Heirlooms 4: Aftermath
"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none—
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.
Sara, on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 6:10 PM:
Also by the puzzlesome Mr. Dodgson:
"Dreaming of apples on a wall
and dreaming often dear
I dreamed that if I counted all
How many would appear?"
One of the fun things about being in the northeast is the variety of heirloom apples they have there. These were two different ones, which I tragically didn't note the names of, that were small and looked more like round pears than apples. Delicious, too, and beautiful in the delicate light of Turners Falls. One could almost become obsessed.
eJuana, on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 12:49 PM:
Hey! Look at my cutting board!
I'm still glad campaign season is over
nocklebeast, on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 11:12 AM:
Wilbur Mills is strangely compelling.
ejuana, on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 1:35 PM:
Everybody's doing it.
I wouldn't touch the cat's chair if I were you
Sunfriday, on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 9:54 AM:
This picture brings up so many questions...
eJuana, on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 12:28 PM:
Like, what does the kitty's belly look like?
Sunfriday, on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 9:52 AM:
Ack! Dramatic nearly-centered lines hurt brain.
Andrew, on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 5:44 PM:
Great colours here, and I love that style of brickwork.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 9:06 AM:
That's striking. Where was this?
Heather, on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 11:54 AM:
This is beautiful and charming!
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 12:48 PM:
Why, right about here.
nocklebeast, on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM:
I'm getting a Nosferatu vibe (Werner Herzog & Klaus Kinski).
Beautiful and spooky!
That's right, Seattle is in the middle of what — to us — is an enormous snow event. Since our normal snow is 1" of fairly wet snow that goes away almost immediately, snow building on snow that hasn't melted since last Saturday's snow is quite the event.
Check out the Snowmageddon 2008 slideshow.
Heather, on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 9:50 PM:
This is a COOL photo! Who knew you could be so completely negative about snow (ok, about cold, not snow. but you can't have snow without cold) and still photograph it so beautifully? It is your artistic genius, I guess :)
Savannah, on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 12:36 PM:
You call that snow!? Beautifully photographed, by the way. But...seriously. You call that SNOW?? The giant spear of ice currently dancing on the end of the tree outside my window might have something to say about that :)
The danger inherent in this shot didn't occur to me until much later
Heather, on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 8:56 AM:
Always wear a hat when photographing the underside of birds.
ejuana, on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 4:59 PM:
Bird Butt Buggin.
The fall color was pretty OK, I guess
The wolf at the door
Sarah, on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 8:49 AM:
There's a guy in Trenton with a similar pattern on the fleece blanket he uses as a window treatment in his front room.
Night drive 6
Night drive 5
Night drive 4
Night drive 3
Night drive 2
Night drive 1
At the end of October the family and I headed east to visit friends in Massachusetts and Montreal. It was a terrific trip, with good friends, great food, and lots of opportunities to make photos.
How did I experience the world, jet-lagged and wired, as we drove from Boston to western Mass? Like this.
Just a typical day, chillaxin' in mah crib
Rob, on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 9:09 AM:
I knew you were a unicorn and princes kind of guy.
Heather, on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 10:03 PM:
Very cool. reminds me of Japanese silkscreens.
Heather, on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 10:40 PM:
I love this!
A stand of stands
nocklebeast, on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 7:39 PM:
Another rememberance of the end of summer
nocklebeast, on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 7:48 PM:
Things are looking up
Tori, on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 7:51 AM:
How can one not be fascinated by mannequins?
Candles after the season
Tim, on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 8:29 AM:
Beautiful ... AND what a great season it was this year!! Looking forward next years candle season as well!
A gift of pears
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 9:03 PM:
This is really striking. I've never seen the colors of pears captured so well. The picture also shows many different aspects of fall, but with a welcome break from orange.
Tori, on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 8:13 AM:
I hardly have words. They're Pears.
A frozen gesture in the lawn
Last gasp of summer
Drying room 5
Drying room 4
ejuana, on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 9:39 AM:
Dry yet? Hi!
Drying room 3
Drying room 2
Drying room 1
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 11:28 AM:
Good-bye, color! Hello gloom!
Heather, on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM:
That's a cool shot :-)
Tori, on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 5:13 PM:
Sarah, on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 4:10 AM:
Cool, shot, despite my originally having misread the title as "double glazed".
Tori, on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 5:10 PM:
More backs and sides
What are you feeling right now?
Plane and surface
Tim, on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 9:28 AM:
And a big white box!
Sunfriday, on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 3:25 PM:
Nice echo of the stripes in the corner. Between that, and the bend in the shadows, and the utility storage thingies, it makes me think of repeating compartments inside a confined spaceship. The creature shadow looks sort of alien as well.
Craig left a note
Tori, on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 9:24 AM:
This series just kills so far with how touching it is.
Savannah, on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 9:29 AM:
I love this one. And the one before--I kept meaning to comment on it. (Tori said it all, though: it *is* tender and vulnerable.)
But wow, this thing. The texture. The colors. The implied narrative. I wish my house looked like that. (Although I am sure the neighbors would have a somewhat different opinion.)
Good work, sir.
Paint and reflection
Tori, on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 7:07 AM:
I find this ever so tender and vulnerable.
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 11:17 AM:
Heather, on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 4:25 PM:
I love this - very charming!
stacy, on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 11:37 PM:
this is sweet image - i love it!
Tim, on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM:
What about the Loitering?
ejuana, on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 5:45 PM:
What about Chris Rego Re?
The back way
In the full-sized version, you can see the airplane that I think makes this work.
ejuana, on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 6:02 PM:
It's so patriotic!
nocklebeast, on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 7:51 PM:
how did you find a building with red corners?
Around the corner
Tim, on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 8:08 AM:
Holy crap, it actually happened.
More photos from the night here.
Mark, on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 2:11 AM:
For the first time in ages I feel inspired about politics. Things can change, people can be inspired. Hearing that for the first time in her life a woman of over 100 has voted should make us all aware of why all of those people died in two world wars - for choice, for liberty and for days like today.
