Posts tagged “photography

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


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


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


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


Sun… Sunflowers

Sunflowers

The Kansas State flower.

Still a beautiful flower with a special place in my heart – since I’m originally from Kansas.

This is the best description I’ve found for Sunflowers, from Wikipedia no doubt.

“What is usually called the “flower” on a mature sunflower is actually a “flower head” (also known as a “composite flower”) of numerous florets (small flowers) crowded together. The outer petal-bearing florets (ray florets) are sterile and can be yellow, red, orange, or other colors. The florets inside the circular head are called disc florets, which mature into seeds

The flower petals within the sunflower’s cluster are always in a spiral pattern. Generally, each floret is oriented toward the next by approximately the golden angle, 137.5°, producing a pattern of interconnecting spirals, where the number of left spirals and the number of right spirals are successive Fibonacci numbers. Typically, there are 34 spirals in one direction and 55 in the other; on a very large sunflower there could be 89 in one direction and 144 in the other.[5][6][7] This pattern produces the most efficient packing of seeds within the flower head.”

Remember to join me every Tuesday I feature an artist whose work I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph. If you’d like to be a Featured Artist here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

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


Autumn is Here!

Autumn is here and like a tried and true Western Oregon Fall, the rain has returned with the new season. The leaves on the trees will be turning colors soon, creating an opportunity for vivid, colorful photographic landscapes. It made me think of some of the Fall color landscapes and abstract digital images I’ve created in the past. These were created at the Hoyt Arboretum and the Japanese Garden at Washington Park in Portland, OR. They are part of this week’s post as I get ready for the color change this year. Looking forward to visiting Hoyt Arboretum again this year in a couple weeks to create some more vividly colored images on my regular hikes.

Remember to join me every Tuesday I feature an artist whose work I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph. If you’d like to be a Featured Artist here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

These images in today’s post 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


Which Bee Photo Do You Like Better?

Could you give me some feedback on which of these two images you like better? I like constructive criticism, so be honest, but be nice too. I appreciate your feedback.

To see more great images from my 2013 Summer Flower collection visit the gallery at SmugMug.

Peace

~V


Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

This week, my weekly post will be part of the WordPressWeekly Photo Challenge.” The theme this week is “companionable.” Those participating can submit images taken of those in our lives we consider companions.

This was easy for me…

I’d like you to meet my roommate Sinatra. He’s 17 years young and has lived with me for 15 of those years. Unfortunately Sinatra won’t be with me very much longer, since he’s old and not feeling very well most mornings. He’s been diagnosed with having Feline Hyper Thyroid Disease. But he’s had his day as a cat, has lived a very spoiled life, and has brought lots of joy into mine.

Sinatra’s been a great companion to me over the past 15 years. He’s turned a non-cat person into a cat person. I never really thought I’d have a cat in my life, but he certainly changed that. Unlike the stereo-type of cats, where they tend to tear everything up, he’s always been respectful of the stuff I keep in our place. He’s never torn up my bed, or sofa or other furniture. While at the same time he’s always very playful. Even seeming to force me to play with him at times, even when I don’t have time. In his time he’s been an excellent de-mouser, but has always had a passion for backyard birds, much to my consternation. I always encouraged him to help bring down the local mouse/rat population, but when it came to birds, he would always get a stern look of disappointment.

And he listens to me also. I was stunned one afternoon a few years back, I went up to the front door of the house I live in to check for mail. The actual “front” door to my unit is the back door to the house, but my mailbox is still at the front of the house. My neighbor’s little gray cat was sitting on the front porch when Sinatra and I showed up. She’s always been skittish of me, but more so of Sinatra, so she scrammed out of there upon seeing us. Sinatra attempted to make chase. I  quickly hissed at Sinatra, my way of informing him that he’s doing something I don’t want him to do, followed by saying “don’t even think about it.” He stopped dead in his tracks! I was stunned when I saw that, but more so, when he actually followed me back down to our place. Little grey cat forgotten, for now at least. That was definitely rewarded with special treats upon return to our place.

Anyhow, this is Sinatra. I hope you enjoyed this post. As always leave comments below, or rate the post at the top. I appreciate your checking this post out today.

You can buy selected images seen on this blog by visiting The Untapped Source link to the right.

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


Another Sneak Peek – Silver Falls, OR

Here’s another teaser image serving as a sneak preview to this coming Saturday’s blog post. More pics to come. Silver Falls State Park is about 70 miles Southeast of Portland, OR and features 10 amazing waterfalls in a little over 8 mile hike. The height range of all the waterfalls is 27′ – almost 200 feet. The trail even takes you behind 4 of the waterfalls. I hiked the whole trail, it took me about 6 hours.

What a beautiful morning that was. Fun too! This sneak peek hits a little closer to home than the one from Monday. That image featured some farmland just to the West of Silver Falls State Park. The image here features an actual waterfall from inside the park. More specifically, it’s the Upper North Falls, one of the first (highest in elevation) in the canyon running along the North Fork of Silver Creek. It’s a beautiful fall coming in at 65 ft.

More to come on Saturday – Be sure to come back and refer your friends.

Don’t forget, you can buy a select number of images seen on this blog by visiting The Untapped Source link to the right.

You can also purchase prints by visiting my ViewBug profile.

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

Peace

~V