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Photography Practice

I fell behind in my photography lessons, so I am taking advantage of some time off from the day job to play through some lessons.

So please bear with me while I share what I am learning.

I have never used a tripod, or a self-timer with my photography.  So I am learning to become familiar with both of these tools, and combine them with a slow shutter speed.

Turns out that this is fun!

Light Painting

All I had were two flash lights to play with for light painting.

I may have to invest in a variety of lights!

Light Painting

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Light Painting

I also went to one of my favorite places to practice these elements.  I have shared Douglas Falls with you before.  Click here and here.

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Driving back home, Hubby and I pulled over and took the time to snap a couple of cloudy evening shots of Lake Roosevelt (formed by the Columbia River).

Lake Roosevelt Columbia River

Lake Roosevelt Columbia River

See the world around you!

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Saint Paul’s Mission Part 2

Continuing with my hike and camera practice at Saint Paul’s Mission:

Saint Paul's Mission

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

I tried a few camera settings while taking photos of the eagle.  I didn’t hit on the right combination but I enjoyed the time with this magnificent (and very patient bird).

Saint Paul's Mission

The reflections in the lake were wonderful!

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Fort Colville  (Fort Colvile) would have been where you now see the drawn down river in the photo below.

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

The only large gravestone left is pictured below.  There are a couple of rusted metal markers.  That is all.  None of the other gravesites are marked now.

Saint Paul's Mission

I missed another perspective opportunity by not taking a photo of this ant hill in its entirety.  This is a very large colony!

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

The Oregon Grape is in bud.  Soon there will be yellow blossoms growing wildly all over the area.

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Meantime, back home in the garden, the daffodils cheer everybody up!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Small Grecian windflowers are blooming, too!

Anenome Grecian Windflower

Anenome Grecian Windflower

The apricot tree blossoms provide a lovely backdrop for the showy forsythia!

Forsythia

Stay safe!  Stay healthy!

Saint Paul’s Mission

Blogging, as well as sewing, have been set aside while the work hours increased, and I needed some time out!  I also need some camera practice.  A good place for both is an area very close to where I live and I have been there many a time for a peaceful hike.

The setting is Saint Paul’s Mission.  It was built in 1847,  and was the center of Jesuit activity for the Indian tribes of the Upper Columbia. Near the mission were the Kettle Falls, one of the premiere salmon fisheries for area tribes. 

The falls were one of many areas claimed by the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, but you can sometimes see them when the Columbia River (Lake Roosevelt) is drawn down in the spring.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

St. Paul's Mission

My plan was to practice composition, focus, and use of the Fstop in my camera (all of which I am not so great at, thus…practice, practice, and more practice).

St. Paul's Mission

It was mostly overcast, but still a beautiful day for a hike and camera practice.

St. Paul's Mission

I deliberately focused on the branch, rather than the building.  I like it, but I should have tried it both ways to see which I might like better.  No right or wrong…simply different perspectives of the same view.


St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

The profitable Fort Colville (aka Fort Colvile), established by the British Hudson’s Bay Company,  was also located here.

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

Isn’t  the  texture  of  the  tree bark marvelous?  Do you think of puzzle pieces when you look at it?

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

I wish I had thought to take a photo of the boulder in its entirety.  A missed opportunity to show perspective.

St. Paul's Mission

St. Paul's Mission

The river was like a looking glass…so beautiful!

St. Paul's Mission

Canada in the distance.

St. Paul's Mission

Spring draw down.

St. Paul's Mission

While focusing on the river, I noticed the grass in the frame.

St. Paul's Mission

So I focused on the grass.  Again…a matter of perspective.

St. Paul's Mission

To be continued.

More Columbia River Time

This morning, Hubby and I took advantage of having one more day off together.  We took a little paddling jaunt on the Columbia River, near our home.

Columbia River

We both had trouble adjusting our little pocket cameras, so as beautiful as the morning was, our photos don’t do it justice at all!

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

We were right under the eagle, but looking into the sun at him (or her).  And, as I said, it just wasn’t a camera day for either of us.

Columbia River

It was wonderful to see the national mascot on Independence Day!

Columbia River

Hubby is tying down the canoe for the trip home.  Hopefully, we’ll have more opportunities to take it out this summer.

It has been a great couple of days off!

Click here to see a 4th of July canoe paddle from 2012.  The photos are better (and different) and there is a link in the post featuring a little history of the town of Marcus.

Click here to see a September post of a canoe paddle on the Columbia River from 2014.  Enjoy more beautiful scenic photos!

Sunday Picnic

“Do not let Sunday be taken from you.  If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” -Albert Schweitzer

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 Sunday was such a glorious spring day!

Hubby packed up a picnic lunch and we had a date!  We hiked up the hill behind the house, sat on the damp ground, and soaked up the sunshine.

Lunch was great, the view was great, and the company the best of all!

We took advantage of a gorgeous lazy Sunday afternoon, and practiced with our cameras.  I have a new pocket camera, and don’t know how to use it.

One of my first shots was this black and white of the Columbia River:

Columbia River

I have no idea how my camera was set on black and white display, but I like the results!

Another first shot was a photo of our feet; I thought I was turning the camera off, but pressed the wrong button.  I deleted that shot.

There is a lot of balsam arrowroot sharing their bright cheerful faces in my part of the woods.

Balsam Arrowroot

I don’t know the name of this delicate, tiny harbinger of spring:

Smallflower Woodland Star

*Update: The above is a Smallflower Woodland Star, or Prairie Star.  I found lots on Google; this link will get you started if you care to research it.

Continuing to practice the macro setting on the pear blossom:

Pear Blossom

And the apple blossom:

Apple Blossom

Love the moss living on the apple tree trunk!

Moss Living on the Apple Tree Trunk

I shall share more from this wondrous date when I have the opportunity. 

Relish the world around you!

*I suggest clicking on the photos for a closer peek.