Just under the wire: the December theme
All was madness this month, which means that I'm surely going to be one of the last people posting their entries in the WELL photography conference's Theme of the Month: "Lights".
heather, on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 10:20 AM:
I love the Astoria one!
gracie, on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 5:11 PM:
I'm partial the to the origami one. I love deep rich reds. And the antique light cover. I can just imagine some chinese daggers flying through the air.
Karl, on Monday, January 3, 2005 at 1:17 PM:
The inlet is so beautiful in the moonlight isnt it? I almost fell in.
The ceiling pic reminds me of a favorite eggleston shot, check out the master of the mundane if you havent before.
Finally, some photos of Italy.
You see, eventually I give you what you want. But first I make you beg a bit.
Well, here are all of my digital photos from Italy. Miz Becky's camera started having troubles while we were in Florence, which means I switched to shooting film exclusively for the rest of the trip. Those you'll have to wait another week or so for. But here's a few images to tide you over. Just a few.
I'm also planning to get a few more episodes of my travelogue up over the holiday break... so you can get some of the explanations for these pictures.
timothy, on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 2:20 PM:
Very cool! Thanks Dave, your the greatest for posting these!
Andrew, on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 7:27 PM:
Thank you so much for sharing your holiday pictures. They were fantastic to view and to read your associated comments. Great camera work, as well!
Hannah, on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 8:13 PM:
Oh mate, great photos. They were worth the wait. I now can't wait to see the film shots. You have brought back great memories from Italy. Is it possible to miss a place you've only been a few times on holiday? I miss Italy. You have reinvigorated my desire to get back there at the end of 2005. Seriously, how beautiful is it?? Thanks again for the great shots.
heather, on Friday, December 24, 2004 at 7:27 AM:
I miss Italy and I've only been once. AWESOME photos Dave - thanks for sharing (and bringing back great memories of our own trip!)
Karl, on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 12:36 PM:
Wow, I cant seem to figure out why anyone would want to visit the Duomo.
Very nice stuff.
I have heard that while only certain types are susceptible to graphical photos, like designers and those suffering from OCD, nearly all photographers are afflicted by doors at some point in their life. Kind of like chicken pox.
Blinded by the cow
No, not Italy, some random image from this last year. But more Italian photos are coming in the next week, I promise.
gracie, on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 12:34 PM:
Didn't we already see this one? There can't be two "blinded by the cow"'s out there...
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 12:54 PM:
This picture was up briefly about a week ago, due to user error, but I took it down. Curse you RSS readers who notice every little change :-)
Andrew, on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 5:00 PM:
Come on David, you're killing me with all this teasing! Show us the photos!!! ;-)
Italy on the street
Quite a bit of the photography I did in Italy was my normal street photography work, but (obviously) in a new place.
It was both similar to and different from shooting in Seattle. On the one hand, it's a street, it's people, there's light, all of the usual issues and factors. On the other hand... where in Seattle do I have this kind of beautiful cobblestoned street to use as a compositional element? And when I'm in Seattle, is my mind being blown by the beauty and age of it all?
(that'd be "no")
Savannah, on Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 12:16 PM:
Stop! You're going to make me want to move there. I've always loved those medieval streets....
Timothy, on Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 10:57 PM:
Christian, on Friday, December 17, 2004 at 7:08 PM:
Doesn't Queen Anne have cobblestone streets? ;-)
Here's another tease from my Italy photos, because Tim was whining at me in IM this evening...
Timothy, on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 11:19 PM:
....or maybe it was complaining that it was taking so long for new images to appear ....
Some say tomato ...
gracie, on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 11:45 PM:
sweet. i really like that one.
heather, on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 12:11 PM:
Joshua Edelstein, on Monday, December 13, 2004 at 11:06 AM:
Looks like wrasses swimming behind beach glass . . .
Sunset with posts
Or something like that.
Andrew, on Monday, November 15, 2004 at 7:22 PM:
Interesting colours, and is that a gaussian blur, or natural? Either way, it looks good.
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 11:01 AM:
Yep, a little gaussian blur on a second layer that's at about 50% transparency. I keep thinking it's a tacky effect and then I keep coming back to it. :-)
Look who we ran into
That's right, a few weeks ago on a blustery, blustery day, Miz Becky and I were on our usual hour-long route through the neighborhood when we were lucky enough to run into Debra and Ella taking a turn around the block.
Well, here we go.
The east coast polls are closing in a few hours.
To cop a line from my goyishe friends... "The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight."
Something strange I just found in my files
Original image from a low-fi shoot I did, gosh, back in 1995 or 1996 when we put up the first version of the Visual C++ website over the course of a weekend. We used a video camera and a Play Inc. Snappy... ah, thems were the days.
Not sure when I added all the other crap on top of this image.
