Monday, April 21, 2014

MY YEAR IN PHOTOS 2013 :)


Hi All :)

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying life :)

For the past few years now I have been keeping score of how many photos I take each year with my Nikon camera and also sharing with you some of the photos that I really haven't had time to share before as the year whizzed by so quickly! (Don't they all, lol :)

So, for the record I only took approx. 7,000 photos in 2013 compared to the previous years that is way down but still, I got some great shots and feel good about my work progressing :)

You can see the previous posts and photos here; 2012, 2011 and 2010 :)

                          
        Well, I usually do this post at the end of January and so I know I am like nearly 3 months behind with posting these images but here                                      is my 2013 in Photos :)

(it is really hard to just pick 2 photos for each month to share with you guys but you don't want to be here for a whole year looking at them, LOL!!! :)

                               I Hope you enjoy them :)



JANUARY


                                                 click on photos to see larger images :)


New Years Day in Lake Oswego, Oregon. A bright but chilly start to the year :) This is a little glimpse of the Willamette River, the photo is of these old pilings (the birds love to sit on them ) the trees from upstream were getting caught up in them but a few days later (as the river was running so quickly) these trees were gone. (SOOC SHOT)




Later into January I looked out of my bedroom window one morning and saw a very frosty Oak Tree, we were in for a cold spell :(



FEBRUARY



And so the cold frost continued into February :(




And continued...............(my poor Wisteria)



MARCH



So, it was time to go off to sunny California, get away from the cold and celebrate my B.Day :) 
(SOOC SHOT)
If you want to see the San Diego photos you can see them HERE :)




We came home to lots and lots of rain but a few weeks later out came the Daffodils and the Grape hyacinths in the garden, oh and the sun too! YAY!! :) (SOOC SHOT)



APRIL



I LOVE the way this building in Portland is painted, so bright and cheery, we need it! So many houses are painted in "Northwest" colours, so they are dark and dreary :(  (SOOC SHOT)
(You all know my house is painted yellow right :)




My Hubby & I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anni in 2013, a milestone for sure :) I would not let him order flowers (yes, I am that bossy, lol :) So, he bought these, at the local store, for me instead, so pretty :) (SOOC SHOT)
If you missed the Wedding Photos you can see them HERE :)



MAY



In May, we headed to the Midwest to celebrate our Son's college Graduation, you can see those photos HERE :) 
Oh, we flew into Chicago and took a little road trip first; we were driving around looking for somewhere to eat and I noticed the sun setting behind this roller-coaster at the Six Flags in Gurnee, Il. It made me giggle because our family's fav. Christmas movie in "Christmas Vacation"; Eddie says; "....gas money give out in Gurnee" LOL!!!  :) (SOOC SHOT)




Windmill in Holland, Michigan :)



JUNE



In all the years I have been growing Poppies, I have never seen one that has literally just "hatched" I was so excited, of course I grabbed my camera :) (SOOC SHOT)




We see a LOT of clouds in Oregon but for me this was so unusual because they literally came right down onto the road. Believe me there are some Mounts and hills behind that mass. (SOOC SHOT)



JULY



I added a textural layer over this photo of our garden shed :)




We stopped at this small park off Hwy. 18 on the way to the Oregon Coast; I just loved how still the water was making the reflections amazing :) (SOOC SHOT)



AUGUST



I had to show you at least one Rose shot; this one is in my back garden, I LOVE it :) (SOOC SHOT)




I LOVE taking photos of building, this one has a tree growing inside of it and a creeper inside behind the door. It is made of a mix match of things. (Portland Oregon) (SOOC SHOT)



SEPTEMBER



Party Table (unfortunately not for me) at my fav. winery (PONZI) in Wine Country, Oregon :) 
(SOOC SHOT)




"Mouse Party" These are my fav. I love the shape and colours, I had the pink one for a long time and then of course when I needed to get another one they had discontinued the pink, WHAT!!!! I freaked out and bought the last red one I could find and multiple blue ones, I think I am covered for a while, lol :) 
(SOOC SHOT)



