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Last spring I got to go on one of the coolest field trips ever with my son. He was enrolled in an online school, Oregon Connections Academy, at the time. We went on an underground tour of battery Mishler at old Fort Stevens. It was like taking a step backward in time right into history. Even though Battery Mishler was burned in a fire started by some vagrants several decades ago, there were still lots of cool things to see. My son had a blast shining his flashlight in every nook and cranny, and I had fun trying out the low light setting on my camera while we listened to our guide explain all the Civil War, World War I, and World War II history involved in what we were seeing. It was really neat, and I would highly advise going if you ever get the chance. Although it is not generally open to the public (for safety reasons they don’t leave it unlocked), You can call in advance and set up a special appointment with a tour guide if you are interested. I would recommend wearing a hat since it is drippy in there. It is also probably good to know that there are stairs, so it isn’t exactly stroller friendly. (There was a student in a wheelchair, and they were able to carry him up and then carry up the chair, so it isn’t impossible–just not easy. There were two sets of stairs if I recall correctly.)

The photographs really turned out cool and unique looking. The light was really tricky with everyone waving flashlights around, and I didn’t have much time to stop for photos at any one location –since I didn’t want to get lost alone in the dark. A tripod would have been nice to have since the slower shutter speed accentuated any movement at all, but I would not have had time to set it up and use it each time we stopped –our guide kept a pretty good pace. A lot of time  even though the camera was still, people and their flashlights and glow sticks were moving, causing a kind of time-lapse photography effect with the longer exposure time on the low light/night photography setting. It also caused the light to have a kind of golden glow to it which I like. In a lot of the pictures my son was shining the light at things so we could actually see what I was photographing. It was really dark in there. Even though there are some overhead lights, they are few and far between, and not very bright. Using the flashlight In conjunction with the low light setting really caused some dramatic lighting effects (which I enhanced later with some editing of course).

Because of time constraints I’m not going to be able post all of the photos here, but you can peruse them in my galleries at Redbubble and Imagekind (and coming soon on Zazzle and Fineartamerica). There were also some photos I took of the other batteries and scenery around Fort Stevens before it started pouring down rain.

view from the Astoria Column Astoria–Megler Bridge by Dawna and J.  Morton

view from the Astoria Column: Astoria–Megler Bridge by Dawna and J. Morton

Next we made a stop at the Astoria column after a break for lunch. I actually let my son borrow my camera for once (with strict instructions not to break it, drop it, etc etc) and let him do the climb by himself with the other students and teachers since I had a wee one asleep in the car by then. He took some great photos–and I’m not saying that just cause I’m his mom. I had some fun editing them, with his permission. He was pretty proud that I liked them enough to post them for sale. They can also be viewed at Redbubble and Imagekind, and will be on Zazzle and Fineartamerica sometime soon.

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I think it was back in October or early November when I was in the middle of getting the kids ready for school I noticed how beautiful the sunrise was.  I managed to run for my camera and hop out to the back deck and get  some gorgeous photos during all the early morning rush.

Sunrise Over the Columbia River #9

Layers of lavender purple and pink clouds glow in the dawn light as the sun rises over the Columbia River in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. A white Masonic Lodge nestles next to a church among the shadowy trees of the Rainier, Oregon forest as the Columbia river flows past the city lights of Kelso and Longview, Washington twinkling against the dark backdrop of the mountains ranges beyond.

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A Masonic lodge is nestled in the predawn twilight of the Rainier, Oregon forest as the clouds in the sky above change to hues or coral, pink, lavender, and purple in the light of the rising sun. Beyond the unseen Columbia River the somber pacific northwest mountain ranges surround Longview and Kelso, Washington.

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Last week I used another one of  the photos I took last winter to create some more products on zazzle:  Shining brightly in the pale crystal blue morning sky the sun creates an array of light orbs hanging in the air like a chandelier above the snow-covered forest near Fox Creek, Rainier, Oregon. Beyond the wintry snow-covered ferns and fallen branches, Fox Creek meanders unseen through the trees on its way towards the Columbia River.

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Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by Dawna Morton

Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by Dawna Morton

Looking from Rainier, Oregon across the Columbia river towards Washington is a spectacular view of bright sunlight shining on a layer of dark, moody clouds above a layer of golden morning sky. Beyond the silhouettes of evergreens and small town buildings, the Columbia river shimmers with an amber glow of reflected sunrise as the far bank is obscured in a dark morning mist.

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Sunrise over the Columbia River #2 by Dawna Morton

Nestled among the forest silhouettes, the masonic lodge and a church steeple stand in subdued silence as the golden sunrise lights up the cloudy Oregon sky above the Columbia river.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #3 by Dawna Morton

Brilliantly the sun shines from behind darkened clouds in an early morning sky as it rises over the Columbia River. The Masonic Lodge and a church steeple nestle sleepily among the Oregon forest in Rainier, as the river flows shining in the golden sunlight toward the pacific ocean, and the opposite shore of Kelso and Longview, Washington is obscured in a hazy mist.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #4 by Dawna Morton

The Columbia River shines radiantly in the sunrise as it flows tranquilly towards the pacific ocean bordered by dark silhouettes of evergreen trees standing like sentinels on the Oregon shore and mist shrouded mountains beyond in Washington.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #5 by Dawna Morton

As the sun rises over the Columbia river, a masonic lodge and church steeple rise above the forest of the surrounding hills in Rainier, Oregon. Silvery gray and luminescent white in the early morning light, the clouds blanket the pacific northwest sky.

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The other morning when the sun was shining blindingly through the shades as the sun rose, I peeked out the window at the sunrise and ran for my camera, taking these photos right through the window screen. This left a cross hatch pattern on the photos, and in retrospect I think it would have been better to remove the screen first because it was not possible to edit it out. In a few of them it gives the slight impression of rain though and I like that. I did have to edit out some large and rather unsightly power lines. when my pc crashed recently I was not able to reinstall one of the photo editing programs I used to use (photoimpression5) because the disk had warped. Although I use picassa  for such features at their retouch and some of the effects such as sharpen and soft focus, it does not have a “smudge” feature–which is one of the things I usually used photoimpression5 for. Luckily on Zazzle’s blog they had recently done an article on inexpensive, or free,  alternatives to Adobe’s Photoshop–which I don’t have because it is prohibitively expensive at the moment.  One of the program’s they recommended was Paint.net, so I decided to give it a try. At first I was disappointed because I did not see a smudge feature, but then noticed there are a variety of patches that can be added. One of them included a smudge feature and so far I am very happy with it. On areas like the clouds, the  retouch feature on picassa is pretty good at removing the power lines, but at the edges or near the trees and buildings smudge is essential to remove the dark color of the power lines before using  retouch to smooth things out and in some cases to replace the crosshatch pattern of the screen to make it match the rest of the photo. Then in some of them I liked the soft focus effect to soften out the screen pattern a bit. All in all they are lovely photos.

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A cascade of golden maple leaves shines luminously in the autumn sun rays around the highlighted mossy silhouette of a tree trunk beside the forest ferns in beautiful Rainier, Oregon.

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A ring of maple leaves shines in the autumn sun like a golden crown suspended in mid air.

Sun rays stream through the trees as the sky is seen through a lacework of autumn foliage in the forest canopy.

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