Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ignorante Imcompetantum

I certainly hope the photos this past week have been cherry trees and not plum trees!

February 27th, 2010

February 27th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26th, 2010

February 26th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

More, more, more. I'm not sick of the cherries yet. When you go to Arizona and fall in love with the lightning and its thunder, you will understand.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February 25th, 2010

February 25th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

There's something about the color scheme of cherry trees against the sky that scream something soft. I need to get into a design program and take illustration classes, for sure. FOR SURE.

February 24th, 2010

February 24th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

I can't get enough of these things!

Monday, February 22, 2010

February 23rd, 2010

February 23rd, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

I didn't realize the moon snuck in there until I was editing this image. That silly rascal.

February 22nd, 2010

February 22nd, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

It's definitely starting to Spring it up around here. Everything is booming. And I've never seen cherry blossoms before.

A little bit about me...

I'm a big fan of music. Blah, blah, blah, everyone is, right? Of course. Naturally. Absolutely. And Terrifically. But where we all differ is what we listen to.

I myself have found a lot of perspective on moral values through a band called Pedro the Lion. Most of their music has some christian under- and overtones. But what's unique about Pedro the Lion is that nothing is preachy (I, myself, am nowhere near being religious)! The singer and songwriter, David Bazan, explores previously mentioned morals through concept albums about political, familial, and personal corruptions.

I could go on and on and on about David Bazan's/Pedro the Lion's music, but that's not what I'm here about today. No, today I'm sharing with you, my few followers, one facet for why I enjoy what this guy does so much.

David Bazan House show PDX <--- This is a YouTube link to a playlist of the songs David Bazan played at a recent house show here in Portland. He does this. He plays house shows. They're intimate, they're cozy, they're fun (the residents of the house show I went to when I was still living in Arizona provided free cola and water, decorated their house with white Christmas lights, and had some great art up on their walls), and best of all: they feel personal. I mean, you're watching this dude perform songs you may have been listening to for nearly a decade in someone's LIVING ROOM. It's an incredible experience that shan't be ignored.

I'm currently looking them up to see if there are any dates left available in Portland......

...alright, unfortunately all his Portland house shows have since passed (there were 4 or 5 across two days), BUT he still has dates in Salem and Eugene at venues. Aaaaand, I don't think I want to pass that up.

Here's the house show I attended and recorded. What's neat about these is the Storytelling/Q&A before each each song. I like it anyway...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 19th, 2010

February 19th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.
WHOA, I thought I posted this! Happy late Saturday [FRIDAY!!!]!

Busy weekend?!

February 21st, 2010

February 21st, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

What is this...dianthus? dampiera? or a daphne, darwinia, datura, day lily, dendrobium, dianella, dietes, dogwood, dryandra, dutch iris....

I know it starts with a D. Just can't place it! Hmmm.....


Saturday, February 20, 2010

February 20th, 2010

February 20th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

I had a job photographing Sophie's Bridal Couture in Hillsboro yesterday. She had some VERY nice stuff! I hope I get to work with her again.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February 17th, 2010

February 17th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

This is Dot's. It's alright. Somehow I'm very comfortable in this place. And it is also literally right around the corner from my house. I like this convenient distance from everything: work, record store, bar, taco truck, bbq, bathroom, kitchen. you know....everything.

Monday, February 15, 2010

February 16th, 2010

February 16th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

This one may not be very interesting to those who don't get to see lightning ever (AHEMPORTLANDCOUGH), but when I saw this it reminded me of home (Andrea, I DO mean Tucson this time!) and the monsoon season's lightning storms. So far they are the most romantic, dangerous, and beautiful natural happenings I've ever witnessed.

Portland doesn't get lightning. I've yet to hear thunder. And I think this might be why Oregonians living in Arizona told me the rain here is depressing. I, for one, wouldn't go as far as saying it's depressing. If anything, the rain here is just...kinda....boring. But I like it. Boring balances out the fun weekends I've been having making new friends.

By the way, if there is one great thing of a million I could say about the ladies of Portland, it's that they know how to throw a dinner party. They make me laugh and they make me full, and they make a pretty good case for moving to Portland.

