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Seattle Waterfront

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Here’s a shot of the Seattle waterfront taken from the Bainbridge Ferry over the 4th of July weekend.  Click on the image below to see a larger version. I’m sorry if it takes a while to load; it was a large file.  The photo is a bit bit distorted on the ends because I had to shoot with a 70-200 and I was too close to downtown.

 

Seattle Waterfront Panorama shot from the Bainbridge Ferry

Seattle Waterfront Panorama shot from the Bainbridge Ferry

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.

Project 365 #40

Monday, February 21st, 2011

More photos from a few recent trips to Stevens Pass Ski Resort.

Project 365 #40 - The elusive Stevens Pass Ninja

Project 365 #40 - The elusive Stevens Pass Ninja

In line at Hogsback for first tracks at Stevens Pass, WA.

In line at Hogsback for first tracks at Stevens Pass, WA.

Safety First! Kathryn rockin' her new RED helmet

Safety First! Kathryn rockin' her new RED helmet

Group photo at Stevens Pass, WA

Group photo at Stevens Pass, WA

Newbies, always sittin' around...

Newbies, always sittin' around...

Pros, always waitin'...

Pros, always waitin'...

Sisters!

Sisters!

Sun setting over Cowboy Mountain at Stevens Pass, WA.

Sun setting over Cowboy Mountain at Stevens Pass, WA.

Danger! High Voltage Power lines on the backside of Stevens Pass, WA.

Danger! High Voltage Power lines on the backside of Stevens Pass, WA.

Skyline Lift at Stevens Pass, WA.

Skyline Lift at Stevens Pass, WA.

Ski racks at Granite Peaks Lodge at Stevens Pass, WA

Ski racks at Granite Peaks Lodge at Stevens Pass, WA

Seventh Heaven lift Cowboy Mountain, Stevens Pass, WA. Still not steep enough.

Seventh Heaven lift Cowboy Mountain, Stevens Pass, WA. Still not steep enough.

Taking a break at Stevens Pass, WA.

Taking a break at Stevens Pass, WA.

Project 365 #38

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

So… Recently I’ve been really bad about posting daily but I’ve haven’t stopped shooting so I’m going to bombard my subscribers with a bunch of photos. I don’t mean to spam anyone, I just want to post at least one photo for each day I’ve missed.

The photo below was taken a couple months ago on a trip back home. These are the skeletal remains the Meeboer Homestead barn on Highway 24 in Moxee, Wa. This farm has been abandoned for a long time. There used to be a few other structures and a windmill which have fallen over the years. Here’s a link to what it used to look like and a link to shot I took a few years ago.

Project 365 #38 - Meeboer Homestead barn in Moxee, WA

Project 365 #38 - Meeboer Homestead barn in Moxee, WA

Project 365 #37

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Another one from Moxee, WA. This is a photo of a couple of grain silos on a farm a few miles east of Moxee, WA.

Project 365 #37 - A couple of grain silos outside of Moxee, WA

Project 365 #37 - A couple of grain silos outside of Moxee, WA

Project 365 #31

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Here’s a panoramic shot of East Valley in Moxee, WA. I took this from our friend’s house on Konnowac Pass, It’s a great view, thanks Sue! Click on the image below to view a larger version.

Project 365 #31

Project 365 #31

There’s a free iTunes or Starbucks gift card to the first person that can find and show me the barn from my previous post (Project 365 #30) in this shot…

Gift cards

Win your choice of an iTunes or Starbucks Gift Card

Project 365 #24

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The top of Gemini at Stevens Pass, WA on a beautiful sunny day. Click on the image below once to see a larger version and click again to zoom. I’m sorry if it takes to long to load, it was a large file.

Project 365 #24 - Stevens Pass, Wa

Project 365 #24 - Stevens Pass, Wa

In search of the great pumpkin…

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Kathryn, Ozzy, and I recently went to Baylor Pumpkin Farm in Monroe, WA. She’s been going there since she was a kid. We wanted to take our niece but she wasn’t home that weekend so it was just the three of us. Ozzy thinks he’s a farm dog anyway. Baylor Pumpkin Farm is a few miles out of downtown Monroe, down a winding country road. The kind you see in portraits and paintings. Here are a few photos from our trip.

Baylor Pumpkin Farm in Monroe, WA

Baylor Pumpkin Farm

They have all sorts of ghords, corn, pumpkins, and Christmas trees. I think I even saw a few cows and horses there too.

Ghords!

Ghords!

It's a goose!

It's a goose!

Corn

Corn

The actual pumpkin patch is located down a short dirt road at the bottom of a hill with a view of the river. You can either take a short walk or a hayride down to the pumpkin patch.

The view from the top of the hill

The view from the top of the hill

In search of the great pumpkin

In search of the great pumpkin

These are all mine!

These are all mine!

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

A wrinkly pumpkin

A wrinkly pumpkin

Kathryn found one she liked.

Found one!

Found one!

…so did Ozzy.

...and one for Ozzy.

...and one for Ozzy.

Pumpkins in black and white

Pumpkins in black and white

Ozzy at the pumpkin patch

Ozzy at the pumpkin patch

Lil' pumpkin

Lil' pumpkin

Here are our final picks.

Our picks

Our picks

I really wanted this one too.

Cool stem

Cool stem

Closeup of pumpkin

Closeup of pumpkin

Ozzy thinks he's a farm dog

Ozzy at the farm

Runs like a Deere

Runs like a Deere

Leaving the pumpkin farm

Leaving the pumpkin farm

HDR Photography

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Recently I’ve started shooting photos in order to try out a new post processing method known as HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography.  It’s not that new, it’s just new to me.  It’s been used by many photographers such as Dave Hill and Trey Ratcliff.

HDR Photo of New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

HDR Photo of New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

High Dynamic Range allows you to to show a very wide range of exposure or intensity levels in a photograph.  You need to use software such as Photomatix or Photoshop to process your files but the result can be amazing. It allows you see more details in shadowy areas of an image as well as bringing back detail into over exposed areas of an image by combining 3 or more different exposures of the same photo.  This is usually done by bracketing the exposure of your photos when shooting and then combing and adjusting the separate exposures in post production.

The photos on in this post were taken in and around Kirkland and Seattle, WA as well as Las Vegas, NV.

HDR photo of Seattle, WA taken from Beacon Hill

HDR photo of Seattle, WA taken from Beacon Hill

HDR Photo of the former entrance to Junior High School in Kirkland, WA

HDR Photo of the former entrance to Junior High School in Kirkland, WA

HDR photo of staircase taken at the former Kirkland Junior High School

HDR photo of staircase taken at the former Kirkland Junior High School

HDR photo of Juanita High School football field, Kirkland, WA

HDR photo of Juanita High School football field, Kirkland, WA