Candles lit in Red Square at Western last night in tribute to Steve Jobs left a waxy tribute the next morning. Everyone has said it better than I can so I will make it brief. The work of Jobs and Apple and the innovations that emerged from their office’s in the last decade have improved the lives of photographers like myself in myriad ways. That’s why we use them. Cause they just work. Jobs thoughts on creativity have always resonated with me.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee visited Western Washington University today to talk with students about Pell Grants, budget cuts and the AmeriCorp and Students in Service Learning programs. I covered the visit for Western’s Office of University Communications, where I am a photography intern this spring.
I had an intriguing exchange with Rep. Inslee in the parking lot behind Old Main, right before he got into his Prius to leave. Only myself, Inslee and one of his staffers remained.
Inslee: “And who are you?”
Me: “I shoot for Western.”
Inslee: “Oh, you’re not one of those subversives, good.”
Me: “Uhh haha yeah paparazzi here. Mumble mumble.”
On Friday, April 8 I photographed the Ralph Vernacchia Team Track and Field meet at Civic Field in Bellingham. I went with about a half dozen members of the Western Washington University chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. Everyone went their own separate ways in an attempt to get something different.
With that in mind, I got the idea to do a remote camera from a high vantage point. At first, I was going to clamp a camera (in this case a Nikon D300 with 17mm lens at f/8, triggered w/ Pocket Wizards) to a standard at the pole vault area. Then a volunteer came up to me and wanted to know what I was doing.
I explained, and they offered to let me put a camera on a pole vault pole! I jumped at the idea, no pun intended, and in a few minutes and a guess at focusing I had my rig up in the air. I shot hundreds of images and after much finagling and adjusting I made a few frames I am happy with. I definitely would like to do this setup again at another track meet — the vantage point is just so different!
Here’s a photo of me shooting with this pole vault pole cam, by Rhys Logan
I also did a remote camera with the same lens at the steeplechase event. The camera was protected from the waves of water by a Penn Camera/Think Tank cover system that leaves just the front lens element exposed. Everything else is waterproofed! It came in handy as those runners really gave the system a soaking.
After each pass of the athletes I literally poured out water from the lens hood and quickly wiped off the front element to get rid of the accumulated droplets. I felt like a member of the NASCAR pit crew!
With a remote camera, I have the choice of being in two places at once! I put a Pocket Wizard II in the hotshoe of my main camera and each picture was synced with my remote. I got this steeplechase moment from two different angles:
All in all it was a fun couple of hours spent hanging out with photo friends and enjoying the sunny weather. What more can ya ask for?
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I got caught driving with friends through quite a bit of a snowstorm in Skagit County today! There was close to a foot of snow on the ground and a few inches on the road. It got kind of ridiculous so I stopped to make some pictures. It’s scary to be on the road, but on the bright side, snow makes for some pretty scenery…
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What a nail biter of a game — a handful of free throws in the final waning
minutes basically decided the game. With just seconds to go, the game was
within two points! When Western won, a scrum of fans stormed the court. It wasn’t
exactly the Super Bowl scrum but it was more than I’m used to.
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My visit to the Bellingham Plantation Rifle Range in January was also my first time hearing a gunshot in real life. Thanks go out to Range staff who loaned me ear protection! The range, which is open to the public, is one of the last of its kind in the state. Patrons can rent handguns and rifles for a nominal fee. I explored the grounds with an attention to the details and the people that make this such a unique facility.
Click here for more of my Bellingham Plantation Rifle Range photos. They are available for licensing and prints from the above link.
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I have always enjoyed making portraits, whether they are impromptu encounters as at Bellingham Comicon, or in more formal sessions, as in my work with Western Washington University athletes. Portraiture is so exciting and fulfilling to me — just the idea of being able to capture someone’s true personality in an image is a thrill. 2010 offered me the opportunity to shoot portraits for some terrific clients.
Cityvision Magazine hired me to make portraits of Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike, Shoreline Mayor Keith McGlashan and Everett City Attorney Ramsey Ramerman.
The Western Front assigned me to make portraits of some of Western’s top athletes and other important members of the Bellingham community.
I also made portraits for a number of smaller, local clients and editorial publications. No matter who I am photographing, I love the challenge of connecting a portrait to the story in a meaningful way.
Without further adieu, here are a few of my favorite portraits of 2010. (more…)
I think everyone is going to remember how they heard that the body of Dwight Clark had been located. The 18-year-old freshman had been missing for more than a week when the news hit early this afternoon.
I heard from the features editor of the student newspaper. They found Dwight Clark’s body, he said. Five words. Five that no one wanted to hear. This kid had just started his new life in a new town and he left too quick. It has been a sad day — and a challenging week– for all who knew him, helped searched for him and showed their support over the past week and and a half.
More than 1000 people from the Bellingham community came out to remember Dwight. I photographed the memorial on assignment for SeattlePI.com. They put together a nice gallery: Dwight Clark Memorial Photo Gallery and Casey McNerthney wrote the article.
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