Saturday, July 31, 2010

Photo of the Day: True Religion

True Religion, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

Spotted this scene while watching one of David's track meets, and snapped a surreptitious picture. I find it sexy! Not sure whether I like the black and white or color version better... what do you think?

True Religion

Friday, July 30, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Solace

Solace, originally uploaded by StrattonBrew.
Sometimes you find a photographer whose work you really like, and yet even so, one image jumps out at you so clearly that selecting your favorite is no difficulty. That's the way it is with Jim Stratton's photo collection, and with this image in particular. This photo captures the best of what I like about portrait and figure photography. The lighting sculpts the shape of the bodies--the curve of the back, the rounded belly--while calling attention to the expressive faces. And such expressions! That's what really makes this photo: the look of utter pride on the face of the mother, and the look of utter trust on the face of the child. No photographer could pose such a picture: Stratton has captured an unrepeatable moment in time. If I had taken this photo, I would have considered it one of my proudest accomplishments as an artist.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Silver Falls Leaves

Silver Falls Leaves, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I love patterns in nature. I could probably fill an album just with shots of leaves, moss, clouds, driftwood, and other patterns I've seen along the trail--but this has to be one of my favorites, full of vivid autumn color, captured at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon during a visit in late 1994.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Photo of the Day: Celebrate Sisters

Celebrate Sisters, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

At the end of May, we attended the birthday part of David's good friend Michael at his home in Ashford. His sisters had a great time mugging with him! This is my favorite of many good pictures I captured, shooting RAW so I could correct the lighting afterward.

Here's another photo I like. As posed as it looks, this was in fact a spontaneous picture, as everyone clustered around Michael to see his new Nintendo DSi.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: shapeless dreams

, originally uploaded by shapeless dreams.
I enjoy browsing through the photography of young people. It often has a raw energy to it that you don't see in the more carefully crafted images of older photographers like myself. That's true of this great image by Tiana Fraulini: so off-kilter in framing and composition that a more seasoned photographer wouldn't even think to snap the shutter, yet it works well (for me at least), with the intensity of the subject's gaze balancing the expanse of texture to the left. It's a brilliant move to make this one a black and white image, as color would have simply distracted from the composition. Here, by the way, is a great self-portrait of the photographer.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: The Mountain at the center of the universe

I took this picture at Ricksecker Point in Mount Rainier National Park on one of those extraordinary autumn days we get sometimes here in the Pacific Northwest, with fresh snow on the Mountain but clear skies above. With my wide angle lense and the pattern of the clouds, it seemed like the Mountain was at the center of the universe.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Photo of the Day: Air Logan

Air Logan, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I captured an image earlier in the track season of Logan Moose sailing high over the hurdles, so far ahead of his competition that he was the only one in the frame. Neatly bookending the season, here's another one. His form has clearly improved in just a few weeks: he clears the hurdles with more grace and control than before, though still alone at the head of the pack.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: La libertad en un paraiso

La libertad en un paraiso, originally uploaded by ♥ Sam ♥.
I love this photo by "Sandra." Despite the lack of a face in the frame, there is such energy and personality to the picture, with the outstretched arm, the twisted torso, the soft texture of the skin exposed above the bold leather belt and faded jeans. The picture is technically perfect, too, with the amber light on the skin mirroring the color of the grass, and perfectly cropped.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Emmons Sunrise

Emmons Sunrise, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
In late July of 1994, I climbed Mount Rainier with Jack Morrison, a seasonal interpretive ranger who'd worked at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park for many years, and a friend of his from school. We climbed via the Emmons Glacier route, out of White River Campground, spending the night at Camp Schurman. We left camp at 1am to head for the summit. Unfortunately, we were turned back at 13,000 feet by altitude sickness, but not before I captured this awesome sunrise photo looking back down the glacier to the Cascade Mountains disappearing into the distance below.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Photo of the Day: The Relay Team

Comraderie, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Sometimes you're just at the right place at the right time. These three guys form 3/4 of Eatonville Middle School's 6th grade relay team. They were waiting for their turn in the track meet when one of the young men stepped between the other two and put his arms on their shoulders. I lifted my camera and pressed the shutter, hoping for the best, and captured this great moment of team comraderie.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Cyclone of Light - Trinidad, California