Darkest before the dawn
I'm actually posting this photo in August, and from this vantage it's not at all clear which way this election is going to go. So I'm posting in a spirit of hope. And I'll include this lesser-known verse of the Star-Spangled Banner:
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Let's hope tomorrow is a brighter day.
Maffy, on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM:
Oh, I do so hope for a brighter tomorrow. It's been so long...
nocklebeast, on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 7:57 PM:
I think Obama is going to win.
I'm just so thrilled to have shaken his hand on Halloween night in Santa Cruz!
Christina, on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 10:55 PM:
It is 11pm and the day seems remarkably bright from this vantage point.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 9:18 AM:
Yes, technically that's a color photo. But it's kinda bleachy, dude! Your B&Wness is seeping in to Colour Month(tm).
Spaces within spaces
Tim, on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 11:56 AM:
heather, on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 10:47 PM:
Street preacher detritus
Four weeks of shooting against type
This started, as so many things do, very simply. It started as a test of several different color films to see which one would be scan well and also work well converted to black and white in Photoshop.
It ended up as one of my periodic self-set projects, to shake up my shooting and keep from getting stale. I shot in color, which I rarely do; that is, I thought in color, I previsualized the photos in color, I intended the photos to end up as color, I used color as a compositional element.
I also shot mostly with a 35mm lens, instead of my beloved 50mm. This doesn't sound like much if you're used to all cameras having zoom lenses (shakes cane) but it's a huge difference in terms of artistic vision, ways of structuring space, and so on.
Finally, I was shooting film, not digital, which means I couldn't chimp, or see what I had just shot. This probably had the most significant effect on my work of all the factors in this exercise, because I ended up shooting much more intuitively than I do in digital.
Nitpickers might also say that this body of work was also shot during the day, largely on sunny days, both of which are not the most common elements in my work.
So sit back and enjoy. This work is going to dominate the next four weeks on my site. Let's see what I came up with.
Savannah, on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:25 AM:
Interesting--the first thing I thought was "Degas!," what with the 'empty' center framed by people in motion.
The central space itself, though, is very Edelstein--geometric, colorful, light-driven.
I like the kid glancing back at you. If you'd painted it, and I was writing about it on an art history exam, I'd start going on about how that figure was a deliberate rupture of the rest of the image's forward 'push' up-field--a shot of opposition, rebellion, productive tension. I'd bring in the yellow of the coat, too.
What gets me is, you *didn't* paint it. That kid really was wearing a yellow coat, which just happened to punch through everything else going on color-wise at that moment. In a sense, this was found art.
Thanks for a good beginning to what looks like it's going to be a really thought-provoking series.
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 9:09 AM:
Arguably, all of my photography has an element of found art.
I've always been more interested in interacting with and responding to things that I come across in my daily circuit than setting up scenes to photograph.
Tim, on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10:37 AM:
That kid "caught" you!
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 9:08 AM:
Ooh, that's a good 'un.
Savannah, on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 9:29 AM:
I like this one. There's a lot going on in it, *and* a lot (deliberately) *not* going on. It's a nice blend of your impulses towards complete starkness versus wild explosions of detail (the two poles, imho, of your realist side, as opposed to your abstract-expressionist side). I especially like the two dark spots on the wall in the upper right. You don't notice them at first, or more precisely, you don't *realize* you notice them at first. They're the element that makes the composition imho.
Another one of those ones where the online version is only a pale echo of the print.
Composition with yellow garbage
Tori, on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 6:41 AM:
The tension of beauty that wants to be known, yet the undeniable emptiness that weighs it.
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 8:06 AM:
Tsk! One must compose one's self before one composes photographs!
Tim, on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 10:32 PM:
.... and on such a nice day too, tsk :-(
ejuana, on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM:
Savings in quantity
Tim, on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 9:40 AM:
And how are they able to pass on such savings you ask????
We need it
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM:
That's a still from behind the scenes while filming Minority Report, right?
That can't be good.
russ, on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 9:44 AM:
Although I *think* it's toned a little dark*, I really like it. Maybe it's me, maybe it's the eternal battle between the morning glory and the blackberry bushes in my back yard, maybe it's the sharpness of the thorns contrasted with the softness of the raffia, but something about this one pokes me. ;)
* specifically where the thorn of the right cane touches the left cane, above the raffia(?).
That's not too creepy, right?
heather, on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 9:58 AM:
Nah. It's a completely appropriate arrangement... for a funeral on halloween ;-)
Tori, on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 12:21 PM:
Yes to creepy.
Only I can still the colours--memory so ingrained.
russ, on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 6:36 PM:
It's creepier upside down :)
A turn towards darkness
You know that when I post more than a week of happysunnypretty I have to swing back the other way. But it's OK, I'll transition nicely. See, there's still sun in this one.
heather, on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 8:43 AM:
Yeah... a far away, cold, bleak sun. Just look at those poor little daisies hugging themselves for warmth.
It's always so much fun to look at the same subjects in your colour vs black and white. TOTALLY different feeling. Very cool. Er... Cold. Brr. Shiver.
Some photos smell better than others
Tori, on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 7:43 AM:
The scent is reading me all the way to Montreal.
heather, on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 8:53 PM:
Over the fence
heather, on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 12:32 AM:
Pretty in Pastel
I'm so _ _ _ _, I'm so _ _ _ _, I'm _ _ _ _, I'm _ _ _ _, I'm _ _ _ _.
With apologies to Dame Edna.
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 10:44 AM:
Ok, you lost me here. I like Dame Edna and I like the purty flowers, though!
ejuana, on Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 9:37 AM:
heather, on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 12:31 AM:
Tori, on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 7:46 AM:
Oh the sun that shines through them!
heather, on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM:
This is beautiful! One of my all time favourites :-)
Into the sun 2
Who does she think she is?
Hopefully this lives up to its promise. These are questions that need to be asked in the art world.
Into the sun 1
Sunfriday, on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 1:01 PM:
Just enough beautiful framework to commnicate the idea of space, the absence of things.
