Sunday, September 30, 2012
The quality of light in the mountains on a summer afternoon can be extraordinary. Here, the light in the clear blue sky seems to glow within the glaciers on Mount Rainier and the petals of the lupine in the foreground. The entire landscape is infused with light.
I took two versions of this photo: this one focusing on the flowers with the mountain out of focus in the background, and the one below in which the mountain and flowers are both in focus. Which do you like best?
Saturday, September 29, 2012
This is one of several favorites from my day at Sunrise. It's not the most unusual composition, but it does show, better than any other photo from my day, the outrageous crazy quilt of color created by blue lupines, red paintbrush, yellow pedicularis, white bistort, and a dozen other minor species. Multiply this by acres and acres and you get a small sense of what the landscape looked like.
I love this next image for the way its narrow depth of field and use of color isolates the clump of magenta paintbrush in a sea of lupine, set against the unnamed mountain tarn in the background.
This next one's my favorite wildflower-and-mountain photo of the day, taken along the trail just above Sunrise late in the afternoon.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Here are a few non-panoramic images from the same location:
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This image is taken at Frozen Lake on our way to Berkeley Park.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I took all kinds of versions of this photo as I walked the Silver Forest Trail at sunrise, but I think this one's my favorite. Somehow, being out of focus makes the Mountain appear even larger as it looms over the horizon.
Monday, September 24, 2012
I purposely shot this one with a tight focus and depth of field. I like the composition.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I think it's a great serendipity that Mario has much the same gesture.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Bonus points if your bubble blower is wearing clothing that matches the color of the bubble.
Monday, September 17, 2012
As I was going for a walk in my neighborhood after dark one evening, I discovered a whole series of chalk art drawings on the pavement in the parking lot of the church around the corner from our house. They were wonderful drawings, of whales and dragons, crime scenes and carnivals and beaches and angel wings. Oh, this is the one that got my creative juices flowing, for sure. As soon as I saw the double wings and halo, I knew I had to bring a tripod and insert myself into this image -- and as many others as I can find a way for. Maybe that's what the creators of these drawings had in mind from the beginning. In any case, I certainly had fun with it.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Here's another image I really like from the Sky VBS curriculum! The kid's big grin and shock of red hair just make the shot -- and the "Adventure Bible" cover adds even more pizzazz to the picture.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Kids are such natural models! All you have to do, most of the time, is ask them to pose for a picture, and they willingly do so. Of course, you have a few who are shy and try to hide behind their mother's legs, and others who put on a totally affected, cheesy grin, but just as often, you get a completely natural image that captures a lot of the personality of the child being photographed.
If you like photographing kids, Vacation Bible School is a gold mine.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Sometimes you capture an image that just makes you smile, deep down in your toes. This is such a shot.
This is the son of a good friend of ours, whose candid portrait I captured during Vacation Bible School at Bethany Lutheran Church. He just has that perfect mix of Angel an Dennis the Mennis, doesn't he? And I love the shallow depth of field, with the eyes and mouth and nose in sharp focus and the rest of the image in blur, and the beautiful catchlights in the eyes. Best of all, this is entirely natural light, which gives the skin such a wonderfully soft tone and color.
It's one of my first photos with my new Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I'm going to love this camera, I can tell.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
During a softball game that lasts an hour and a half, there's plenty of time to capture candid shots of players in the dugout. Multiply that by a Fastpitch Tournament lasting all of two days, and you're bound to get some good ones.
A dugout is a natural softbox: shaded inside, with a large pane of indirect light to flatter anyone who stands in its opening. The only trick is to capture the right moment and the right composition: a cheer for her teammates, a contemplative thought, a player patiently waiting her turn at bat, a shy gleam in a player's eye.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Her shirt says "Crushers," by the way, but I love that all you can read is "RUSH."
Saturday, September 8, 2012
What do you think? Is she safe... or out?
Friday, September 7, 2012
It's third base. You're almost home. But not quite. You are that close to scoring. Do you chance it? Do you make a run for it? Do you watch for that momentary lapse of concentration on the part of the pitcher and catcher, that slightly wild ball, that overthrown or underthrown pitch that might cause them to take their eyes off you as you sprint for home plate and slide under the catcher's reaching arm to score?
Of course you do.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
In my opinion, the pitcher has one of the most difficult jobs on the softball diamond. She has to fling the ball through a tiny square box time after time after time after time -- but vary it just enough to fool the batter into swinging when she shouldn't and not swinging when she should, and missing when she does. The look of concentration on the pitcher's face says everything about the difficulty and dedication the pitcher devotes to her job.