I'm all about country. If it has horses, cowboys, cowgirls, bulls, country musicians, or traveling in or out in the country (any country), I’m interested in photographing it! I also have a love of teaching. I am based in Phoenix in the wonderful state of Arizona. I invite you to visit my links below.
The first day we set out to
capture some of the flowers at the Oregon Gardens. I am in Arizona and I’m used to hot, but this
was hot AND humid, so it took a toll.
But oh my there were some lovely flowers there.
Days two and three meant
early (cool!) mornings at Silver Falls State Park to photograph
waterfalls. Day two of my visit we hit
North and Upper North Falls; day three we hit South Falls. I constructed the tall shot of the waterfall to the left by stitching four photos from top to bottom within Photoshop (you can also do it in Photoshop Elements).
For photographers, to
photograph falls and running water, you must have a solid tripod, like my Manfrotto 190CX3 carbon fiber. It's lightweight and strong.
You can take photos hand held, but you’ll never get that silky/milky look. So you also need a neutral density filter to
slow the shutter speed. I used a Tiffen
variable ND filter (two filters in one that you can dial up or down the
intensity of the filter, or darkness).
It was so misty and humid that I’m afraid toward the end I got it a bit
fogged. I supposed I could call some of
my latter photos “art” then. And yes, it
was so misty I had to clean my lens after every shot.
Another challenge was going
down to get the shots. Why can’t the
good shots be close to the freeway? I’d
look down and think.. wow, that’s
beautiful.. but what goes down walking… you must come up. These were some hikes, but it was so darn
beautiful I just pushed myself, especially seeing an older gent with a hip
replacement and a pregnant lady do it.
I’m sure glad I work out on a regular basis!
My next adventure is to Dublin
and south and west Ireland the end of July.