Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Esplanade (B&W)


esplanade_bw, originally uploaded by the light is all.
In 1992, my friend Jeanne and I hiked down into the Grand Canyon on the north rim on the Thunder River trail. It was only June, but the sun was scorching hot at mid day, so we stopped on the Esplanade, a broad bench midway into the canyon, to wait out the heat, and decided to shoot some pictures. So many fine art photos are made in the desert southwest, because bare textured rock and smooth skin make such an interesting combination. I originally shot this as a color slide, but it's even better in black and white, which emphasizes the great lines and textures.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Photo of the Day: Lights in the heavens


Lights in the heavens, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I visited San Diego in February for a conference, and got to visit Cabrillo National Monument on an evening field trip. This is my favorite photo of the evening: a long exposure of the Cabrillo Light House, with an old gnarled tree just barely visible in the foreground, and the stars visible in the background. This photo was taken "RAW," obviously: you'd never preserve this kind of detail with standard jpeg.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Emily


Emily, originally uploaded by J. Bouwmeester.
Yet another photo by a teenage artist... but Dutch 16-year-old Joy Bouwmeester clearly has an eye for it. It's the ability to capture that subtle moment when the soul shines through, unguarded, that seperates the good photographers from the great.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Dances with Waves


Dances with Waves, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Daniel, flying our kite as he dances in the surf at the beach by our hotel in Cannon Beach. I love the way this photo captures his expressive motion, and the reflection of him in the wet sand.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Photo of the Day: Cabrillo Light House Keeper

I visited San Diego in February for a conference, and got to visit Cabrillo National Monument on an evening field trip. I snapped this photo of the "light house keeper," an employee on duty in historical costume. I used diffused flash reflected from the ceiling to prevent harsh shadows.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: untitled


, originally uploaded by Mark Anthony Yammine.
A perfect portrait by Mark Anthony Yammine. What I like about this photo is its wonderful mix of the absolutely perfect (perfectly lit; perfectly smooth, almost porcelain skin; slightly arched brow with the slightest smile on the model's face) with the unexpectedly askew (the taught muscle in the neck, the stray hairs flying away on the left-hand side of the frame).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Sunflower Fest no. 3


Sunflower Fest no. 3, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
The Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center in northern Indiana, where I served in a teaching fellowship for two years, held a "Sunflower Festival" each September, featuring farm crafts and hay rides. I love this picture of a woman hanging a quilt on the side of Kesling Barn as the hay wagon passed by.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photo of the Day: San Diego Bay


San Diego Bay, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I visited San Diego in February for a conference, and got to visit Cabrillo National Monument on an evening field trip. I was laying on the ground setting up this photo of the lights of the city over the bay when someone walked quietly up to the edge on the other side of the rock wall, and about leaped out of their skin when they saw me! Turned out to be a neat picture, though.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Clouds in the Caldera

I received this extraordinary photo by e-mail today. It's not mine--only in my dreams would I be lucky enough to capture a photo like this, and in fact, despite living and working at Crater Lake National Park for almost four years, I never saw anything close to this. A few hints, but nothing this remarkable. The photo is by Corey Wall. The accompanying e-mail sets the stage:
On February 17th, we had an unusual weather event here at Crater Lake: a layer of clouds developed inside the caldera, with blue sky above! Cory Wall happened to be skiing atop Garfield Peak that day, and he snapped a bunch of photos, which he stitched together into the attached panoramic image. Pretty cool!
Pretty cool, indeed.

Guest Photo of the Day: 1 | 52 weeks - the beginning....

Michelle, a photographer from Australia, has some of the best photographs of children that I've seen. It's hard to pick a favorite, but this one has to be in the top few. The subject is so young, yet with those soulful eyes, she seems older than her years. An absolutely gorgeous portrait.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Big mountain, small world

I love the juxtaposition, in this photo, of the immense Mount Rainier looming over the little girl walking across the snow. I took this while working with a group a Paradise: I looked up, saw the shot, and fired off a quick picture while the framing was perfect, without anyone else in the scene.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Photo of the Day: Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

I visited San Diego in February for a conference, and got to visit Cabrillo National Monument on an evening field trip. The lights of the city were gorgeous from the point overlooking the bay, and made for great night photos; but I had the most fun taking pictures of the statue of explorer Juan Cabrillo. I used a long exposure to take this photo,of course, and "painted" the statue with my flashlight to make it show up. It took a lot of trial and error, but I'm very pleased with the result.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: mr gabe


mr gabe, originally uploaded by Tracie Taylor Photography.
This photo by Tracie Taylor is a great example of a photo that tells a story. What on earth has gotten Mr. Gabe so dirty--and so tired? Yet you can still see the light in his beautiful blue eyes. The slightly desaturated color scheme emphasizes those great eyes. Beautifully shot.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Map Turtle


Map Turtle, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I photographed this map turtle in the grass near my cabin at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, where I was serving in a teaching fellowship in 1990. It just seemed appropriate to take such a portrait at eye-level... of the subject.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Photo of the Day: A shoulder to smile on


A shoulder to smile on, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Here's another subject I can never resist photographing. Brianns is such an interesting person to photograph, because of her fair skin and flaming red hair. Here, she was resting her head on her father's shoulder.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: av2


av2, originally uploaded by photodriven.
Rachel, the photographer behind "photodriven," has some great shots on her blog: weddings, flowers, and children. The children, in my opinion, are some of her best subjects, and this shot is a great example. Perfectly framed, with the greatest expression, and with eyes that you could just fall into.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Allan


