Wednesday, November 30, 2011
gorgeous studio-style portraits, too, and some outdoor shots that are fantastic. In fact, it was really hard to choose which photo I like best, to feature for this guest photo. In the end, I chose this one because it most captured both a sense of classical elegance and creative spirit.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Well, as it turns out, the answer to that question is: KIDS! This young lady had the time of her life playing in the mud around her tent, helping to redirect the flow of rainwater around the tent rather than under it. Her parents, to their credit, didn't panic in the wet weather, either. "We brought dry clothes," they said mildly. "It's part of the experience."
I captured this image with a fill flash, and I'm really pleased by the bright colors and high contrast that resulted, with the tent in the background just a little darker, less bright, and out of focus.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Here's another version of the portrait I like just as well. In this case, the highlight behind Jack's head is centered behind the darker side of his face, creating more contrast. He's tured a bit more toward me, and I shot from a higher angle, giving a completely different energy to the shot. This one also has more contrast, because instead of a second light, we used a reflector on the darker side of the face.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I took this photo in October in 2008, as Mount Rainier enjoyed its first dusting of snow on the upper ridges, and the huckleberries and heathers in the subalpine meadows were turning orange and crimson in the frosty mornings. By November, these same meadows are buried under five feet of rapidly accumulating snow, and the smaller trees are already beginning to disappear. They'll remain buried, in a typical year, for seven months, and in some years eight. But first, they add a beautiful evergreen color to the vivid landscape, below the great Mountain floating on its misty cloud of fog.
This is usually a morning image, by the way, the Mountain making an appearance as the clouds burn off, but in this case it was late afternoon, as you can tell by the shadows, before the fog finally cleared, giving the landscape a warmer and softer hue than you'd see at sunrise.
Friday, November 18, 2011
photos of leaves so much. Maybe it's just because they're often so beautiful, especially in the autumn when they've turned yellow and orange and red, creating splashes of color against the sky or on an otherwise drab forest floor. Maybe there's something metapyhysical about something once so full of life drifting to the ground to slowly return to the earth -- and maybe I'm overreaching for significance where, really, there's only a nice abstract pattern. Regardless of the reason, I do love leaves, and I love it when they make interesting layers of shape and color. This one caught my eye because it's such a bright yellow amid the browns and dark greens of everything else around it. The trick is composing the image in a way that's equally interesting. I chose, in this case, to center the leaf, but oriented at a 45 degree angle. There's no artistic or photographic principle at work -- it just looked good to me. And in the end, that's the standard I rely on most.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Here's the fully-flagged photo. I do like the separation it provides from the background, but I think the expression and catchlights are better in the first image:
And, for good measure, one with a smile. What do you think? Is the smile better than the more thoughtful look above?
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
My mission, this weekend at our annual Church Retreat at Drift Creek Camp, was to see if I could capture a little bit of that spark still aflame in Lois's mind despite the slow failure of her body. I'm very pleased with the result, as you can clearly see the sparkle in her eyes in this photo. (She also still reads voraciously -- here, Jimmy Carter's White House Diary.) She may be growing forgetful, but she's absolutely unforgetable.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here are two other images from the evening:
Monday, November 7, 2011
Here's another one from the same set that I like, too.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Sometimes photography is all about seeing a shot and having your camera ready when it comes along...