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Leavenworth for Christmas

Leavenworth - pan out of focus - 2000pxAs it turns out, we had the chance to sneak out of town and spend the Christmas holiday up north near Leavenworth, WA – a logging-town-turn-Bavarian-village nestled in the North Cascades .  While we rented a cabin about 30 minutes from town on Fish Lake (near Wenatchee Lake), we made it into town a couple of times over the week.

Though there was a bit of snow on the ground – there hadn’t been snow in a while, making for clear roads (thankfully).

First – here’s a couple from Leavenworth:

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This is just a handheld panorama of downtown Leavenworth dressed up for Christmas.  That said – I’m a bit partial to the (purposefully) out-of-focus panorama at the top of this post.   Smile

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On this one – I just liked the interplay of the lights and shadows.


And now a few from Fish Lake.

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A spectacular sunrise was on the way.

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After that bit of red from the above image faded – the whole scene faded to gray.  I’ll be honest, I was tempted to pack up and head inside for some hot coffee.  But I waited (with no plan – and, really, no idea why I was waiting).  Then this happened.  I can’t tell you about all of the sparkles… it might be dust from the neutral density filter?

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Just for fun – here’s one of our dog while she waits for a bit of jerky.  The light inside the cabin happened to be pretty bright – creating some pretty hard shadows.  A bit of post brought those shadows entirely to black.

2014 NW Art & Air: Hot Air Balloons

This year I had the opportunity to head on over for two mornings to the hot air balloon launches at the NW Art & Air Festival in Albany, OR.  Below are a few in no particular order.  Just for fun – I did give myself a bit of a challenge later in the mornings to look for opportunities to use the sun creatively.  Not sure if I met that challenge – but I had fun trying.  Enjoy!

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Sunrise at Finley Wildlife Refuge

sunrise shoot at Finley-2With Jim in town – it seemed like a good excuse to try for a sunrise shoot over at Finley Wildlife Refuge – up until he confirmed that sunrise was at something like 5:50AM.  🙂

As for the bird at the birdhouse – I’d really like to go back and try that photo again.  With the sun coming in behind the birds – it just made for great lighting.

From the top:

  1. Jim shooting over the valley.
  2. Wild irises.  If you’re looking for the Instagram version
  3. Swallows (I think) feeding their young.


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Friday Fone Foto (Saturday Night Edition)

OK – getting this one posted a bit late.

This image was shot during a sunrise shoot on Saturday morning with Jim over at the Finley Wildlife Refuge.  I probably would have missed these entirely if he hadn’t reminded me of one of the great rules of sunrise / sunset shooting: look behind you.

And if that weren’t enough – he followed with: look wild irises.  To be honest – I hadn’t seen them.  Glad he pointed them out.

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15 Images from 2011

I’m thankful to have had a chance to really stretch myself as a photographer in 2011.  Now – that doesn’t mean I nailed every shot I pointed my camera at (in fact – I missed quite a few images) – and it doesn’t mean that I shot everything on my “2011 list” – but it was a great year for learning – from having the chance to fly half around the world to deciphering some studio lighting.  In between – I had opportunities to shoot more rodeo and hot air balloons – and to teach an informal travel photography class and write an article for PhotographyBB (both were great learning curves!).

As I’ve done the last few years, I’m posting images from the year that I think sum up what could be considered some of my best work.  For folks new to this blog – I simply think this process of handpicking and culling photos from a year – the process of drawing a line in the sand – is a great exercise to really sharpen the proverbial pencil.  There’s no need to post your images on a blog or on Flickr  or Facebook – but I highly recommend trying this exercise.

In year’s past – I’ve posted 10 images – and then I quickly followed up with “ten more”.  Well – this year – I decided to simply post 15 images without a follow up.  Maybe next year – I can actually get myself to only 10.  🙂

It’s probably not surprising – but this year’s list is heavily weighted with images from Uganda (6 photos).

Also – maybe not surprising – buts something that struck me after I compiled this list – many of the images – at least in my opinion – had a lighting element that could be considered striking or extraordinary.

Are these my “15 best”?  Maybe some of these would make that list – it’s hard to say exactly.  Regardless – I hope they represent a range of some of my better images from the year.

So – here you go – in no particular order – 15 images from 2011.  And – if you have any feedback – please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.

Fishermen on Lake Victoria.

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Playing with sparklers (+ long exposure).

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I was taking some photos inside this classroom between classes – and this girl was just drawing on the board.

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At the Northwest Art & Air Festival.

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Boda-boda drivers outside of Kampala, Uganda.

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Steer wrestling at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo.

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Rough stock riders prepare at the Benton County Rodeo.

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Green heron fledgling.

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Hot air balloons at sunrise.

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Sunrise.  Uganda.

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Carver at the carousel in Salem, Oregon.

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Boy playing at a school in Kampala.

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2011 Northwest Art & Air Festival: Hot Air Balloons

Had a chance to go out on Saturday morning and shoot some hot air balloons at the Northwest Art & Air Festival in Albany, Oregon.  It’s probably the largest annual collection of hot air balloons in this area – and it’s always packed with photographers.

Afterwards – we went to the Original Breakfast – also in Albany.  Oh, golly – some great food.

As it turns out – all but one of these were shot with the Sigma 10mm fisheye.  Still trying to learn how to use it – but I’m having fun with it.2011 art air - hot air balloons-5

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Another Hot Air Balloon Photo

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Wallpaper: September 2010

September already?

Well – regardless of my shock – here’s the new wallpaper.  This photo is from the Friday morning hot air balloon launch at the annual Northwest Art & Air Festival – held just last weekend in Albany, Oregon.

Now I could try and talk up “vision” and “skill” in getting this image – but in reality – there’s no secret sauce here – I was just experimenting.  Flat on the ground, looking up, wide angle, handheld, and underexposed the scene by a stop or two (or something like that).

Hope you enjoy it.  And, as always, all feedback welcome.

Available for download in four sizes: 1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, and 1600×1200.

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Northwest Art & Air 2010

NW Art Air 2010 - Friday - low res-3 This morning – up at oh-pre-dawn-thirty to catch the hot air balloon launch at the annual Northwest Art & Air Festival in Albany, Oregon.

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If you’re in the Willamette Valley this weekend – these folks (weather permitting) are also scheduled for Saturday and Sunday morning.  If you’re able to make it out there – I might suggest trying to arrive no later than 6:15 – as there’s a lot of action leading up to the actual launch.NW Art Air 2010 - Friday - low res-2