Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Full rainbow

And almost a full double rainbow to boot. This shot was featured on Seattle's King 5 news today. I used my fisheye 10-17 to capture the moment

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Skagit Valley Tulips

Headed North this weekend to see the tulips. They were out in full bloom. Nice to see all the colors.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rexville, Washington?

Played a bit with HDR in the PhotoShop CS6 Beta. Here is a shot on the way back from trying to shoot the Tullips in LaConner. They are not up yet but I got a bunch of dafodils. Looking at my flower shot you would think I shot it at night. It was taken in broad daylight, well at about 7am but enough light to see without any artificial lights. Can you guess why the scene looks like it's nighttime?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Flat Stanley

If you don't know the story on Flat Stanley it is worth some time to research him. My daughters Flat Stanley as been aroudn the world. Here he is in Portland, Or about the board the train to Tacoma, Wa. He had a lot of fun in Portland the past few days.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


With my Rokinon f 1.4 85mm. Shot this wide open. I love the bokeh with this lens. It snowed today at the track meet. Happy St Patricks day.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Reflection--Rokinon 85mm cropped

What is better than chicken noodle soup when you are sick. Doesn't it remind you of your mom taking care of you when you were sick? All 3 of my girls were sick today. (My dog counts as the 3rd girl) They were all under the weather yesterday and all day today. Hopefully they will be better tomorrow. I cropped this roughly 50% of the original size. I love this lens so far in the short time I have played with it. shot at f1.4, 800 ISO and 1/8000

Thursday, March 8, 2012

K-1 concert tonight

My back hurts, my legs ache, and I am tired, but I did drag myself to the concert tonight. SHe looked beautiful up there with her peers.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Rokinon 1.4 85mm

Very nice lens. Completely manual and tight focus especially at 1.4
Check out the video

Monday, February 13, 2012

A girls best friend

Tommorrow is a big day for the girls in my family. Here is a small sample as to what to expect for the big day.

I thought I would concentrate on the chocolate, thus the small DOF shot at f1.4

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012


A sunrise in this sleepy old town. Well, not too sleepy as it't the 5th largest city in the PNW that's if you don't count any of the Canadian cities. It is only behind Seattle, Portland, Spokane and Boise. If you look close you can see the Kalakala ferry in the bottom right corner of the image. It is now moored on the Hylebos waterway in Tacoma. This might be the spot that it finally dies. I might try and get as close as possible to the once famous car/people carrier in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Light painting

I had the energy to break out my tripod and finger lights...Does anyone care to figure out how I did this. Hint: I was a one man show with no help from anyone else.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fish Eye Sky

This was taken with my Pentax 10-17 fisheye lens. The clouds were billowing all day today. You could really tell the groundhog saw is shadow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Water Drops

if you look close you can see the word Cheese in the drops. I used my daughters mac and cheese box as my backup subject.

Monday, January 23, 2012

LCD Vfinder

Power is back on, snow is gone and all is good. I will post my last weeks images tomorrow. Todays shot: A buddy lent me his hoodman LCD vfinder and I ordered my Carry Speed LCD that came in today. The hoodman is the much smaller one. I will review these and let you know what I think. If you do any kind of video with your dslr you need something like this to check focus.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


If you don't have this program you are missing out on a lot of your photography fun. Check it out. DMB, Tim, it is Windows based only, sorry.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How'd he do that?

Care to make a stab on how I took these shots?

Keep the guesses coming.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Snow continued today

Remember when you were a kid. Snow angles sound so cold. She jumped right down and made about 1/2 doz of these in the back yard. BURRRRRRR

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

5 lights

Using off camera flash. The 4 flashed in the back ground and one on the subject, camera right. White foam core camera left.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Keeps on ticking

My wacom tablet that I have had since 2004. Works like a charm.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Soft light

DNB, here is my video on what the Octobox looks like next to a human, that would be me, and some shots used with it. The above shot was taken with my octobox. Also with this shot I used lightroom to edit the image. I own lightroom 2 and have not used it much as I still don't understand the whole catalog, import, export thing. That is one of the things on my bucket list this year. I will learn this program, I will learn this program...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Octobox set up on counter

Hopefully I will have enough energy tomorrow to set this up and show what it can do. 80CM Octobox is just shy of 3 feet across. A good size as it packs a powerful, soft light.

Lightroom 4 beta

I love the video feature. Oh, and the photo feature isn't so bad either ;)

Monday, January 9, 2012

You want soft light?

A great deal for an 80cm Octobox. You would be hard pressed to find one of these for less than 100 dollars. This one was only 33.00. I will put together a behind the scenes video on what it looks like set up. Stay tuned tomorrow.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Light Reading

Scott Kelby's book is very good I would highly recommend this version.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Piercing of the Heart

After much effort, it still isn't perfect but close enough, I have posted my trailor for my feature film ;) GO to the youtube site for a full writeup and feel free to like and subscribe :)
I used Adobe PhotoShop CS5, Adobe Premiere CS5, audacity (a free audio program that I highly recommend), and my DSLR to film the entire short. and an idea in my head. Oh I almost forgot, used Free Play Music for the sound track.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beauty Dish

My first shots with the 22 inch dish. Right out of the box. One light. I am going to love this thing. Tomorrow the case I carry it around in. Be sure to check out yesterdays flower shots. I posted thema bit late. It's amazing what a litte water can do for your images. And testing a video link, check this out.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stage your bokeh

Here is how I did my Cup o'joe photo as well as my lit candle The link below is my video on how I did this. I forget how to embed the video right here so if someone wants to pipe in and let me know, that would be great.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cup O'Joe

Played with light tonight. My k5 was sent in for repair today so I pulled out my k7. Shot at f 1.4 with my pentax 1.4 niffty fifty, ISO 200 and 1/100 second.

My Christmas lights played the roll of the steam, and hung them from my manfrotto 550 tripod. I shot with my Pentax 540 speedlight at 1/16 power, with a rogue Grid attached. Nice to use a professional modifier as I have always had a DIY honeycomb grid.
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