Man, am I a digital packrat.
Rob, on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 8:15 AM:
I remember this. We lugged that damn monitor all over and around the building.
Didnt you shoot it at the water fall/pond as well?
Sometimes I miss working in that asylum.
Looks like fall
The art of the shut-in
When you're going batshit because you haven't left the house, you find photos when they come to you.
Now THAT'S a pair of cabbage
Heather, on Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 3:57 PM:
Hey - I like that... where's it from?
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 10:12 AM:
heather, on Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 6:18 PM:
Oh. Of course.
But where'd the egg come from?
heather, on Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 6:19 PM:
(I can keep this up as long as you can ;-))
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 9:04 PM:
Dude. Not everything is a competition.
heather, on Monday, October 11, 2004 at 8:51 AM:
Yet more fall color
Nice light this afternoon
Andrew, on Monday, October 4, 2004 at 1:54 AM:
That looks like a very nice place to be. And you're right, the light was great!
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, October 4, 2004 at 9:00 AM:
Some people like seeing sunlight trickling through smog, I guess. Way to think positive!
More signs of the season
Sun Friday, on Sunday, October 3, 2004 at 1:35 PM:
Beautiful. You've captured the light of harvest season.
Last week's clouds
There's something about photos from the fonecam that I like, although I confess I'm not really sure why.
As Gary Greenberg (the ceramic artist) once said, "You just gotta adjust your aesthetic."
Eric Thirolle, on Friday, October 1, 2004 at 7:26 AM:
Looks a bit like pinhole camera stuff - fuzzy, and vignetted. Pinhole cameras do have their own aesthetic that is appealing - is it a kind of nostalgia?
Not quite that small any more
We had dinner tonight with Lisa and Jeff and Annika, who is about six weeks older and considerably bigger than she was on this beautiful sunny afternoon at Matthews Beach.
An experimental photo gallery
Huh. Why is there so much space at the top? So much is mysterious.
heather, on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 2:32 PM:
I think the green fuzzy thing deserves "Best in Show".
Miz Becky represents at Red Mill
... while an undercover cop pretends indifference.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 11:58 PM:
But is Miz Becky a Srip or a Plood?
Miz B, on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 7:21 AM:
I'm a gang of one, baby. A Drip.
Amanda, on Monday, September 27, 2004 at 6:48 PM:
WHAT a cool photo! And what precise finger alignment! Hand model in the raw...baby, the phone is going to be ringing off the hook when the studios get a look at you!
The joys of having an Oregonian father-in-law
Nothin' like a man and his burn pile.
Unfortunately this photo gives no idea of the original scale of the pile -- roughly 6' x 6' x 20' or so (2m x 2m x 7m).
Amanda, on Monday, September 27, 2004 at 6:55 PM:
Oh, that's just a wee little burn pile. You should ha' seen the one that was as big as a Greyhound bus. Singed me fadder's eyebrows off, it did...
Janel continues her strict regimen of bugging
Christian, on Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 11:35 AM:
Cat's thinking: "I am *SO* going to pee on the carpet for this indignity..."
Are you mocking me?
Emeralds and sapphires
gracie, on Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 4:28 PM:
very nice. were these fair trade?
Do you remember Spring?
I remember spring.
Barbed Wire Horse
Timothy, on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 10:32 PM:
COOOOLLLLL!!! Where is this at?
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, September 10, 2004 at 1:55 PM:
I suppose that would have been useful information.
It's at the super cool High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon.
Christian, on Sunday, September 5, 2004 at 11:11 AM:
Heather, on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 7:23 PM:
When I first looked at this, I actually thought it was some sort of satellite picture of the earth, and the lamp post (I think that's what that thing is) was tracking some sort of object in orbit... because I had scrolled down and covered up the reflection of the building and trees. I had to look twice to realize that wasn't what it is :-) Cool photo!
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, September 10, 2004 at 10:22 AM:
The clue is in the far upper right hand corner.
Heather, on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 7:10 PM:
I figured it out once I scrolled back up to see the top of the picture - but I thought it was cool that it could be interpreted as something completely different than what it actually is.
Aliens! Ah seen 'um!
Thelma! Hide the pups!
The San Juans
Looking roughly east-southeast from Mount Constitution on Orcas Island.
David Gans, on Monday, September 6, 2004 at 10:18 PM:
Apparently an heirloom variety. Mighty tasty -- similar to a shallot, really, but definitely an onion.
Sometimes, Edgar just wants the world to go away.
Last Friday's team meeting
No, really, this is me paying attention. If I don't take these pictures when I see them, I get stuck on them and can't focus on what's being said.
Speaking of what was being said, this meeting was an unusual experience for cynical, jaded me: I was actually excited and inspired by the meeting. At first I thought it was just heartburn, but then I couldn't deny it.
