Monday, August 31, 2009

Bird condos

One of the houses was given to me by my mom which I used as a model to build the other one. I would have to think long and hard which was which. My daughter helped me paint them this summer. She love doing this as I mentioned this past winter we would do it this summer.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


I loved the magnification of the vase as it gave an interesting effect on the bricks. _______________

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Feels like fall

Woke up today to rain. Showers off and on all day. Fall has set in.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Grampa time

I never knew my dad could play the piano. I am sure he can't play Elton John songs but I was impressed at what he did play He taught my daughter a thing or two.
2nd shot: And my brother in law at the mariner game. He is the one drinking the cold one!!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Flower HDR

An HDR image tonight. I took a picture of this flower tonight. We have 2 plants in our house and both have this same flower. Lamp backlit the subject

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Playing with Grampa

We are in the back yard this evening playing in the backyard.
off camera flash camera right rear.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Wind Chimes from Hawaii

We got these back in Maui when we went in Dec 2007. Sometimes they hang in the back yard, sometimes they hang in the shelf in the garage, depending on the time of year and the velocity of the wind.
f2.8~~1/10~~ISO1600~~75mm handheld.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My Girl

We went on a boat ride this afternoon on My Girl. What bridge(s) are you looking at here in Tacoma, Wa? You don't get to see this view very often.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Went to Breakfast and ran into a car show

I took my dad out to breakfast today and as we were pulling into the parking lot we saw a car show. We both in unison said, lets go get the camera's. So after breakfast we ran home to get the camera's. We spent the rest of the morning shooting and the early afternoon comparing shots and bragging about how we one up-ed each other LOL
I decided to post more than one shot, more than is my series of shots. The shot of the porthole is a 56 t-bird and the reflection is my Dad. I like the review mirror of the Corvette ;)
Most shots were taken at f16, thus you see the twinkle of the sun. However I am kicking myself for leaving the ISO at 400 from the night before.

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Prints

Just got back from Costco and had a poster print made to see if I like the results. Not bad for 10.00 (11 x 14)

softbox camera right


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Taking notes

My daughter is taking notes as mom tells her what she needs for the first day of pre-school. It appears to me she is drawing some kind of house. This could be trouble...9-1-1

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I will get this shot down before the year ends. I felt it was a bit closer this time than my other 2 trys. I will visit this one again before the end of the year.
f9~~1422 sec(23 min)~~ISO200~~17mm

Monday, August 17, 2009

I wear my sunglasses at night

I loved that 1985-ish song!!!! Well the heat is back, my office is just under a million degrees and the sun is going to bring out the fans and AC. Along with those it will force us to protect our eyes from the UV rays. Thus my 2 shots tonight. One that shows our family trio of eye wear. Only if it stays until the weekend will I be happy. My 2 shots were taken with a 3 light system tonight. One main (key) light camera right, one fill light camera left and my high key light to blow out the background. Here is my setup shot. A white diffuser is used for the high key backlight. Once again mom comes down to once was a tightly kitchen and sees it has been taken over by the alien light source. I was constantly changing the power on my strobes so I am not sure what power I ended up with on each shot, next time I will write it down.
the triple glasses f7.1~~1/180~~ISO200~~75mm
single glasses f5.6~~1/180~~ISO200~~75mm
setup shot f2.8~~1/15~~ISO200~~28mm

all taken with my tamron 2.8 28-75....I love this glass!!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New PGA Champ

A new PGA champ. He knocks off Tiger and places his name in the record books as the first Asian to win a Major. He didn't even start playing golf until he was 19. Baseball, weights and other sports was his passion. Well done on a big win Mr. Yang.
Super imposed image on Golf ball. Golf ball shot in my back yard, Yang taken off the TV.


Saturday, August 15, 2009


Cleaning the Garage today. Need to find a good home for 3 doz brand new baseballs. I posted them on Craigs list for a song!!! no bites yet.



Friday, August 14, 2009

Food Group

My daughters main food group. Mac and cheese seems to be her favorite right now. It goes in stages. Last week it was t-bone steak, the week before that it was liver and onions, and the week before that it was shrimp and lobster stew. Does it seem like she is digressing?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Taste test?

I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted this drink or not, I ended up putting it back.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer treat

Boy, those were the good old days. Being a kid and coming in from playing with your buddies on a hot summer day. Your mom would take out an outer pop for you to enjoy before taking your shower. :)
This is not what I hoped for and will revisit this but next time they will be thawed.
f 5.6~~1/80~~ISO400~~55mm strobe behind subject seperated by defuser. On camera flash to trigger the strobe. Here is the setup

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ISO 1600

My favorite sling bag. Works perfect for on the run shots and fits my gear and extra body or video camera. I frequently get asked how I like it and my response is "it's not bad for a stuff bag"
f2.8~~1/8 handheld~~ISO1600~~75mm tamron 28-75

Monday, August 10, 2009

Worst nightmare

What is a photgraphers worst nightmare? My daughter dreams about dragons and snakes. A photgrapher has nightmares on losing the images. Here is a photog's best friend.
off camera flash 1/16 power, blue jell f32~~1/180~~ISO400~~28mm

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Kitchen shot, all I had time for today. Got home from sister in laws for dinner (Mary) and walked in, took a shot, and now headed to bed. I had a great idea tonight but will shot it tomorrow.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

BIG--Big Italian Gathering

The slide show brought out the tears, but what a great group of images and old video footage.
These sisters are having too much fun at the Big Italian Gathering. I didn't know an extended family could be this large.

Friday, August 7, 2009

I love my daughter

another shot of my daugter on the counter watching us cook dinner. Is there anything better than daughters and dadda's?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

We got in the pool tonight

I am told by momma that she is the star of the class and is head and shoulders better than the boys in the pool. Girl Power!!!! Way to knock the boys out of the pool. Floating on her back was the major skill today. She excelled and is progressing very nicely. She has her Mommy's good looks and daddy's athleticism

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


We were given a new instructor to our team over the summer. BT will be added to the mix of the rest of us trying to conquer the world with Technology :) Welcome aboard Britte. And I am the guy taking the pictures for our department website. She was a very good sport about it.

BTW please visit this site for my image I posted Aug 1st. It was given the NAPP Image of the Week.
Look close at today's images, as the first shot is a tight crop of the last shot. It was taken indoors in a heavily lit room where Constant softboxes were abound. Middle shot was taken with Natures big softbox in the sky. Today it was 62 degrees, last Wed 107 degrees.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rice and Salad.

Eating once again on the back deck. Trying to stay cool. Not sure how hot it got today, but it was too hot.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dinner with a view

Another warm day, went to the pool, came home and had a nap. Had dinner on the deck and then played with more water. She might be turning into a fish.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Beat the heat

The kids wanted to run through the sprinkler and we had a great water slide on the big toy as well. My nephew Payne pictured here in a bit of an abstract shot. He is flying through the air trying to dodge the water drops. My daughter followed him in and was as wet as Payne when all things were said and done.

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