Monday, August 30, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Carousel

I'm strongly attracted to carousels :
the tinny music, 
the lights flashing in the mirrors,
the rotation (do they all go counterclockwise?).

I love to see the children make a beeline
for their favorites, only to change their minds.

And of course, I love the imaginative carousel animals.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Zoo Day

There's a zoo at Pt. Defiance in Tacoma.

The zoo has a pair of baby Siberian Tiger cubs.

A few days ago, I went to the zoo
without children in tow for the first time
since I was a teenager.

It was just me and my friend Adrienne
and our cameras. On a photo field trip.

Zoos are fun when no one's whining.

p.s. To see the tigers, click HERE.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sepia Saturday: The Nez Perce

My grandfather, whose childhood years were spent
in Wallowa County, Oregon, recalled that when he
was a child, he used to see members of the Nez Percé
tribe in the area, their summer hunting grounds.

You may or may not know that the Nez Percé
  had been granted reservation lands in 1855 
by the Washington Territory's 
territorial governor, Isaac Stevens. 
The land reserved for the tribe encompassed 
their traditional hunting lands, 
including the Wallowa Valley. 

But as settlement by whites continued and gold was found, 
the incentive to honor that treaty diminished.

The Nez Percé were offered a much smaller reservation centered around Lapwai, Idaho with schools, 
a hospital and financial rewards. 

In exchange, they had to cede their hunting lands. 
Some of the tribal chiefs agreed, 
but Chief Joseph (1840 - 1904) refused.

 Unable come to an agreement with the U.S. government, 
the non-treaty bands were threatened with forcible removal
 if they did not voluntarily relocate to the reservation. 

Chief Joseph led his followers on a trek
 toward freedom in Canada.

Betrayed by their supposed allies, the Crow, 
who joined forces with the government troops, 
the Nez Percé were forced to surrender 
after a five-day battle in freezing weather. 
The people had no food or blankets to protect them.

Chief Joseph is remembered for
stirring words of surrender,

I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed;
Looking Glass is dead, Too-hul-hul-sote is dead.
The old men are all dead. It is the young men
who say yes or no. He who led on the young men
is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets;
the little children are freezing to death. My people,
some of them, have run away to the hills,
and have no blankets, no food. No one knows
where they are—perhaps freezing to death.
I want to have time to look for my children,
and see how many of them I can find.
Maybe I shall find them among the dead.
Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired;
my heart is sick and sad.
From where the sun now stands,
I will fight no more forever.

which actually may have been invented by an Army Lt. Charles Erskine Scott Wood -- 
or at least elegantly paraphrased.

By the time he surrended, more than 200 
of Chief Joseph's followers were dead. 
The chief and 400 survivors, 
though promised safe passage to the reservation, 
were herded into railroad cars and held in camps 
in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas for 8 months 
before being moved to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) 
for ten years. Many of the surviving members 
died of disease there.

They were finally permitted to return 
to the Pacific Northwest, 
though not officially to their beloved 
hunting grounds in the Wallowa Valley.  

Since my grandfather (1900 - 1994) 
used to see tribal members
 in the Wallowa Valley after the Chief's death, 
it's clear that the tribal lands 
still had a strong pull
 on the psyches of the Nez Percé.

 Photos by Edward S. Curtis 
from the Library of Congress Collection.  

Friday, August 27, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday: Joy

Every once in a while,
I get lucky with my camera.

This little girl was the epitome
of joy.

Image details

Nikon D5000 camera, with an 18 -200 mm lens

200 ISO

Aperture f6.3

Shutter Speed 1/100

lens length 130 mm

shot in RAW.

Post processing:

put in a little fill light because it was a tiny bit underexposed.

In Photoshop, used a watercolor filter, then lightened it a bit
using the Exposure sliders on the Image menu.

Open it in Camera Bag and used the Colorcross option
to make the colors a bit more old-fashioned and soft.

Then gave it a bit more "glow" by opening it in Picasa.
choosing the EFFECTS option,
then the Tint menu
and colorizing it with a hint of very pale gold.

Please play along by finding a favorite photo
in your collection,
checking the photo specs to find out your settings
and tell what you might have done in post-processing.
This meme is about learning
and it would be even better
if more people got on the bandwagon.

Click HERE to participate.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lens Day: Softness

When I think of softness,
I think of the spot reserved in my heart
for little ones. Like Logan.

And Serenity. 

And Jonna.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Theme Thursday: Creativity

The Theme Thursday for this week

This piece is an original altered digital image.

It's called "No Butts About It."

I used to do a lot of these to frame and sell,
but I've been concentrating more
on "pure" photography lately.

This reminds me of how fun it can be
to experiment.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Irresistable

Every time I see this guy,

I just can't resist
joining him
in a smile.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Amalfi Coast

It's always good to fall in love.

Amalfi Coast, Italy.
So picturesque.
Such winding roads.
Such pricey real estate.

click on the icon 
on the right.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sepia Saturday: My Grandmother's Life and Times

I often think of them, my paternal grandparents. Especially my grandmother and her life and times.