Karl, on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 10:48 PM:
I want to say, "moonrise hernandez", but this is one of the most striking landscapes I have seen from you.
ejuana, on Friday, October 3, 2008 at 9:23 AM:
Andrew, on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 6:53 AM:
Swallows at dawn
Tori, on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:39 AM:
In our (Montreal) Botanical Gardens, watching swallows swooping across the ponds is a magical experience. But *this*!
heather, on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 9:45 PM:
Them's a lotta swallows.
Dawn, Mount Hood, from Spring Valley
heather, on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM:
So pretty! I love the colour of the sky.
Are those birds in the sky?
david adam edelstein, on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 10:58 AM:
Yep, those are the same swallows as in the next photo.
heather, on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10:21 PM:
Did I really menace them? or was I more gently taunting them? I mean, "I menace ducks" is a bold statement. Not to be uttered lightly. Especially in the company of animal lovers.
No, upon reflection, I think I did not menace them. I did stalk them. But it was not a menacing stalk, by any means. And they can fly so it's not even really stalking at that point, cause I can't follow them. Especially with this camera and everything.
History will show the truth some day. I am innocent.
I menace ducks
Andrew, on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 7:10 AM:
I feel particularly perturbed by this, but at least they're not sitting ducks! ;-)
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 10:14 AM:
Zowie! That's invigorating!
The birthday girl herself
I'm not sure why I love this portrait so much, but I do.
Tori, on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 9:40 AM:
Methinks it's the pixieness.
Chrys, on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 8:25 AM:
Oh, the things Miz Becky must endure.
Last weekend we celebrated Miz Becky's birthday, a few months late, for reasons I won't go into here. And I had some fun shooting closeup portraits of R & B and Miz Becky herself.
heather, on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 9:22 PM:
I always wondered what R&B looked like close up. How about a little Funk next... or maybe Hip Hop?
Yellow truck 2
Yellow truck 1
Another view of the space needle
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM:
Oh man, I always got Hiroshige and Hokusai mixed up, and I never even knew it. I'm glad you pointed that out.
heather, on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 9:48 AM:
I never knew you were a fan, Vinny. I've got books on both you can borrow to study! :-)
Karl, on Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 4:54 PM:
Hokusai series are frequently inspiring for my photography too. The Space Needle is a great idea. Doing it in wood block would elevate it to Awesome.
Haller Lake 4
Haller Lake 3
russ, on Friday, September 19, 2008 at 8:39 PM:
That black (crate?) adds some neat interest to the photo. And the lily pads are especially nice at the top of the photo.
Haller Lake 2
In early August the Kid and I joined Miz Becky at a work-related party on Haller Lake, here in Seattle. I had seen it from the air many times, but I hadn't ever seen it up close. It's a lovely urban lake in person, as you'll see over the next few days.
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 9:50 AM:
Makes me wanna Haller!
Form and shadow 5
Form and shadow 4
Form and shadow 3
Form and shadow 2
Form and shadow
Savannah, on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 6:38 AM:
There's something poignant about that sentinel. The lonely sweep of its head. Something Bronte-novel about it. Where would it run to, if it could get away across the post-industrial moor to which it's bolted.
heather, on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 10:29 AM:
Time to tidy up
Probably not what people usually mean by that expression.
Home sweet home
heather, on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 12:44 PM:
Pretty! I love this! So happy.
I'm cracking myself up here.
Lost his head at the party last night
The pool is full
Sunfriday, on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 3:14 PM:
Nice! Makes me think of happy wading pool memories. That, and a backdrop for some post-apocalyptic film.
Back to the depths
Blinded by the rare sun
Gas can 2
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 9:38 AM:
Oooh, that makes me thirsty!
heather, on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 10:16 AM:
My immediate thought looking at this was was "fire". The colours, the flame-like shapes of the dirt along the bottom, and of course the actual subject matter :-)
You should do a "noir" gas can series - there'd be a good story there ;-)
heather, on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 10:04 AM:
This is such a fun series! I've never looked at the playground like this before - very cool perspective.
heather, on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 7:50 AM:
I like this one too. I like the red here and the blue in the first one.
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 8:08 AM:
Lift up thine eyes, brother! There are cute toddlers about.
The kid is doing endless loops: stair to bridge to slide. stair to bridge to slide. stairbridgeslidestairbridgeslidestairbridgeslidestairbridgeslide. What am I going to do? Obsess about shapes and shadows, of course.
heather, on Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2:49 PM:
Man - this is COOL!
tim, on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 9:19 AM:
Some one needs to tell that invisible person that we all can see their foot steps.... just sayin'
heather, on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 8:47 AM:
tim, on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 9:26 AM:
... and lanes roll merrily down the ....
Savannah, on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 7:28 AM:
I love this one! The texture of the bricks, the dueling shades of white, the mystery of what's been effaced (if anything!), the unexplained section of larger bricks to the left (seeming to anchor the splotch of bluer white), the way it all crumbles down into the sidewalk like a slow-motion crash (which of course it is, gravity being an ongoing force)...the dynamism of the sidewalk's slant.
Love it, love it, love it. Thank you, sir.
heather, on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 9:59 AM:
a dub dub
Sarah, on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM:
Dang it. I forgot to buy sponges at the grocery store today.
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 7:53 AM:
Where/what is that thing? Sort of looks like it might be a fire extinguisher nozzle in the ceiling...? Cool photo.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 9:38 AM:
I can't tell if that's depressing, eerie or hopeful. Despite everything, someone still cares enough to keep the drain from being clogged (or is trying to keep things from crawling out of it), but in a final insult (or foreshadowing of doom), the thingy won't even fit. But hey, it is a cheery bright yellow.
What are those thingy things called anyway?
Office windows 3
Office windows 2
Here's another view of that mildly depressed downtown core.
Back alleys 6
Back alleys 5
Back alleys 4
Back alleys 3
This one starts working a little better on screen.
Back alleys 2
ejuana, on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 4:25 PM:
20 21 22
The back alleys of Salem
The first few of these don't work all that well on screen, but I like 'em, so what the heck.
