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The Life of a Crappy Photographer


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It’s been a little over 4 years now since I’ve been creating posts for this blog! I knew at the very beginning that I wasn’t an awesome photographer, but I figured I had promise and was eager to become at least a decent photography. It was my objective to post images mainly for myself so I could look back on my posts and see the progress I make toward creating better images.

I kind of figured I’d pick up a few followers along the way? I have a few followers but none of them ever actually visit my blog. I average zero (0) visitors per day. Unless WordPresses algorithms  aren’t accurately recording the number of visits to my blog, which would be a major concern of mine, but I have no way of actually verifying the number of visitors on a daily basis, so I guess I would never know whether WordPress is inaccurately recording the number of visitors to my blog? I don’t see why WordPress wouldn’t want an accurate picture of visitors to the blogs they host? But my average number of visitors remains at zero. That means that occasionally I might get a visitor or two on my blog, but most days I get zero visits. It’s good thing I’m only doing this for myself, because I’m sure not very successful at it. Probably because I remain a crappy photographer. I keep trying though.

Case in point, my last blog post telling a Caterpillar Story about crawling on a Kousa Dogwood Bract. Are these images perfect? Probably not, but I think they are pretty cool anyway. But judging from the response I got on the post, namely only 4 people have actually “liked” that post. I figured that post would blow up with it’s cuteness? But far from it. Fewer than zero number of visitors stopped by my blog to check that post out. So essentially, no one except for me is liking my photography. That kind of hurts.

Anyway, this is where I stand right now 4 years after starting this blog. and a little under 3 years in posting on my 2 Quote A Flower and Daily Digital Mandala blogs. All three generate an average of zero visitors per day. As I posted a few weeks back on my Marching Towards 1000 Mandalas post, I’m coming up on having created 1000 Digital Mandalas. This is something I’m pretty proud anyway, even if no on else is. I just think that’s impressive but praise for that achievement I will not get. Because nobody will know about it. Anyway, the image above is from that collection of 1000 Digital Mandalas. It’s one of my favorites. From a digital image of a bee hovering over a Sea Holly flower. I’m a little under 50 posts away from 1000 posts on the Daily Digital Mandala Blog. I should be posting my 1000th Digital Mandala on Sept 27th next month. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m afraid it’s going to be a less than stellar celebration, because nobody else cares.

Peace

~V

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First Crocus


Vince Ferguson - First Crocus - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – First Crocus – Digital Image

First Crocus I’ve seen this year! I found this wonderful flower bunch while walking down the street this morning. In fact, every year for the at least the last 3 years, this little bunch of flowers in this exact spot has been the first sign I see that signals the beginning of the Spring Flower season. Time to get my camera ready for picture taking.

Why do I take pictures of flowers? Well, first, I just like preserving as many of the amazing varieties of flowers that are out there. But, secondly, for my 2 Quote A Flower blog. if you haven’t visited yet, you should check this blog out by clicking on the link above.

In the mean time, please share with your friends, and prepare yourself for another season of flowers.

Peace

~V


2014 in Review for ESP


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Winter Iciness


The Pacific Northwest got it’s once every 5 year snow storm over the past few days. I think this is more snow that I’ve seen since I left Kansas City? It’s been very beautiful, despite it’s destructiveness. I ventured out over to Laurelhurst Park and surrounding neighborhood this morning to see what kind of images I might be able to find. Though I felt it needed to be documented, I purposely skipped over the garbage heaps and empty beer bottles left over by all the snow revelers. You know, I’m one to have a great time and enjoy these rare snow storms by sledding and skiing and just enjoying the cold, but I was always taught to clean up after myself? Not to just leave my broken toys for somebody else to clean up. It’s amazing how many people think they can just leave their popped air toys, broken down cardboard boxes, and empty cups and beer bottles for the park personnel to pick up? I was really bummed to have seen such a littered park this morning.

But I digress. I managed to find some beauty in the ice and snow. Hopefully I’ve presented some of that beauty with this post. While I found a lot of different images, the running theme today seemed to be iced branches and plants. Here are three images of a couple Magnolia Buds,  Heavenly Bamboo berries, and a tree branch sticking out of the icy pond. All covered in ice.

I hope you like this special winter post. Vote above, or like/comment below.