My manager's theory is that it was because they were talking real numbers and real plans for a change, instead of vagueness and handwaving. Nevertheless... kind of an exciting experience.
Tonight's cool clouds
Christian, on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 11:13 AM:
Boy, it's been a week. Hopefully I'll get back to some more regular updating this week -- including the promised photo updates -- but in the interim, here's another photo from Orcas Island to tide you over.
Orcas island fog
Miz Becky and I spent four days last week on Orcas Island, on a sort of longish weekend getaway. A full report is coming later, once I catch up on all of my other backed up reports, but I thought I'd put this up as a little teaser.
And here's an added gift to you: The same image as a desktop background.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, August 9, 2004 at 1:58 PM:
Yes, but how many orcs did you see?
Doors visible and invisible
A field trip!
On Sunday, Miz Becky and I went on a field trip to the Cedar River Watershed, which supplies most of Seattle's drinking water. Miz Becky was there for work, of course, but I was just there to tag along and take pictures.
The focus of the field trip was a proposal by the people managing the watershed to do some thinning of the forests in the watershed. If my memory is correct, 75% of the forests in the watershed had been cut between 30 and 80 years ago, which meant that much of the forest was in a stage called "competitive exclusion", where the youngish trees were very tightly spaced, and choking out nearly everything on the ground. This is apparently a pretty good state for your forest to be in if you're running a tree farm, but not so good if you're looking for biodiversity.
We spent the morning indoors, listening to presentations and discussing their plan. In short, the idea is to do some targeted thinning in the more recently cut forests, to open up the canopy and promote a growth pattern and a level of biodiversity more similar to a "late successional forest". All of which sounded reasonable to me.
After a tasty box lunch (from the pink boxes, I suspect Remo Borrachini's), we drove out to see some trees. Our first stop was waaaay up on "700 road", to see some of the orginal, uncut, old growth forest. And it was beautiful, let me tell you. The photo doesn't do it justice; the thing to notice is how diverse the vegetation is, and how much light there is.
After spending some time talking about the old growth forest, we piled back into the vans and drove back down the road to the parcel they're planning to thin. Apparently the scientists call this kind of environment a "biological desert", and after spending some time there, I understand the term. There was nothing there that we saw, aside from trees, moss, ferns, and mosquitos -- a far cry from the light and activity we saw up in the old growth area.
Notice how close the trees are to each other. Apparently that's why many of the flying creatures (including bats, birds, and flying squirrels) stay out of that kind of forest -- there's just too much stuff in the way to fly efficiently.
All in all, a good time. I highly recommend getting out to the watershed educational center if you're in the Seattle area; it's a beautiful place. Our favorite feature was a set of drums scattered around the central courtyard of the center, with small pipes squirting jets of water above them. The water would play the drums, you see, in different rhythms. Super cool.
Andrew, on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 2:07 AM:
Amazing pictures, it must have been great to actually be in that forest. You also explained well the difference between the two types of forest. Sounds obvious after you've explained it, but I never would have guessed that to be a problem myself.
I've never been to Seattle (I've never been to the USA!) but if I do, I want to go to Watershed!
Something from last weekend's Circus shoot
Here are a few more pictures from last weekend's shoot with Circus Contraption. Enjoy!
Laura, on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 4:57 PM:
I love these kinds of photos. Very cool! Also, congrats on your new work-crow. Looks like the bird feeder is working...
That's a lot of devil tongue
Why yes, I did do another shoot with the Circus today. And, as always, it was an exhausting good time.
Another teaser from last weekend's trip to the Oregon coast, shot with our friend the Lensbaby.
How was your Fourth of July weekend? Nothing special, I expect, for those of you outside of North America -- do Canadians celebrate Canada Day over the same weekend?
We were in Newport, Oregon, with Miz Becky's family, where we spent a great deal of time sailing. That would account for the Xtreme Tan Line I'm sporting around where my sunglasses go.
You will not be surprised to hear that many more photos are coming... but it's going to be a busy week all around and I'm not sure when I'm going to get to posting them.
Here's a little taste, then.
The crow pictures: Once again I give you what you want
I remembered to bring my digicam in today, and surprisingly enough our friend came back to show off its cool behavior. Here it is this morning, when the light was nicer:
Does that little bit of down in the middle of the wing mean we're dealing with a juvenile here? Anyone? Anyone?
Here's the crow hanging off the feeder and grabbing a load of seeds:
And here it is pecking at the load of seeds it just spit out. Note the pile of sunflower seeds beneath its tail.
It's watching me while I type this.
Joshua Edelstein, on Friday, July 2, 2004 at 7:28 AM:
Quoth it aught?
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, July 2, 2004 at 7:33 AM:
I'm not going for it.
Joshua Edelstein, on Friday, July 2, 2004 at 8:27 AM:
I've never been more impressed with your restraint.
A rare photograph of your author...
... taken by the delightful sister-in-law, Amanda Jane Kelley -- soon also to be known as Venus, the Goddess of Love.
Do I have a soft spot for the neighborhood slut cat? Yes, yes I do.
It's been a few years since I last went to the Seattle Pride Parade, but I figured that this year I had to come out (har har) and support my brothers and sisters, and, uh, brothersisters and sisterbrothers in the queer community. It's been kind of a big year, you know?
One thing I was delighted to see this year (though I've left most of them out of the photos) was the number of large corporations that had employee floats: not just us, but Starbucks, Washington Mutual, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Boeing were there as well. The fire department and a couple of unions had groups there. King County Metro, our local transit authority, was handing out free "commemorative" bus tickets with the word "PRIDE" on them. There were also several candidates there -- and there's really nothing quite like demonstrating your committment to a marginalized community by appearing in public with them. It was great to see.
The parade seemed less "freaky" this year; Toys in Babeland had a relatively modest little presentation, and the various clubs mostly limited themselves to a flatbed truck, a DJ, and a few balloons.
But... never fear. There was plenty to turn my camera on.
Chris, on Monday, June 28, 2004 at 11:14 AM:
I miss the Dykes on Bikes...
Tim Who?, on Monday, June 28, 2004 at 7:51 PM:
While Miz Becky and Janel tried to decide if there was live music in our future last night, I found this lovely image on the side of the Warwick. Apparently I didn't quite hold it as steady as I thought I could, braced against the street light.
Recent street photography
I've finally gone through the film I picked up over a week ago, and have made a rough edit... I don't love all of these, but there's something in each one that I like, which I figure is good enough justification to live with them a while.
I should probably write a longer post about this, but I've noticed that I tend to use the digital camera for less personal photos, more "recording" or "commercial" (like yesterday's parade photos). On the other hand, I tend to do the more personal and expressive work on (as I said last week) "good, honest Tri-X". Is that a function of film vs. digital? Or is it a function of the digital camera being an SLR, while the film camera is a rangefinder, and therefore more suited to the kind of personal work I do? Hard to say either way, really.
ben razon, on Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 6:37 PM:
really nice work. and I agree with you about the use of digital as opposed to the more personal feeling with film. digital may enable you to catch more scenes, but in the end I think that the way one connects in thought and conscious act of pressing that shutter still remains in the realm of the rangefinder and tri-x.
as the one who started the Winogrand Club, i'd wished there'd been more regular interaction but if in the spirit of Garry one would assume that most of the members are out there, hopefully shooting.
cheers and best.
Luis Liwanag, on Monday, June 21, 2004 at 12:45 AM:
I am just a passerby but street photography is the only thing I know...I always approach every shoot, even for news coverages as I would shooting the streets and now that I use digicams, I felt very cold pictures coming out of my shoots since the captured moments are decided by the camera and not by my trigger finger .I miss the spontaneity that I used to have in my images.Now Ishoot a lot more to compensate for the loss in heartful moments, a loss I grieve for .....
The Fremont Solstice Parade
Man, yesterday was a beautiful day here in Seattle. A perfect day for the annual Fremont Solstice Parade. Fremont's gotten much more yuppified in recent years, but they're still the keepers of the flame of goofiness in Seattle, and the Solstice Parade is one event I try to never miss. It's a hoot.
This year was even more especially special, though, since several months ago Miz Becky dared herself to join her Samba class in this year's parade. Hours of extra rehearsals, costume trauma, and nerves -- not to mention, a healthy fear of dancing for two hours in the hot sun -- all ended up with a great time, and no significant sunburn!
Laura, on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 4:38 PM:
This parade looks like it was a lot of fun! Kind of reminds me of a larger version of Ashland, Oregon's Fourth of July parade. Congrats to Miz Becky on her parade samba debut!
You know, a mirrored chipmunk.
Christian, on Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 10:23 AM:
Must... have... mirrored... chipmunk...
I had a few rolls of good, honest, black and white film developed this week, so you should expect a few posts of them coming your way in the next few days.
Oh, the anticipation!
Belisa, on Friday, March 18, 2005 at 8:24 AM:
in the simply things of live you can see the Beautifull of something alive, things.... i enchanted that picture, you really catch the essense...
grettings of Perú
This guy cheats at hide-and-go-seek.
Are you suuuuure you're covering your eyes?
Andrew, on Monday, June 7, 2004 at 11:26 PM:
I really like the lighting in this shot - it provides a great atmosphere for the subject.
Robert Jahrling, on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at 6:45 AM:
I'm going to do everyone a really big favor and not mention the obviously superior hand-eye coordination that the guy has.
