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Author: Jeff Williams-Gifford

Theatre de la Mode

Theatre de la Mode

Way out in the Columbia River Gorge near the bluffs on the Washington side, lies a place called the Maryhill Museum. It’s in the middle of nowhere and was built by an interesting fellow named Sam Hill. It was originally meant to be a mansion where Sam and his wife, Mary could entertain his school friend, King Albert I of Belgium. The museum now houses an eclectic collection including works by August Rodin, furniture and icons from Queen Marie of…

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Smoke & (camera) Mirrors

Smoke & (camera) Mirrors

Soon after purchasing my Nikon D90 in 2010, I was keen to try my hand at some long exposures. I started playing around in the dark garage, using a tripod, flashlights and laser pointers. I then decided to try my hand at some incense smoke photos, without really having a clue what I was doing. I set up a flashlight on the floor below a stick of burning incense and started snapping away. I immediately had trouble trying to focus….

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Painted Hills, Oregon

Painted Hills, Oregon

It’s been almost 10 years since Pam and I drove to the John Day Fossil Beds to see the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon. There is a whole lot of nothing all around that area, so we ended up staying one night in the town of Mitchell. It’s a tiny, depressing sort of place, but it’s only 9 miles from the Painted Hills Unit. We stayed in an old hotel on one end of town. Across the street was a…

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Southwest Trip 2014

Southwest Trip 2014

I was recently reviewing my photographs from a whirlwind trip that Pam and I took back in late April of 2014.  I thought it might make a fun post, as well as being a good opportunity to try and choose some of the strongest photos from the many that I took during that busy six day excursion. We flew from Portland to Phoenix, rented a car and immediately hit the road for the Grand Canyon, where we would be staying…

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The Faces Of Rialto Beach

The Faces Of Rialto Beach

The kid in “The Sixth Sense” said, “I see dead people.” As for me, I see faces…and animals, angels, demons and characters from movies and comic books. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s clouds, grain and knots on a wooden fence or paint splatters on the floor – I’ll find something. My theory as to why that happens is that it’s a combination of a very active imagination and the mind’s desire to…

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