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I’m not into politics, but I do think politicians are definitely interesting folks to photograph. They are all characters of some sort. I photographed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a visit to the Microsoft campus last fall while I was still in a staff photographer position for a newspaper group. After taking the obligatory images I knew the editors wanted, I made a visual character study that I believed would have a longer shelf life than the local visit that day. As we enter the final throes of an election year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites… and yes, those are sheep on his tie.

 

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.

I had the good fortune to be the replacement for my friend’s very pregnant wife and attend the U2 concert at Qwest Field on Saturday, June 4, 2011. An enormous production top say the least, with “The Claw” over the stage, made for an impressive visual presentation along with great music performance of the renowned Irish rock band and 74,000 fans. It was not a working night, so the ol’ beat up iPhone camera got to fire off a few frames to commemorate the night, and wanted to share a few here on the blog. Can’t take the photojournalist out of me, as I like crowd shots. More photos after the jump…

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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.

It’s that time where we have an onslaught of “best of” lists and trips down memory lane. It’s a given that I’m going to click through just about an gallery that involves photography and thought I’d round them up here on the blog so I could have a spot to find them again, and so you could check them out too. I’ll give an update note when I add more picture links to the list. Enjoy the feast!

UPDATED: 9:43 pm on Dec. 15, 2010, added Life, Golf Digest and The Big Picture (Part 2).

LIFE – Pictures of the Year

GOLF DIGEST – 2010 Pictures of the Year

TIME Magazine – Portraits of the Year

TIME Magazine – Pictures of the Year

REUTERS – Pictures of the Year

NASA – Photographs of 2010 via The New Yorker

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Photo Contest 2010 via The Big Picture

LOS ANGELES TIMES – The Year in Pictures

THE BIG PICTURE – 2010 in Photos, series of three: Part 1, Part 2

I wanted to thank take a moment and thank all the veterans we have served our country. I’ve spent part of today thinking about and remembering my grandfather who served in World War II. Above, is a veteran, Hu Riley, that I have had the honor to photograph more than once who is the subject in late photographer Robert Capa’s D-Day image of a soldier in the surf. Again, my appreciation to all who have served.

Grammy-award winning singer John Legend recently made an appearance for Hopelink, a Seattle-area charity serving homeless and low-income families, during their annual fundraising luncheon. I was assigned to photograph the noted recording artist during a brief media interview time prior to the lunch appearance.

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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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Cameras are everywhere, the most prevalent are in our mobile devices, and the old photography cliche of “being in the right place at the right time” rings true. It has never been easier to take and transmit images from anywhere. I will be the first to admit incessant image taking with my iPhone, such as the rainy commute above. With my roots in photojournalism, this reader-submitted gallery of yesterday’s storm in NYC on the New York Times caught my eye. But with the ease of information transmission and user generated content, so come the pitfalls such as disinformation as TIME was duped by a photo snatched from Twitter showing a tornado near the Statue of Liberty. The surprise to me was that the image was actually real, but had been taken in 1976. It is a good reminder that while photojournalists cannot be everywhere at once on breaking news events, as professionals they can provide true and trusted images.

UPDATE 09.20.10: Not directly a photography related bit, but an interesting timeline about the prematurely reported death of NHL coach Pat Burns.

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