Columbine Lake

I’m really excited to be starting in on this series.  My parents are moving away from their decades-long home in Colorado to spend their retirement in the Northwest, so we wanted one last chance to knock a few of our Rocky Mountain-ish bucket list items off our list.  My parents wanted in on the fun, so we planned a one-way road trip that would take us through Colorado, down to Mesa Verde, then up through Moab, and back to Oregon where they could scout out some neighborhoods.

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Weekly Challenge: Chaotic Song

Goodness, these challenges really make me think!  This week’s double-header is “chaos” and “song.”  As usual, the first comes easily, but the second makes it difficult.

I enjoy concerts, and I can usually bring along my trusty commuter camera.  I love the small venues and the intimate settings.  And whenever possible, I prefer amazing artists before they’ve gotten big.

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Vancouver at Night

This is my last post on my Vancouver series, and I’m excited to share with you other adventures (we’ve been so busy!).

Vancouver is a very beautiful city, and my camera seemed to leap into my hands of its own accord in an effort to capture it.  I loved the cool mornings, I loved the sunny afternoons, and I loved the stunning evening clouds.  All too frequently, we vacation too hard to have much energy come nightfall, but we managed one evening with a vantage of the sparkly skyline. Continue reading

Weekly Challenge: Mixed Shine

If I thought last week’s challenge was.. well.. challenging, this week’s really made me think hard about how to fit the topics.  The discover challenge is mixing media; the photo challenge is shine.  “Shine” is easy.  But I already write blog posts with lots of pictures – words and photos – so what could I do to mix it up?

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Photographing Fireworks: Lessons Learned

With most getting a three-day weekend for the 4th, it’s no wonder it has become one of the most travelled weekends in America.  It is also the time for sparklers, peonies, roman candles, chrysanthemums, fountains, weeping willows, and snakes.  Fortunately, you don’t generally need to go far for a decent fireworks show, but if you do, you can usually find them wherever you go.  And these provide a great opportunity for photography – if you know how to shoot these exploding spectacles. Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Colors

When a photographer is presented with an event full of lights and color, it’s a visual playground that can easily sap away an entire evening.  There are countless opportunities.  You can shoot fast and freeze moving lights, or you can shoot long and paint a rainbow in the shadows.  You can shoot reflections; you can shoot shadows; details, scenes.

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Japan – Day 9: City Hopping

Day 9 was a transitionary day, marking the end of our time in Tokyo and the introduction of a new city.

With a train leaving earlier than the hotel’s restaurant would open, we instead ate our Cup Noodles made the other day, along with some snacks purchased at the convenience store the previous night.  It was a measly breakfast compared to the mackerel to which I had grown accustomed, but it served its purpose. Continue reading