BeachDream Photography: Blog en-us (C) BeachDream Photography (BeachDream Photography) Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:49:00 GMT Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:49:00 GMT BeachDream Photography: Blog 120 80 I've moved! New blog. Just a quick note, that I am transitioning my blog to WordPress!  Read my future blogs here:

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Up, UP and AWAY! Now that summer is almost over, I was reminiscing on this summer's Festival of Balloons.  It's one of my favorite events, even if I have to get up at o'dark thirty.  I always add event that to the online calendar as a get together for my photography group.  We meet up in the field at 5am, hugging our cups of coffee, watching the balloons getting taken out of the vans and laid out carefully on the field.  As soon as the first balloon goes up, it's a mad dash from one to another, watching them float gently up into the sky, with the morning sun coming up over the hill.  By 7pm, all the balloons are up in the air, with the lucky riders waving down at the crowds.

My photo group then heads off to breakfast, for more coffee, lively conversation and of course, pancakes!  My life would be incomplete without pancakes or waffles.  Especially with real butter and real maple syrup, mmmm... but I digress. 

I've had a wonderful summer.  It's my favorite season of the year and the weather is spectacular for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Live, at Live Wire Radio If you've never been to a live, Live Wire podcast, I highly recommend it.  The show is hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Too Beautiful to Live), and taped in front of a live audience in Portland and is aired on public radio stations around the country.  He cracks me up.   I also got to hang out in the green room with the artists and musicians, nibbling on tidbits and chatting with them. 

I want to give a shout out to Jennie Baker, photographer extraordinaire, who I assisted that night, at LiveWire.  I'll be posting a new blog coming up soon, from another LiveWire show last week, featuring Melissa Ethridge. 

On stage for this show, started out with Jason Padgett, a man that suffered a traumatic brain injury after a very bad mugging, and is the first case of acquired savant syndrome.  He was fascinating to listen to.  He has a book out called "Struck by Genius:  How a Brain Injury Made me a Mathematical Marvel."  What he talks about almost makes my head explode.

Also guests Joel Warner and Peter McGraw, authors of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, comedians Nathan Fielder (creator  of Dumb Starbucks) and Andy Haynes (you may have seen him on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan).  Christine McKinley, a mechanical engineer, musician, and author of the book "Physics for Rock Stars."  Plus the musical trio from Portland, Oregon, Swan Sovereign, and the band Holiday Friends, from Astoria, Oregon.

I can't wait for future performances!

Kaylee Rob, musician Backstage, in the green roomThe talent retreats back here, between sets, to rest and socialize

#kayleerob #livewireradio #livewire

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BBQ Showdown on the River Of all the BBQ competitions I participate in, this has to be one of the funnest events.  It's on private property set right on the river, under the shade of tall Western Red Cedars, in a "wild west town."  I've been privileged to have been there from the beginning competition 5 years ago, to this one--the newly titled "Pacific Seafood's BBQ Showdown at Juarez Canyon."  The weekend went by in a blur--starting with the sponsor night dinner, and live band.  The next morning, the BBQ teams start rolling in with their big smokers, and setting up camp.  We're there to greet them, with a hearty breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy, and I made blueberry pancakes and banana macadamia nut pancakes with spiced whip cream.  I didn't make crepes this year, but I will next year.

Then it's three side category competitions that day--salmon, dessert and ground pork categories.  What's great is that most teams have leftover dessert, after they turn in their competition box to the judging table, so the extra is served at the buffet table for everyone to enjoy (the lemon/white chocolate cheesecake, and the double banana cream pie were big hits).  Then comes more music and dancing that night, along with drinking wine and beer, and even a conga line!

The next day its down to serious business.  The meat competitions, rated by the PNWBA judges.  Pork, chicken, ribs... At the top of the hour, the teams turn in a competition box of meat to be judged--but you better beat the clock!  If you're late, you miss that turn in.  You can find photos of the award winners, here:   At the top of the hour, multiple pans of competition meats go out on the buffet table for the public to enjoy and try, along with fruit salad, beans and coleslaw.  Once again, tickets for the event sold out in advance, with over 500 tickets sold or given away.

