Below are the three images that were selected to be part of the multi-media presentation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on the Mckenzie River by the Eugene Symphony. I am very honored to be included in this work and so looking forward to the dress rehearsal on the 14th. The actual performance is on the 15th so if you want to attend I believe there are still tickets available. Click on an individual image for a larger view and as always comments are welcome
Got up a couple of times early this morning hoping to get some indication of clearing so that I could attempt to capture an image of the Lunar Event but there were just too many clouds in the Eugene area. Hope folks in Central and Eastern Oregon were able to see the site. Amazing – once in 150 years.
After being shut out this morning I decided to go out and just see what I could find. That usually means a quick trip to the West Eugene Wetlands. The sky was interesting and the morning light added some needed drama so it was really worth a short trip – always raises my spirits.
After a couple of weeks fencing with a cold, sore throat and just general malaise I finally went to Urgent Care yesterday and was given a prescription for antibiotics. I vowed to wait a bit before taking them knowing that they can do some damage to the good bacteria in our bodies but today I knew when I was beat. Filled the prescription and am hoping for a full recovery in the next few days – that is, before I head over to Bandon on Friday.
I did manage to remember to throw the camera into the car when I went over to the pharmacy and decided to just take a short drive through town. A friend and her husband recently spent the night at the Inn at the 5th hotel here in town. She sent me a snapshot of an image I had sold via Kristen a number of years ago and it prompted me to go out and look for other ‘architectural abstracts’ in the buildings around town. I came across the following image and after a bit of straightening, some cropping and conversion to B&W I got an image that I just really like. The reflection is in the windows of the Federal Courthouse.
Click for a larger view and as always omments are always welcome.
Yesterday I put a post up on FB about morning light that I was fortunate enough to capture out at the West Eugene Wetlands. Beautiful still morning with soft pastel light. I found another image, looking west instead of toward the sunrise, and was very happy with an image that showed the reflection of the mountains and sky in the lake.
Additionally I gave myself the Christmas gift of a presentation of The Nutcracker by the Eugene Ballet Company. I love that ballet and it was nice to see a good crowd. Wonderful music and dancing and a great Christmas present – my thanks to all the folks that put it on. https://eugeneballet.org Hope you can make your way to a seat next Christmas.
Have a wonderful holiday.
“Fog comes on little cat feet”
fog has a way of softening a scene and at the same time adding interest making one wonder what is at the end of row of trees. This morning I saw an image “Afternoon Tea” taken by David Brookover at Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana. David’s Black and White images are so well crafted and inspirational – so glad I found this current image as it nudged me to get out and shoot this morning in an old stand of deciduous trees out by the industrial park on the NE side of town. The weather guessers predicted heavy fog in the valley this morning and they got it right. I think the fog adds so much interest to this scene. Converting it to Black and White was in my head all along.
I think I will print this image and I have some paper that I really want to try out – Murakumo Kozo Select Natural – hope I can show the print to Mika Aono after I get it matted. As always click on the image for a larger view on your monitor.
FYI: David Brookover has a wonderful gallery in Jackson Hole, WY that is such a treat to visit and I hope you can.
The town is just ablaze with color so I did not have to drive very far to find some pleasing shots. We are blessed with many wonderful parks and this morning I decided to take my camera to the park along the running trails near Autzen stadium. Used to run with my friends Peggy and Neal on these routes many times so sort of knew them well. The first image below is of a bridge we crossed many times and that connects to a whole labyrinth of trails.
Wandering along the canal that runs next to the footpaths I found this wonderful reflection. I know — simple images.
Did not beat the rain and returned to the car pretty wet but delighted with the morning color. Looks like we are in for some soggy days ahead so am glad I got out this morning.
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Every time I read a blog posting or an article by one of my favorite authors and photographers, Guy Tal, I am motivated to find my way out to the fields and waterways near home and last night was no exception. I had the wetlands to myself last evening.
I recently came across a quote by Minor White about shooting from the heart when you find that what you were after photographically is not happening. I was fortunate to find the scene below just as I got where I wanted to be because after this shot everything sort of went downhill. It can be such a joy to spend time out and about with a camera and to bring home and share simple gifts. Thanks for looking and your comments are welcome
The above image was taken with a 10 stop ND filter which at times can be a bit of a crap shoot but this one worked, IMHO.
With the Valley cloaked in smoke – even made the front page of the local paper – I watched with interest as the sun moved thru the sky toward sunset. A few days earlier I had made the same effort only to see the sun disappear in a blanket of heavy dark smoke. Last night offered some hope for a sunset image. As I drove out toward Shore Acres on the edge of Fern Ridge reservoir the sun waned and then glowed as it moved thru the various bands of smoke. Periodically offered me some hope and then took it away. As I set up I was delighted to see a red sun hanging in the smoke. I took the image below with a 6-stop ND filter and I think it worked. The light bands really helped to set off the image.
After about an hour of breathing smoke resulting in a clogged nose and watery eyes the sun began to set over the far hills. (Sort of reminded me of slash burns and the forest fires of my youth) The sun reflecting off the smoke just turned the water and sky golden. Returned home with a bit of headache and really did not sleep well but am glad I went out last night. Your comments are always welcome and please click on the image to get a larger view on your screen.
After weeks of getting up early to check on the possibility of a dramatic or even an interesting sunrise only to be greeted by empty blue sky and sizzling temperatures, this morning there was finally a sky worth going out for. The heat down here seems to have broken after a few days above or near the 100 degree mark and I think most of the town is glad to see the temps moderate a bit. But given it is summer I think we should expect some heat.
I set up this morning in a field near the new hospital and waited for the sun to pop over the far ridge. The first image below was taken about 20 minutes before official sunrise and it took a bit longer before the sun topped the ridge. Color was just coming on and painting the clouds. I have shot this scene in the past and these are certainly not the best images I have captured but it sure was nice to be behind the lens once again.
An aside: Wandered through the Eugene First Friday Art Walk last evening and saw the wonderful hanging sculptures created by Lillian Almeida that formed a backdrop on the music stage and then wandered into the Oregon Contemporary Theatre and got to watch the InstaBallet group work on a new dance that will be included in a ballet with the musical group Pink Martini. It was great fun. http://www.instaballet.org I hope you check them out and perhaps attend a performance.
I am ready for Spring and all the color and abundance that comes with it but over the last 2 days the hills and even the Valley floor has been painted with fresh snow. Taking one last opportunity to capture some of the drama that comes from fresh snow on the landscape I headed for Mt. Pisgah this morning following my workout. Pretty much had the place to myself save for a couple of bundled up maintenance workers.
So nice to walk un-tracked paths.
I made my way up the hill crossing a snowy field with a icy bench at the head of it that just seemed to be waiting for Spring. I am pretty sure there will be lots of flowers in this field in a month or so.
An aside: One of these days I hope to remember to use the new equipment I purchase – recently bought a great set of gloves for cold, wet days designed specifically for photographers and of course left them in the car!! Came to this realization with frozen hands about half way up the hill. 🙂
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