Hip Foto Guy: Blog https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog en-us (C) Hip Foto Guy (Hip Foto Guy) Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:46:00 GMT Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:46:00 GMT https://www.hipfotoguy.com/img/s/v-12/u354703320-o519759159-50.jpg Hip Foto Guy: Blog https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog 80 120 Portrait Photos https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2021/1/portrait-photos small--4small--4

(Hip Foto Guy) garyedmiston hipfotoguy https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2021/1/portrait-photos Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:46:00 GMT
Stonehenge Washington State https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2021/1/stonehenge-washington-state History of Maryhill’s Stonehenge

Erected as the nation’s first WWI memorial and dedicated in 1918 to the servicemen of Klickitat County, Washington, who died in the service of their country during the Great War, Hill’s Stonehenge Memorial is a monument to heroism and peace.

Hill erroneously believed that the original Stonehenge was constructed as a place of human sacrifice. Concluding there was a parallel between the loss of life in WWI and the sacrifices at ancient Stonehenge, he set out to build a replica on the cliffs of the Columbia as a reminder of those sacrifices and the “incredible folly” of the war.

Guided by leading authorities on archaeology, astronomy, and engineering, Hill combined their knowledge to duplicate, as nearly as possible, the original size and design of the ancient Neolithic ruin in England.

The original idea was to use local stone, however, when the rock proved unsatisfactory, Hill decided to use reinforced concrete. (The rough, hand-hewn looking texture was created by lining the wooden forms with crumpled tin.)

On June 8, 1918 a total eclipse of the sun was predicted, with the best viewing point in the vicinity of Goldendale, Washington. Consequently, some of the best astronomers of the day were in Klickitat County. Professor Campbell, of Lick Observatory at the University of California, agreed to fix the position of the altar stone. Unlike the ancient Stonehenge, it is aligned to the astronomical horizon rather than the actual midsummer sunrise. This results in a three degree difference from the original structure. Combined with a five degree difference in latitude and the manner in which the surrounding hills obscure the actual horizon, Stonehenge Memorial is difficult to use as an astronomical calendar.

On July 4, 1918 the altar stone was dedicated with a plaque that reads:

To the memory of the soldiers and sailors of Klickitat County who gave their lives in defense of their country. This monument is erected in hope that others inspired by the example of their valor and their heroism may share in that love of liberty and burn with that fire of patriotism which death alone can quench.

Stonehenge Memorial was completed in 1929 and re-dedicated on Memorial Day of that year. The men honored at Stonehenge are James Henry Allyn, Charles Auer, Dewey V. Bromley, John W. Cheshier, William O. Clary, Evan Childs, James D. Duncan, Harry Gotfredson, Robert F. Graham, Louis Leidl, Carl A. Lester, Edward Lindblad, Henry O. Piendl and Robert F. Venable.

These men, all members of the American Expeditionary Force, represented the U.S. Army (Cavalry, Coast Artillery, Engineers and Infantry), U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy.



When Samuel Hill died in 1931, his body was cremated and the ashes placed in a crypt just below the Stonehenge Memorial. The original crypt deteriorated in the next 25 years and was replaced in 1955 by a granite monument bearing his epitaph: “Samuel Hill: Amid nature’s great unrest, he sought rest.”


(Hip Foto Guy) garyedmiston hipfotoguy oregon https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2021/1/stonehenge-washington-state Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:31:58 GMT
Abandoned Gas Station https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/abandoned-gas-station
A few miles up the road is an amazing abandoned gas station. Still reflecting the time a Orange Crush Sign and Gas Pumps.




















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(Hip Foto Guy) https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/abandoned-gas-station Sat, 20 Jun 2020 19:16:41 GMT
Abandoned Church https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/abandoned-church This fascinating old church sits in Grass Valley, Oregon.

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(Hip Foto Guy) Church garyedmiston hipfotoguy oregon https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/abandoned-church Sat, 20 Jun 2020 18:56:20 GMT
Shaniko Oregon https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/shaniko-oregon Shaniko is in Wasco County, in north-central Oregon, at the intersection of U.S. Route 97 and Oregon Route 218.[6]

more about History of Shaniko...


