Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An Extra Day

In observance of Leap Year, I figured I'd shoot 29 of something leaping. My first thought was shoes, because I saw this shot a while back which I thought was way cool and I wanted to do something like it. But 29 shoes would have been difficult (and besides, I could only find 28 shoes). So to make it easier, I thought I'd go nuts again. So here's 29-Peanuts-a-Leaping.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Little Bit of Chester

As many of you probably know, our wonderful canine friend and companion Chester died November of last year. At just over 10 years, he left us too early. However, Shannon sent some of his ashes to a guy she heard about from a co-worker, (John Svenson of in Alaska) and he made beads with them. So now we can take a little bit of Chester with us wherever we go.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunny Blue Sky

Freezing. Snow. Hail. Rain. Wind. And then blue skies and sun! We've had quite a lot of weather in the last few days.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Popcorn Snow

We had popcorn snow again. Kinda like that granulated stuff I shot in the driveway last month. This time it was almost hail, but not quite (and then yes, we did get some hail later). This shows the edge of our patio where it meets the lawn. I was doing some design work today for a client when I saw the snow coming down. Ran outside, and 1/125th of a second later, I had my photo for the day.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ugly Beauty

Ugly because it's an oil spill (or gasoline or something like that). Beauty because of all the cool colors. I saw this when walking home in a downpour. It stretched for a good 200 yards (meters) down the street, and then right where I was crossing to the other side, it caught the light just right and I had to shoot a photo of it.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Cannery Sunset

Took a quick break from all the projects I'm working on and ran down to catch the sunset over the old Jackson's Cannery. It was actually a lot darker than it appears here. I wanted to wait until I could do a long exposure to smooth out the water - There was a good breeze and the water was quite choppy.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Funky Fungi

I'm not sure what it is with me and fungi lately, but I've sure been seeing it everywhere and have enjoyed photographing it. The soft light from a high overcast can really bring out some colors too if you look carefully enough (and maybe tweak it a bit with photoshop ;-)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Nothing To Say

Funny how sometimes you can make something out of nothing. Sometimes you can say the most retarded things, but add a popular phrase after it and somehow you've said something witty. Anyway, today was a long day - doing taxes, then a long night at band practice. I got home late, I'm tired and I got no photo for the day. And to top it off, I got nothing to say - Just sayin'.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Yeah we've had some rain in the last 24 hours. And it caused quite some flooding on a smaller scale - Walking to work this morning, I probably saw over 100 worms. Some were huge too, like this one. Probably a good 9 inches long. So I just wonder - where were all the birds?

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Monday, February 20, 2012

A String of Pearls

Here's another one from the photo shoot the other night.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Snow Geese

We took the "short cut" on our way home from Seattle today. Across Fir Island and past La Conner. On the way we saw dozens of geese on the ground and in the sky.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Chandelier Do-Overs

That chandelier I posted last night was very cool, but the photo just didn't cut it. But I was sooooo tired I went ahead and used that photo anyway. Then, this morning, I noticed this chandelier while we we checking out of the hotel. And it's my blog and I make the rules, so this is now yesterday's photo. History rewritten. Kinda like Winston Smith's Ministry of Truth.

Friday, February 17, 2012

My Lovely Bride

These are 2 of my favorites in one photo. We were talking about wedding photography and shooting some ideas for brides and poses and ended up adding my guitar for some fun and rock n roll flavor. Shannon was channeling her inner model.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day Job

When I'm not shooting photos (well, except this one), or playing in a band or generally doing whatever else it is that keeps me busy, I drive this rig around delivering stuff to people. I knew it would happen sooner or later that I would post a photo of this truck, so here it is.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Starry Night

I was going to improve on this image tonight (I shot this a couple nights ago), but some clouds appeared and I couldn't do it, so for now this will have to do.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ooooo, Shiny!

Don't you just love it when it's been raining, but then the sun comes out, and then there's a rainbow, and it reflects off a shiny white Corvette, that's just been waxed, and there's water all beaded up and it looks almost unreal, but luckily you were there with a camera to capture it?

