Photographing The Port of Seattle

Posted: March 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Seattle | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

A photo taken from a bridge heading to West Seattle showing al he infastructure of cranes and shipping containers in he port of Seattle.

Seattle, WA., March 12, 2015: The Port of Seattle. Shell Oil has signed a lease which would allow it to winter-over its Arctic drilling equipment here. That is causing a lot of controversy with everyone from the mayor to an upcoming court battle. Photograph by Evan McGlinn for The New York Times.

The National desk of The New York Times called me the other day with what appeared to be a very simple assignment. They wanted me to spend the day photographing the port of Seattle for an article on Shell Oil storing their Arctic drilling gear in the port. At first blush it appeared to be a simple landscape, but once I drove around the complicated nexus of freeways, freight train tracks and overpasses it quickly occurred to me that this was going to no cakewalk.

After getting lost several times and getting stuck behind freight trains, I drove over to West Seattle and photographed from Jack Block Park and made a terrible photograph. All the infrastructure of the port was too far away. Even with a telephoto lens like the Canon 70-200 it was not a very compelling image. I then drove to Kinnear Park in the Queen Anne section of Seattle. The view of Seattle from here was stunning but the port was still too far away.

Then I got an idea. Weeks before, I had driven over to West Seattle and marveled at the view that I got of the port. Could I possibly park my car on the West Seattle Bridge? Not really. The shoulder is very narrow. But I have always loved shooting from cars so…I put my camera on ISO 640 and a shutter speed of 2500/sec and an aperture of F13 and then drove over the bridge four times holding my camera high out the passenger window as best I could in hopes that I could capture the amazing infrastructure the port. In the end, I was able to capture this image after doing some straightening in Lightroom.

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Seattle Streets – iPhone To The Rescue

Posted: October 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Seattle | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I have to admit I am not a big fan of taking pictures with an iPhone. In general it is too slow and the quality is not great. Then again, I am reminded that some of my favorite photographs from Peter Turnley Cartier Bresson, Eugene Smith and others, are not technically perfect either – but they are great images nonetheless! I spotted this scene out of the corner of my eye the other day while walking along 15th St. in Seattle and quickly snapped it with my iPhone 4 and processed it with Silver eFex Pro. I have to say, it is one of my favorite pictures that I have taken since I moved here 2 months ago. The old saying – “the best camera is the one that is with you” – is indeed true.

An odd assortment of people on the corner of 15th Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

People on 15th Street in Seattle.

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The Boston Marathon Bombings

Posted: May 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Photography | Tags: | No Comments »

I woke up last Saturday pleasantly surprised to find my picture of Katherine Russell – the wife of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev – on the front page of The New York Times. It goes to show why I never delete a photo. I didn’t know who she was at this point in the story when she appeared briefly at 410 Norfolk Street in Cambridge, the day after the FBI and others searched the house for explosives. It wasn’t until I photographed a mosque in Dorchester for a profile of her that I realized it was her that day. I Googled the mosque to learn more about it for a caption and saw an image of her image from that day in a photo from Newsday – I am in the background just after this picture was taken. Remember the photo of Monica Lewinsky kissing Bill Clonton. That photo has a similar story.

 

Katherine Russell Tsarnaev flees a house at 410 Norfolk Street in Cambridge the day after it was searched by The FBI looking for explosives and other evidence in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Katherine Russell Tsarnaev flees a house at 410 Norfolk Street in Cambridge the day after it was searched by The FBI looking for explosives and other evidence.

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Audio Slide Show: War Games in America

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Audio Slideshows, Photography | | No Comments »

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American Snapshots Vol. #1

Posted: June 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Photography | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Inspired by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Peter Turnley and others, I decided to comb through more than 90,000 digital images that I have taken over the last 10 years to make this short book of images.

Despite taking lots of pictures over the years, I think I am just beginning to take the sorts of images I seek. I have much more hard work ahead, but I hope my best images are still out there somewhere—hidden in the back of an old western bar, around the hoopla of a rodeo, within the gates of an abandoned factory or by the pump of a lonely gas station off the interstate.

In the end, taking a good picture is a quest that you never quite finish.

I will also never forget a lesson my friend Peter Turnley learned while sipping wine at La Tartine in Paris with photographer Edouard Boubat.

“Peter,” Boubat said, “if you keep your heart and your eyes open, there is a gift waiting for you at the corner of every street.

