Tuesday, June 30, 2020

4th of July Sale

It has been a while since I've written in this blog.  Time seems to get away from me.  With all the pandemic issues dominating our lives for the last few months, I think it's important to step back and remember how blessed we are to live in a country like the United States. We need to show some respect for the country and the leaders that have been elected regardless of which side of the aisle you lean towards.  If you're not happy with your elected leaders, you'll have another chance in a few short months to make your preferences known by voting in a free election.

In the meantime, I thought I'd help you celebrate a little by running a 4th of July sale at Ada Highlander Photography. Now through Monday, July 6th, you can take 20% off your favorite AHP photo on my Etsy store

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast Trip

As many of you who follow AHP know, we took a trip to Oregon this past October with the primary agenda being to travel along  and see as much of the Oregon Coast as we could. This cover photo about was taken in the northern part of state near Ecola State Park. We had an amazing two week journey. The weather was amazing good for the first 3/4 of the trip.  And we were told that for Oregon in October, we were very blessed with the weather.  

Three New Additions Added to Oregon Gallery

I wanted to tell you all about three photos from our trip that I have added to my Oregon Gallery on my website and to my Etsy Store.  I just printed all three as 14x20 canvas prints and they look amazing!  

Photo #1: Crater Lake

I know Crater Lake is not on the coast but I had to share this one. When we were making plans for our trip, my wife came and asked me one day, "We're going to Crater Lake, aren't we?" I had to confess I didn't know a thing about Crater Lake. When I looked it up on the map and saw it was a little off our planned route to get to the coast, I said I didn't think we'd be going there.  She encouraged me to look up some pictures of it which I did and I immediately said, "Yup, we're going to Crater Lake!" We had a beautifully clear, cold day there.  It had snowed several inches a few days before.  In fact, we came into the National Park from the north entrance which would end up being closed for the winter just a couple weeks later. 

They describe the color of the water as cobalt blue. I can't think of a better name for it.  This view shows off the blue water and Wizard Island out in the lake.  Crater Lake is the deepest lake in North America. It could easily be one of the wonders of the world to me.  

Photo #2: Heceta Head Lighthouse

This view of the Heceta Head Lighthouse from a coast highway turnout is so picturesque. You can walk up the lighthouse from the parking area which is just off to the right (not shown) in this photo. Then, if you were ambitious, you could walk up a dirt path and get above the lighthouse looking out over the Pacific Ocean which we did. See below.


 Photo #3: Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

No trip to the Oregon Coast would be complete without a stop at Cannon Beach where the iconic Haystack Rock sits along the shoreline. I took this photo just before sunset and it was really dumb luck I happened to catch this lovely couple in silhouette along with the giant rock.  



As I mentioned above, the 3 photos have been added to my Oregon Gallery on my website.  All my photos are available to purchase as downloadable digital files that you can use to print on the medium of your choice.  My canvas prints turned out amazing! Metal would be another great medium for these photos. Simply go to the Oregon Gallery and from there, you can follow a link to my Etsy Store to purchase your copy of your favorite. 


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Monday, December 30, 2019

AHP Rises Again!

Ada Highlander Photography Lives On!

Deciding to shut down my website that I spent so much time on over the last couple years was not an easy decision but I knew I could not sustain it going forward.  It simply took more effort than I wanted to put into it this year and it turned out to not be an affordable solution for me.  At the risk of putting those who don't care much about the technical sides of things asleep, I decided to move 2 years ago from a photo hosting site called SmugMug to a pure web hosting solution and Wordpress.  I would guess that even though you may not know it, more than half of the websites you visit are developed on Wordpress.  There is nothing you cannot do in it either through a theme or with an add-on plugin or some embedded coding. I moved because I was a little frustrated with some of the limitations I was experiencing on SmugMug.  The first year on Wordpress was fun and exciting because it was new.  It was also very affordable because most of the web hosting companies lure you in with very cheap first year prices.  After that, the honeymoon is over and you're back to full price.  I will say this about Siteground, which is the hosting company I used, there technical support was outstanding and always incredibly responsive. But I also had to add a theme and several plugins to get the features I wanted on my site.  Some plugins were free but some were not.  In the end, the total hosting costs drove me to shut it down. 

On a whim...

I decided to go back to my old friend SmugMug and see what was new.  When I was a SmugMug customer a couple years ago, I had a business level account which was almost as expensive as the Wordpress environment I just shut down. But since I no longer sell prints either directly or through the SmugMug service, I could scale way back to a Power account which gives me unlimited hosting capabilities for my photos.  And I still have my Etsy store where you can buy digital downloadable prints. 

SmugMug Website Up & Running in Short Order

After looking at the updated features of SmugMug and the less expensive package option, I signed up again and literally in a few short hours, I had about 80% of the functionality of my Wordpress site recreated on SmugMug.  I was very pleased with how quickly this went and how nice it looks (to me anyway!). 


I am in the process of streamlining some of the photos I have on the new site based on viewing statistics from my Etsy store, Facebook, and Instagram. My backyard Birds are by far my most popular photos and I plan to continue to add to those.  So if you like a photo and it seems to disappear from my site, you can always contact me and I'll see about putting it back online. 


The biggest drawback to SmugMug is it doesn't have a native blogging capability.  Wordpress excels at blogging features. So I've gone back to Google Blogger and integrated this blog as best I can with my SmugMug website.  I have never really gotten a lot of comments/feedback through blog posts so I don't think it will bother anyone much.  This way, for those who are signed up for AHP News, you should still receive updates from me as I write articles for this blog.  Please feel free to share this with your friends and family so they can get signed up too.  The biggest advantage to being a member of AHP News is this is where I will publicize new photos and announce sales for my Etsy store. You can always remove yourself from the list if you no longer find these posts useful. 

Happy New Year!

I know many of you have had a challenging 2019.  That is certainly true of my family. I am looking forward to a new year and a new decade trusting in Him who is my joy.  Happy New Year!