I was busy heading up the salsa and chili competition that day, then we opened it up for the public to enjoy. We even gave away an iPad Aire at the raffle table. 

Congratulations, also, to the Grand Champions--Bad Bones BBQ and Reserve Grand Champion--Lakehouse BBQ! Me announcing the winners of the Salsa and Chili competition   As they say in BBQ, "Keep calm and grill on" and "No one has friends over to microwave!"

Grand Champion--Bad Bones BBQ Reserve Grand Champion--Lakehouse BBQ Part of the Western Town

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Drazzle (Rain and drizzle) at Canon Beach, Spring Art event The sun did peek out for a bit I spent last weekend in Canon Beach, for the town's "Spring Art Unveiling" event, a very popular weekend where many of the galleries and stores are open late--showing new art work, serving wine and hors d'oeuvres and having artist demonstrations.  Some galleries actually cover the new artwork, and "unveil" it over the weekend. 

I was at Dragonfire gallery where my work is, each day for a few hours. I had many interesting conversations with people there to experience the event, plus some that didn't know it was happening and were pleasantly surprised.  My new piece was in the Zen Garden, with other artists.  The theme for the show was "Garden."

When I wasn't at the gallery, I was hanging out at this amazing rental house we found, ten of us ladies having fun, taking photos, playing the board game Apples to Apples, drinking wine and watching the Blazer game. 

Even though it was mostly a misty, drizzly weekend, we had a really nice treat in town, which is the hot chocolate at the Chocolate Cafe.  They sell chocolates there from all over the world, beautifull handmade chocolates, plus Mayan hot chocolate, which has a spicy kick to it, with a dollop of real cream on top.  But wow, those last few sips are really powerful!  Made my eyes water, they were a tad spicy!  I also like running next door to pick up some seafood and chowder at Ecola Seafoods.  Canon Beach has a lot to offer.  We went to Haystack rock on the beach, where the puffins were said to be, but bigger birds were keeping them away.  We also stopped at Icefire Glassworks.   If you love beautiful glassware, check it out.  They have amazing, unique pieces there that have incredible depth and color. 

All in all, a relaxing, low key trip.  I'll be back at the end of June for another festival there. These are taken with my iPad, and are a little blurry. Of all the things for a photographer to leave at the house--my camera!

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Gallery Show Just a quick thank you to all that showed up on First Friday, at the gallery, in downtown Vancouver!  It was a great turnout for my art  reception, and so good to see everyone!

My next reception will be in Cannon Beach, for the Spring Art unveiling event throughout town.  I'll be at the Dragonfire gallery. 

Have a great week, all!

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The birth of a new series From the Trees of Tranquility series Last weekend, I spent some quality time with my water drops, trying to get one last photo for my "Life in the Pacific NW" series.  So I'm sitting in my darkroom, with all the lights off, except for one small red light and the glow from my iPod, that has my music on it, and pondering what to do.  I was working on the last photo in the series, which was going to be Camas, WA based.  I did get photos, but was not quite satisfied with how they turned out.  I'll probably revisit them later.  I knew I wanted to redo a photo I had done last month, that I loved the background, but felt a different drop shape would look better.  I wanted to convey serene, tranquility and peacefulness. 

So I re-shot to get that photo, with a different, rounder drop shape. The result is the photo shown here.  It took just over 60 photos.  The funny thing about this background, is with the straight lines of the trees, I can't have the music up too loud or even vibrations from the tv in the next room, or heavy footsteps.  It makes very, very tiny movements in the water, which makes for wavy, Dr. Suess trees!  So I wait a little longer in between photos until I can see the reflection is absolutely still.  I was able to get the shot I wanted, so I started thinking about more backgrounds, with simple clean subjects.  All the trees are blossoming pink and white right now, so I moved on to that background.  From that, the new series just evolved, I kept finding backgrounds of trees that I liked.  Hence, the new series I've started, titled "Trees of Tranquility."

To see the Pacific NW Series, "drop in" (drop in, get it, haha) and see me:  I'll be the featured artist of the month at Aurora Gallery, for First Friday Art Walk, in Vancouver, WA.  April 4th, from 5-9pm.  I will be there from 6:30-8:30.  Thank you, and have a great week!


