Friday, April 30, 2010


Picture info: ISO 3200, 1/50, f/6.30, 18mm, Tv

This is the view from my seat at our school's play this week. Last week I was asked to run sound.

I have never run sound before.

Rehearsals for me started Monday and went all week with performances last night, this morning and tonight.

I must say, it was a lot of fun and I found myself so proud of these kids. They really killed it (Jungle Book, BTW) and I was honored to be a part of it.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/100, f/3.50, 18mm, Av

My first attempt at HDR. I plugged in 3 photos (shot at -2, 0 and +2) and this is what it came back with. Sort of cool, I suppose. It was handheld and I liked how the diagonal prop mirrored the diagonal in the windows behind.

This is a Goodyear F2G-1 Corsair. I know nothing about airplanes, but apparently it's cool enough to include at the Museum of Flight.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Picture info: ISO 800, 1/160, f/3.50, 20mm, Av

I had shot a bunch of pictures at our school play (for which I am running sound) and was going to use one of those. Until I took the dog out and saw our sunset.

Now, the sunset wasn't going to win any awards, but I liked the colors and thought I could finally incorporate the big ol' power lines in our back yard into a picture.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Picture info: ISO 200, 1/60, f/5.00, 40mm, flash, Av

This is the junk behind my desk chair. We had some drama tonight so this is what you get. In no particular order, we have

1. my camera bag, with my 55-250mm, macro/wide angle screw on, lens hood, cable release

2. my backpack

3. an old Xbox controller

4. an old Xbox AV pack

5. Haley's baseball mitt

6. stickers from Riley's visit to the doctor

7. my shoes from my last gig (in February!)

8. a brush for a fingertip

9. futon frame

10. windshield wiper

11. my DIY R-strap

12. my messenger bag that I'm trying to convert to a DIY camera bag

13. Photoshop Layers book

And I think that's it. Click the picture to see the Flickr notes.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/60, f/2.00, 50mm, flash, Av

Haley got DIY garden stones for her birthday. She and Marci poured the concrete yesterday. Today, she painted it. Here you go.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Picture info: ISO 400, 1/250, f/5.60, 187mm, Av

I spent the afternoon mowing the lawn, trimming hedges and weed whacking. In between tasks, I threw the ball for Bella. Somehow I found an extra one, so she had 5. I thought a shot of her toys and her bountiful backyard (Bella heaven) would be cool.

And, the obligatory desaturation and coloring of one object, of course. (can you tell I'm learning Photoshop?)

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/100, f/3.50, 50mm, Av

Haley had her birthday party today. It was "bug" themed. We literally went hiking and looked at bugs. With 14 seven and eight year olds! It was less screamy than you'd think.

Luckily the weather cooperated with us. The shot of the feet was towards the end of the party and the kids were getting ready to play Tag. Katri (shoe left) chose by doing an eenie meenie miney moe thing with the feet. I just wish I didn't catch her bending down to point at the feet (that's her in the upper left corner).

Friday, April 23, 2010


Picture info: ISO 400, 1/60, f/4.00, 50mm, flash, Av

I am trying to create a camera bag out of a messenger bag I got for my birthday last year. The bag itself is pretty small and completely flimsy, so I've been using cardboard templates to see about making something a little more robust.

You see my start so far. I was prompted to do this because I picked up a Crumpler bag from REI the other day. A 3 Million Dollar Home, to be exact. The bag is constructed like a tank, but you'd only be able to carry a DSLR and lens (and a smaller one at that).

My point for getting it was to have a bag that could carry my camera, with lens attached, and maybe one other lens. I do have a backpack, but I don't like to carry everything around at all times.

Anyway, this bag is perfect size, but it is so flimsy that a mere bump could cause damage to the gear.

It's not an exciting picture, but I'm excited to be doing another DIY project on the cheap.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Picture info: ISO 250, 1/60, f/2.80, 50mm, Av

Today was pretty uninspiring. I spent much of the day washing clothes and linens as someone in the family got lice.

Not as gross as it sounds, as we (Marci) caught it early enough (if we had it at all!) that it wasn't nasty. A couple shampoos here and a bunch of clothes laundering there, and we're as good as new.

In other news, Bella has an infected paw and got sent home from the vet with the Cone of Shame©. That was going to be my POD, but I wanted the poor mutt to have some dignity today.

