Monday, September 26, 2011

Beaver Creek Ranch

Branding Cattle at the Reunion






Monday, August 15, 2011


Waiting for the ferry after the Doe Bay Festival.   

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Portraits: Bryan John Appleby and Band

In February I found myself sitting on a bench next to Bryan Appleby outside of the Conor Byrne Pub.   I had a new camera, a 1938 Rolleiflex Automat 6x6, and was looking to start shooting portraits.    I asked, he agreed and four and a half months later I stopped by their house to shoot six rolls of black & white Kodak Tri-X pan film ISO 320, expiration date 1996.

The day was overcast and it was around 6:30 - 7pm.   We shot in natural light using their house and shack as backdrops.    The portraits were shot at f-3.5 and 1/50 hand held.   I over-processed the negatives by two minutes to bring out more tone and grain.   
Group shot original scan.   Bryan and I discussed the overall look of the final prints.   He was looking for something with a bit of contrast and grain.    To work within time constraints I scanned the film and worked with digital files.   I tried to keep the post production in Lightroom true to what I could have achieved in a darkroom using filters, dodging and burning.     I intentionally kept some of the dust on the negatives to reflect the feeling and mood of their vinyl album which includes pops and crackles in the background of their songs.

 The final prints:

Thank you to Bryan John Appleby, Cole Mauro, Joe Ruppert, Kyle Zantos, and Luke Messimer.

You can check out their music here:
Fire on the Vine
Facebook Band Page 

Also, BIG thanks to Vanja Horonic and Matthew Corcoran for the use of their film scanners.  

Also, also, to Drake Hokanson who gave me the film years ago.  Not only for his generosity of bestowing 60 rolls of film on me but for the constant inspiration and guidance he and Carol have given me. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Road to Port Townsend

Last weekend I left my house on my bike and ended up in Port Townsend to visit a few friends.   It was liberating to travel without a car for a  couple days.   I wanted to share a few views from the road. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Red House Music Night

One of my favorite things about Seattle is the music community.   I am lucky enough to live only a few blocks away from some incredibly talented musicians.    On Thursday they hosted a house show.  I decided to invite myself over, cobbler and camera in hand.

The performers played acoustic sets with original music.    The space was perfect, complete with a bow, antlers, a shelf of Nat Geo magazines and instruments in every corner.   The most amazing part of the night was getting to experience the music in its whole.   The attendees (friends, artists, musicians) were listening so intently to this intimate experience you could hear a pin drop, or a shutter close in my case.  I tried to take as few frames as I could to preserve the quiet reverie while still managing to get enough photos to share with you.   I may be posting two video clips in a few days.   

Line Up:
Brad Duncan
Matt Kinder - The Parade Schedule
Introductory Song: Luke Messimer and Kyle Zantos 
Johnny Panlener
Bryan John Appleby