Sunday, January 31, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Skinny dipping on Ibiza


Skinny dipping on Ibiza, originally uploaded by dianajanicki.
There are so many things I love about this photograph. The composition is perfect, and it captures the mood so well--the intense light, the wind across the water, the intimacy of the moment. Photo by Diana Janicki.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Young Jedi


Young Jedi, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
This young Jedi was spotted waiting for fireworks to begin on the 3rd of July in Eatonville, Washington. I spotted the photo, braced myself, and snapped the picture, and was thrilled when it turned out so sharp, lit only by the glow of the light saber.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Photo of the Day: Conservation Begins Here


Conservation Begins Here, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
A crew member with the Student Conservation Association on National Public Lands Day at Mount Rainier National Park, September 26, 2009. Shooting across the foreground vegetation was an intentional experiment; I love the way it turned out!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Flag in the Rain


In honor of her birthday in two days, a special guest photographer. This photo, believe it or not, is by my 8th-grade neice, Jessica. She's been dabbling in photography for a few years now, but really got into it last spring. Her parents, recognizing real passion and talent, bought her a nice camera and enrolled her in some photography lessons. Her talent has just exploded. She has a natural eye for composition. Here are two more of her pictures:



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Cicada


Cicada, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
A newly-emerged cicada at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Indiana, July 1990. This is one of my favorite photographs; I love the irridescent color of the wings, perfectly lit against the black background. I wish I could remember how I managed it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Photo of the Day: Alex


Alex, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
A crew leader with the Student Conservation Association on National Public Lands Day at Mount Rainier National Park, September 26, 2009.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: what she left behind


what she left behind, originally uploaded by Stephen ~.
As someone who is partial to realism in photography, I appreciate a photographer who manages to inject elements of romanticism or sureilism into their work, through careful composition, lighting, or modeling, without resorting to tricks of photoshop. This photo by Stephen Carroll is a great example, with its muted colors, its horizon disappearing into the fog, and the boat in the foreground cropped so as to leave it adrift in the expanse of image with no shoreline to anchor it. The carefully draped dress in the foreground, standing out brightly against the shadow, catches the eye and makes you wonder what might be the rest of the story.

Here's another one I like, less ambiguous but just as evocative.

, originally uploaded by Stephen ~.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Brianna


Brianna, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Here's a photo from last summer. Brianna is one of my sons' best friends. We were all out geocaching together, having a good time, when I snapped this spontaneous photograph. I love the way the light and the breeze play with her hair, and the great grin on her face.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Photo of the Day: Kelli on the Skyline

Hiking the Skyline Trail at Mount Rainier National Park, September 28, 2009. What a gorgeous day it was, full of fall color, with a storm blowing in over the horizon.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: When The Rain Comes In Silence


When The Rain Comes In Silence, originally uploaded by Burçin Esin.
Sometimes, the soul shines through so vividly. What a gorgeous, atmospheric photograph, by Burçin Esin.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Bear Lake


Bear Lake, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Bear Lake, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Indiana. June 1990. Broken-down docks make such interesting subjects for film, especially in the sunset!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Photo of the Day: Guitar Hero


1_IMG_4637, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I just uploaded this picture from my camera. Thomas got a guitar for Christmas and he was so proud of it! Usually he's shy about the camera, but this time he was happy to pose!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Up in the Avatar


Up in the Avatar, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I'm baffled by all the excitement over Avatar. Personally, I feel it's a visually thrilling technological triumph, but the emotions are painted with primary colors on a simplistic and predictable script. Up in the Air, by contrast, is a far superior movie: emotionally complex, with a script that surprises you at every turn with its depth and subtlety.

Here's Avatar taking over George Clooney's airport.

