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Sunshine gardening

<img src="http://eaglenewspapers.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2015/07/20/Hot-Gardening_t670.jpg" This sunflower isn't as tall as I had hoped, but its flower is looking good. I needed a shot to illustrate a gardening story about the heat. The droplets from a low volume sprinkler are seen both streaking across the frame, and as individual droplets stopped in motion ...

By Mark Gibson

July 20, 2015 3:37 p.m. read more..



On bikes, boys and cameras

My first camera was a simple, manual camera with a normal view, 55mm lens. It was cheap. I used it to photograph anything and everything. For a time I stuck with black and white film, and felt myself an artist. This bicycle is a good example of my work from ...

By Mark Gibson

May 24, 2014 10:01 p.m. read more..



Corporate Ladders

By the time I finished playing with this photograph, it bore such little resemblance to reality I decided to name it "Corporate Ladders" after that mythical instrument by which one is said to, by virtue of great effort and talent, improve one's career. Photo copyright Mark B. Gibson

By Mark Gibson

May 24, 2014 7:28 p.m. read more..



On cows, boys and cameras

I've been working recently on "A Rancher's Life," an ongoing series in the Chronicle, and as I listened to the bellowing cattle at a Maupin area ranch I was reminded of the very first roll of film I ever shot and developed. It was eighth grade, I was taking an ...

By Mark Gibson

February 23, 2014 8:49 a.m. read more..



Gone mobile...

I remember a newspaper cartoon I saw years ago, showing a "war correspondent" type photojournalist, rough and careworn, wearing a photo vest and holding out a tiny, goofy-looking cell phone. It was funny, the idea that someone with a cell phone could capture hard breaking news. I had it on ...

By Mark Gibson

January 4, 2014 10:59 p.m. read more..



Happy hungry holidays!

It's late November, and as food banks struggle to fill the gap created by a $5 billion monthly reduction in food stamps across the nation, the financial sector continues to swell and pulse under the stimulating hand of an $85 billion monthly handout, with stock markets reaching record highs and ...

By Mark Gibson

November 22, 2013 9:03 a.m. read more..



Fall colors

Leaves of a big leaf maple are brilliantly yellow along Mill Creek Road south of The Dalles, pictured here against the trunk of a ponderosa pine. Copyright Mark B. Gibson Big leaf maples are one of my favorite trees, with their, huge swooping buds in early spring, leafy umbrellas in ...

By Mark Gibson

October 24, 2013 7:38 a.m. read more..



A new "War on Poverty"

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have passed a bill cutting billions of dollars in federal food assistance to the poor. As it is seems unlikely to become law, the cut is apparently meant as a policy statement: The Republican Party declares a new "War on Poverty." Specifically targeted ...

By Mark Gibson

September 21, 2013 6:03 a.m. read more..



Larger than life

A pair of mating crane flies hangs from a leaf above Mill Creek just south of The Dalles Insects are wonderful fun to photograph, and a summer creek is a great place to find them. I was standing on the bank when these two crane flies flew by, landing on ...

By Mark Gibson

June 9, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..

 

Black and white and red all over

http://thedalleschronicle.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/users/photos/2013/mar/23/3175/ My first dozen or so years working in newspaper were spent capturing black and white images; color was a rare thing, not often printed on the web press. That changed within a year of my coming to The Dalles Chronicle in 1997, as digital technology reduced the cost of ...

By Mark Gibson

March 29, 2013 9:28 p.m. read more..



Spring parking attendant

http://thedalleschronicle.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/users/photos/2013/mar/13/3032/ Spring has been showing itself for some time now: pussy willows are flowering on Dalles Mountain Road and along area creeks, tree buds are swelling and robins are back in town. Even a few hummingbirds have been spotted. Yet the most concrete evidence of warming temperatures is the reappearance ...

By Mark Gibson

March 13, 2013 8:58 a.m. read more..



"Don't shoot, don't shoot!"

http://thedalleschronicle.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/users/photos/2013/feb/21/2802/ I took this photo while shooting a police training exercise, one designed to teach officers how to quickly take out an "active shooter." It was in an old school building and involved a lot of noise and gunfire, with participants shooting each other with small caliber rounds of paint. ...

By Mark Gibson

February 21, 2013 10:13 a.m. read more..

 

Blogging badly better then not blogging at all

This is a test. The bold tool is used to create bold copy. Select the word you want bold and click on bold button. The italic tool is used to create italic copy. Select the word you want italic and click on italic button. The link tool is used to ...

By Mark Gibson

October 5, 2012 4:56 p.m. read more..



Spring creek

http://thedalleschronicle.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/users/photos/2012/sep/09/1315/ http://thedalleschronicle.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/users/photos/2012/sep/09/1317/ For a few weeks this spring I set up an aquarium on the banks of a local stream, with stream flow through the aquarium using two siphon hoses. I added several tiny trout, including a small fingerling that ventured into a crawfish trap nearby, and a sculpin. These ...

By Mark Gibson

September 9, 2012 1:08 p.m. read more..

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