Archive for July 2011

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A couple photos of my baby, Khallie.  She’s a 3-year old Arabian out of my mare, Gold Dancer.  These shots are after a fun training session where she learned how to jump over a 3-foot high obstacle!  She’s just plain tuckered out now!  And needs some treats to get her strength back up.

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Posted July 27, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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I spent a few days up in Washington, going up to Trout Lake and Mt Adams, hiking Sleeping Beauty and Blue Lake trails, then up to Mt Rainier.  The weekend was perfect, gorgeous.  At Rainier I skied up to Camp Muir at just over 10,000 feet, and made turns all the way back down to Paradise.  Exhausting but fun.  Spent the night then returned after having breakfast just outside the park entrance, at a place owned by a couple from Lukla, Nepal.  It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all….

Posted July 26, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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My faithful mount Gold Dancer (I call her GD).  I went out to the barn today and while gathering her from the pasture one of the dogs out there attacked my little Charl.  He was hurt, but not too badly.  Lucky, since it was a pit bull that went after him.  I wanted to kill that dog.  I didn’t trust it before this.  But after that I had some good work with GD, just in the outdoor arena, no trail ride.  The light got very nice, and I grabbed a few shots of her after our session.

Posted July 22, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Towards sundown, I went up to Rocky Butte, for some fantastic views, and some spectacular skies.  I always think about Rocky Butte when I’m home and I see the clouds have an interesting look.  It’s close.  Other photographers were there as well.  I seem to be the only one who walks around the base of the walls, which seems to offer some of the best compositions.  Everyone heads immediately for the top, where foregrounds are somewhat limited.  Of course there is the one important exception, if your sweety is with you, then you have a foreground.

Posted July 20, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Tamanawas Falls, that most beautifully named, and beautifully symmetrical of falls, on the east side of Mt Hood in Oregon  It is very easily accessible via a 2-mile trail that follows tumbling (no pun, really) and raucous little Tamanawas Creek.  I hiked it today with Gene my uncle, and also Charl my shih tsu, whose most recent trip back from being lost had me stressed and wandering Portland for awhile this morning.

Posted July 19, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A drizzly day today, very strange for July 17th in Portland.  Where is summer??  But a silver lining, present nearly all day, was the beautiful flat lighting and water droplets that make flower photography so rewarding.  This was taken in my Uncle’s side yard in the Sellwood neighborhood, one of Portland’s better areas, one in which I’ve lived for most of my years in this town (but not presently)

Posted July 18, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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In Hood River most of the day today, and it turned out they were having a competition for kiteboarders.  I tried, and got a few nice shots, but I wasn’t feeling it trying to shoot adventure sports.  Maybe if I was way off in the wild shooting somebody risking their life for an adrenaline rush, maybe.  The sport I really want to shoot is college level and even pro football.  After the wind died down, I left and went up valley to shoot landscapes.  Although it forces me to be alone too much, it’s what I really enjoy shooting.  Guess I should just accept it.

Posted July 17, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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This photo was one of the first with a new lens (hooray!).  I just received from B&H a Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8.  It’s a beast, but first impressions image quality wise are very good.  This is on the way back from Triple Falls. I spied a way to clamber out to the edge of the cliff, looking straight down on the railroad tracks, and just in time for a gorgeous sunset looking west down the Columbia. 

It often takes some creativity and work to gain a larger view in western Oregon, particularly with the wet spring we’ve had and in the middle of the growing season.  But bushwacking or no, the effort is usually very worthwhile (after all, who wants to shoot only waterfalls, ferns and slugs).  Reminds me of Southeast Alaska.  It can rain and rain with nothing but thick clouds for days on end.  But then one morning you wake up and the sky is blue, and you look around and are blown out of your socks by the stunning scenery.

Posted July 15, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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My destination for a short hike toward the end of the day, to Triple Falls, on Oneonta Creek, a tributary gorge to the Columbia River Gorge.  At one point Oneonta narrows to a slot canyon, just as spectacular in its way as any in the Southwest (just a whole lot wetter and greener).  Note the bridge upstream from the falls, which was just rebuilt after having washed away two winters ago.

Posted July 15, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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I titled this “Don’t shoot down on flowers” when I uploaded it to the local photography club’s gallery.  That’s ‘cause Scott Kelby’s words from one of his books kept ringing through my head.  I like Kelby, and have learned a lot from him.  I think at some point he does one of his one-pagers on the fact that rules are meant to be broken.  Or was that Bryan Peterson.  No matter, some rules are just begging to be broken, and this is one of them.

Posted July 15, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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