Ikea Madness

March 26th, 2008
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These past couple weeks have been fairly busy–from moving into a new building to trying to navigate Ikea’s crazy store. I spent a solid two hours in the store just looking at different things. I ended up getting quite a few things from the store in Renton, WA. For anyone who hasn’t assembled Ikea furniture, its a blast and very fun to do. Everything is pre-drilled and fits perfectly. The only problem I had was that I didn’t start out by reading the directions. It made things difficult so I’d suggest reading them first or at least as you go along.

After putting together two tables, I decided to make a time lapse video of a dresser being built. I used iMovie so of course the quality is low and only a few cuts were made but here it is.

Music by Ferry Corsten – Into the Dark.

Traveling with Aaron Eckhart

March 20th, 2008

Awesome! So psyched, my website has been down for a handful of days due to a horrible domain host–Joker.com. If you can avoid it, don’t register with these guys. They will gladly host your domain, but if you need to change your contacts, email or even have a small customer service problem they won’t respond back. I’d recommend going with Dreamhost; much more reliable and willing to help you out with problems.

A few weeks ago Universal was filming a few blocks down from where I live (Seattle, WA). I headed down there with the camera but nothing was happening. After a few minutes, the camera crew and whole set rolls up and sets up nearly on my lap. I took the opportunity to shoot a couple hundred photos just for good measure.

The film is titled ‘Traveling’ and is about a man whose book turns him into a best-selling self-help guru. On a business trip to Seattle, he meets a woman (Jennifer Aniston) who attends one of his seminars. The man (Eckhart) learns that he is not truly over his wife’s passing. It should be an interesting movie for sure. Here are a few of the shots.

Aaron Eckhart on Traveling

Aaron Eckhart on Traveling

Aaron Eckhart on Traveling

Set of Traveling Movie

Set of Traveling Movie

Crane for Traveling Movie

Canon Service Center & Photos

March 6th, 2008

Looking at Downtown


Bridge Portrait

On other news, my 50mm f/1.4 USM is being repaired at Canon in Irvine, CA. I lent the lens out and it ended up getting in an accident. Everything should be fine with it and I’ll have it back in about 2 weeks. Speaking of technology, I’m looking at getting a Time Capsule from Apple. I’m also trying to find out more information on the Time Capsule w/built in 802.11n Base Station.

Sunset, Concertina & Waterfront Photos

February 27th, 2008

Today was an alright day. Things have been slowly getting better around here–been feeling slightly more motivated to get out and do things around downtown. Today started off with a small walk down to Pioneer Square where Steve Arnston (Ai Professor)** played his concertina.

**Pictured is Steve Arnston**

After I was done shooting, a friend and myself headed back towards home to upload photos. I snagged another friend to head up towards Queen anne to a bicycle shop.

I had to return a BMX tube to a bike shop because they were the incorrect size. The bike mechanic at the strop proceeded to tell me that I was putting my tube in wrong at the shop–I’ve been riding bikes for almost 10 years! Even so, you can’t go wrong in putting a tube in a tire except pinch flats. The most annoying part of the whole thing is that it’s the only bike shop that carries any BMX accessories in all of downtown Seattle.

Anyways, now that the ranting is done, here are a few of tonight’s sunset images. Some of these will be available at my Imagekind.com account so if you want a print, you can order from there =).

Olympic Rocks

Mt. Rainier

Taxi till Sunset


Silhouette B&W

Olympic Park

Tanker on the Waterfront


**Pictured is Shandon Dyksterhouse**

Sleep Creatively

February 22nd, 2008

These last two weeks have been spent trying to recover from two wrecks on the bicycle and getting well from what might have been the flu. I spent some of that time going looking at apartments and reading articles. I was skimming through Digg yesterday and couldn’t help but notice a series of links about inspiring things. This particular one was about the worlds most inspiring and creative hotel rooms. I would love to stay in one of those and have dreams. I think I’d be having creative nightmares.

Room Hotel

Cool Room Design

D.Nine Graphic

February 19th, 2008

This graphic was made as a piece just for display. I may decide to do posters on these if anyone if interested.

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Kerry Park, Proposal and Portait Photos

February 19th, 2008

Yesterday was quite the adventurous day. A couple friends and myself decided to walk over to Kerry Park on Queen Anne (Seattle) so I could grab a few shots for this weeks blog. It turned out to be a much longer walk because of the Queen Anne hills, but was worth it.

