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Shireen Gastineau
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Attended Grants Pass High School
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Skipping crooked Lines
Since a young girl, I've been fascinated with water skippers. My love of all things water and lines come together here, for me, a soothing image.
This taken whilst on a hike, beside the Crooked river (no joke) one eve last week. 
For my friends that have been following me for a few years now: I applied for an arts residency program, for my photography, that is world renowned. Out of a record number of applicants (nearly 170) for approx 10-12 slots, I made the top ten for 2 of the judges but didn't make the final cut. The year 2015 is out for that program. I'm encouraged to apply again but I shall press on for other opportunities and residencies to apply to in the meantime. 
I have this dread that if I don't push and believe in myself I shall shrivel up and quit, which is not in my nature. 
I have a few more pics to post and share so keep your eyes peeled
Chow friends! Reenie....:-))
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Press on you shall, your devotion towards your passion is second to none. This is a very unique shot. As you look into the reflections it seems a bit blury....once the eye catches up to the actual subjects in the water it all comes together and the beauty of this shot is clear.
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Boarded up
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Thanks dear friends! 
I appreciate the support +Aaron Tani :)
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Alley Light
I am part of a Meetup group with different challenges for each get together. This last challenge was Street Light magic. Here is a shot from a back alleyway. This is SFC except a bit of a 'twist' on it, which I find I MUST do to many of my pics lol
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Street Light Magic
I went for a lovely photo walk with my new photog buddy +Aaron Tani ...for our next Bend Photography Meetup assignment: Street Light Magic. Here was one result from our outing. 
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Hey Shireen! :)  Doing well thanks, hope you are well too.  Have not seen you around in a while. Smiley is doing great thanks, sends "his" regards :)  Everyone that has seen it loves it, as do i.  i think it it would make a great addition to your showing.  and congrats on having a showing.  It will add a nice smile to the room :) 
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On the Dock
Night shot last Dec in Portland, OR. 
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Indeed, fun to meet again +Shireen Gastineau ;)
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One Year Later Wow....cannot believe it's been a yr since I've posted. For all my friends that are used to seeing my posts and may have noticed my absence. I've had to move 4 times since I visited with you. Life! Geez haha. I remain optimistic, yet it has been a struggle to say the least! Many of you may recall that the reason I moved back to my homestate of Oregon was to be near my family, particularly my Dad who (as it turned out only told me)  had cancer spreading. My brother, Scott and I spent many days and nights doing fun stuff, like hikes  with him during 2012-13, then sat at his bedside as the pain and cancer overtook him last Nov. 
When I found myself starting life over again again, on my own (back from a 4 mo stay in Hawaii-was engaged), I wanted to stay near family; cultivating that relationship...strained as it had been since I was a teen.
Soooo...long story that may get longer...I moved to Bend, OR to be near my brother. We've had many hikes and hangouts...mostly fulfilling my motto, "DO EPIC SHIT!". The craft beers here are top-notch so I can't (or cahn't, is how I pronounce it, a certain English chap got me started on that haha ;-}) complain. 
I ramble, of course. I should be headed downtown with my camera and sip wine at the First Friday Artsy Fartsy event but find myself tied to this laptop lol. 
I post for you a couple pics that I took recently. (Going a little crazy not having the architecture here in Bend to pump those creative juices). 
As always, any and all critiques welsome!! 
Visit and purchase from my website or contact me. Would love to hear from you!
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Have a nice week to you too!
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Of course you can tell right off I like lines and variations of shadows, lol! I also love to pick out a section of something and twist it differently than what it was....maybe I'm a little 'off'', but I like to think I'm artistic ;-)
 I went to Cathedral Park to take pics of the St. John's Bridge today and spent most of the time getting strange angles of the cement 'footings' of Portland's only steel suspension bridge. I plan to return to get better shots of the whole bridge at better lighting times. 
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Hi +Patricia Davidson
Thank you! You live on the coast right? Next time I head that way maybe we can meet up?
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Blocks of Light

I'm excited to share a photo from my photo exploration a few weeks ago. I have been editing several pictures since that night and have decided this is the one to share.
 I was fortunate enough to get to view a showing of Escher prints a few months back. I've been told that some of my work is similar to his work. He worked in a different medium but with the same love of lines and puzzles. I simply cannot leave an image alone, but must flip and turn it until it can have an effect of a puzzle or labyrinth. 
