Port Angeles sunset with fire haze – magenta halo with Nikon D7000

2015-firehaze-sunset-haloHey shutterbugs!  Anyone have tips on removing the magenta halo around sunset shots?  I have tried the natural and vivid picture settings and this halo shows up with both settings.  Appreciate the help! – Amelia

Fresh snow on Vancouver Island – from Port Angeles (Feb. 25, 2014)

Good morning Canada from Port Angeles, WA USA! Fresh snow and sun shining on the mountains on Vancouver Island across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, west of Victoria, BC. Beautiful!feb25snowCAmountains

365 Project: Walking a fallen tree

After a relatively painless family photo shoot, using my tripod and self-timer, Nora finally was unleashed to climb logs, play, and explore. I shot this when she climbed up high on a fallen tree and she flashed me her sweet smile. Love…


I am offering another Women’s Yoga Retreat in Port Angeles, WA and I have gift certificates available which is a great stocking stuffer idea for the holidays! For more information go to this link on my yoga blog.


365 Project: Fairy blankets and gossamer spiders…cobwebs everywhere!

Our juniper shrubs have been covered with cobwebs which, up close are beautifully delicate and intricate. From my googling, these cobwebs may have been woven by gossamer spiders or some other spider, and are referred to as fairy blankets. Apparently, any delicate, airy spider web can be considered a fairy blanket. My daughter still likes to believe in fairies and leprechauns and unicorns so any sign of magical creatures is pretty exciting. And, I just loved adding the magical word gossamer to to my vocabulary. It weaves such a pretty picture in my mind. 🙂

365 Project: Photojournalism homework – black & white environmental photograph

In my photojournalism class I learned what an “environmental” photograph is, which has to do with paying attention to your surroundings and background of a shot, to help define the context of your photograph.

I took several photos during a movie shoot here in Port Angeles and for my homework assignment I chose this photo of director Dickie Flicks because I captured a commanding expression on his face, catch light in his eyes, the texture of his shirt, skin, and tatoos,; the courthouse building behind him is defined by the doors, pillars and the sign.  However, during my class critique, the photo did not give enough context about what was happening at this moment.  The photo would have been stronger if I included a camera, or anything that gave me context explaining that a movie was being shot at this location.

I included additional photos which MAY have been better choices to illustrate an environmental photograph.   I’m enjoying my class and happy to be learning what it takes to capture a photojournalistic shot. 🙂


Director Dickie Flicks outside Clallam County Courthouse – Port Angeles, WA


Director Dickie Flicks “seeing” his shot outside Clallam County Courthouse – Port Angeles, WA


Actor Dave Schecter at the podium with director Dickie Flicks


Actor Dave Schecter at the podium with actress Allison Weathers. Cinematographer Domenic Barberi in glasses with David Gardner.


Makeup artist Jamie Scott with actor Dave Schecter


Makeup artist Jamie Scott with actress Allison Weathers


Actress Allison Weathers with co-director Ryan Herring, stepping in as an actor.


Camera operator Dave Gardner taking a break with co-director Ryan Herring behind him.

365 Project: Photojournalism homework – black & white portrait of a stranger

I’m taking a photojournalism class and our first photography assignment was to take portraits of strangers then print one 8×10 to be critiqued during class.  Suprisingly, my photo received the most votes in regards to technical and aesthetic merit.  Eek! (that was a happy squeal, by the way…LOL)

How I shot this photo: I chose this vendor who was working during a local street fair because he was in the shade (the sun was bright and overhead), the backdrop of his white tent was sparse creating a simple (eg. not distracting) background, and I thought the textures of his face would make for a good black and white photo.  I used my Nikon D7000 with 50mm/1.4 lens.  I shot at ISO 200, F/5, 1/320 shutter speed.  Our assignment was to have the eyes looking at us and filling the frame with the face.  In Lightroom, I converted the photo to black and white and bumped up the black until the histogram was at a bell-shaped curve.  No other post-processing. The only improvement that was suggested was trying to get more catch-light in his eyes.  I was pleased as punch about this capture. 🙂



About the assignment:  Although I’m not typically afraid of talking to strangers, initially it felt awkward for me to walk up to strangers and ask to take their photo.  Especially since I had to get up really close using my 50mm lens!  After the first ask, the assignment got easier.  In general, the men were more willing to let me take their pics.  The women were concerned about how they looked, wishing they put makeup on or did their hair.  When I assured them they looked fine and the photo would be for class and my photo blog, they let me take their pic.  Out of the twelve strangers I approached,  no one refused letting me take their photo. It was a good photojournalism exercise!

365 Project: Me and Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet (October 15, 2013)

This was taken Sunday at the 2013 Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival in Port Angeles, WA.  I grew up watching Galloping Gourmet with my mom so I was thrilled to see Graham Kerr, who was giving food demonstrations and signing autographs of his book.  He was super approachable, sweet, and generous with his kindness.

Me and Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet!

Me and Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet!