Friday, April 30, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Bear Lake 1990

Bear Lake 1990, originally uploaded by the light is all.
I love this natural light portrait. I was still so new at photography, but the lighting, the pose, the framing, just all clicked with this picture.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Photo of the Day: The gathering storm

IMG_5788_1, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
No, this isn't anyone I know! But as I walked along the beach, I was captivated by the solitary figures of a father and son in the surf, with the storm moving in on the horizon; and by the bright jacket contrasted against the nearly monochromatic background. I really like this shot.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Alina

Alina, originally uploaded by Ernest Poletaev.
What is it about Russian photographers? This is my third guest photographer in a row from that country. Ernest Poetaev is a master of natural light. His photos are an interesting mix of classic themes--portraits, fine art, still lifes--yet in slightly unconventional poses and settings. They're compelling, and invariably make you look twice.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: The polar bear growls

The polar bear growls, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Daniel was attending camp at Drift Creek Camp, where in June the creek is as cold as if it had just bubbled up from a spring fed by recent snowmelt... which, of course, it had. Yet he was determined he was going to dunk under the water not once, but five times. This photo captures him coming up from one of his last dunks.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Photo of the Day: Fort kitchen

Fort kitchen, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I took this photo in one of the reconstructed buildings at Fort Vancouver, with natural light coming through the windows on the historic objects.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Two wings

Two wings, originally uploaded by
Russian photographer Bogdan Zwir often takes highly posed and costumed portraits, which doesn't float my boat. But occasionally he also produces these simple portraits, this one with no costume at all, that are yet so profoundly affecting.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: deermouse

While I was at the Merry Lea Environmental Center, I helped start an annual halloween event called the "Enchanted Forest." We had volunteers make costumes of animals, and other volunteers portrayed them for visiting groups of kids. My friend Jeanne played a deer mouse. I took this photo by lantern-light, with Jeanne and I holding veeery still! My scan of the photographic slide is not very good, so I had to do a lot of digital cleanup to make it look right. Someday I'll get a better scanner and reproduce it properly.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Photo of the Day: Still Life at Fort Vancouver

I visited Fort Vancouver National Historic Park in February to present some training, and spent part of my lunch break one day taking pictures inside one of the reconstructed buildings. This building is used for educational groups, but I was most interested in the great natural lighting shining dimly through the windows on the assembled historic objects.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: sourde

sourde, originally uploaded by datenshi.nagasava.
How to choose a favorite of Russian artist Datenshi Nagasava's photographs? He only has a few dozen posted on Flickr, but I love so many of them. They're so emotional, and the subjects often seem to look soulfully right out of the frame of the picture into your own eyes.

Update: This photo has been removed.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Under the See

Under the See, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I love this view of Daniel at the Seattle Aquarium! You walk underneath this aquarium and actually look up to see the fish swimming above you. The only light in the photo comes through the aquarium above him.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photo of the Day: Rainier Panorama

Rainier Panorama, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
This panorama is made of six photos, shot RAW, carefully adjusted, and digitally stitched together. Even then, it only begins to capture the awesome majesty of Mount Rainier in the morning light, seen from the Community Building at Longmire and framed between Rampart Ridge and Eagle Peak. For the full effect, open the original image in Flickr and look at it in as high a resolution as your monitor allows.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Gosia Janik

, originally uploaded by gosia janik.
Some of Janik's photos really connect with me. Many do not. But one thing's certain: her photos are always creative. I love the way this one looks almost like a sketch, fading out at the bottom as if the artist hadn't finished it below that point. Gorgeous.

Update: The blog link for this photo has been turned off. Click on the photo box above to see the photo on the flickr website.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Mushrooms

Mushrooms, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I love the combination of textures and colors in this photograph. Though it always seems a bit provocative to me...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Photo of the Day: The Mountain

The Mountain, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
On a morning like this, you can truly understand why the native names for Mount Rainier, usually some variation of "Takhoma" depending on which tribe you're talking about, can best be translated simply as "The Mountain," with a capital T and a capital M. I shot this image from the Community Building at Longmire, looking across the Nisqually River at the national park's Emergency Operations Center and The Mountain rising majestically in the misty morning light. I shot RAW; I couldn't possibly have captured the dynamic light range any other way.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: pain of space . . .

pain of space . . ., originally uploaded by martikson.
Ms. Martikson is another of those photographers that it would be well worth your time to explore further. I like almost everything she does, and it's awfully tough to choose a favorite. Her photos are candid, show a lot of personality, and have an almost painterly quality.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Reflection

