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A Fine Outlook

21 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

The vineyard farm building was dilapidated, and threatened to collapse at any moment. The stairs leading up to the second floor were missing no less than five steps, and the lumber used to build it had taken on the dry and darkened appearance of just about any haunted house you’ve ever seen in the movies. All that lent the new and trendy restaurant across the courtyard a rather theatrical backdrop.

And despite the old and neglected environs, the roof window seemed to offer as clear a picture of the skies above as I’d ever seen.


Smartphone Saturday: Hapuna Beach

18 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

No time … to … type. Just posting … unedited, smartphone photo like I do … each Saturday. Gotta head … out the door!

This one’s from our family trip to Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. Unlike most of the other beaches we visited, this one offered a bit shade. That comes in handy when your skin is white as snow — like mine. The combination of volcanic rock and tree covering, as well as the remains of some sea-beaten trees, made for an especially unique environment for lounging and capturing photos.

Going the Distance at Western Seminary

14 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Marketing masterminds will tell you that you’ve gotta have eyes and teeth. What they mean is that your organization needs to feature photos of people with their eyes shining, and their teeth showing. Smiling is preferable. That magic combo sells stuff, and lots of it.

I captured plenty of photos with eyes and teeth that day, but I find myself particularly drawn to this image. So why am I taken by this “toothless” photo, anyway?  (more…)

Smartphone Saturday: Arthur’s Seat

11 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

Nope. No lengthy stories for you today since today is another Smartphone Saturday. A photoblogger needs a bit of rest after all! That means I’ll leave you with an unedited photo from my trusty smartphone.

This vista comes to you from the top of Arthur’s Seat — a dormant volcano in the center of Edinburgh, Scotland. Within walking distance of downtown, you can climb from sea level to this blustery point high above town in just about an hour. My wife, dad and my sister-in-law took the trail to the top during our first real day in town and relished the views of green Scottish hills, Edinburgh, and the charming bay the Scots call the Firth of Forth. Did I mention it was windy?

Over the Mighty Columbia River

10 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

My day started at 3:30am. The early wake up was due to the fact that I had a 6:00am flight to Portland, Oregon to catch.

Though I get the feeling that my nerves would have nudged me into the waking world early even if I didn’t have to hop a plane that day. You see, I was excited anxious to delve back into the world of commercial photography during an all-day shoot at Western Seminary Portland Campus.

My body was moving. Now my mind just needed to wake up as well. (more…)