This is Wendell. I’ve known him for 40 years. He’s taught me a lot about relationships. He puts effort into maintaining relationships, and I’m grateful for his efforts. Normally, he will drive once a year from Nebraska to Texas to California to Oregon to Washington to Montana to South Dakota and back to Nebraska – visiting friends. When he visits, my days are filled with stimulating conversation and laughter. I always look forward to his time here and am now planning a trip to visit him, as well as others I’ve neglected. As I said, I’ve learned a lot from Wendell.
I’m taking an online class from Don Giannetti with Lighting Essentials ( http://www.lighting-essentials.com/ ). It’s called project 52 ( http://www.project52.org/ ). It’s a great learning opportunity and has some of the most helpful and encouraging people on the web participating. This assignment was to take a road trip, 1 – 4 hours from our house and make some images. I chose to go to Mt. Rainier National Park. It forced me to concentrate on what was available and take advantage of the light conditions while I was there. Normally, I would scout the area and go back in better light. A great assignment as all have been.
I spend quite a bit of time over in the Eastern part of the state since my son and his family live over here. Near Garfield there’s a company called Cascade Air, which converts crop duster engines to turbines. They also buy old wrecked airframes and rebuild them. I spent some time photographing their work.
I was able to spend several hours with Jim, while he was cutting wheat in a John Deere combine. There were four combines running in the fields with six semi trucks hauling the grain to the river. I wanted to do some twilight portraits, but just didn’t have the time. These guys don’t stop for much. In fact Jim had already worked a full day at his regular job, and was helping out during harvest. Next year I’ll try to plan it out better and get some evening shots when the lights are on and they’re stopping for the evening. What a beautiful area of our state (Washington) and what hard working, genuine people.