O.K., I have my bags packed and am ready to head for Northern California! Seriously, this is one of the most gorgeous beach pictures I've ever seen, by Patrick Smith, who has many similar photos in his collection. The lighting, and the colors! They're all perfect. I would have been tempted to frame this picture according to the classic rule of thirds, but Smith boldly chose to frame it 50-50, emphasizing the reflection, and it works well in this case.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: House on fire

House on fire, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
There's nothing like coming unexpected on a house fire, even if it turns out to be a practice fire set by the Eatonville Volunteer Fire Department. Fortunately I had my camera with me and could snap a bunch of pictures, from a safe distance. I love the lighting in this image, with the subdued pallet of a cloudy day contrasting with the warm glow of the fire and the bright firefighter's uniform, and the flames reflected in the pool of water in the foreground.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Photo of the Day: Before the mark

Before the mark, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
As I watched the track meet, I conceived an image in my mind of runners bursting from the starting line as the upstretched starting pistol exploded in the foreground. This proved to be difficult to manage, however, as the angles were all wrong: I'd have needed a higher point of view to get both the raised pistol and the runners in the same frame. So I settled for this shot, with the pistol at the ready and the runners waiting for the "on your mark." The photo was originally in color, of course, but it looks far more dramatic in black and white, almost ominous even.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Sofia

Sofia, originally uploaded by NixieMichelle.
It's always a pleasure to find a photographer whose work is so good that you have a hard time choosing your favorite photo! Nicole Angelo's photos have a mischievous creativity to them. Check out this portrait in front of a rushing trolley, for example, or this artful composite. But in the end I kept coming back to this one: perfectly framed--pun only half intended--but also with such vivid colors, and such a winning grin on Sofia's face, who is clearly enjoying being in on the joke.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Little Bighorn

Little Bighorn, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I stopped at Little Bighorn Battlefield on my way cross-country in February 1994, arriving right at sunset. I love this shot across the snowy battlefield with the memorial cemetery in the distance. The colors are so subtle, and I love the way the grass in the foreground, the graves in the background, and the mountains in the far distance all contribute to the sense of space, of perspective diminishing into the horizon.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Photo of the Day: He flies through the air

If only I'd aimed a few inches to the left, this would be a perfect image! As it is, I'm pleased with the moment I was able to capture, with David suspended perfectly focused in mid-jump, sleeves flying in the wind of his movement.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: yesterday's tomorrow

yesterday's tomorrow, originally uploaded by micmojo.
I love it when a photographer's work is so good that I have trouble choosing my favorite image! That's true of the work of Jan Scholz for sure. He's a master of soft lighting and capturing a powerful mood even with posed studio portraits. This one's a great example: obviously staged, yet naturalistic, as if there were no photographer present, just a beautiful woman lost deep in her thoughts.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Gingerbread Architect

Gingerbread Architect, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
One of our family traditions is to build gingerbread houses after Thanksgiving. The boys always get so creative with their constructions, and pose so proudly with them. I love this portrait of David because it captures his personality so well, both proud of his accomplishment and a bit reserved at the same time.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Photo of the Day: Golden child in the moon light

As we were watching Daniel's baseball game one beautiful spring evening, I noticed, off beyond the left field line, this young man playing in a muddy pond on the edge of some recent construction. He was having so much in the water, building bridges and throwing stones to make huge splashes, and the low-angled light lit him so perfectly! I took a dozen pictures of him in quick succession, at the far extreme of my 105mm zoom lens so as not to catch his attention, shooting RAW so I could perfectly reproduce the golden light. The plumber's butt just made an awesome picture even better.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Twilight Fantasy

Twilight Fantasy, originally uploaded by mortenprom.
Morten Prom has a wide range of photo subjects, but his most breathtaking, in my opinion, are his landscapes captured near his home in Norway. He invariably shoots during that golden hour around sunrise and sunset, with beautiful light in the sky, and he uses his 10mm wide angle lens to great effect in shots like this one. The lines of perspective, the rule of thirds in both dimensions, the perfect exposure and focus all make this such a shot that if I ever captured anything similar I'd feel I'd died and gone to heaven. Maybe I just need to go to Norway.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Trudy

trudy, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I took this photo at King Richard's Faire, a Rennaisance Fair in Massachusetts, in the autumn of 1993. I attended with some friends who had a leather booth, and snapped this photo of a family friend, Trudy, resting in the back of the booth with young Russell.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Photo of the Day: 100-meter Sprint

100-meter Sprint, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
At a track meet in mid-May, David sprints towar the finish of the 100 meter dash. I like the perfectly-captured motion, the strong lighting, and the rainbow of teammates behind him, waiting for their turn to run.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Baby Toes!