Allan, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Allan Dreyer is one of our very dedicated Meadow Rover volunteers at Paradise. He's been working with us for several years now, and in addition to patroling trails, has been a major asset in the visitor center, talking to visitors about what it's like to climb the Mountain, and painting gorgous pictures of the scenery visible through the windows. This photo captures his always-positive personality perfectly.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Photo of the Day: Number 43


Number 43, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
For his birthday, Thomas received several matchbox cars in the Pixar "Cars" set. I've always thought that the best way to get pictures of children is to get down on their level. My allergies suffered from the dander in the carpet, but the photos were worth it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Musée du Louvre "Hermaphrodite endormi"

O.K., it's just a sculpture. Yet Yvan Lemeur's lighting of it is so sensual that it captures the spirit of this unknown model, two generations of artistic media removed from the real person. That's impressive.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Ivy (b&w)


Ivy_bw, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I took this photo as a color slide in 1990. It was only as I was looking back through my old photos that it occurred to me what a great black and white it would be. Of course, in the digital age, that's easy to make happen! This ivy is on the side of the old Science Building at Goshen College, in Goshen, Indiana.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Photo of the Day: My favorite model


My favorite model, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
When I took this photo of Aubrey playing in my living room, her mother commented, "there you go again, taking pictures of your favorite model!" And indeed, I can never resist a good shot of this young lady with the big, beautiful eyes.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Green Eyed Girl


Green Eyed Girl, originally uploaded by Rowena R.
Rowena may only be 17 years old, but she has an amazing eye. I love this portrait: it's perfectly lit, it captures a soulful moment, and the setting, on a damp park bench with vegetation crowding in on all sides, makes it earthy and primal.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Young women soaring


Young women soaring, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Mount Rainier has a new urban outreach program called CAMP: Camping Adventure with My Parents. It to the Mountain families who have little or no previous experience with national parks, including these five young women, who are clearly enjoying their adventure! This is Quinn, Kelsea, Elizabeth, Karen, and Melissa at Reflection Lake.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Photo of the Day: Extraordinary Sunrise


Extraordinary Sunrise, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
What a morning!! I went out to my car to go to work, and immediately dropped my backpack and ran for the camera. I took this picture from in front of my neighbor's house, as the light just kept changing in interesting ways. This one's my favorite for its combination of brilliantly lit and darkly shadowed clouds, and the rim of light behind the Mountain.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Walking in support of a cure for Multiple Sclerosis

This year, for the second time, our family will be walking in the National MS Walk in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Consider joining us!

My sister Lisa was diagnosed with MS three years ago and struggles with it every day. At the same time, promising new research is underway into new treatments to slow, stop, or even reverse the progress of the disease. You can help my sister and her family in several very concrete ways:
  • Join our team! Solidarity is important--and also fun! 30 of us had a great time walking the 5K together last year along the Willamette River. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us again this year! Check out our team page to see who has already joined us, or to sign up yourself:

    http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/ORCWalkEvents?pg=team&fr_id=13001&team_id=189847
  • Donate! Your contribution will be used to provide support services for people like my sister who have MS, and to fund research into treatments and cures. You can donate on our team page, or on my individual page here:

    http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/ORCWalkEvents?px=5977726&pg=personal&fr_id=13001
  • Spread the word. Mention us on your Facebook page, Twitter account, or blog. Remind others that the Pacific Northwest has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, and that many people, like my sister, suffer debilitating effects from it every day even as they appear, on the outside, to be unaffected.
  • Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Not everyone is near enough to participate; and not everyone is able to contribute, especially in this economy. We'll still appreciate it if you can put the date on your calendar and think about us as we walk. Imagine a world with no MS!
Thanks for your support,

Kevin Bacher
Captain, "Team Lisa"

Guest Photo of the Day: 11th January - wedding dress in the snow

What a great photo! So many wedding photos are all the same, carefully posed in a traditional manner in traditional settings. Who would think to put a fair-skinned woman in a white dress in the snow, and then shoot from above looking directly down at the snow? And yet it works perfectly.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Jeanne


Jeanne, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I took this photo of my good friend Jeanne in a sycamore tree at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College near Wolf Lake, Indiana in September 1990. I like the pose, colors, and composition, as well as the wonderfully serendipitous repetition of patterns in the leaves, bark, and shirt.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Photo of the Day: Jim and Shaun


Jim and Shaun, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Thanksgiving, 2009. This photo was unposed except for asking Jim and Shaun to look my way. I only wish her face weren't just slightly out of focus!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: lovely lily


lovely lily :), originally uploaded by apericiation.
I love this photo, by a Flickr member who goes by the screen name "apericiation," for several reasons. It's a great shot, first of all, and captures the personality of this little girl perfectly. But the composition is also exceptional: off-center, with the brightly lit landscape out of focus over her right shoulder. It's irresistable.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Beautiful


Beautiful, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
The new steps leading up onto the Skyline Trail at Paradise, in Mount Rainier National Park, contain an engraved quote by John Muir. This isn't a spectacularly beautiful photo, but I like it personally because of its creative point of view.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Photo of the Day: Have we got a camel for you!

The Christmas play at church this year was "Camel Lot," set in a Bethlehem camel dealership at the time of the birth of Christ. These two kids were playing camels in the dress rehearsal. It's not technically a great shot, but I just love the expressions on these boys' -- er, camels' -- faces. The boy on the right is our pastor's son. Check out the nostrils on the camel on the left.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: 20060812 - Weekend


20060812 - Weekend, originally uploaded by sadalit.
This photo is dedicated to my beautiful wife of 14 years, on our anniversary. Like this photo, so much of being married is about the intimacy and beauty of contrast.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Dragonfly


Dragonfly, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
A lucky closeup captured at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Indiana. July 1990.