Chasing the Sun

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Continuing  on with the Landscape theme… last night as I was driving my son to his Awana class I took a little detour and drove along the Columbia River to capture some shots as the sun was setting. The weather was amazing, it’s hard to believe it’s January as warm as it felt as I was taking these shots.My dad warns me that a warm winter means a cold summer which really bums me out if that is in fact true. I very much hope he is wrong about this.

I started out near Blue Lake park where it is more inland, then drove west on Marine Drive to capture some photos after the sun had set and the sky was such a gorgeous color. I know the shot of Mt. Hood is pretty lame because all of the interrupting power lines and such but I had to snap it. I have this goal that someday I’ll get an amazing shot of Mt. Hood you know one like photographer Ben Canales has done. If you don’t know who he is check out his website thestartrail.com, it’ll blow your mind. I’m in love with Landscape Photography, so excited to learn more and more about this type of photography, someday hoping to do one of Ben’s workshops. Until then…

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Lost and looking for Lost Lake

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The day after my hike in the Gorge was a Sunday and it was sunny and warm and I had caught the hiking bug. After  morning church I did a little research and decided that my little family and I would drive up to Lost Lake to take a photo of Mt. Hood just after sunset. I mean it couldn’t be that hard right? I looked up the time the sun was supposed to set 5:06, my husband google mapped Lost Lake and said it was a 50 minute drive. I read up on what it would take to hike Lost Lake, apparently it’s a flat hike about 3.2 miles around and easy to do with small kids. We packed up some warm clothes and some water and we were off.

One hour later as we are reaching Hood River we are figuring out that we should have gone up hwy 26 and not through Hood River because this way it was almost a 2 hour drive. So fine, we stopped in Hood River got some snacks and coffee and we were off again to find Lost Lake. After a very windy one-lane road with about 1foot of snow in some spots we arrived just outside the entrance to the Lost Lake campground with about 30 minutes to spare. Now we were confused because ahead there was one gate completely shut and to our left a gate was left just open enough that a car could pass. So we decided that had to be the way in and we took a left, going carefully as we tested out the snow so that we would be able to return and not get stuck. After about 15 minutes we arrived at the end of the road (which we were told would end by a group of three young hikers we had met just about a minute before) walking back up that trail. On our way back we offered them a ride but they decided that they preferred the walk. So back we went to find another way to Lost Lake and finally getting back to our starting point in front of the two gates we got out of the car and walked down the path past the 2nd closed gate.

We made it to the lake but unfortunately not all the way around the lake where, supposedly there is a good spot for photographing Mt. Hood. I got some great photos in none the less and we stayed until it was so dark we could no longer see our car ahead. It got a bit spooky walking up the path to our car it was a good 5 min walk in the dark with two little ones. But the scariest part was just ahead. My husband decided that we would take the shorter route home through hwy 26, well we had no idea what conditions we would encounter having not come up that way. The road leading to hwy 26 was about 20 miles long,  small unpaved, lots of potholes, no lights, but the worst part of it was all the trees that had fallen into the roadside through some winter storm they must have had up there. I was holding on to my stomach and my seat, I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous in my whole life and my husband was driving much too fast for me. It looked like we were driving in an S pattern as well as we were down to less than a quarter tank of gas. I was praying so hard that we would make it back down the mountain to a gas station in time, all the while thinking and mentally preparing for possibly being stuck up there over night. Don’t think I’ll be trying that one again soon.2015-01-27_0011 2015-01-27_0045 2015-01-27_0016 2015-01-27_0017 2015-01-27_0018 2015-01-27_0015 2015-01-27_0013 2015-01-27_0014 2015-01-27_0026 2015-01-27_0025 2015-01-27_0027 2015-01-27_0024 2015-01-27_0021 2015-01-27_0020 2015-01-27_0022 2015-01-27_0023 2015-01-27_0030 2015-01-27_0029 2015-01-27_0032 2015-01-27_0033 2015-01-27_0034 2015-01-27_0035 2015-01-27_0036 2015-01-27_0037 2015-01-27_0039 2015-01-27_0040 2015-01-27_0041 2015-01-27_0042 2015-01-27_0043 2015-01-27_0044

Hike it baby: the GORGE

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We have been blessed with some unusually balmy weather here in the NW and this last Saturday on a whim I joined a couple of friends of mine on a nice easy hike called Dry Creek Falls.  I used to get out and hike a lot more before babies and since then I’ve really slowed down in that department, that is why I’m so impressed by my friends Anka and Ezechel who although they have become parents have not slowed down at all, in fact I almost feel like they have increased their pace.

It was impressive to see these parents with their babies on their backs hiking alongside just as if they weren’t crying an additional 30+ pounds. I didn’t have my babies with me, however I did bring my camera along and got a chance to photograph some beautiful scenery. I love landscape photography and I cherish every opportunity to get it in. The day started out sunny, at least it was sunny at my house (about 45 miles west of the destination) but as I was driving east it was getting more and more foggy and wet the closer I drove to the Gorge. I was quite surprised at the change in weather. However I have to say that the weather turned out to be perfect, not too warm not to cold.

After the hike since we were right by the Bridge of the Gods I walked a little ways on to it to take some photos looking out over the Columbia River, not a safe endeavor especially at 2 pm when there are lots of cars coming and going, also by this point the sun was high in the sky so it was a bit more challenging photographing into the sun. I’m sharing some of the photos here and will be posting more on my flickr page, if you’re interested in seeing more feel free to click the link to my flickr page. I love where I live and this one hike has gotten me excited for getting out there more. In fact I’m looking for a photography hiking group in this area, if you know of one feel free to leave me a comment below.