So, instead, I posted a picture of an art project Riley did at school. It's a robot of some sort and he was quite proud of it. I like it too!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/400, f/4.50, 24mm, Av

I shot this jpg to see how it looked. So, how does it look?

Anyway, today Haley turned 8. She got her long desired skateboard, pads and helmet. She's always been a coordinated little girl and today on the skateboard, she continued to prove that quality.

She started off in the kitchen going about 3 feet. Then it was in the hallway, going about 10. Later, since it was raining out, she skated inside the garage. That was about 8-10 feet back and forth. But she was able to lift the front end off a little and swivel to turn. Quite cool.

We took her to her desired dinner destination (Rainforest Cafe) and then got home. At home, it was sunny and dry so, of course, she had to get her skate on once more. I caught her in front of my neighbor's house, pondering her next move.

Happy birthday, Hay! You make me proud!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Picture info: ISO 1600, 1/50, f/2.80, 50mm, Av

I shot this in the kitchen, with ISO on auto, hence the 1600 setting. Marci's been a Baking Fool recently and here were some cupcake pans to prove it. Sadly they were washed, but that's life.

Said cupcakes are for Haley's 8th birthday tomorrow and the sample I got tonight was quite tasty.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/500, f/5.6, 116m, Av

I saw these sunglasses and thought, why not? Took the shot and forgot all about it. As I walked around Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, I saw a sign for a cemetery within walking distance.


But when I got there, it was all chained up. I whipped out the phone and searched about and found that the cemetery is only open on holidays and "by appointment."

What does that even mean? Let's go to the cemetery on the 4th of July? Woo hoo! Or, "by appointment"? Like, WHEN YOU DIE?

Anyway, due to some weird technical issues with downloading photos and not being able to see them properly, I kind of half-assed the PP on this. I'll have to bust open my Layers book and get back to learning!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/80, f/2.5, 50mm, M

I got a new used camera tonight. My friend Jim sold me his 6 month old T1i. I used it a few weeks ago in Leavenworth and found it to be a great camera.

I sold my Rebel XT to my cousin and hopefully that will spur him on to really work on photography.

I didn't have much time to shoot tonight (though, ironically, I shot a bunch of shots using a Canon P/S today at Riley's friend's birthday party), but I did catch this uninspiring shot.

Hope to do some cooler stuff tomorrow.

PS: for anyone that cares, the shot will show that it was shot by Jim in the exif data. Trust that he wouldn't take such a poor picture and that I haven't changed the owner info in the camera yet!

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/250, f/8, 179mm, Av

Riley was spying on his sister. I was lucky enough to catch him. He needs to work on his stealth a little.

PS: this is the last entry with the ol' Rebel XT. I will be upgrading shortly!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/4000, f/3.20, 50mm, Av

I went to my friend Tim's old business in Magnuson Park. Adjacent to it is Sail Sand Point, a non-profit sailing center on Lake Washington. In between watching Riley and Tim's kids, and seeing Tim's dog Eddie get saved from drowning (seriously), I shot this picture.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/4000, f/2.50, 50mm, Av

Riley is too young to be a crossing guard, but he finagled a flag from a volunteer at school today.

I would have liked him in a different position, like away from the cars, but it was hard enough to get him to stand where he stood. I was location scouting as well, and I think the school would be great for some shoots.

I've also been working with a book, trying to learn about Layers. I did an exercise today that showed how to create borders and drop shadows, etc. I'd like to say I did this all on my own, but alas, I had a book open next to me while I did it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/400, f/2.8, 50mm, flash, M

It's Bella and it's just after her morning jaunt outside. Apparently she was whipped. I liked her on the kitchen floor, as she usually opts for carpet. Must've been the nice ol' sunbeam tempting her.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/60, f/11, 50mm, M

I saw this little lass walking down the driveway at Seattle Children's. I'm guessing she was there to lift the spirits of the kids, but maybe she was looking for Prince Charming as well?

Monday, April 12, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.20, 50mm, M

Chairs and tables. I like 'em. Don't you?

These are outside Sweet Decadence in Newcastle. Marci took me there for a birthday breakfast and latte this morning. Sweet! 

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/3200, f/2.20, 50mm, M

We have neighbors across the street who are like Haley and Riley's third set of grandparents. These folks have lived in the neighborhood since before my home existed.

