Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: 6 Down, 3 To Go

6 Down, 3 To Go, originally uploaded by Leia Dare.
Leia Dare's photo website is a bit different from most you find on Flickr, in that most of her photos are not actually taken by herself, but of herself. And she has some great shots in her collection. But this one (taken by Mike Wood) is far and away my favorite. It's so classic, and so simple, yet so perfectly posed, lit, and edited. I like everything about this photo.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: cayuga1

cayuga1, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
During the winter of 1993, I volunteered at the Cayuga Nature Center, near Ithaca, New York, where I was attending graduate school. They did a maple sugaring education program there, and I shot this photo on a cold March morning with the sun low in the sky. I really like the lighting, and the clarity it brings to the photo, as well as the sense of captured motion in his pose, and the way the foreground is entirely in focus against the patterned and blurred background.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Photo of the Day: Sand and Foam

Sand and Foam, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
And now, something a little more abstract. I've always loved patterns, and this one really attracted my attention, on the beach at Cannon Beach as a storm was blowing in under a high surf advisory. The waves had been kicked into a high froth, leaving great black-and-white patterns on the beach. I photographed this one RAW in order to capture all the subtle color depth and the fine grain of the sand.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: New stuff

New stuff, originally uploaded by nedrosen.
Ned Rosen's Flickr collection is an interesting combination of photos. He uses a lot of professional models, yet many of his photos are also everyday shots of his coffee at breakfast: you image he's one of those guys that carries his camera everywhere. His everyday photos are the kind you'd carry a stack of in your wallet, but he also ventures into some pretty erotic territory (be forewarned if you check out his website). This photo, in my opinion, captures a perfect balance between those extremes. It has a nicely sensuous quality, and yet the sensuality is discrete, tasteful, and carried as much in the cant of the head and the toss of the hair as it is in her pose and costume.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: The Dilbone family, Christmas 2008

The Dilbones in their home at Christmas. Yet again, a great portrait of the most spontaneous kind. Jon was at the counter with Jessica sitting next to him; Stephanie walked over; I saw a nice threesome and set up the shot; Lisa said "oh, me too!" and jumped into the picture; and while the mood was still spontaneous, I snapped the photo!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Photo of the Day: Teammates

Teammates, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
As a photographer, you always have to be looking for a shot. I had my camera at the ready, waiting for the 4x100m relay to begin, when I noticed these four guys standing in a row looking like four peas in a pod, all of them with their hands in the pockets (or gripping the baton), all turned the same way, all with the same close-cropped haircuts. The guys are, from left to right, Logan Moose; Nick Davey; Tyler Temple; and Luke Pate. They came in second, by the way, but just barely!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Айя

Айя, originally uploaded by Konstantin Mitrokhov.
Konstantin Mitrokhov does a wonderful job of capturing very naturalistic photographs of his subjects. They're not elaborately posed; there are no expensive backdrops; and most appear to be lit with natural light and maybe a few reflectors. This shot isn't even posed "well," as the knee in the foreground is a "distraction," which I put in quotation marks because, for me, it's exactly that "flaw" that makes this more than just a run-of-the-mill snapshot, and instead a great portrait of a real person with a real soul.

Update: this photo is no longer visible online.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Jeanne's kiva

Jeanne's kiva, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
My friend Jeanne and I toured Mesa Verde in 1992, where she introduced me to the kivas left by the Ancient Ones. I shot this picture of her looking up out of the kiva. I love the unconventional angle, and the framing of Jeanne, with the cliff towering behind her, through the rough square of light.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Photo of the Day: Tanner, 100-meter dash

Tanner, 100-meter dash, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
One of David's teammates, Tanner Frost, running in (I think) the 100m at Hudtloff Middle School in Lakewood. I love the athleticism in his form, especially as compared with the runner next to him, and the look of concentration on his face.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Play with me, wind

Play with me, wind, originally uploaded by JenniPenni.
Jenni Holma takes some wonderfully unconventional photos. When I say "wonderfully" unconventional, I'm referring to the fact that many photographers take (or create) pictures that are so unconventional they just seem pretentious to me, like the photographer is trying too hard to be "artistic." I like Jenni's photos because they are unconventional without trying too hard. They're not painstakingly created through elaborate props or photoshop tricks; most are either set up fairly simply, or, like this wonderful shot, simply involve an unusual perspective. Anyone else would focus right on the the little girl riding her bike down the lane, but Jenni's focus is on the hair, flying away in the wind, and it's that detail that makes this photo less revealing and more of a revelation.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Gunslinger

The next person you photograph might need a bone marrow transplant someday.