We had just walked up and I was setting my tripod up and a guy (Tyler) walks over and we get to talking and he asks if I would be kind enough to take photos of his proposal–I said yes of course. While waiting, I snagged a few other shots. I definitely felt a good feeling just by watching the couple. Tyler wanted it to be low key and a special moment. I definitely think they had that, minus the group of tourists that were in awe when it happend =).

Here are some of the photos as well as two portraits of a friend, Amanda.

Tyler Proposing


Amanda on Sculpture
Pictured: Amanda

Pictured: Amanda

Grey Afternoon

Downtown from Kerry Park

Beacon Hill, Seattle WA

January 3rd, 2008

Sam Kuhn and myself decided that we would pull out our bikes and head up towards the Amazon Headquarters on Beacon Hill to see what kind of shots we could get. The rain was coming down pretty hard but we managed to get a few breaks between drops. This was one of three panoramas that I shot.

To end our shooting, Sam and I met up with good friend Dave Kugler to grab a bite to eat. We ended up going to Mama’s Teriyaki on 3rd & Blanchard–excellent place for a decent price. Prints of these are available at Imagekind

Beacon Hill Panorama

Beacon Hill Panorama 2

Shelby White Photo

Shelby White Photo

Shelby White Photo

New Years & Car Chase

January 3rd, 2008

Last night was an interesting night. There were loads and loads of people packed around the space needle to see the fireworks go off. I was surprised at how little fireworks were actually lit off. It was also good to see some of the Police Officers and Security Guards stop for a moment to enjoy what was going on. Here are a few photos of the space needle as well as some photos on the scene of a car chase.

The story as I heard goes like this: “…A green and white sports car was spinning donuts in the middle of the road repeatedly, tried to stop the car, but it continued to spin donuts and then took off, running from the police..”

Thats it for this blog, another coming soon! Happy New Years!

Lookout Pass

January 3rd, 2008

Here are some photos from an adventurous trip that Ian Matteson and myself made up to Lookout pass on the 23rd. Ian drove up from SLC to go board and visit family in Montana. When we got up to Lookout, it was snowing and had built up at least 2 feet of fresh powder. A lot of the runs were tracked up but most were fairly soft.

Seattle Weekly Favorites: UW Strobist Meetup

November 7th, 2007

This week I have plenty of work cut out for me–updating the website and getting the new blog running. I do have more blog stuff for those of you who are reading this for the photos. To say a little something about last weeks Strobist/Flickr meet-up. There was quite a few people that showed up for this meet. It seemed like it was a fairly independent learning wise but everyone was definitely having a fun time and that’s all that matters! The photos below are weekly favorites. To see comments and settings check out my Flickr.

Seattle Interstate 5 Pano

Audi A4 Interior

Last Chance

Leopard OSX Unavailable at UW Apple Store on release date

November 7th, 2007

Apparently, the University Village Apple Store in Seattle, was the only Apple store in the nation to be closed for OSX Leopards premier release…

Today started off as a great day all because Apple’s noted release of OSX Leopard was to be 6PM. After rounding up a friend of mine, we took off to find the Apple store for the first time. Part of my built-up anticipation was not only to adventure to the Apple store, but also to experience the thrill of waiting in line for hours…and of course to get a free t-shirt. After walking around 2 miles (trying to find the right street), trying to catch the right bus and then driving for 15 minutes in traffic, we finally get to the store to find an unpleasant surprise. Here’s a photo:

At first glance, without actually reading, I thought it read something like, “We will be closed from 4-6PM to get ready for the Leopard release.” I quickly was informed that the sign actually read that they were closed from October 22nd till November 2nd to renovate the building.

Am I the only one that thinks that this was probably the worse time, if any, to rebuild this building? The University Village Apple Store is one of Seattle’s main stores and would have had one of the largest crowds in the Northwest that would’ve purchased products on this day.

Here is another photo with a wider view:

Update: I finally got ahold of a copy of Leopard from the University Bookstore for $69 for a single version. It was more worth my money to buy a single version and have my own disc instead of purchasing the family pack and just receiving one disc. I will most likely post a screen shot when Leopard is finished installing.

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