This is what happens when I go walking in a mildly depressed downtown core after looking at a lot of Walker Evans.
ejuana, on Friday, August 1, 2008 at 10:46 AM:
heather, on Friday, August 1, 2008 at 8:43 PM:
Survival of the fittest.
A Smith, on Friday, August 1, 2008 at 12:28 AM:
There is something immensely intriguing about this image. The intersecting lines and textures make it somehow... fascinating...
Usually, when I say "street photography", this isn't what I mean
But sometimes, you know, you just need to shoot the street.
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 8:16 AM:
That there is a washed-up, washed-out cone.
heather, on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 2:38 PM:
I love this one!
Man, I love bamboo.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM:
You are a happy panda.
ejuana, on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 12:15 AM:
Back AWAY from the bamboo, sir.
Time for a few brightly colored palette cleansers
heather, on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 2:04 PM:
david adam edelstein, on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 8:40 PM:
Don't get too comfortable :-)
More diner 5
More diner 3
Sunfriday, on Friday, July 25, 2008 at 7:45 PM:
This is great. I hadn't seen the title and it took me a while to figure out what it was -- like those visual puzzles on the back of World magazine.
More diner 2
Back to the diner table
Yeah, it's officially an obsession now.
heather, on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 6:53 AM:
ejuana, on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 11:27 AM:
Hey, look at that. That's kinda cool.
Christina, on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 1:48 PM:
Yow!. That is a wonderful momentary puzzle for the brain!
Up and away
This was my other choice for the fourth.
GeoGeek, on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 3:05 PM:
ooooooo. me likes!
heather, on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 9:27 PM:
I'm surprised it's possible with that much eyeshadow caked on.
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM:
I just realized myself, looking at this one and yesterday's together, how similar the compositions are.
Savannah, on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 8:18 AM:
Oh, INTERESTING. I like it.
Mark, on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM:
I like this - has something of the Saul Leiter about it ...
This is the first of a series of photos that will show up over the next couple of weeks that I shot on the way to dinner with some friends from the WELL last week. As I was waiting for my transfer, another bus pulled up that I knew would get me twenty blocks north of where I was going, about twenty minutes earlier. Which was a perfect opportunity to walk in the sun and take a bunch of photos.
Aesthetically, this series of photos were informed by a realization I had a few days before this walk, that the little Canon G9 I was carrying really wants to be more of a literal camera, given to more direct representations of the world, and that it might be interesting to try shooting that way with it to see what happened.
Wineglass plus variations
This version is my favorite, but for amusement value here are two other interpretations of the image:
The uncorrected image, straight out of the camera.
Which one do you like best? Why?
ejuana, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 8:43 AM:
Depends on what's in the glass and how full it is.
heather, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 2:54 PM:
I like the one you posted best. I like that the glass looks like liquid silver or mercury to me.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 6:40 PM:
Um, now that ejuana mentions it, I'm curious. So, what's in the glass?
First, I'm going to rule out the image straight from the camera. The more saturated orange/brown of the wood grain in the color balanced image is better. In that image I tend to focus on the out of focus region in front of the glass, just falling in love with the color. I tend to do that with color photographs or paintings, falling in love with a swatch of color of brush stroke or out of focus color in a photograph that has little to do with anything "representational." Recently, I've wondered if it's even necessary to have anything in sharp focus in a photograph. I think I like the black and white version a little better than the color balanced version. But in that version, my eye is drawn towards the in-focus swirls of light at the base of the glass.
A Smith, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 7:46 PM:
I really like the colour balanced one - it is extremely striking. The colour, particularly that of the wooden table, gives a real warmth to the image.
I agree with nocklebeast, too, on the black and white image that is the main post. The wineglass itself is certainly the focal point in the B&W version, and the patterns/reflections in the glass are mesmerising.
Sunfriday, on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 11:07 PM:
Definitely the one posted.
You can go ahead and deduct 8 points because I did not provide an appropriately thorough explanation. I won't be bitter about it or anything.
Though now that I think about it, it's partly because the glass looks warmer in the posted one. Like liquid. And partly because my eye gets drawn right up into vortex in the stem, and then oscilliates between that and the bottom part base. In the color ones my eyes get drawn to the background thingies - lots of distracting color and also several little circles (which have been cropped out of the posted one).
I can't find the 4th difference, but I think it's because the girl's shirt has a gibbon on it, instead of Santa Maria de Montserrat.
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 7:42 AM:
Ok, so it's not cropped, I just had the screen scrolled for the posted one. Darn new-fangled tech-nology. http://youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
heather, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 2:55 PM:
That way is STILL not a walkway, dude.
It ain't a crying indian, but it'll do.
Sarah, on Friday, July 4, 2008 at 10:33 AM:
Your Uncle Sam wants a Milk Bone.
ejuana, on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 8:27 PM:
A Smith, on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 7:47 PM:
Chrys, on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 8:42 AM:
nocklebeast, on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 12:49 PM:
It looks like you're so close to that fork, that you're in danger of poking your eye out.
More from the perpetual diner table obsession
Alley 3: Not the cheeriest breakroom in the world
Tim, on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 8:05 PM:
.. but certainly not the worse ...
heather, on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 9:46 PM:
at least there are chairs.
We didn't even have chairs when I worked at the dry cleaners.
heather, on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 1:45 PM:
It looks kinda "modern urban cavemanish".. the handprint in the middle (at least that's what it looks like to me) just makes me think some ancient 20th-century humanoid beings must have been there at some point and left their mark.
heather, on Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM:
And you did.
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 7:19 AM:
Sunfriday, on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 11:59 AM:
Yeah, but at home, he's still King.
Damon, on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 8:45 AM:
I can smell the pen in this one, in a Bruce Gilden-esque sorta way.
A Smith, on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 1:57 AM:
Hello, goats, my old friends
Here's another visit with the goats who live across the street from Miz Becky's parents.
Sunlight at the neighbor's house
And back to the black and white florals
Phew. That was a CRAAAZY little excursion into color.
In which I shamelessly ape Ms. Florkowski
See, we have a challenge going on in the Photography conference on The Well, to shoot in the style of someone else. And since Christina's style is about as different from mine as is possible, I figured that would be the most entertaining challenge. Now of course she needs to shoot like ME.