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at 7:15 AM:
That's good of you, really.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at 1:31 PM:
The iniquity of self-abuse verily causeth hair to grow upon ye palms. The licentiousness of lusting after lower marginal tax rates surely causeth the claws of Captain Howdy to emerge from 'neath thy eyelids. Fall upon the mercy of thy God, flat-taxers!
Ah, another wonderful Folklife festival. I only had two days there this year -- Miz Becky and I were preparing for the shower -- but I managed to pack in 14 hours or so of festivities, and saw a lot of great stuff.
The general scene
A polka interlude
An early Folklife report
I spent nearly nine hours at Folklife yesterday, where I danced, chatted with artists and musicians, ate food that was bad for me, bought some excellent hand-made knives, and shot about two hundred photos.
Since I'm aimin' to go back today (see, I'm all folksy now) to get a bit more of my Folklife on (maybe not that folksy), I'm just going to post one photo this morning. It's an attempt to answer the question "Was Miz Becky having a good time at the Brazilian music showcase last night?"
Apparently the answer is "yes".
(I'm starting to catch up after an extended period of excessive busyness... so expect a few, well, more historical posts over this Memorial Day weekend)
Last Monday, of course, was Miz Becky's birthday. Her parents were in town, Becky and I took the day off, and we all headed up to Whidbey Island for the perfect Miz Becky birthday activity: Nursery hopping.
When this building first went up I wondered what the fins were for. Then I saw them at sunset and it made perfect sense.
Props to... well, to me!
Hey, look whose publicity photos made it into the paper!
Yes, there was a big article about the Circus' new show in the paper the other day, and it was gratifying to see them use yours truly's publicity photos of them.
Of course, the one of Kari, uh, Sally, on the left, there is nicer in color.
This morning's leaves
This is more like a fall image than one that evokes spring, really.
It's a very Seattle spring this morning, though, which some might say is indistinguishable from fall.
Anomalous, on Monday, May 17, 2004 at 12:19 PM:
I know you don't like the weather here, but it doesnt come through in these images.
This goes well with http://www.noise-to-signal.com/2004/02/another_beautif.html
I would love to see galleries by subject matter or style.
Andrew, on Monday, May 17, 2004 at 10:34 AM:
More fritty plowers
A quick wander around the yard, to see what was blooming today.
Today's cool clouds
Clotho, Atropos, and Lachesis out for a night on the town
About to cook ...
... and I loved this onion so much I had to run and get my camera.
As I told someone last week, look, I'm obsessive-compulsive, but it ain't a disorder with me.
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 10:59 AM:
I should mention that the knife in the photo is my absolute favorite of all of my knives, an 8" chopper from Michael Hemmer that I got at last year's Folklife festival. For me, it's the perfect combination of a Chinese cleaver and a western chef's knife, beautiful and tough as nails. Kathy Hemmer, who actually sold me the knife, said that they have a lifetime guarantee on their knives. "No, really, build a house with it. If you manage to break it, we'll be impressed."
And indeed, it made short work of a coconut at Janel's Brazil party.
I just checked this morning and am glad to see that he's scheduled to have a booth at this year's festival as well. Woot! I'm gettin' me some paring and utility knives this year.
Which way to Eden?
The quamash is in bloom
One of Miz Becky's plantings of Northwest native plants, the camas or quamash is one of the most enthusiastic of the early spring bloomers, for which I love it -- unusual for me, since I don't notice most plants.
I was going to talk about the history and food uses of this important native plant, but Google provided me with this already very informative article on camassia quamash instead.
Michelle, on Friday, April 23, 2004 at 6:10 PM:
For someone who claims not to notice most plants, you sure do take a lot of pretty pictures of them! So are you going to try it?
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, April 23, 2004 at 7:01 PM:
I've been instructed by The Gardener that there are only six tubers, and I'm not allowed to touch any of them. :-)
Yesterday, you see, was Janel's birthday, and though she had initially planned for us all to celebrate at Seven Stars Pepper, Tim pointed out that the Mareeners had a home game that day, and parking downtown was going to suck. So, on with the emergency back up plan: A top-secret, tropical-themed party at her house, with her doing the planning and us doing the cooking.
How surprising: She wanted to supervise. But I digress.
The theme, as it turned out, was Brazil; and (as you'll see in the pictures below) Janel took it over the top by putting together the perfect costume: "Suburban housewife throws tropical-themed party".
The beets! The beets are coming!!! Run for your lives!!!!!
All right, you two, get a room...
It always surprises me that we still have overhead projectors here.
Christian, on Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 11:04 AM:
It looks like they're embracing... like snakes or sumthin. Or mating. Like overheadlets running around the halls of MS, soon.
