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Self Exploration: A Self Portrait Photography Project

23 Jan

Near the beginning of last year I joined a group called #p52radness. The aim of the group is to take a self portrait once a week. So often, particularly as mothers, we take photographs of the people we are with and the places we are while leaving ourselves out of the frame.

If I were to go back and look at our photographs from the past ten years I make an occasional appearance, usually when my Mom has been with us. Someone looking might think I was missing from my family’s life most of the time. One aim of this project, for me (each person has their own goals) is to try and be in the frame with my family more, but not just in a “selfie” kind of way.

Over the course of the year in this group I was so inspired by people’s amazing self portraits that were just capturing the beauty of themselves. This year, while I still want to make appearances in the photographs of our family photo album, I also want to explore the more artistic side of self portraits. So here goes!

Expressive hands, self portrait for #p52radness

Self portrait, Camas, Washington. Nature inspired self portrait.

I think all of these also encompass the WordPress weekly photo challenge of silence.

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Fall Japanese Maple Photographs

10 Feb

At some point last spring I noticed the Japanese Maple tree in Camas, Washington by the library and grabbed my camera to go photograph it. When it came around to fall I figured it was time to take my camera back and take some more photographs of this same tree.

I often find I don’t have the time to sit down and look through my photographs,  but I have finally gotten to the photos I took of this maple tree in  downtown Camas, Washington in the fall.

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I have seen photographs of the maple tree in the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon that are stunning and I thought I was finally going to get there this fall to go photograph it, but the Garden was closed for the fall! Next year I hope! This tree is probably equally as beautiful, but it is difficult to photograph it without getting cars, street, or buildings in the background. Still I enjoyed taking the time to take these photographs.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Off Season

17 Jun

rose photograph in Camas, Washington

Camas, Washington has a lot of roses that are growing in various parks. They are a flower that is natural to the area in certain varieties. They bloom in the late spring and now are losing their petals. Soon they will start forming rose hips that turn red and orange in the fall.

This photograph is of one of these roses after having lost its petals, in it’s off season. It can be really interesting to take a closer look at flowers after their showy days are over.

You too can join the weekly photography challenge at the WordPress postaday just follow the link.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Broken

28 May

Last week while I was driving around in Camas, Washington I passed by Lacamas Lake and caught a glimpse of a blue heron perched on a fallen and broken tree. I quickly seized the moment and pulled over to take a photograph of this blue heron.

Although I often see Blue Heron’s I have never been able to get this close to one before it flew away. This time I was lucky and snapped a photograph or two before it decided I was too close for comfort.

Camas, Washington Nature Photography - Blue Heron

Although the main subject of the photograph, the heron, is not broken, I would not have been able to take the photograph if not for the broken tree which is the secondary subject of the photograph, so I decided to go ahead and share it for the photography challenge this week.

You can join the wordpress photography challenge also by following the link here.

Japanese Maple Tree: WPC Intricate

6 May

Camas Library Maple Tree

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Japanese Maple in Downtown Camas, Washtington

This week I am sharing a few photographs of a Japanese maple tree that is in Camas, Washington outside the public library. When the leaves were just coming out this spring I stopped by and took a photograph with my phone, but I liked it so much I really wanted to return and take a few photographs with my DLSR camera as well.

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I ended up not editing them right away, because I have been busy with my projects for Brasier Law, and now that I had time to edit them I am having to make do with software apps on an HP computer rather than my old trusty Apple. 😦 After 8 years my MacBook finally bit the dust and so I am readjusting and figuring out how to edit my photographs in different programs. I may end up going to back to Adobe here soon, but for now I am experimenting with some other programs. Nothing is comparing to good old photoshop elements so far.

Photograph Spring Maple Leave Downtown Camas, Washington

So anyway feel like this tree has so many intricacies that it really fit the bill for this weeks photography challenge from WordPress. The bark, the leaves, the colors, the sunlight, nature just really knows how to perform doesn’t it?

Anyway, happy hump day!

Happy May Day: Flower Photography

1 May

When I was a kid my Mom used to help me leave flowers on neighbors doorsteps, ring the bell, and run away so they would be surprised by fun flowers on May Day. I am not very good at doing that these days, but I have fond memories of it.

Since I love photographing things in nature, flowers quite specifically, I thought I could do a version of the May Day flower basket here. πŸ™‚

Enjoy and have a great weekend and month of May!

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Afloat

17 Apr

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These frog eggs were found afloat in a pond while we were exploring in Camas, Washington. She took them out to show me.

Finding frog eggs floating in ponds is a favorite spring pastime, although I don’t usually recommend we pull them out. It is fun to return to the same pond to see if we can find tadpoles and then to watch as the tadpoles grow legs and develop into frogs.

You can join the weekly photography challenge too at the WordPress post a day.

Photography is part of my lifestyle and helps me record moments in time, but I also don’t always want to carry around my nice camera so I have been finding myself taking a lot more photographs with my phone. I do not have a super nice phone, but I have found a pretty decent and free photo editing app called snapseed. This photograph and the last two posts that are from my self imposed black and white photography challenge were all edited with that app. πŸ™‚

Orange Photograph Collection: WP Challenge 2

12 Mar photograph of an orange poppy with grey background

Here is a collection of orange photographs from my site over the years. I had fun going back and seeing what I had taken photographs of that featured orange. It was amazing to me how many photographs I had that were dominated by the color orange.

There are photographs from all over the country also: Portland, Neskowin, & Salem, Oregon, Camas & Vancouver, Washington, Maine, and New York.

The photographs include portraits, events, sunsets, landscapes, and of course flowers. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy looking back at my collection of orange photographs from the past as much as I did. Have a good week!

If you want to join the weekly photography challenge check out post a day.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Summer Lovin’

31 Jul

The things I am lovin’ about summer:
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All photographs were taken in Camas/Washougal today with my phone. πŸ™‚

If you want to join the photography challenge you can do so by following the link.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Between

26 Jun

Between the trees
There is a path
Green forest, protection from the rain and sun
It provides a beautiful place to walk and run…

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A place to visit and explore
Once a week, sometimes more.
A place to escape, to mediate
A path perfect for a photograph.

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All photographs taken with my phone, while on a run. And the writing above is why I am a photographer, not a writer! πŸ˜‰

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