Emobie Photography: Blog http://emobiephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Emobie Photography margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:19:00 GMT Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:19:00 GMT http://emobiephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u460762280-o640949978-50.jpg Emobie Photography: Blog http://emobiephotography.com/blog 120 94 Todo Nuevo, Pura Vida. http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2014/4/todo-nuevo-pura-vida Costa Rica-5Costa Rica-5

I've taken the opportunity to start over again.  We all get this opportunity each morning, but sometimes the choices and changes we make are small and insignificant and sometimes they are giant leaps of faith.  I recently leapt 4200 miles to the farming town of Nuevo Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  Almost everything I own sits in a storage unit in Oregon while I sit here, between two active volcanoes and next to a giant man made lake that covers the cities those volcanoes have previously destroyed. (There's a reason it's called NUEVO Arenal.) I speak little of the native tongue, Spanish, but I am doing my best to learn.  It is a very new and different life, though I suppose every move is.  If you want to know more I started an adventure blog that I actually update so far.  I hope to have locals in my pics eventually, but I sometimes see no one for days- though the Jehovah's Witnesses found me!- so it may take some time to get back to people pictures.  I hope, for now, you enjoy the nature shots. They are mostly of the garden surrounding the house where I am staying until December.  It's quiet here and beautiful. I hope what I see and share helps you feel the wonder and healing power of this place.

I hope you find the faith to start something new today.

Give a little more love.

Take a chance.

Take a picture of it!

Good luck!

I'm pulling for you.

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) Costa Rica emobie photography flora flowers hibiscus macro margarita o'brien margarita obrien nature photography travel http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2014/4/todo-nuevo-pura-vida Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:18:33 GMT
Aye, me! http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2014/4/aye-me canyon-1canyon-1 Perhaps a girl should update her blog from time to time!  It has been quite a while. If you want to keep up with me regularly, Facebook is the place to be.  Find me here!   If you have the patience, I promise to get up photos of my many adventures and perhaps some of my gorgeous models eventually.  I would, in fact, upload lovely shots of Costa Rica tonight, if I were near that hard drive, but, alas, I am far from home. I will make an effort to give you all a preview upon my return, but I will be doing much planning, packing, and purging as I arrange to expatriate.  

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) delay emobie photography margarita o'brien margarita obrien moving photography travel http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2014/4/aye-me Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:00:00 GMT
Learning to See http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/10/Learning-to-See We live in a culture of overstimulation.  Colors, images, lights, words, all demanding our attention at all times.  For our brains to be able to process anything at all we have to have dozens of filters in place to sift through the visual noise.  Just to read this words alone, you need to hone in on a very finite vision.  In your periphery you see the rest of the room, your desk, the keyboard, other windows, but until I’ve brought it to your attention had most likely successfully filtered them out of what your brain was registering so that it could truly be focused on the words.  These filters are in place to help us focus and stay mentally in the moment, but they can also filter out some of the magic happening all around us.  I find this is especially true when our brains fill-in-the-blanks with things we think *should* be there. (For example, when I was driving the other day I saw a pedestrian with these amazing platform shoes.  I was ogling them and thinking I would never be able to walk far in such spectacularly tall things these days.  My eyes went back to the red light to wait.  My brain pulling me back to the shoes had to check out what kind of gutsy gal would be able to take those on and when I managed to draw my eyes up from the shoes, the head attached looked to belong to a member of ZZ Top. I was SHOCKED that I had not noticed that she was never she at all.)

Photography is a constant lesson in learning how to see.  For me, removing obvious distracting stimulation and filters is both rewarding and essential to create successful images*. The easiest way I have found to find the images my eyes are trained not to see by daily life and incorporate them into my creative vision, is to be still.

Turn off your phone.
Walk slowly.
Wait.
Be patient.
Look.
Really LOOK.
Then look again.
Then see.
Look through the camera and recompose.
Shoot and then put the camera back down so you can look some more without the barrier of the camera body.

I took myself to the beach yesterday.  It was a moderately popular stop just off 101. I watched a half dozen people come down the same path as I pull out a camera, shoot the ocean, shoot the crags, and turn around to go back to the car.  Each person took home the same two shots. I wish they had taken a little time to see.

At top: Sea Foam at Carl Washburn State Park

*and a successful and sane life!

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) Blog Photography creative vision emobie photography margarita o'brien margarita obrien photography seeing travel http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/10/Learning-to-See Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:00:17 GMT
Layers http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/Layers dryad I find that viewers of photography tend to have certain expectations of images. Generally people want to see familiarity, reality, and, these days, a form of super realism that HDR and photoshop has trained us to enjoy.  I’m one of these people.  I’m also an artist who abhors being pinned down.  I love to explore, experiment, and invent images that cannot exist in the real world.  I have layers*.  Thankfully, so does Photoshop!

Layers in photoshop are like sheets of acetate would be in the real world.  You can stack up as many as you please and still see what’s underneath provided you haven’t covered a whole sheet of acetate with a solid image somewhere in the stack.  Layers can be opaque or you can give them transparency.  Images on layers can be overlays or translated into forms of light and shadow. They can be moved, resized, and transformed without affecting the original image in any way. In a word, layers are magic!

I recently joined a group that will be putting on a tree themed show for First Friday Art Walk.  I do have some cool tree photos that would  require little effort, but I felt a collage was in order- Layers! Ho!

*like an onion… or pie.**

**If you got this reference, we are totally buddies now.

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) Blog Photography art walk collage dryad first friday layers photoshop tree http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/Layers Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:01:00 GMT
10 Easy Steps Part 2- Electric Boogaloo http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/10-Easy-Steps-Part-2--Electric-Boogaloo If you missed the 10 easy steps for the performer you can find them here.

10 easy steps to great performance photography- for the photographer

  1. Show up early- Be prepared
    If you want to shoot a performance you’re going to need a good seat. If you have permission and a friend, have them walk the stage to find the sweet spots for lighting. Take some test shots and adjust your settings. Check your ISO and photo size no matter what camera you are using. If you have access to more settings (SLR), ask your friend to do a spin or two to account for movement when checking your shutter speed. Keep an extra memory card and battery nearby just in case.
  2. Read your manual
    Camera technology is absolutely amazing right now. Certainly an SLR and a fast lens is going to make a huge difference with dance photography, but many small point and shoots have great capabilities if you know how to use them. The big trick? Actually sit down and read the manual. -I recently met a girl with a nice brand new Nikon DSLR with which she had been shooting vacation photos. She asked me to take a few shots of her with her friends and though I’m a Canon girl, I immediately knew something was wrong. I checked the settings, tried to clean the lens (which she proceeded to wipe with her hands- YIKES!), and then saw that her lens was set to manual focus. She had no idea that was even an option, so not one photo before I met her was in focus. Sadly, her story is not new. The moral= read your manual!
  3. Don’t flash
    Not only is using a flash rude and often not allowed, it is distracting to both the audience and the dancer. If not used skillfully it can leave sharp shadows and generally unattractive photos. Since you’ve read your manual you should be able to simply turn the flash off. Flashing a smile at the dancer on the other hand is allowed and encouraged. The best smiles are always created by a genuine response. Now capture it! 
  4. Stabilize
    Your subject is already moving quite a bit which makes focusing tricky at best. By stabilizing your camera you will have one less element getting in the way of a sharp photo. I’m not suggesting it’s necessary to carry a tripod around with you, though there are some really great little table top ones, but some sort of stabilization is really helpful. If you are sitting at a table, brace your elbows on a table top. If you are standing or have no table, tuck your elbows in to your sides and if you have a camera strap wrap it around your hand. If you are doing video or just want more movement, you can easily make a stabilizer for about a quarter by taking a length of string, tying a washer to one end, and a bolt that fits the mount on the bottom of your camera on the other. Screw it into your camera and stand on the washer making the string taut. If you are using a larger SLR and/or have the funds, try a monopod or tripod with a ball head. I prefer the monopod as it has a small footprint and doubles as a walking stick.
  5. Change your Point of View
    Between songs try sneaking to a different spot (stay low and out of the way). Many venues have a higher area in the back or towards the sides where you still have a straight shot of the dancer with no heads in the way. You’ll get more interesting shots and a chance to stretch your legs. If it’s a big show you may want to try to get your hands on a photo pass beforehand. This cuts down the dirty looks if you move around.You may be stuck in one spot for the whole show and there’s not much you can do outside of the camera. If this is the case, try changing from horizontal to vertical composition, different ranges of zoom, and changing your camera settings. The whole dancer does not always need to be in the shot to make a great shot!
  6. Focus on the face
    Many people rely on their camera’s [auto] setting for everything. I think a good chunk of them would prefer to eat sand than read their manual, but it really can make all the difference in the world. Most cameras have a setting that does most, but not all, things automatically, [P]. One of the auto settings you should leave behind is full auto focus. When full auto focus is on you have no control over what your camera thinks should be in focus, it chooses the focal points for you. It could focus on the background, a mike stand in front of the dancer, or even just a part of the dancer on which you hadn’t intended to focus. You can choose the spot on which you want to focus and I highly recommend you do! Either choose a center point or slightly off center if you intend to do mostly vertical shots, a little circle or square should show in your viewfinder. Set that point directly on the face of the dancer, press that button half way down to engage your auto-focus, and then physically move your camera to recompose your shot without moving your finger! When you push down the button all the way down for the shot, the face will still be in focus (provided the dancer hasn’t moved toward or away from you in those seconds) and that is awesome.
  7. Wait for it vs. Spray and Pray
    If you are a dancer shooting a dancer, you have a decided advantage of knowing how the music is likely to control the movement. You will be able to anticipate choreography and be prepared for the dramatic pauses, the repeated phrases (and often repeated moves), and the poses. You may be tempted, therefore, to always wait for that perfect moment. If it is a slow piece or you are practiced at the craft, go for it. On the other hand, you are most likely shooting digitally, and you brought an extra memory card and battery, so why not get a little crazy? Many cameras have a burst mode which allows you to hold down the button and shoot repeatedly (Check that manual!). I wouldn’t recommend this for a whole performance, but spins, especially with veils are very hard to get-partly because the face is not in view for most of the spin and partly because very few people make a graceful face during the whole spin.
  8. Rule of Thirds
    While you’re caught up in the action it is easy to forget composition. When you’ve focused on the face and go to recompose, you may just be trying to get the dancer in the shot at all, but, with practice, you’ll be recomposing at lightning speeds. If you’re looking for a simple way to bring balance and interest to your composition, consider the rule of thirds. Imagine your photo folded into thirds in both directions and laid flat, giving you a grid of nine squares. If you place your subject on the lines of this virtual grid you will have something much more interesting than a centered straight on shot. If you manage to have a point of interest (eyes, hands, prop, etc) at an intersection of the lines, that’s a hot shot!
  9. Respect the Dancer
    Movement is beautiful. Dance movement is gorgeous. That instant you caught in the middle of a body wave where the chest is caved, the chin is down, and and the elbows are up is awkwardly funny looking at best. Even if the lighting is great, the colors are popping, and the photo has nothing technically wrong with it, consider the dancer first before posting it in a public forum. I see floods of unflattering photos of dancers. A simple edit job of throwing out the bad shots should always be the first thing you do after the shoot. Please respect the dancer you shot and only post your most flattering photos. We always judge ourselves the hardest, so if a dancer still untags herself on Facebook or asks you to remove a photo, don’t take it personally, just respectfully do so.
  10. Post Production
    In a world where everything has gone through an Instagram filter, I’m wary of encouraging post production. There are certain things though, that can make or break a photo. Cropping, slight contrast adjustment, correcting white balance, toning colors (especially when the dancer was under colored lights), and sharpening are excellent ways to enhance your photo without over-doing it. If you have not yet delved into the world of post production, I recommend Photoshop Elements as affordable place to begin. There is a significant learning curve with any new software, but try something new after each shoot and I think you’ll wonder how you lived without it. That big zit on the dancer’s face will be gone in the blink of an eye.

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) Blog bellydance dance jamara performance photography sabine http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/10-Easy-Steps-Part-2--Electric-Boogaloo Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:23:03 GMT
10 easy steps to great performance photography http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/10-easy-steps-to-great-performance-photography  

Don't get Zaghareet! magazine?  Here's a snippet of what you're missing:)