Guest Photo of the Day: Thinking about the baby


Thinking about the baby, originally uploaded by andypho50.
I love this shot in part because it's such a fresh take on the traditional maternity photo. Pregnancy is all about lines and curves, but usually the photographer captures them from the side. This picture is gorgeous, meditative, and suffused with life. Photo by andypho50.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Gateway Arch


Gateway Arch, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
St. Louis, April 1990. I like this portrait for its monochromatic pallet, abstract curves and lines, and unique point of view.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Photo of the Day: Autumn


Autumn, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Thanksgiving 2009. Sometimes the most beautiful portraits are those that happen when we don't know we're being watched. I just wish the reflection of the lamp weren't in the window behind her!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Lloyd Smith


Lloyd Smith takes two kinds of photographs: candids and posed portraits, usually at weddings. This picture, one of my favorites, captures elements of both: it's a spontaneous portrait.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Jefferson Memorial


Jefferson Memorial, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, April 20, 2008. Washington DC's monuments lend themselves well to black-and-white photography. I captured this image of a ranger on patrol while taking refuge from a torrential spring thunderstorm.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Photo of the Day: Jedi

Jedi in Training
Jedi in training, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Michael and David, Jedi masters. Eatonville, Washington, July 3, 2009. I took this picture while we waited for the annual fireworks show to begin.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: God's Gifts...Explored

I had a hard time deciding between this image and the color version, which reminds me of the classic painting "Anna's World" by Andrew Wyeth. I ultimately decided on this black-and-white, because it reduces the picture so well to the converging lines, and the slightly off-center images of the boy and girl traveling down them. Photo by mrsjstoy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Great Basin Storm


Great Basin Storm, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Great Basin National Park, Nevada, April 1990. I took a full roll of film to get this shot, back in the days when you didn't know what you'd actually taken a picture of till you got the photos back from the developer! I love the bluish cast caused by the long exposure under the stormy light. I could probably have gotten an even better picture, but by the time the storm got closer, I wasn't comfortable watching it from the hilltop anymore!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: maternity shot #10


maternity shot #10, originally uploaded by Amadika.
I've always thought pregnancy is incredibly beautiful. Yes, uncomfortable and even miserable too, I know! But there's something miraculous about it as well, and pregnant women sometimes just glow from the inside out. I love the lines in this photograph, and the subtle use of color in an otherwise black-and-white image. Photo by Amadika.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Aspen


Aspen, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Great Basin National Park, Nevada, September 1989. September has to be the most beautiful time of year in the high desert.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Photo of the Day: Bumper Car


Bumper Car, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
At the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup, September 18, 2009. The faces say it all!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Love


Love, originally uploaded by Dalla*.
The father's kiss, the baby's look of -- what? surprise? astonishment? stomach gas? I like to think it's the beginnings of a sense of grace. You can see a hint of the vast expanse of this child's world opening before her (him?) in the negative space captured in the upper left quadrant of the photo. Great composition by Dalla Myndverkakona of Reykjavic, Iceland.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Bristlecone


bristlecone, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
The ancient skeleton of a bristlecone pine on Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, September 1989. I love the stark beauty of these old, old trees, who survive for thousands of years in harsh conditions at 10,000 feet in the ranges of eastern California, Nevada, and Utah.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Photo of the Day: Giant Slide


Giant Slide, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
At the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup, September 18, 2009. I'm not sure why I like this photo so much; there just seems to be something powerful, to me, about the young man standing all by himself at the bottom of the giant slide.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Avian Curve


Avian Curve, originally uploaded by The Nature Nook.
I love two things about this picture: the vivid colors of the cedar waxwing and berries perfectly lit against the gray background, and the sense of motion in the curved branch mirrored by the bird. This picture, like many of the best, pulls you into a moment in motion. Photo by Mary Frances.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Aspen Leaf


Aspenleaf and ponderosa, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Sometimes the best pictures are the simplest. I spotted this one at Great Basin National Park in Nevada in September 1989. I love the contrast between the yellow aspen leaf and the red bark of the ponderosa pine.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Photo of the Day: Tilt-a-whirl


Tilt-a-whirl, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
What exposure do you use to capture just enough motion in a ride at the Western Washington State Fair? I feel I got it just right in this shot, at 1/10 of a second (iso 100, f/20, 17mm). I also love the vivid colors in the late afternoon light. Puyallup, Washington, September 18, 2009.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Lloyd Smith


Lloyd was so excited when he wrote to tell me this photo had been published. It's on the cover of a mortuary magazine! The light is captured so beautifully.