Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Milwaukie Oregon Photography | No, Not That Milwaukee!


This is a sculpture right next to City Hall in Milwaukie. Hey, if you look closely they have Xmas tree lights on the fir tree already! Holy Jumpin' Up And Down Martha!

Years ago, my wife and I lived in Milwaukie, Oregon. A spelling thing! Not spelled Milwaukee! It's a cool little place right on the border of Portland...but it's nothing like Portland!

It has a small downtown area with nice shops and restaurants and it seems like it is a million miles away from Portland. Few know that it is the home of “Dark Horse Comics”. 

Also, they have one of the coolest, world-class “Sunday Markets” anywhere, along with always great live music and great food. Ooh, and a lot of people that visit the Market come from Portland and probably from Milwaukee, too.

Like most of my other “My Oregon Photography Blog” posts I try not to photograph the obvious. I try to photograph the not-so-obvious.

Some golden leaves in downtown Milwaukie...They're free...you rake!

Another sculpture right next to Milwaukie's City Hall
This is a cool berry bush next to the Milwaukie Downtown Library
Ok! This is my favorite shot right next to the Milwaukie City Hall!

Not even one Oregon Duck would pose for me...so, it's all a big blurry mess!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

West Coast Animal Park | They're Just Plain Animals!

West Coast Animal Park- I love you!

My wife and I love to go to Bandon, Oregon which is about twenty miles south of Coos Bay on the coast. Hands down one of the coolest beaches in Oregon. And, we drive a long ways to get there but we usually stay for a couple of weeks.

We have driven by it many times, but have never stopped at the West Coast Animal Park until our last visit to Bandon in the spring of 2011. It was a big mistake not to check it out before. 

It is a first-class theme park...both for kids and adults...the animals like it too! It is located about five miles south of Bandon on 101.  Didn't take the fancy DSLR into the Park. Instead just the plain P&S. I will let the photos do the talking!

West Coast Animal Park - A Group Hug?
West Coast Animal Park - I'm a Fox! What did you expect an ugly?
West Coast Animal Park - Can't quite keep the peepers open!
 West Coast Animal Park - Please join me for a nice lunch at my place! Come on in!

West Coast Animal Park - Don't bug me, baggin' some rays, man!
West Coast Animal Park - Rocks beat out any posturepedic mattress out there any day of the week!
 West Coast Animal Park - Ooh, and please don't to forget to bring a nice Chianti for lunch!

West Coast Animal Park - Bug me and I'll bug you, man!

West Coast Animal Park - Ooh, my darling...unleash me!
West Coast Animal Park - Pooh Bear? Got to find hony, hony, hony! I'm hungry for some hony!
West Coast Animal Park - Walk right up and pet me!

 West Coast Animal Park - For the Dumbies: Grab a tiger by the tail! 


West Coast Animal Park - A Vegan Lunch...what did you expect?

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Silverton Oregon Photography in HDR

 Bobbie The Wonder Dog

Silverton, Oregon is the original home of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, a Collie mix that was separated from his family in 1923 while on vacation in Indiana.  Unfortunately, they didn't find Bobbie before having to return back home to Oregon and had to leave without him. 

Not to worry, six months and 2,800 miles later Bobbie returned home to Silverton, on his own, in the dead of winter across plains, deserts and mountains.  Impossible you say?

You may want to research and read more about this amazing dog.  If you are a dog lover, tears will come!

Anyway, Silverton is a cool town and a must place to visit if you ever venture to Oregon. It is about 20 miles from Salem. And, it's on the way to the famous Silver Creek Falls Park...Oregon's largest park.

I didn't include shots of downtown or neighborhoods.  It was too late in the day and movement (cars, people) of any kind is detrimental to HDR photography. Since at least one one exposure of three is long all you would see is blurry people and cars. See here for an explanation of HDR Photography.

I didn't go berserk and photograph everything...a later post will come with more.  For now, I photographed along the water (Silver Creek) that flows through downtown and a rather cool park. 

All the photos here were taken in HDR. Enjoy!

Looking at Silver Creek

A little bit of follage along Silver Creek
Entrance to the Park

The Park

One of many cool murals in Silverton...Never stop believing!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Old Cars In HDR | Well Trucks Too!


One of the most popular things about High Dynamic Photography (HDR) is photographing old cars and trucks. So here we go!

All the cars and trucks here were shot in a wrecking yard in Molalla, Oregon. When I say “shot” I mean shot. Leaners and more leaners.

The best part is the 1949 Ford photographed here had a price tag of $3400, plus change. OK!

I guess they are waiting for the poor guy that needs parts badly. Good luck!







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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Willamette Historic District In West Linn

Historic Willamette Storefront
My home in Oregon City is almost directly across the Willamette River from the Willamette Historic District in West Linn, Oregon. It's a little confusing since when you enter this Historic District it looks very much looks like a town and a separate entity from the place it is incorporated with...West Linn.

In fact, West Linn (The Big Brother) itself does not have a downtown...but, Willamette does!

The folks in the Willamette District have taken the “bull by the horns” and have blended a historic place with a lot of new facades without destroying the old. It has developed into a superb place to visit, shop and eat.

There were so many cars parked and zooming by I should have taken the photos in the early AM.
I will do that on a nice day maybe next spring.

They also have a super nice park (Willamette Park) that is on the Willamette River. So, not only did I photograph Historic Willamette I also took a couple of shots in the park.

All photos are High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR). Enjoy!

Historic Willamette General Store
Historic Willamette General Store..They have Everything!

Historic Willamette Storefront
Historic Willamette Storefront
Down the Block
Across the Street
This Should Read Willamette Saloon
Downtown Yard Art 
Upper Willamette River From the Park
Ramp to the Dock
One Little Tree In Willamette Park
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

North Oregon Coast Photography - Seaside


The first series of photographs of the North Coast in this series was taken at Fort Clatsop. The second is Astoria. And the third is Seaside, Oregon.

Seaside was not necessarily a very neat place to visit on the Oregon Coast way back when. It's proximity to Portland, carnival atmosphere, made it a natural place for animals and zombies to visit, get drunk, rowdy and tear the place apart.

All this has changed for the better. And, I would commend some excellent law enforcement practices and people that had the foresight to make it happen!

Today, it's a cool place...with a very cool accessible beach and tons of cool shops, and things to do. A must place to visit. And. it's easy to get to!

 A River Runs Through It! 

HEY! Where are the Gondolas?

Here are a few more photos of the area. They have the coolest street lamps! 

The Famous Broadway Street Turnaround! Who might these famous folks be?

'Tis" Right On The Beach!
A Fog Bank!

All photos are High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR).
Broadway Breezeway

Off Broadway In Seaside



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