A Year in Film: Week 2

For the second roll of film this year, the challenge was “Full Manual.”  This is pretty easy since I am shooting on a 60 year old camera, so I just went for a drive up The Gorge with Cody.

I love how this project gives me a chance to be super critical of all my photos.  I hope I learn something from taking the time to critique each one. 26090001

f16 1/60
First photo of the day wasn’t really that exciting.
No clear separation between layers of hills, light not that great, no real subject.
I just thought the way the clouds were obscuring the peak was interesting.
That doesn’t really translate though.


f11 1/250
I pulled over just so I could take a photo of this van.
I love the one yellow hubcap.  The weird shape.
Moderately happy with the framing, the van is an obvious subject
It is in an interesting location.
f22 1/60th

I really like the light on the building on the bottom right
And the shadows hide some interesting cranes
Good layers and clouds.
Not a terrible photo, though it is missing something.
A Godzilla perhaps.26090004

f4 1/500
Best photo on the roll.
Codymon is looking crisp.
Good depth of field.
I like the framing, I am pretty happy with this all around.
What’s he lookin’ at?26090005

f22 1/15

The bright white spot is the sun.
It was making some interesting rays
But I obviously didn’t capture that.
Minimalist photo, and unexciting photo.
I like how the blue looks though.
Shot this whole roll metered at ISO 320, so that is a good note to self.


f16 1/30th

I messed this photo up.
I was rushing to get the lady in red in the shot.
But I accidentally shot at 1/30th instead of 1/60th.
This led to a bit of blur that I didn’t intend.
Though the blur isn’t as bad as the fact that I clipped the ice cream cone.
The ice cream cone is the best part.
Photo had potential, it could have been better with more patience and attention to detail.26090007

f22 1/15
This whole photo is askew.
As if the world is bending to the will of the tree on the hill
And not the other way around.
Another foggy/no good light/no subject/not interesting photo.
Note to self: stop shooting fog unless lit in an interesting way.26090008

f16 1/4

I wasn’t smooth with my shutter release and I bumped the camera.
This photo was ruined due to my error.
This weird Sears could be a lot better if I had a steady hand.
I am using a tripod, but I gotta be careful wit the slower shutter speeds.26090009

f22 1/4
I should have taken a step back.
The R being at very edge bothers me a lot.
I think I learned two important lessons this roll.
1. Fog/low clouds are hard to capture well
2. Don’t clip the subject of your photo/take more time composing the shot.


f22 1 Second

I really loved this scene, so I spent a lot of time on it.
I was careful to frame the sign and the door
I was careful to make sure the buckets of compost weren’t clipped.
This is a really weird restaurant entrance.26090011

f5.6 1/60th
Not exciting or interesting
If I take photos of people I have to get closer.
I also should maybe not use a tripod in the middle of the street.
If I worked on my timing the guy outside could be slightly more to the right.
That would make the photo a bit better.
But it really isn’t that interesting or great. 26090012

f11 1/15

Last photo turned out pretty okay.
I should have shot at f22 1/4 to smooth out ripples.
The color is pretty good, as are the branches of the trees to the right.
It is pleasing but not super exciting.

Overall I had a great day shooting photos, and I feel like I learned a little bit from the experience.  I really enjoy shooting film, and look forward to doing it all week.  I can’t wait for the next roll!

A Year in Film: Week 1

My goal this year is to shoot 52 rolls of Kodak Portra 400 film on my borrowed Hasselblad 500 C.  There are similar one camera, one lens, one film, one year projects, but this is mine, and I am going to do my damnedest to stick to it.

Each week will be themed according to the rules of Dogwood Photography.  There is also a group on Reddit that I will be submitting these to, though I am trying to work a week or two in advance just so I have time to develop my film.

There will be a lot less curation on these photos than on my bird photos.  Wanting to document my whole process and learning curve.  I am assuming there will be weeks where I get no good photos…

This week I also tested shooting all photos metered at ISO 200.
This is supposed to make them brighter/vibrant.

So. This week’s challenge/theme was photos of complementary colors.
The friendliest kind of colors.22840001

f8 1/30
This ended up being the second photo of the roll.  The first photo was lost to a loading error.  One of my many lessons I am assuming I will learn shooting 52 rolls of this film.
Blue/Orange and Green/Red complementary colors. 22840002

f16 1/8

For some reason I thought red and blue were complementary.
Meh… close enough.22840003

f16 1/8th

Some lady came out of the building to ask what I was doing.
I told her it was an art project.
Orange/Red and Blue/Green

f16 1/4

Goal here was to get a bit of car movement to actually make this orange/green photo interesting.
Though I do love the details the Hasselblad’s medium format give in the brick and the tree.

I may end up focusing more on pleasing colors/textures in the future.

f4 1/15

Red and Green booths really caught my eye
This place also has Street Fighter two.
El Burrito Loco #3 (My favorite neighborhood taco shop)
I learn here that if you shoot blue in the dark it just looks black.
I shouldn’t be surprised

f5.6 1/60

This woman perfectly matches this laundromat.
I learned another lesson here though:
I gotta keep my head up when taking photos.
3 seconds after she passed there were two women holding vacuums that walked by.
That probably would have been a better photo (shrug emoji)22840007

f5.6 1/30th

Happy about how vibrant this is.
Though it is pretty boring.
And slightly askew.22840008

f5.6 6ish seconds counted in my head

I just really love laundromats I guess.
This was supposed to be orange/blue, but the blue of the building went black.
You live, you take notes, you learn.

f5.6 and cable release malfunction22840010

f5.6 30 seconds

I took two photos due to the first not working the way I wanted.
I have a cable release that doesn’t quite work, so the first photo is probably 1/15
The second photo, the release triggered and didn’t fail,
so I was able to do a 30 second exposure.
Not really sure which one I like better.
The second one is growing on me,
seems a bit more interesting, and the wood texture is nice.
Also, it is better aligned in the frame.

Week 1 is done.  I sure learned a lot with one roll of film.
Let me know if you have a favorite photo!

Click Here for Week 2

Out to Sea


I went on my first pelagic trip ever
lookin’ for birds in the ocean
I rode in that boat on the left
Weather was perfect
Seas were a bit rough
It was a 10 hour tour
I only felt sea sick for 10% of the time


Red-necked Phalarope
Nonsensically small bird to live in the ocean
Weighs 1.2 ounces
Photo taken about 17 miles out
So tiny, how are they not food for everything?


Angry looking dinosaur
But not a dinosaur
A Rhinoceros Auklet
The little horn at the base of its beak gets bigger
Brings in all the ladies


Black-Footed Albatross
The main reason for the trip.
Oregon’s Largest seabird
With a 7 foot wingspan


Though one of the smallest Albatross species
The majority of them breed in Hawaii
Then they spend their winters in the pacific
The closest they get to us is 35+ miles off the coast of Oregon


Just waiting for strangers to boat by
And feed them popcorn
And maybe some beef fat
Though they mostly eat squid, fish eggs and plastic


They glide majestically over the waves
And have a very good sense of smell
Allowing them to find food from afar
But they can drink water whenever they want


They have a desalinization gland in their head
That pulls the salt out of the sea water they drink
And then a highly salinated solution drips out their nose
I love them.


This Albatross is being investigated by a South polar skua
Whereas the Albatross nests in Hawaii, these guys nest in the South Pole!
And they all winter far out in the Pacific


South polar Skua visits a gull
They are cleptoparasites
Literally parasites by theft
If they see gulls, terns, or fulmars with fish
They just bite them and shake them until they drop it


They also just kill and eat baby penguins.


In the foreground a smaller type of Skua
The juvenile Long-tailed jaeger
Inspecting a juvenile California Gull
These Jaegers also harass and steal food from birds
Though my understanding is that it is usually from smaller birds
Little bullies (I love anthropomorphising stuff!)


