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Two Moods of a Red Dahlia

These images aren’t that great! I just wanted to see what they would look like, published on my blog? I’m still having some focusing challenges. My images just don’t seem clear enough yet? And red, for me anyway, seems like a difficult color to duplicate?

Here are two images of the same flower. The first is taken without a light, just opening up the camera. The second under a spot light. Revealing two moods of this gorgeous American Beauty Dahlia flower.

I found Christopher Beane’s book “Flower” at the library a few weeks back. He’s a New York photographer who worked at the flower market in Manhattan. He got to bring a lot of flowers home to photograph after work. So he got to control his background. I noticed this particular book has a lot flowers on black backgrounds. I’ve always enjoyed black backgrounds on a lot of things, black seems to bring out the colors more? But I haven’t photographed flowers on a black background yet? Yes, with all the flower images I’ve taken so far, the ones with black backgrounds were taken like that. I’m normally out in a garden somewhere finding images where the background can be controlled, but not changed. I haven’t spent a lot of time photographing flowers in the studio, under lights yet. I decided to give it a try.

I visited my neighborhood flower stand – Flower Bomb – the other day and found some beautiful Dahlias to photograph. This is new for me too; I have only bought flowers for photography a few times. It’s fun to support small local businesses.

I got the flower home and started in on the task. It’s a little more difficult than one might thing? I mean anyone can point a light at a flower and take a picture, right? I did that, was done in about 15 minutes. But since you have everything set up and the model is willing, might as well get creative, right? Next thing I knew it was 2 hours later! And I still had another 3 flowers to photograph. So, I guess there’s the time invested and whether one has such time to invest in a project like this? That was just my first session with this flower.

Hope you enjoy? Remember to share! Let me know if you think you might want a print?

Peace

~V

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Another Autumn Nearly Passed

Wow! It’s difficult to believe that Autumn is nearly two-thirds gone already? In a little over 30 days from today, Winter will be presenting it’s likeness for all to enjoy! And the holidays are just around the corner from that.

Yesterday, while working on some images that will be presented in an upcoming post, probably later this week, I found this golden colored Maple Leaf barely hanging on to this Heavenly Bamboo leaf in my backyard. It made for an impromptu photo session to get the images posted in today’s post. Pretty cool from my humble opinion? What do you think?

I hope you’re enjoying the Autumn season so far this year? Watching the leaves change colors on the trees and gather on the ground has been a thorough enjoyment for me to experience this year. I’ve enjoyed posted all the colors of Autumn, if you’ve missed any of them take a moment of your time to go back and review. I think you’ll like? And in the meantime, share with your friends. I need all the exposure I can get.

I also wanted to briefly state that I #standUnited with #France and against bullying, intimidation and violent threats. There’s only room for #peace in this #World, let’s start living it today.

Peace

~V

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$99 – 45 Minute Lunchtime Photo Sessions! Kid Friendly!

Autumn colors are around the corner, time for your Autumn Photo Session?

I like to facilitate Photo Sessions in environments that open up the individual being photographed. The colors in Portland, OR area parks are fabulous right now! Time to update that professional image or the family portrait. Forest Park, Laurelhurst Park, and Hoyt Arboretum are just a few of my suggestions. Above are just some of my favorite portraits I’ve created in the last year. Call today – 503-241-0170, ask about my $99 – 45 minute Lunchtime Photo Sessions. They only last 45 minutes. Lets meet and have coffee so we can talk about what you’d like to see in a session.

Phone/text – 503-241-0170
Email – kindmuse@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you today!

Peace

~V

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High Voltage Easy Elegance Rose

C. Vincent Ferguson - High Voltage Easy Elegance Rose - Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – High Voltage Easy Elegance Rose – Digital Image

In  my continuing month long celebration of the venerable rose flower, today I want to feature the variety of rose called High Voltage. This beautiful, yellow colored rose flower is easy to maintain and grows in bunches. I probable should go back to my favorite rose gardens and find an image that will show this flower in a bunch, rather than solo. And perhaps I will? But for now, enjoy this solitary image and remember that yellow roses symbolize joy, gladness, and friendship. It’s a good rose flower to give as a thank you gift to an office mate without them thinking you’re trying to tell them something else.