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where it all began…

 

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here’s how it works…

 

there's a method to the madness and they have it down.

there’s a method to the madness and they have it down.

 

little Apollo

little Apollo

 

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crossing under I-84

 

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I had to do it…

 

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the Hike it baby group, I was always lagging behind there was just too much to photograph.

 

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that foggy gloom was so cool.

 

 

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Dry Creek -can you see the face in the photo?

 

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my friends Anka and Ezechel and little Apollo

 

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Apollo sharing his snack – all the hiking got them hungry

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Dry Creek Falls

Dry Creek Falls

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on the way back down the sun was higher and the fog almost all gone

 

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looking west over the Columbia River

 

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looking northeast from the bridge

 

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on my way home I had to stop on the side of the freeway to capture this scene. there is a low riding layer of fog on the river.

 

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Winter | Our Story

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Looking out the window!

SUN is shinning. -“Mom can we go out and play ?”

“Get your coats and shoes. Momma’s gotta make herself some hot tea, then she’ll join you.”

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we also like to climb on the stones and play and jump and just have fun. mom likes to take photos of us all the time, she says we will appreciate it when we’re bigger. I like seeing the photos of me doing fun stuff. 2015-01-22_0008 2015-01-22_0002

but sometimes she catches us in the action… and it’s not always good stuff.  NOT SHARING that’s really bad at our house.

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mom look what I can do!

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my brother and I, we like to make each other laugh a lot.
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The End!

New Year’s Celebration

Ringing in 2015 with family and friends at the Mitar house 2nd year in a row was a blast. I can’t believe our little one who is 3 was able to stay up past midnight, he had taken a nap from 5-8 pm so I guess that was the key to him being up, his older brother who did not nap was out in one of the bedrooms. All the kids had a blast playing together and so did the adults. There were some comical moments when we had a huge discussion over the pronunciation of a couple of words that sound the same in English and Romanian,  I’ll never think of the words noa, Noah and Noie the same ever again. Thanks to our friend Beni for the entertaining debate on that one. The kids I’m sure loved that there were so many adults at the ready to climb on and wrestle with and just be their personal indoor jungle gym as well as all the board games purchased just in time for this occasion.

The adults really enjoyed the game of Catch Phrase and especially the time spent going around talking about what we had hopped to accomplish in 2014 and actually did accomplish as well as what we looked forward to in 2015. We made sure to take some notes so that we can review them next year.  What a blessing to have loved ones near and create memories just like this, so very grateful.

Here’s to a wonderful 2015!

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Christmas Decor|NW PDX

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Recently I was asked by my brother Cosmin to photograph the Christmas Decor (his work) at the Sentinel Hotel (previously the Governor) and Hotel Lucia both of which are located in downtown Portland, as well as the store front window of CDExD. As always I was very happy to help out and excited to get out there and do some photography. I have to preface this by stating that although this is not the type of photography I traditionally do, I enjoyed having a new project and seeing what I learned. Learning new things is always something I highly value and find most rewarding.

Photographing indoors is not my favorite as I’m not huge on flash photography and that is because I’m not experienced with it and feel much frustration over it, so I tried to not use my flash at all and after all was said and done I did not even keep any of those photos. But as I’ve been putting my very capable Nikon D810 to work, I’ve found that it  can do a lot more for me then my previous camera was capable of in low light. Not to nock it, because let me tell you I still love my old Nikon D3 and don’t plan on retiring it just yet. It’s just nice to see how much technology has advanced in 7 years since my D3 was initially released. This project was a blast to do and I am so excited to share my photos with you, I hope you enjoy perusing them as much as I did taking them.

First we went to the Sentinel Hotel which used to be the old Governor hotel located in the heart of PDX right off Broadway. The way Cosmin decorated this hotel was in keeping with its more traditional style and it was beautiful. I loved all the little touches, every nook and cranny had some special little gem to attract the eye.

The Sentinel Hotel {Governor}

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Next we went to the more contemporary Hotel Lucia also located in downtown PDX off Broadway. The photos taken from the outside looking in on that magnificent ornament tree are my favorites. Such a great job that he did and I can’t imaging how long it took. I would not want to take that down.

Hotel Lucia

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The store front of CDExD was our last stop, here Cosmin asked that I photograph this amazing evergreen gown. The textures and details are just so absolutely beautiful, woodsy and earthy and feminine, I just love it. Great work bro.

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Happy New Years all,

Bobi

Strolling Peacock Lane

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Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them. -Bob Dylan

Favorite things about this Christmas time activity:

+ Beautiful old homes all decked out for the holidays

+ If it’s dry out, it’s such a short lane that the lights and decorations are best viewed on foot.

+ Free hot chocolate & Apple Cider (donations are appreciated)

+ Family time spent out of doors – having family with us while doing this makes it that much more memorable. This year we were joined by Ronald, Laura, Abi and Ellie but got separated from them because of a time crunch and massive crowds. I was so glad Andreia joined us this year as well, she was such a help with the boys. Had she not been there these photos wouldn’t have happened.

Things I learned

+ go after Christmas, the lane is open until the 31st of December. The crowds that were there made it really hard to stop and appreciate the scenery and especially hard for people like me who wanted to photograph a lot.

+ parking was easy, we got there right before lights go on at 6pm and parked one block away in a neighborhood.

 

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