Monthly Archives: January 2014

Capitol Reflections

Capitol Reflections

Capitol Reflections

I have been fortunate enough to travel all of the country and have visited a majority of state capitol buildings and while there are some really nice capitol campuses, I think that the Washington State capitol grounds stacks up with anyones when it comes to a great location and a really pretty setting.  Not only are the views of downtown Olympia and Puget Sound great, but the view of the capitol building being reflected in Capitol Lake, when the water is calm, is absolutely stunning.  It should probably be no surprise that I called this image Capitol Reflections. :-)

I made this image this past Saturday night when I was down shooting in downtown Olympia with my friend Gary Wells and while I have shot from here many times, I think this is the calmest I have ever seen the water on Capitol Lake.

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Guy Fawkes in the dark

Guy Fawkes Mask

Guy Fawkes mask in the dark

I had an overwhelming urge to start this blog post with “remember remember the 5th of November” but since it actually the 20th of January that just didn’t seem right.  In any case, this is a light painted image I made of a Guy Fawkes mask a  few nights ago.  Maybe I will share this again this coming fall. :-)


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The importance of learning something new

Light Painting Test

Field Phone

For those that follow my blog posts on a regular basis, you know that I typically post an image and then blog about that particular image, that isn’t actually the case with this post though.  In this post I am going to talk just a little on how important it is to always be “learning something new” when it comes to your photography, or any other skill for that matter.  I will come back to why this particular image is included in this blog post.

I have been a NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) member for a decent number of years now and have always found my membership there to be a great value.  I have only occasionally subscribed to the sister Kelby Training site though.  Even though I have always found the courses on Kelby Training to be top notch, I would only subscribe for a month here or a month there if there was a specific topic or instructor that I was interested in.  This changed recently when the Kelby Media Group sort of merged NAPP and Kelby Training into the new KelbyOne.  While there are some folks out there that are not happy with this merger, or specifically the way it was done, that always seems to be the case when this sort of things happens, and is not the topic of this blog post.

With my existing NAPP membership I am now able to access all of the Kelby Training material and as I was browsing through catalog last week I came across a series of three light painting classes from David Black.  Light painting is something that I have always been interested in, and tried a number of times, but to be honest I have never been very good at. For those that don’t know, light painting is the photographic technique of shooting a subject in a very dark environment with a very long exposure and lighting the scene with something like a small flashlight.

After watching all three of the classes I was really motivated to grab my camera and give it another try.  Armed with the pointers from Black, I jumped in and made this image on my second try.  The first try was a huge failure, but that is to be expected when you are jumping in head first and learning something new.  While this image is far from perfect, and is not actually in my public galleries, it was good enough to get me excited about doing a lot more of this sort of work.  I have always loved using my cameras after dark, and this is just one more thing to play with.

With all this said, if you take one thing away from this post it is to go out and learn something new.  Maybe it is from trial and error, or in this case, it is from an online class, but the important thing is getting outside of doing things the same way all the time.  Push some boundaries, you might just surprise yourself.

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A Christmas Day Sunset

A Christmas Sunset

Christmas Day Sunset

Here it is, 2014, and my first blog post of the new year, and I am posting an image I made at the end of 2013, on Christmas Day to be exact.  This was the Christmas Day sunset from somewhere in the middle of Washington State.

We spent the Christmas holiday with my family in Northern Idaho but we had to be back home for work the day after Christmas, this of course meant that we had to make the 6 hour drive home on Christmas afternoon/evening.  I will be honest, we make this trip somewhat regularly and it can get a bit boring, but when you have a sunset like this, it helps.

This image really isn’t much more than a snapshot, the only reason I got out of the car to shoot it was that my camera was in the back seat, otherwise I would have just rolled down the window and fired away.

I promise that the next few images I share here on the blog will be from 2014, maybe. :-)

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