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Good day for a walk

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Walkin' the pug

Walkin' the pug

 

The Bumpasaurus is back!

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Baby got back! What do those words conjure for you? Scantily-clad women with large round… well you know. Well for me it takes me back to when My Posse’s on Broadway was bumpin’ in my tape deck. Not an mp3, not a Napster download, or even CD, I meant cassette tape.

I was born and raised in Yakima, WA. Far from L.A. and New York, or the usual places rap music came from. So the first time I heard a rapper by the name of Sir Mix-A-Lot, a rapper from Washington State at that, I had to listen; and he was good! Sir Mix-A-Lot really put Seattle music on the map for ME. Yeah there’s Jimi Hendrix and many others before him but for me it was Sir Mix-A-Lot. I mean Baby Got Back has been everywhere from background music in high school dance routines, Cameron Diaz shook her booty to it on Charlie’s Angels, and even made it onto the tv show Friends. Mix is Big! And he’s back!

That brings me to the other part of this story. A little over six years ago I moved to the Seattle area to start a career in web design. I moved here on new year’s day. #1 – It’s not the best day to get up early and move heavy boxes and furniture. #2 – I had to find the closest ski resort to go riding since it was pretty much mid-season and I missed my beloved White Pass.  I ended up going to Stevens Pass for two reasons great snowfall and the mountain itself looked sick!  The photos on their website really made you wanna ride there.

I’d been into photography for a few years by then.  Not professionally, mostly just snapshots of friends and family.  But I love stills, moments frozen in time; as cheesy as that sounds.  I will stop and stare at pictures anywhere.  My wife loses in places like the airport because I get distracted by pictures.  I haven’t yet but someday I’d like to post the photo that really made me want to do this as more than a hobby.  It’s not inappropriate or anything but it’s just not the right time.  I’ve already over-hyped it by saying that.

That brings me back to the Stevens Pass photos.  I had to find out who took them or what agency made their site so I could find this photographer’s portfolio.  It was cool to hear that it was a local photographer. A guy by the name of Chase Jarvis.  He may have been big in photography circles by then but I had never heard of him.  I just knew  that I liked his work and would like to do something similar someday.  I’ve revisiting his site and reading his blog ever since.  I’m a Chase Jarvis groupie.  I know that sounds creepy but there are many of us.  Scott if you’re reading this, you’re one too and you know it.  By groupie I really just mean that I follow and have learned a lot from the Chase Jarvis team.  Their workflow, photography style, and the philosophy of sharing your photos and giving back.

When Facebook came along it made it easier to follow people and share photos.  Then the iPhone came around which made Facebooking and taking pictures easier.  Then came the Best Camera app was created which made taking pictures, simple post production, and sharing photos easier than ever.  There’s a photo app for everything from grungy borders to the Hipstamatic look.  Now the iPad is helping us share in ways we never could before.  All the while Chase Jarvis was pushing the industry by blogging about behind the scenes workflow, printing the first all iPhone photography book “The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You™” to testing the first ever DSLR that shot video.

This past Wednesday, Chase interviewed Sir Mix-A-Lot about his life, the music industry, and what the future holds for Mix.  This was all done LIVE on Chase’s site.  That’s where we are today; anyone can write,  broadcast, or share just about anything online; for very cheap, if not free.

During the LIVE interview Chase also shot the cover for Sir Mix-A-Lot’s upcoming album while also taking questions from viewers on Twitter.  I was lucky enough to Tweet a quote by Sir Mix A-Lot which won me an autographed Polaroid by both Chase and Sir Mix-A-Lot.  What???  That’s sick!  Who would’ve ever thought that I would own a very limited edition Chase Jarvis photo of Sir Mix-A-Lot without paying an arm and a leg.  I love the internet!!

Here’s the Polaroid I won.

 

Sir Mix-A-Lot by Chase Jarvis

Sir Mix-A-Lot by Chase Jarvis

I’d like to thank the team at Chase Jarvis Inc. for putting on the show and helping to push photographers and our industry.  Oh yeah, your studio is sick.  The large prints on the wall stop you in your tracks.

A Happy Dog

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve realized that now is not the time for a 365 Project. Trying to take and post a worthwhile photo every day is tough. Don’t get me wrong, someday I would love to, but with a full-time, non-photography job I just can’t dedicate enough time to a daily project. So for now I’ll just post photos as I see fit.

Recently the weather’s been getting warmer but mostly clearer for more than a few hours. We’ve started taking Ozzy to the dog park every weekend and going on much longer walks during the week. It’s not that I don’t want to go out on rainy days, Ozzy hates the rain. Today we walked and played fetch for about an hour and a half. When we finally got home Ozzy was pooped. He found the coldest spot in our home and flattened himself on the floor to cool down.

That brings us to today’s photo.

A tired but happy pug

A tired but happy pug

Project 365 #47

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Project 365 #47 is a photo of myself. It’s the look I have as I keep hearing about all this great snow falling at home and in the mountains and I can’t enjoy it. I hate being sick and wisdom teeth!!!!

