Saturday, February 28, 2009

one potato two potato...

off camera flash left pointed just behind the potato with black muslin to create simplicity.
getting ready for the big gel shot for tomorrow.
f 5.6~~1/3~~ISO200~~73mm

Friday, February 27, 2009


Took My daughter to Gymnastics today. She then got real tired and sick. I passed this nasty flu on to her :(

She chased bubbles, went to diary queen, and then home to bed.



Thursday, February 26, 2009

My baby

Still too sick to get creative, I have taken 3 shots in the last 2 days....I woke up about 10 min ago and rushed for my camera...not bad for thinking while I am still asleep.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Is this 365 days of Lockers?

What is this? My 4th of the year? Only 7 more to go. I captured another schools lockers. This school has the old gray coloerd lockers that most of us grew up with. However, this is a fairly new school and for some reason chose gray for the locker color. a very empty time just before the first bell rang and the kids filled the halls.



Monday, February 23, 2009


A glass half full creates an interesting reflection. Trying to come up with a shot today. My cold is still hanging on and coughed all night. I hope to get a better night sleep and drinking this glass of water should do the trick.

f3.4~~ 1/2~~ISO100~~28mm

Sunday, February 22, 2009


My rock wall is still holding up after 15 years. 1000 bricks at 25lbs per brick puts this in perspective ;)



Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spring is coming

a shot out in the back yard today right around dusk. Come to think of it I took it around 5:30. In a few months it will be sunny and warm at 5:30.



Friday, February 20, 2009

Moonlight in the morning

Very cold this morning. I got to work early and used my coat as a tripod. I set my camera on my coat, took a 30 sec exposure and ended up with this shot of the early morning moon.


f6.3~~30 sec~~ISO100~~300mm

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Three Weddings

I ws running out of time today. I have a major cold and need to get some rest, thus the alarm clock :) My In-laws and sister-in-law with us in the back row.


F3.5~~2 sec~~ISO100~~28mm~~bed being used as my tripod.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The light from the ceiling lights did an interesting thing to the floor carpet. I like the Blues of the lockers that seem to pop.



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Miss it by this much

Maxwell Smart once said, We missed it by this much. I am talking about valentines day. We got back and had a few in the mail and my wife went to the store to get the leftovers for the kids at day care. This is one Katie received in the mail. Homemade and from her friend Riley.



Monday, February 16, 2009

charging up the player

sitting under the lamp and finishing strawberry shortcake and then its tub time. We are getting ready to head back home, 2 planes later and about 6 hours and we will be back in Washington. Oh, and Grandma gave her the pretty headband and she loves it, along with more headbands.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Turn the Lights out!!!

After bailing myself out last night ;) I went home to a flurry of lights on. My pet peeve is lights on that are not being used, TV left on, or running water not being wasted down the drain. The light was on for several seconds before I got up to turn it off.

This weeks Theme: Pet Peeve.


f2.8~~1/8~~ISO100~~50mm ambient light, camera on a countertop.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Family

Big gathering at my brothers house. Nice to see all the relatives. Here is the family with wives and girlfriends.
On the way Home I could have sworn I was going the speed limit. Click Here


Friday, February 13, 2009

grandma and Kate taking a walk

very warm out today. mid 70's and a bit windy.



Thursday, February 12, 2009


Glass full of corks saved over time. Mixed in with a lot of love (HEARTS)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again....well I do but it was a catchy toon in the day. We packed the last few nights and are ready to leave tonight. Beautiful day outside today, much different than yesterdays snow. Maybe I will get A shot of my aunts Bulls/cows this week?


F/3.5~~1/4~~ISO100~~10mm cropped

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Snowing again

Looking for a place to duck and hide and gain some warmth from the cold I found this secluded shelter in a narrow hallway in an abandoned building. The trash can smelled of old cigars and a fruitful smell of what I might call old fish. Old rappers and a cardboard box that look like it might have been shelter for the homeless man that walks the street near the building. The broken window must have been patched by the workers across the street building the section 8 housing that is being built in this neighborhood. A sign just outside these doors lists a construction company that appears to be building more housing where this building stands. It is set for demolation in early March.

It came down hard here today. Snowed for most of the morning and afternoon and turned to slush by late afternoon. It is currently 38 degrees outside at 9pm PST and I hope we don't wake up to an ice rink in the morning. This was taken during my 5 min lunch break today. Busy busy busy.
F/4~~ 1/5~~ISO100~~34mm.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Knife Juggler

I decided to try my skills in juggling knives and took out the block of cutlery. Looking at my possiblities of hurting myself a little or hurting myself a lot, I thought better of it and took a picture instead. Next week juggling marshmellows?



Sunday, February 8, 2009

My mom told me not to play with water

When I was a kid my mom told me not to play with water, that it could be very dangerous. Bad things could happen, like I could burn the house down, lite my hair on fire, or even worse burn myself cooking.....Or was that don't play with matches? I forget, but I do know one thing, I can't cook but I wash a mean pot and pan, so I did play with water tonight.

This was fun for me tonight and I did some PP in Photoshop to turn most of the background and the main drop to b&w. The OOF drop and cup I brought back into color. I also changed to vivid light to give it a grunge look.



Saturday, February 7, 2009

Film Noir (tough theme)

I had to work hard at this one. Took about 30 shots and this was on the early set. Here and here are 2 others that I liked but did not post tonight. My setup was flash at 1/4 45 degrees camera left. AB400 camera right both shooting slightly behind subject. Foam core for fill light camera left, and I did not crop out as I liked the shadow.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pick your weapon

Down to crunch time today. I pulled my camera out about 9pm and started walking around the downstairs living area and thought long and hard, well not that long, about this shot. Took 5 shots of this arrangement and picked this one. Tight shot and used onboard flash.



Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The economy

I read today that if you bought your house in 2007 and sold it the end of 2008 you would have lost an avg of 100,000 on your purchase. Big bummer, and we have a long way to dig ourselves out of this hole. Here is an abandoned business on the East side of town. I wonder what they sold in the building? The recession has hit hard.


f/ 5.6~~1.60~~ISO 1600 (what???) not sure why I cranked this up but the shadows held together nicely for the ISO!!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Read a novel

Had another late night teaching photosphop tonight and when I got home I had the sheetrocker guy on the phone and my daughter clinging to my leg for my attention, well not really but it sounded dramatic so I thought I would add that daughter part. I did, however, realized I had not taken a picture yet so I walked around the living room and decided on this setup. I cropped tight after taking the shot and used my off camera flash to light the subject.

Tommorrow I get an outdoor shot, the weather has been great and need to show the PNW sunshine in February.


f/5/6~~1/100~~ISO400 shooting Manual with 28-300 at 158mm

Monday, February 2, 2009

Late night at the office

Working and getting things done on the couch tonight. I needed to get a shot in before going to bed. An early work day in the morning. So I tied up loose ends and then played with the camera some toinght. Took out my 540 and pocketwizards. Final result was not the best but I was getting real tired and settled for this.


f/ 1.6~~1/80~~ISO 100 50mm

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Do you think she is happy?

What a happy girl. Not a care in the world. We saw Madagascar II today before the superbowl. Came home watched the game, great game by the way, much more interesting than I thought it would be. Now we are ready for the work week.


f/1.4 ~~1/60~~ISO 100~~50mm camera flash.
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