Nice sense of scale
After the flood
Miz Becky is perilously perky
Not sure what the message is here
Uh, army, marines, don't tread on me, and a handmade anti-UN flag.
Didn't I tell you your face would stay like that?
Incredibly cliché Seattle afternoon
Yes, it hit the 70's again yesterday, and after dropping Laura and Allen off at the train station, Becky, Janel, and I decided we needed to enjoy the afternoon in a little, well, more directed fashion.
To that end, we headed over to Anthony's where we had beers and noshed on seafood, while watching the sun go down gloriously over the Olympics. We watched boats heading towards and away from the locks. We watched birds and seals go by. I practiced my Sunset magazine food photography stylings.
Of course, this being Seattle, and (let's face it folks) April, it wasn't quite the perfect evening we were looking for. As the sun went down... and the wind came up... well, it was fricken' cold. 70 to 55 in 20 minutes. Our poor waiter in his festive faux-aloha shirt was looking miserable. We had to crack terrible jokes just to stay warm.
Still, I'm not going to quarrel with getting these kinds of days in early April. Even if they are, well, less than.
(This photo by Miz Becky!)
Tonight's optimistic graffito
And Edgar again!
Steve, on Monday, March 22, 2004 at 10:44 PM:
Cat Kung Fu. Lick on. Lick off.
Edgar gets down with his funky self
It's been a while since we've had a weird Edgar photo, hasn't it.
Andrew, on Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 5:48 PM:
Note the difference in the arclengths swept by each eye. By my estimation, Edgar's axis of rotation lies outside of his skull. S'cuse me while I pause to worship feline anatomy.
OK, maybe it really is spring
At least according to the flowers, if not the weather. Here's a few blooms Miz Becky brought in from the yard: one exquisite camelia blossom, and a very ikebana sprig of quince.
Meredith, on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 8:12 PM:
OH my... I'm loving your site and feeling so inspired by your eye, I'm adoring your cats (we have 3 who don't get along), I'm laughing at heaps of your humour (the beets!) and here's the clincher - quince blossom! We planted our quince in the back yard in southern hemisphere
Spring and will flower for us in another 6 months or so for the first time although it's already about 9' tall. How excited do you think I am to see your beautiful pic!!
Another circus shoot
This afternoon I spent a few hours with the Circus Contraption folks, shooting some publicity stills for their spring show. Thanks to the speed of digital, I can show you one just a few hours later. In this case, a particularly elegant one of Kari on the cloud swing.
Chris, on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 11:41 PM:
Fantastic picture! How can I get a print?
djn1, on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 6:30 AM:
Wow, what a great shot! I just came across your site via your comment on Russ Campbell's latest and have enjoyed reading your recent entries. I was particularly interested in your Nikon v Canon entry (and your decision to go with the 10d). I currently use a PowerShot G5, and while I'm very happy with it, it isn't a DSLR - so it's good to hear your opinion.
Well, the photos are up on their web site, and the posters are up all over town, so I guess it's finally OK for me to post a few of these on my site.
The event's tonight, and according to the Circus folks it's gotten a little, well, extra scrutiny:
Did you see the gorgeous photos and write-up of StripJoint in this week's The Stranger and Seattle Weekly? Well, guess who else did? None other than the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor's Office, the Police Department, the Prosecutor's Office, the Fire Marshal, and groups of "Concerned Citizens!!" WOW! Is this fundraiser popular, or what??
I'm supposed to be doing some shooting at the event tonight. I promise to bring back pictures of the cops bustin' the joint if that happens...
New street work
Here's a loose edit from the two rolls of film I picked up at the lab yesterday.
I think I've said here that I'm in a phase now with my street work where I feel like I don't know what the hell I'm doing anymore -- I've hit some kind of plateau.
I still feel that way, but I'm also getting many more "hits" -- images I think have some potential -- per roll of film than I was before. Which must mean that at some level I'm figuring something out. Now if I only knew what that was...
What do you think?
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, March 7, 2004 at 1:48 PM:
Well, I'm biased, but I think these are very powerful, especially when seen together. Now if only USA Today would go out of business!
Another version of spring
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Spring's fresh faces
Well, hello there.
Andrew, on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 3:05 PM:
Not to fetishize the Atomic Archive, but was this photo taken inside this house...
...milliseconds before her contact with the thermal pulse?
Guess he didn't want to make two trips
Nota bene the license plate hanging loose from the top of the truck.
A night on the town
Last night, after stopping in at Vince's kitten viewing, uh, I mean housewarming, we headed over to the Harvest Vine with Janel and Jacqueline for wine, tapas and conversation, all of which was very good.
