This year's Dahlia shoot was tricky due to the heat and dryness. That said I came away with over 500 photos to process and weed down to the best 10-well, more like the best 15. I decided to number my Dahlias as I have so many that coming up with creative names boggled my mind. If you have any suggestions for titles, please, make suggestions.
About the photos: I tend to be straightforward in my photos and do minimal manipulation. I work with light, angles, depth and clarity. That being said I did play with one photo and used a Mist Preset and love how it worked and the made the dahlia look like frosted glass, Dahlia 335. Tried on a couple others and just didn't like how it altered the photo.
I have had ups and downs with the Nikon D90, sometimes great shots and other times just defeated me. I am still willing to master it, but I had to have a camera I could function readily with for the Lavender Festival. Upshot is I bought a Nikon D3300 (very similar to my first serious camera). I was able to get the photos I wanted with a minimum of fuss.
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This year I visited the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and spent time shooting tulips-still working on some of those-not as happy about them as I'd like to be. BUT, the Schreiner's Iris Gardens! I was past the season for the iris fields, but their garden is glorious. I tried some shots with the wide angle trying to capture it, but I didn't like them. There was no way they did justice. I did get some wonderful iris photos as well as several botanicals, peonies, and poppies.
While there another enthusiast told me about Adelman Peony Gardens - WOW! Simple, elegant and while not as extensive as Schreiner's it was beautifully laid out. Many of the Peonies were past their prime and the blooms were removed-but there were more than enough that I spent 2-3 hours wandering around with camera and tripod. I think in full bloom I would end up with more photos than I could process and decide which were the best.
One thing I am thoroughly happy with is I am more in sync with my camera and composition was flowing. I did very little post processing or tweaking, weather was perfect, cool, blue skies with enough clouds for great light and illumination to backlight some of the blooms. I love it when I can see light through the petals. I took a couple of pictures featuring Lupine with roses in the background. I couldn't decide whether I like the Lupine sharp and the roses soft or visa versa.
I hope you enjoy my latest photos and you can find them under All Photos - New Works
Donna Rohr and I spent several hours on Monday (10/23) with our cameras in and around the Ribbon Ridge and east Chehalem Ridge AVA's. The Vines were an incredible yellow, with green grass and great barns. Enjoy! Click here for more
I will be the featured artist at Artisanal Wine Cellars for the November ARTwalk. I will feature several new photos in a new way (to me) Metal with a satin finish and rounded corners. Printing on metal yields vivid colors and clarity. I decided to use the Satin finish as the gloss has such high reflection value that it can be distracting. I will also have a variety of pieces that have been shown before. Please stop by, check out the new works and visit. I'm looking forward to sharing my photos with you.
Tomorrow the City of Newberg will begin the process of removing the Beautiful Villa Oak. Attempts were made to change the course of the sidewalk and bike lane, but ultimately were unable to prevail. Donna Rohr, fellow photographer, posted on Facebook trying to get a large group of people to come for a portrait with the Villa Oak. On Friday, the 29th Donna found out the removal date is October 2nd. With such short notice she was unable to reach out to as many people as she had hoped. Both of us took many shots and then came back to catch the evening light. The photos posted here are the best of my photos. Enjoy-if you would like copies, please contact me.
Editing is done as is the weaning out process. I ended up with 33 of what I feel are the best Dahlias I have shot to date. Out of 392 shoots it came down to 33 images-Dahlias in color, monochrome,a few flora and one kind of abstract tossed in. Please visit the pages under 2017 New Works. I hope you enjoy my photos and if you get a change visit the Swan Island Dahlia Festival -last weekend in August and first weekend in September.
No photos yet as I am still editing, but I like what I see so far. I picked a perfect day to go to the Swan Island Dahlias, festival is not for a couple of weeks so it was very quiet and I spent almost 4 hours taking photos (around 392). Now the weeding, tweaking and post-processing begins.
I have a new (reconditioned) camera body as the meter in my poor, abused red Nikon 3300 died. I was able to get a Nikon D90 body for the same price as the repair would have been. I couldn't figure out how to use it (very different system) until i found some YouTube Video courses in how the new camera works. After a month of frustration I am so happy to see so many successful pictures from the Dahlia Fields.
As I get more processing done I will start posting here and on Facebook. The final gallery choices will be in 2017 New Works under Dahlias.
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Below are some of my new photos for 2017 with links to the appropriate page. I hope you have enjoy my dedicated photography website. I welcome your comments and suggestions on the website (grammar, flow, typos, etc) also on the various photographs. Honest critiques are always welcome. I do reserve the right to remove or edit comments that are insulting, rude, bad language and not constructive or helpful. I am sure none of you would do that-right?