A few weeks ago, Doc Lowe asked if Hay could come help plant plants as he has a hard time getting up and down (he's 80). Today was a perfect day for it.

This picture is of Doc Lowe showing Hay how to plant onion bulbs.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/1000, f/4.00, 50mm, M

Here it is. Picture 100. You are in awe.


It's a dandelion. I got my elbows dirty for this.

We went out today and hit a local park. I took a bunch of portraits of the family and almost posted them as day 100, but I'll save that for a different post (non-P365).

Today felt good. Got out and shot and felt good about a bunch of them. Let's see if I can keep it up.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/250, f/5.00, 109mm, Av

Woot, it's wood. Let's hope day 100 is more interesting than this!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/50, f/4.0, 65mm, M

This is a candle at Jim's house. He dog-sat for us. He joined my family for baseball and dinner and lunch. He was trusting enough to let me borrow his Canon T1i for a few days while I visited his town. And I took a picture of a candle in his house.

He also blew me away with his knowledge, both technical and with post-production, and really inspired me to learn even more than I have and have wanted to.

Up until now, I've only seen his photos via Facebook (and now around his house). The photos on FB are good, but they're fairly limited in scope and I know they are a very, very limited view into just how much talent Jim has. After hanging with him for a few days and talking even more shop (and spying a few of his pix in the process!), I'm humbled and flattered that he thinks I can take a decent photo.

I have a feeling when he gets his P365 blog up and running, it will blow some minds. Not only that, but his other little project that he and Annie are working on, well, that will turn some heads also.

I am just glad to have met Jim and the fact that we are both photo-geeks? Awesome.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Picture info: ISO 400, 1/350, f/8.0, 97mm, M

Taken in my friend Annie's business' courtyard. Me, my friend Jim, the kids and Bella hung out while Marci got a much needed massage. We played photographer and baseball.

Here you see Riley, who is a natural righty, batting lefty. Go figure, but he has a pretty good swing.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/45, f/4.0, 14mm, M

We are in Leavenworth. We do not have free web access in our condo. I have tried to tether my BlackBerry with no success.

My friend Jim has let me borrow his Canon T1i while we've been here and it's been incredible. I am in love with this camera and am already dreading going back to the old XT.

Anyway, on a little tour of Leavenworth, I saw this door and thought it was cool. If you can see this picture, then I have somewhat succeeded. See you tomorrow.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Picture info: ISO 400, 1/100, f/3.20, 50mm, M

We are seeing some friends the next few days. Marci made cupcakes for said friends. They are tasty! The cupcakes, that is.

Hope to get some awesome pictures the next few days...

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Picture info: ISO 800, 1/200, f/2.00, 50mm, flash, Av

Play ball! (this is the only baseball I have around. It's a notifier to let us know our car is at the proper depth so we can close the garage door behind it)

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.00, 50mm, flash, Av

Got one of Rye yesterday, need to put on of Hay today. Marci set up a scavenger Easter egg hunt. The kids had to follow clues on each egg to find the next one. I had to do some creative cropping and cloning to remove some distracting elements. I wish I'd have gotten Hay's other eye, but, man, these kids are hard to catch!

Friday, April 2, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.50, 50mm, flash, Av

When I was growing up, Easter was something that happened on a Sunday and had something to do with eggs. Now that I go to church, I realize that it's #2 behind Xmas as far as religiosity goes, but I still have a hard time getting "behind" it, if that makes any sense.

Anyway, the kids dyed eggs this afternoon (And what a miserable day it was today, huh? Weather-wise, I mean!). Took 58 pictures in the kitchen of Haley, Riley and the dog. I liked this the best because my little egghead is just a crackup.

Peace out.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Picture info: ISO 100, 1/200, f/8, 55mm, Av, flash

I stayed home again today and hung out with Haley. She had a 100+ fever most of the day and was pretty miserable. As such, April Fool's jokes were kept to a minimum (when she's sick, she doesn't like to mess around). I even forgot to shoot until tonight.

My father-in-law gave us this old Viewmaster a few years ago. I saw it recently and thought it would be a cool lightbox shot. I'm still using my low rent cardboard box, but you wouldn't know it unless I said so, huh??

Anyway, I shot the front end and when I flipped it around, I noticed you could see a picture within the lenses on the back. Anyone know what is in the viewfinder?

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