This is the second year we have made a volleyball poster for the team my daughter-in-law coaches in Eastern WA. Since they are located in the Palouse wheat country, we decided to shoot them in a wheat field lit by combines. The Boone family was great providing the combines and the wheat field. The lighting was difficult and not as bright as I had hoped. We also were hoping to shoot at twilight but their practice didn’t get over until well after sun down. It was a lot of fun and girls were great sports. The temperature got down into the mid 40’s before we were done. Since the next morning they were scheduled to practice early, we didn’t have a lot of time.
Here are some photos from the shoot and the final poster. You can click on each image to see it larger.
I had promised prints and digital files to some of the fishermen, so I needed to go back to the terminal to deliver them. I believe if these hard working men are willing to interrupt their work and let me make photographs, the least I can do is provide them with copies. While I was there I decided to shoot a few more of the boats, surroundings, and the people. It’s a very visually stimulating environment. (Click on image to see larger view.)
Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle is busy with salmon seine boats getting ready for the Alaska salmon fishing season. Painting, welding, repairing nets, and general maintenance is keeping many busy on their boats in anticipation of leaving for Alaska in early to mid June. I spent Saturday visiting with the fishermen working on their boats and taking photographs. All were fun to talk with and didn’t seem to mind being interrupted by a nosey photographer. I wish them all good fortunes this season.[Click on photos for larger view.]
Andrew came all the way from Maine to fish on the Jean B up in the Alaskan waters. The nets have been laid out in groups and crews are working in the sun rebuilding and repairing the nets. It’s not the actual fishing, but an absolute necessity for a successful fishing season.
This worker was part of a crew adding on to their boat’s structure. I liked the way he stood out against the blue sky. His compatriots were giving him a hard time for having his photo taken. They wondered why they were passed over. He told them, “I’m better looking.”
With a degree in recreation, fishing is what this man enjoys. He values the freedom and wouldn’t do anything else. He told me the paint he is using is a significant part epoxy and the metal components on the Corva May need to be painted at least every three years.
Long time fishermen taking a break on the Yankee Maid. I spoke with these men about the need to be multitalented, in electronics, hydraulics, diesel mechanics, and all around fix-it abilities. Dave had been working on patching fiberglass, while Art had been working on the exterior.
This will be Mark’s first year on the Vernon. He was masking and painting trim out in the hot (for Seattle) sun. He’s a painter by trade, and his wife told him he’s not photogenic. I think he photographs very well.
I took these photos of a Jazz Trio for a friend who owns a used book store. Bob hosts a Jazz night at least three Fridays every month in his store in Black Diamond, WA. As a thanks to him for letting me use his book store to shoot some portraits, I told him I’d shoot some images for him during one of his Jazz Nights. The Kiss of Jazz consists of Trish Hatley, vocal, Hans Brehmer, piano and vocal, and Chris Clark on bass. A very enjoyable evening. I just found out that Bob is unable to keep the store open. I guess the ebooks and internet have finally caught up with him. It will be a shame, as his store is a great place to relax, read, browse, and visit. It will be missed.
I have been involved in Don Giannatti’s Project 52 for the past year. We just shot our last assignment. The assignment was described as follows:
Assignment Number Fifty One: A Book Cover: “52: My Journey of Light and Discovery”
Book Covers are striking… and they have to pull you in. Look at the name of the book… find the visual elements there. The name is full of imagery, and descriptive, fun visual words.
My decision to participate in this class was one I never regretted. It forced me to shoot so much more than I normally would have. I sincerely do not think there is a better group on the internet – helpful, honest, non argumentative, egos kept in check, and great encouragers. Everyone’s work was inspiring, as was the discussion. We all received helpful feedback – sometimes hard to hear, but always useful and pushing us forward. The assignments were designed to stretch us out of our comfort zones and to polish up our current skills. We worked on location as well as studio portraits. Assignments also covered product and concept shots. The 2012 class is just beginning, so I would encourage any and all to participate. Don is a great mentor – just look at his work over at www.lighting-essentials.com. It’s a great way to step up your skills. Also check out the Project 52 site he has running: http://project52.org/
In October I attended a Landscaper Photography class taught by British photographer, Charlie Waite. I consider Charlie a mentor and a friend, as this is the fifth class of his I’ve had the opportunity of being involved with. His nephew, Tom Sullam, a talented interior and portrait photographer from the UK also helped out. Tom spent quite a bit of time helping me with my location portraits. A great week of learning.
My son-in-law, Dan Goods, Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Visual Strategist, has created an interactive exhibit, enabling visitors insight into the science on board the Juno spacecraft. NASA launched the Juno spacecraft on August 5, 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter in July of 2016. Since Jupiter is mainly covered with clouds, Dan’s project enables understanding of how the spacecraft will penetrate the cloud layer to understand what might be below. An excerpt from the display reads: “Goods’ installation consists of a large container of fog, which hides infrared lights. Infrared light is invisible to the naked eye, but is visible to most cell phone cameras. Just as the Juno mission uses special detectors to peer through the clouds of Jupiter and reveal the depths of its storms, the visitor can ‘see’ lightening storms underneath this foggy surface.”
The project is currently on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Note water trays and infrared lights as Dan checks on the exhibit.
My daughter-in-law coaches the Garfield Palouse volleyball team. She asked if I could shoot some images of her players for a poster. My son and I took my lighting equipment over to the gym and set up a large 2′ x 3′ softbox and took a variety of action photos, as well as some team pictures. My son designed the poster.
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.