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Monthly Archives: February 2011
Over the weekend, my daughter and I did a morning photowalk along Alki Beach in West Seattle.
While my daughter has developed a growing interest in photography, this was the first time she used a DSLR, specifically an old Canon 300D that had been gathering dust.
After a short lesson on how to hold the camera and adjust the zoom lens, she was shooting various scenes around us. The diptych below are shots we took of each other at the same moment.
It was fun watching her smile each time she viewed a captured image on the camera’s LCD screen. The magic of that digital moment reminded me of seeing images arise from paper in the darkroom when I was just a kid.
Best of all, it was a true joy having her eagerly share in one of my longstanding passions. I can’t wait to get out and shoot again on another father-daughter outing…
On a snowy winter day, Dale Chihuly’s “Crystal Towers” appeared as ice cube shish kabobs against a grey, overcast sky. These amazing glass sculptures are located on Chihuly’s Bridge of Glass in Tacoma.
Captured on 02/24/11 with Canon 7D + EF-S10-22mm; 1/200 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100.
Captured on 02/24/11 with Canon 7D + EF-S10-22mm; 1/40 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100.
All post-production done in Adobe Lightroom 3.
A couple shots of Dale Chihuly’s “Monarch Window” installation at Union Station in Tacoma, WA.
Both images captured on 02/24/11 with Canon 7D + EF-S10-22mm, 1/250 + 1/1000 + 1/60 at f/8.0, ISO 100.
All post-production in Nik Software HDR Efex Pro (Realistic-Balanced preset) and Adobe Lightroom 3.
The Disney Performing Arts Center, designed by Frank Gehry, is absolutely mesmerizing.
The mix of steel, stone, and concrete offers an interesting combination of textures, angles, and shadows, while the myriad of colors generates an ever changing palette, especially with the warm glow of a late afternoon sun.
I captured these handheld, single frames on a beautiful August day in LA several years ago. Can’t wait to shoot this amazing complex again…
All captured on 08/11/07 with Canon 400D + EF-S10-22mm.
Sake barrels at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo.
Captured on 02/28/07 with Canon 400D + EFS10-22m, 1/40 sec at f/4.0, ISO 100
A relic from a time when “mobile phone” meant something different.
I stumbled upon this gutted pay phone at an abandoned gas station in Jenks, Oklahoma.
Captured on 06/23/07 with Canon 400D + EF-S10-22mm, 1/100 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100
This is one of my favorite shots from covering the wine harvest in Oregon last fall.
Each picker carries two pieces of equipment into the vineyard during harvest: clippers and a bucket. Some work with two or three buckets, clipping clusters and filling each at a pace that I could never approach (without losing a finger or two).
I photographed this bucket of Gamay noir fruit at Brick House Vineyards, which is located in the northern Willamette Valley region on Ribbon Ridge.
Captured on 10/19/10 with Canon 400D + EF50mm, 1/125 sec at f/2.5, ISO 100.
Designed by John Fleming, “Grass Blades” is an interesting art piece installed next to the EMP.
Each of the 110 laminated steel blades is 30 feet tall and varies in thickness from .5 to 1.5 inches.
It’s really cool seeing these sway in the wind, while casting different shades of color from the sun.
Captured on 01/19/11 with Canon 7D + EF-S10-22mm, 1/320 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100
Here’s a wide angle view of the entire installation:
A diptych for this special day, celebrating the special people in our lives.
Captured on 02/16/07 with Canon 400D + EF28-135mm.
From last summer’s International Pinot Noir Celebration luncheon at Lemelson Vineyards.
Captured on 07/23/10 w/ Canon 400D + EF28-135mm, 1/500 sec at f/14, ISO 100
While on a photowalk yesterday around Green Lake, three jets from the Whidbey Naval Air Station flew over at low altitude.
I took a number of shots of their approach, then overhead, and finally as they passed into the afternoon sun (see image below). I didn’t think much of these shots until later in the evening when I saw a post about the flyover on our neighborhood blog, My Green Lake. While the post explained why these jets had flown over Seattle, there weren’t any accompanying photos to the story.
Having been in the right place, at the right time, with the right camera, I contacted the editor at MyGreenLake.com offering to share several of my shots which you can see here. Just goes to show that you never know how an image (or three) might be put to good use helping inform those around you.
Update: King5.com has licensed a couple of my images of the flyover and is now featuring them here. Interesting how much attention this event has received.
Captured on 02/08/11 with Canon 7D + EF28-135mm, 1/800 sec at f/8.0, ISO 200.
An image to brighten these grey, wet winter days during February. I shot this indoors using natural light with the tulips placed against a white background.
As the winter season wanes and the hothouse flowers arrive, I look forward to shooting more still life scenes like this one.
Captured on 02/10/07 with Canon 400D + EF28-135mm; 1/13 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100.