Weekly Photography Challenge: Reward

3 Mar


I took this photograph of my cutie checking out this daffodil she planted last fall. This was a part of a school wide garden project that has rewarded the kids and parents by blooming already.

I took this week’s photograph on my phone and used a new photo editing app called Snapseed to make adjustments. I have yet to decide if I like the application a whole lot, but it is fun to play with.

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Photography Challenge: Rule of Thirds

25 Feb


Macro photograph plum blossom

Macro photography of tree blossom

Macro photography of lichen in Vancouver, Washington

Last weekend was amazingly spring like. So much so that up in Vancouver, Washington the trees have been tricked into thinking it is in fact spring. They have blossomed and are showing off their beauty. Even though I have been fighting a cold for going on forever I could not keep myself inside and took a few minutes to photograph these beautiful blossoms with my macro lens, it is impossible to tell, but these are trees situated in a movie theater parking lot.

It is a nice break from the wintery weather to have a weekend full of sun and flowers. :)

These photographs worked out quite well to demonstrate the weekly photography challenge rule of thirds. Enjoy!

Symmetry Photograph: Weekly Photography Challenge

23 Feb Photograph of ivy, taken in Portland, Oregon at Lewis & Clark College

I fell behind, again! At least the weather is making things easy on me though. The flowers in my area are starting to go crazy and are popping up like it is spring not winter. Really, daffodils, plum blossoms, crocus,  and even my azaleas are coming out already. Needless to say I am much more inspired to have my camera with me while traveling through Camas or Portland so I can photograph things! So keep your eyes open for flower photographs in the next few weeks/months. ;)

Although this is late to the game, I actually did take this photograph to represent symmetry during the week of the symmetry photography challenge put on by wordpress post a day, but due to my work schedule (I manage the online side of my husband’s Portland and Vancouver family law firm, Brasier Law), being sick, the kids being sick, and my computer needing a system update I just could not take the time to get the photograph from the camera to here until now. So hopefully it was worth the wait! ;)

So without further ado a photographic representation of symmetry! :)

Photograph of ivy, taken in Portland, Oregon at Lewis & Clark College

This ivy leaf was found at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. I was searching for a good representation of symmetry and this caught me eye.

WP Weekly Photography Challenge: Depth

5 Feb

I have decided to interpret this photography challenge by talking about and showing examples of depth of field (if you are just here for the photographs scroll to the bottom).

Depth of field is very important in photography. When I occasionally run across beginner photography tutorials I frequently see people talk about the tripod of exposure (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO). These three things are very important and a badly exposed photograph will be unpleasant. I, however, think that there are many other very important aspects of photography that contribute greatly to the visual, artistic, and emotional aspects of the end photograph.

One of these that I came upon later in my learning of the photographic process (i.e. as an adult not a child or teen) is depth of field. The aperture is of course a big player in depth of field, but until a few years ago that was not part of what I thought about when adjusting my aperture. The lens you choose its also a contributing factor in how much depth of field you have in a photograph.

When I think about depth of field I like to consider how it adds to what I am trying to show to see more or less of the area around my subject and what my actual subject is. Here are some examples:


In the photograph above I wanted to have a lot of the photograph in focus because it is the entire scene that caught my eye. The entire scene is, in a way, all my subject. The flowers in the foreground and the clouds in the sky were all important to me. So using my wide angle zoom lens set at a higher aperture and using a slower shutter speed or higher ISO (or a combo of both) were the best way to achieve a depth of field that allowed for things closer to me and further from me to be in focus.

However, when I take photographs of flowers and want the focus to be on the flower itself I like a shallow depth of field as seen below:




All of these were taken with my macro lens filters which pretty much guarantee shadow depth of field. As you can see the background in all of these is blurry, making no doubt that the flower is the subject of these shots.

There are still times when I forget to consider this important factor into my photography, but as I learn and grow as a photographer I find I think about it more and still enjoy trying shots in more than one way to achieve the perspective I am happiest with.

All photographs were taken at Tom McCall wildlife area in the Columbia Gorge in Oregon.

Here is the link to find out more about joining in the weekly photography challenge.


WP Photography Challenge: Serenity

21 Jan

serenity Tom McCall Preserve 15Living in a small town and spending quite a bit of time in Portland, I feel the most serenity when I am escaping to nature. Hiking, kayaking, and running a some of the ways that I enjoy being with nature. I obviously also really enjoy photography!serenity Tom McCall Preserve Photograph 2

serenity Tom McCall Preserve 12
Sweeping vistas of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood,  and wildflowers combine at the Tom McCall Wildlife Preserve to make an ideal place to escape and be with nature on a warm spring day.


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14 Jan

The WordPress photography challenge this week is shadowed here is my contribution:


I hope you have all had a good week so far. :-) 

My Photography: 2014 in Review

29 Dec


WordPress was kind enough to send me a summary of my year here at Emilia Brasier Photography. They gave me all kinds of numbers and so I thought I would highlight a few of them as a round up of the year.

First off, my busiest day was when I published my first newborn photographs (https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/welcoming-the-new-newborn-photography/), of my sweet baby cousin. I am not sure if that means those were popular photographs or that was just a busy day.

My five most popular posts this year by number of views were:

  1.  Maine: Part 2 : https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/maine-part-2/
  2. Weekly Photography Challenge: Threshold : https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/weekly-photo-challenge-threshold/
  3. Weekly Photography Challenge: Dialogue: https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/weekly-photography-challenge-dialogue/
  4. Weekly Photography Challenge: Reflection: https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/weekly-photo-challenge-reflections/
  5. Bridge Over Foggy Water : https://emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/bridge-over-foggy-water/

Check out the album above to see one photograph from each post, or click the links to see all of them. :)

Last a big thank you to my most active followers for your comments! Everyone should check out their blogs as well!

  1. Noras Photos 4 U : http://www.norasphotos4u.wordpress.com
  2. El Padawan: https://elpadawan.wordpress.com/
  3. Kerlund Photo 74 : http://en.gravatar.com/kerlund74
  4. Neihtn2012: http://neihtn.wordpress.com/
  5. Gerry C. : http://www.yournibblednews.wordpress.com

Thanks for all the support this year!


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