Me too. Unfortunately, that didn't happen today. Well. - the rainbow part didn't happen, but everything else did. So I had to create a rainbow in P/S.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Love you sweetheart!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

The T

If you've ever been in a band or even just heard the old saying that vocalists have a huge ego, I'm here to tell you - It's true! None of the rest of us really liked this photo, but our vocalist (his name is Tim Too) just HAD to have this one, so here is our new publicity hand out photo for the band. Oh, and the other thing - we are no longer called The Tease... we're now simply, "The T".

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Sunday, February 12, 2012


Well so I was all set to shoot a band photo like yesterday's test shot of me, and then the rain came. So I had to punt. And I'm learning that it's kinda difficult orchestrating a shot, trying to keep 4 other guys in line (especially when one of them thinks he's the art director ;-), aaaaaand be in the shot myself as well.... Short notice, and no organization but we got some decent shots. This is one of my favorites. You can see the 5 best shots from the afternoon here.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Guitar Slayer

All the guys are coming over tomorrow for a new band photo. So I thought I'd do some test shots this afternoon so they won't have to wait around while I dial in the strobes and camera for the best exposure. This is kind of what I have in mind, but it will be a bit more complex with 5 of us in the photo. And they may want something totally different, so tune in tomorrow to see what we come up with.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Exploding Star

Have you ever looked straight down on a potted plant? Neither had I until today. I noticed the star shape of the leaves (or whatever you call these things), and thought it looked pretty cool. It's in the parking lot at the office center by the loading dock. Now I'm wishing I would have shot a side view so I could remember what it looks like from a normal angle.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm Kinda Lichen This Fence

OK bad pun, I know, (the title of this entry) but I couldn't resist. I didn't really notice the lichen on the fence rail until I opened this image up on the computer and then it just popped out at me. The thing that caught my eye to begin with (and the reason I bailed out of the truck to shoot this) was the barn reflecting on the water with all the ripples from the rain drops. So a little saturation boost here, a little sharpening/softening there, slight vignette, software rain and here's my photo for today.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Old Christmas trees make good bonfires. They don't last real long, but what a great show of flame and sparks while they do. And what fun to photograph the guys around one in the dark.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


This old beast guards a driveway at another one of my residential locations and it's not far at all from the cool garden fence I shot last month. And, like that fence, this old timer has been in the back of my mind for a daily photo as well, and I've been waiting for the opportunity to get a shot of it. Today was the day.

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Monday, February 6, 2012


A little bit of imposed relaxation on the ferry this afternoon, on the way to a friend's birthday party. Beautiful day for lying in the sun and reflecting.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pre-Game Show

Super Bowl party out at John and Janice's, and before the game, all the guys go outside blow stuff up. This is Clay, after all the clay pigeons were gone, shooting the next best thing - an old can of paint. His shot was good aim, spot on, from years of practice. My shot on the other hand (this photo) was some of that, but also a lot of luck that the iPhone captured the can exploding in mid air. Here's what was left of that can after he got done with it.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pinot Evil

One of those days... It got late, we ran to the grocery store on the way home. I shot "daily" photos of the dairy section, of the canned goods aisle, of the traffic out on the street (if you can call it traffic in this sleepy little town). Got home and looked them all over... and none of them measured up. So we poured a glass of wine and congratulated Shannon on her fishing derby win earlier today, and I got looking at that glass of wine -
25 shots and 1/2 an hour later, here's my photo for today....

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Duck Pond

Well I was hoping to get a picture of the ducks so I could ask someone what kind they were, but you can't hardly see them. I think the picture looks pretty good though - what a beautiful day it was today! And the ducks - they're those white specs in the middle of the image.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Same Backyard; Different Day

I sometimes wish we lived where we had a better view - Mountains, valleys, seascapes... pretty much anything besides the "zoned-light-industrial-junkyard-and-septic-service" area behind our house. So when I want a decent looking photo out back, I need to point the camera up so as not to see the diesel trucks and chain link fencing.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012


My almost empty water bottle, standing on the corner of my desk, backlit by the late afternoon sun. I held the iPhone pointing right at the sun through the bottle and the exposure setting pretty much made everything else black. You can just see a little desktop there to the lower right.