Buller’s Shearwater
I don’t really know anything about them
Other than that they are beautiful
Clean white pattern underneath
Outlined in black
This was a bird I wanted to see on the trip, but wasn’t a sure thing
I was very happy to see it


This is a Pink-footed Shearwater
not to be confused with Flesh-footed Shearwater
Who names these things?
The more common of the large shearwaters
Having to only fly from Chile, not New Zeland, to get to waters off of Oregon
Incredible journeys made by all


Last but not least
Northern Fulmars
They come in two flavors:
Dark morph, and Light Morph
Both salty.


These guys also have the desalinization gland
Though their nostrils are on the top
Their beaks appear to have been broken
then super glued back together by a child


They can live to be 30+ years old
And return to their same nest site every year
Though they don’t start mating until they are between 6-12 years old


I saw other birds too
But these are the best of the best photos
Taking photos with a super zoom lens
On a ship that is rocking very erratically
But I had a good time, and I would love to try again



Grand Finale
Humpback Whale Breaching
Doing Pec Slaps


Look at the barnacles on his chin!
like some weird goatee
These are called Coronula diadema
And it is a species of barnacle that only lives on Humpback Whales!
WEIRD, I guess kinda like a STI
But for whales


It is smiling!
You can see its baleen
And I think that little dot in the bottom center
That is its eye
I always take photos mid-blink


The whale was doing “Pec Slaps”
Just smashing its pectoral fins into the water
Making huge splashes
And we all loved it


A final Jump


And a final splash

The trip was incredible
The whale display may have been a once in a lifetime event
Though I hope that’s not true
I had a great time, got 13 new lifers
14 new Oregon birds, & 18 new Lincoln County birds
Oh yeah, and a majestic Humpback whale
Perhaps the best bird of the trip.




Macchu Picchu
Maybe you’ve heard of it

White-Bellied Woodstar

White-bellied Woodstar live there


Fanny Pack Model


Birth announcement ideas

20170617-_T9A0514My squad rolls pretty deep


Majestic Llamas of Ollantaytambo


Pretty standard form of taxi

black vulture square

Black Vulture’s fill the same niche in Lima as crows do in Portland


They are multiplying


No touching!


Trash Bouquet lovingly picked


Square Peg in a Square hole.


You come for the llamas,
You’ll stay for the quinoa soup


Human form of Pachamama
Goddess of Time and Earth


This is how see-saws work, right?


Photogenic preschool mascot

Andean Flicker

Andean Flicker


Mystery air plant


Peruvian Soccer Moms


Cuzco is the city of cool hats


In Peru you need four license plates
One for each side of the vehicle.


Celestial Gardener


Lots of random dogs in Peru
Not all as handsome as this pupper though.


Spot-billed Ground-tyrant


Puffy American Kestrel


Isometric building.
Hard to tell if constructing or deconstructing.


Stairs like ribbons


Best way to make money from fuzzy animals:
Charge people to take photos of them.


Parade Floats


Cusco is steep.


Play Hard.

Amazilia Hummingbird

Amazilia Hummingbird
Pretty Amaz-ing

rufous-collared sparrow

Most ubiquitous tiny bird
Chestnut-collard Sparrow

spectacled redstart

Spectacled Redstart



Torrent Tyranulet

Cutest birds of peru
Torrent Tyrannulets
They move in little groups
They are just little puff balls.

Edge Coffee Art Show

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have a new art show at Edge Coffee in Beaverton, Oregon.
Show runs 5/2 – 8/1  so you have a bit of time to get down there.
It would be awesome if you could make it down there.
Great bird watching is half a mile away at Beaverton Creek Wetlands / Tualatin Hills Nature park.
Make a day of it.

If you would like to buy a print please let me know, I have prices and sizes listed below each image.  Prices include frames.

A - Flight - 8x10Want your very own hummingbird guardian?
Someone to eat your spiders?
Potion: 1 part sugar + 4 parts water
Hang outside
Say “This is for hummingbirds”
Poof! Hummingbird spell complete.