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(Hip Foto Guy) garyedmiston hipfotoguy Oregon https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/shaniko-oregon Fri, 19 Jun 2020 19:19:31 GMT
Cape Arago WWII Radar Site https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/cape-arago-wwii-radar-site Cape Arago WWII Radar Site (1942-1944) - A World War II U.S. Army Radar Site established in 1942. Used to provide early warning of enemy aircraft approaching the Oregon Coast. Located on Cape Arago near Charleston in Coos County, Oregon, in present day Shore Acres Oregon State Park. Deactivated in 1944. Also known as Station B-28

This radar site was established during World War II early in 1942 as a part of a chain of radar stations along the West Coast of the United States and Canada. These secret radar sites were built to provide early warning of approaching enemy aircraft and ships but also served to assist friendly aircraft that were lost or had in-flight emergencies. This site was established in the remote Cape Arago area along the southern Oregon Coast with the Cape Arago Highway providing providing one-way-in, one-way out access. The Cape Arago highway was closed to the public during World War II.


Simpson Estate Mansion during WWII with Soldiers and their Vehicles at the Entrance.
The radar site itself consisted of a concrete operations building containing the SCR-270 radar equipment and an antenna located on the side of a coastal hill. The cantonment area was located below on the former estate of Louis J. Simpson with the estate mansion serving as quarters for the officers and men of the garrison, some 35 to 50 men.

Cape Arago Radar Station Operations Room. Note the grid of cable troughs built into the floor.
The operations building was built into the side of a hill as protection and to camouflage its functionality. The camouflage included a large pre-existing tree that overhung the building and was left in place to prevented the antenna from casting a recognizable shadow and to hide the generator and equipment exhaust vents. The operations building itself was 80' by 21' with two protected entrances and 12" thick concrete outer walls. Four internal rooms provided an operations room for the shift workers, a duty officer's room, an equipment room for the radar and a generator room with two generators.


Deactivated in 1944. The SCR-270 Radar equipment was later declared obsolete by AG letter 17 Jan 1946. Tower and equipment to be disposed of while the buildings were retained.

Current Status
Cape Arago WWII Radar Site Access Gate Post.
Part of the Shore Acres Oregon State Park. Day use fee required. The concrete shell of the operations building remains intact but without a roof. Graffiti covers most of the exposed concrete walls. Access is from a Pack Trail trailhead on the Cape Arago Highway. The radar site is about 1/3 of a mile up the trail with a moderate climb. The site is located off to the right of the trail and is semi concealed by brush. Continue up the Pack Trail for a short distance to see the site from above.

Just up the trail from the access point on the Cape Arago Hwy is a remnant of the WWII access gate to the radar site. This is just a metal pole that would have supported a gate across the access road.

Cape Arago Drive
Note: There are three adjacent state parks at this location and the day use fee provides access to all three. First time visitors should drive the complete length of the Cape Arago Highway (it ends in a loop) and stop at all the viewpoints and facilities along the way. Some of the most stunning views of the Oregon coast are from these parks and don't miss the gardens or the sea lions.

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(Hip Foto Guy) https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2020/6/cape-arago-wwii-radar-site Fri, 12 Jun 2020 21:01:13 GMT
Engagement Capture - Tiffany & Joseph https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2019/3/engagement-capture---tiffany-joseph What an exciting engagement shoot. At the same place he asked her, how romantic...

Just a few if you want to see all go to link below 






(Hip Foto Guy) https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2019/3/engagement-capture---tiffany-joseph Mon, 04 Mar 2019 06:37:55 GMT
Awesome Local Photographer https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2019/3/awesome-local-photographer I recently had the pleasure of meeting a Local Photographer, Micah Lynn. Please check out his captures.

Born and raised in the foothills of Appalachia Kentucky!

Having grown up in small-town America, I became restless and eager to explore the outside world.  The world I always read about in National Geographic and adventure travel magazines.  My first taste of those worlds came in the form of a backpacking trip through Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina – I was hooked!  As my passions grew, I began to seek out more and more adventures, but coming home was always difficult for me.  As I never had the words to truly portray my experiences or the raw beauty that I had witnessed.  Enter my first camera, a Sony point and shoot!  For me, photography began as an attempt to bridge that gap – to offer family and friends a glimpse into my experiences and passions.  A glimpse into the wild, open-spaces that I most feel at home.

Nowadays, along with my wife and dog, my camera tags along everywhere we go.  And being on the rugged Oregon Coast – wild, open-spaces are easy to come by.  Our travels and adventures have led us to forge a more meaningful and intentional existence, prioritizing experiences over stuff; in which inspiration plays a vital role.  We are beyond fortunate and blessed to live in a world full of such galvanizing beauty!

I hope my photography inspires!

