Monthly Archives: October 2012

Photowalking in the rain

I had the pleasure of leading the 2012 installment of the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk here in Olympia and we certainly were photowalking in the rain.  I knew that when this years date was announced as October 13th, there was a better than average chance that it would be a rainy day, but as the walk approached, and our unseasonable dry spell here in western Washington was continuing, I was keeping my fingers crossed that the nice weather would last just a few more days.  Sadly, that wasn’t meant to be.

As the weather turned bad, and the hour of the photowalk approached, I really had no idea of any of the 30 registered walkers would brave the weather and show up.  I had made arrangements with a local restaurant for the post walk meetup and they were even bringing in an additional server just for our group.  To say that I was a bit stressed out would be something of an understatement.

The time for the walk arrived, and participants started to arrive.  When all was said and done, we had 20 of the 30 registered walkers, and even though we cut the afternoon short due to the rain, we did make a lap of Percival Landing Park and got some shooting in along the way.  I want to send a huge thanks out to the Cascadia Grill which was able to accomodate us a little over an hour earlier than planned.  I can’t speak for everyone, but it seemed that everyone had a great time.

While images are just starting to arrive, we do have a Flickr group for the walk.  Please check it out to see images from some of those that went photowalking in the rain.

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Taking off over Seattle

I have admired the work of fellow photographer Michael Murphy from London for quite some time now.  Michael does great work across the board, but he has a “hoody guy” character that shows up from time to time in his work that I think is great.  I was really excited to find out that he was coming to Seattle for a business trip and even though it was a short trip, we were able to get together for a couple beers and a little shooting from Jose Rival Bridge.  Not only have I wanted to meet Michael for some time, I have also wanted to shoot the Seattle skyline from this bridge, so it was a win-win situation.  I am really looking forward to seeing Michael’s images from the night, and I have a few more that I will be sharing soon as well.

I shot the scene from a few different places along the bridge, but right at the end of our time there, a helicopter took off and flew along I-5 to the south and I was able to not only get the light trails along the freeway, but a matching light trail in the air.  It quickly became my favorite image of the night.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and remember, you can order my new calendar by clicking on the link to the left of this post. :-)

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The #WayBackMachine goes to the ballpark

Today’s image is one that my diehard followers may have seen before.  I made this image back on June 11, 2009 and was part of a personal IR project I was working on at the time.  This image of a ballpark in a Tucson neighborhood park was shared as part of that project, but has not been in my galleries for quite awhile.  I am in the process of re-visiting a number of IR images from 2009 as part of a possible calendar project, or maybe even a book, perhaps both.  This image was one of my favorites as I just loved how the sky looked in the IR spectrum.  I hope you enjoy it also.

You might be asking what the #WayBackMachine is.  On the old version of My Blue Heaven, which has been replaced as my personal, non-photography blog, it was a way for me to share older images from before I started blogging.  It will still continue to be that, as in the case of this image, but will also be expanded to include posts that I am re-publishing from the old blog.  I hope you enjoy these posts, I have always liked going back and looking at older images with a new eye.

Please click on the above image to see a larger version or to order prints

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One Week Later – a #WayBackMachine follow up to A Viral Haboob

This post is is re-published from my old blog at and was published one week after my post A Viral Haboob which has also been re-published here on the new blog.  These #WayBackMachine posts are intended to share older images to a new audience as well as preserve stories from the old blog.  I hope you enjoy them.

I thought it was time to post a little update about everything that has been going on since I posted my haboob time lapse video last week.  The only word that really comes close to describing everything that happened would be surreal.  The amount of traffic to my photography site has been incredible.  Combined photo/video views have now reached 2,079,105 in the last 7 days. While 1,144,052 of those views have been of the time lapse, the other 935,053 have been to my still images.  To be able to say that your images have been seen almost a million times in one week is very humbling.

As you may know, the video has been seen all over the world as well as on every major news network as well as affiliate stations here in the US.  I have had multiple documentary film makers ask me to include the video in projects that they are working on.  I have had a lot more interest from people wanting to buy prints of my work, and what might be the most exciting about all of this is that I now have an agency representing my photography world-wide.

I came to realize though all of this that I needed to get caught up on registering my images, as well as the time lapse video, with the Copyright Office.  I have done this in the past, but it is one of those things that can easily “fall though the cracks” if you are not careful.  I am altering my workflow to include creating copies of the image for regular submission.  If you are a photog I strongly suggest that you look into registering your work.  They have made it much easier than it used to be, and it isn’t very expensive.  The protections it gives you if someone does steal your work can pay for the registration 100′s if not 1000′s of times over.

I am sure that there are a hundred other things that I am forgetting but should put in this post, but perhaps that will simply lead to a follow up of the follow up. :-)

Oh yeah, almost forgot, this image is one of the stills used to create the time lapse video.  Please click on it to see a larger version.


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The Soda Jerk


The Soda Jerk

Something tells me that a good number of the people who are reading this blog post have never heard of a “Soda Jerk”, or they are thinking I am trying to insult the guy behind the counter.  If you fall into either of these categories, can I suggest that you let Google be your guide. :-)  The truth is, being a soda jerk was a VERY desirable job for young people at one point in our history, and is really a part of Americana.  You don’t see too many shops that actually have a working soda fountain, but you will still come across the occasional shop that is trying to keep alive the tradition of the soda jerk.  If you do happen to come across one of these shops, there is a good chance that it will be in a downtown area, away from a suburban mall, and while it might not have a working old school soda fountain, it is probably have something yummy to eat or drink.

This image was captured Friday evening in Downtown Olympia during the Olympia Arts Walk.  Yes, it is a rare thing for me to do a square crop, but since I was shooting through the front door the shop from the street, there would have been a ton of negative space that IMO just would not have worked well.  I also thought that a black and white was the way to go with this shot.

The Pacific Northwest – As seen through the lens of Scott Wood

I am very happy to announce the release of my 2013 calendar.  As you might remember, I released a weather calendar last year, but I wanted to celebrate our move to the Pacific Northwest and feature some of the images that I have captured since moving to western Washington.

Please use this link, The Pacific Northwest – As see through the lens of Scott Wood, to check out the calendar and to add it to your holiday gift giving plans.  Heck, I think it would be a great gift for everyone you know. :-)  Not only can you order the calendar today, if you use the coupon code MEMENTO (can only be used once on up to a quantity of 4 calendars) you can save 30% off of your order.

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