Field of Honor

This display of American Flags is part of the traveling memorial "Field of Honor" that is presented by the Veterans of Oregon. This particular exhibit was taking place in Burns, Oregon. The Veterans of Oregon organization is a non-profit group of veterans from every era who help out their fellow veterans in times of need. Flags displayed at the "Fields of Honor" traveling display can be sponsered by individuals and organizations. I happened to be in Burns today and while driving past their display, I just had to pull over and get some snapshots. The veterans that I met their are a very friendly group of fellows and are happy to explain to anybody who asks the meaning and significance of this display and their organization. More information about them can be found at their website.

Linda Vogts Retirement

This image is of myself and other former Clackamas Print staff members. The Clackamas Print is the Clackamas Community College newspaper in Oregon City, Oregon. The folks in this photo were all members of the newspaper in the early '90s (myself included). We had gathered together to celebrate the career of Linda Vogt (centered) at her retirement party on Wednesday June 13th. As a former student of Linda's I would have to say that she is the most memorable instructer I ever had. She is an incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, fun person who devoted so very, very much of her time and energy to her students. She worked with us, and guided us during our time on the Print. She is a damn fine instructor, and although I didn't end up working in the journalism field, the impact of my time spent with her and on the newspaper has profoundly impacted my life in a positive way to this very day. Many of the folks I shared time with on the paper are my good friends to this very day. Indeed, I met my wife through one of my friends that I met while I was on the newspaper there. There really isn't enough that I can say to Linda, so I'll make it simple. Thank you, thank you for being the absolute ideal college instructor. I am honored to have been able to be one of your students. Thank you.

Bucking Bronco - Sisters Rodeo

One big mistake I made while taking photos at the rodeo was that I used a relatively tight aperture of f9.0. I should have really opened it up, not only would it have allowed me to use a higher shutter speed but also I would have knocked down on the depth of field. Shooting from my position I had to deal with a lot of background distractions in my images, distractions I could have avoided by using f5.6 or wider. In this image, I created a selection around the crowd area in the background and applied a lens blur filter to help create more focus on the bronco rider. I also bumped up the color saturation as well. For some reason a lot of my images coming right out of the camera are looking 'washed out'. I'll have to check my camera settings and see whats up with that.

Sisters Rodeo!

A few shots from todays rodeo in Sisters, Oregon. Many more shots to come. Enjoy!