Saturday, February 27, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: untitled


originally uploaded by darkshapes.
Things that make this a great photo for me:
1. The expression: not a smile, but rather a look that seems to look right through the camera at you.
2. The hair: not perfect, a bit tousled.
3. The shirt: a bit sheer, low cut, tight; it shows the form of her body, and it's sexy.
4. The underwear. Makes the picture intimate.
5. The skinned knee. That does as much to make the picture look personal and intimate as anything else in the photo.
6. The pose. Obviously posed, but with the toes turned in, there's an air of expectancy. She's waiting for something: instructions for the next pose? And in that expectancy, the soul shows through.
The photographer is Jay Parkinson of New York City.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Coleman


Coleman, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
This is probably my best photo of 2009: a photo of Kelli's parents' cat, Coleman. I love the monochromatic color scheme except for the eye, and the narrow depth of field. I sharpened it a bit but otherwise there's no retouching. Took about 20 shots to get this one great one.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Photo of the Day: In the Soul


In the Soul, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

At Christmastime, we went down to Oregon to visit family, and spent a morning at the State Capitol building, where Daniel's cousin Stephanie was playing a piano recital. Daniel wanted to go up on the balcony where he could see better, and it was entertaining watching him peer over the edge at the action below.

Here's another one I like, with Daniel yawning while standing next to three pretty young women, who I think thought they were the ones I was taking pictures of.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Sarah


Sarah, originally uploaded by Geoff_Francis.
If I ever had a chance to shoot glamour photography, this is the kind of picture I'd probably take. The human body makes a great subject of photography, and a model can say so much with her eyes. Beyond that, keep it simple.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Randy


Randy, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
One of my all-time favorite pictures. Randy was a friend at the Merry Lea Environmental Center in Indiana who had a real talent for playing the guitar and making up songs. I shot this double-exposure of him, back in the days of film cameras, when you didn't know what you had until you developed the film, and it came out unbelievably well!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Photo of the Day: Waiting for my cue


Waiting for my cue, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

I took this picture during a dress rehearsal of our church Christmas play. Sometimes the best portraits are the most spontaneous ones: in this case, Daniel was standing there waiting for his cue, I looked down, he looked up, and I snapped the picture.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: X


X, originally uploaded by HanaS..
When it comes to photos of people, simple is always best. This photo illustrates that perfectly. The curve of her back, the texture of the fabric crossing her back geometrically, the hint of hair, the turned chin in the shadow... perfect.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Dave Miller


Dave Miller, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

Dave Miller, education director at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Photo of the Day: Proud Grandpa


Proud Grandpa, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

A quick portrait snapped at our family Christmas gathering. You can tell they love each other, can't you?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: 7/365


7/365, originally uploaded by Julia Eriksson.
As I've said before, I really love the classical style of photography: light, shape, texture, and tone. Black and white works really well with this kind of photography, and is especially good for capturing the endlessly fascinating human body. Not all of Eriksson's photos are in black and white, but I think it works especially well in this one.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Corinne by Firelight


Corinne by Firelight, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Corinne is a family friend who visited us in the spring of '09 over Memorial Day weekend. We celebrated the holiday with a cookout in our back yard, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. Afterward, as it got dark, I spotted Corinne gazing into the firelight, and snapped a picture.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Photo of the Day: Card Sharp


Card Sharp, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

Daniel and his uncle Jon were playing cards at the dining room table over Christmas, and eating pretzels. I thought Daniel looked like such a card shark with the pretzel in his mouth like a stoagie.

Here's one of Jon:

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: untitled


originally uploaded by Mr McSquishyface.
I absolutely love everything about this photograph, captured by Chris Bennett. The black and white medium is so strong here, and the expression on the subject's face is compelling. The low angle, and the water receding into the distance behind her, puts you right in the water with her. It's immersive photography. Breathtaking.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Mating Monarchs


monarchs, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

This was one of he most remarkable things I have ever seen in the wild. I was out on the north edge of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, in northeast Indiana, which is bordered by farm fields. Along the wild edge between two fields swirled dozens of monarch butterflies, each of them in pairs, back to back. The male is on the inside, and would hang on to the abdomen of the female as she flew for both of them. Occasionally a pair would stop briefly, and I'd try to get close enough to get a picture--not easy, because they'd fly again if I got too close. I've never seen anything like this since.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Photo of the Day: The perfect gift


