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Taking a minute to share some recent frames from my Holga. Kodak Portra 400VC for you film geeks. Lately I’ve had the urge to shoot some film again and keeping it simple. I recently became another statistic in the decline of newspapers as I was laid off from my staff photographer position. I’m looking at it as a blessing to pursue a some ideas that I have not had time for, and motivation to get rolling on some personal projects. More photos after the jump…

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Posts have been few and far between in the last year here, but not because I haven’t been shooting… my photojournalism work with a Seattle-area news group has kept me more than busy. With the uncertainty in the world of the staff photographer, I have started the labor of love that is a portfolio rebuild and a heartfelt effort to find a personal project or two this year. Above, is an image from the Palouse in Eastern Washington, a country road intersection well off the beaten path on January 14, 2012. Good things on the horizon and a concerted effort to share more here on the blog.

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A quick test post for posting photos from my mobile.

I’ve been absent here on the blog this summer, but not forgotten. I am going to catching up on some posts as life slows for a minute. Above, is an outtake of my 2-year-old son testing the lights for a photo booth project I’m working on with my church.

A sequence of the full lunar eclipse through a thin cloud cover over Shoreline, WA, on December 20, 2010. We had a lot of clouds and even rain showers around the region and I thought for a bit I was going to miss the event, but in an attempt to perservere, I laid the seat back in my car in the driveway and watched through the moonroof, sporadically opening it to capture a frame between clouds and rain drops. Then as the full eclipse hit, I got about two minutes of clear sky. Just enough frames to stitch a little sequence together in Photoshop. For gear heads, I used a Nikon D300 and 400mm f/2.8 lens, and cropped the image tighter in post production. Below a single of the full lunar eclipse.

The full lunar eclipse photographed at 11:43 p.m. as momentarily viewed between a shifting cloud cover in Shoreline, WA, on Monday, December 20, 2010. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Final series installment of images from Kauai features some surf images from a break at Poipu Beach, and then some snaps from a little stroll into the forest for some cliff and rope swing action at Kipu Falls. Just a reminder of good life rule to follow:  Do not jump off cliffs or rope swings into water if you cannot swim. Period. Even on vacation in Kauai. You may miss your luau. Long story short, our group had to Hasselhoff three — yes, three people from the same family — from drowning in less than an hour. Crazy. Anyway back to the photographs… Enjoy! Continue reading photo post…

This installment of my Kauai photo series features images shot using a Canon G9 in waterproof housing.  I had great time playing in the genre of underwater photography while snorkeling at Poipu Beach Park. I think I need to get my hands on some pro-level waterproof gear to work on a project in the future. These are all snaps that have little control with the movement of water and limited view of the camera back to frame the shot. “Shoot lots and pick some favorites,” was my mantra. Continue reading the post…

I’m going to share some photos over the week from my recent trip to Kauai. You can consider them personal work, photojournalism, vacation snaps or whatever… The images are off the cuff of scenes that caught my eye with no intent towards a commercial outlet. This first series is from a sunset dinner cruise aboard a catamaran from Port Allen to the Na Pali Coast. Unfortunately we caught the first winter storm of the season with 8-14 foot swells. More than a third of the passengers got seasick and only five ate dinner. I’ll admit to having to work hard and be mentally tough to hold it down, but I snuck through without incident. Above, the mountains of the Na Pali Coast soar to nearly 4,200 feet in elevation from sea level.

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It’s been a little quiet here on the blog the last couple weeks, but that is due in part to some fun projects and a trip to Kauai for a good friend’s wedding and time with my wife and son. I’ll put together a fun photo post this week on some of the sights from my visit, since how can you go to Hawaii and not snap some frames in a beautiful place?!? Above, is an image from a little time I spent shooting a Canon G9 in an underwater housing at Poipu Beach. Keep an eye out for more to come…

Every summer I make a return to my childhood stomping grounds with trip to Curlew Lake in Northeast Washington to see family and friends, and take sometime to recharge. During the annual pilgrimage, I always take time to make a few images of my friends as they enjoy water sports. For this year’s session I decided to have some fun and set up a couple Speedlights on the boat’s tower and head out into the fading light. Two boats, a couple of radios and pre-communication between boat drivers and we had ourselves a set. Came back with a couple of nice images to stoke out the boys, and some fresh ideas for producing a full photo shoot in the future. More images after the jump… Enjoy!

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