Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Photo of the day: More colorful than the parade

Only at a Gay Pride Parade would the spectators be more colorful than the parade marchers! I love not only the color, but the sense of stillness in the foreground and movement in the background, and also the implied interaction between these two young women visible in their stance and proximity to one another. There's a story here, hidden behind the pixels.

Here's another photo from along the parade route. Just me again, watching the watchers...

Watching the watcher

Monday, July 30, 2012

Photo of the day: Rain-beaded lupine

Rain-beaded lupine by The Bacher Family
Rain-beaded lupine, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
I found this beautiful rain-beaded lupine at Kautz Creek, on my way home from work one beautiful evening. I love the rich colors in the fading evening light... and am immensely pleased that I was able to hold the camera still enough to get such a good photo in such dim light!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Photo of the day: Flags over Friday Harbor

Another photo posted from vacation... of flags flying over Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, in recognition of the Olympics beginning in London!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Photo of the day: The grey, grey sea

The grey, grey sea by The Bacher Family
The grey, grey sea, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
On the ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor... an HDR iPhone photo posted from vacation in the San Juan Islands!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Photo of the day: Crossing the finish line

A runner from Eatonville Middle School crosses the finish line at a home track meet. I love the shallow depth of field and stopped motion with all of the signs of motion around the edges: the flying hair, the slight blur on the hands. It's hard to get such a perfectly focused capture!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Photo of the day: 360° at Sunrise Point

I've been experimenting with "polar panoramas," which create the illusion of a planet hovering in space out of a panoramic image. The effect works best if the edges of the panorama "match," so what better way to make that happen than to take a full 360° image? And what better place to capture such an image than Sunrise Point in Mount Rainier National Park? And what better time to do so than on a day when the weather was gorgeous but, because of helicopter operations, the road was closed to the crowds that would normally fill the viewpoint with distracting colors and movement? I took a few minutes after completing my duties for the day to take a series of shots -- 17 in this case -- turning incrementally in a circle while standing near the apex of the point. My good friend Crow captured an image of my technique, which is well worth visiting as it's a breathtakingly beautiful photograph in its own right, marred only by the guy standing in the middle of the frame! I made several such circuits, trying different settings -- getting good photos of a glacier-covered mountain is always tricky -- and found that manual settings (so that the lighting was even all the way around and the ends of the panorama matched perfectly) worked the best. When I created the polar panorama itself, I quickly discovered that I didn't really like the "planet" look, because in order to get the full detail on the outer edge of the "planet," the detail at the bottom of the frame in the interior of the planet became wildly distorted. So I switched gears and decided to just make a circular panorama instead -- basically the view you would see if you stood at the Point and turned 360° in a circle. In the end it makes a very cool shot -- though it doesn't hold a candle to actually being there.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Photo of the day: Light over Eatonville

The town of Eatonville, Washington holds its annual fireworks display at the local elementary school on the night of July 3rd. My wife's parents live just up the hill from the school, so we have a perfect view looking out over the town. It was fun experimenting with just the right settings for getting good light streaks -- too long, and it looks like daylight; too short, and you don't capture the streaks of light. I also love the amber lights of the town scattered below the display.

In this next picture you have some of both: the scattering bursts of light on the edges, and an awesome display of light in the middle, which also lights up the smoke cloud drifting off to the north.

Light over Eatonville II

EYSA Fastpitch Tournament Photos

Photos from the 2012 EYSA Fastpitch Tournament in Eatonville, Washington are now posted! You can find them at thelightisall.com/softball2012, where you can share photos on Facebook or order prints. (Note: the price list has been corrected as of 7/25.) 2,700 photos made and sorted and 1,225 edited and posted... in four days... this was the most thrilling and exhausting photo shoot I've ever done!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Photo of the day: Over the top

Over the top II by The Bacher Family
Over the top II, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
The hurdles are so much fun to photograph! This set of images is from the District Meet at Franklin Pierce High School, where the Eatonville Middle School women's 100 meter hurdles were competing.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Photo of the day: Work it

Work it by The Bacher Family
Work it, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
This float at the Pride Parade in Seattle was rocking with people dancing on a raised platform. The parade wasn't going to start for another half hours, but already they were working it like they were the stars of the show!

Born free

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Photo of the day: Eye candy

Eye candy by The Bacher Family
Eye candy, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
One thing a gay pride parade is never short on is eye candy!

Here's a couple more:

I was actually taking pictures of the girl with the rainbow bowtie, but I'm glad the other girl thought I was photographing her, too, because this turned into a really nice capture. I love her face painting, which is quite beautiful, and her smile, which is even more so. One thing I wonder about, though, which I didn't notice until I got the photos on my computer, is... what on earth does she have on her left arm?

Butterfly girl

I always wonder about all the different ways that people "flag" themselves, through tattoos, clothing, and other markers. I'm sure every one of this woman's markings has a meaning and a story, and wouldn't it be interesting to chat with her and hear all about them?

A dozen stars

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Photo of the day: Pride rises

Pride rises by The Bacher Family
Pride rises, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
At this year's Pride Parade in Seattle, I couldn't resist the colorful image of helium balloons rising in front of the reflective windows of one of Seattle's highrise buildings.

And how about this one... Did you ever see such loooong socks? And so colorful, too! I had to capture a snapshot. They go almost all the way up.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Photo of the day: Great place for a field trip

I think people who grew up here in the Pacific Northwest don't realize just how lucky they are. Seriously, would you be able to take a 5th grade field trip and go snowshoeing in the mountains at Mount Rainier National Park if you lived it, say, Nebraska, or Okalahoma? I'm sure there are cool places there, too. But look at this picture. How can you beat this?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Photo of the day: Traditional vs Contemporary

Traditional by The Bacher Family
Traditional, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
Parades are fun for photographers. Not only are there colorful things to photograph in the parade itself, but often the spectators are interesting as well. That's especially true at the Yakama Treaty Days Parade, at which many of the observers dress up in traditional costumes themselves.

