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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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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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A couple quick images from the road from the family’s 4th of July road trip. Above is Steamboat Rock north of Soap Lake in Eastern Washington. More images after the jump…

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Being creative on demand as a professional photographer can sometimes lead me into a rut — and not focusing on the passion and joy for my craft — when buried with the business aspects, paying the mortgage and making sure the baby has shoes. A recent trip to Eastern Washington for my sister’s wedding found my family on my step-brother’s five acres surrounded by wheat fields in a 100-year-old farmhouse. I took the opportunity to make a few images simply for the fact they interested me without any thoughts of licensing them or if they would improve the portfolio. Shooting to shoot. Period. I find it a refreshing reset and thought I’d take a moment to share a few here on the blog. Hope you enjoy ’em too… More images after the jump.

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Ahhh, big images on the blog… I’ve been hacking away at some CSS tweaks and learning to get some images of size on the blog. This is the first test post to see how it works, so please let me know if you run into any bugs. I have more to do/learn, but will be for  later date. For now, I’m just stoked to get a nice image size rolling.

The photo above is the first steps on a new personal photography — and possible multimedia — project I’ve started about commercial fishing in the coastal waters off Washington, specifically the crab fishery. More to come on as the project develops… Enjoy the new *BIG* photos!

What does a pumpkin do the other 364 days a year? A couple images from a personal photography project I started last year, one of which was selected by Feature Shoot for their pumpkin showcase today. If you want to be a part of this continuing series and create a character, hit me up in the comments or drop me an email. Here’s to a fun and safe Halloween to all!

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