Peace

~V


Photo Essay – HDR Composition


These are some pretty amazing HDR images in this collection from the photographers @Viewbug

“High Dynamic Range photography is becoming a very popular technique with today’s technology, the gallery within this contest contains thousands of amazing examples to delight your eyes!  As described by Wikipedia, ‘High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of techniques used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than possible using standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter’.”

Follow this link to check out some more of these amazing images.

“Concert Hall III” by vibrantshot

Photo Credit – “Concert Hall III” by vibrantshot

I hope you enjoyed this…

Peace

~V


Photo Essay – Flash


“From studio shots to outdoor action shots, this gallery has it all! Be sure to browse all the photos and get creative ideas on how to get an even better use of flash.”

Flash Photography Contest Finalists!
http://blog.viewbug.com/flash-photography-contest-finalists/

Peace

~V


Decadent Decay, Part 7 of 7


Vince Ferguson - Decadent Decay 07 - Digital Portrait

Vince Ferguson – Decadent Decay 07 – Digital Portrait

Decadent Decay photo session image number 7. This is the seventh part of a 7 part series of images created at Tanner Springs Park and The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and featuring Jenny Watson. The historic Centennial Mills provided a truly decadent background for these images.

There seems to be a little social commentary going on in this image. With the steel trunk for the “tree,” and it being tied down by stakes. Then there’s the beautifully placed halo over Jenny’s head.

I hope you like? Rate this post above, or comment below. “Likes” are always welcome. I’m trying to reach 100 followers, and 12,000 views for the year, by the end of 2013. Will you help me out? Become a follower today by clicking the “Follow” button either at the top, or the bottom, of your screen. If you like this post, share it with your friends? Thanks!

To view parts 1 – 6 – released this week – visit the appropriate link below:

Decadent Decay, Part 1

Decadent Decay, Part 2

Decadent Decay, Part 3

Decadent Decay, Part 4

Decadent Decay, Part 5

Decadent Decay, Part 6

Peace

~V


Decadent Decay, Part 6 of 7


Vince Ferguson - Decadent Decay 6(Jenny) - Digital Portrait

Vince Ferguson – Decadent Decay 6(Jenny) – Digital Portrait

Decadent Decay photo session image number 6. This is the sixth part of a 7 part series of images created at Tanner Springs Park and The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and featuring the elegant Jenny Watson. The historic Centennial Mills provided a truly decadent background for these images.

This is a very elegant image. I think I may have over exposed on the face a little, and the picnic table, she also may be just a little blurry, but still a very nice image.

I hope you like? Rate this post above, or comment below. “Likes” are always welcome. I’m trying to reach 100 followers, and 12,000 views for the year, by the end of 2013. Will you help me out? Become a follower today by clicking the “Follow” button either at the top, or the bottom, of your screen. If you like this post, share it with your friends? Thanks!

To view parts 1 – 5 – released this week – visit this link:

Decadent Decay, Part 1

Decadent Decay, Part 2

Decadent Decay, Part 3

Decadent Decay, Part 4

Decadent Decay, Part 5

Peace

~V


Decadent Decay, Part 5 of 7


Vince Ferguson - Decadent Decay 05 - Digital Portrait

Vince Ferguson – Decadent Decay 05 – Digital Portrait

Decadent Decay photo session image number 5. This is the fifth part of a 7 part series of images created at Tanner Springs Park and The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and featuring Jenny Watson. The historic Centennial Mills provided a truly decadent background for these images.

I like the soft light on her face in this image.

I hope you like? Rate this post above, or comment below. “Likes” are always welcome. I’m trying to reach 100 followers, and 12,000 views for the year, by the end of 2013. Will you help me out? Become a follower today by clicking the “Follow” button either at the top, or the bottom, of your screen. If you like this post, share it with your friends? Thanks!

To view parts 1 – 4 – released this week – visit the appropriate link below:

Decadent Decay, Part 1

Decadent Decay, Part 2

Decadent Decay, Part 3

Decadent Decay, Part 4

Peace

~V


Decadent Decay, Part 4 of 7


Vince Ferguson - Decadent Decay 04 - Digital Portrait

Vince Ferguson – Decadent Decay 04 – Digital Portrait

Decadent Decay photo session image number 4. This is the fourth part of a 7 part series of images created at Tanner Springs Park and The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and featuring Jenny Watson. The historic Centennial Mills provided a truly decadent background for these images.

