Sunday, February 27, 2011

Snow Geese

February 27, 2011

In the post earlier I mentioned I was in Skagit County photographing the Snow Geese that stop over and feed in the fields before they make their final track to Canada.  It was snowing, sleeting, raining and windy as photographers lined the road and tried to shoot these magnificent birds.  I was using a 105mm lens to begin with but wanted to get alittle tighter image so I brought out my tripod and was going to shoot with my 180 mm lens.  But as I was getting ready to change lenses the birds stirred from a barking dog and began to fly.  I turned and shot with my 105 as they flew off deeper back into the fields.  Having felt good that I got something I jumped in the car and took off trying to locate where they went.  As I was traveling through some of the back roads very slowly I had an inkling something was just not right.  It then hit me like a shot in the dark, I had left my tripod set up on the side of the road back at the first field.  Maybe that was the horn that was sounding as I pulled away?  When I got back there all the cars were gone it was deserted except for a black triangular thing still standing on the shoulder of the road where I had left it. It made me feel good that people just left it there hoping this idiot photographer would eventually realize his mistake.  Thanks!!!

Hard Work

February 27, 2011

I was looking at some of my farm and barn images of the Northwest and was enjoying the beauty of our rural landscape.  Even though in these images you see the beauty of a farming life, you don't see the work farmers do in working and preparing the land just to supply us with quality food we all enjoy.  You don't see the harsh weather conditions, the 24/7 work and pressure there is in making sure the fields are ready before the planting season is upon them.  The reason I bring this up is that I was up in Skagit County yesterday and was shooting the Snow Geese that migrate up to Canada and was chilled to the bone.  And yet in this cold, wind chilled environment farmers were still at work fixing trackers and making sure their farm animals were fed and safe.  Much appreciation for all people that work this beautiful land we call America.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Capturing an Emotion

February 11, 2011

If you can objectively sense an images importance to you and compose it and light it with purpose (serendipity plays an important part) that expresses and emotion we all share (you might not be aware of the emotion that attracted to the subject in the first place) then you have created a good image.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentines Day

February 6, 2011

I had my wife bake up some cupcakes and I decided to do a Valentine theme image.  If I was more on the ball I would have done this in the summer so the image would already be at some of my agencies as Valentines Day approaches.  But sometimes you don't think ahead.  Or for me most of the time.