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Frosty Horse Tails

danitacahill:

Frosty pastels.

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

I took this shot a couple mornings ago in the ditch in front of a neighbor’s house. If my neighbors saw me, they probably wondered what I was doing on my knees. At the end of their driveway. In the freezing cold. Taking pictures of weeds. Then again, they’ve seen me out taking photos on other frozen mornings, maybe they wouldn’t have given it another thought.

The plants are called horse tails. Oregon pioneers called them “pot scrubbers,” and used them for just that purpose.

I dinked with this picture in post processing with Photo Explosion – color and light balance, and a spotlight lens. The coloring was dull before, but now I kinda like the shot. It looks like someplace Tinkerbell the Disney faerie might want to visit. Ooh. Now that would be a photo op…

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Red Riding Rose Hips

danitacahill:

The color red is so effective in photographs. This one could work for a Christmas card.

Merry Christmas!

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

This shot, with the deep red and green, reminds me of the darker side of a woodland fairy tale.

Actually more like Snow White than Red Riding Hood.

Maybe the poisoned fruit that the wicked queen gave to Snow White was an oversized rose hip instead of an apple…

I took this photo last month. What caught my attention was the composition possibility of the swooping stem of these wild rose hips along eith the way the autumn morning light hit them.

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Baby Maple Seeds

danitacahill:

I like the colors in this photo.

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

054 (2)Such beautiful, saturated color in this shot. Love that.

I took this shot early in the month while strolling around Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, Oregon.

Cheadle Lake always holds surprises. Something new each time I visit.

Photo copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.

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Gaggle of Geese

danitacahill:

Christmas Geese

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

IMG_7453 - Copy (2)And now for something completely different…

I still have a few more frozen shots that I’ll likely share, but thought it might be nice to break those up with some water fowl.

I took this shot at Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, Oregon, several weeks back. The lake level was low after a long, dry summer and fall. Usually the Canada geese paddle around the lake. That day they were standing around on one foot preening themselves.

I was drawn to the birds’ reflections and the composition of the group.

The photo naturally came out nearly monochrome, save the hint of blue in the water from the sky reflecting there.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.

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danitacahill:

Sparkly and golden – like Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you!

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

IMG_7487 - Copy - CopyThis photo roughly follows the rule of thirds. But it’s the bokeh I like best. How about you?

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.

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Light Painting

danitacahill:

If you can adjust the shutter speed on your camera you can light paint. Even if you can’t make such adjustments, try it anyway. It’s fun to experiment with this technique with Christmas lights this time of year.

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

This was an experiment in light painting. I took these shots on the I-5 freeway corridor just before full dark. I was in the passenger seat of our pickup. We were headed south.

I slowed my shutter speed way down to 1.6 seconds.

Start moving the camera side to side, around, up and down – whatever strikes you – then press the shutter button in mid movement. Keep moving the camera through the shutter depression.

On these middle two shots, I just held the camera in one spot and let the vibration of the vehicle move it for me.

In the first shot, I moved my camera back and forth. In the last, which was in a small city with the business lights, I moved the camera in a circular pattern.

It’s fun to experiement in painting with light. Try it!

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Backlit Frozen Bokeh

danitacahill:

Brrrrr…

Originally posted on Cahill Photojournalism:

IMG_7475 - CopyAll the ice in the background really made for nice bokeh in this shot.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.

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