Please share this post far and wide.

Peace

~V

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Rose Macro II

C. Vincent Ferguson - Rose Macro - Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Rose Macro – Digital Image

His Paradise

by Amanda D Besserer

Bring me to his paradise
a feeling of within,
naked to his loving eyes
caressing me with sin
I long to feel his softest kiss
upon my dampened skin

Bring me to his paradise,
and let our bodies meet
the trickle of the rain outside
would shower us with heat,
I wish to be his fantasy
and make our love complete.

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Tiffany – Another Pink Rose

C. Vincent Ferguson - Tiffany Rose - Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Tiffany Rose – Digital Image

Well, I’ve been a flower taking nerd so far this season. The Flower Season that is. I’ve taken nearly 2000 images of flower so far this season. Out of those, I’ve found nearly 600 in my goal to reach 730 images of flowers this year. The season is only a quarter of the way done, it’s been a spectacular year for flowers. I can not walk by the garden without wanting to take some images. I could probably reach 1000 images of flowers this year. Out of all the different types of flowers I’ve created digital images of, the rose is by far the most prevalent. I’ve found 72 images of different varieties of roses so far this year. The public rose gardens in Portland have the varietal type of rose posted in each garden, so we know the particular variety of each rose. This year, I’ve kept special attention to these postings so hopefully not only will you be seeing a rose in my posts, but on many of the images you’ll get to see the special variety of the rose in each image.

This particular rose in today’s post is a Tiffany Rose. Very soft pink petals with just a hint of yellow emanating from it’s center. The color yellow in a rose symbolizes joy, gladness, and friendship, the pink represents love, gratitude and appreciation. This Tiffany Rose brings those two meaning together into one flower.

To celebrate the number of images I’ve found so far this year, I want to present some of these 72 images of roses I’ve found. Beginning June 1st, I’m going to post a Rose image every day for 21 days. Why 21? I don’t know, just seemed like a good number. So, if you visit often you’ll get to see some of the beautiful roses I’ve come across this year. It’s been a great experience finding all these roses.

Oh, and wanted to give profs to the 2015 Festival of Roses in Portland. Congratulations on another great festival.

Peace

~V

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Happy Mother’s Day!

C. Vincent Ferguson - Mardi Gras Rose - Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Mardi Gras Rose – Digital Image

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

~Abraham Lincoln

#HappyMothersDay

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Willamette Valley, Basket Slough

My destination for this week’s blog post shows the diversity of colors that can be found in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon. I’d been wanting to stop at the Basket Slough National Wildlife Refuge for a couple years now and finally got a chance to do that recently. I had a late morning photo job in Dallas, OR and decided to leave even earlier cause it gave me a chance to visit this special place at sunrise, during the golden hour. But I only had a little bit of time, about 30 minutes, so I went back after my job was done, in the afternoon. The tree images in this post were taken at sunrise, the Camas flower image was taken in the afternoon. Believe it or not, these images were taken in the Spring, just a couple weeks before this blog post – despite the trees looking golden as if it was Autumn. The Basket Slough is a stop over destination for the Dusky Canadian Goose, and there were tons of them there on this day. I found a couple images of 100s of them roosting in a field, but it’s not a very good one, I can’t even tell that they are geese sitting there. A couple times during my visit there was a mass geese fly off, but I wasn’t in a good place to get an image of them. What a beautiful place to stop over, I almost feel jealous of the geese. If you get a chance, be sure to visit. It’s a small place, so you wouldn’t need to spend a lot of time there. But until then enjoy these images and be sure to share with your friends.

