Tuesday, February 11, 2014

an amazing weekend through pictures

This last weekend a friend and I went to Sedona AZ to escape the grey skies of the PNW. Living up here we only get 3 amazing months of sunshine while AZ gets it a lot longer. The weather was beautiful for being the first part of Feb.

I took a lot of pictures of all the places we visited.

I will say my favorite place was the home of the Sinagua. They are kin or sometimes placed in an umbrella under the Hopi Native Americans in that area.  On a side note, we didn't visit the Montezuma castle, we visited the site in the valley that required a little off roading to get to.

Here are a few from my smartphone

Snow on the Columbia River between OR and WA 2/7/14


Tuzigoot National Monument  




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A view from Airport rock



TLAQUEPAQUE 

This place really wasn't my kind of place (minus the awesome foods) structures were amazing and lovely. 






To read more about the Verde Valley here is a url that should give a good jumping point:
http://www.verdevalleyarchaeology.org/SinaguaCircle

Bell Rock


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Honanki Heritage Site






The Grotto Site

These pictures were of pictographs, the park ranger said they where over generations from 640 A.D. up to the first sitings of the Spaniards. 















This is the rock we saw hiking on Deadman Pass Trail looking at Boynton Vista Trail


This is sunset over looking Cathedral Rock

This is on Monday at the Church in the Hills. This is a catholic church. I had a very interesting moment sitting there watching the people light candles and pray. There was a very old fragile woman who had a head wrap, a cross, a picture and she stood at the cross a very long time, just praying. Everyone left her alone and no one went up to this area. This was the first time I think I've ever seen a group of tourists be so respectful.

"Her initial ideas for the church changed in 1950after she saw a church in France designed by the painter Georges Roualt.Lloyd Wright clung to the original plans and refused to work with her. So she approached the San Francisco firm of Anshen and Allen, who jumped at the chance to build the unusual chapel."
you can read more about the chapel here
http://www.gatewaytosedona.com/popular-articles/item/31-sedona-arizona-landmark-the-chapel-of-the-holy-cross



All in all I want to go back and do the whole tour again.
Maybe this time take a week or two. hahahaha


Monday, October 7, 2013

My domain is no more, lettering

I let shawnmilesphoto go because I'm not making money off of it and I want to buy a new camera and new equipment. The list of stuff just go ones on. As Shakespeare so romantically put it "what's in a name?"

My name does not make who I am. 


My current projects include lettering with zendoodles. 

Here is the letter A


Here is the letter B


Look for more soon

Friday, May 10, 2013

It's all about me..

Since the diagnosis about my celiac and the change in my diet my face has lost weight. I stopped doing the "me" shots because I got so depressed and put on a ton of weight. I didn't want to see the reflection of my poor health in my pictures. My health really depresses me.

I feel better, not so depressed, a little bitter, but better.

I'm going to take the me shots back up and try to really do them this time.  No real goal other then beating back the bitter betty and once a week I'll post a picture - full body - of how I'm looking.

I want to be a better portraiture and I started this in the first place because I heard it helps.

This picture is roughly 4 years ago when I started being a heavy outdoors person. This is right about when I got real sick. The harder I pushed, the sicker I got. hmmmm lol.

playing with the iphone

Here is a link to the old set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/girlshawn/sets/72157625762173336/


Here is what I look like recently (I'm looking through the periscope at MOIA)


Needless today it's not going to happen over night, it's going to take hard work again. I'm older now and have more work between diet and motivation this time. 

I truly believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It's not about being skinny, it's about feeling mentally healthy, physically better and just good in general. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tagging, organizing and cleaning up Flickr

Over the last several years I've collected pictures from hiking, friends and family as well as just random people, places and things.

I have not done a good job at maintaining the "photo data". If this was my day job I would have fired me a while ago. I started cleaning everything up and I don't have a plan I just look at a picture and decide where it should go. This process is going to take forever.

I've been thinking on this and decided to treat it like a project at work.
Identify the requirements - what are the common tags and so on...
Steps to accomplish the end result
start the process
mitigate any issues
and how can I prevent this mess from happening in the future.

I did figure I want all my art in one place as well as the projects they did.

Here is a link to the set for "MyArt"

My Art Set


Cherry Tree

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Senior Pictures ~ Amateur Photographer


One day I want to be the kind of photographer that makes a ton of cash on my skill. Today it is a hobby. I have to work at my day job to pay for my hobbies. I can't afford to quit, study photography and then launch a photography career. I have kids and health issues that make it close to impossible for me to quit.

I do believe however, where there is a will there is a way. One day I will be that person who lugs all their equipment to the top of Mt Baker, spends the night and gets a world class morning sunrise shot because I'll be that good. Until then I practice around home, Whidbey Island, and on the kids.

The kids have it in their minds that I'm some kick booty photographer that can do the senior shots and other amazing head shots. um... insert crickets here...

I do ok, I mean I barely know photoshop and haven't updated to the latest version so I started using Gimp which was easier then I thought. I still don't have the picture I want.

Every picture I took of the oldest kid is either too dark, his head is tilted the wrong way, the sky is blown out, or he is out of focus oh and my favorites - I don't think I can submit as a senior picture. They don't fit that mold.

geeze so today around 3 we will go out and try again. Just go to a tree do the arms bent then and I'll use a covered flash to avoid the weird glare.

Here are my favorite mess ups.




Saturday, October 27, 2012

Holidays fast approaching..

First I want to say I didn't manage the 30 days of crafting so well when my day job got intense. I'll start again November 1st and will combine pictures and drawing and crafting into 30 days of creative living.

Today I wanted to share this website I found 101 Handmade Christmas Ornaments. http://www.everythingetsy.com/2011/09/101-handmade-ornament-tutorials/

There are links on this page that link to other pages that have tutorials on how to make some amazing holiday ornaments. Don't be surprised if over the next 30 days of creativity if some of these pop up on here.

happy dance...

It will also give me an excuse to go visit the lovely ladies at my favorite crafting store down the street: https://www.facebook.com/TheRustyChandelier

There are actually three ladies that own the store together and I know it as The Rusty Chandelier but it's also Origami Owl and Collage Paper Arts. I just love all the supplies and ideas I get from them. They also are fun to talk to.

Check them out if you are ever in Oak Harbor

770 Pioneer WayOak Harbor, Washington 98277

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 15 - falling up into chaos

I wasn't sure where I was going with this hot mess but now that its done I am ok with it.

I will say this was a great learning experience in the water color crayons and use of color as well as circles.