Shots And Thoughts From An Ordinary Guy.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ice, Ice...

Since it is the last day of the year and it is winter, I thought it appropriate to share a picture of some ice. This will be my last random shot for this blog for awhile. Beginning 2012 I am going to try to attempt a monthly theme based Picture Of The Day and see how it goes. For the month of January, the first theme idea is "Super Size." - What this means is I will take macro shots of small things and make them appear to be large things. I will also attempt some close-ups and/or take pictures of very large things.

Hopefully this will be a project that inspires others to pick up their camera and share some pictures with me. I would love to see some of you, the visitors to this blog, share some of your shots in the comments.

Hope you had a great 2011. May all that you do be a reflection of God in you.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Peeling Paint...

I took this macro shot with my phone. I thought it was an interesting B&W shot... It makes a cool cell phone wallpaper. Feel free to download it and use it for yourself. Have a great day!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pet Store Wild Life...

Since we can't take the time to go out to nature, I decided to go see nature in the pet store...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Rolling in style in the Airstream...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Best Friends

Best Friends... Most of the time :)

This is Orange and Emma. They are pretty good friends most of the time and I wanted to share a picture of the two of them together after a long day. Unfortunately Orange has a tumor and will probably only be around for another couple of weeks. He has been a most amazing cat!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Picture

Well, most of us were able to get into the picture this year... The only one we were missing was Brittany.

Here's hoping you have a very Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Playing With Exposure

Grayson and I had a good time playing with some exposure settings and light tricks. Here is a shot that we did nothing to other than crop and re-size.



Here are some details:
9 second exposure
iso 1600
manual focus

I started the exposure and he walked into the frame, flashed an led onto his face and walked out...

Merry Christmas

For more of our light tricks check out my flickr page.

Friday, December 23, 2011

River Shot

A little enhanced river shot...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Lori is such a wonderful conversationalist... She took a few minutes today to chat with the Salvation Army Bell Ringer and give him a word of encouragement!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011


a self portrait...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Stray Cat

Walking around taking pictures of Christmas lights I encountered this stray cat as it crossed my path.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Night Water Feature

Lend A Hand

Lending a helping hand... I hope this Christmas Season you are able to find some time to share God's love to others. Have a blessed day.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


A beautiful day on the greens...

Sunrise Over Portland Rail Yard

Here is a picture taken of a sunrise over the rail yard with Portland's Fremont Bridge in the background...

Have a great day!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bring On The Rain!

Bring on the rain... In Portland one must always be prepared.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Night Train...

A Shot in the dark!...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's Christmas Time

It is Christmas time... Let's remember Christ this Christmas.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Our new Christmas tree... Lori picked a good one ;-)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rose Petal - Macro Shot

Here is a picture I took that was a bunch of foliage blowing around. I gathered it together and piled up to make this shot. I really like the way the sun reveals the transparency of the petal.

Have a blessed day.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bikini Espresso... Really?

It was a cold day working in Kalama so I decided to get a cup of coffee... Kinda weird being served by a girl in a bikini. FYI - coffee is fair and yes, she really does wear a bikini.

Meadows Logo

For all you ski bums out there... Hope you have a great weekend!
Some more editing fun with Gimp...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter Rose

I took this picture today. What a gorgeous day it is...

Now, I have seen more vibrant roses before, but what struck me was that it is the middle of December. Roses are not the norm this time of year.

Enjoy a winter rose :)


I enjoyed the black and white picture of the stair the other day  I thought I would share another black and white shot I took the same day with my phone.

It is of the walkway at SeaTac airport from the light-rail system to the terminal.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another picture from this past weekends Mt Hood trip.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

B&W Stairs

I found this to be an interesting picture. I was walking up a set of stairs and looked over the rail... I thought it made for a cool shot!

Hope you enjoy it!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Starting The Day - The Starbucks Way

This is how we start the day.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Trees

A picture I took on Mt Tabor. I did a bit of altering with Gimp2...
 Have a great day!
The Trees

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mt Tabor Pine Cone

From my photo shoot at Mt Tabor yesterday...

If you look close enough you will see two runners in the background.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Self Portrait!

A fun shot with my new Sony Nex-5 Digital Camera...
Self Portrait

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Big -n- Blue

This shot was taken yesterday while traveling up the Columbia River Gorge. It is from the Oregon side and is a shot of the Washington side approximately Roosevelt, WA.

The cool part is that I took it with my phone while moving about 50mph... Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Today I want to share a picture of our fun loving boy Champ... He is always poised for action.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Little Hard Work

Today's pictures are from a friends house. Austin spent several hours hammering up a concrete drive to earn some money for his mission trip in January. As you can see by the third photo, the hammer was winning the battle and his hands and arms were spent! So, being the nice dad that I am, I came by the site and spent the next couple of hours working the hammer. Between the two of us we were able to get the concrete broken up and the old driveway will soon be hauled away.

It is amazing how the power of two makes all the difference sometimes from being frustrated and tired to becoming motivated and ready to finish the job.

Great job Austin... you certainly earned your 20 bucks :-)

Here's to a hard days work!
Have a great day...

Monday, November 28, 2011

What Are You Grateful For?

What are you grateful for today?

Today I am grateful for life itself. This is a picture taken of a 1960's life magazine and I processed it using Gimp2.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Birds

I encountered this flock of pigeons this morning... couldn't resist the shot.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sky Bridge

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Lonely Santa...

Went downtown today and noticed Santa at the Pioneer Place... Looks like the memo "Santa is in town" never got posted.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Keeping America rollin'

Friday, November 18, 2011

now this is the life!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Downtown Sunset

A beautiful Portland night

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Classics... 1957 Ranchero

This is the side profile of the 1957 Ranchero a friend of mine has for sale. Comment if you are interested.


Remember The Classics!

I encountered this in a garage today where I was working... Does anyone know what it is?

I also have a side shot, but would love to see if someone can guess what make and model this vehicle is...

Happy Guessing!

Leave me a comment and I will post the picture of the side in another post...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lonely Tennis Ball

Our yard has not been the same since the passing of our old dog Samson... just ask his best buddy... the lonely tennis ball.