OCTOBER



On a bright Sunny Fall Day driving around the neighborhood I spied these lovely California Poppies in full bloom growing at the bottom of a telegraph pole, so cool :) 
 (SOOC SHOT)




As I was crossing the mighty Columbia River via the "Bridge of the Gods" heading to Skamania Lodge, I looked West and quickly took this shot as the sun had just set and the gorge was flooded with so many lovely colours :) (SOOC SHOT)



NOVEMBER



This shot was taken well into November (in Portland), I couldn't believe these beautiful Autumn leaves were still so bright and colourful and hanging in there :)
(SOOC SHOT)




The beautiful morning Fall light glowing thru the Oak Trees in our back garden :) Shot taken thru my bedroom window :) (SOOC SHOT)



DECEMBER



Vintage Dakin Pom Pom Santa Xmas Tree Ornament :) (story behind this next blog post or you would be here all year, lol  :)
(SOOC SHOT)




Xmas twinkle lights in a park in Lake Oswego, Oregon :) 
(SOOC SHOT)





So, again, this past year I have been working with multi layering photography, as well as challenging myself to continue my quest to produce beautiful imagery with SOOC (Straight out of camera) and no flash photos.

So, I hope you enjoyed my 2013 Year in Photos :)

Let me know what you think :)

Have a lovely Monday :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.


Friday, April 4, 2014

New Clocks, Pillow Covers and Cards in my Etsy Shop :)



Hi All :)

I hope your week is going well :)

I just wanted to share with you some of the new items I have in my Etsy Photography Shop, right now. :)

Here is a NEW LINE of Wall Clocks with my Photography on the Face of the Clock :)

 I love the way they look and with the options to have Black, White or Natural Frames and the options of Black or White Hands, there are lots of fun looks to choose from :)

Take a Look :)


Click on Photo for larger image :)




















I also added a few NEW Pretty Spring Pillow Covers to my Collection; they are also in my Etsy Photography Shop, right now :)














AND, not to leave out the GUYS, I added those 2 Pillow Covers for them ('Cuz they want to be cosy too! :)









Lastly, I wanted to share with you my NEW LINE of Greeting Cards with my Photography on them. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and am so happy with the results. I LOVE the quality of the card stock and that each cards comes with an envelope too :)

Here are the one's I have listed in a MIX AND MATCH posting, you can buy one or more or MIX AND MATCH :)

I created Floral one's first and then realized they would be perfect for Mother's Day :)
(HINT! HINT! LOL!!!! :) 


ENJOY! :)



To buy "LADY" or any of the other cards below, check them out HERE! :)










I Hope you enjoyed viewing all the NEW products and additions to my Etsy Shop :)

JUST ONE MORE THING :)

You know I LOVE all of you for being so supportive and sticking with me thru the years :) So, I am offering a special coupon code in my Etsy Photography Shop just for my Blogger Buddies for 20% off any Pillow Cover (coupon will not expire, so you can use it whenever you choose, now or even over the Xmas Holiday Season (unless there is another Sale going on at the time, lol :)

Coupon code is BLOGGERBUDDIES14 Of Course :)

Have a Wonderful Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T. 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Birthday Ocean Photos :)



Hi All :)

I truly hope you are all doing well and enjoying life wherever you are :)

So, I keep promising myself that I will blog more and then that "life" thingy just keeps getting in the way, lol :) I know you haven't heard from me much recently but I will get around to telling you all about the "WHY" a little later on in the year (I know it all sounds so mysterious, doesn't it :)

Well, anyway, as some of you know I LOVE to go to Sunny San Diego every year to get away from the Dark, Cold, Windy and Rainy Pacific Northwest Winter and usually this trip takes place around my B.Day at the beginning of March. :)

Well, this year was no exception and I went to San Diego to soak up some much needed sunshine, the only problem was it was Dark, Cold, Windy and Rainy in San Diego on my B.Day :(

I have never seen this Beach and Ocean deserted esp. on a Saturday, there are usually lots of happy people on the beach and lots of surfers in the Ocean, yep the weather was that bad. No a person in sight.