10 easy steps to great performance photography- for the performer

  1. Show up early and mark the stage
    If you show up before the audience, you have a fantastic opportunity to make prime use of the stage. Standing or sitting in the audience, have a friend walk around on the stage (get permission!) and find the sweet spots where the light is strong, the visibility is good (no poles, monitors, or props blocking the view), and the background is not overly busy. If it's okay with management use some electrical tape or glow tape to make a small “x” on the floor. These tapes tend to be only slightly sticky and are easily removed. If you are in a duet or group, consider where your partner(s) would be. Often when one person is lit, the other falls into deep shadow. If taking a step forward or together would remedy this, this simple step will have you prepared!
  2. Don't be the first in the lineup
    So maybe you didn't show up early or you're on a big stage with a curtain the management didn't want to open, never fear! If you are not the first in the lineup, grab your coverup and find a place to watch the first dancer. Provided they make good use of the stage you will quickly find those sweet spots for lighting. If you've actually planned on having someone shoot you, ask not to be first. Whether they are professionals or your friend with a point and shoot, it may take a few shots to get the camera settings just right if they didn't have a chance to set up earlier.
  3. Repeat your choreography
    There are some dancers who are bogged down with so many ideas for movement that they go from one move to the next to the next and never repeat. If the song has a repeating chorus or line of notes that you've decided needs a wonderfully dramatic hair-flipping spin, do it again! I'm not saying do every move in 4's or 8's to fill a phrase, but if you have something that looks awesome in the mirror, it will look awesome in the camera. It's very likely though that the shooter might miss it the first time or get you just as you've turned around and hair covers your face. Give the good moves another chance!
  4. Never underestimate the dramatic pause
    Some dancers really get this concept and others do not. Not moving can be as dramatic if not more so than the movement itself. When your body is in that state of pause before a big move (be it slow or fast), it is collected, prepared, and vibrating with energy and anticipation. If it's not, try to remember you are on a stage and it should be! In that pause, your photographer and their camera have the time to focus on you and get that tack sharp look that movement can prevent especially in darker venues.
  5. Don't let your hair upstage your face
    Maybe you've been growing your hair out and you just cannot wait to do some hair flipping. That's grand, but on the day you're hoping to get great performance photos, I highly recommend you use a few hairpins. You don't have to put it all up but around the eyes and above the ears a few pins to hold it down can make a world of difference. You're going to want to see your face and eyes in those pictures, and probably not the face you'll make when your hair is stuck on your fake lashes. Unless it's a whole group of you dancing to Willow Smith, keeping the hair-flipping to a minimum would be best. Also, holding your hair back with your hand in “Egyptian Headache” pose means not just your hair, but your elbow, hand, and armpit are upstaging your face in the shot.
  6. Practice
    You've probably heard your teacher say it time and again- “Watch your arms”. Of course you want the whole body creating great lines, but it is usually the arms that make the most visual impact. The arms are framing you throughout the performance, and, just like the hair, they can easily block your face. Practice in front of a mirror or more ideally in front of a video camera and watch when your face disappears. A peek behind a veil or sword is fabulous; having a prop or arm swirling around your face in perpetuity with no pause, not so much. Do your spins and then open up and let the camera see you shining!
  7. Practice
    It may sound cheesy, but practicing your expression is essential. If it is a joyful song, you should be smiling through every practice, not just at the performance! Dramatic pieces should be practiced dramatically. Just working on the moves and not your facial expression pretty much guarantees your face will go either blank during parts of the performance or show an emotion you had not intended. There is nothing wrong with practicing your smile in the mirror! Your photos will show your hard work!
  8. Practice
    Muscle memory is a very real and helpful thing. When preparing for a performance practice every day until it is in your body. Even if it is not choreographed, practice enough so that you don't need to think about what you are doing. This way your face shows your confidence and you can engage your audience. There is nothing sadder to me than a fantastic performance from a static face. I'm not saying you have to flirt with the person in the front row (though it wouldn't hurt) but keep your chin up and slightly forward and show the audience and the camera how dancing makes you feel!
  9. End Pose
    Maybe there was no place for a dramatic pause. You started off stage and shimmied your way through crazy drums all the way to the end. Here's your last chance! You're sweaty, your hair is a mess, and you've given us everything you have. Stop, and let us applaud you (and photograph you). Choose something simple with good lines that shows off your beautiful face. If your arm is up, please point nose away from your armpit. Click! Gorgeous!
  10. Respect your photographer
    Whether you have paid for your pictures from a professional or from a friend or budding artist, please respect their copyright. Yes, you have image rights to any image you are in and you have the right ask any photographer to take any picture of you down and they cannot sell an image of you without permission. They have have rights to the image itself, which means: if there is a watermark on the image you should not crop it out, if you want to use the image for anything you should contact the photographer, and you should not take it upon yourself to edit the photo in any way. If you respect your photographer, they will more likely want to shoot you again!
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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) bellydance dance margarita obrien performance photography http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/10-easy-steps-to-great-performance-photography Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:50:00 GMT
Photoshop=Magic! http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/photoshop-magic  

I love it when you can get something right in the camera.  It's amazing and magic all on its own. Sometimes though, that magic moment comes and there are wires, instruments, people, or clutter in the frame. NOOOOOO!