Michah Lynn Portfolio


(Hip Foto Guy) https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2019/3/awesome-local-photographer Mon, 04 Mar 2019 06:17:13 GMT
Sunset Kiss https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2018/11/sunset-kiss I changed the name of this image from Glass Reflections to Sunset Kiss, after someone pointed out the glass floats like 2 people kissing. Sunset KissSunset KissGlass Reflections

About this image, I started out earlier that day posing the floats near the in coming water on the sand. Quickly I found out I could not take the photo and protect them from being washed out by the water. So I thought if I found a nice rock and shot with water in background it should work. The rock I came across was perfect. I started with 3 different floats moving them 1 to 3 then to 2 near and far from each other. Once I saw this combination I felt it was just was I wanted. 

Then since I love sunset I thought if I wait till then I could capture the setting sun reflecting thru the float. But I needed to wait about 3-4 hours for that to start, well this was time spent well. In the process I learned to slow down really think about composition and creating a meaningful image.

If you have any questions, please email. thank you for reading. HFG

(Hip Foto Guy) garyedmiston hipfotoguy Oregon https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2018/11/sunset-kiss Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:35:58 GMT
Mary D. Hume https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2018/10/mary-d-hume Mary D. Hume

Image was captured around 1am, in Gold Beach Oregon. Read about her interesting past.


The derelict vessel Mary Duncan Hume is located on the south coast of the Rogue River, in the city of Gold Beach, Oregon, United States of America, at the same spot where she sank in 1985.

The Mary D. Hume is a steamboat constructed in 1881 from local white cedar. The historic vessel was built by R. D. Hume in Gold Beach for use by his cannery business. Hume’s ship, named after his wife, has changed hands many times during a long and varied career that spans nearly 100 years. Now the shipwreck is a relic from a long abandoned fishing and coastal culture.

R. D. Hume was a businessman and those days he started the cannery business at Wedderburn and Gold Beach, which then was called Ellensburg. The city was renamed after a beach near the mouth of the Rogue River where hundreds of placer miners came to look for gold.

At first the ship was primarily used to transport timber and canned fish between Gold Beach and San Francisco, California. New canning techniques used by Hume allowed the fish to reach markets all across the States and she soon became a symbol of the highly profitable salmon fishing industry of Oregon’s South Coast. But after 10 years the salmon industry fell into decline as the number of the fish in the waters rapidly reduced, mainly due to water contamination and over-harvesting.

In 1890 the ship was sold to the Pacific Whaling Company who refitted her as a whaling ship. For the next 10 years Mary D. Hume sailed from Alaska in the Arctic waters of the Bering Sea.The ship acquired a record for largest catch of baleen whales in a single 29 month voyage from 1890 to 1892, hauling in 37 whales in a shipment worth $400,000. Her second whaling voyage also made history. For this voyage Mary D. Hume was at sea without stopping the six years from 1893 to 1899.

In 1899 the vessel once again became a cannery tender, this time on the Nushagak River in Alaska. After sinking in the river she was repaired and converted into a tug boat. The American Tug Boat company took ownership and she was primarily used for towing logs and barges on Puget Sound.

In 1914 she also served briefly as a halibut fishing ship in the Alaskan Halibut industry, before continuing to operate as a tug boat for another 60 years. In 1954 a 600hp diesel engine was installed and the superstructure altered to its present design. By the 1970s, Mary D. Hume carried the proud title of the oldest serving commercial ship.

In 1978, after an impressive 97 years in operation, Mary D. Hume was retired to Gold Beach and in 1979 the vessel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Her last voyage was to the south side of the Rogue River, not far from where she had been originally constructed where the new owners tried to make her a floating museum, but they failed.

Sadly the planned restoration of the ship came to a halt when a small incident caused her to sink in 1985. With no money to save her, the tides, storms and coastal weather very quickly devastated her. She still sits in the muddy waters on the same spot where she sank.

The shipwreck is slowly breaking apart situated several meters offshore. Approaching the remains is a little bit dangerous, but her ravaged beauty can be observed and enjoyed from the coast line. The wreck of Mary D. Hume is now the home of rare flora and fauna, and a vivid reminder of the past.

The shipwreck is slowly breaking apart situated several meters offshore. Approaching the remains is a little bit dangerous, but her ravaged beauty can be observed and enjoyed from the coast line. The wreck of Mary D. Hume is now the home of rare flora and fauna, and a vivid reminder of the past.

(Hip Foto Guy) garyedmiston goldbeach hipfotoguy maryhume Oregon https://www.hipfotoguy.com/blog/2018/10/mary-d-hume Mon, 22 Oct 2018 05:09:52 GMT