Gunslinger, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
This is a special bonus post today, in honor of Michael Trout, the best friend of my son David, who checks in to Fred Hutchison Cancer Center in Seattle today to begin the process of receiving a full bone marrow transplant. He'll receive radiation for five days before the procedure.

I took this photo of Michael several years ago during a visit with my family in Albany, Oregon, with no idea at the time either on his part or mine that we would be in this situation today, with his life in grave danger from a mysterious blood ailment so rare that doctors don't even have a name for it. Thank God for marrow donors: out of all the potential donors in the world, only two matched Michael's unusual genetics, both in Europe. It's a good lesson: you might possess the capacity, unique in the world, to save the life of a 12-year-old boy halfway around the globe, if you only sign up do so. Registering requires only a cheek swab. Visit to learn more.

And meanwhile, we would be very grateful for your prayers on Michael's behalf.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Photo of the Day: Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Sometimes, the best portraits are the spontaneous ones, and the ones with a story behind them! In April, we walked in the National MS Walk in Portland. Afterward we went out to lunch and then drove up the road a bit to find a geocache hidden next to Oregon Health Sciences University. Just as we got there, the sky opened up and it rained and hailed heavily on us. We all ran under a nearby shelter to wait out the storm, laughing, and I took advantage of the moment to gather everyone for a quick picture. It isn't the best lighting, but I like the composition and the character of the photo nonetheless.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: kiev - the swimmer

kiev - the swimmer, originally uploaded by . IM.
It looks like "Imperfect Me" (what a great screen name) has a very similar style of photos to my own (though I make no claims to being as good a photographer as her). She takes a lot of pictures of her family, especially this little fellow; many of her photos involve unconventional angles or settings, or capture an interesting moment; and she's also fascinated by patterns of light. Which photo to feature? The soulful kid with the big eyes? The kid enduring a hair cut, or posing for Mommy yet again on the stone steps? In the end, I couldn't resist this photo, which reminds me so much of the pictures I've taken of my own son, so serious and yet so comical at the same time: a beautiful portrait of the soul of a child.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: balcony house

balcony house, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Balcony House, in Mesa Verde National Park. I love patterns. I like this photo because it contains both patterns and framing, with the ruins of Balcony House framed by a window elsewhere in the ruins. Close up, you can see the amazingly detailed architecture, which has survived so well the passage of the centuries.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Photo of the Day: John hurdling at Hudtloff

Another from my series from the first track meet of the year, with John, another teammate of David's, clearing the hurdles in the middle of the pack in his heat. Hurdles make such interesting photos, with the runners flying over the top of them, their limbs and hair and jerseys flying and the hurdles themselves receeding into the distance. I love the look of concentration on John's face; it's clear that he's giving it all he's got.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: mood

mood, originally uploaded by FoxLine.
I love the "mood" photos in the collection of images by "FoxLine" on Flickr. In her pictures of her subjects, both male and female, she does a great job of capturing a "mood," often melancholy, sometimes intense, pensive, whimsical, or ambiguous. Sometimes I like her photos even when they aren't the most technically perfect--check out this one, for example, which feels intimate without being invasive or inappropriate. The photo featured here is one of my favorites--a beautiful model, beautifully posed, and I love the expression FoxLine has captured on her face, and the way the face is sharply focused, with those beautiful eyes and slightly unkempt hair, but the rest of the body falls away into almost abstract soft focus.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Their feet don't even touch the ground

As you can imagine, this photo comes with a story! It was National Public Lands Day at Mount Rainier National Park, and many volunteer crews were helping with many different projects. I was driving around taking pictures of everyone at work, when I encountered this group of Conservation Leadership Corps students cleaning up roadside debris on a Forest Service road west of the park. They were taking pictures with the mountain as a backdrop, and jumping was their idea, not mine--I just stood next to their own photographer, and got very lucky with my timing!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Photo of the Day: Clouds and Driftwood

Clouds and Driftwood, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I really enjoyed taking pictures of the storm clouds over the beach at Cannon Beach this Spring Break. Some of the images, like this, just seemed better suited for black and white than color. I like the contrast of the ephemeral clouds in the distance and the gnarled, long-enduring piece of driftwood in the foreground.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: leila

leila, originally uploaded by .BЯДЙDΦЙ..
I know "Brandon" only from his Flickr site, and his fantastic photos. His Flickr profile says he is "trying to see beauty and to make art that dignifies a strong but challenged people," and I would say he's succeeding at that. This photo, for example, is of a beautiful face, but that beauty is only the first of many layers. Second is the care this young woman carries on her brow, and in the impassivity of her expression; and third is the deep thought that appears to be going on behind those dark eyes. On a technical level, I really like what Brandon does with the processing of his pictures, giving them an interesting texture and muted color, with finely textured but unrecognizable backgrounds. I'd love to know how he does that.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Rascal