After we had been there about three hours (so civilized!) we settled up and headed out into the night; Jacqueline went off to a birthday party, and Janel and Miz Becky and I went in search of further adventures, which involved hanging out at the Triple Door, a long walk through the "we're not having a mardis gras celebration because Seattle can't handle its likker" police-patrolled streets looking for the Mojito Cafe (turns out we were looking in the wrong end of downtown), and a predictable landing at the Palace Kitchen.
Andrew Sundstrom, on Monday, February 23, 2004 at 10:40 AM:
The close-up of the ice in the glass reminds me of the cover photo of Media Sexploition, by Wilson Brian Key, wherein we're invited to find the copulating bodies placed by advertisers that will subliminally entise us to buy Johnny Walker Red. This is the same guy that analyzed thousands of Ritz crackers, and found the word 'sex' imprinted into their surface. Very scientific. I won't tell you what he found on the cover of a New York yellow pages.
Miz Becky and penguins, Sea Life Park, December 2003.
I'm finally going through the actual film I shot when we were there... a task I seem to have less and less taste for as I spend more and more time shooting digital. Go figure.
Beau toque turc
Ned, the Flower of Canadian Manhood, shows off his beautiful Turkish toque.
It's been a busy several days here at NTS (the old leave work at 8, get back at 7 game), so I haven't had much more than a few minutes at a time to post individual photos. But I've got a pile of photos this weekend, from our trip to the former Centerville, plus some of the usual rambly longwinded verbiage you've come to expect... as soon as I have some free time... and then there's the redesign of my other site I need to get to... maybe this weekend I can get back to my projects.
Another beautiful day in tropical Redmond
Lucky me, I get to shoot fog photos, he said sarcastically.
A little foggy this morning in Redmond
Off campus, slightly foggy. On campus, thick as a proverbial pea soup.
Again with the green and creepy
The color, I confess, is mine; but the weird overlay effect is 100% all natural.
Pizza and Pai
We had dinner at Lisa and Jeff's house last night, all the way out in West Seattle. They made tasty pizzas for us, while Pai looked on (showing off her cute, cute ears) and I snuck her roasted soybeans.
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 6:55 AM:
A couple of people have asked whether it really looked like this -- the answer is, no, not hardly.
Here's the original for comparison.
Do you have a seven?
Yellow ball poke face out ...
... make shadow on wall.
It's good to be sure
Andrew Sundstrom, on Friday, February 6, 2004 at 11:28 AM:
Or, as Donald Norman might say, "affordances."
Sitcks and stones may break my bones ...
But they also make nice office art. Rob came by for lunch today and dropped this charming little number off:
I'm not sure how well it goes with my industrial detritus decorating theme, but I'm sure I can make it work.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 2:15 PM:
The first thing that comes to mind is "beyond the pale".
Beth, on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 4:16 PM:
The first thing that came to mind for me was "Mr. Pointy." Too many hours spent watching "Buffy".
That's one cliche sunset, there, bub
Saturday night, looking out over Elliott Bay.
Phil, on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 11:31 AM:
Didn't realize the sun made an appearance Saturday. I should leave the house at least once a day. Great photo.
rfkj, on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 2:07 PM:
What is this "sun" you speak of? Isn't it a myth?
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 2:19 PM:
When I first moved to the northwest, none of my friends got any of my All Summer in a Day references.
Poor schmucks had lived on Venus all their lives.
We went over to Tim and Heather's house tonight for dinner. They had gone to Leavenworth a little while ago and Tim had gotten it into his head to make Sauerbraten, which is a very tasty sort of vinegar-marinated German pot roast. He also made an awesome red sauerkraut and very tasty spaetzle. Mmmmmm.
Next on the list, apparently, is schnitzel. I'm there!
(This post is an experiment with popup images. Do you always hate popups? Are these a good way to show photos? Let me know.)
Sean Harding, on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 8:55 AM:
I don't hate popups in this context, but I prefer the usual way you show photos. It feels more cumbersome to have to close the window and click on the next image (trying to keep track of where I was) to look through them all. I like having a "next" button.
Michelle, on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 2:19 PM:
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 4:33 PM:
If I could click the photo to go to the next, that would be ok.
orangeguru, on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 8:55 PM:
For GOOD big pix - popups are excellent!
I confess that I'm a little unsure about posting these -- this kind of very formal and empty photography in offices was trendy in the art world in the late 90's, making its way into advertising photography in the last couple of years.
Me, I was just entertaining myself while waiting for Miz Becky this afternoon.
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 2:09 AM:
Makes me hungry for sushi. Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!
This afternoon's eclipse
A quick trip to Whidbey Island
Early last week, Miz Becky decided that we needed to get the heck out of Dodge, uh, Seattle, and began feverishly making plans for us to head out for a Quick Romantic Getaway. She eventually settled on the very nice Boatyard Inn, in Langley. When the Boatyard Inn says that they "offer the beach and the sea at your doorstep", they ain't kidding -- as the tide came in, I wasn't entirely sure we weren't going to float away.
