Monday, November 12, 2012

The "K"ennewick

Well, once again I had a terrible time figuring out what to shoot for the letter "K". When Teri and I decided to take a ferry ride to Port Townsend, it hit me. I knew there were a couple ferries that started with "K". I took a look and found that the ferry that runs from Port Townsend to Coupeville on Whidbey Island was named Kennewick. Perfect! I took some pretty good shots, as best as I could get with the crazy wind that was blowing that day. I cropped in supper close to get the name plate below the bridge, so forgive the not so nice picture of that, I just had to show the name (for proof).

The Kennewick is a pretty new ferry. It began its service in February of this year. It is one of the smaller ferries in the Washington Ferry system at 273' 8" long. It holds a max of 64 cars and 750 people. It has two engines making 3000 horsepower and pushes itself along at 16 knots (about 18.5 mph). Rumor has it (wikipedia), that the name Kennewick was suggested by a favorite actor of mine, Micheal J. Fox.

Kennewick is a word from the Yakima Indians Suhaptin, Plains dialect. The meaning, according to the Washington State Ferries website is “winter paradise; winter haven; grassy place; grassy slope”.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Letter of the Day.......J

I'm back. I've been on a photo vacation. I have been busy with other things so the Alphabet Assignment got put on hold for a few days. This photo was quite fun to figure out. It took quite a few shots, over two different days, to get it. I do think I need to practice this technique a lot more though. I used my 28-75 mm lens set at f/22 with a shutter speed of 8 seconds, ISO at 100. It was very difficult to sit still so that I wasn't just a blurry blob in the photo. I can see endless fun and possibilities making pictures like this. We shall see where it goes from here.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

My "I"ris

Finding something that starts with "I" was difficult for me. I don't know why. As the evening turned into night it finally hit me. How about something my lovely wife, Teri, said earlier in the day? An Iris. They have all but died away for the season though. Then I realized that the flower was not the only Iris on earth. We all carry some around with us everyday. The Iris in the eyes. Well, I don't have a great quality macro lens, or a remote switch for my camera, so getting a shot of my own Iris proved to be quite challenging. It was extremely difficult to sit still enough, while trying to push the shutter of a camera that was inches from my own eye, to get an image that was sharp enough to zoom in on only the Iris. I got pretty close though. This one was the best out of about 20 that I took, and it is only mediocre at best. Even still, it was fun. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Red-tailed "H"awk

The letter "H". I didn't have to look very hard for today's photo. This fella was perched on a tree right along the road yesterday. I didn't have very much time to properly set up my camera for wildlife shooting before he took flight, but, I think I captured a decent shot despite that. I barely had time to change the lens and get out of the car. We were driving home from school on highway 530 near the Squire creek campground and this guy was sitting on top of a tree on the south side of the highway. That is Whitehorse mountain in the background. What a sight, birds of prey are fascinating creatures. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sup "G"

Ok, so this isn't exactly a new photo, and a lot of you may have seen this one before! But I decided to use it because I was running out of time today (I actually ended up getting tomorrows photo today), and I love this photo of my guitar. I took this shortly after I bought my studio light, for a school project using depth of field. I love how I caught the reflection of a safety yellow coat that was hanging in the closet, completely by accident of course. I had a math instructor this year that put quotes on his board every day. One in particular REALLY stood out to me. It was by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip. It went like this, "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, art is knowing which ones to keep". This was very much the case with this photo, I was just snapping pictures, changing camera angles, light angles and so on, and this turned out to be one that I turned in for my project. It got very high regards from my instructor because of the color of the reflection, and the way it streaks across the guitar. I told her it was an accident, I guess I knew which one to keep. Enjoy!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Today's Letter "F"


Here we go. Today's letter is the letter "F". I chose to grab a shot of the "F" key on this old Underwood typewriter that Teri has. This is the Underwood "No. 5" typewriter that was built in mass production between 1900 through approximately 1931. Yet again, I played with different light positions, angles and distances as well as with and without the umbrella to diffuse the light. This image was one that did not have the umbrella. I like the contrast that I got with the fabulous shadows underneath the machine. I am still finding it very interesting how simply changing little things about the lighting really changes how the photo looks and feels. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today's L"E"tt"E"r

Well, we past a couple Eagles sitting by the river this morning on our way to get a new car. I wasn't even thinking about the letter project. Teri said, "there was your "E" for today". Dang it! Oh well. We got home this afternoon with her new ride and I started snapping photos (of course). As I showed them to her, she asked, "is that you "E"? Well, I guess so! Since I went and wasted a good shot of a couple eagles. So here it is, the photo for the day is an engine. Nothing fancy, just a snapshot of the engine in the Subaru Outback we bought today. It's even dirty. No real thought went into the assignment today. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The "D"aily letter

To"D"ay's Letter

Today is the letter "D". So I chose a dog. Our little Dachshund. She was a bit of a challenge because she would not stay still. Patience was the key for this little critter. Other than that, there was not any special lighting or any thing like that. I just set the camera and waited until she gave me a good pose. Of course, every time I tried to get her attention for her to look at me, she would come tearing across the room to fast for me to get a decent photo. Good things come to those who wait, I guess. I just laid on the floor with the camera pointed at her, and voila, here she is. Enjoy!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Letter "C"

