Which means it's time to head over to San Juan Island for pie. Oh, wait, there's more to our local fair than pie and the fair continues my busy year of printing. I entered 4 images into this year's fair. So if you're in the neighborhood I'd love it if you happened by for a look. If not here's your online gallery.
I entered two in the competitive section, one in general landscape and one in travel.
And two in the open section. Again one in general landscape and one in travel.
We, Laura and I, also have seemingly started a family tradition. And that's beating up on my fragile male ego. She enteres her stunning knitted creations in the fair as well. And if last year's results continue we're gonna need a bigger car to bring home her loot. She went light, but strong, this year with her knitted veil for our niece's wedding.
Sigh, another year of second best. :)
For going on 10 years I've had the "obligation" of accompanying Miss Laura on her work trips to Hawaii, Maui in February & July and Kauai in October. And for the most part, I've enjoyed the trips. But July is just about the worst time for me to be away from my busy Real Estate Clients, so this is my last visit to Maui for quite a while
For 20 years I've been a negligent resident of the San Juan Islands in that I've never visited the glory that is Sucia Island Marine State Park. I rectified that this month with a quick two night trip to this Pacific Northwest island paradise. And this trip was way too long in coming and far to short, so I'll definitely be having a repeat.
It's been an amazingly busy season of real estate photography and after two 4am morning twilight / sunrise shoots I was ready to sleep in and be lazy. But when my friend Beth messaged me about joining her on a 10 mile hike to Goat Lake, I hesitated for a just moment and then, as I usually do, jumped at the chance.
Let's cut right to the chase. I'm not gonna boldly state what size camera or sensor or film is the best. Photography is all about preferences and compromises and this choice is no different. What I will do is discuss the variety of formats that I've used and share some of my experiences, thoughts and biases.
Of little surprise is my affinity of photographing old buildings, especially barns. I love the form, function and character of these amazing structures. They all seem to have their own story to tell. And this set occurred during a rainy, wet, Pacific Northwest day. Perfect for black and white.
This is a topic that comes up now and again on forums and social media and it can become a heated debate. This post is my thoughts on this issue, but first a little background...
A quick update now that I've started down a path that doesn't include social media. But first a couple of film images that are just coming off the scanner.
Time is a most precious resource. That's pretty obvious, but sometimes the obvious has a way of hiding in plain sight. Over the past 5 years that I've participated in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & 500px I've create 10s of thousands of posts and ...
So I've now shot 50 rolls of film since I dove back down that amazing photography rabbit hole so I wanted to share a few thoughts. In no particular order here we go.
The other day I stumble on article titled "Do Your Pictures Need Botox?" and it contained what I thought was a great quote:
Using Lightroom is like putting on makeup. A little accent here or there, but no major changes. Using Photoshop is like giving your picture plastic surgery. If it needs that much work, the picture is probably junk anyway.
And I think when it comes right down to it, folks know that making a digital image in Photoshop is a lot easier than capturing a compelling image in the field...