Of course the view was still gorgeous to look at and reminded me so much of the Pacific Northwest (which, BTW, I love too :)

So, I was going to show you my photos of the huge and crazy waves crashing across the beach but they are all so gloomy and dark. Then I had an idea, why didn't I show you just one shot and how I quickly worked on it to make it a "Happier" photo :)

Here goes :)


Click on photos to see larger images :)

Here is the Original Shot :) 
Now, I was out shooting this with my "big" lens and no tripod in what felt like a gale, so a little shaky image but.........




Next, I very slightly brightened the image by 5% and contrasted by 25% to enhance the definition of waves, spray and foam :) 




I then enhanced slightly with an auto "cool" setting which added a much needed blue tone to the Ocean and Sky :)




Then I added this layer from my collection that I have created over the years :)




I laid the layer on top of the photo and put it to about 68% opacity :)


So, I feel I got my Sunshine at the beach on my B.Day after all :)

What do you think? :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

2013 - The Year of Ups and Downs



Hi All :)

I Hope your 2014 is off to a great start :)

As my 2014 starts with an adventure (more on that another day :)

I am looking back at the Ups and Downs of 2013.

I haven't really been a very good Blogger Buddy the past year but........

I have to say that health-wise 2013 was most probably the most challenging I have had to date. I spent the last 6 months of 2013 suffering from Shingles and it is only just now easing off. Six months of exhaustion on top of the crap I already deal with, not a recipe for fun :( 
I guess on the upside the pain was more bearable for me I guess because of living with Fibromyalgia every day, I am used to living with constant pain and so I didn't even know I had Shingles for almost 6 weeks into it, I thought it was some kind of bug biting me, DUH!!! 
So, my house was cleaned, from top to bottom, my bedcovers wash over and over and my house sprayed, organically of course, for pretty much every kind of insect known to humanity; so I worn myself out (and the rest of the family I might add too) doing that rather than resting to recover and so when I finally went to the doctors and they told me what I had I felt like a complete idiot. But again on the upside there isn't a bug within a 20 mile radius of my house who would dare enter, lol ;) 

On the up side I got to spend a few weeks this year with my whole family together, one week in Ohio where my Son graduated from Uni (college :)

It was so awesome and of course this proud Mama sobbed as they entered to "Pomp and Circumstance" - One, because I actually made it there at all! :) 2. That we were all together for the last college graduation of our little family unit :) and 3. The tune is to the song, "Land of Hope and Glory" known to us Brits. very Patriotic and Powerful to a Homesick Girl :)


Then we were all together at home for the Holidays, I felt truly blessed, our time together gets harder to juggle with everyone's schedules and some living in different States too, so every moment is cherished  :)

We also had a "downsizing" sale in the Summer; the stress of organizing and working that may have been enough to bring on the Shingles, never again!!! (Shingles or any kind of sale Downsizing, Moving, Yard, or Garage, NEVER!!!!
Goodwill here I come, lol :)



Of course, We got to do our Yearly "B.Day" trip, (me & Hubby) to Lovely, Sunny San Diego :)

Also, My Hubby and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anni :)



click on photos to see larger images :)


Night shot of Downtown :)


I got to go to my favourite Winery (in the local Oregon Wine Country) and also, to the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and the Portland Rose Garden on perfectly beautiful Autumn days here in the Pacific N.W. in October, I couldn't ask for anything better than that :)




Old Highway Columbia River Gorge in the late afternoon Fall Sunshine, Oregon :)



Vista House - Shot from Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon :)




One of the many beautiful waterfalls along the Old Scenic Highway, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon :)







(Both shots above are views from the new Ponzi tasting room :)



So, I was going thru my photos, taken in 2013, trying to find a photo that best represented me and how I felt thru most of 2013 and this one sums it up for me.




Beautiful Roses with Bokeh at the lovely Rose Test Garden in P.Town Oregon :)


There was beauty to been seen but the Glaring, Blinding distractions of so many things kept my attention from completely enjoying it all the time but I tried with all my might to get the best out of even the worst days. :)


I hope 2014 has a clearer path with less distractions (oh, who am I kidding?!?!? lol :)


Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 :)

Cheers, T. :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.