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Friday, September 13, 2013
Of course, it's anything but certain that Facebook will fare any better than Blogger, in the end. Various friends are now using Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumbler, to list just the top three competitors. And Facebook, for all of their claims to be photo-friendly, is a notoriously poor medium in terms of image quality: even the most carefully constructed pictures come out looking like they've been saved with a JPEG quality of 30%, with no option for viewing them at higher resolution (unless you include a link in the photo description, which requires uploading the photo in two places rather than just one).
So, who knows? I may land back here on Blogger someday. Or maybe someone (hint, hint?) will develop a service that allows you to post an image in one place, and have it appear simultaneously in the highest resolution possible on Blogger, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and that-new-thing-I-don't-even-know-about-yet. Now, wouldn't that be awesome?
Meanwhile, go to http://Facebook.com/thelightisall to follow the latest and greatest from the light is all photography. When you "like" my page, be sure to hover your cursor over the button and select "Get Notifications," "Show in News Feed," and/or "Add to Interests Lists." And thanks for your support!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Over the 2011 4th of July holiday, our family gathered at Kelli's parents' house for a barbecue and fireworks. It was a beautiful July day, and the evening light was perfect for a spontaneous portrait of my wife and her beautiful smile.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
When I take pictures at an Eatonville basketball game, I'm just as interested in taking pictures of people in the band as kids on the court. And some of the band members are such characters! This is Bryce, one of our percussionists, who is always especially animated as he performs -- a lot of fun to watch, and a great spirit leader for the team. He caught my attention more than usual this night due to his colored hair, and I waited for the right opportunity to snap a photo of him. He did not disappoint. When he looked my way, I got a good candid shot, and then the personality came through and he gave me this awesome look. Sometimes the unsuspecting moment is best, and sometimes it's the moment after they discover you're looking at them, but before the inhibitions kick in, that is the true moment of revelation.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I attended and took photos at an Eatonville High School basketball game in early February. At the end of the game, we were chatting with my wife Kelli's uncle Bob in the stands, and since I already had my camera in my hand, I fired off a couple of photos of him. This one turned out to be one of the best of the night. The light is just right to catch an interesting range of tones on Uncle Bob's face. It's cropped tight because I was using my 85mm prime lens, but in many ways that adds to the intimate feel of the image, which also captures well Bob's personality -- rugged but generous and kind-hearted.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
As we ate lunch in Post Alley on a beautiful bluebird day in mid February, the birds flying far overhead were seagulls. Looking up at the sky from within a brick canyon, the birds looked so free. It's a very simple image, but I love this shot of a white gull in a deep blue sky.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I stopped at a viewpoint in Mount Rainier National Park to take pictures of the mountain, and got captivated instead by the raindrops nestled like little jewels in each circlet of leaflets on the lupines by the trail. Lupines do this intentionally -- or, to put it less anthropomorphically, they have evolved to capture these drops of water because it's to their advantage to make use of every bit of moisture they can, growing, as they often do, in poor volcanic soil. Each leaf is covered with tiny hairs that capture water from rain and fog, and every leaflet is folded into a tiny furrow that channels the water down to the stem of the plant. A breath of wind, a slight touch by a passing deer, and the life-giving water slides down the stem of the plant to its roots.
Monday, February 25, 2013
In the summer of 2012, I spent two days photographing a local Fastpitch Tournament sponsored by the Eatonville Youth Sports Association. Nine teams competed in double-elimination brackets in two age ranges over a two-day period, with two games happening at any given time on ballfields across town from one another. It kept me hopping to document it all, but it was also a lot of fun!
One of the great challenges, of course, is to capture that ephemeral moment when the softball enters the frame and the batter, eyes on the ball, leaning in on the leading leg, begins her swing. People ask me all the time with photos like this one: did she hit the ball? Truth is, I don't remember, and truth is, I don't care. What matters is this instant, frozen in time, with the potential for both a strike and a home run suspended together in the same moment.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I'm not sure how I missed posting this one back in August when I took it, but it was one of my favorites at the time!
This young fellow was one of the attendees at the annual Vacation Bible School at our church, and the son of a good friend. It was right after I'd upgraded to my new Canon EOS 5D Mark III, so I was still playing around with its capabilities for taking great photos in low natural light -- and this is a fantastic demonstration of that capacity. f/5.6 at 135 mm and ISO 5000, and a sharp image at 1/160 of a second -- fantastic! I especially love the beautiful shaded tones around the face and the catchlights in the eyes. Oh, and the cute smile doesn't hurt, either!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Seattle has such an interesting combination of old and new architecture. Personally, the older architecture is my favorite; it has so much more detail and variety in its design and colors. The effect was enhanced further on this facade by light reflections from the building across the street.
As someone who lives and works in a rural setting, it's fun to take pictures of city architecture, with its strong lines and geometry. I like this image for its recurring shapes, contrasted with the diverse reflections in the windows.
After a cloudy morning, February 15 cleared off into a gorgeous bluebird day. I love the rich, saturated colors of old brick, set against the blue sky, and I also like the sharp lines you get in city architecture.
On a morning in mid-February, I took a walk around downtown Seattle photographing architecture and hunting geocaches. I liked this view of reflections in the windows of an office building, mostly monochrome but with the splash of color in the corner from the US Flag.
Kelli and I took a mini-vacation over Valentine's Day in Seattle while she attended a conference there. We walked down to Post Alley for lunch on the 15th, on one of those rare gorgeous blue-sky days in February. Perfect light, in the shade of the alley, for a portrait!
Monday, February 18, 2013
On a trip between home and Seattle this winter, I stopped at the Dumas Bay National Wildlife Refuge to check out the view. The tide was at its highest point, so there wasn't much of a beach, but I loved this minimalist view looking out over the water. It would be even cooler, I think, if it were in the fog, further minimizing the points of reference.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Over Valentine's Day, Kelli and I spent a night in Seattle at the Westin Hotel. This was our view looking north out the window of our room on the 24th floor. To a country mouse, the view of the city lights is mesmerizing and beautiful. Like Kelli said, it's nice to visit, even if we wouldn't want to live there! This is a 30 second exposure using mirror lockup and long exposure noise reduction.
Friday, February 15, 2013
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Christmas morning (or its analog, whenever the family gathers to open gifts, in this case the afternoon after Christmas) is always a great time to have the camera handy, ready for candid portraits. Some are completely spontaneous, and others (like this one) a little less so, posed for someone's documentation, but only for a second before going back to the mayhem of opening presents. Kids are always great subjects, because even when they're posing, there's always personality behind the eyes.
This is Thomas, posing with his new friends Mario and Yoshi.
Below, another picture from the day: my son David, all wrapped up for Christmas: all he needs is Thomas's bow.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Basketball games can get pretty exciting, expecially when the game is close or goes into overtime, both of which have happened more than once this season. Here, a quartet of students lifts a fifth into the air to cheer on his team. Below, the fans rush the court after a particularly close game.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Here's one of my best images from early in the basketball season. The season has progressed well, and we're on our way into the playoffs seeded 3rd in the league. You can see more recent photos on my Facebook page at facebook.com/thelightisall.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
A cheerleader leads the home crowd in a cheer at an Eatonville Cruisers basketball game at Eatonville High School.
Capturing the cheerleaders in mid-air is as much fun as actually doing the jump. At least, for someone like me who doesn't like heights!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Here's a recreation of Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon, as it would have looked if the Hollywood sound stage conspiracy theorists were right: