Sun streaks through smoke

A sunset on Orcas Island, Washington, illuminates smoke from a nearby campfire. I like how the qualities of the above photo mesh with the two following abstracts photos: grass floating in water. All three pictures have a smooth quality and share cool green tones. The sun streaks, a more literal picture, still offers plenty of room for the imagination to wander. In contrast the two grass pictures offer…

Spectacular Polychrome Pass, Denali National Park

Above: The steep pitch of Polychrome Pass becomes evident when the horizon is set against the slope. May 2, 2014. Polychrome Pass is a mountain pass named for Polychrome Mountain on the Denali Park Road, the 83-mile out and back road that takes visitors inside Denali National Park. The narrow, steep, winding pass is breathtaking, and steep.  “Poly” is latin for many and “chrome” is…

Windows – Piano, Dog, Cat and Abstract

Above: Piano lessons at night through a window in the University of Washington district. Shot on a Kodak Retine IIIc, 35mm film. Windows, the current weekly photo challenge, can mean many things. Look in or out a window to see opposites. Eyes are windows. A window of time carries heavy implications. Windows are simultaneous openings and reflections. Insight into others and self.  Throughmylens posted two…

Palace at Versailles – Grand Finale!

The two-hour fountain and fireworks show started at sunset and lasted well into dark. Symphony music streamed out from speakers hidden in hedges while water jets fired in sequence. The special event is held only a few times a year, and being in Versailles the weekend before Bastille Day it was performed twice.   To me it felt gimmicky. The water patterns flat and…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Above: The silhouette of a tree creates abstract patterns as colors cascade across Green Lake in Seattle, WA. Using layers effectively can be a powerful way to captivate an audience. The effect of taking a three-dimensional scene and rendering it two-dimensional can be greatly minimized by offering multiple layers as focal plains to create depth. An easy trick to think about is having something…

Reflections and Ice Patterns

Above: The old barn reflected in a puddle at Creamers Field Late season rain made for a good photo opportunity in puddles and on ice. Not to much to say today, just pretty pictures.

Post Number 100!

Above: Heidi in the Hood, a selectively-saturated portrait. It sounds and feels like a lot – this is my 100th post. Thanks to everyone who visits! I have spent a lot of time running Far North Light and loved every minute. It’s great to have so many people show an interest in seeing things through my lens for a little while. To commemorate 100 posts…

Potatoes and Romanesco

Above: The odd green color makes romanesco feel even more bizarre. Continuing the harvest theme from my last post about blueberries, it is fall after all, today includes some vegetables grown in my garden. Few things are more satisfying then a delicious home-cooked meal made with food you grew. Much like the blueberries, it can be difficult to find time to photograph vegetables rather then…

Black and White, 35mm Moss Studies

My passion for photography began when I took a darkroom class in high school. To this day I continue to shoot film and make fiber prints, admittedly, not as much I would like. I have long been working on a portfolio titled Creamers Field on Film. Creamers Field is an old dairy farm turned migratory waterfowl refuge. The criteria for the portfolio is simple:…

Wendy as The Firebird in UAF’s Graffiti Hall

Between performances of The Firebird Wendy did a quick photo shoot in the graffiti hall, right outside the Salisbury Theatre. With only time for a short shoot, and unsure the aesthetic I was going for, I decided just to experiment with the lively and colorful background. The difference between color images and black and white is stark. Even with slight desaturation, there is a color…