Then there's the wonderful contrast between traditional dress and contemporary, as seen here. This fellow was standing just a few feet away from this more traditionally-garbed spectator.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Photo of the day: Modern Aboriginal

Modern Aboriginal by The Bacher Family
Modern Aboriginal, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
One of the more outrageous groups to participate in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Seattle is the "Body Pride Ride," promoting body acceptance and pride in a culture that is more comfortable with body phobia and shame. They spend the two hours of the ride dressed entirely in body paint, riding bicycles through the crowd-lined streets of downtown Seattle. They make a very colorful group to photograph!

Fully dressed in paint and bling

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Photo of the day: WTA volunteer on the Comet Falls Trail

The Washington Trails Association has been hard at work rerouting a short section of the Comet Falls Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, where a washout this spring took a huge chunk out of he trail. After a month-long closure, the trail at last reopened today (though there are indications that more nasty surprises may await trail crews when the snow fully melts from the upper end of the trail). I took this photo at the end of June as volunteers were literally carving a new trail out of the mountainside.

If this looks like fun -- and what's not to like about spending a day helping out in one of the most beautiful places on earth? -- there's still plenty of work to be done! WTA leads volunteer projects every Friday through Sunday at the park all summer long. Check out their volunteer projects at www.wta.org, or look for other volunteer opportunities at rainiervolunteers.blogspot.com.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Photo of the day: The blocks II

The blocks II by The Bacher Family
The blocks II, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
A study of starting blocks on the track at the District Meet at Franklin Pierce High School in Puyallup.

Here's another view, with a shallower depth of field. Which do you prefer?

The blocks

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Photo of the day: A luminous light

A luminous light by The Bacher Family
A luminous light, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
Every year, Eatonville, Washington hosts one of the most successful Relay for Life events in the country. Hundreds of community members come out to walk and donate money in support of efforts to find a cure for cancer. The highlight of the event, unquestionably, is the luminaria ceremony at dusk on the first night, when hundreds of paper bags inscribed with names and pictures are lit with candles around the track at Eatonville High School.

This year, my wife, Kelli, came to the Relay for Life on the same day she attended the funeral of a friend who lost a brief and intense battle with cancer. Relay for Life holds an even more profound meaning for us this year than usual, and her luminaria, and this photo, is dedicated in memory of our friend, Jean Fry.

I think I might actually like this version of the photo, with the amber border, even better than the unedited one:

A Luminous Light

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Photo of the day: The light at the end of the track

I captured this image as the runner from Eatonville Middle School waited for her placement in the race to be recorded. I love the way the light backlit her wind-blown hair!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Photo of the day: District relay

District relay by The Bacher Family
District relay, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
Eatonville Middle School's relay team, on their way to setting a school record at the District Track Meet.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Photo of the day: Launched

Launched by The Bacher Family
Launched, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
A runner at Eatonville Middle School launches herself over the hurdles in the 100 meter race.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Photo of the day: Sprinting for the finish

Today, a medley of runners from Eatonville Middle School, racing for the finish line at Yelm High School.





Saturday, July 7, 2012

Photo of the day: Relay under the Mountain

Runners from Eatonville Middle School pass the baton during a relay race at a high school in Puyallup, in the shadow of Mount Rainier.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Photo of the day: Ranger Hall has left the Mountain

Two weeks (to the day) after he was killed in a fall during a rescue on Mount Rainier, climbing ranger Nick Hall finally leaves the mountain in a National Park Service ambulance, escorted by ranger vehicles. Retrieving his body on the Wilson Glacier had been difficult and dangerous due to high winds, heavy snow, and high avalanche danger. On the clear morning of July 5th, a Chinook helicopter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was finally able to retrieve him and fly him out to Sunrise, elevation 6,400 feet.

Hall fell 2,600 feet down the Emmons and Wilson Glaciers, starting from a point directly above the ambulance in this photo. The four people he was helping to rescue all survived, in part due to his efforts.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Photo of the day: Putting shot

Putting shot by The Bacher Family
Putting shot, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
A shot putter from Eatonville Middle School puts his shot at a track meet in Parkland on May 15, 2012.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Photo of the day: Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! by The Bacher Family
Happy 4th of July!, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

This was my last photo from the Eatonville 4th of July Parade today, and one of my favorites! It's such a classic Independence Day image, with tons of red, white, and blue, and how can you beat a grandmotherly woman waving an Amerian Flag against a clear blue sky? This woman was amazing -- the parade lasts an hour from end to end, and we were at the tail end of the parade, and she was still holding that flag high like she would never tire of it. Happy 4th of July from Eatonville, Washington!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Photo of the day: Coming out

Coming out by The Bacher Family
Coming out, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

When you're at a parade as creative and colorful as PrideFest, you never know what you're going to encounter! These two were in completely different parts of the parade, but at the end, around the International Fountain, here they were, chatting it up like old chums. What a pair! As I passed by I remarked, "I knew you two had a thing together!" ...and they both grinned.

Sometimes photography is as simple as spotting the shot and capturing the moment.

For more photos of PrideFest, visit my website at thelightisall.com/pride2012.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Photo of the day: Cool character

Cool character by The Bacher Family
Cool character, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

Amid all the colorful people at PrideFest sat this dog, looking just as cool as you please in the midst of the chaos. He was completely unphased by my taking his picture, and sat perfectly still while I got the horizon level and the framing just right. It's not a technically complicated image, but it's one I like very much.