January News

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 27, 2010, 3:48 PM
Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Holiday season with family and friends.  'Tis the season to indulge, after all.  So hopefully everyone got to enjoy extra doses of chocolate fudge, candy, peppermint sticks, and some spiced apple cider on cold winter nights.

Didn't snow for us here in the Portland area, so it was another "green" Christmas.  But there was snow in plenty of other places for people to have a white one.

We've got a new Featured Artist: DreaErvin
Be sure to check out the article on the left column of the page and 'like' it to give her plenty of exposure and support.

There is also an official news article showcasing all the best from November submissions, so make sure you follow that link (also found on the left column of the group page) and 'like' it to support your fellow Pacific Northwest artists!  


Group Theme

There was a wonderful turnout for the last theme!  Here are a few samples of what everyone submitted:

Green Peak Falls-Autumn by 11thDimensionPhoto   Haystack Rock 7 by marrowbones

Thanks as always for your wonderful participation!

The new theme is: "A Day At The Beach"

We want to see photographs of some of our beautiful seaside photos.  All along the Pacific Ocean there are amazing little hideaways and stunning photographs.  Staff cannot wait to see what this theme brings.  Be sure to look at the gallery to see examples, and follow this link for more detailed rules: pacific-northwest.deviantart.c…


Wishing you all the best for 2011!  Happy New Year!

Featured Artist

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 27, 2010, 3:24 PM
:bulletblue::bulletblue:ARTIST OF THE MONTH:bulletblue::bulletblue:


It's time for another featured artist for our group!


This month's Featured Artist: DreaErvin

(Be sure to check out the official news article feature too, and fave it so she can get more exposure!  Article: fav.me/n139222)


Gallery Selections:

Obstacles by DreaErvin Pure Beauty by DreaErvin Most Beautiful by DreaErvin
Happy Tears by DreaErvin Double the Fun by DreaErvin Inertia by DreaErvin

An amazing photographer, she takes stunning photographs of waterfalls and nature and really brings to life our beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I admire greatly the progression I've seen in her skill, and more than anything else, she is always incredibly supportive of the group, submitting her work every week.

She graciously agreed to sit down with us for a few minutes and answer a few questions.

The interview is as follows:


Question: Are you originally from the Pacific Northwest? If yes, which state, and if no, then what has drawn you to this part of the country?

Answer: Yes. I was born in San Clemente, CA. I have lived in Oregon most of my years, with the exception of a couple of my teen years in Riverside, CA. I am currently in Eugene, OR now.


Question: If there were only one thing you could tell the rest of the world about the Pacific Northwest, what would it be?

Answer: It is an ideal location for nature photographers like myself. Also, the pacific northwest contains a significant amount of rainforest. Oregon itself has too many waterfalls to count.


Question: Is photography your main profession? Or is it more of a hobby for you?

Answer: Photography is more of a hobby currently. I would love for it to be my profession. My day job is an Administrative Assistant at a private college.  


Question: How did you become interested in photography?

Answer: I have always been interested in Photography. I really started getting serious as soon as I owned my first camera in 1999. More recently, after acquiring an SLR in May 2010, my passion has taken off. With the help of a fellow deviant, I learned how to take long exposure water shots.


Question: What piece of advice would you give to anyone else interested in photography?

Answer: The advice I would give for others is some that I received from one of my photography idols...Take as many photos as you can, paying little attention to rules or techniques. Just keep shooting. With the experience, the knowledge will come.


Question: What is the most popular piece of artwork in your gallery? (Strictly based off of number of favorites and/or comments.)

Answer: "Inner Peace" has the most favorites/Views, whereas "Inertia" has the most comments.

Photo: Inner Peace by DreaErvin


Question: What is your personal favorite? (Doesn't matter how popular it is/is not with the rest of the deviantart community.)

Answer: My personal favorite is "Riverscape".

Photo: Riverscape by DreaErvin


Question: And the toughest question of all: Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia?

Answer: Oregon


THANKS TO DreaErvin FOR TAKING THE TIME TO TALK TO US.  BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER GALLERY, EVERYONE, AND SUPPORT A FELLOW RESIDENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC NORTHWEST!

