After the Seattle Pride Parade.
This was one of those wonderful photographic moments when, as I was walking by, I glanced over, saw the image, raised the camera, and snapped the photo, all in a single thought. I find that Some of the best images are captured that way. She's such a pretty woman, and there's such an intense and direct look in her eye. Compositionally, I love that I framed the image just right without cutting off her fingers, and I love that the image includes her monogrammed coffee cup (with its exclamation mark!), the full text on her shirt, and a hint of the tattoo on her wrist. There's a hell of a lot of personality in the image.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
After the Seattle Pride Parade.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I don't like this image quite as well, though I do enjoy the candid pose and the expressive face.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Bri's brother is recovering from a bone marrow transplant, and the experience has been very difficult for the whole family, so this could just as easily be titled with the full Latin phrase, per aspera, ad astra: through adversity, to the stars.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I have a sleep study scheduled for this coming Wednesday the 15th. After that, through whatever application of medical technology my doctors might bring to bear, I hope to leave, at last, the twilight world between sleep and wakefulness in which I've lived for the past few months.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I like the way this photo came out both because of the story behind it, and also because of the wonderful contrast between the two sisters: Megan, in black boots and red hair falling into her face, and Rachel, in a skirt and bare feet with her hair pulled back in tight braids. My own sons are just such a study in contrasts, and yet equally devoted to each other (when they're not driving each other crazy).
Update: Here's another version of the photo, with Mrs. Phipps edited out from behind Rachel. My apologies to her, but she's barely visible anyway, and to me, the image is stronger with just the two sisters. What do you think?
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The lighting was dim in the evening under the trees, and most of the best action was over the canyon rim and out of sight, but I managed to get several good shots nevertheless, especially with my 50mm prime lens. This one was my favorite. It captures the size of the response, the colorful engines and uniforms, and the sense of relaxed activity among the firefighters.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Here's another photo from the same spot, of ranger Judy Kennedy preparing for a snowshoe walk. It actually helps that it was a cloudy day--on a sunny day, the light and shadows in this part of the room can be so intense that half your image is either burnt out or plunged into darkness.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
This fellow, of course, was hoping for a handout--but we know better; we know that our food does not sustain it the way this bird's natural foods do, and that the nutcracker's habit of caching food to eat later leads it to contaminate natural stores with easily-spoiled human snacks. Resist the temptation to turn national parks into petting zoos, and keep wildlife wild!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
During our Spring Vacation, we spent five days and four nights in Tolovana Park, just south of Cannon Beach, Oregon. The last night we were there I hiked north along the beach to Haystack Rock and experimented with long exposures, looking south at the town spread out below the mountains of the Coast Range. This is my favorite, though this one, pictured below, is a close second! I love how dreamy the water looks, with the long exposure turning the waves into mist, and the low clouds hanging over the peaks.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
In 2003, we spent a weekend camping at Ohanapecosh Campground in Mount Rainier National Park. Of all the photos I took that weekend, this was the iconic image: our two sons, ages 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 at the time, sitting side by side eating s'mores. It's not technically a great image, but it captures the boys' personalities so perfectly that it will always be a favorite: David, on the right, sitting prim and proper, trying hard to keep his hands clean, holding his s'more delicately, while his brother Daniel, on the left, slouches in his chair with his feet up and more marshmallow on his clothes, face, and hands than in his mouth!