Project 365 #47 - I hate being sick and wisdom teeth!!!

Project 365 #47 - I hate being sick and wisdom teeth!!!

Project 365 #45

Monday, February 21st, 2011

A lot of professional photographers talk about making mistakes when they first get into this business. They talk about making mistake after mistake and to never stop shooting because it’s the only way to learn and get better. Well I’ve had my fair share of mistakes back when I started shooting and one major screw up the other day.

While shooting in a dark comedy club for a client, I didn’t make sure to attach a lens to my camera correctly. My camera wasn’t focusing correctly so I went outside to get a better look. About a minute later it fell off. Well it’s a very expensive lens so I just froze when it happened. When I finally picked it up after pretty much letting it bounce around on concrete I noticed a big dent on one end and some scratches on the other. I hadn’t even been shooting for more than 20 minutes. I picked up the lens put it on the camera and it seemed to work. I just wanted to finish shooting and go home to see how much damage there really was. The lens seemed to work fine for the rest of the night so I didn’t think much of it until the next day.

When I finally got a good look at all the damage the next morning, all I could think of was how much it was going to cost to fix. I didn’t want to call Canon because it takes too long to send away and fix so I called a local camera store; Kenmore Camera. They referred me to another local camera repair shop to get a quote and maybe even fix it. I decided to give them a try first since I really had nothing to lose at this point.

The Camera Clinic, a shop in Shoreline, WA. gave me a quote and said not to worry about my lens, they could fix it, they just needed a few days. I can’t wait to get it back and I’m very happy to know that it’s still in good condition. I’m not trying to push Canon products but they make great gear that can take a beating. I just don’t encourage it.

While I was in the shop I noticed that they sold used lenses. I don’t NEED anything but I had been thinking about getting a new macro lens to get up close and shoot the fine details of food and pretty much anything else. Well just my luck, they had a 100mm Macro 2.8 Canon lens for a very good price. The lens’ auto focus wasn’t functioning anymore and needed about $300 in repairs to fix the auto focus. When shooting with a macro lens though, you really don’t need the auto focus as much because you really need to fine tune your focusing point for every shot. So I bought it!

So I’m looking at my situation; not a mistake but a learning experience. Always make sure to attach your lenses correctly, always check your local camera repair shops first, and stick around long enough to see what’s for sale…

So I got a new toy!!! Here are the first two photos I need some practice but they’re still cool.

Project 365 #45 - Macro Photo of Ozzy's face

Project 365 #45 - Macro Photo of Ozzy's face

Kathryn's eye - Macro photography

Kathryn's eye - Macro photography.

Project 365 #44

Monday, February 21st, 2011

My beautiful wife. Thanks for all your support.

Project 365 #44 - Kathryn

Project 365 #44 - Kathryn

Kathryn

Kathryn

Project 365 #42

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Lately Ozzy hasn’t been too excited to eat breakfast or dinner. A couple years ago he made sure to never miss a meal. He even tricked me into feeding him at lunch. Well, the other day I came home for lunch and as I walked in I noticed that Ozzy was sittin’ by the kitchen staring at something. At first I thought he was sitting in front of the heater like he usually does. But as I turned the corner into the kitchen I saw this…

Project 365 #42 - Ozzy boycotts his breakfast

Project 365 #42 - Ozzy boycotts his breakfast

I’m sorry for the grainy photo but this is the only camera I had on me. Ozzy had been fed in the morning and instead of eating his breakfast, he tipped over his bowl and just sat there staring at it. As I pulled out my camera he looked back at me with this look like, “Yeah, I did that, what?” What was I supposed to do but take a picture. I’m not falling for this. He’s so picky!!!

Project 365 #39

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Relaxing at Riley’s after a long day riding at White Pass, Wa.

Project 365 #39 - Relaxing with a martini

Project 365 #39 - Relaxing with a martini

Project 365 #30

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Photos from home.

Project 365 #30 - Elephant Mountain in the Rattlesnake Hills of Moxee, WA

Project 365 #30 - Elephant Mountain in the Rattlesnake Hills of Moxee, WA

We climbed this back when I was in 6th grade. I was not the first one up but I was definitely the first one down.

Konnowac Pass Moxee, WA

Konnowac Pass Moxee, WA

This road takes me back to Friday nights in high school and I’m not the only one, you all know who you are…

Paul Patnode Barn in Moxee, WA

Paul Patnode Barn in Moxee, WA

One of the many barns that are not in use but still standing strong in Moxee, WA. I think this barn belonged to my elementary school librarian’s family.

Project 365 #28

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

How can I not love her. Even after everything she does for me, our friends, and our family; she can still rock a pair of snowboard boots at the end of the day.

Project 365 #28 - Kathryn in her new snowboard boots.

Project 365 #28

While wrapping Christmas presents…

Kathryn wrapping gifts

Kathryn wrapping gifts

Kathryn wrapping more gifts

Kathryn wrapping more gifts

Even while doing the laundry.

Kathryn wearing her new pair of snowboard boots while doing the laundry.

Nice boots!