Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Elliott Bay Pano

July 12th, 2008

Beacon Bay Pano

There is nothing better than starting off a post with a great panorama. This was shot down at Elliott Bay about 15 feet from Anthony’s Diner. Here is a photo from just three days before the I shot the pano.

Beacon Bay by shelbytwhite, on wanken

Who would’ve thought that audio could be used on a Digital SLR camera? The EOS-1d Mark II has a built in voice recorder. This could come in handy when needing to remember names or locations of people or photos and also for blogging how well it works.

canon 1d mark II

Photographs: We Can Dance If We Want To

July 5th, 2008

Went down to Lake Union last night to see the fireworks. It wasn’t a bad show but definitely was further away than I expected (I was on the south side of the Lake rather than planting myself amongst thousands of other people at Gasworks Park). After the show, a couple was dancing down the dock to a live band.

June 28th: A Nice Day

July 1st, 2008

Kerry Park on Queen Anne in Seattle, Washington

So today is not the 28th but rather the first of July. In hopes to improve my blogging, I will post everyday that I’m here in Idaho. To start it off above is a photo taken around 9:05PM, Saturday along with a short timeline of my travel. View it at its largest size if you want to get the full effect. The light was amazing at 9:05PM. The shot is a 17-image-panorama shot at 200mm up on Queen Anne hill at Kerry Park.

10:25 PM, Saturday
Decided to head to Idaho for a few days for fun. Started packing and grabbed a quick bite to eat before I left.

11:14 PM, Saturday
Already heading out of Seattle via I-5 on my way to Idaho. This is starting to look like the UPS tracking system minus the part where it says your package is going to be delayed—always happens to me.

4:15 AM, Sunday
Coming into Spokane and seeing a beautiful sunrise. I’m still half asleep and not willing to bring out the camera. Not to mention is just one of those days where there isn’t much to shoot.

8:55 AM, Sunday
Just arrived in Lewiston, Idaho. Heading homeward via metal on wheels.

12:01 PM, Sunday
Keeping it cool. Staying out of the heat and eating for 10.

4:25 PM, Sunday
If you’re asking yourself what happened between between 12:01 and 4:25, the answer is I had a nap. After that, we went down the road to a neighbors house for a barbecue. Great time and great food Idaho style!

7:30 PM, Monday
It’s Monday evening and I’m enjoying a relaxing evening with watermelon and intriguing clouds overhead.

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Canon 1d Mark II

June 27th, 2008

Oh the long nights contemplating whether or not I should upgrade and I finally did it–I sold my 40D and purchased the Canon 1d Mark II. It truly has been one of the best purchases I’ve done relating to photography. The camera is amazing; 45 AutoFocus points, 8.5 Frames Per Second, full weathersealing…it is really a tool to have. There is a full review at dpreview if you’d like to read a little bit.

I’ve taken quite a few shots recently, testing the focus and noise comparison to the 40D. In my opinion, the 40D is much more forgiving if you incorrectly expose and need to adjust in post. The 1D MKII on the other hand, seems like you need to pinpoint the exposure in order to keep from getting grainy images. This of course is not a problem at all, but noticed it during my first few shots. Here is a 100% crop of an image showing that the files are fairly sharp:

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Yesterday I went for a stroll along the waterfront/Olympic Sculpture Park to do some more testing. There were about 40-50 sailboats in a group going along the shore.

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Come on Seattle

June 23rd, 2008

Come on Seattle weather, you can do better! These last two weeks, we’ve had beautiful weather, but more than lacking sunsets and clouds. Hopefully the weather heads in a more sunset-picture-friendly direction this week.

Here are some NSG (Not So Good) Clouds from Beacon Hill:

Beacon Hill, Seattle

…And here are some very interesting clouds from today:

wanken shelby white clouds

wanken shelby white clouds

wanken shelby white clouds

wanken shelby white clouds

Salt Lake City Pt. 2 – Fashion & Skate

June 12th, 2008

This is a follow up to the first Salt Lake post located here. The last two days in Salt Lake City were great for shooting photos. The light was excellent and had great weather to boot. I had two fun friends that modeled as well as another friend that skated so we could get some shots. All around, Salt Lake City was a fun time and will be heading back as soon as I can. Here are my top picks from the last two days in Salt Lake.

Bowl Fun


Nicole Fashion

Salt Lake Skate - Crook

Salt Lake Skate

Salt Lake Skate - Lipslide

Salt Lake Skate - Crook

Salt Lake City Part 1: Deathcab + Tegan and Sara

May 26th, 2008

It’s Monday, May 26th and we just got back from a great concert. The show consisted of two amazing bands Death Cab for Cutie and Tegan & Sara. Both were very good live but were rushed by the Provo 10 P.M. curfew. One of the bands was not able to play due to technical difficulties that left us in waiting for a little over two hours. It was definitely worth the wait though.

Here are a snapshots from a friends camera of Death Cab from the concert. I also included a couple strobist photos from the same night.

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie


Pictured is Ian Wade.


