Simply being alive makes me feel thankful. I'm thankful for a God-given joy of being able to show people, through my eyes and limited skill set, a universe that both surprises and rewards me. I hope I can inspire others to look at the world with a new perspective, and find the love, the humor, and beauty of both God's and Man's creations.
This blog is about my passion for light-drawing. That is what the word photography literally means from its Greek parts, drawing with light. Like all other things in life, I am still learning and experimenting. Sometimes, I fail, and sometimes, I surprise myself.
In any case, I hope these stories amuse, entertain, and inspire you to just get out and draw with the light you have.
As the current pandemic continues, let's hope we are closer to its end than to its beginning, so we all may be able to get back to a normal life in 2022. Nevertheless, in spite of any monkey wrenches COVID may throw our way, there is always something interesting or beautiful to photograph.
Here is a short slideshow of some of our favorite shots from 2021.
Mount Hood is one of the two icons for the State of Oregon. The other is Multnomah Falls. Whenever one thinks of scenes from Oregon, it's almost inevitable that Mount Hood or Multnomah Falls comes to mind, sometimes both.
At the end of each summer, Mt. Hood is usually mostly bare. This year (2021), however, was unusually hot and lacking in precipitation for a long stretch of time, so the mountain was quite exposed. Much of the rocky detail that is usually hidden by snow is now visible to explore.
During a recent ride to Lost Lake in anticipation for a nice sunset shot, I decided to take a longer and less paved route and go through Lolo Pass, which provides close-up views of the western face of the mountain.
I finally took the plunge and purchased my first drone, a DJI Mavic Air 2. After reading a lot and watching many YouTube instructional videos, I took the drone out for my first flight and photo session. This isn't anything fantastic, but more of an attempt to record something novel on my debut flight, rather than just some mediocre stills of some housetops.
We used to have a very large, wild, and undeveloped field in our neighborhood that I would wander in from time to time to photograph sunset landscapes and whatever wildlife I could get close to. But now, it's being developed for housing, so I thought I'd take it's picture during the beginning phases of construction.
The photo is almost 500 MB in size, so I have uploaded it onto a site that will allow you to click, scan, pan, and zoom to explore its details. Have fun, and see if you can find me. I'm the dark figure standing at the end of a street next to some barriers, looking like he's working a drone controller.
Click on the picture.
Let's hope events are kinder to us all than they were in 2020. Regardless of the turmoil of 2020, it was still a great year for photography.
Here is a short slideshow of some of our favorite shots from 2020.
I was recently asked by my friend, Coos Bay photographer Steven Michael, to submit several photographs for a project he was working on. He also asked over 30 other professional photographers to submit photos as well. I am honored to be included in the group of artists he considered worthy of his project, clearly a labor of love on his part. Many are also folks I know and whose work I admire and gain inspiration from. Enjoy.
From Steven Michael:
During this unprecedented dark time with the Corona Virus, and having to follow stay at Home orders, the longing for an acceptance of the outdoors is becoming more and more of a "need" than a "want."
This video showcases the relationship and balance between nature and the human presence. Such balance with nature includes the virus crippling the world. My hope is that this video will comfort any anxiety, give you a chance to stop, relax, and breath. To remain positive, have hope, be patient and have faith, for this too shall pass.
A special thanks to the daughter/father duo and internet sensations; Savanna and Mat Shaw, for giving me their version of the song, THE PRAYER.
I also want to thank the thirty-four professional photographers and that graciously donated their work to make the song, THE PRAYER, visually come alive, and a thank you shout out to all who participated in the covid-mask-selfie project.
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