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The g/f and I took the day off to explore more of Oregon's Willamette Valley, and we decided to visit the Oregon Garden in Silverton. First impression - wow, this place amazing!!! If you're a plant/garden/nature lover, this place is paradise; over 80 acres of flowers, trees, ponds, and beautiful architecture. I'll let the photos do the talking. Yes, there are some pics of the FSXT, too. :biggrin:

Please feel free to comment on the photography and post-processing - I'm trying to improve! :)





















400 year old Heritage Oak! It was massive!
 

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i played hooky too, 3 weeks in a row for weekend OT so i took a friday before the 3rd straight weekend of OT weekends
 

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I almost forgot the most important part of the day! Breakfast (and snacks)!!! My g/f treated me to breakfast at My Favorite Muffin Bakery in Beaverton. The mini muffins are to die for - lemon crumb, coffee cake, raspberry crumb, and chocolate cream cheese. If you are ever in the western suburbs of Portland, this is the place for muffins and bagels.

 

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I suggest you read a few basic books on composition. If you simply walk up to a scene and snap a shot with the widest lens possible you haven't created anything other than a recording of where you went on your trip. Not something anyone else really cares to look at for any length of time or would consider "artistic".

For starters try bending your knees. Every shot at waist level is boring and lacks any perspective. Use foreground interest to create depth rather than shooting everything from a mile away. It just doesn't lead your eye to anything in the frame.

Start there and then you can begin to consider lighting. I'll give you a hint- high noon is the absolute worst time to photograph your car. That is if you want the car to look more interesting than it's surroundings. You can find some rudimentary photographic tips to get you started all over the net.
 

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Awesome pics!

i just picked my mom up from the airport a few hours ago after she spent the week on a business trip in Kent, Washington and in Portland, Oregon. She said it was so nice up there that it reminded her of home (east coast).

She also mentioned that there were a lot of foresters driving around and even took a picture of one. Funny thing is that she said that the drivers were middle aged men with long hair :biggrin:

hope you dont mind me asking, what camera did you use?
 

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Awesome pics!

i just picked my mom up from the airport a few hours ago after she spent the week on a business trip in Kent, Washington and in Portland, Oregon. She said it was so nice up there that it reminded her of home (east coast).

She also mentioned that there were a lot of foresters driving around and even took a picture of one. Funny thing is that she said that the drivers were middle aged men with long hair :biggrin:

hope you dont mind me asking, what camera did you use?
Thanks! The weather over the past few days has been nice - hopefully, it'll stay that way! :p I was using a Panasonic FZ8 with a dirty lens. lol

Sweet ride, sweet looking muffins, and thank you...we were looking for a new place to bring the kids

See ya at WCSS!
Thanks! It'd be a great place for kids and pets. In fact, they encourage visitors to bring their animals - they even have a pet-friendly garden with edible plants.:icon_biggrin:
 

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Very nice pictures Ian! :cool: I've got to make a trip to the coast or the mountains (Three Sisters Wilderness Area) to take some pictures! :wink::

We (son & I) spent the entire day working in the yard... one of the down sides to this time of the year & having a large yard. :frown:

Bobby...

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I suggest you read a few basic books on composition. If you simply walk up to a scene and snap a shot with the widest lens possible you haven't created anything other than a recording of where you went on your trip. Not something anyone else really cares to look at for any length of time or would consider "artistic".

For starters try bending your knees. Every shot at waist level is boring and lacks any perspective. Use foreground interest to create depth rather than shooting everything from a mile away. It just doesn't lead your eye to anything in the frame.

Start there and then you can begin to consider lighting. I'll give you a hint- high noon is the absolute worst time to photograph your car. That is if you want the car to look more interesting than it's surroundings. You can find some rudimentary photographic tips to get you started all over the net.

Really man? You can't just enjoy his pictures?


Good looking pics. I love the way your wheels and lugs look!
 

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Looks like a great location to wander about.

Must find dragon weather vane.

Car looks good, niceties covered, I see vineyards in the background, buy any wine lately? :biggrin:
 

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Beeeutiful pics =) I especially like the topiary stars
Are those gunmetal SDRs?
P.S. Those muffin pics just made me realize I have everything to make the chocolate cream cheese ones! yay!
 
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