Monday, November 19, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

just a hobby

I spent a few hours last weekend sorting through all my photo archives on the computer. It was mainly to standardize how all the folders are labeled so it's easier to find things. And it was seriously overdue for a systematic back up.

So. Many. Pictures. I don't think there's even that many in my parent's photo cupboard, which has been filling up for decades. And I've only had digital since 2003.

I've loved taking pictures since dad got me my Yashica when I was 13 (and some of those have been scanned for my archive), but ever since I got my digital Casio point-n-shoot, and then much more recently, my Canon, it's been non-stop photo mania.

Digital lends itself so easily to prolific picture-taking (something that certain snooty "traditionalists" cite as why digital is somehow more low-brow/inferior to film ... but that's a rant for another time).

But whether or not it's the just the law of averages, I've still captured some images I'm pretty proud of:

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Horse Camping 2007

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Leading a horse to water (and I think he even drank)...
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When camping with the horses, we usually keep them on a highline (when there isn't a corral available). This year dad decided to try something a little different. A solar powered electric fence - in the middle of the wilderness!

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This tiny-looking panel charges a battery that the hot tape is 'plugged in' to. It's really that simple, and it worked wonderfully.

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There wasn't much extra set-up time, since all you're doing is basically wrapping hot tape around trees. There was also less worry about trees being damaged, well, the trunks were safe, anyway. Because the horses could move around a lot more, they seemed to churn up the ground more than usual, and I wonder about damage to the roots (there was certainly none visible, and I would guess it's negligible since we're only there for a few days).

While the horses could and did lie down when tied on the highline, they could certainly stretch out and roll more easily.

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Poe gives it the LazyHorse Blinky Face of Approval:
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(Yes, that's his breakfast he's laying in).

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

A few pictures from the honeymoon

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We rented horses for a sunset ride. It was a very nice outfit, and we ended up being the only people on that ride, so it was just us and the guides. They had a large string, so none of the horses were sour from being over ridden, nor were they crazy. It felt more like borrowing mounts and going for a trail ride with friends instead of renting.




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The Oregon coast has some wonderful landscapes.



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...and wildlife.


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(yes, we took the dog with us)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Philomath Frolic and Rodeo, 2007

I'm very happy with my new 70-200mm lens. It had its first field test at the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo:



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