You can see her work for comparison: Christina Florkowski.
heather, on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 7:36 AM:
GORGEOUS! I love the beautiful pale pink in the middle and the way the light is coming through the petals. I'm going to be adding this to my "order more pictures from dave" list :-)
Savannah, on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8:11 AM:
After clicking through a couple of Ms. Florkowski's beautiful images, I have to say I'm actually not sure I think you guys are that different--*when you're both shooting plants*. You're both clean in your approach, take a sculptural/monumental attitude towards your subjects, consider them in isolation, emphasize their texture--jeez, David, just look at your hosta series!!
The difference between the two of you isn't one of approach or style, I think, but one of inflection; you, David, go for a harder edge, whereas Ms. Florkowski is aiming for a more mainstream kind of beauty. But I see more similarities than differences in terms of how you each get where you're going.
David, I think that for you to shoot totally differently, you would have to start doing soft, fuzzy color portraits of people framed in windows with gauzy curtains, where the whole thing was vague and dreamy and sort of painterly, and very personal instead of objective/documentarian (an approach which I feel you push as hard as you can precisely in order to evoke greater emotional reaction in the viewer--you comment on the anonymity of our world by pushing it to extremes in the image).
And it would have to imply a bygone age. Instead of your more familiar territory of tomorrow.
And here's the water drop zoomed in, by Ms. Heather's request.
heather, on Monday, June 9, 2008 at 9:43 PM:
Can you do one of your infamous zoom-ins on that water drop? It looks interesting.
A vista of hostas
Sorry about that.
Last week I was walking into my office building through the back entrance and noticed this bed of hostas in the overcast haze. Ordinarily I'm not that excited about hostas as a photographic subject but they caught my eye and I spent the next ten minutes hunting for photos in the tangled planting.
Chris, on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10:13 AM:
gorgeous! love the ever-so-thin line of pale gray on the leaf edges.
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 2:06 PM:
This is a very nice photo, but for some reason the Vista/Hosta thing reminds me of Fake Steve Jobs' new word "Vistaster", which you can read about here: http://fakesteve.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-word-vistaster.html
Enough of the beautiful island reverie
Back to urban and gritty.
Moments of distraction
I was sitting there in this restaurant waiting for Miz Becky to get back with The Kid and suddenly the lunchtime crowd went away. The room, for me, was totally silent, and all I could see was the light through this glass.
As soon as I got the composition I wanted, the sound came up again and I could see other things.
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 2:09 PM:
Evidently this stuff runs deep.
Sometimes it really is all about nice light.
heather, on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 11:46 AM:
For Bobbin, this picture is all about the pretty rock.
They are simple people on the island
Not the cheeriest window box of plastic flowers I've ever seen
Instructions or status?
Fence in the process of abstracting itself
This is another one that doesn't work all that well online. The fine detail in the picture just resolves as noise here.
Sometimes, abstracting the landscape is the only thing that makes sense
Especially when the direct view has power lines.
ejuana, on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 1:49 PM:
Looks like water to me.
I win one
The kid and I are talking as we walk into Eastsound:
"What do you think we'll see in town, Kid?"
"mmmm... parking lot!"
"Yeah, probably. Do you think we'll see... a lion?"
"Yeaaaaah." She gives a pleased grin.
Miz Becky: "I don't think we'll see a lion. We might see a crow, though..."
And we go on like that for a while. Until we turn a corner and see... this guy.
I got an eye roll for my troubles.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 8:02 PM:
sweet, sweet victory!
For some reason this one makes me think of coffee
Tim, on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:18 AM:
and an Italian roast at that .....
Sarah, on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 12:37 PM:
Perhaps the beginnings of a tempest in a teacup?
heather, on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 1:58 PM:
It makes me think of earth.
Another one from the ferry
Ferry shadows 5
heather, on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 9:54 AM:
Were you guys the only one on the ferry?
David Adam Edelstein, on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 10:25 AM:
It was a Ferry...
OF THE DAMNED!!!!!
Ferry shadows 4
heather, on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 9:56 AM:
These pictures make me think of Greece, which is where I took my first real ferry boat ride. Although I know that these were taken far from the warm blue ocean and hot sun of Greece, the shadows imply sun and warmth and the whiteness of everything implies heat (whitewashed, baked, blindingly white from the sun reflection) so I feel like I'm cruisin' in the mediterranean when I look at all these photos.
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 10:35 AM:
We here at Noise to Signal would like to remind you that all of our photos are available for very reasonable rates, so you could easily have the experience of cruising the mediterranean all day, every day.
Just sayin'. :-)
Sarah, on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 5:24 AM:
Now now, Heather. You remember what your 4th grade teacher said about making up stories about exotic travels. ;-)
Pretty much my only experience with ferry boats is, sadly, atop the frigid waters of the North Atlantic between Sydney and Port-aux-Basques. I don't think those decks get too sun drenched. You do get to see humpbacks though, if you're lucky.
heather, on Friday, May 23, 2008 at 11:28 AM:
I saw dolphins on the ferry in Greece.
Ferry shadows 3
Ferry shadows 2
Ferry shadows 1
We spent a few days on Orcas Island with the Kid a few weeks ago. Completely lovely.
Not as much photography as you might expect because I was too relaxed... but what I have, you'll see.
heather, on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:57 PM:
I just love ferry boats. Great photo! Makes me feel happy.
Sarah, on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 5:31 AM:
Interesting. If it weren't for the warmth from the sunshine, this could easily tie in with your "noir" series...a ferry boat à la "Dolores Claiborne".
Why do I always end up in the dark place?
Sometimes you can see the shadow of my halo
Tim, on Friday, May 16, 2008 at 9:17 AM:
This looks like a lame "plant" by law enforcement, but, for the record, I am not paranoid
The satisfaction of making strange stuff in-camera
No photoshop trickery, no multiple-image composition, no wacky lens for effect. This is what I saw in front of me.
