Cascade Arts & Entertainment Magazine Article by Bill Dahl

My most recent freelance article for Cascade Publications Inc. is HERE in Cascade Arts & Entertainment Magazine.

Cascade AE
Cascade AE

It is on pages 22-24.

The article profiles the importance of professional web imagery — and four digital visual artisans (REAL photographers) of Central Oregon.


 

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Smith Rock State Park

Living in Central Oregon – we are fortunate to be surrounded with displays of amazing natural beauty. On occasion, these displays can be spellbinding. This post is about one of those very, very special moments. Please feel free to share this post with your social network.

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Reggie and I hiked to the summit of Smith Rock State Park (Misery Ridge trail) on a cold and icy Friday afternoon in January 2015 – and stayed on the summit until after dark to capture an amazing Central Oregon sunset – landscapes – and the moon rising. (Used crampons and hiking poles for safety).

CLICK on any image BELOW to ENLARGE:

 

To truly appreciate the depth and breadth of this amazing spectacle, you can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

1. Click on the Link ABOVE.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image.

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. I do portrait sessions – pets, people and objects. Need the imagery on your website updated? – CONTACT ME! Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

This is HDR photography – shot in RAW format (vs. jpeg) – and bracketed (3 shots per image). These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

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This is High Dynamic Range photography or HDR. This is a method that adds more “dynamic range” to photographs. Dynamic Range is the ratio of light to dark in a photograph. Instead of just taking one photo, HDR uses three RAW photos, taken at different exposures (one image properly exposed, one two f stops under exposed and one image two f stops over exposed).

For each single image you see, there were three exposures combined to make it. In this case, the three images are uploaded into Adobe Lightroom 5.7 and then exported to Google’s NIK software preset — HDR EfexPro.  This is time consuming post production – yet – the results are gorgeous…providing the viewer of the images with an image that incorporates more detail, color and character than the human eye or a jpeg photo can capture.

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Klamath National Wildlife Refuge – Bald Eagles

I had the opportunity to visit the (LOWER) Klamath National Wildlife Refuge earlier this week. We also visited Tule Lake (CA) National Wildlife Refuge. Clear, sunny skies and bitter cold.  The lakes were iced over (Great for viewing eagles and other birds of prey). The sunrise over Lower Klamath Lake was spectacular!!!


 

The following is a photo journal of the trip. CLICK TO ENLARGE ANY IMAGE BELOW:

 

 

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE and HERE.

1. Click on the Link ABOVE.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image.

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. I do portrait sessions – pets, people and objects. Need the imagery on your website updated?  CONTACT ME! Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.


 

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Crater Lake National Park – A Winter Wonderland

Crater Lake National Park is unequivocally a national treasure.

During winter, it is one of my absolute favorite destinations to visit — after a snowstorm — when the skies clear. The South Entrance to the Park is the only entrance open. Rim Drive is closed. There are few people and the natural beauty is unspeakable.


 

Click on any image below to ENLARGE:

 

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

1. Click on the Link ABOVE.

2. Click on the 1st photo in the album

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image.

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.

If you would like to discuss prints, enlargements, post cards, Thank-you cards, gifts, reception area photo books or licensing any of these images – please contact me directly. I do portrait sessions – pets, people and objects. Need the imagery on your website updated?  CONTACT ME! Framed enlargements for commercial office space or private residences are also available.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.


 

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Fixion – A 2015 Series by Bill Dahl

Non-fiction has it’s limitations.


 

In 2015, I will be authoring a series entitled “Fixion – public policy perspectives where non-fiction has not yet traveled.”

Fixion
Fixion

Fiction is designed to inspire people to think – to imagine – to ponder.  My 2015 series “Fixion” is designed to do just that.

Today, I find far too many social and public policy issues where the nature of the dialog and the bandwidth of the agendas under discussion are severely limited. I find myself thinking “Well, okay, what if this or what about that?” I also find that the issues elevated into mainstream public discussion are not necessarily the ones I would like to see discussed. My series Fixion is designed to address these concerns.

These pieces will address local, regional, national and global concerns.

I hope you enjoy it!


 

Stay tuned.

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The 2014 Merchants of Meaning Awards

Well – it’s time…Here you go:

Every year at this time – I try to identify three people who have made particularly meaningful contributions via their social media participation – at least, from my point of view.

In 2014, I heard so much noise, too much nonsense, and far too little meaningful contributions to the issues that demand our collective action.

In prep for 2015, I thought I’d get started with my annual Merchants of Meaning Awards for 2014.

For 2014 - My favorite Merchant of Meaning is unequivocally, Ron Cole of Victoria, British Columbia – Canada…

 

 

 

Why?

1. He’s a provocateur unparalleled in the digital universe. With all the like, friend, follow, and favorite crap – the trap is to get yourself surrounded with people who think alike. Well, that’s simply a prerequisite for boredom and personal stagnation. You need a guy like Ron Cole to inject some alternative stimulus into your life. Trust me – follow Ron and you’ll be stimulated, aggravated, perplexed, and inspired to both imagine and redirect your attention to issues and perspectives you had previously overlooked. 

2. He’s smart — VERY, VERY smart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. He’s a connoisseur of his craft…original writings, quotes, video, links, etc. etc. – His dominion is the diversity of issues, dialog, diatribe and delivery mechanisms he chooses to share to inspire, instigate imagination and redirect the consciousness of a mass of onlookers who desperately need to become participants.

4. He lives sacrificially  – Ron sacrifices for the benefit of others. He is involved in the CARTS Outreach in Victoria B.C. Canada.

Battling a profound health challenge in 2014, Cole’s determination to stay at the forefront of provoking and reinvigorating the social conscience of social media users is – well – way, way beyond remarkable.

2014 Cole
2014 Cole

Friend Ron Cole on Facebook or visit him on his blog.

Ron plants footprints to follow in two thousand fifteen.

Follow him.

 

Also for 2014 – Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson
Jim Henderson

 

Jim Henderson was the persistent and preeminent social media magnate who courageously spoke truth to power – he was a leader (one of many) of the effort to unseat Mars Hill’s Mark Driscoll from his bully pulpit in the Seattle, WA area. The effort was successful – with Driscoll resigning – and the State of WA AG’s Office currently sitting silently on the sidelines – as ongoing allegations of Mars Hill’s multi-million dollar financial malfeasance continue to salt the sores of the wounded.

If you knew Jim, this challenge would seem wholly out of character for a man known predominantly for his  kindness, creativity, and love for others.  Yet, his unwavering love for the oppressed is largely credited as his primary motivation for taking up this cause.

Buy Jim’s new book (available January 2015) – co-authored with former pastor Doug Murren…  “Question Mark – Why The Church Welcomes Bullies and How To Stop It

Question Mark
Question Mark

 

Finally, and without reservation –  Chad Estes.

Chad Estes
Chad Estes

 

Chad’s efforts as a writer, photographer and compassionate advocate are beyond noteworthy. In my mind, he remains one of our most talented literary artists whose platform continues to evolve.

His efforts to plunge into the cause of metastic breast cancer via http://www.revealmission.org/ are courageous, compassionate – and exquisitely profound and positively productive.

The Reveal Mission
The Reveal Mission

Follow Chad on Facebook or on his blog.

 


 

 

Happy 2015  Everybody!!!

Manage your participation in the digital universe wisely in 2015.

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