NOVEMBER NEWS

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 8, 2010, 11:56 PM
Halloween is officially over.  We've all endured our sugar-induced comas for the past week or so, and with that, we're now officially ringing in the start of that proverbial 'holiday season'.  That time of year where Americans in particular get down and dirty with turkeys everywhere and adorn them with gravy and cornbread stuffing.  (Hungry yet?)

And on that note...

Pacific-Northwest has it's first official theme of the month, so be sure to check that out in the latest journal entry.  Stay tuned also for me to post links to the Submission Guidelines, General Group Rules, and Theme of the Month on the left side column, just as soon as I get caught up on a little sleep and get some work done tomorrow.  That should make the page a bit easier to navigate overall.

Waterscapes is the theme this month, as selected by you, the members.  I figured for the first theme we'd keep things fairly broad, but in the future the theme may narrow down a bit.  So stay tuned for that!  And in the meantime, have fun submitting your photographs!  I cannot wait to see what everyone submits!  One photo per week into that folder, and then at the end of the month the best of the theme will be chosen and featured in a news article.

Also be sure to check out the news article featuring La-Vita-a-Bella.  The link can be found in the blog feature as well.  Check it out and 'like' it if you can, so that she gets more exposure.  We want to support our fellow Pacific Northwest artists, after all!

I suppose for now that's all I've got.  

Thanks for continuing to submit artwork everyone, it's all so beautiful to look at and admire.  Looking forward to seeing what the rest of this month brings.

Happy November, everyone!

Theme of the Month

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 8, 2010, 11:37 PM
Every month, Pacific-Northwest has a specific theme. This is one more chance for artists to submit their work, as each week members can contribute one extra photo to this gallery, as well as the usual four submissions to the 'Weekly Submissions' folder.



A Day At The Beach


:thumb181679595: Deception Pass Rainbow Sunset by indigohippie Tangolunda Bay by IvanAndreevich Cranberry Coast by ChristinaH292


One of the defining features of the Pacific Northwest is, quite literally, the Pacific Ocean.

There is something magical about it.  Magical and majestic.

The oceanic highway for the humpback whales making their annual migration from Alaska down to the tropics.  Home to all manner of other beautiful marine life, from fish to sharks to dolphins.  And it has, over thousands of years, carved out beautiful coastlines, beaches, and scapes in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

We want to see photographs of the beaches and coastlines that make our part of the country so stunning.  

Photographs of children at play on the beach are just as acceptable as a curling wave breaking onto the sand.  Be creative.  The only main staples that should be in your photographs are either the ocean itself, or the beach, or both.  Remember, this is a day at the beach!


Remember:

1. You can submit one photograph to this folder per week.

2. You cannot submit the same photograph to this folder and the Current Week Submissions folder at the same time. You'll have to pick only one.

3. Submit your best work! At the end of the submission period staff will choose the best of the best for a news feature.

Artist of the Month (November)

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 4, 2010, 12:57 PM
:bulletblue::bulletblue:ARTIST OF THE MONTH:bulletblue::bulletblue:


As promised, this group is getting back into the swing of things, and that includes bringing back our featured "Artist of the Month".  The artist is selected by the staff, based not only on the quality of his or her artwork, but also based on attitude, and overall participation in the group.


This month's Featured Artist: La-Vita-a-Bella

(Be sure to check out the official news article feature too, and fave it so she can get more exposure!  Article: fav.me/n134635)


Gallery Selections:

Sunset on Second Beach by La-Vita-a-Bella Silhouette Paddle Surf Boys by La-Vita-a-Bella Hot Air Balloons-Morning Mist by La-Vita-a-Bella Japanese Maple by La-Vita-a-Bella Mt Shuksan by Moonlight by La-Vita-a-Bella Second Beach Sunset by La-Vita-a-Bella

She's been a wonderful supporter of our group from the beginning, and moreover always submits absoultely stunning photography.  Best of all, she's an incredibly gracious lady who was willing to sit down for a few moments and answer our interview questions.

The interview is as follows:


Question: Are you originally from the Pacific Northwest? If yes, which state, and if no, then what has drawn you to this part of the country?

Answer:First of all, I want to start off by saying it’s a pleasure and an honor to be chosen to do this interview, so I want to thank you deeply for this!