Tim, on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 10:12 PM:
...I kept on telling all of you the aliens live among us .... BUT no, you all giggled and smirked ....
Sarah, on Friday, May 16, 2008 at 5:58 AM:
It looks sort of Jacob's Ladder-y to me. Creepy.
heather, on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 1:10 AM:
Dude... I'm trippin'
The failure of web presentation
There's just not enough data in 600 pixels wide (or even 1200, for that matter) to show the guy in the background as well as I'd like. So do I limit myself to things that look good on the web? Or do I post photos I like, even if they don't communicate what they would in print?
GeoGeek, on Friday, May 16, 2008 at 9:17 AM:
You do both! You post the photo above, and then a link with the area of interest zoomed in (please?!)...
Time to get ahead
(for those of you who are keeping score, this one and the next three are all shot on film)
rfkj, on Monday, May 12, 2008 at 11:22 AM:
I'm trying not to wig out.
Circus Dolls: The delightful Pinky D'Ambrosia
Last, but not least.
A Smith, on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 12:58 AM:
Love these circus doll shots. They have a rather whimsical quality to them -- and yet, slightly creepy in a quirky sort of way. Great dolls, and great photos.
Circus Dolls: Dexter Mantooth
Circus Dolls: Slammity Clam
Wouldja look at that accordion? Miss Oblivious really did a gorgeous job on these.
Circus Dolls: Chameleo
In answer to a question from one of you lot: Yes, of course, these are available for purchase as prints, at my very reasonable rates.
heather, on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 9:51 PM:
I love the clarinet - well made and well photographed!
Circus Dolls: Shmootzi the Clod
Remember those photos of the Circus Contraption Band cd release party? In the booklet for the CD are a series of photos that yours truly took of the band members. Sort of.
The photos are actually of dolls made by the excellent Miss Oblivious, and I had the privilege and challenge of coming up with some way of shooting them that did justice to her work. See if you think I succeeded.
This here is Armitage Shanks himself. And here's Miss Oblivious snapping a photo of Armitage from the CD Release Party.
Set and Setting 3
Set and Setting 2
Set and Setting 1
Circus Contraption Band CD release party
Today: 35 photos for the price of one!
Or, if you like, you can just go to my Circus Contraption Band cd release party flickr set.
This is not pipe photography
Tim, on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 6:28 PM:
aaaahhhhhhh!! So it's "flexible conduit photography" - very cool!
heather, on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 11:17 PM:
Totally tubular photo, dude!
This is not street photography
nocklebeast, on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM:
I see they've given up on lead-based paint in Seattle too?
Tim, on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM:
yeah ... definitely the look of a parking lot
Mt. Vernon 4
Mt. Vernon 3
Mt. Vernon 2
heather, on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 7:58 AM:
Oh. THAT window!
Tim, on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 3:00 PM:
Sarah, on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 7:42 AM:
Yep, you two were made for each other. :-)
The doors and windows of Mt. Vernon
heather, on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:30 PM:
Tim, on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 3:01 PM:
Oh. THAT door!
Modulated reality 3
Modulated reality 2
Modulated reality 1
Aquarium reflections 1
Amazon schoolgirl fish
Since The Kid is a big fan of fishies, we of course had to visit the Vancouver Aquarium.
My favorite part of the whole place is their Amazon exhibit, where I found what must be somebody's fetish. We'll see from the server logs, oh yes, we will.
Sarah, on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 5:19 AM:
Even though it's been over three years since the original post, "toe cleavage" is still the No. 1 search string for Saedigh.com. People are really, really weird.
Sunset tree 2
Sunset tree 1
heather, on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 8:05 AM:
Pretty in pink!
Have you done this building before?
david adam edelstein, on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 8:44 AM:
i'm pretty sure i haven't photographed in that part of vancouver before, but it's possible i'm spacing it.
Another fun game to play from your 18th floor hotel room.
Homage to Rodchenko
ejuana, on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM:
So what does it mean?
david adam edelstein, on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 11:35 AM:
Shadows are cool.
And... three is about my limit for this kind of work. What else did I shoot in Vancouver? Tune in tomorrow.
heather, on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 5:22 PM:
that open window in the middle totally looks like one of those little tiny lego windows :-)
nocklebeast, on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 4:37 PM:
I just got some film back from the photo lab, where I try to get some sort of tilt-shift effect by loading film into a 35mm panoramic camera the "wrong way." I just uploaded my best results onto flickr.
Tim, on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 9:35 PM:
heather, on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 9:42 PM:
this is just such a cool technique. I read the wikipedia description you linked to in the previous post but I guess I'm still curious as to why this technique actually works - cause it does, beautifully! The brain is such a curious thing :-)
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 9:58 PM:
Honestly I don't understand why it works either. I suspect there's something about it confusing the brain's assumptions about focusing on something close-up, but that's just a guess.
Tilt-shift in Vancouver
We spent a two days in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago, and stayed on the 18th floor of a hotel. Aside from giving the Kid a nice view of the seagulls flying over the city, it gave her dad a nice vantage point to shoot fake tilt-shift photos from.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 9:59 PM:
Why, it's my old friend Monstera!
heather, on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 8:43 AM:
No idea what this is but it's cool!
david adam edelstein, on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 9:53 AM:
heather, on Monday, March 31, 2008 at 9:33 PM:
What a cool looking plant! I like the black thorny tips and the pale green. Pretty contrast.
heather, on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 11:30 AM:
I like this. It looks like a closeup of braided hair.
Laura, on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 4:58 PM:
This is beautiful. I feel like if I reached out and touched it it would feel real.
13 days in the Volunteer Park Conservatory
OK, we didn't really spend 13 days there, just 30 minutes or so (hello, antsy toddler) but I ended up with 13 photos I like enough to post.
We gotcher color, we gotcher black and white, a few more literal, a few more abstract, somethin' for the little lady, y'all step right up.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, March 24, 2008 at 9:35 AM:
I wish you were having a white sale on smoke-damaged furniture.
A Smith, on Monday, March 24, 2008 at 3:22 AM:
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 9:39 PM:
Yet another diner with beautiful light
Of course, in this one we were waiting for our doro wat to show up.