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Rainy day at the Coast Gallery  Last week, I dropped off new work to Dragonfire Gallery, in Cannon Beach.  Cannon Beach is two hours from my home, but a relaxing drive.  Besides dropping off prints from items that sold, I dropped off two new pieces:  "Multnomah Falls Drop" and "Soaring Free."

Multnomah Falls Drop is a photo I've had in my head for awhile, and this is actually "take two" as the first shoot I attempted with these I wasn't satisfied with the result.  The Benson Bridge pictured in this photo, at Multnomah Falls was shut down, Jan. 9th, of this year, after a boulder took out part of the deck and the handrail.  Multnomah Falls Bridge DropMultnomah Falls Bridge DropOregon's iconic Multnomah Falls and Bridge, taken before the rock damaged part of the bridge.
Open edition.
Repairs won't be done for quite awhile.

Soaring Free is from my new layered textures collection.  It seemed to perfectly mimic that days drizzly, gray overcast skies and turbulent water.  The town was quiet, with just a few tourists here and there.  There were several people on the beach, walking their dogs or just beach combing.  If you are ever in Cannon Beach, check out the Dragonfire Gallery, they have a varied and wonderful assortment of amazing artwork. 

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Don't You Give Me No Sass! So I had this idea, to do a Powell's books/coffee drinkers photo.  It would have books in the background, and a cup of coffee with a splash of cream. 

Lady in my tea water First I started with just water, to get the timing figured out and ready to switch to coffee.  Milk proved to have its own unique challenges.  For one, milk is a thicker density than water.  I got a lot of "blobby" drops, that looked like all sorts of creatures, for instance, like the white monster from the old cartoon, Scooby Doo (and did you know that the name "Scooby-Doo" comes from the last line of the Frank Sinatra song "Strangers In The Night?").

I also had a lot of lighting challenges with white porcelain, getting it lit evenly.  I ended up with two flashes for the background and hand holding one flash above the camera, to reduce shadows.  I also had to keep cleaning the sides of the cup.  Four hours later, I got a few drops I was happy with.  I did only small enhancements in Photoshop, besides adding the text. 

I changed out the cups of coffee frequently, to keep the dark, rich brown color, as the cream kept diluting it to a caramel color.  I made 12 cups of coffee, drank one and photographed the rest!

I moved on to other projects after that, as I am getting new photos ready for the galleries.  So ten hours later, I called it quits, with quite a few images to upload the next day.  More on that, on the next blog. Strong Coffee



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Love and Drops I hope you all had a great Valentines Day!  For Valentines, I made this photo, and added text.  This time, I did a little Photoshop manipulation, to make a heart shape.  The drop above it was originally just round.  Ahhhh, the wonders of Photoshop. 

When I was first learning about Photoshop, I swore I never wanted to learn such a complex program.  "I'll get in right in camera," I said.  I started using the Adobe Lightroom program, more for enhancements, than just uploading photos.  I saw other photos my fellow photographers had done, using some Photoshop enhancements, and thought it looked quite nice.  "Ok fine," I said, "I need to learn a little Photoshop."  Fast forward to today, many hours and hair pulling later, to now experimenting with masking, layers, and textures in Photoshop.  How things change!  I'm still only using just the smallest tip of the iceberg, Photoshop does so many different things.

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Serious Competition If you ever want to learn what the pros look for in judging a photo, attend a PMPA (Portland Metropolitan Photographer's Association) competition.  PMPA is the local branch of PPA, the Professional Photographers of America.  I recently participated in the last quarterly competition of the year, which was open to the public this time, and two of my photographs "merited."

The judges use the 12 elements below as the “gold standard” to define a merit image. Once a print has "merited", it can be placed in the International Print Exhibit at Imaging USA, which is the annual convention.

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one.

The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance:  Impact, Technical Excellence, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Center of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Technique, and Story Telling.

Lights go down, windows are covered and usually three judges silently show the moderator the score they have given the photo (the photo is scored anonymously). Sometimes comments are made as to why a photo received the score that it did.  This is a great learning experience!  Every time I attend a competition, I learn so much.  I have been lucky to merit at each competition, which is not an easy thing to do.  I am humbled by the beautiful photos I see, and proud to be in the same class as these fine photographers. Above is a photo I took last month that merited in this recent competition.  The photo is titled "Solitary Beauty."



