Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mount Baker near Dusk

Mount Baker near Dusk
Originally uploaded by Honu Photo
I can't believe how smoggy the air here is!

Which CAN make for good sunsets, but when I stopped the other day at this great park in Mount Vernon, the view from above was atrocious.

A couple of things I did learn:

- A descendant of photographer Clyde Banks saw it and commented on it. What an amazing artist Banks was. I've just spent some time poking around the Web reading about him Read more about Clyde Banks.

- The family member's Web site had a swell link on valuing your images for inquirers: http://photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm I've been approached a few times now, and need to get smarter.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Your Optics are Showing

Interesting effect here ...

Captured while shooting the sunset at one of my favorite locations. I'd attached my polarizing filter to capture some of the water/sky that can be so interesting in the light at that time of day.

Didn't expect much out of these shots at the sun, but I find the concentric rings appealing somehow.

I don't know if these are the result of my polarizer, or of the glass I was using (pretty sure it was the kit lens I got with the body, a swell 18-135 that I really like).

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Credit where it's due!

It's flattering to have a photo selected for editorial use ... I just prefer a proper credit (though SOME credit is better than none).

Example: Gizmodo, a Web site full of leaks and breaking news for techies (I prefer their competition, Engadget) in August did a piece about a spate of upcoming technology products coming from Verizon (headline: "Verizon Readying a 15 Phone Barrage for the Rest of '07").

They cleverly overlaid the Verizon logo on the barrel of one of the guns at Fort Casey -- an image I shot about the same time.

My gripe is the lousy credit: "Image via Flickr."

Flickr? I took the freakin' picture. Image by Paul Swortz via Flickr.

At least they point back to my original and provided SOME credit, which is more than many do today ...

Their post.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Visual Dictionary: Subject[ive] Matter

Sharp in Marymoor Park
Originally uploaded by Honu Photo
One of the best things about my new fascination has been the great people and community of shooters out there.

I participate in a Flickr Group that schedules two meetups each month, (but usually more).

I've had a lot of fun the past two months working on a "visual dictionary" project, where the participants have one hour to shoot photos of the same 10 objects.

The first shoot was in Seattle's urban SoDo district. The second was at a suburban park (where it POURED rain).

This photo was my definition of "sharp."

Click below to see some more "definitions."