Theme: work

Spotted this beauty today. Had to grab a photo, so we “borrowed” someone’s driveway, and I got a few photos before anyone spotted me (yes, they were home). Anyhow this is the US Coast Guard Cutter Fir, based in Astoria, Oregon. Her nickname is “The Bar Tender”, and her motto is: No Bar Too Tough, Too Rough, Too Far. If interested, you can read more about her here. USCGC Fir is down in Yaquina Bay doing some work with NOAA on buoy’s.

Four shots: I like the first because of the wake. I like the second because I got a slightly better placement.


Topaz Tuesday – a twofer

I followed the “recipe” from here, adjusting the numbers a bit to suit my pictures. Both pictures below were taken in Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon. The bridge view was from the north side of the bay looking westward. The NOAA R/V was taken from the south side of the bay, looking north.

Bridge over Yaquina Bay – original

NOAA R/V McArthur II – original

NOAA R/V McArthur II – topaz


I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.—Blaise Pascal

Super moon – SOOC

Finally had a chance to take some photos. It was cool and breezy, and would have been nice to have a nice camera … but still my little point and shoot did okay. I have added a tripod to my “gift list”. Both photos taken at Alsea Bay and Lint Slough, Waldport, Oregon.


Topaz Tuesday: Wild Irises

Wild Irises, shot along a walking path at Yaquina Head Lighthouse. First the original. The after, along with steps taken, is below.



Topaz Adjust / Spicify & Topaz Simplify / BuzSim

The idea came from a Topaz Flicker group and I modified the steps. Here’s what I did:
1. Duplicated the background layer.
2. Topaz Adjust / Spicify set to default settings. Click okay/
3. In PS, layer opacity set to 65 or there abouts
4. Duplicated background layer, moved to top. Topaz Simplify / BuzSim set to default settings, accept/click okay.
5. Oval marquee tool, set feather to 20. Selected area with irises, select inverse.
6. Copied selected area to new layer (command-J on Mac), layer mode to darken.
7. I copied (command-J) the selected area to a new layer and set mode to darken.
8. Deleted “BuzSim” layer and flattened all the layers.


SOOC: Humor

Local man caught transporting dead snowman through town.
No arrests were made as the evidence melted.
License plate blacked out to protect the snowman’s family.


Topaz Tuesday – theme: water


Topaz: simplify: crisp edge
(borrowed the theme from the 366’ers)

Taken just a few hundred feet north of Sea Lion caves between Yachats and Florence in Oregon. I was standing on the west side of Hwy 101 and shooting to the north and east across traffic and road. The mist is the foggy mist we had that day.


SOOC – theme: distant

Borrowing a theme from the 366’ers … distant. Looking north across the mouth of the Yachats River. Photo is SOOC, I cropped, added sig and that’s all.

Yachats River