On June 30, 2012 my friend, Melissa, and I decided to send our friends out on an epic and rainy scavenger hunt, only to end up in a rainy park, crowded under a tiny tent and rows of colorful umbrellas to celebrate our existence. It was a very Portland “summer” celebration.
Strangers in a Strange Land: a Portland Photo Salon group show. Join us for our Artist Reception on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 4-6 pm at Streff Gallery, Marylhurst University. Click here for Gallery location, direction and contact information.
Stranger in a Strange Land, a science fiction novel from 1961, explores the idea of a Fair Witness, or one who looks out without passing judgement. As we wake in the same spaces, work in the same spaces and play in the same spaces every day it can be challenging to see our spaces as an outsider and to see our fellow friends as strangers—to see the common as unique with curiosity.
More information @ http://pdxphotosalon.tumblr.com
In what will live on as one of the most memorable shows of the year, Rock Against Alziemer’s raised an unforgettable amount of money and awareness around a disease that affects many loved ones. And they did it by lining up the best show I’d seen all year.
Here’s a few of my favorites from the event which I shot on a Nikon F3 with Ilford Delta 3200, a trusty Ikoflex before the sun went down and a Cannon 2Ti with some borrowed lenses which were very hard to give back (a 1.2 fixed 50mm plastic lens and a 3.5 zoom wide angle). A few things learned about shooting a stage and dark room full of people:
The full event by pictures can be found @ Flickr along with info on who’s who. Enjoy and don’t forget to check out the event next year.
The highlight of my trip to Estacada today was playing with my make-shift macro lens in an attempt to photograph a bee or a wasp, only to catch it getting caught for brunch by a peculiar spider. (I sometimes take off my lens, turn it around and hold it against the camera body with my hand. This then requires a few practice shots to get the light metering right and a lot of “walking like an egyptian” head movements to focus.)
I’ll spare you the details on how I fumbled my way through self-timer settings since I needed three hands for this camera trick and recommend a fixed macro lens. After doing some research (aka. googling), I can report that my spider is a Misumena Vatia: a chameleon of arachnids belonging to the Crab Spider species.
On my recent trip to Kaua’i, I spotted more birds than several of my visits to Maui. This could be due to the large number of roaming Red Junglefowl, or that once I started looking, I couldn’t stop. Of all the birds I did notice, it seems a majority were brought here over the past hundreds of years- likely as pets and stowaways. Unfortunately, I didn’t get great pictures of all the ones I liked and I never saw a Brown Booby nor a Pueo (I wonder if they get hungover on Kaua’i).
Not only did I run my best race pace yet for an 8k, I stopped to take photos along the way. Maybe next time I’ll break a 9 minute mile and leave the shooting for shots of whiskey.
A trio from a ride to Kennedy School one fine Saturday. As the sun began to set, I found myself wanting to peer inside windows and catch glimpses of people settling in next to lamps and fire lights. Instead, I realized I forgot my own bike lights and did my best to pedal on. I’d never been so bummed to see so many blinds. What happened to the age of picture windows and front porch perching? See Ride By Shooting for more.
Warning: do not try this at home nor on the streets w/out proper helmet and balance.
Compared to last week’s experiment, from the “safety” of my car, I found that I was less likely to capture people from my bike. Instead, I focused on architecture or waited until I was comfortably seated behind a book to spy on my fellow citizens.
Nevertheless, a few from the first roll, to be digested later.
Not long ago, in a land called Photojojo, some folks cut little plastic animals in half to make photo holders. And since I had some 99 cent figurines from the party store lying around my house (from an old house party, of course) that project had always stuck with me.
Luckily, a friend’s birthday crept up on me and I now had the perfect excuse to get out the saw and get crafty. Being that I have little patience for following instructions, I didn’t dig up the old article and instead started in on my own safari adventure
Read on to find out how you can get
Tools & Materials: a saw (see #2 below), hot glue gun (plug it in before you start and it just might be ready when you need it), magnets.
Time: 30-60 minutes.