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Layers upon Layers, Oh My! When I haven't been out enjoying these beautiful, sunny fall days and pretty tree colors, I have been working hard the past two weeks getting ready for next weekend's Stormy Weather Arts Festival at Cannon Beach. 

I have been experimenting more with adding layers to my photos of different elements.  The photo "Glorious Day" is made of 15 layers of textures, text, and enhancements.  This drop seemed, to me, to be a person standing tall, arms back, face to the sun, smiling and full of hope. It is about freedom, love and the start of a new day. A blank slate, where your dreams and desires can come true.

Here I've attached the original, single image capture and the finished, layered photo.  The two are quite different.  It has been challenging and fun to figure out what looks good to my eye.  What to add, what to take away, what I want the end result to be and what I need to do to get there.

If you haven't been, check it out the festival sometime.  All the shops and galleries are open, some later than usual, and they have live music, artist demonstrations, and wine/hor d'oeuvres.  I'll be at Dragonfire Gallery Saturday from 1-2pm, with my new work.  Maybe we will continue to have more of this fantastic weather, who knows!

Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock


  Glorious DayGlorious DayThis drop is a person standing tall, arms back, face to the sun, smiling and full of hope. It is about freedom, hope, love and the start of a new day. A blank slate, where your dreams and desires can come true.

About the process: I started with a single exposure image of the drop and Cannon Beach, and from there I added layers of textures, text, and color adjustments. It is a long creative process, where each layer has to look just right, until I feel that the photo is absolutely "done," or "complete."

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Serving Up Style Recently, I had the pleasure of working with designers at the "Serving Up Style" event, at the Expo Center, sponsored by HGTV and Parr Lumber.  This is a two part event, half of the show is vendors for the Portland Home and Garden show.  Then there is the design portion, which is two dozen rooms decorated by fabulous local designers. There is also a contest for best decorated room, black tie dinner and awards ceremony.  The proceeds benefit Molly's Fund, which fights Lupus.

It was really fun to see all the different designs, and how creative they were.  I also want to give a shout out to Sharon of Designers Edge, and Jennifer of JMyers & Associates, two fabulous designers to work with!  Should you ever need design assistance, give them a call!

"Smell, Sip & Smile" by JMyers & Associates by Designers Edge "A Lair Fit for a Queen" by Art Institute of Portland and IKEAWinner of Design Contest "ColorBomb" by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Inc


"The Byre" by Manor Fine Wares

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Take 5--Got it! A while back I posted about my efforts to get a Cannon Beach water drop photo.  I am happy to say, after photo shoot number five, I finally got it!  This will be the newest photo in my "Life in the Pacific NW" limited edition. 

This last shoot was rough.  I had a cable for my flash short out, which took a bit to figure out that was even the problem.  Luckily I had an extra that I was not using.  One flash fell partly in the water, then I spilled water twice, plus I couldn't get a sharp focus...There have only been a few people that have seen me work in my darkroom, and they are always surprised at how much work goes into these shots.  I tell myself, that if it was easy, every one would do it!

I have more new work coming.  New photos, but I am working with them, adding textures, layers, and art into the photos.  

This new photo will be displayed in Dragonfire Gallery, at Cannon Beach, starting Nov. 1st. New 10/11/13.  Name TBAThe Rock, Cannon Beach

Thanks for reading, have a great week!


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The 20 minute tour that lasted two hours Just another quick post.  I photographed the Tyee Yacht Club Benefit and Luau on Sunday, and what fun that was!  A superb line up of performers all afternoon, an amazing Hawaiian lunch buffet, dessert, drinks and fun.  Even Elvis was there.  The judge really knows how to put on an event! 

After the show, a handful of us stayed to go on the 20 minute "tour" that turned into the two hour tour, on Johns' yacht, but was alot of fun. He even let Elvis drive!      Karen OvertonKaren Overton

More photos here:


John's yacht we got to take a long ride inJohn's yacht we got to take a long ride in Me and Elvis. Even photographers get their photo taken occasionally.Me and Elvis. Even photographers get their photo taken occasionally.