In this image I've attempted to keep the light central. As in life, we cannot appreciate the good without first seeing the bad or the light without the darkness. I am so grateful to many moments of light and life and am here to tell you that after experiencing so much darkness in life, it makes me that much more joyful in the times of goodness. 
Be well my friends!!
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Rotating the photo made it very interesting. Definitely you. Very cool.
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Light beyond the Wall
I remain hopeful that though life is full of so many challenges and unsure, there is a bright future ahead. With so many dear friends, I endure the times of difficulty. I enjoyed a night of street walking to capture night shots. 
+Aaron Tani You, my buddy, are one of the bright spots in this life...thank you for being there for me. 
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You got it buddyroe!
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Coloured lines
I'm one of those people that really like to do my work in B&W. For me to do a pic in colour like this is a bit out of the ordinary. I think this could work with all the different shades as such but the colours were quite extraordinary as it was. This is SFC. 
I have a friend that said when I start shooting more colour he feels like I will be coming to the other side of the grief. The grief, over much loss recently, is overwhelming at times but I do still enjoy the colour that brightens our days. 
I hope you enjoy this little 'twist' on an ordinary subject. This printed out on metallic paper looks pretty cool. I just got it in the mail this week.....shimmery.
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Ha! Not sure that I'm alone in the quirky finds but it does help that I'm a bit quirky lol
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Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
This was a lovely hike down the river a few months ago. Love the details in this!
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+Regan Shorter Remember this view at Smith Rock, Spade rock?
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Misty Moon over Water
I was ever so grateful to be on the coast the end of April for warm sunny days and the full moon at night!! I took pics at 2230 and again at 0300-0430. This pic is from about 0400. I had the beach to myself the whole time. I love the solitude my times away afford me. It is here, more than anywhere, that I feel my inner battery recharging and the the emotional/spiritual/physical buttons getting a 'reset' :-}
People oft remark that they would be too scared to be out here in the middle of nowhere, in the dark, alone. There is not much out here in the wee hours of the night that is not in the day, haha. Don't get me wrong, I take precautions, yet fear (and it's close cousin, doubt) is the greatest predator I've encountered thus far in my life. 
As I sit on a park bench at Indian Beach, my mobile office (the laptop tethered to my iPhone's wifi), I write to you now to post this image. I know, life is rough huh?? LOL Life has not always been so peachy, however, and is only now that I am reaping the harvest of much faith and tenacity as I charged, or simply held on with bits of fingernails, through explosive and eviscerating turmoil. Even as I share this I am not sure where my home will be in the next 72 hrs. I need to be out of my flat ASAP and am praying for the right place to move on to. God is great and has given a lead through a friend that looks very promising indeed. 
Forgive the long-windedness of my missive. I tend to do that, haha. If you are still reading, I thank you for caring this much for my adventures as well as my image. Please let me know how you are doing and if there is any way that I can help you in any of life's rocky places. Thanks ahead of time to all my dear friends that support me personally and professionally. I will not likely get back to this post to give the usual thanks to you by name for any 1+'s or comments that you may leave here, as I will be packing and moving. I'll try to get back to let you know my whereabouts once settled in. 
Have a lovely day!! 
Reenie :-))
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+Markku Manninen Thank you so much. It is amazing to be there!
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Nurse. The rest of the time: Photographer, Hiker, Dancer, Writer. Business- Gastineau Photography. I love shooting architecture, people, landscapes-basically anything. My list of thoroughly pleased clients is growing since starting my business Nov 2010. Check out my website for more images and to order prints: gastineau-photography.com
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Portland, OR - Salem, OR - Caddo, OK - Grants Pass, OR - Medford, OR - McKinney, TX - LaFayette, IN - Kalaheo, Kuaui, Hawaii - Rosarito, Mexico
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Photography: It's not so much the gifting as it is the getting gritty and having the guts to go for it.
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I have just traveled back to my beloved Oregon where Act 2 Scene 1 of my life will commence :-}
Having raised 2 boys, I now spend much of my time 'getting out there' and behind the lens. I love photography!! It seems I can't get enough. Check out more images on my website, gastineau-photography.com
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