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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Lighthouse Lens
Now That’s a Lens, 2/26/08

We walked up 114 steps to the top of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. I didn’t even notice going up the steps for all the photos I was taking. This lens is made up of more than 200 individual panes of glass. It was amazingly cool to be inside of it.

Lighted Staircase  Yaquina Head Lighthouse  Hallway  Spiral


Helen McColl
The Helen McColl, 2/25/08

In the late afternoon Sutree and I walked along the commercial fishing docks in Newport. The sun was hitting the marina at just the right angle. This is my favorite photo from that day.

Day 53
Oh Shit, 2/24/08

This was on the beach in Newport. I watched this young woman climb onto that rock from the sand below and in a matter of seconds she was surrounded by an incoming wave. Luckily, she didn’t slip. I don’t think the water was that deep around her but she might have easily been scooped away by the waves if she had fallen. Not to worry though, she did make it safely back to shore.

Nothing, 2/23/08

I didn’t take a photo today.

I didn’t realize how big of a committment I was making when I decided to take a photo every single day. On some days I get stressed out about trying to get my daily shot. I sometimes find myself wandering around the house looking for something interesting to photograph at 11pm. You can just imagine how great those photos turn out! Then I get really frustrated that I don’t have a good photo to share.

I don’t want photography to become a chore and I fear that forcing myself to take a photo when I don’t have the time or inclination will do just that. Besides, I’ll just end up with crap photos that way.

So, today I decided that I will not stress out about getting my 365 photos in 365 days. I’m not quitting, but every now and then I may skip a day. So what if it takes me a little longer to reach my goal of 365 photos. I’d rather feel good about what I’m doing, have fun with it and be proud of what I end up with.

Day 52
Birdhouses, 2/22/08

Day 51
1-800-AAA-HELP, 2/21/08

This is what happens when you try to drive down the railroad tracks. Don’t ask… I thought there was a road there. Let me just say, Union Pacific was not happy with me.

I’ve always subscribed to a few magazines. They’re a great source for ideas and tips. As far as types that I subscribe to, I go through stages. In the past I’ve read magazines on decorating, travel and cooking. Of course, lately I’ve been picking up photography magazines.

Today I decided to subscribe to a few because Amazon is having a great sale. These are the four that I chose.

Digital PhotoPro MagazineI really like Digital PhotoPro. It’s slicker than the others and the articles are really good. Even though it’s geared towards professional photographers, there’s been a lot of practical information that I’ve been able to use as well. The photos are very inspiring. Although it’s a bit more expensive than the others, I like it best.

Outdoor Photographer MagazineOutdoor Photographer is another favorite. It’s packed with great information. I look forward to every new issue coming out. Even if outdoor photography is not what you are most interested in, you’ll learn a lot of useful techniques from this magazine. And at under $15 you can’t beat it.

Shutterbug MagazineThere’s a really great deal on the Shutterbug subscription – only $12 for 12 issues. I find this magazine hit or miss. There have been issues that I have really liked. They were full of informative articles and great photos. Other times I have wished I spent my money elsewhere because I felt bogged down by the ads. But for $1 per issue, I’m not worried about the occassional misses.

Popular Photography MagazinePopular Photography falls into the same category as Shutterbug for me, only with fewer hits. I find this magazine to be way too full of ads. Sometimes it’s just too obvious that their main goal is to sell things. But every once in awhile I’ll find something that makes it worth the $1.17 per issue price so I put this one on my subscription list as well.

There have been a few others that I have liked looking through but these are the ones I consistently purchase. Does anyone have any other recommendations to add?

Day 50
Those Eyes, 2/20/08

In downtown Portland there is a fabulous store called Cargo. It’s loaded with all kinds of imported antiques and artifacts. On this day I got permission to take pictures in the store and I had such a great time! They have some of the most interesting stuff in Cargo. It’s like walking around in a museum, only way more fun. I fell in love with this ceramic figure in the window. I think she is beautiful.

I used my new 50mm f/1.4 lens. I am used to using a VR lens and my hand is not very steady so many of the shots I took were out of focus. I’d like to go back and get some of the shots I missed.

I’m just not satisfied with sharing only one photo from this bunch. You can click on the photo mosaic below to see a slideshow of the full size images.

Cargo Slideshow

Day 49
Joey, 2/19/08

This is our cat, Joey. She sleeps in some of the most unusual positions!

Day 48
A Walk in the Park, 2/18/08

Taken at Peninsula Park Rose Garden in NE Portland. I’ll have to come back to take photos again when the roses are in bloom.