Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge Trip

Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful location, with many inhabitants, but it can be very challenging photographically.  Visitors are not allowed to leave their cars except in a handful of designated areas, so very long lenses can be required to get close to animals.  In addition, while cloudy weather creates soft shadows, it also gives us less light to work with, necessitating wider apertures, higher ISO levels, and/or higher shutter speeds.  Despite these challenges we were able to spot quite a few animals, including:

Canada goose
Dusky Canada goose
Tundra swan
Nutria
Great blue heron
Great egret
Hawks:  red-tailed & marsh
Eagles (including mature and juvenile bald eagles)
Coots
Lots of other ducks
River otters at play

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation Trip

Here are a few photos from the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum field trip on Nov. 23rd.  This trip resulted in some great photos of antique steam locomotives.  You can learn more about the museum here: http://www.orhf.org/

Oregon Horsemanship Field Trip

On November 10, we were able to visit Oregon Horsemanship in Wilsonville, OR and take a few photos of the horses!  The lighting turned out to be quite nice and the horses were quite frisky despite the cold weather.

Portland Skyline Trip

We had a nice group show up Wednesday evening down on the East Esplanade for an  evening of shooting the Portland Skyline from several vantage points.  The weather was in our favor with an enjoyable warm (dry) evening along the waterfront.  We also drove to another location up in the Portland hills to photograph the city from above.

Old Salmon River Trip

These are photos from the hiking trip up the Old Salmon River Trail near Zig Zag.

2012-2013 Monochrome Print of the Year – “Black Beauty” by Karen McClymonds

2013 Monochrome Print of the Year - "Black Beauty" by Karen McClymonds

2013 Monochrome Print of the Year – “Black Beauty” by Karen McClymonds

2012-2013 Projected Image of the Year and 2013 Color Print of the Year: Karen McClymonds – “Magic”

2013 Projected Image of the Year and 2013 Color Print of the Year - "Magic" by Karen McClymonds

2013 Projected Image of the Year and 2013 Color Print of the Year – “Magic” by Karen McClymonds

2012-2013 Cover Competition Winner: Karen McClymonds – “Hindrik”

Karen McClymonds - Hindrik

Karen McClymonds – Hindrik

2012-2013 President’s Theme Competition Winner: Ross Kaplan – “Dunes”

Ross Kaplan - Dunes

Ross Kaplan – Dunes

2012-2013 Paul M. Rising Autumn Color Landscape Winner: Pat Starr – “Sawtooth Range”

Pat Starr - Sawtooth Range

Pat Starr – Sawtooth Range