Reflection, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I was on a field trip with my son, taking a guided tram tour through Northwest Trek wildlife park in Washington, when I glanced up and caught this reflection in the mirror outside the window of the tram. I immediately fired off a shot, and was thrilled when it came out so well.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photo of the Day: Reflecting on Bear Prairie

I took this photo at Bear Prairie, a marshy meadow just south of Mount Rainier. It was a quiet morning after a rainy night, and the everything was fresh, misty, and full of vibrant color. I took this photo looking down into the pond at the reflection of the forest and ridge beyond.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Hiver II

Hiver II [EXPLORE], originally uploaded by Alexandra Sophie.
Alexandra Sophie is a 17-year-old photographer. I'm not that keen on much of her photography--it's tends toward the amber color scheme reminiscent of the faded photographs in old photo albums--but I really like this one. The blurred background, the smoke in the subject's exhale, and the snow falling on her hair as she stands defiantly in a low-cut dress all make this a very affecting image.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: bus mirror

bus mirror, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Self-portrait in a bus mirror at Luckey's Landing at Merry Lea in 1991. Convex mirrors are always great for making self-portraits!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Photo of the Day: Daniel at Great Wolf

Daniel at Great Wolf, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
We spent a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in February. I snapped this great photo of Daniel toward the end of our visit, as he was sprouting gills from two days in the pool. I love the foreshortening of the close up wide angle lens.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: untitled

, originally uploaded by marcin kaniewski.
Polish photographer Marcin Kaniewski has some of the best images I've seen on Flickr. I love his portraits, mostly black-and-white, his son, his wife, and his friends and family, some candid, some posed. I highly recommend checking out the rest of her photos. It was hard to choose a favorite to highlight.

Update: This photo has been removed.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Dutiful and faithful unto the end

As part of my duties, occasionally I present "living history" presentations in the person of P.B. Van Trump, the first man known to climb Mount Rainier in 1870. For Earth Day 2009, I portrayed the character at a local elementary school, and my plans later in the day took me right past the cemetery where P.B.'s wife Cynthia and daughter Christine are buried. So, I stayed in costume, brought my tripod, and took a series of photos at the gravesite. Christine died very young--she was only 26 when she succumbed to pneumonia in Seattle. Her mother passed away later the same year after many years battling breast cancer. P.B. survived both, along with his son Henry, and died December 27, 1916, the day before his wife's birthday.

Black and white seemed most appropriate for this photo, which was originally captured in photo RAW.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Photo of the Day: Seattle from Alaska Flight 495

On my way back from a conference in San Diego in February, I snapped this photo out the window of my airplane as we passed over downtown Seattle. It's tough to take pictures through airplane windows! I found I got better results without the UV filter on, but still had to adjust the exposure significantly after the fact to compensate for the thick windows.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Ello

Ello , originally uploaded by sweetanyabarry.
Once again, it's the unconventional pose that I love so much. I'm not sure if this is a self-portrait of photographer Anya Barry, but I like the way the photo is off-center, with the subject not looking at the camera. It gives it a spontaneous, real-life feel.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Frosty leaves

Frosty leaves, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
A shot of frosty leaves at sunrise, at the Merry Lea Environmental Center in northern Indiana. I love the morning light in this photograph from 1990.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Photo of the Day: Kelli at Great Wolf

Kelli at Great Wolf, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
In honor of her birthday, here's a photo of my beautiful wife, poolside at the Great Wolf Lodge and Water Park in February. Happy Birthday, Kelli!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Chaperone

Chaperone, originally uploaded by bikeracer.
I love trees-in-fog photographs. This one has a nice composition, with the two trees off-center in a photo by "bikeracer" that is almost, but not quite, back-and-white.

I love bikeracer's self-portrait, by the way:

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Family Legacy

Family Legacy, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
In May, I attended a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration. There were relatives everywhere, but few cuter than this young fellow, who was having a great time meeting everyone! A spontaneous pose, luckily captured. (In other words, the best of a dozen pictures I took!)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Photo of the Day: Mission Valley by moonlight

I visited San Diego in February for a conference. The last night I was there, my wife, Kelli, told me that my younger son had asked for photos of my hotel, so he could see where I'd been. Oops! By that time, it was dark, and I was leaving for the airport before first light. I remedied the matter by taking my camera with me when I walked across to a Starbucks for a morning coffee, and snapped this photo by the light of the moon and street lights looking across the light rail line from the top of a parking garage.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: cutcopy5

cutcopy5, originally uploaded by Dasha_Kronberg.
A simple but effective portrait... I love the muted colors, the soft light, the relaxed pose in this picture by Canadian photographer Dasha Kronberg.