Peace

~V

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Lunar Eclipse – April 4, 2015

C. Vincent Ferguson - Lunar Eclipse April 4, 2015 - Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Lunar Eclipse April 4, 2015 – Digital Image

Okay, here’s the best image I could muster of today’s #lunareclipse, #bloodmoon, from deep inside inner Southeast Portland, Oregon. Double “rare’s” tonight – It was a rare clear April evening here in Portland, making this rare event viewable from our neck of the woods. This was taken with my Nikon D200 and a Sigma 75 – 300mm lens. I’m quite excited about the look of it! I hope you like it too? Please share!

Addendum: Well, after being awake for a couple hours overnight to see if I could capture this rare event, I went back to bed and woke up around 9am. To an overcast sky! It appears the clouds retreated long enough for us in the Portland area to see this rare event!?!

Peace

~V

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The Chief Mourner

The Chief Mourner album by Jon Ransom is so raw and pure it’s unbelievable! The soulful sounds that Jon makes reveal a personality that is so pure and dedicated to the creative process. The song Crooked Wing is my favorite, but in the few weeks that I’ve owned this album, I’ve found myself waking in the morning, humming and singing, the catchy Alchemist tune to myself. On listening to the entire album I can tell Jon has poured a lot of his personal demeanor into the music. He’s created something very personal and touching. But yet done it in such a way that anyone can relate. Such as in the song Stagefright, he’s captured a feeling all of us have experienced at one point in our lives. But it’s not just Jon on this album, it present a cornucopia of Portland Musicians, whose contribution exhibit a feeling that they are all dedicated to the music. The album presents a cornucopia of Portland Musicians. While the album is called the Chief Mourner, allaying the possibility of something, or someone, dying, upon listening to the whole album, I believe something in life is being exhumed from deep inside and celebrated. This album is worth a listen or two and the art work is phenomenal. It’s very Portlandia!

The images with this post are from Jon Ransom’s Album Release party, which took place at the Alberta Street Pub in February of this year. The show featured contributions from the band Small Souls, and duo Towns and Villages. The first image features Jon playing with Barry Brusseau and the third image shows the sultry Ezza Rose doing backup singing on the song “Till the Night Fades Away.” Both very noted and accomplished Portland musicians in their own right.

Hope you like the images, be sure to visit Jon’s Bandcamp or CD Baby page, by clicking on the links, to sample the music and perhaps buy a digital file or two. Please share this post with your friends also.

Peace

~V

 

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The Falls of Elowah

The Elowah Waterfall is located in the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side. According to the book Romance of Waterfalls it’s got a Romance Rating of 7 out of 10. So, if you’re looking for a romantic place to take your date, this is it! It’s an easy hike too, not very long at all, less than 1 mile to get from parking along the freeway to the waterfall. To make it a little longer when you get to the falls and cross the bridge, keep going to trail #400, back down to the paved bike path along I-84, and walk back to the parking area beside the Freeway.

I’ve seen images of these falls with the water raging over the side, but on this Winter day that I went, the water flow seemed lackluster? Probably because we haven’t gotten that much rain so far during our Winter Season? That was somewhat disconcerting. My plan is to visit again sometime in the next month, and retake some of these same images to see what kind of change has taken place. It also might be a good idea to visit in the Autumn season to find an image after the trees have changed their color.

I hope you like this week’s post, please share with your connections.

Peace

~V

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The Noble Magnolia

I had such a good session on Saturday night, visiting Laurelhurst Park to find some images of flowers that might be blooming there. I just had to share these with you. I found over 30 good images, there are my favorite three. The Magnolia Tree is so spectacular this when it’s flowering, beautiful colors, odors, it’s simply amazing. I hope I’ve captured it’s nobility with some of these images? I went out during the magic hour, just before sunset. The Magnolia wasn’t the only thing blooming, just my favorite. I got some other images too, that I’ll more than likely be sharing in the coming weeks.

Laurelhurst Park has many different varieties of Magnolias. This is only what’s blooming so far. They are the early birds, and early they are. Although it is March now, maybe only a little  bit early? There will be more blooms coming up the near future. I’ll try and capture those as well. In the mean time, enjoy these for now. Be sure to share with your friends. Help me spread the word about this blog.

Peace

~V