Damon, on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 7:02 AM:
Tim, on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:31 PM:
....oh, road ...
That looks like it stung a bit
maya, on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 7:54 AM:
Tim, on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 9:29 AM:
That's gonna leave a ma... ERRR ... that left a mark!
My messy desk at the office
Just before I got fed up and tidied.
maya, on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 7:16 AM:
Dude, that's nothin'.
Tim, on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM:
the coffee cup doesn't even have a skanky ring around the inside ...
Laura Z, on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 2:49 PM:
Yeah, dude - this is like nothing! Unless, of course, this photo does not show the whole picture. :-)
I like the subtlety of the shadows and contrasts here.
heather, on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 9:17 PM:
there is no amount of artsy black-n-white photographing that one could do to make my office look even half this pristine and productive.
Savannah, on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:24 PM:
This one gets a big smile!
A typical view of the Smith Tower
heather, on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 12:00 PM:
heheee... how true.
Somewhere to kick back
heather, on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 10:43 AM:
And a handy brick wall against which to bang your head. What more could anyone need?
Sarah, on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 5:38 PM:
As Alexander Keith would say, those who lichen, lichen a lot.
heather, on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 12:58 PM:
I love that one bright blade of grass; it springs out of my computer monitor. I can almost touch it.
maya, on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 7:28 AM:
oooh, this one is lovely.
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 8:12 PM:
That reminds me... I need a haircut.
Christina, on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM:
That is amazing!
A few color photos from the Kubota Garden
We went to the Kubota Garden last weekend and I took the opportunity to shoot some photos in — gasp — color.
heather, on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 11:32 AM:
While I do enjoy your black and white, your colour photos are always a real treat because your colours are always really quite subtle, different and beautiful. Artful. I love the greens and pinkish brownish beige in this. So serene and pretty.
Laura Z, on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 8:31 AM:
I like the subtle hues here.
BW Flora 5
heather, on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 9:32 PM:
The first thing that came to mind for me for this one was silver filigree.
Sunfriday, on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 10:24 PM:
Beware when wandering the dark and twisted forest. The swirling miasma can suddenly coalesce into crystal sharp forms. One must draw on all strength of conviction to disbelieve the illusions.
Oops. Was that out loud? I meant to say “That’s a nice photo.”
And now for a change of pace: a little black and white flora
The subject is more natural, but the technology is more digital than the last few days.
There's a lot in that gaze
Remember when I talked about penalizing the moment of capture in favor of ease of processing? This photo is a good example of why that ease of processing is so seductive.
Since I do all of my dust and scratch spotting on a separate "layer" in Photoshop, I can show you this map of all of the spotting I had to do. And there was plenty of it.
nocklebeast, on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 5:42 PM:
I was kinda wondering when I read, "In which I return to an old love" if you had to deal with dust when scanning the negatives (and how much of it). When I was more into scanning film about 4 years ago, it did kinda drive me crazy (especially with all the pocket lint in the plastic mini-Holga spy camera).
More recently I've taken my film to Bay Photo and told them to develop it and make me a photo CD, which I've been fairly pleased with. A couple times there has been a weird blob in my digital photos that weren't there on the original film. Once recently, I dusted of the scanner and put the film in it. There was soooo much spots in the scanned digital file, I gave up on it.
ejuana, on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 4:04 PM:
you are a spudnut
Now I can find my way home
maya, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 7:04 AM:
heather, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 1:44 PM:
I dunno about home, but at least you can figure out where your kite got stuck.
rfkj, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 6:23 PM:
You may be able to find your way home...as long as someone's not just stringing you along.
There wasn't anything brilliant on the first couple of rolls of film, but there were a few frames I was pretty happy with.
Tim, on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 5:28 PM:
ummm... if that garment can not keep a mannequin warm ...I would probably think twice about purchasing it....just sayin'
Sarah, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 5:36 AM:
Yes! Why do mannequins always have that permafrost look? You could cut glass on those things.
Tim, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM:
You could put an eye OUT!
Old film 3
heather, on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 10:14 PM:
I like this one. It's sweet :-)
Old film 2
Old film, new scans
In anticipation of getting film back from the lab for the first time in a couple of years, I decided I needed to polish my mad skanning skilz, yo.
In the process — and it was a complex process full of wrong turns — I discovered a few photos from the last batch of film I had developed that, on reconsideration, were actually pretty interesting. Here's the first of three. Next week: New film!
Tim, on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9:23 AM:
A little late in the day for nap, eh?
maya, on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 8:34 AM:
these are fun! good job.
A tree grows at Penney's
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 6:27 PM:
Is that Helvetica? The 'e' is right, the 'y' maybe not.
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 9:24 PM:
I think it's Helvetica, but the y looks more curvy than it is because of the angle and shadow.
This Douglas C-47a Skytrain was outside, which meant it got to be all cool and graphically strong against the overcast sky.
According to the plaque, this C-47a took part in D-day, dropping paratroopers over Normandy.
Titan II 2: Tail
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 8:49 AM:
Oooooh! Me like.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 10:21 AM:
Wow, that is quite beautiful. (Another picture I wish was in my physics book).
heather, on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 8:53 PM:
As part of the "and space" part of their name, the museum had several historically interesting rockets, including this Titan II rocket.
Naturally I was more interested in the pattern on the side than anything else.
Tim, on Friday, February 15, 2008 at 7:56 AM:
.... Is that a big Titan Rocket in your pa....
Spruce Goose and neighbors
As the Wikipedia entry on the Spruce Goose says, "The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and has the largest wingspan and height of any aircraft in history."
I knew that before I went, but I wasn't prepared for how big the thing really is. It's hard to show in a picture but here's a less arty shot of the same tail section with people included for scale.
A visit to the Spruce Goose
It may surprise some of you that the Spruce Goose, that crazy project Howard Hughes and Henry J. Kaiser spent an enormous number of tax dollars on, has ended up in the small town of McMinnville, Oregon. The whole story is told in the Wikipedia entry (linked above) but once it ended up there they built the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum around it.
