Catch of the day

Above: Expect more of a “fishing perch” than a “fishing hole” when dip-netting the Copper River in southeast Alaska. Spirit Mountain pokes above the big and fast glacial-fed river that’s full of silt and very cold. Copper River Reds, the salmon in the net, are some of the most sought after in the world.  The river is also an excellent of the Weekly Photo Challenge of…

Green Lake with full moon

Above: A full moon and city lights are reflected in Green Lake, a suburb of Seattle. April 13, 2014.  The weekly photo challenge is nighttime. A perfect opportunity to share a serene scene in a Seattle suburb. 

On the move – more road trip iPhone

I’ve been posting photos from  a recent road trip, which fits perfectly with the weekly photo challenge, “on the move.” This iteration is going to travel a large distance, between Vancouver, BC and the Oregon coast. All the pictures show movement somehow – often other people in their daily routine dotted throughout pictures. So here’s round three of  iPhone pictures. I also find my iPhone…

Beginning of Ski Season – Weekly Photo Challenge

Above: A quiet and foggy beginning to the 2013-2014 season at Skiland. December 7, 2013 at 10:12 a.m. December 7, 2013, marked the start of the downhill season at Skiland – the farthest-north chairlift in North America. Opening day is often a mad dash; wake up after a party; corral people, some gear, and grub; then try to get there for first run at…

WPC: Unexpected, On Seattle Streets

Above: A leashed cat sits on a chair in downtown Seattle, Washington. Unexpected is the current weekly photo challenge, and what a great challenge it is for photography. Photographers live for the unexpected, I constantly scour scene and surrounding looking for good light, an event or the unexpected. As the saying goes, “expect the unexpected.” Fantastic advice to increase success in any endeavor. When…

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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie Spiders

Above: The much smaller wolf spider can be seen in the clasp of an orb weaver.  The weekly photo challenge for Nov. 1 through Nov. 7 is eerie. Of course it was announced just one day after I posted about the Paris Catacombs, which would have fit the bill perfectly. Not uncommon for me to have great ideas ahead of their time.  So for…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mt. Rainier Horizions.

Above: A riverbed in late fall offers little more then a creek winding into Mt. Rainier. The horizon, like the end of a rainbow, is unreachable. Constantly changing – expanding and contracting, becoming more open or more obscured. Horizons inspire adventures and dreams, spawn stunning sunsets and create wonders.  Horizon is also the weekly photo challenge.  Paradise, located 5,400 feet up Washington’s Mt. Rainer,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus, on the Notre Dame Cathedral and roses.

Focus – a powerful concept that applies to so much more then photography. Naturally, when thinking of focus I think equally of the opposite, unfocused. The difference is apparent as black and white. Sharp or fuzzy. Crisp or cloudy. Clear or muddy. Focus is a powerful tool to draw the eye and attract attention. Focus is necessary in all aspects of life – from…

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour, Versailles, France.

The golden hour is the current weekly photo challenge. Around sunrise or sunset the sun’s low angle causes more diffusions in the atmosphere and casts long shadows. The result can be spectacular light. I used to strictly time my photography around this time, until one day a teacher asks when the best time to take a photo was. I replied “the golden hour” to which…