Last weekend Jean and I headed out to Silver Falls just to get out of the house and avoid melting into our couches from the 90+ degree heat. I took this opportunity to grab the camera and work on getting some interesting shots along the way. You’ll note some seemingly duplicate images: these are times I was experimenting with different techniques and haven’t decided which I prefer yet…
So please, enjoy these images with an uncharacteristically small amount of words from me:
My parents were visiting over the past week, which gave Jean and I a great excuse to get out to the Oregon Garden and visit The Gordon House (the only Frank Lloyd Wright house publicly available to tour in the Pacific North West, and the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Oregon). While I was able to get a good number of pictures from inside the house, I’ve opted not to include them in the gallery below as the quality was far below what I’d consider as shareable images. If you ‘must’ see them I might be persuaded to share them out in their own separate gallery.
We had a lovely time hosting my parents, who opted to tour the Rose Garden in Portland on their own but allowed us to drag them around the 80 acres and 20 individual specialty sections of the Oregon Garden on a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon. We really couldn’t have asked for better weather to tour the gardens; a mix between clouds and bright sun, hanging around 70 degrees all day was just perfect.
Without further ado, following are the images from the day which I found to be worth sharing out. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the opportunity to capture them!
Gallery of images from The Oregon Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House:
While I continue to work on being less negative, I’ll spare you with words and instead ply you with images during this past Sunday’s dusting of snow:
This time around I opted to play some more with texture, pattern, and chaos. This series lacks the rhythm, clean lines, and simplicity in the shots from the Chinese Garden previously posted, but seems to make up for the chaotic nature by capturing some of the drama in wintertime. The sun came out about halfway through shooting, so you can see a shift in contrast and reflection. Seeing as the weather was very monochromatic, black and white imagery stood out as most suitable when I was post processing these, though you will see tiny hints of colour in some.
The last shot above, of course, being a “special” extra: a bad self portrait. You’re welcome.