1_IMG_4546, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

Diane is one of our best friends. Her birthday is on December 23, so traditionally she hosts a combination birthday/Christmas party at her parents' house. I don't remember exactly what it was that she got in her package here, but it was one of those cases where I anticipated the expression intuitively before it actually happened, snapping the shutter at the perfect moment.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Guest Photo of the day: so real


so real, originally uploaded by shamalidi.
I've never been a huge fan of the traditional smile-at-the-camera portraits. They can be beautiful, but they don't capture the soul of a person the way something more candid and raw does. This photo by Alina Samalova is a great example. A lot of Shamalova's pictures don't do much for me--they're a little too experimental--but this one sticks to the fundamentals of classical photography while capturing a very interesting pose, expression, body language, body shape, and costume.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Sadie's Birthday


Sadie's Birthday, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
First birthdays are so much fun! They always get a cake, and the person turning one is always so astonished by her good fortune at having an entire sweet thing to herself. Is this for real? Is this really all mine? Can I really put my hands into the frosting without getting in trouble? You can see Sadie checking for her mother's reaction as she licks the yummy frosting off her hand.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Photo of the Day: A Quartet of Trumpets


1_small_IMG_4259, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

My older son had his first band concert at Christmastime, so I followed him into the practice room before hand and took a few shots. The place was chaos, everyone practicing their instruments at the same time, but these four guys, including David on the far right, just looked so classy together in their matching outfits.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Sweet Chilli


Sweet Chilli, originally uploaded by miss_anitex.
I love the way this photo has just the barest hint of color to it, in the lips and necklace. The expression, one eye partly hidden, the lips slightly parted, and the rim lighting behind the hair--great composition.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Toroweap


toroweap2, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

I took this photo at Toroweap viewpoint on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in the spring of 1990. I love the Grand Canyon and had been away from it far too long, so I camped on the rim overnight and got up early to watch the sunrise. I don't remember whether this was from the sunset or the sunrise, but the Grand Canyon is magnificent in any light.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Photo of the Day: Turning Nine


1_IMG_3984 edited, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

Naturally, I took lots of pictures at Daniel's birthday party, at Chuck E. Cheese's, including several of him blowing out the candles. But there's always a key moment, so very fleeting, while the candles are being blown out, that really captures the moment. It's hard to get on film... but when you do, it's delightful.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: apenas te fuiste


apenas te fuiste, originally uploaded by lu-d.
What I love about this photo is that it isn't a traditional posed portrait or glamour shot. Maybe, given the attire, the model was there for just such a session, but as this photograph shows, there's a real person here, with a real soul that shines through. Photo by Lulu Damiao.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Bright Angel


Bright Angel, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

I took this picture in 1986, on one of my final days working as a guest room attendant and National Park Service volunteer on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I had two days at the end of my season before flying home... so hiked down to Phantom Ranch after my last day of work, up to the North Rim the next day, and all the way back across the canyon on my last day. These are the shoes I wore. I was 19, and too poor to buy good hiking boots! I shot this photo at Bright Angel Point at sunset.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Photo of the Day: Looking Through the Glass


IMG_3955_edited_1, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

We helped decorate our church for Christmas, and I took some pictures. Most of them were fairly generic, but as we were leaving, I looked back and saw this few through one of the windows looking into the sanctuary. It made for a much more interesting photo.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: untitled


untitled, originally uploaded by laura taylor..
This is a great example of the kind of picture I like: a spontaneous image in which the soul shines through. Photo by Laura Taylor.

Update: This photo is no longer available online.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Jeevan


Jeevan rowing, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Jeevan was a good friend my roommate for a year during college. I took this photo during a "silent retreat" in southern Michigan in November 1988. I love the light, the colors, the composition, and the boat on the water contrasted with the broken down dock in the foreground. This photo has special meaning for me because Jeevan died a few years ago, too young.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Photo of the Day: Christmas 2009


1_IMG_4586_sharpened, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

There are few things more beautiful than the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve night. This is our living room, shot with a long exposure and a tripod.