Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sun and Surf

OK, sun, but no surf.  Well, the surf was there, but we were not in it.  I’m not a water dog, so, I’m content to watch all of the others participate in the experience.  We had friends from outside the U.S. visiting, and as typical for the west coast beaches, choosing a day at the beach is like playing the lottery.  You may be lucky, and then again………….so we tossed a coin and headed out.  The day was great!  The sun was good without be scorching, the tide was headed out, so it was low on the sand, we were early enough to get there before lots of crowds.  Even shared the sand with some folks on horseback.  Those of you from the Pacific Northwest will recognize this as Cannon Beach and/or Haystack Rock.  Like I said, the tide was headed out, so the surf was low and not real active, but very nice.  The sound of the waves was very soothing and great to hear again.  (I grew up near the beach)  You can see we were not the only ones out to enjoy the sand in our shoes.  Along with the horses, I like to watch the children explore the beach and all it has to offer.  I’m not sure what the kids found in the creek bed, but it didn’t seem to interest the sea gulls in the least.   We didn’t make it to the tide pools this time around, but will save that for the next trip.  I’m sure that a lot of pixels were used this week at the beach, it was great for photos.  The panoramic shot was taken from just south of Cannon Beach near the top of Neahkahnie Mountain, looking south toward Manzanita at the bottom of the mountain on the beach.   Farther to the south, are Oceanside and Cape Lookout, way in the distance.   Great day for sightseeing!  Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.

Old School?

After pouring over the re-enactment photos, thinking about the upcoming Steamup (old steam engines and tractors),  I got to thinking about the way things were done in the past.  The ‘Old School’ way.  If you have followed this site for a while, you will pick up that I like the old stuff.  Old rusty equipment, old photos, old way of doing things.   Even if I can’t go back and pitch in to help, I will dig up photos to see how they used to do things.   So I applied some of this to the re-enactment images, and got to thinking about how they used to take photos in this time period.  As compared to now, they had a hard time about it all.  We load our camera case down with a few lens’ , a body or two and various parts and pieces to make it easier.  Research some time how these fellows had to get the job done.  You have heard the term  ‘it takes a village…….’ ,  well,  it should have taken most of the village for these fellows to get their job done.  It took a full wagon to carry around all of their gear.  The cameras, the chemicals, all of the glass plates, (not negatives – glass plates), and all of whatever else they thought was necessary.  I looked up the ones I was familiar with;  Mathew Brady (1822-1896), Civil War photos;  Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), Indian/Native American  photos;  Darius Kinsey (1869-1945), Pacific Northwest logging industry.  I have books from each of these men and they are very interesting if you enjoy the history.  Mr. Curtis was the one who seemed to take ‘the village’  with him.  He tackled a monstrous project of recording the Indian culture and life style.  It took him decades to complete his project.  Mr. Brady covered many different areas as well – portraits, landscapes, documentary, probably most known for the Civil War photos.  Mr Kinsey stayed more in the Northwest and covered the logging industry.  I know his wife helped him and traveled with him a lot, if not most of time, and they did not take the ‘whole village’ with them.  If you stop to consider how a horse drawn wagon rides,  you sometimes wonder how all of those glass plates survived at all.   We can not look back to how they had to do things and complain about how hard it is to take photos today.  Check them out.  In that framework, this weeks photos are presented in black and white.


As promised from my last post,  here are the images from the Civil War Re-enactment.  This was a lot of fun, and quite educational.   I was never a history person in school, and to a point, am still not.  As I’ve gotten older, it very much more interesting.   My problem is still as it was previously – I don’t remember or retain the information any better than I did when I was in school.  It is just more interesting now, than it was then.  I suppose now that there is age and experience involved – something to compare or contrast with – it makes a big difference.   Now, a bit about the re-enactment.  My understanding is people involved take a character in history and take on that persons life/history.  I’m guessing, very similar to what an actor does for a movie roll or a play.  Someone they can research in order to be accurate about their life.   Then, if possible, they will recreate a particular battle as best they can.  On this day, there was not a “script” to go by.  They did the encounter as if it were two patrols passing one another by chance.   The cannons roar, the rifles blast, the smoke and powder fill the air,  and everyone has a great time!  There is even a few “dead” bodies laying around.   Be sure and take in the village settings along with the battles.   Just as much work goes into their setup as does the battle.  Just because they don’t ride a horse or carry a rifle, doesn’t mean they aren’t or weren’t part of the life at that time.   They had the woodworkers, blacksmith, farriers, this one even had a Pinkerton agent.   Check it out  –  It’s all good!

Perspective images

As I was reviewing last weeks photos, I realized it had a couple of photos that are the kind they send you in search of when you sign up for a photo class. Well, close anyway.  You know, the ones about perspective, or maybe vanishing point from you art or architectural drawing class.  The subject gets smaller,  and fades off into the distance.  These images are fun to find and take, not always interesting to stare at later.  As in the one of the highway from New Mexico.  It gets the point across – there is nothing out here –  and you go on to another image.   Your right, there wasn’t much out there.  But it shows the expanse of that nothing.  If you are one of us that lives in or near the city, that nothingness can be a challenge.   It is still not what you would call an inspiring photo.  I found one of a fence, mostly so the bridge images were not the only ones.  We have a lot of bridges, so those are easy to get.  I did not practice with depth of field – only certain portions in focus – I tend to get most of the image in focus when I’m outside and working on landscape type images.  I did however, adjust some of the colors.  The red bridge is not really that shade of red, it is more of a primer red, but it was fun to try something else.

Next week I will post the images from a 4th of July, civil war re-enactment.  That makes for a fun 4th!