Today's Letter "C"

Today's photo is, well, a cup. I had a little trouble figuring out what starts with a C that I could take a picture of. Then it hit me, we have some cups with interesting colors. I decided to see if I could make a cup look at least a little interesting. So, I busted out the light and set up a little studio in the bedroom and started experimenting. I took a few different shots with the light at different angles and distances from the cup. I also tried different camera angles and focal lengths, as well as different depth of field. It is quite interesting, the different looks and feels you can get just by changing the lighting around. It really has a dramatic effect on how a subject looks. The final shot may not be interesting to a lot of people, but I like how the reflection from the light shows on part of the handle and on the back part of the rim. I also like the shadow that I got on the left side. It was fun and interesting to experiment with light. Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today's Letter "B"

The Letter "B"

Today's letter is "B". I had some good suggestions from a couple of friends yesterday. But I had already captured this shot. I have been eye-balling this scene all summer. We drive by it everyday on our way home from school, and I have been wanting to stop and take a picture of this barn. I thought, with the trees turning in the background, that this would be a great time. So here it it, today's photo. The overcast sky made for good light, no harsh shadows, and no bright spots. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Photographer Self Assignment

I have been doing some reading on various photography website, just learning all that I can. I have come across quite a number of photographers that give themselves photography assignments. This seems to be a good idea, as it forces one to get out and take pictures (as if I really need an excuse). Another benefit is that it keeps your mind thinking about what you want to take pictures of. One article I read offered several suggestions for self assignments. I figure that I should delve into this practice myself. 

The first self assignment I am taking on is what that article called the "Alphabet project". What this does is uses the alphabet to determine your subjects. Starting with the letter "A" and moving to the next letter every day until you have gone through the entire alphabet. So, starting today, my letter is "A". I chose to take a picture of an apple on the tree in our back yard. Tomorrow will be the letter "B", and the day after that will be "C", and so on. I suspect that this might get a little challenging to find things that start with every letter, so if you all have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Look for a new photo daily, as a big part of the self assignment concept is to post the photos on a regular schedule and get some feedback. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Colors

It's that time of the year!! This is probably my favorite time of the year to get out and take pictures. Just look around, there are changing colors everywhere. Landscapes photography is great, especially when you add so many different colors into the mix. I've experienced fall in various areas around the world. I have to say that, although the Pacific Northwest doesn't have as many deciduous trees as other parts of the country, it does have some of the most beautiful fall scenery. On the east coast you can stand on the top of a hill (they would call them mountains out there) and see fall colors as far as the horizon goes, it's quite breathtaking. They are missing a couple things that make our neck of the woods stand out; huge scraggly rock peaks covered in snow and Evergreen trees mixed in with the awesome colors. This mixture of mountains, evergreens and chlorophyll deprived deciduous trees create some of the most spectacular fall landscapes in the country. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you should pass up the opportunity to check out fall in other parts of the country. Fall in Colorado, and the rest of the Rockies, will also amaze you. And, although I've seen fall on the east coast, I have not made it as far north there as New Hampshire or Maine (someday). So, get out and enjoy the changing scenery, take a drive across the mountains on Highway 2 or Highway 20!!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Need some HELP!!

I am trying to make my blog look like my website, with working navigation bar so that it looks, and acts like a page from my website. I have managed to get my header moved over, but I am not having any luck getting that darn navigation bar. I was referencing a blog on Dgrin forums, which is a smugmug forum, but I just could not get it to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated on this, I know there are some computer peeps out there that know how to do this kind of stuff. PLEASE HELP :-)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Photo Journalism

Recently I had the opportunity to do some field photography for the Concrete Herald. Thank you to Jason Miller for the opportunities. I can't wait to get out for some more assignments.

I was able to get some shot of Tim Behrens during his comedy show at the Darrington High School Auditorium on September 22. Tim does a one man comedy routine based on characters and stories written by Pat McManus who is a humor writer who writes primarily about the outdoors. His work has been featured in a column in Outdoor Life, Field and Stream and other magazines. He has written several books as well. The two have been working together for about 20 years producing these comedy shows. If you ever get a chance, I would highly suggest checking out both. It was hard to take photos because I was laughing so hard. You can find more information at McManus Plays or Pat McManus's website.

I also had the special privilege, last night, of grabbing a photo of local Darrington resident, Nancy Snyder, receiving her award for being inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame. Ms. Snyder has quite a list of accomplishments which include coaching the Darrington boys baseball team for 20 years to include a state championship in 1981. The first female baseball coach to win a championship.

The list is long, here are just a few:

  • 1977, Everett Herald Woman of the Year in Sports
  • 1997, Snohomish County Woman of the Year in Sports
  • 2011, inducted into the Everett Community Athletic Hall of Fame
  • League Coach of the Year in volleyball (2 times), and baseball (3 times) 
During College she play volleyball, badminton, competed nationally in shot-put and javelin throw, and played field hockey and softball.

Congratulations to Nancy Snyder!!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

First Blog

So, Here I am. Starting my first blog. My goal with this is to try to post a new picture every week highlighting work that I have done during the week. We will see how this goes.

This shot of Whitehorse Mountain was actually taken about a year ago from the roof of my house.

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