We'd been by a number of times but had never actually gone in, so when Miz Becky suggested it a couple of weekends ago when we were down visiting her parents, I was all for it. And it was neato. More pictures to come, of course, for the next several days.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 11:17 PM:
Just a few miles from my crazy dad...
Crossing in front of me
Crossing the street
ejuana, on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 11:03 PM:
Sunfriday, on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 6:17 PM:
Wonderful. I like the light, showing that he is important, significant.
Long shadows on the street
One morning a couple of weeks ago I took advantage of some free time downtown and the unusual midwinter sun in Seattle to shoot on the street.
Winter light 2
Winter light 1
Driving dream 5
heather, on Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 9:52 PM:
Crap... those are the same people that I almost hit at the intersection. Are they following me? Did they see me hit that ol' cronie in the crosswalk? Oh shit... he's talking on the cell phone. Is he calling the cops? Dammit, I'm not going back to jail. Shit... where's my gun?
Laura Z, on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 11:58 AM:
OK, I just saw "No Country for Old Men", which completely creeped me out and had many cinematographic moments like this.
Driving dream 4
heather, on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 6:33 PM:
I can't tell if that's a person in the crosswalk or just a wiper shadow... I'm thinking the driver needs to pull over and sober up or detox before someone gets killed.
heather, on Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 9:57 PM:
Haha! There we go. Who's wasted? I've got this... wheeeeee! Red light, shmed light... oh wait oh *THUNK* what the hell was that? Oh crap, it was a woman. What the hell was she doing in the middle of the street, crazy broad? I gotta get the hell outta here. *SCREECH*
Driving dream 3
heather, on Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 9:54 PM:
f#@$ing jerk; who does he think he is telling me *I'm* to wasted to drive. I'll show him
Driving dream 2
heather, on Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 9:55 PM:
Ok wait... ok... giggle... hehe... ok wait. Like, d'oh, that was the back of the car. Ok. Ok. I've got it ok. Now where are my keys? Crap, I dropped my keys. Hehe.
I dream of driving
OK, enough of that color fantasy. Back to dark and weird.
I think I need a project. Everything I shoot these days seems to come to me in short series, never single photos.
heather, on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM:
Funny...I always thought that you dreamed of not driving.
david adam edelstein, on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM:
Heh... ok, so maybe it should be "I dream about driving".
You don't think the curtains make the place look too... delicate... do you?
maya, on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:42 AM:
i'm sure the inside has just as much character as the outside!
I'm not that good at painting within the lines, either
It's the graffiti that makes it for me
heather, on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:05 PM:
I love the blue door - beautiful. MAN I love your Italy photos.
heather, on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:05 PM:
and that purple brick in the middle.
I'm just all aglow in colour :-)
I could swear I left a horse here in 1386.
maya, on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 6:46 AM:
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 9:32 PM:
So beautiful. And a sense of continuity in communities over the centuries.
Five days of colored walls
Here are a few days of Italian reruns for mis amigos in the gray, gray pacific northwest.
heather, on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:15 PM:
Oh thank you thank you thank you! :-)
Mira thinks this one looks mean, so we'd better end here.
heather, on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM:
These are pretty, I must say.
But all-I-um looking 4 is some colour to brighten my day.
ejuana, on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 11:34 PM:
HOW MUCH GARLIC HAVE YOU HAD?!?!?!
Damon, on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 9:25 AM:
Food porn. Like it.
Allium Obsession 1
And you thought the bananas went on and on.
Time is flying... but at least it's affirmative
Hey, good looking
Whatcha got cooking?
Vine by the shed
Up through the fir
heather, on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 10:24 AM:
Is that a light I see, at the end of that tree? Oh please, let there be light!
ejuana, on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 6:02 PM:
up with fir!
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 10:09 PM:
The wet, dark tree was clear winner in the cheerful flora competition. However, this could be because the only other competitor was a wet, dark hemlock, that had been overcome with moss and fallen into a bog.
Miz B, on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 8:26 PM:
perhaps I'll call in to work tomorrow "overcome with moss". Sorry, can't make it. I've been overcome with moss. Nope, Wednesday not lookin' great either, to tell you the truth...
Rain suite 7
heather, on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 10:48 AM:
I'm ready for some colour... got any old hibiscus photos lyin' around, or maybe more of Zed's toys? :-)
Rain Suite 6
Rain Suite 5
maya, on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 7:13 AM:
my favorite so far. gorgeous.
Rain suite 4
Sunfriday, on Friday, January 11, 2008 at 5:53 PM:
Now that you've poured olive oil on those leaves, you should light 'em on fire.
Rain suite 3
Rain suite 2
Rain Suite 1
Or, welcome back to the pacific northwest!
maya, on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 7:49 AM:
these are all just beautiful.
Sunfriday, on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 6:29 PM:
I like this one the best.
David Gans, on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 8:06 PM:
Laura Z, on Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 6:51 PM:
Again with the vegetative swiss cheese...:-)
Laura Z, on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 10:28 AM:
This is like the swiss-cheese of big leafy plants!
Savannah, on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 8:10 AM:
Is the Art Academy the converted house way way on top of a very high hill? I *loved* my visit there the last time we had a family trip to Hawaii. I wish I'd discovered it sooner.
rfkj, on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 3:23 PM:
Do I get some kind of dork points for responding to my wife here rather than calling her on the phone or sending her an email? :)
Savannah, you're thinking of The Contemporary Museum. I don't think we ever went to the Academy; if you did, you went with my parents.
Banyan 2: Dirty, dirty tree
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 10:42 AM:
Get your mind out of the gutter, and your ass will follow.
heather, on Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 8:26 PM:
I mean... if you're into porn.
Banyan 1: The clean version
Still in Hawai'i. I think I have a week or two more to get through.
A few pictures from late last night and early this morning
Hugo would like to give you a kiss for the new year
I wouldn't turn him down, if I were you. He's a good kisser. Just sayin'.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 11:42 AM:
I was gonna kiss him, but he smells like my monitor. Yuck!