Pictured is Ian Wade.

Kerry Park Prints

May 16th, 2008

Such a sunny bright morning so far, hopefully it stays this way. I have a few photos from these past two weeks. The first set is from Kerry Park. I was there last night to try to capture the sunset. I took a few of the pictures with the 70-200mm as well as the 17-40mm. The first panorama was taken with the 17-40, 3-stop GND Filter attached via a Cokin Holder. View Large for detail.

Kerry Park Panorama

This photo will be available for prints on Imagekind tomorrow (5/17/08). If you would like prints of any other photo, please feel free to contact me.

Kerry Park Single

The Needle

Construction across the Road

Here is the second set of photos from last week.

Olympic Mountains

Can you guess where these portraits were taken?

Shannon Throwin' Down

Shannon Not sure

View from Centennial

Looking Northwest

Space Needle & Green Screen Portraits

May 5th, 2008

This last week has been overly hectic—new projects and personal design adventures. It all has me wondering when the week begins and ends. One of the biggest problems with freelancing is that it takes up a lot of your time if you’re not careful and firm with your hours. Speaking of which, I read a short article tonight on freelance and noticed a quote in it that I liked. The article is at Digital Dreamer towards the bottom of the page.

Moving on…A few days ago a friend Josh and myself went down to the studio for some recording stuff and snagged a few portraits on the green screen. We went out again today up to the Space Needle. I have to say, even though I find myself scared of dangling over the edge of giant drops, I didn’t have a problem hanging over the fencing trying to snap a shot of downtown.

Downtown Seattle
South of Puget Sound/Seattle was hazy. Mount Rainier was visible but not by much.

Space Needle Portraits

Space Needle Portraits

Throwback Sweater

Stretch for Success


Josh Portrait

Trio Flyer & Stock

April 23rd, 2008

There originally were going to be a few posts in a row with a couple different graphics, but I’ve narrowed it down into this one. Up first is a flyer done for a show in Philadelphia, PA. The show is for Marcus Eaton and his band. The show will be happening Wednesday, April, 23 (tomorrow). If you’re in the area check it out.

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It looks as if more of this stuff will be coming soon as well as plenty more photos. I just purchased a new set of gadgets that I’ll blog about when I get them in the mail. For now I’ll leave it up in the air as to what it is.

Second on my list of things to blog about, are a few of the stock photos from the Sunday walk at the Olympic Sculpture park with Dave. Apparently both of us had stock photos in mind when we went out shooting. We both returned with very similar shots. Here are some of them. There are more on flickr that you can view:


Cloud Puff

Grass + Gravel

Texture Wall

Slide Film & Model Photo

April 10th, 2008

This is a great week to do a photo blog. There has been nothing but camera talk all week between myself and friends. I believe it was Monday night and two of my friends decided to head out to try to get some portraits. They asked if I would come along to show them some flash work–so I did. After a few suggestions, I saw a shot that I wanted to do. Heres the shot below:

Into the Dark

It only took a few minutes to get the shot. The trick to this photo was using long exposure and an external flash (Canon 430ex). I set the camera at four seconds with an f-stop of 8. This gave me enough time to run to the left of the camera and pop off some light. I only flashed once to give the model some definition but was careful to keep from ghosting. Simple enough? I think so.

The next series of photos that I’m posting are taken on slide film and have been in my film camera for a while now. By shooting with slide film and then cross processing, you get strangely over-saturated colors and color casts. You can vary the exposure + color by shooting 1 or 2 stops over exposed–raising your ISO/ASA also does a similar effect.

Alley Time

Mac Party

New Office Desk

Basketball Court

Sparkly Clean

View from the Window

Spring Trees

Do Not Block

Not so Happy

Bag in Station


Day Before Christmas Eve Snow

I like Lamps

If you’d like to try cross processing, I’d recommend going to a Walmart or something very similar. They do a good job at processing it, and its cheap. I would not recommend going to RiteAid. They have a different setup there and sometimes their machines can’t read the film. I had a slight problem with them this time and had to take my film to another place to get prints from the negatives.

Pike Place Pillow Fight

April 1st, 2008

Today was the day of the huge Pillow Fight. All went well down there, minus the Seattle police patrolling the area. That certainly made heads turn and attracted people down into the area.

The whole purpose of this improv project was to get people to laugh and possibly spark interest to do more projects/events. I don’t have much else to say about this except that the police and the market maintenance workers were not pleased. If you’ve ever been in a pillow fight, you know that the feathers stick to everything–there were feathers everywhere in the street and on people.

Public Market Center Sign

Arzhang with the cam

First Swipes

Mid Fight

Start of the Pillow Fight

Pillow Fighting

Pillow Fighting Finale


Frustrated Maintenance

Clean Up

Here is the link to the Seattle P.I.s photographers shots–some great ones as well.

We actually got some coverage in The Stranger-a Seattle Newspaper-for an HD video that friend Arzhang took at the Pillow Fight. I had a few repetitive words and a mini interview with a police officer–very funny.

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