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Scenes From Sasquatch 2011

The Sasquatch Music Festival: Four days of music, mischief, and very little bathing. The weather was decent  so I busted out my Nikon F camera and shot a few rolls of film over the course of the weekend. I figured since there were tons of press photogs with high-powered lenses already taking pictures of the bands, that I’d look around for other sights and scenes. Mostly I ended up taking pictures of people, which, in my honest opinion,  are always the best part of any music festival (see above). Below are a few of my favorites. Click to embiggen:

Well, that’s it for now. See you at Sasquatch 2012. You bring the tent, I’ll bring the camera.

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Faces of Sakura-Con

Went to my first-ever anime convention to take in the scene and snap some pictures. Not gonna lie, pretty awesome. Cool people with cool costumes everywhere. Here are some of the pics (click to embiggen)

The Man.


Gundam Dreams

Sponge Bob Square Bag

Booth dude

Sitting Sailor

Long Distance Assassin

Sharp

Sharper.

dreds

game face

red eye contact

makeup the breakdown.

Strategy

double vision

zombie mask.

game time.

iPhonography Showcase

Check out this video I made of featuring photos from my Everyday Picture iPhone photography experiment. I may not have made it long posting a picture every day, as was my original intent, but I did get a few good ones, which I’ve compiled here and set to music. Hope you like it. Also, if you want prints let me know.

Photographic Hardware

A few days ago I had my first PA gig on a commercial shoot. Hooray for grunt work!! The UW Alumni Association commissioned the spot to promote the upcoming football season, and the production took place at Pacific Supply Hardware in Capitol Hill. In between running errands and wrapping electrical cables, I managed to spot some nice light filtering in through the store’s large back windows. I took advantage of a break on set to snap some shots of a few household products as they basked in the warm evening glow of Seattle’s summer sun. After taking the shots on my iPhone, I filtered them through Perfectly Clear, a fantastic photo-fixing app which quickly adjusts exposure and picture sharpness. Next, I ran the pictures through Camera Bag’s “Color Cross” filter to get a nice saturated finished product. In the the end, I think I managed to capture a pretty good blend between the store’s hardware and my phone’s software. After my little photo shoot, it was back to sweeping floors and making food runs. All in a days work, I guess.

Nikon F Photomic Test Shots

Solid As A Rock

My ever-increasing infatuation with film cameras has led me to acquire a brand spankin’ new Nikon F Photomic. Ok, so it’s not exactly new – mine was introduced sometime in the mid 60’s –  but it’s new to me, and I’m pretty enamored with it. The thing is built like a tank and weighs a ton, but it takes pretty great pictures considering it’s almost a half a century old. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to. Here are a few test shots I took with Kodak 200 film using a Vivitar 28mm wide-angle lens. I hope to have more portrait shots with my next roll. Check em out.

Street Shots

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To say that I’ve been mildly obsessed with my new 50mm prime lens lately would be a gross understatement. I seriously can not stop taking pictures with this thing. I just took it to the Oregon coast (pictures coming soon) and I don’t think my camera left my shoulder the entire time. Now that I’m back in Seattle and have a better feel for how it works, I’ve been really getting into street photography and street portraits. Really the hardest part about this discipline is getting comfortable approaching people and not being afraid to take a picture, even if it might make you or someone else a little uncomfortable. Today I went around the University District and walked up and down the Ave for about 20 minutes just snapping away and asking the occasional stranger if I could take their picture. Most people said yes, and the few people who said no mentioned that they weren’t allowed to be photographed while working or in work clothes.  The guy above was the first person I asked and not only did he agree to be photographed, he also struck a really natural and relaxed pose, as if he gets asked for his photo all the time (or maybe people who wear sweatpants in public just know a thing or two about how to live a life of leisure). Next time I will bring a little notebook so I can remember the names of the people I shoot. Anyway, here are few more. Lemme know what you think.

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Back in Business: Mount Rainier Hike

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Ok, so I’ve been a little lax on the blog updates lately, but these long, hot August days have really sapped my ambition to write anything new, not to mention bathe at regular intervals. Anyway, I finally got around to doing something that actually merits a post. Yesterday I took my friend Faye, who is Korean and studying in the United States, on a hike in Mt. Rainier National Park. My friend Katherine, a hiking aficionado, joined along. After gathering up our snacks and putting gas in the car, we were ready to go. I took advantage of the 2-hour car ride to teach Faye some new swear words and also deconstruct the differences between the phrases “kicks ass” and “kick your ass” (the meaning is in the details).

After driving through some heavy clouds and a few foreboding rain showers, the three of us made it to our destination: The Naches Peak Trail Loop, a 3.5 mile circuit filled with pristine meadows, shimmering lakes, and spectacular mountain views. We were fortunate that the rainy weather subsided and gave way to sunshine and a light breeze, perfect conditions for a Saturday hike. Take a look:

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Dewey Lake

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Katherine is an expert berry picker. She filled up an entire Nalgene water bottle with wild blueberries.

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Wild blueberries are smaller than the regular variety you find in grocery stores. They also have a pear-like taste to them. If you ever hike this trail, make sure to give these a try. They are amazing!

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The Sound of Music?

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I really wanted to frolic in this meadow, but unfortunately there were several signs strictly prohibiting such actions.

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It was a little cloudy on our visit, but they managed to break just enough to give us a glimpse of the peak.

I don’t go on many hikes (mainly because it requires that I put on pants) but the Naches Peak Trail Loop is definitely a must-do. It’s overwhelming scenic, easy and short enough for all ages to partake, yet very rewarding when you get to see a majestic Mt. Rainier waiting for you at the end of the trail. Plus, there are wild blueberries to eat along the way! Hooray for blueberries!!!

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