Forth (Rail) Bridge

15 08 2014

Have you ever had a scene or image that you cannot shake?  Seven years ago I traveled to Scotland to photograph Carrie and Tony’s wedding.  One evening, we went to the small village of South Queensferry to have dinner.  This bridge was right outside and loomed so large.  I took the photo.

Forth Rail Bridge

It is called the “Forth Bridge” or the “Forth Rail Bridge” as this one only carries trains.  It took seven years to complete and was opened in 1890. You can find out more information by clicking HERE.

I think of this bridge often – though I am not sure why.  It just seems so surreal and dream-like as if it’s reaching out of another time.. bridging centuries.

 

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Vance Creek Cycling Road Race

6 05 2012

I joined a cycling racing team here in Olympia this year.  (As if I didn’t experience enough public humiliation).  I didn’t race the other day, but I helped out by driving a ‘follow car’ for a morning race for the beginning group of racers called Category 5 (or “Cat 5”).  In the afternoon, I was the lead car for the Master’s 50+.  I didn’t get to take many photos throughout the day, but it sure is something I could enjoy doing.  I did get a couple of photos before and after the races.

These racers are tough folks. Before and after the race, they are all smiles, good friends and quick to laugh… but put them on a bike, point them in the same direction and let them go, then it is pure competition.  The best racers are able to ignore the burn in their legs, lack of air in their lungs… or the sting of souvenir scrapes and gashes on their arms and legs.  Yes, the road can be hard. This competitive spirit reminds me of horses.  Get two or more of them together and it is a race.  Neither horse wants to be behind. They all want to be in the lead!

Well… since I was volunteering at the race, and not there to officially take photos, I only got a couple .  I look forward to the rest of the season of racing – both as a racer and as an opportunity to capture the athletes of the sport.  Stay tuned, it is only just beginning!

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If you want to see more cycling photos, I recommend you check out Graham Watson’s website.  He is perhaps the best known and most accomplished cycling photographer. Based in the UK, Graham follows the peloton around Europe on the back of a motorcycle capturing the beauty and sometimes pain of the sport.  Check him out!





Lacey and Cruz

12 08 2011

I really like this life as a photographer. Great pay, great travel and great clients!  OK… maybe I am fibbing about the first two.  I do really enjoy working with families, meeting everyone, learning about what they do, and mostly, capturing their lives’ fleeting moments as images the family can keep forever.  As a father of two early twenty year olds, I cannot believe how quickly children grow up, move out and start their own lives.  I believe photographing young families helps me keep ‘young’… or at least feel young.

So it was with great pleasure I was able to photograph Lacey and her son, Cruz, earlier this summer.  We chose the Olympia waterfront and Farmer’s Market as the location. On a Saturday.  Insanity with a 9 month old? No. Not at all!

Lacey

Now, I am not a seafaring person and asking me about the tide makes me immediately think about the clothes washer, so I was at first concerned when we got onsite and the tide (on Puget Sound/Budd Inlet) was out. I mean… WAY out.  No sweat.  We made it a feature.

Lacey & Cruz

Next stop was the Farmer’s market.  I love this location for photographs. There is lots of colors, movement, shadows, textures and light.  All of it different and all of it constantly changing.  It is the kind of place that photographers like David Hobby or Joe McNally would just eat up with their bazillion cameras and strobe units.  (OK… I tend to exaggerate a bit. A ‘bazillion’ only describes McNally…. Hobby appears to travel with less luggage…).

Cruz

Cruz’s Grandpa calls him the ‘world’s cutest grandchild’. Now, until I have my own, (NOT a hint, Amanda & Ethan. I can wait!!!) I might have to agree.  I will tell you though, I am happy to provide him the photographs he can show to brag on his daughter and grandchild.

Gotta love a job like that!

(PS… Thank you Lacey and Cruz for a wonderful afternoon!)

— Jeff





Victoria, BC

3 04 2011

I’ve been fortunate to visit many different places. One of my favorites is Victoria, British Columbia. I just recently visited Victoria with Sherry. While she attended her Rotary meetings, I enjoyed the sights and sounds of this small Provincial Capitol… of course with camera in hand.

For those of you who may not know, Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles, Washington. Victoria is a great destination for a get away. You can get there by car (requires a ferry from Vancouver, or Port Angeles), by plane (float planes fly here from Vancouver and Seattle) or of course, boat. We’ve always traveled here by car and ferry, though one of these times I plan on bringing a bike! Hotels are reasonably priced, and the food is great. At some point, I will want to blog about the eating opportunities, but that will have to wait for a later time.

Walking around Victoria, there is much to see, starting first with the main feature of Victoria, the waterfront.

Just walk along the waterfront, you will find many different interesting sights. For instance, not too far from the photo above I found this doorway into the lower level of an old warehouse. I am drawn to old doors. Not sure why, but it doesn’t really matter. They make great subjects for photos!