Loren Lloyd Arnett and Mafie Marie Arnett nee Rosencrans

She was born in 1899 in Iowa, on the cusp of a new century. During her 
early childhood, Orville and Wilbur Wright made history in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. 

She was a young woman at the time of the first World War. 

By that time, she had moved from Iowa to Snohomish County, Washington, then on to the Portland Area. From there, she lived for a time in Puyallup, Washington with an older married sibling, and in her early 20s took a position as a nanny for the minister's family of the Christian Church in Wenatchee, Washington. 

There she met and married Lloyd. 

As a young mother, she and her husband weathered the Depression while rearing three children, a son and two daughters. All three of those children attended college and my father earned a graduate degree and has been granted at least one honorary degree. My grandfather worked during that time thanks to the Works Projects Administration, but maintained a lifelong allegiance to the Republican Party. I don't remember exactly what my father said my grandfather's job was,  just that he was employed by the WPA.

WPA Project in Clackamus County, Oregon

Marie still had teens at home during the Second World War and somehow managed to feed them all despite rationing. I never asked, but suspect there was a fruitful garden in the lot between their home and my great-aunt and uncle's. That was the time when Victory Gardens were the citizens' patriotic duty and contribution to the war effort.

Sugar rationing

Grandmother-hood was bestowed when her children, of the greatest generation, married and produced little baby boomers. She sailed through the 50s, cooking up a storm for her family and at the Portland, Oregon YWCA. She was an ardent Christian, an eager participant in the life of the church congregation, the church where her son was ordained as a minister. 

I wonder whether she questioned the Communist witch hunts, puzzled about politics, worried about the bomb. Did she share, or merely adopt, her husband's political leanings? 

In the 60s, while the civil rights movement and women's movement were bringing change in ways large and small, she faced a massive change of her own. My grandfather died in 1965.

In the late 60's, she watched as a spacecraft rocketed to the moon, a space capsule was separated from the mother ship, and it set down . The hatch opened and Neil Armstrong walked on the lunar surface. Did she realize the symmetry? How her life had been marked by the first flight at Kitty Hawk and the first steps on the moon?

NASA Photo - Apollo 11 liftoff

She lived through the Vietnam era, never once remarking about its wisdom, at least within my earshot. She was born to a generation that trusted political leaders to do what was right for the country. Not "my country, right or wrong," but a basic belief in the goodness and motives of the President and Congress. That orientation was definitely NOT shared by my Baby Boomer generation!

Richard Nixon Official Presidential Portrait

She saw her grandchildren grow to adulthood and bring into being great-grandchildren. She saw her children divorce and remarry, and in turn, many of her grandchildren followed suit. She was supportive through it all. And at least after she stopped working, she was always in front of the television for "As the World Turns." I can remember her saying, "That Lisa!" and talking about the characters as if they lived in her Portland neighborhood.

Marie Rosencrans Arnett lived until her 89th year, with a ready smile and an enviable sense of humor. She was humble and met life with grace. 

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday: From Here to Mandala

I thought that I'd show you
the process behind my mandala "photos."

First, you start with a regular shot.
This one happens to be a close-up
of one tiny piece of a very large installation
of glass by artist Dale Chihuly.

Here are the details on this shot:

I used my Nikon D200 with the 18 - 200 mm lens.

ISO set at 400.   
f/stop was 6.3   
Shutter speed  1/160 second

Focal length was 170 mm
255 mm if compared to 35 mm

I used the center weighted average
 metering mode (in camera)

The flash was disabled.

I didn't alter the shot in Photoshop.
The image above is right out of the camera.

I couldn't help myself.
I just had to play.

1. first I opened the original photo 
 in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
(haven't upgraded to the new version).

2. Using one of the drop-down menus,
I created a kaleidoscope effect.
There are all sorts of creative choices in this menu
and I manipulate them while seeing the effect
on screen, so I can't tell you exactly
what the settings were.

Since I can't leave well enough alone,
I opened the kaleidoscope shot
in CameraBag
and turned it into a "polaroid."


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Inspiration

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Red Parasol

Despite everything,

I still believe in the power of love.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mosaic Monday: The Place I Call Home

This is the little town I call home.

I may be biased, 
but I think it's beyond beautiful.

My favorite walking route
is from the north end of the Harbor
to the 3-way stop right in the middle
 of the little shopping district.

I can always grab a chai before I start back
when it's cold outside, or get a cold drink
on days like today.

But winter or summer,
the views always take my breath away.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Baseball Cards

Well, these really aren't sepia,
they're soft faded colors of times gone by.

Baseball cards.

Cy Young.

Whose real name, I learned, is Denton Young.

Famous pitcher from the early 1900's,
major league baseball. An award carrying
his name is still coveted by major league pitchers
a hundred years later. 

I can imagine that he appreciated receiving
the "receipts of the game"
but how keen was a baseball pitcher
on silverware and floral designs?

Images courtesy of the Library of Congress
Photo Collection.

Who doesn't wish they had pristine originals?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Beverage

The Thursday Photo Challenge
this week is BEVERAGE.
Oh my, shall I use beer bottles

or frou-frou coffee drinks?

And then there's always

You choose.

I kind of like the blue-rimmed glass.