Just such a thing happened when I walked into the Gypsy Stage at Oregon Country Fair this year.  I was just taking a delightfully timed breather and out came Rachel striking drama in our hearts and lenses.  So this gorgeous stage now keeps the direct sun off the dancers, but it's very... well... orange- (see original photo left) so obviously some color correction was in order STAT.  In my experimental laziness I nixed all but one color (red) and brought down the vibrance.  Next I crop, up the clarity, contrast, exposure, and a little extra black on the tone curve for pop.   (middle photo) This is how it goes to facebook and Rachel fans go wild! (*insert breathy "haaaaaaaa")

So then it needs some more editing for a magazine! Woop!  Of course I have no model releases for the musicians, so they've gotta go and their clutter, too. I won't get into the details here but selection tools and stamps were essential. Final photo for magazine on right.

If you love dance, check out this month's Zaghareet! magazine:)

I'll be soon posting bits from my article, 10 easy steps to great performance photography.

 

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) dance emobie photography margarita o'brien margarita obrien performance photography photoshop rachel brice http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/9/photoshop-magic Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:52:00 GMT
Oh Sweet Distractions http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/5/oh-sweet-distractions  

greece-6greece-6 If you actually read this blog, then you already know that I am not fantastic at updating.  The world is so bright and beautiful; I find it a bit difficult to sit down and type a full on blog post.  If you want to keep up in something closer to real time, please go "like" my emobie page on facebook.  Bits and pieces of shoots always end up there.

Like much if not most of the photography community I have been toying with the beta version of CS6 which was released as a free trial until the real thing comes out.  It is truly amazing what those Adobe programmers can do!

I find for my own workflow though, Lightroom is still where I spend almost all of my time.  When I open CS6 it is generally to play or create images that did not exist outside the camera.   I love to do that, too, but the collage part of my art never feels quite finished- which is why you may not see it here yet.  Creating the image in camera just feels better, more real to me- though I may tweak the heck out of the lighting:)  Interestingly, the new Camera RAW in CS6 is almost exactly the Lightroom's editor with a different name, but I keep falling into my old LR habit.

Blah, blah, Margarita loves Lightroom...

Anyway, check out this sunset.

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) emobie photography greece island margarita o'brien margarita obrien photography santorini sunset travel http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/5/oh-sweet-distractions Thu, 10 May 2012 17:55:00 GMT
Hibernating http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/3/hibernating  

oregon-8crater lake One might think that the cold winter months would lend themselves to things like blogging, but in my case I find the winter vacillating between an overabundance of events and an overwhelming desire to hide beneath the covers with a book until the sun comes back out. Today, the sun has returned!  My Irish skin glows like the moon in a blinding reflection.
I just upgraded to the most current Photoshop software -CS5. Until now, I've done most of my photo editing in Lightroom (which is, IMO, the bomb) and some bits I edited in Photoshop Elements.  Between the two most everything I NEED was covered, but, man alive, the things I didn't know I wanted! I'm still busy exploring all the tools but my favorites so far are HDR toning adjustments, puppet warpcontent aware fillmixer brush tool, and the new way the eyedropper works  -seriously fun and awesome. Puppet warp seriously blows my freaking mind! I don't know how often I will actually use these but the software was an amazing deal since a new version is due out soon. I look forward to sharing some experiments and making you all my little puppets:)

Get out and enjoy the sun if you've got it!

~m

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) crater lake emobie emobie photography island margarita o'brien margarita obrien photography snow travel winter http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2012/3/hibernating Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:56:00 GMT
Summer Vacation http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/9/summer-vacation greece-3greece-3 We went on quite the adventure recently. I find that I am a very lucky and blessed being to have such opportunities to explore this beautiful world with amazing people.  I hope you find blessings in your life today as well.  I'll be posting my favorite shots of beautiful Greece in the "travel" section as time and jetlag allows.