Victoria is known for its gardens. This year, we were here about a week or two early. The cherry blossoms were just coming out. On the warm hillsides, the buds were blooming. In the shade or cooler areas, the buds were almost there.

I found the flowers below down along the waterside. I will have to look them up or perhaps someone will know what they are, but they were very delicate.

One of the “Grand Hotels” of Victoria is the Empress Hotel. Prominently situated on Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the Empress watches over the city’s comings and goings as the floatplanes and ferries dock just across the street. This is an impressive hotel – one that I rank right up there with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (where The Shining was filmed) and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan (where Somewhere In Time was filmed). The Empress appears ready for a visit from British Royalty at any moment. In fact, they prepare authentic Afternoon Tea every day.

If you travel with a camera in hand… (and who doesn’t these days with digital cameras in every cell phone!) I recommend that one of your trips take you Victoria. Make sure you plan on bringing that camera, your favorite traveling companion and your appetite. You will not be disappointed in your trip in the least.

I have several new posts in the works including a recap of 2010 Operation: Love Reunited families and the wedding of Liz and Tyler in Cheyenne!

Until then…





2010 Military Family Support Day

15 11 2010

It has been a busy summer.  It is slowing down now with the fall so it is my intent to get somethings posted that have long been delayed.  First and quickly, I want to post the slideshow from this year’s Military Family Support Day.  The MFSD was established 8 years ago by the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club to recognize the sacrifice of the families left behind when a soldier deploys.  Money raised in the community for the event are directly back into programs to assist military families in the Lacey and Olympia, Washington, area.  It all goes back.  It is a wonderful program and one that I help sponsor through my donation of photographs the event for the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club.

You can view the slideshow on YourTube here: 

Stay tune for more updates in the coming days.  I have photos from sessions this past summer and fall I will be posting!





Signs of Spring

24 03 2010

Signs of Spring

We moved to the Pacific Northwest in April 5, 2004, from Colorado.  It was quite the caravan:  One car with a dying transmission, 1 flatulent dog, one constipated and very unhappy cat, a very chatty African Grey Parrot,  5 hermit crabs, 3 curious Arabian horses in a trailer, being pulled by a F350.  It took three days and two nights.  There were no problems, although the car did not last the first week in our new state before it was traded in.  Anyways…

When we first we moved here, we rented a house with 7 acres and a barn (that’s why I started with the caravan story…)  It wasn’t long afterward, that we noticed that the barn and sky were full of these little acrobats joyfully flying through the morning and evening skies.  The Violet-Green Swallow makes its summer home here and other parts of the West.  They are so much fun to see zip through the sky catching and eating flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects.  The spring after we moved into our current home, we nailed a swallow nest to the back of the house and it was quickly adopted by a pair of these wonderful little creatures.  For the past 4 years that nesting box has been used and each of those years, a clutch of swallows leave the box, spend a few weeks around the neighborhood while the juveniles gain strength and endurance.  During this time, I always have a camera in hand or at least close by. You will see their photos at different locations on my site.  (Yep!  One of them are on the splash page.)  Before the end of August, the newly enlarged families start disappearing and start their flights south.

It is getting close… they’re getting close, returning from their winter vacations in Mexico.  There are plenty of bugs flying now and I’ve cleaned last year’s litter out of the nesting box, ready for clutch number 5.  Everything is ready.  I cannot wait, because the return of these little acrobats is my sign that spring has arrived!!

Thanks for reading!





Port Angeles, WA

1 03 2010

A couple of weekends ago, I drove with Sherry to Port Angeles, WA.  She had a day and a half of Rotary meetings which,  left me free to run wild photograph the town and the surrounding area.  That part of the state is now known for the Twilight series of books and movies.  Fortunately, because there was no full moon, werewolves were not on the prowl, so I only had to worry about the vampires, or those looking for vampires while driving, and texting and talking to the person sitting next to them!

Port Angeles is also where the entrance to Olympic National Park is located.  The Park is beautiful at all times of the year.  On one side of the mountains is a true rainforest.  The other side (the Port Angeles side) is in the ‘rain shadow’.  According to the owner of the B&B we stayed at, (the house at the beginning of the sideshow) told me they only receive 27 inches of rain a year.  Heck, in Olympia, we may get that in a weekend!  Twenty seven is still more than we got in our last year in Berthoud, CO, but more appealing to me.  Anyways, the point of this story is that Port Angeles has more to offer than vampires and rain.  It is a beautiful area to hike, bike, eat and… oh, yeh… photograph!

Since early on, I’ve always enjoyed the power of music and visuals to capture emotions and to tell stories… correct that… not to tell stories rather, set up the scene and let the listener/viewer create their own storyline.  Sometimes that storyline is straight forward, such as a wedding. But other times, much more can be left to the imagination, such as in the slideshow I’ve put together below of Port Angeles.

Enjoy!