You wouldn't think that in a town of 1,200 souls (as in our little berg, Port Orford), someone of unusual artistic talent could conceal it for long. Perhaps I've exagerrated the case; there were apparently quite a few people who know about Elaine Owen's ability, but we weren't aware of it until there was a small exhibition of her photographs at our town's beautiful, nearly-new library.
To say that we were impressed is an understatement, but when we learned that Elaine was using a simple point-and-shoot camera, and didn't use any form of Photoshop or other editing software, we were downright blown away!
We're not the only ones to recognize her talent. The respected Cascade Mycological Society of Eugene, Oregon recently chose one of her photograpks (featuring 4 Wooly Chanterelles - Turbinellus floccosus - posed as pretty as can be!) as one of the winners of their 2014 photo contest!
Elaine has an art school background, which certainly shows in her eye for composition and color, but that doesn't completely account for the results she gets; she's just, plain talented! She still does without Photoshop, but she recently upgraded to a good quality DSLR camera. Here are some of her recent photographs, which she graciously allowed us to publish. There will be more, if we get our wish!