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The Substance of Things Hoped For, the Evidence of Things Not Seen, Part 1

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Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

1/200 second at f/4, ISO 200. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.
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Budai and Believer, Singapore, 2012

Budai and Believer, Singapore, 2012

1/800 second at f/7.1, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.
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Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

1/320 second at f/7.1, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

 

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December 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Bangkok’s Chinatown

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chinatown vendor i, bangkok, 2012

chinatown vendor i, bangkok, 2012

I made these images in Bangkok about a month ago. I’d been to Chinatown (also known as Yaowarat for the main arterial that runs through it) many times, but usually for dinner or a late night snack. After having seen a photowalk series by a local professional, I was inspired to make a daytime trip. It was the middle of the day and hot and humid as can be, but having found a willing accomplice (thank you, Yui!), we made the trip. These were some of the things that I saw.

All images made with a Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120 f/4.

hong kong noodle shop, bangkok, 2012

hong kong noodle shop, bangkok, 2012

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fish maw, bangkok, 2012

fish maw, bangkok, 2012

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chinatown vendor ii, bangkok, 2012

chinatown vendor ii, bangkok, 2012

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pepper neon, bangkok, 2012

pepper neon, bangkok, 2012

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lor yaowaraj, bangkok, 2012

lor yaowaraj, bangkok, 2012

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December 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Stragglers and Dilly-Dallyers

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before the rain

before the rain

I’ve been in the tropics for the past couple of months and missed most of the change in the seasons. Home now and did some strolling this past week. I was fortunate to catch these scenes. Thank goodness for stragglers and dilly-dallyers 😉

1/1250 second at f/208, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 (before the rain, above).

 

stars

stars

1/320 second at f/6.3, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/2.8.

 

evening light

evening light

1/50 second at f/8, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

 

forest floor

forest floor

1/40 second at f/14, ISO 3200. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

 

fallen leaves

fallen leaves

1/3 second at f/18, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

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November 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

A Veterans Day Tribute

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This is my Veterans Day tribute to the brave men and women who have served, and to those who continue to give so much so that we may enjoy the freedoms and way of life that we take for granted. This post is especially for Lani, whose grandchildren stand watch so that we don’t have to. Thank you!

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, 2012

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, 2012

What making images at the Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, my eyes were drawn to this tribute atop a grave marker in the veterans section. Lewis Albanese was born in Venice (Italy) and was KIA in Vietnam while serving his adopted country. For his sacrifice in combat, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The black marble plaque behind his grave marker reads, “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty”. Here is the rest of the citation.

1/60 second at f/4.4, ISO 100. Infrared-converted Panasonic ZS6.

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Minneapolis - St. Paul International, 2012

Minneapolis – St. Paul International, 2012

I made this image at Minneapolis – St. Paul International. While waiting for my flight, a group of veterans disembarked at the gate at which I was waiting. I snapped this as a young man – probably 22 at most – walked by. He seemed fine and fit as a fiddle until one looked down, for in place of one calf was a bare metal prosthetic.

1/15 second at f/2.2, ISO 400. Canon S100.

 

 

 

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November 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Adrenaline Rush

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Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Bangkok has long been a special place for me. From close-by but exotic holiday destination to a place where Dad conducted business to an annual destination for Yui and I, it is now one of the places that I call home. Indeed, it is home to half of my extended family; my heart seldom wanders far.

One of the unique modes of transportation in Thailand is the tuk-tuk (pronouced “took-took” with abbreviated double-O’s). Powered by a small gas engine, it is a gaily decorated three-wheeler with a covered cab, driver in front, passengers (usually 2-3 but I’ve seen as many as 6-7) in rear. A highly maneuverable small vehicle, it is the perfect solution to the helter-skelter bustle of Bangkok traffic where everything moves at one of two speeds – full tilt, or full standstill.

As you can imagine, a ride in a tuk-tuk can be quite the adventure. In a profession where time is money, drivers accelerate quickly and stop abruptly, diving through whatever openings the traffic flow allows. I made this image about 2 weeks ago, on a trip to Bangkok’s Chinatown. I think it helps explain what a tuk-tuk ride is all about. 😉

4/5 second at f/22, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.


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November 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Heading Home

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Second Beach, Olympic National Park, 2012

Second Beach, Olympic National Park, 2012

I made this image earlier this summer, on a trip out to the Olympic National Park with Sai and Ed. On this day, we had planned to get to the beach with plenty of time to set up for sunset. But, as luck would have it, it turned out to be one of those typical Northwest ends-of-the-day, with a thick band of clouds obliterating the horizon. I made it onto the beach just in time to catch this scene, with the rays of the sinking sun illuminating the ribbon of clouds that had come sweeping down the coastline.

4/5 second at f/13, ISO 200. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

 

 

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October 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

Light on the Land, IV

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Red Barn, Eastern Washington, 2012

Red Barn, Eastern Washington, 2012

Been a long time. Family matters bring me back to Asia and it feels a bit odd, but here’s one from the archives, made some 4 months and 16 time zones away…

I made this image in summer just outside Uniontown in Eastern Washington. Ed and I were on our way home from the weekend shoot, still marveling at the broad bands of light and shadow that lazily drift over the Palouse when we drove past this lush field of green…and lo and behold…a picture-perfect red barn. It was obvious that the owners didn’t want trespassers traipsing through the delicate wheat so we stuck to the public areas, absorbing the beauty and making a few images.

1/800 second at f/8, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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October 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

A Walk in the Woods

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Hoh Rainforest, 2012

Hoh Rainforest, 2012

I made this image several weeks ago on a trip to the Olympic National Park. This was a path through the Hoh Rainforest, a national treasure with enormous, jaw-dropping stands of magnificent moss-covered old growth.

1/100 second at f/4, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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October 5, 2012 at 3:15 am

LIGHT ON THE LAND, III

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Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

A friend asked what I think of the Sony NEX-7 for a travel kit so I have been diligently trying to put it through it’s paces.

I shot Tree Trunks I under the dense mid-summer tree canopy. The difference in EVs between the highlights and the rest of the bark was huge…maybe 5 or 6 stops. I processed the RAW file in Lightroom, doing a fair amount of dodging and burning to get the image to where it approximates what (I feel) the human eye/brain perceives. I was pleased to find that I could pull as much detail out of the highlights as I wanted.

Tree Trunks II was made under a typical cloudy Seattle sky. No direct sunlight to contend with but the location of this tree meant that certain portions of the frame were rather brightly illuminated by reflected light. In processing, I again applied some dodging and burning to even things out. The thing that pleased me about this image is that it shows how much detail the NEX sensor (+ inexpensive 55-210mm lens) is able to resolve.

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I: 1/25 second at f/13, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.
Tree Trunks II: 1/60 second at f/8, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.

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August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Sunday’s Sunset

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Sunset, Richmond Beach, 20120805

Sunset, Richmond Beach, 20120805

It had been a 92 degree day. The sky didn’t look particularly promising but the tide seemed reasonable so on a whim, I picked a beach to watch the sunset. If nothing else, I’d treat myself to some cool ocean breezes. This is how things turned out.

2 seconds at f/13, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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August 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

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