at f/22.

Last season – I cobbled together some notes for shooting events like this.  If you’re interested – you can find them here.

Tulip Season 2009

tulip fest 2009 - low res - for blog-3 Here in the Northwest – it’s tulip time.  Locally – folks like to head over to Woodburn for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.   In addition to the flowers – I also try to get a sausage from the Mt Angel Sausage Company – last Sunday they were serving their Fricadelwurst – very good.

Bottom line – I take my camera to flower festivals to remind myself that I’m not much of a flower photographer (and some hope that if I keep shooting – maybe I’ll get one or two reasonable pics) – but as my wife very much enjoys gardening and flowers – these sort of events make for a fun excursion.

If you’re set on going – I’m just warning your – at these festivals – there are a bazillion folks with cameras of all shapes and sizes – you’ll see big lenses and wide lenses, camera phones, point & shoots, tripods, reflectors, flashes, and huge photo backpacks filled with photo widgets.

Me?  Just the 50D and the 70-200mm, the Lensbaby, and the 24mm (just in case…).  This trip I only used the 70-200 and the LB – all packed into a small Patagonia shoulder bag (now discontinued) that had a small pocket for my water bottle.

A couple of notes on the day:

Note #1: A sea of yellow tulips will be troublesome to your meter.  Double check your histogram – you may need to overexpose those images to get a good shot.

For example – this B&W image of “girl in tulips” started with a girl in a sea of bright yellow tulips.  Bright yellow tulips fooled the light meter into thinking there was way too much light – and the next thing we have is a B&W image.  OK – I skipped a few steps – but you get the idea.tulip fest 2009 - low res - for blog-1

Note #2: Tulip fields are big.  Sometimes a panorama can help give viewers a sense of place – or size.  This is a Lensbaby Composer panoramic image.  I think there’s about 16 images here.   Stitched together in Adobe Elements 6 – along with some exposure and color adjustments in Adobe Lightroom 2.tulip fest 2009 - low res - for blog-4

Note #3: Likely don’t need a tripod if it’s a sunny day – unless you really have some sort of creative long exposure in mind or if it’s just easier for you to keep a camera steady with the extra support.  Halfway through the day – I kicked myself for not having the little tripod with me – it would have been fun trying to capture movement in the fields.

Note #4: Circular polarizer.  Could be very useful.  Consider putting it in your bag – especially if it’s “partly cloudy”.

So, if you’re in the NW – and you’re looking for a challenge – the tulips will be out, I think, for another week or two.