As we often do on these little trips, Miz Becky and I had intense discussions about whatever it is that's bothering either or both of us this days -- work, in both of our cases, this time -- which ends up wiping us out enough to let us actually relax some.
And as I always do when I relax, I wandered around taking very formalist photos of whatever random things caught my eye. No plan, just pattern and design.
Waiting for my ride
This morning's sticker graffiti
There's something we haven't seen in a while
The snowball was still there on Friday
Diana, on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:08 AM:
hi how long was the snowball there???
Diana, on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:08 AM:
hi how long was the snowball there???
Name that hardware
Manuel, on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 4:21 PM:
Old Centronics-type 50-pin SCSI terminator! (Unfair advantage though: I'm a Mac guy.)
rfkj, on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 6:05 PM:
I still have a couple of those in a drawer somewhere. In fact, I've still got one on the hard drive attached to my Mac Plus, and one on the last device in the SCSI chain attached to the Quadra.
When I look at the SCSI-2 terminator on the back of my SparcStation at work, I sigh and say "In my day, SCSI terminator were FAT and UGLY and the CLIPPED ONTO THE COMPUTER with these flimsy pieces of WIRE! We didn't have your fancy-schmancy QUICK-RELEASE BUTTONS, and WEEEEEEEEEE LIKED IT!"
Sean Harding, on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 6:15 PM:
I have tons of those. SCSI was a pain in the ass. But, sadly, these past couple of weeks I've been having more trouble with Firewire than I ever had with SCSI. It's compounded by the fact that I understood SCSI pretty well and had lots of tools to troubleshoot it. My Firewire devices just work or they don't, and there's nothing I can do to change it. Very frustrating.
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 6:19 AM:
OK, it's official. Most of my readers are geeks. :-)
Sean Harding, on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 9:13 AM:
I'm trying hard to cut back, but some memories are just too difficult to supress.
Michelle, on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 1:54 AM:
If it makes you feel any better, I don't know what the HELL you're talking about! :)
Someone was feeling industrious
Granted, the one on the left is only somewhat impressive, but the one on the right must have been pretty tricky.
Possibly a personal record: My photos of the trip, edited and posted, the same week we got back!
Salem and environs
OK, so this technically isn't a Hawai'i tale, but we did start our trip by taking Amtrak to Salem and spending Christmas with Becky's parents. Then, on Boxing day, we flew from PDX to HNL.
The weather story
I'm going to get this out of the way so I don't spend too much time whining about it. The short version of the story is that a "kona low" weather system was hanging southwest of the main Hawaiian chain for about a week around New Year's Eve, causing all kinds of havoc on some of the islands, and causing Kaua'i to be grey and wet instead of the tropical paradise one is looking for when one is on vacation there. We did eventually get a couple of gorgeous days... and we'll probably make sure we go back outside of the core winter storm season.
Family and friends
Some would accuse me of going home solely for the food and the weather, but that's simply not true. It's kind of nice to see my family and friends, too.
Walks and other random travels
The Hanalei valley is worth a special mention. There are few areas I've ever been that are as beautiful as this area; the fact that 60% of the taro eaten in Hawai'i is grown here, and that the taro fields are also a bird preserve, is just icing on the cake.
And more random photos
Nola, on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 4:29 PM:
Hi, David - It's Nola, Michelle's mom. The red fruit is a Surinam cherry - we grew up calling them pumpkin cherries. Very high in vitamin C, easy to grow from seed(a nice bush). and makes great jam.
Your photos are great - many frameable, postcardable or calendarable or something...
Aloha to you and your family - I periodically drool over your mom's work at Ward Warehouse!
We seem to be finally leaving the winter storm that was our welcome back to Seattle from Hawai'i. Huzzah.
Tuesday, it snowed. Becky and I headed in to work anyway -- we had been off work for something like three weeks, so we felt obligated. Of course, only about 10% of my group came in to work. My manager called me a "daft bastard" for coming in and told me to leave. I read e-mail, handed off a file to a vendor, made myself useful, and finally left around 12:30. It took me nearly four hours to get home, most of which was waiting for busses that weren't operating anywhere near their normal schedule.
Last night, we got frozen rain, and about 4:45am our power went out. When we finally got up, the road in front of our house was a sheet of ice, so I decided not to venture to the typically colder and slicker east side. Miz Becky went in to work around noon and didn't have any trouble. I kept the fire going, hung out with the cats, and read.
As it got dark I set up my Medieval Monk Reading Lite (TM), but fortunately at about 5:10 the fridge spun up, the outside lights came on, and I whooped and blew out the candles.
Have I mentioned how much I hate winter?