February 15th, 2010

February 15th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Thinking about learning a new instrument.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February 14th, 2010

February 14th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Happy Valentine's Day, folks. I am no baker, but that cherry chip cake mix and cherry frosting made my one ab grumble. So I treated him for Valentine's Day.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 13th, 2010

February 13th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

(Excuse me, if you find language offensive. If you have a problem with my diction, I will happily and maturely debate the subject)

There's a record store literally around the corner from my house. I originally assumed it was small little punk store [I grew out of punk rock when I started shaving and discovered the wonders of a musical horizon (for you math nerds, a horizon is a line, right? And what is a line? A single dimensional object with no beginning and no end; infinite. Which is the world of music!). What I'm saying is, is there are a lot more people than there ever should be that listen only to punk. Or metal. Or Top 40, or classical, or disco, et cetera, et cetera. They need to grow up and open their ears. I did. Never looked back.] that sold vinyl.

ANYWAY! They sell a lot of punk stuff. But a lot of other stuff too. A staircase wall full of cassette, VHS, 8-Track....there's even a Muppet Babies keyboard somewhere in that building!! Can you believe that?! I was also introduced to a band called...ok...let's see if my memory serves me well...

The ...something... Khan.... & BBQ ... somethings...

They sound like the band I always wanted to have. A modern band that sounds like they'd been writing songs back in the 50's/60's. It was so fun, and romantic, and distorted. I'll have to go back and buy that expensive CD. Hmmm...

Happy day to you, Maddams and Sirs.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 12th, 2010

February 12th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Alright, so...

Portland has fetish with bicycles. Literally, a FETISH. There is porn produced somewhere in this bizarre city catering specifically to people's obsessions with their bikes. Ya heard me. Bicycle porn.


February 11th, 2010

February 11th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

"Mommmmmmm, do you HAVE to take me to school on The Barreler?!"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

February 10th, 2010

February 10th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Sorry, last of the crocus, I promise.

Ummmm...Those of you trying to view in Internet Explorer......Please don't. Well, see, it's nothing against you. It's against your browser. It's a pile of dung under normal circumstances, especially when viewing that site.

I'm currently looking into a fix, so don't go thinking you'll never see it if you strongly believe you shall never leave Microsoft's bastard child. But if you're just itching to see what I love photographing more than these ridiculous calendar photos, then please invest a view minutes to either Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, or Opera's... Opera, which are all Internet Explorer's top competitors (IMHO, there's not much to compete with against Microsoft's IE). All of these browsers can handle the sparkling wonder that is my tiny portfolio site.

Just do it.

February 9th, 2010

February 9th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

And another crocus. I think I like these ladies. Very simple and clean looking compared to their environment.

Monday, February 8, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Here's a screenshot for those of you reading this blog through your cell phones or rss readers and don't like clicking through links, or what have you.

This is also an excuse to post one of my personal favorite photos/models. It was taken in back in Tucson before I moved to Portland, but since I made the website in Portland, it's still relevant, eh? Eh!

February 8th, 2010

February 8th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Friendly cat

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Onward and Upward

Due to the sudden attention Google's technology has given me from the company I am currently employed, I had to fast-track the other core purpose of this blog. I present to you:

Austin M. Shaffer Photography

Being a photographer, it makes sense to have a portfolio website, right? See, that's exactly what I thought! I have this irritating character trait in that anything I create must surpass my standards which are unrealistically, but appropriate-for-imagination's-sake, high.

So, having that be, I enjoy the work displayed on the website, but the design and content leave something to be imagined, know what I'm sayin'? It'll get worked out soon enough.

On the other hand, if you are now reading this because you've been linked from, WELCOME to The Orezonan (an Arizonan's sad attempt to create a name that represents his assimilation into the society of Oregon)!! This web log is mostly a daily photo calendar I started to keep myself busy this year. It's doing its job, that's for sure. And as I find my routine, I'll afford more time for far more exciting photos than people's front porches and random vehicles.

Friday, February 5, 2010

February 6th, 2010

February 6th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

I want a giant toy van!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 4th, 2010

February 4th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Portland is Weird

February 3rd, 2010

February 3rd, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

I wish I knew what these were, they're EVERYWHERE.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

February 1st, 2010

February 1st, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Rebellious folks up in here.