Here in the rain valley of Oregon, it only rained once or twice since Spring. We aren't used to that and spent a lot of time playing outside and grew very productive gardens, but also found ourselves getting a bit concerned about too much of a good thing. Especially with the drought conditions and fire danger which has produced several deadly fires in Pacific NW. I found myself hiding in my air conditioned office more than I should as the temperature was above 95 for weeks. My dogs seemed to prefer it as well. Several of my private photo sessions on location were in the heat and glare of the sun but the horses were game, so we sucked it up and made some great images. I guess this is how it is for photographers in Southern CA although I kinda prefer our backgrounds.
September is upon us and with that is the flurry to get the farm calls scheduled and done before the weather turns. Beautiful soft sunny light with the warms colors of the change of the seasons showing in the background is my goal. Its okay to drench the thirsty ground for a bit and then, please come back sun, we love your soft Fall light.
Due to some quarantine issues in May, I didn't photograph the Heart of the Valley dressage show. It had to be cancelled to keep the threat of virus spread in check. In June, I was traveling and wasn't able to photograph the Beaujolais/chablis show at Donida. I had an opportunity to visit Italy and I took it!
My last dressage show competition is less than 2 weeks away. Oregon Dressage Society Championship and Open show at DevonWood Eq Ctr. I am now taking pre-sign ups for photographic services. You can find the sign up link above. Following right on the heels of that show is the KWPN-NA Keuring at Sonnenberg and the following weekend the American Holsteiner Horse Approvals at Wild Turkey Farm. I will be the photographer for both of those events.
Photography Workshop. I am looking into holding a workshop in October. We will have a morning photoshoot and afternoon image discussion. This could work into either a one or two day workshop. Depending on level of improvement that you would like to experience. If you are interested, drop me a line!
I have made a couple of plans for 2016. In April I will attend April Visel's Artistry in Motion Workshop. I attended the first of these some years back with our group Vision 18 of which April is a member. I am so looking forward to meeting up with old friends and having fun being creative with them once again.
For the first week in June I fly to Iceland, to meet up with Paula DaSilva and some good friends. Paula has arranged a photographic adventure for us. We will spend a long week touring this fabulous island country. I am looking forward to enjoying the adventure ofbeing exposed to a new culture, immersing myself in amazing terrain, fresh air, low human population (always a plus for me) and maybe a few ponies out in the landscape.
I'm excited to be taking a painting workshop in February along with Sheryl Rudolph with local painter Samyak Yamauchi. I discovered her on PBS' Art Beat. Colorful and whimsical.