AMERICAN SNAPSHOTS by Evan McGlinn | Make Your Own Book
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The International Photographer Index

Posted: April 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Design, Photography | | No Comments »

I have been waiting for something like this for years…The International Photographer Index which I discovered by reading one of my favorite blogs, The Click. Now anyone can find just the right photographer for a project or simply peruse their growing collection of over 3,000 photographers including my good friend Peter Turnley. Best of all, if you are a photographer and have a website, you can register instantly with their service and learn about their prices.  Here is how they describe themselves…

“iPi — The International Photographer Index at photoeye.com is a visual index of important fine-art and documentary photographers from throughout the world.

It is our mission to become the most focused and useful index and search engine for discovering and exploring fine-art and documentary photography. Unlike all general search engines on the web where pertinent information is buried amidst the less relevant, the iPi search tool focuses only on the art and documentary community of photographers and their work, making it the ideal tool for a discerning audience of curators, gallery directors, publishers, editors, researchers, collectors and all other lovers of art and documentary photography.

The Photography Website Project’s mission is to index all significant websites by internationally renowned and emerging art and documentary photographers.”

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iPad News Alert: See The World’s First Interactive Magazine Story

Posted: March 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Magazines, Technology | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Many thanks to Vincent Laforet for sending me his email with the story about VIV Magazine’s amazing interactive magazine story that they produced for the iPad. As a journalist, I can tell you I think this is the most exciting thing I have seen recently and it really paves the way for innovation and content creation going forward. I agree with Vincent that many magazines will initially balk at the high production costs, but then again, take a look at what Vanity Fair spends on Annie Leibovitz, A-list authors and other editorial expenses. When I worked at Forbes we had more than 85 people on the masthead as I recall. Now it is a tiny fraction of that. Perhaps if magazines get their act together and start embracing this technology, they can hire back all the writers they have purged over the last several years along with a new crew of techies to build and produce this stuff. One thing is certain, the technology is here to stay. Publishers who ignore it, do so at their own peril.


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37 Signals Karl Rove Attack Video

Posted: March 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Ideas, Social Media, Technology | Tags: , , | No Comments »

My good friend Jason Fried of 37 Signals never ceases to amaze me. Not only is he a highly successful software entrepreneur, celebrated public speaker, design fanatic, tea nut and all-round renaissance man, he has an uncanny ability to generate buzz about his company and its products. Now he is a best-selling author along with his partner David Heinemeier for their most recent business book “Rework” which is currently number 11 in sales on Amazon.

Jason and his team noticed that Karl Rove’s book was ahead of them in sales, so they made the “attack video” above. Very funny, clever and already has over 31,000 hits on YouTube.

Fried does it again.

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Apple’s Future? Landmark Image Recognition?

Posted: March 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Technology, Travel | Tags: , , | No Comments »

U.S. Patent & Trade Office sketch of Apple patent for a head-mounted display.

With the iPad debut right around the corner, it is interesting to note that today’s New York Times had a small piece in its Bits Blog about Apple hiring Richard DeVaul who is an MIT grad and an expert in the field of “wearable computing.” An excellent article on him can be found from this 2003 article in USA Today.

What this means for Apple going forward is anyone’s guess as the Bits Blog mentions, but obviously big things are in store down the road. Whatever it is – iEyeball or iRetinaTV – I just hope no one wears it while driving.

My hope? One idea would be to link the wearable Apple device to something like Google Goggles whereby you could walk around any city in the world, look at something, and the information about a museum painting, storefront or restaurant menu would pop up instantly in front of you. So long guidebooks…

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PDN: The Top 30 Young Photographers Today

Posted: March 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Photography | Tags: , | No Comments »

Photo District News – the trade bible for the photo industry – has just released its annual list of the top 30 young photographers. This from the intro on their website…

“Look at the photographers in this year’s PDN’s 30 class and you’ll find a solid refutation of the idea that “everyone is a photographer now.” Did “everyone” move to Beijing to freelance for the AP with no financial guarantee like Danfung Dennis? Or live out of a mini-van so they could create a major project like Scott Conarroe? Or defy social norms to become one of the only female photojournalists from Gaza like Eman Mohammed? Is “everyone” willing to be as patient as Alex Prager, who put on her own shows when gallerists ignored her? Does “everyone” have 2,250 followers on Flickr like Ben Roberts?”

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