I am honored to announce that my image, "Dusk, Agren Park” was selected for an international juried exhibition by The Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The theme of the exhibition is “The Golden Hours”.
"Dusk, Agren Park” was photographed on my home island of Vashon.
You are invited to check out the online gallery:
I am honored to announce that three prints of mine has been selected for the international "2018 Midwest Art Exhibit," by the Midwest Center for Photography. The juried exhibition opens in Wichita tonight on January 26th and runs until February 9th.
"And There Was That One Red Truck" was awarded a cash prize for the best conceptual artwork in the exhibition.
The additional two images selected are respectively, "Turning Gold", and "Abandoned Storefront, Ritzville, Washington".
I am honored to announce that my print, "Triangulation", has been selected for the international juried art exhibit, “The Shadow Aspect.” The exhibition is sponsored by the Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts Center and opens in Minneapolis on January 19th for one month. I saw an artist’s preview online—the quality of work is superb, so it’s a thrill to be included.
I’m honored to announce that my print "Across From Reedo, Seattle" has been chosen for inclusion into the R.G. Endres Gallery International Juried Photo Competition 2018 exhibition. The exhibition will hang during January, 2018. The R.G. Endres Gallery is just outside Kansas City in Prairie Village, Kansas.
This image was taken in 2009 and has been one of my favorites. It has also become as much of a historical document: most of the structures pictured have been demolished as Seattle is completing a tunnel for highway 99.
I am honored to announce that my image, “Pier 61/62, Seattle” has been selected for the 4th Annual International I-Phonography Now exhibition. This juried exhibition is sponsored by the Plymouth Center for the Arts, south of Boston. The photograph will be published in the third issue of the “Literate Image” magazine.
Please join me on Nov. 3rd for the opening of my exhibition, Standing Meditation, Zen Photography at Spoke Yoga Studio & Gallery, Vashon Island, Washington. This is part of the First Friday activities on the island from 6-9PM. There will be live music at the Spoke gallery, which is just east of the post office. Standing Meditation will be up through the end of the year.
I am honored that my print “Quartermaster Harbor from Burton Beach, Vashon Island, Washington” was chosen for the international juried art exhibition, Nature’s Way (a search for beauty), to be held from November 11 – December 5, 2017 at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.
About three times per week I ride a water taxi from my Vashon Island home to my workplace on the waterfront in downtown Seattle. The water taxi is a passenger-only ferry, a hydrofoil, that is new, large (about 225 bodies), comfortable, reasonably priced, and damn fast.
Here's the gloat part: for me, the logistics are great. I can roll down the hill from my home to the ferry dock in about 13 minutes. The water taxi trip itself takes about 25 minutes. Once downtown, I walk along the waterfront for about 1.3 miles. For lunch I can walk another two blocks and hang at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture park which is basically stunning. And then at day's end, I walk the 1.3 miles back to the water taxi dock. Going uphill the third of a mile home is usually not all that much fun, especially on our rainy, dark autumn and winter nights, but I figure the exercise helps keep me if not young-ish, then at least mobile.
So today was one of our quintessential freaky transition days that begins one way and concludes very differently. This morning was thick fog that limited visibility and contributed to fun photography. As I waited for the tardy water taxi, a large vehicle ferry pulled into one of the two adjoining vessel slips. This route goes to West Seattle.
Waiting for Water Taxi From the Island to Downtown Seattle
I was glad I brought my 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens so I could tightly frame the scene using the vertical "dolphins" as visual borders.
When we arrived in Seattle the sun was just starting to appear, but the scene was not photogenic enough for me. That changed, however as the day unfolded. Around lunch time there were still enough clouds and residual fog that added layers to the sky. I hit the outdoor patio that sits above Elliott Bay with a northwest view to the Olympic mountains.
I noticed one of the maintenance staff in a cherry picker, and he was repairing something on the exterior wall. Fortunately the lighting, his position, and the vista came together for me to be able to capture what I hope will be a shot that honors his and his team's fine work. Most likely he would have had to do the same task if it was miserable outside instead of glorious.
Maintenance Work with a View West
The most rewarding part of my commute home are the views we get of downtown Seattle and the waterfront as we leave for the island. When we get on the water taxi the outdoor seats face west. After September, I'm usually not hardy enough to sit outside for the whole ride--I'll hit and run for a few shots, or to chat with a friend for a bit, and then return to the comfort of the interior, maybe even snooze for 15 minutes. But today was too visually compelling
State Ferry Dock Downtown Seattle
This is another of Washington's mega auto ferries that take commuters between downtown Seattle and exurban cities like Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. But the light and the sky are the stars here.
The water taxi then reverses direction heading directly west, allowing us east facing rear riders with a diminishing view of downtown Seattle as we head off.
Downtown Seattle As We Head West
Happily there was just enough daylight left to see the dissapating clouds over the island.
Arriving on the Island
This is the part of the rock where we live (nope, not waterfront, nor water view). And as the darkness fell, it was good to be home.
Notes on the photography technologies used for these images: These photographs were taken with a Pentax K-1 DSLR and a Pentax 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens. Aurora 2017 HDR software was used to merge three bracketed exposures into a single HDR-type of image. Additional post-processing was performed using Lightroom CC or NIK Silver EFEX Pro2 software.
Ritzville is easy to overlook. A small city in Eastern Washington, Ritzville serves as the go-to depot for getting humongous amounts of wheat onto the railroads heading west to the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. To most, Ritzville is a refueling stop to or from Spokane. But there is more.
We ended up in Ritzville because we couldn’t get a room in Spokane in June during the Hoopfest that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Our son had to be at Gonzaga that Sunday morning to Keeley Cottage attend an academic summer camp. The only place available to stay within a 50-mile radius was a charming Victorian era B&B in Ritzville called Keeley Cottage and operated by the very kind Ruth. What a pleasant surprise!
Ritzville has texture; hundred-plus year old texture. The place peaked during the Great Depression, and has kind of been desiccating ever since. Abandoned buildings that sit for photographers. A functioning movie theater, neon sign crackling. And a classic Main Street that doesn’t wake up until, well, I don’t know, as I couldn’t find anyone to ask when I was there. Ritzville also has fantastic light. Dawn offers crisp, clear skies that reflects arid Eastern Washington. Dusk brings the golden hour to great swaths of the downtown streets. And I’ve tried to capture all that texture in the shots.
Escure Ranch lies within the scenic Rock Creek drainage in southeast Washington (south of Spokane) in the Palouse, formed approximately 12,000 years ago by the massive Glacial Lake Missoula floods. Here you will find 30 miles of non-motorized trails and solitude.
Rock Creek is increasingly popular for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, trout fishing, and hunting. The historic Escure Ranch was built in the early 1900s and focused on sheep ranching. The Rock Creek Great Depression saw the ranch become d Loggerhead Shrike ilapidated. It was purchased in the 1940s by two Basque immigrant bothers, John and Marcus Escure. They ran a successful operation. The distinctive corrugated metal sheathing on several of the buildings was installed during the 1950s. The sheep market declined during the mid 1950s and the brothers then initiated cattle ranching. The BLM purchased the ranch in 1999. The ranch house, barns, buildings and corrals still stand.
The surrounding area is splendid for photography, with many birds and a landscape with strong geological features. My wife and I were only able to spend limited time here, so I concentrated on documenting the ranch infrastructure. We were also able to hike some, enough time for me to grab some snapshots of a few local birds and land features.
Meadowlark at Rock Creek If you like to wake up to a brisk, clear sunrise campsite without another party within miles, then I encourage you to visit Escure Ranch.
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