Photography is my calling.
Photography is my calling.
I bet there will be gazillions of people trying to catch the next solar eclipse in a couple of weeks. The anticipated event is set to have millions of dollars from tourists from Oregon to South Carolina. And it is only for 2 to 3 minutes to see it, but even though it's short, it's unique too.
To see the full totality of it, cities like Lincoln City, Salem, Madras and Baker City are where to be. We will only be able to see it as a partial eclipse at 99.3%. You can also travel at least to Waldport, Oregon to see it at 100%. Even though I will be trying my best to photograph it as a partial eclipse here in town when it happens, I thought it might be fun to create an "artistic composition" of it (pictured above).
So, for those of us remaining in Florence that day, having your solar eclipse glasses handy are a must! I bought ours at the store the other day so we're ready!
Will you be traveling to view the Eclipse?
We thought about going up north a bit, but I can't imagine what the traffic will be like on Highway 101, so we opted to stay in town. Still have to pick out our spot where to shoot it from. Kim and I have never seen an eclipse so this is something we're looking forward to!
If you're curious to know the path of the eclipse, I did some digging and found this interactive map (source: OregonLive.com). It will tell you the duration and timing of the eclipse for any point on the map, down to the millisecond (just note that all times there are in Universal Time, which is seven hours ahead of Pacific Time). And, check out this video below!
So, tell me...where will you be August 21st for the eclipse? Comment below!
For the next three months, I'll be exhibiting in two places! Starting this month through August, I'm at the Peace Health Hospital Gallery showcasing my "Colored Rocks Blend" "16 x 20" Fine Art Piece on High Gloss and Polished METAL! It's personally hand signed and dated and ready for hanging on sale for $245.
In September, I'm exhibiting at the Florence Chamber of Commerce. Not sure what piece will be hanging there, but I'll announce it as soon as I decide.
Also, a new t-shirt design is here...
I'm happy about the success of our photo t-shirt line, but I really wanted to change up the design and make it the photos blend into the shirt so I asked Kim to put on her designer's hat and come up with a torn edges look. She had to learn how to do it in Photoshop and make the images transparent so she went to work and tada! We have a new design. Now every photo will have a different edging but will blend into the shirt.
I ordered us one so we could test out the new technique before offering them for sale. We are very happy with the results! So, look for the new collection soon + we're adding them to other specialty items like mugs, hats, hoodies, puzzles, even keychains! We're selling these through a company called, Zazzle and we've been really excited to offer other products. Again, the variety just allows to sell more than just prints.
Soon, we have a page built with all the products on the website, but for now, you can click here to get a look-see what we're offering and all purchases allows us to get a commission that helps us run our website and expand our collections.
I've been playing around with my artistic side lately and so I added that category on the website. I've never been a big fan of abstract art and that probably comes from me being a traditional, practical person so it was hard to really get into surreal or using my imagination.
But, one day I was out photographing and saw rocks and I know how much Kim loves them so I came home and played around a bit. I began to kinda like the effects and tada, I found a really creative side! Also, we've added metal prints to the mix and the colorful artistic prints really good on them.
"When I found photography, I found my purpose."
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