Female Anna´s Hummingbird
$65 8×10

A - Annas - 8x10In this hectic world
A bird has just got to take a moment
To take a big breath in
And stretch all the way out

Male Anna’s Hummingbird
$65 8×10

A - babies - 5x7Babies crying incessantly
In the form of cute lil quacks
Mom needs a break
Just let the quacklings play in the yard

Mallard Ducklings
$40 5×7

A - Owl - 4x6
His name is Rocky
Though he probably doesn’t know it

Burrowing Owl
$20 4×6

A - Bluebird - 5x7A dutiful father
Watches patiently
As the mother of his children
Does all the work

Western Bluebird
$40 5×7

A - Crow - 8x10Walking to the market
On his one day off.
Mr. Crow creates a mental shopping list:
Fresh loaf of crusty bread
A wedge of stinky cheese
A bottle of red wine (or two).
Tonight is going to be special!

American Crow
$65 8×10

A - Finch - 5x7Blessed be thy seed eating angel
Who hovers by our side
And sings so sweetly
May you find a tasty morsel
And avoid predation

House Finch
$40 5×7

A - phalarope - 12x12It’s important to self-reflect
Otherwise, you are a vampire.

Red Phalarope
$120 12×12

A - Meadowlark - 5x7Hey Kids!
Wanna make some questionable life choices?
Yeah, I thought so.
I’ll Help.

Western Meadowlark
$40 5×7

A - Heron - 8x10
My Ugliest Photo
Chosen to enhance the beauty
Of all of the others
Please don’t buy it
Get the Phalarope photo!
And follow me on instagram

Green Heron
$65 8×10

A - Owl - 12x16You come to the forest
To seek their wisdom
But they only respond
“Who cooks for you?”

Barred Owl
$120 12×16

A - Wren - 12x12
Hopped up on hormones
Belting birdsong through the forest
Shakin’ that booty
Ladies form a line

Pacific Wren
$120 12×12

A - Varied - 5x7Missed Connection: m4b
I was on a walk
You were sunning yourself in the grass
I smiled and took your photo
You posed and flew off
I think of you often
Coffee sometime?

Varied Thrush
$40 5×7

A - woodie - 12x16Duck modeling contracts
Usually include a rider
Dictating demands for day old bread

Wood Duck
$120 12×16

A - Grossbeak - 8x10Birds of the wizarding community
Secretly gathering materials
So they may cast spells from the treetops

Evening Grosbeak
$65 8×10

A - Pelican - 5x7
A young foolhardy trio

Earning a living as fishmongers
Though aspiring to something greater

Brown Pelican
$40 5×7

Texas Spring Break: End of Days


End of Days.
Maybe that is Dramatic.
But it was definitely my last few days worth of Photos.
I can’t believe it has been three weeks since I was last in Texas
almost all of my itches are going away.
As are my clear recollections of any events that may or may not have happened
All we have now are memories cobbled together with photos
But that is more than I really have of most things anyway
So at least we have the photos.

Pretty sure this is a sunrise
Or a sunset
Those are probably also some good birds
And definitely some palms
All that can be confirmed here is bird silhouette and palms.
This tree is a mighty fellow
It is probably still where we left it
I have GPS coordinates if anyone wants to see it in real life

Some kind of non-memorable butterfly name
Swallow-tail something something?
Memories are fuzzy
Lots of good lizards,
Convinced most of them were the same
Anole, Green Anole, Something Gecko,
I am pretty sure they changed colors based on your mood
It aint easy bein’ green
One of the more memorable birds
One of our target birds
And an easy bird to get anyone excited about South Texas
The Green Jay
I still am surprised that this is real
Portland needs more green birds. 20170326-_T9A4223

This is a hooded Oriole
It loves Sabal Palmetto
And to be fair, Sabal is one of best kinds of Palmetto
Very palmy
Portland could also use a few more Orioles.

