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My filly Khallie, who’s three. Thought I’d clean some of the mud off her today. She was lookin’ so purdy I had to take a few shots. 

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Posted March 27, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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My two “girls” and rare self portrait. Focus is far from perfect, proof I need either a remote trigger or Canon needs to include a 20-second timer option on their cameras. An assistant would do it too. It’s pretty hard pressing the shutter, mounting the horse, all the while keeping them in position and relatively still, and all in the 10 seconds it takes the shutter to fire. They don’t know what the heck is going on of course: I’m running up and jumping on and then I don’t want to go anywhere after all that hurry. It’s good practice in case I ever want to star in a Western. I can mount a horse pretty quickly for the getaway. A bonus is that often they will perk their ears and look at the camera when they hear the shutter go off. They are so quick to hear it that they actually assume that alert pose in time for the exposure, which just adds to my amazement over a horse’s hearing and quick reaction to sound. Both shots in rural Clackamas County, Oregon, near the town of Estacada.

Posted March 26, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Couple images from the Columbia River Gorge, on another gorgeous day. Hiked for 1st time in 8 months w/my uncle (his attempt to live in Florida over). Back in the friendly confines of the Columbia River Gorge,we hiked up Hamilton Mountain, hitting some slushy snow toward the top. The sheer basalt face of the mountain (top) is impressive, and the waterfall on Hardy Creek was rocking with snowmelt. 

Posted March 24, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Went skiing on Silver Star Mtn up in WA, on a bluebird day, & w/TONS of recent snow. Some nice ice sculpturing on the exposed SW ridge that I ascended: “stars” on Silver Star. The wind was blowing atop the ridge, and as the sun went low and I contemplated yet another case of pushing my luck with darkness, I paused to take one last photo of glowing spindrift coming around the corner of Pyramid Rock (you see a tiny piece of a huge landmark on that mountain).

Posted March 24, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Went riding in the snow today, and at the end of the ride, coming back through the meadows, there was a blessing of sweet light. I think my horse, GD, even appreciated it. Then on the way home, passing over the Clackamas River at Carver, I noticed the clouds taking on that dull orange glow and reflecting in the water, with Jupiter and a few stars visible as a bonus. The guy behind me beeped, ‘cause I was going so slow. So I stopped at the far end of the bridge, went back, and got a photo. Sharpness was an issue because vehicles going over the bridge set my tripod to vibrating slightly. And the clouds had lost some of their color in the time it took me, but still a nice result I think.

Posted March 23, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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First day of Spring in Portland: cold and wet! So to the flower/macro shooting I went, with umbrella & camera towel. After a few hours wandering around Crystal Springs Rhodedendron Garden, I was a damp, shivering mess. But how else are you going to get water droplets so fresh?

Posted March 22, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Hiked into the upper Salmon River Canyon today, on a wintry afternoon, and Oregon was showing its misty-forested, snowy, cold, wet and beautiful self. Saw some waterfalls I’ve never heard about before. Of course I was down into a rugged canyon with no trails. A bit dangerous there, so I wasn’t into getting close enough to these falls for good shots, and it was starting to get dark. As it was I hiked out part of the way in the dark, with no headlamp. Those hiking poles come in handy to probe the trail in front of you. I’m throwing a flashlight into my camera backpack, and there it’ll stay.

Posted March 20, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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I finally got the nerve to stop at a little spot on the freeway through Portland, the only place I’ve found with this sort of angle. But you need to be quick and sure about your driving maneuvers to get out of the way. Once there, you have plenty of room to set the tripod and shoot down on the Steel Bridge and across to downtown.  Also an interesting angle on the Convention Ctr. and Rose Garden. The light was pretty good, but not perfect. It’s a place to stop at again when more lights in the city are on, at blue hour.  I can think of all sorts of light conditions that would yield nice photos looking in at least three directions.  It’s quite the perch.

Posted March 19, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Both images from a trip in 2010 to Indonesia. Such gorgeous sunsets in the islands around Flores and Komodo. Spent a night on this empty island right after seeing the “dragons”.  I think I was able to get better results from LR 4, but maybe I’m also getting better at editing. Hard to tell, maybe a bit of both.  It’s fun going over old images, but time-consuming. Is it necessary because of the new version of Lightroom? I’m not sure, but I am finding photos I missed and never starred.

Posted March 17, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Going through to see if older images need re-edit w/LR4, found a couple from Nepal I had strangely ignored.  I love the alpenglow on Nup Tse, which from Kala Pathar where I’m standing is about half the distance that Everest was (and the big guy wasn’t exactly distant, it was in my face!).  So the detail with that light on this NW face of NupTse is incredible. It’s west ridge (actually all the ridges you can see) looks like an extremely gnarly climb.  I also found a shot of Tangboche monastery I had edited and not really liked, but I got an edit now that I do like.  And the setting – early morning when I was up at first light, hanging out mere feet from where I had slept, listening to the echo of the gong calling the monks to prayer – could not have been more mysterious and beautiful.  What a day that turned out to be, my next to last of a 3-week trek.  In fact the last day too was perfect.

Posted March 17, 2012 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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