I like the many different layers in this image. The grass (two different types) the golden trees, the building wall in the background

I hope you like? Rate this post above, or comment below. “Likes” are always welcome. I’m trying to reach 100 followers, and 12,000 views for the year, by the end of 2013. Will you help me out? Become a follower today by clicking the “Follow” button either at the top, or the bottom, of your screen. If you like this post, share it with your friends? Thanks!

To view parts 1, 2 & 3 – released this week – visit the appropriate link below:

Decadent Decay, Part 1

Decadent Decay, Part 2

Decadent Decay, Part 3

Peace

~V


Decadent Decay, Part 3 of 7


Vince Ferguson - Decadent Decay 03 - Digital Portait

Vince Ferguson – Decadent Decay 03 – Digital Portait

Decadent Decay photo session image number 3. This is the third part of a 7 part series of images created at Tanner Springs Park and The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and featuring Jenny Watson. The historic Centennial Mills provided a truly decadent background for these images.

For some reason I think of Hillary Clinton, when I see this image?

I hope you like? Rate this post above, or comment below. “Likes” are always welcome. I’m trying to reach 100 followers, and 12,000 views for the year, by the end of 2013. Will you help me out? Become a follower today by clicking the “Follow” button either at the top, or the bottom, of your screen. If you like this post, share it with your friends? Thanks!

To view parts 1 & 2 – released this week – visit the appropriate link below:

Decadent Decay, Part 1

Decadent Decay, Part 2

Peace

~V


Decadent Decay, Part 2 of 7


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Vince Ferguson – Decadent Decay 02 – Digital Portrait

Decadent Decay photo session image number 2. This is the second part of a 7 part series of images created at Tanner Springs Park and The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and featuring Jenny Watson. The historic Centennial Mills provided a truly decadent background for these images. To view part 1 – released just yesterday – visit this link – Decadent Decay, Part 1.

This image is a great representation for the illusion of photography. That bouquet weighed at least 10 lbs, Jenny struggled with it a little bit when lifted because of the weight, yet this image makes it look like the bouquet weighs only 10 oz. I love when an image presents a great illusion. I don’t care too much for the background, so one day, that’ll probably get changed.

I hope you like? Rate this post above, or comment below. “Likes” are always welcome. I’m trying to reach 100 followers, and 12,000 views for the year, by the end of 2013. Will you help me out? Become a follower today by clicking the “Follow” button either at the top, or the bottom, of your screen. If you like this post, share it with your friends? Thanks!

Peace

~V


Decadent Decay, Part 1 of 7


Vince Ferguson - Decadent Decay 1 (Jenny) - Digital Portrait

Vince Ferguson – Decadent Decay 1 (Jenny) – Digital Portrait

Decadent Decay photo session image number 1. This is the first part of a 7 part series of images created at Tanner Springs Park and The Fields Park in Portland, Oregon, and featuring Jenny Watson. The historic Centennial Mill provided a truly decadent background for these images.

This image was created in front of a large sculpture of railroad ties that lines the entire street block of this park. The sculpture was created to honor the industrial history of the area. And the rest of the park is an attempt at recreating the natural history of the area. Tanner Springs was originally and creek that ran from the West Hills into the Willamette River, in this area. In this image in particular, I like how the rust of the railroad ties matches the color of Jenny’s hair. Plus, that one raised eyes, really adds some comedic value to the image, and innocence to the subject.

I hope you like? Rate this post above, or comment below. “Likes” are always welcome. I’m trying to reach 100 followers, and 12,000 views for the year, by the end of 2013. Will you help me out? Become a follower today by clicking the “Follow” button either at the top, or the bottom, of your screen. If you like this post, share it with your friends? Thanks!

Peace

~V


Oregon Coast


These two images show a good comparison between two of the many moods of the Oregon Coast. They were both taken on the same day, within 30 minutes of each other. Each showing two very different moods. In fact, the second image, with all the gray clouds, is an image taken, facing South. The first image was taken South of the second image, about 30 minutes prior. One would think there would be more blue.

Anyway, I hope you like this week’s post? Vote in the poll above, or comment below. Likes are always welcome. Next week, I think I’ll post every day, yes, even on Thanksgiving Day, some very beautiful images from photo session held earlier this week.

Peace

~V


Duck Butt!


Vince Ferguson - Duck Butt - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Duck Butt – Digital Image

Seriously, that’s what this is!

I was walking by the pond in a local park, and these ducks were sticking their butt’s up at me. I thought it was cute! So, I snapped the camera out. And, Duck Butt is what you get.