20170326-_T9A4288Oh god!
Its coming right for us!
Regal Lawn Dart
Destroyer of Fishies
Royal Tern20170326-_T9A4301

South Padre Island
South Jetty
Good place for fishermen
Or if you just like to be with a giant crowd
Surrounded by water on 3 sides.
Needle nosed fish shape
Fun to catch,
For humans or Cormorants
But you gotta let it go bud
Eating it would be suicide!
International Port Towering in the skies
Fishermen living in the shadows
The future is here
But it isn’t evenly distributed

Black Skimmer
Gets by skimming off the top 1% 20170326-_T9A4445

Clapper Rail
But ever present
Well… In its range, at least. 20170326-_T9A4637

Ruddy Turnstone again
Body naturally off balance
Enjoys long walks on the beach20170326-_T9A4738

You just gotta expand your mind
See things from a different
Whatever Frank.
No Seriously.
I think I have it all figured out
We’ve been looking at it all wrong
Skimmer’s mostly don’t skim
They seem to mostly chill on the beach.
Black Chillers
I brought you this
I hope you like it
I picked it myself.
Sable Palm Sanctuary. 20170326-IMG_7499
Its a jungle in there20170326-IMG_7518
A beautiful Jungle20170326-IMG_7522

Some birds live here.

Photos are crazy Jumbled
As are my memories
Laughing gulls
And strutting humans
coexisting is all we can ask for20170326-IMG_7581Human Nature


Birds are just staring into the sun all the time
No hats
No sunglasses
Sometimes hiding in the shade
Must be reason for black around eyes
Oh great
Another beautiful little butterfly
This one has seen better days
Probably called queen something something
I don’t know.20170328-_T9A7667

One of my more memorable trip birds
White-eyed Vireo
Sings incessantly in the bushes
Almost always behind a branch
Like an optical illusion
No matter where you go you can’t get a clear view
This clear view
Obviously breaking the weird rule that I just created
Was the effort of 15 minutes of walking around the same bush
Trying for the perfect shot20170328-_T9A7708

Oh hello
I’ll be your Harris’s Hawk for the Trip
Look at those feet
Look at that bird
They’re all good birds
But this one is better.
Rufous Pants
Brown Jacket
Yellow Shoes
We stared longingly into each others eyes
For… maybe 2 minutes.
Trip highlight for sure. 20170328-_T9A7774

Mourning Doves
Apparently they are everywhere.
oh well, this one has Texas as a background.
Tropical Kingbird of Industry
Checking those fittings
Tightening those bolts
Catching those flies
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Family oriented
Enjoys public parks
Probably bread crumbs. 20170328-_T9A7888

Look at those stilts
also black neck
A bird normally found wading
Was searching for some shallow water
But only found a deep pond
Pretty sure I’m lost


A real grabable lizard
I have proof.
Available on request.

I miss you
I would like to visit
I wish I had the energy
Or capacity
To write more about you
When you were fresher in my mind
But I have new adventures to go on20170328-IMG_7768
Birds are on the move
Spring is here
Oregon may not have your incredible diversity
But it still has some really good birds
I’ll prove it.


Texas Day 2: Electric Boogaloo


Foggy morning seemed like a bad omen
Yeah right, we saw a bunch of birds anyway
And arachnids
But nobody’s home here


We also saw a horse
Though we received an apology for not seeing more
Apparently Texas should have more free range Horses


Our best look at an Olive Sparrow.
we heard them singing during the whole trip
But Texas birds are tricky
and there are lots of places to hide.


This is South Padre Island
If you like Herons, Egrets, Shorebirds, and Ducks
There may be no better place
incredible beauty in diversity
and the boardwalks make this barrier island very accessible.


This Tricolored Heron thought I needed a closer look
It flew right up to the boardwalk so I could get a better view
“Check my wings bro!”


It is difficult describing this shorebird
If vanilla frozen yogurt is your dessert of choice
You will love a Willet.


The Black Skimmer
Looks like it was made from too many bird parts
But it has a niche,
and the niche is skimming.