I am originally from California. I first moved to Washington when I was 18, but moved back to California twice before settling on Washington for good. I liked Washington because the people seemed more real...they weren't trying to be someone they weren't. Up until I was 30, I really hadn’t seen much of the state, though. And I wasn’t into photography.


Question: If there were only one thing you could tell the rest of the world about the Pacific Northwest, what would it be?

Answer: Oh wow, there is so much to see here! And it’s so diverse! You have rainforests, deserts, beaches, mountains…so much beauty! I could spend a lifetime exploring and still never see it all. Just when I think I’ve photographed everything there is to see here, I find a new spot! But if I could only say one thing about it, I would say GREEN! Granted, the eastern side (known as the Inland Empire) is not green most of the time, but in the spring you get miles and miles of green wheat fields. On the western side it is so lush and green just about everywhere you go! I love the moss and the ferns! You just have to get out and see it!


Question: Is photography your main profession? Or is it more of a hobby for you?

Answer: My main income isn't from my photography but I do make money from it. Most of the money is generated from selling it as stock, but also by doing side jobs and selling prints. It would be more accurate to describe my photography as an obsession, though. I'm constantly thinking about photography...where I want to go and what shot I want to do next. I spend a lot of time reading up on new and different techniques and I totally lose track of time when I’m taking pictures. It’s like I am in my own little world and nothing else exists.


Question: How did you become interested in photography?

Answer: It’s kind of funny how that all progressed. At least to me it is.

It all started one day when I decided to go for a drive by myself. I literally had no destination in mind and when I got to the freeway and could go left or right, I chose left and headed towards the cascades. I took pictures of everything….waterfalls, mossy trees…anything that caught my eye. I was having such a good time…until I dropped my camera in the creek. I had to hold it out the window to dry the whole 100 miles home. It was my first digital camera…just a point-n-shoot Canon A60 with only 2 megapixels.

Anyway, I shared the pictures with friends and co-workers and one person in particular told me I had an eye for it and should do more. I truly do not know what he saw in those pictures because when I look back at them, I really think they look terrible! Maybe he was just being nice? But it was all the encouragement I needed and I kept taking pictures and sharing them with everyone.

Since then, I’ve upgraded my camera several times and I’ve read so much about photography and I am continually trying to improve.


Question: What piece of advice would you give to anyone else interested in photography?

Answer: If a person is truly interested in photography, you really have to do your homework! It’s like learning to play an instrument or trying to learn any new skill. It takes work and lots of it. Sure, anyone can get lucky now and then with a great shot, but to continually produce high-quality images you have to know what you are doing. So, read and practice as much as possible! There are so many aspects to photography and I don’t think you can ever know it all, but the process of learning is what I enjoy so much. I feel like I still have a long way to go but it’s the journey, not the destination.


Question: What is the most popular piece of artwork in your gallery? (Strictly based off of number of favorites and/or comments.)

Answer: Well, it used to be my “Japanese Autumn” shot until I posted an infrared shot of a huge weeping willow tree. It got nearly double the comments and fav’s.

Photo: Infrared Pink SillyString Tree by La-Vita-a-Bella


Question: What is your personal favorite? (Doesn't matter how popular it is/is not with the rest of the deviantart community.)

Answer: Wow, that’s a hard question to answer. To pick just one shot out of everything. Do I really have to do that? Lol! I like different shots for different reasons…whether it’s because of technical quality, or getting to finally go to a place I’ve had on my list, or just because of a particular memory of being there. I know that I felt a LOT of satisfaction after I was able to finally get my shot of Punchbowl Falls without the darn log that had blocked the view for so many years.

Photo: Waterfall - Punchbowl Falls by La-Vita-a-Bella


Question: And the toughest question of all: Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia?

Answer: Hahaha…that’s actually the easiest question. Washington! Okay, maybe I’m just biased. I haven’t explored BC enough to really know that area. I would like to see more of it. Oregon, however, has some of the best waterfalls. And their beaches are better. They are a close second. I am lucky to live smack dab in the middle of it all because I can go in any direction and find beauty!


THANKS TO La-Vita-a-Bella FOR TAKING THE TIME TO TALK TO US.  BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER GALLERY, EVERYONE, AND SUPPORT A FELLOW RESIDENT OF THE BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC NORTHWEST!

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