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Rainy days and Saturdays won't get me down Silent Watch Here's how I spent my Saturday morning.  I went hiking in the Gorge this morning, along the Elowah Falls/Upper McCord trail, on a misty, rainy wet day with a good photographer friend.   I actually like the photos I took along the way, better than the photo of the falls.  It really was about the journey and not the destination! 

We came upon a great sea of licorice fern, as far uphill as the eye could see, and then on the downhill side of a steep cliff.  The layers of the forest always amaze me.  Bright green ground cover, like the ferns, then the spindly vine maple trees above them, vying for the sun, and the tall, tall Douglas fir trees reaching for the sky.  A great way to spend the morning, as shortly after that, the rains and the wind came in full force and we were glad to be indoors, wrapping our hands around a warm cup of coffee!

Leaves of ThreeLeaves of Three


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Milky Way--The zero calorie, guilt free treat The Milky Way at Stonehenge, Maryville WA--2The Milky Way at Stonehenge, Maryville WA--2 I love being in dry, desert like climates.  There is something about the crisp crunch of grass under foot, the smell of the air, the chirping of crickets and the complete darkness that appeals to me.  Last weekend I got to spend a perfect Saturday evening with my photography friends--first at the Observatory in Goldendale, Washington, then at the Maryhill Stonehenge memorial 15 miles away.  These tall, concrete giants are quite the sight to behold, and with great views of the Columbia River and the Gorge, it's a peaceful place to spend an evening.  We even had a coyote that kept howling and coming closer, then disappeared into the night. 

There is very little light pollution out here.  To have such an unimpeded view of the starts is a treat.  Who wouldn't be awe inspired?  Looking up at them, I cannot fathom how big the universe really is.  I feel I am but a teeny, tiny speck, in the grand scheme of things... 

A little history on the memorial:  The Maryhill Stonehenge was the first monument in the United States to honor the dead of World War I (specifically, soldiers from Klickitat County, Washington who had died in the still on-going war). The altar stone is placed to be aligned with sunrise on the Summer Solstice. Hill, a Quaker, informed that the original Stonehenge had been used as a sacrificial site, and thus constructed the replica as a reminder that humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war. The monument was originally located in the center of Maryhill, which later burned down leaving only the Stonehenge replica. A second formal dedication of the monument took place upon its completion on May 30, 1929. Sam Hill, who died in 1931, lived long enough to see his Stonehenge completed.



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Photography Collection at SW Washington Medical Center I am very pleased to announce, that SW Washington Medical Center has purchased a dozen of my photographs, for their reception area, hallways and patient rooms!  I love that the hospital is supporting artists in the community!  My photos are of local landscapes, such as Hood River, Multnomah Falls, North Oregon coast etc. These will be hung up sometime in August, hopefully, so stop by the Neurology clinic and see them, if you are so inclined!  The photo below, was taken at Lake Sacajawea Park last Fall.

Lake Sacajawea, 3,Longview, WA

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Louisa and Mo's Wedding Recently I had the pleasure of photographing Louisa's and Mo's wedding.  They made my job so easy!  One thing I love about weddings is that I get to be close to the bride and groom, to share in their special, emotional time.  I feel honored to be included in this important, life changing event!  Here are a few photos.

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Sparks of Hope Charity Gala  

I recently had the pleasure of partnering with Angela, owner of Photography by Ajay, for "Sparks of Hope", 2013 benefit auction at the Convention Center.  Sparks of Hope is a non profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children that are sexual or physical abuse survivors.  Their wish could be anything from a new pair of shoes, to a birthday party, to a musical instrument to play.  I was very impressed with the organization, the people supporting it, and of course,  Lee Ann Mead, the founder of Sparks of Hope.

  What a great mission they have, to help survivors, heal and eventually, thrive!  It was very inspiring to hear the stories and heartbreaking at the same time.  Events for the night included a silent auction,  gourmet dinner and dessert, along with special guests Amy Roloff of the show "Little People, Big World",  Timber Joey, and Mike Fourtner (from Discovery Channels’ Deadliest Catch), among other VIP guests.

Please support this fine organization, as they do great work!

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