Peace

~V


PhotoEssay – Paths and Trails Photography


Here’s a great photo essay from the photographers @viewbug

“The variety of paths and walkways displayed in the gallery of this photography competition is truly the definition of wonderful.”

The Finalists of The Paths And Trails Photo Contest by SteeleTraining
http://blog.viewbug.com/paths-and-trails-photo-contest-by-steeletraining-winners/

Peace

~V


Weekly #Photo Challenge: #Layers


Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

I think both of these images are good representatives for the subject “Layers.”

Peace

~V


Autumn Colors in Oregon


These are just some random images I created on a recent walk through Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Oregon.

I make this post as I ponder over the fact that, this blog will surpass the 10,000 Lifetime views today. That means the visitors to my page generated 10,000 clicks through my website/blog in the year and a half I’ve been posting – this will probably happen the day this post comes out -Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. I can’t help to question… Is that good? I mean, I’m impressed that so many folks have gotten to enjoy the images I create. I’ve never done a blog before, so I don’t know what to measure things by? I’m thankful also, for the 75 followers I’ve generated, and I’ve reached over 100 followers on Facebook. But one thing that doesn’t happen is commenting? I mean, even when I encourage folks to give me feedback, I rarely get any feedback? The commenting just doesn’t happen on this blog? Why is that? What do others experience with their blogs? How long did it take you to reach 10,000 views? How did you feel about your blog when you reached that point?

I feel invigorated, and am happy to continue sharing. I like being a photographer and am doing something I really love to do. And, I like sharing not just my images, but images from other great photographers and artists work. Both thru the “Photo Essays” posts, and the “Featured Artist” posts respectively. Though, to be honest, I need more artists work to photograph, so make those referrals today! All artists that I photograph will be featured on this blog. And I hope to see more great images coming in 2014.

Meanwhile, enjoy these images for this week and thanks for stopping by today!

Peace

~V


Portland Sunrise – Is This a Good Image?


Vince Ferguson - 103013-Mt. Hood Sunrise - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – 103013-Mt. Hood Sunrise – Digital Image

I’m trying to decide if this is a great image or not?

What do you think? Is it too dark? Just right? What do you like about it? What’ don’t you like about it? Got any pointers on how it could be a better image?

Thanks for your feedback!

Peace

~V


Finally! The Sun Rises Behind Mt. Hood


Twice a year from Rocky Butte, on the East Side of Portland, OR – where I-205 meets I-84 – the Sun will rise behind Mount Hood directly East. This happens over a period of about 5 days in October and February every year. Both months fall during the rainy season of the year in the Pacific Northwest so typically it’s not viewable because of the clouds.

Last year, while working on my Sunrises from Rocky Butte 2012 Series during both February and October, the clouds obscured my view so I wasn’t able to create an image of this spectacle. So, I waited, and waited. First, February 2012 didn’t present me with an opportunity to create this image. The second chance I got in October 2013, to no affect. February 2013 came and went, but still no luck. So I waited again until this month, October 2013!

I knew it was going to happen this week, but it also happens to be the time when I have to work early mornings. I photograph kids in schools for a company called Lifetouch. You may have heard of them? While I had a commitment to work, I also had one eye on the sunrise behind Mt. Hood. My experience was somewhat funny since on Wednesday Oct. 16th, the morning was clear, but I had to begin work early, so wasn’t able to get up there. The next day on Thursday I didn’t work until later in the morning so had the opportunity, however, it was foggy that morning, so again, I didn’t get a good opportunity. Friday, I had to work again, and guess what, it was clear again. Frustrating!

Saturday the 19th was clear, and I got a chance to head up to Rocky Butte. I was beyond excited. While up there, the fog began rolling in just before sunrise. It managed to hold off getting too thick until after the sunrise. Giving me the opportunity to create these two images above. Very excited about these two images. I hope you are too? Let me know by rating this post above, or leaving a comment below.

I’m taking a break from featuring artists every Tuesday since I need to find more artists who will let me photography their work. If you’d like to be a Featured Artist here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I’m still featuring a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

These images from this photo blog are available in print form on a wide variety of items, including coffee mugs, t-shirts, mousepads and various other items. View the images, and many more in my awesome 2013 Summer Flowers collection at my SmugMug Portfolio page.

More images to see, and prints available for purchase, by visiting my ViewBug profile.

And, as always, you can find me on Facebook.

Peace

~V