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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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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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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Boston: What Recession?

Posted: February 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: New England | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »


You would never guess that we are in the midst of a recession by strolling around Beantown these days. Sure, college town like Madison, Wisconsin and Boulder, Colorado are famous for weathering bad times thanks to brainy start-ups founded by recent Ph.Ds, but Boston seems to be unusually vibrant. Aside from the new hotel and restaurant openings, there is also a new museum wing at the MFA on the way.

STAY:

The W Hotel (235 rooms and suites) opened in October and is getting a lot of local buzz. Located in what used to be the city’s peepshow and prostitute-ridden “Combat Zone,” the crowd here is young (30s &40s) and likes a party—the lobby’s lounge is loud and packed with cocktail-toting revelers. The rooms may be a little over-the-top for older tastes. The green, light-brown and beige color palette of the “Wow Suite” is pleasant enough, but the main lighting source for the room is a large panel on the side of the wall. It’s the sort of lighting that would give an interior decorator like Bunny Williams fits. Ditto for the sofa. It bore a striking resemblance to a suede potato chip, and defied all efforts to sit comfortably. Still, everything you need is here including 2 flat-screen TVs, a full-bar, deep soaking tub Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Posterous the Future of Social Media?

Posted: July 16th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Social Media | | No Comments »

I am now on Posterous.com thanks to Paul Gillin who wrote: “Steve Rubel, a public relations social media visionary whom I profiled in New Influencers, recently announced that he’s abandoning his blog in favor of a lifestream. Steve is at the extreme edge of social media activity, so his experience isn’t typical, but I think his point bears considering. He’s saying that the action now takes place in so many nooks and crannies of the Internet that a website is, at best, merely a place to pull them all those activities together. Our own online presence is too expansive to be confined to one place.”

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Turn Your iPhone into a Wireless Hard Drive

Posted: July 12th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Technology | | No Comments »

icon_aspro_128-copyIf you ever wanted to simply drag and drop files to your iPhone as if it were a hard drive, now you can thanks to a little $9.99 app called Air Sharing. It allows you to place any sort of file – a Word doc, PDF, RAW, Excel Spreadsheet etc – onto your iPhone as if it were any other drive on your system.

The installation documentation requires that you download a program called Netdrive. I didn’t bother using it once I loaded onto my system because I couldn’t seem to get it to work with my XP (32-bit) machine. As an aside, Netdrive is apparently not compatible with XP 64. I set up Airshare by simply going to My Network Places and setting up the iPhone with the Bonjour networking address, but you can also use a standard IP address of 192.168.1.108:8080. After that, everything worked fine.

You can zip and uzip files, print, email, rename, copy, delate, rename and move them on the iPhone just as if they were on your computer. Really useful and highly recommended.

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High Dynamic Range Trees

Posted: June 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Photography | | No Comments »

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I recently downloaded a copy of Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software and I have to say I think it is spectacular – particularly if you push the envelop with some of the filters that are available.

I have always loved the landscapes of Andrew Wyeth and have tried many times to draw and paint trees. The sad fact is, I really have no talent when it comes to drawing. One afternoon, while I was sitting at my kitchen table at my Wisconsin house on a sunny and snow-covered day, I noticed this tree that had very Wyeth-looking light falling on it. I immediately thought that perhaps I could create a high dynamic range (HDR) image with my camera and then convert it into SilverEfex Pro.

I shot 5 frames and merged them together using Photomatix Pro and then adjusted the levels and contrast in CS3 with a few dodging and burning techniques. I then applied the high contrast orange filter in Silver Efex Pro and…bam. I like the end result and think it is pretty cool for a photo that was taken during a sunny afternoon.

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