Surprisingly overlooked
Maybe because they are literally everywhere
Great Tailed Grackle
Succeeds in getting my attention.
They are easier to focus on if they are solitary.


We saw our Texas alligators too!
They came in two sizes
Adorable Baby sized


And Big Chompy Mom sized


Green heron reminds me of a tiger
Maybe it is the yellow eyes
or the ready-to-pounce posture
Absolutely prepared to eat some tiny fish


I loved Jurassic Park
I love dinosaurs
And I think that is why I love bird watching
That and I get to keep obsessive lists
Look at this Common gallinule’s  feet though!
So Stabby!
Probably makes putting socks on difficult.


Little Blue Heron
One of my favorite birds of the trip
The largest legitimately blue bird I have seen
But wait, it also gets a purple head?
Wait?  It also stabs fish?
So good.


Scanning the surroundings
Is fairly difficult
If your perch is only a foot off the ground
Silly Osprey


More Willet
I just can’t get enough
And I can’t explain why
Vanilla elegance?
Is that a thing?


Little girl doesn’t care about how great these birds are
Or maybe sand is more important
These flocks would pop up periodically
Mostly due to tourists taking Skimmer selfies
Or people parking on the Skimmer part of the beach
Weird coexistence with cool birds at South Padre


The most proactive fisherbird I have seen
Chases and flaps wings maniacally
And it works?
These guys are hilarious to watch, and I love them.
White Morph Reddish Egret


After South Padre
We trekked into the wastes
Post apocalyptic bird watching

Little waste scavenger
A little water here
A little snack there
The future is bleak
But we make due
And find hope in the little things
Being able to fly


Spotted Sandpiper
Found respite among a bit of grass
Normally a bird you’d find next to water
If there was water


Ahhh I’m just playin’
I love a post apocalyptic hypothetical
This place was really just a weird boat ramp
That led out to a cracked-earth mudflat.
Here’s another Willet.
And in this photo you get to witness their true beauty>
Vanilla exterior
But the wings,
Oh the wings:
Chocolate swirl.


Semipalmated Plover
Probably stuffed with marshmallow
Eyes on the skies
Gotta make sure his delicious candy interior
Stays on the interior
For as long as possible.


After the apocalyptic memorial boat dock
We went to Mexico
At least our phones thought we did
Kept changing to international roaming
This is a photo of Mexico
From our side of the Rio Grande
You can’t hear Mexican Folk music blasting
But know it is there.


Laughing Gulls were everywhere
At Boca Chica
But also everywhere else
Though I tend to appreciate a gull a bit more
When it is at the beach
Maybe I just like the ocean.


Mid laugh-laughing gull
Their eye crescents
Dark coloration & red bill
Make these very attractive birds
Underappreciated due to frequency seen
Oregonians would go nuts if one showed up here.
(only three ever have).


Just a lil crab
There were several
Living terrestrial lives
In tiny hobbit holes
This one’s body was about the size of a quarter


Constantly running in the surf
Stopping while the water recedes
Grabbing a tiny snack
And running again
Busy life of a Sanderling


Yellow-crowned Night Heron
A bird I had seen before in the Dominican Republic
And a bird I really wanted to see again
This was our best look
As it landed behind our car on our way home
I leaned out for a photo
Such a great body shape
Head/bill are so menacing looking
Yellow eyes help too.
I want to see more soon.

20170325-_T9A3871The last good bird of the day
Ruddy Turnstone
Their face kind of reminds me of Rorschach
Rorschach Turnstone
Too bad if I rename birds nobody knows what I am talking about

Day two was a great day
A long day with 26 new bird species I have never seen before (lifers)
I ended up taking about 1,500 photos, and we went bird watching for about 12 hours
Here are the my three eBird checklists if anyone is curious.

For your convenience if you missed it
Preliminary Texas Trip Report
Texas Day 1: Lower Rio Grande Valley

And here is where I put a link to Day 3
In a couple of days… man this blogging stuff is a lot of work.