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) beach emobie photography greece margarita o'brien margarita obrien santorini travel vacation http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/9/summer-vacation Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:57:00 GMT
High Dynamic Range http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/8/high-dynamic-range I only occasionally  have the patience or opportunity to set up a shot for exposure bracketing or focus stacking (both requiring taking several nearly identical shots on a tripod), though I am quite enchanted by what can be done with such techniques.  Yesterday while researching a bit of exposure bracketing technique (an important step for fine HDR) I came across a technique for adding HDR quality to your photos with a soft light B&W layer copy with highlights, midtones, and shadows turned up 100%.  It doesn't work for  everything and often tends to have an oversharpened pixelating effect on organic shapes and textures, but in some cases it can bring out some magnificent detail. On the left, the shot above is what it looked like straight out of the camera (no post processing). On the right I used this soft light layer technique to bring out the detail of the jewelry.  I masked much of the layer on the face as my oversharpened freckles looked downright aggressive.  grrrr.... Pretty punchy, eh?

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) bellydance dance emobie photography margarita o'brien margarita obrien performance photography tribal http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/8/high-dynamic-range Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:59:00 GMT
Have I mentioned how gorgeous Oregon is lately? http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/8/have-i-mentioned-how-gorgeous-oregon-is-lately oregon-7oregon-7 My love affair with nature didn't really begin until I moved out here. Ohio had its surprising natural beauty, too. It just took a little more time to go out and find it.  Here I literally have 100 year old redwoods in my own front yard!  We went a little further out to see some of Oregon's best of the best this weekend.  Crater Lake!  Once a mountain and now a big gorgeous hole.  The deep blueness was truly mesmerizing. Stranger yet, wrapping one's head around the 80 degree weather with snow still piled about with no real intention of melting.  I could go back soon.

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) crater lake emobie photography margarita o'brien margarita obrien oregon photography travel http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/8/have-i-mentioned-how-gorgeous-oregon-is-lately Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:00:00 GMT
Hey Jealousy http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/7/hey-jealousy  

I recently referred to my new Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro as my new boyfriend.  I'm totally smitten. I'm full of smit.

Last night my boyfriend and my husband had an "accident." I've never known him to be so jealous!* ;)

Anyway, this post is really about filters. I made a new photo friend at Oregon Country Fair and he said he never really uses filters, not even UV.  I was dumbfounded.  Sure they don't do much beyond removing a little glare, but they are such an inexpensive and useful insurance policy!  The first thing I do when I take a new lens out of the box is pop on that filter! As you can see from the photo above, my UV filter took the brunt of the fall.  This easily could have been the lens glass of my $600 lens. I had the little guy checked out at the local camera shop this morning (all iz well) and got a new to me (used) UV filter for $8 (Thank you Dot Dotsons! You guys rock!).

Go buy a UV filter for your favourite lens today.

Seriously.

Do it!

Because I care,

~margarita

ps. The picture of the broken lens was taken by the lens it protected. Rock!

*It really was an accident, but for the sake of storytelling...

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margarita@emobiephotography.com (Emobie Photography) http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/7/hey-jealousy Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:01:00 GMT
Yeah. There's a dance festival this weekend. No big deal... http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/5/yeah-theres-a-dance-festival-this-weekend-no-big-deal  

I should probably be doing pushups in preparation right now instead of blogging.  As I recall, last year my arms ached for days after the festival, because I just COULD NOT put down my camera.  I cannot wait for all the sparkling, moving, brilliant beauty that is Tribal Fest. As a dancer I can appreciate all the work that goes into performance, but as a human I am just MOVED... repeatedly... sometimes to tears or cheers or whoops.  This year I even get to jump up on that stage myself.

Stoked.

Seriously.

I just got a great new lens I'm dying to try out too.  It's even heavier than my usual zoom, but 2.8F :D I know I can do it. I'll just keep repeating to myself, "BEEFCAKE!"

ps. I won't be dancing in my sari this time.  Just a random pic, so as not to ruin any surprises.

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Beautiful Oregon http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/3/beautiful-oregon  

oregon-4oregon-4 It seems like I'm dumb struck daily by the beauty of the place where I live.  I just thought I'd share a little with you.

Hobbit Beach, Or

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Work and Play http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/2/work-and-play portraits-1portraits-1

Oh!  How I adore when work and play are interchangeable things. I had a grand time today shooting and playing with a super cute toddler. She could be the next Uma, the way she works the camera, I tell you what.  What a grand day!

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Winter Daze http://emobiephotography.com/blog/2011/1/winter-daze It's been rather dreary and wet out there.  I've been hoping to go on a shooting adventure, but the rain and cold deter me.  Instead I've been staying in and going through old pics, dreaming of those warm days, fixing them up, and hope to post some soon.  While I'll never be a cool as the guy on the left, I do feel a little extra awesome when I happen upon shots like this one.  I have a posse!

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