Baby Toes!, originally uploaded by meginatl.
I love Megan Case's photography because it is so eclectic, with pictures of pregnant women, couples, flowers, mushrooms, fathers, children, singers, and babies, all captured in her lens. It was tempting to choose, as her best example, this photo of a child with her mother, or this one, with that incredible light in her eyes. But how could I resist this photo of a baby's toes held by its father? Perfectly framed, perfectly lit, and what an incredibly creative photo. It's nothing but fingers and toes... but you can just feel the love.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Diane's Father

Diane's Father, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
We were all busy opening Christmas and birthday presents at the birthday party of our friend Diane, when I noticed Diane's father sitting to the side, watching the festivities with this great expression on his face, deep in thought. I'm pleased with the way the photo turned out; it captures well both the expression, and the rough, calloused hands and care-worn face.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Photo of the Day: On deck

On deck, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Daniel played baseball again this spring. I snapped this picture of him waiting "on deck" for his turn at bat, practicing his swing. I love the evening light, which adds a lot of dimension to the image; and the intense, slightly nervous look on his face.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: I'd whisper in your ear

I'd love to see Mariska's photography setup, because she takes beautifully-lit portraits, many of them out of doors. Here's a studio example that I love, both for the lighting and also for the spontaneous, off-guard expression on the model's face.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Jeanne in Fields of Gold

I've taken many photos of Jeanne over the years, but this is one of my favorites. We did this photo session in a field at Rune Hill Retreat Center in New York, on a beautiful autumn afternoon.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Photo of the Day: Mass Casualty Drill

Mass Casualty Drill, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
In early May, I had an opportunity to photograph a Mass Casualty Drill at Mount Rainier National Park: a fascinating experience. Even knowing it was a drill, the energy of the event was intense, to the point where I could taste the adrenaline in my mouth. I ran around playing photojournalist, capturing images wherever I could. This is one of my favorites, as a firefighter from Ashford helped extricate one of the "victims" from a car. I love the vivid colors contrasting with the gray of the rainy evening. I played around with this one in photoshop quite a bit to get the exposure and focus just right.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Guest Photo of the Day: Esther D.

Esther D., originally uploaded by Marc Laroche.
Most of Marc Laroche's photographs are of glamour models, posing perfectly and beautifully with lips parted suggestively and absolutely no spontaneity or personality in their eyes. There are a few exceptions in his collection, however. This is one of my favorites: not the most technically beautiful image, but one in which the model's eyes are deep wells of feeling. Was it a posed shot by an especially soulful model, or just a vulnerable moment caught by the photographer? given how imperfectly aligned and lighted the image is, with the lens flare in the bottom right nd the deep shadow under the model's right eye, it looks like the latter.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Team Spirit

Team Spirit, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
Sometimes you snap a picture at just the right moment! That was the case with this photo on one of the final games of Daniel's soccer season. Everyone colored their hair yellow to show their team spirit. I caught him checking in with his coach; he turned and gave me a face as his teammate looked on, and I snapped a lucky shot!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Photo of the Day: Family Day

Family Day, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
I snapped this photo at Northwest National Park Family Day in Seward Park, Seattle, at our Mount Rainier National Park booth. Sometimes I'm not sure why I like a photo so much, and that's the case with this one. Technically speaking, it has flaws, notably he blurred hand of the ranger in the left foreground; and yet, in some ways the flaws actually add to the image. The ranger's hand, and that of the girl on the right, add a sense of motion to the picture, which is balanced by the passive gaze of her sister in the upper left. The bright jacket pulls the eye to the main subject, and the look on her face is priceless. The lighting on the faces is amazingly good; it was a cloudy day, so everything was suffused with a soft light that looks very nice on the girls' faces. And in the end, my gut feeling is just that this is a good picture!