Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 19: Portrait, Messy

I was thinking about messy portraits – there are so many things that people do to create beauty, art, health, amazing food – it’s messy on one side, the side that most people don’t see and gorgeous and complete on the other side, the side that people do usually see.

The mess is what makes the thing amazing, it’s necessary.

I’m thankful to Kristi, who, along with her family, owns Bad Wolf Bakery and Bistro here in town. They have amazing food and coffee and baked goods as well as being all out Doctor Who fans. Kristi allowed me to come and take her picture while she was making some cookies.

I struggled a bit with my portrait lens on this day, but I’m so glad I got to be in the kitchen with Kristi.

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Here’s to creating and the messes that we make along the way.

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 16: Portrait, Motion

The week 16 challenge totally stalled me out! I have heaps of ideas and several friends who volunteered to let me capture them in motion, but scheduling just didn’t work. I will continue to pursue getting those portraits done.

However, it’s taken me age to actually capture an action shot. I finally got one of Jude doing a two step jump side kick. I used a technique called panning which I love to do – I think you get such great effects and a feeling of motion. I would like to have had the time on Jude’s picture to take several more of the same shot and work and getting his face in focus, however, I was being eaten by mosquitoes and couldn’t take it anymore.

So, here’s my karate Jude in motion…

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 13: Portrait, High Key

We got to meet up with family in Portland yesterday to celebrate my nephew’s 10th birthday. He’s such an amazing, cool kid. So happy to be able to celebrate together.

This week’s challenge was to do a portrait high key. It’s a dreamy, slightly blurred and a bit overexposed photography style. You can definitely achieve the look in-camera, but I went with post-processing.

I did a color image and a black and white image.

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Happy Birthday Jesse Boy!

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 12: Artstic, Transportation

This was last week’s challenge, but I really wanted to wait until this week to do it. We spent some time in Portland over Spring Break and did the 4T Trail. It was super fun and I knew it would be a great way to get some transportation shots. The 4T Trail involves a 4 mile Trail up the mountain/hill from Washington Park to OSHU via Council Crest Park. It was a great hike through some lovely forests.


When you reach OSHU, you go through the hospital to the Tram and ride it down. There are beautiful views from the top and on the way down.


At the base of the Tram, you hop on the Trolley (Street Car) and ride it to Downtown Portland.


We took the fourth T, the Train, both on the way to Washington Park and then on our way back to our original stop.


It was lovely day for it. No rain, sunshine on and off, crisp, Spring weather. It was a bit muddy in places, so good hiking shoes are recommended. I do highly recommend it as a Portland adventure though.

We saw so many more modes of transport along the way. Boats, jet skis, bikes (regular, tandem, quad), scooters, skateboards, roller blades, helicopters, airplanes, Segways, cars, and buses. It was a wonderful, family adventure.

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 11: Landscape, Reflection

I had an idea I wanted to try this week, I feel I was moderately successful. It was hard to get the angle I wanted on a full landscape, so I got more of a treescape. I like the effect though and will be trying this more. I love reflections and I really love reflections in a cup of coffee on a crisp Spring-like morning.