Rascal, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
"Rascal" was the nickname of the youngest son of my friends the Letourneaus in New York. Here, he gives me a rascally grin at Buckridge Campground. I was blessed with incredible lighting, with the evening light rimming Russel's impossibly blonde hair like an angel's halo, even as he grins devilishly at me. The strong diagonal of the fence completes the picture.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Photo of the Day: Ron

Ron, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
At David's first track meet, I struck up a conversation with his teammate Ron Roberts, who was very interested in my camera and its capabilities. I spent the afternoon taking pictures of kids in high motion, but my first photo of the day was this great portrait of an athlete at rest, with a bit of sun highlighting his blonde hair.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Custer National Cemetery

Custer National Cemetery, originally uploaded by Bob Reece.
Bob Reece works at Little Bighorn National Battlefield National Monument. I met him at a conference this past winter--he spotted me taking pictures and, like any photographer, came over to see what equipment I was using. We swapped stories about favorite photos and shared websites. He wrote me later to enthuse about a picture I once took at Little Bighorn on a beautiful February evening; but I think his own photos are pretty nice too. I love the light in this one, and the way that it's positioned in such a way as to create converging lines of shadow. I also like the consistent color tone throughout the picture, with the yellows and oranges in the sky, sun, and grass.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Cousins

Cousins, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Portraits of the kids at Christmas. I took many, many photos, of course, but it always seems like the one that is most spontaneous is the best. Jessica (in the middle) laid down, and, following her cue, everyone else piled on top of her. I dived for the floor myself and started snapping photos, and captured the moment.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Photo of the Day: Froth and Spray

Froth and Spray, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Here's another photo from our week in Cannon Beach over Spring Break. I love this shot because it captures so much of the frenzy of the surf while we were there: whipped into a froth, exploding into spray over the rocks, skimmed into a mine mist in the background, and more coming in the dense clouds on the horizon.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: anna

anna, originally uploaded by Anna Kharina.
I don't know what it is about Russian photographers, but I seem to have a lot of them in my favorites. Here's another: Anna Kharina, whose portrait photographs I find deeply soulful. This one's a good example: a very simple photograph, just a subject and a blank wall; but she's captured a wonderfully natural moment with perfect lighting.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Bill

Bill, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Bill Letourneau and his family were some of my closest friends while I attended graduate school in New York. Here's Bill, surrounded by some of his favorite things: his motorcycle, his dog, and his daughter. I'm really proud of this photo; the angle, with Bill's boots enlarged by perspective in the foreground, and the sense of motion with the dog jumping on him, adds a lot to the picture.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Photo of the Day: Flying Hurdler

Flying Hurdler, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
My son David is taking track this spring, so I am once again a sports photographer! I captured several good shots during his first meet, but none so fine as this one, of teammate Logan Moose looking like he's walking on air as he crosses the hurdles. You'll also notice that he's all by himself--his pursuers weren't even in the frame of the photo--and the three guys in the background have eyes only for him. It's nice to get back to the sports setting on my camera, and to see what great results it provides!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: renee.

renee., originally uploaded by Megan McIsaac..
I could totally see myself capturing a photo like this, a candid moment of light and smoke on a Portland street; though I don't think I'd have thought to make it black and white, which totally works. It's a study in light, but you can see enough of the subject's expression, the slight curve of her shoulders, the bent arm, to hint at the soul behind the smoking dragon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Convergence

Convergence, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Daniel flies the ladybug kite at the beach by our hotel in Cannon Beach. A great picture? Maybe, maybe not... but I like it! I like the composition, with my son, and his reflection, almost lost in the epic scale of waves and clouds and sand, which all seem to be converging on him in lines that span the photo. His earthbound image in the surf is balanced by the soaring kite in the upper right.
Featured on my photo blog,, June 2, 2010.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Photo of the Day: Geometric Progression

Geometric Progression, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Walking in the National MS Walk in Portland this spring, I spotted this view under one of the bridges along the waterfront and was intrigued by the overlapping exes of the bridge girders. Such a geometric image lends itself really well to black-and-white.