Solar Eclipse 2017

August 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
August 21st will be a day I will never forget. I had the privilege of witnessing a total eclipse with two of my favorite photographer friends, R.L. Dietz and Craig Sweat. R.L. is an astro photographer I have known since 1989 and he had spent the last 30 years waiting for this event and Craig is a commercial photographer whose kindness and intellect...
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Global Education Project

March 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I did a quick video interview of an international student studying at Spokane Falls Community College. These mini projects are so rewarding because of the wonderful people I get to meet.
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Winter Day Dreams

February 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I made this image last weekend after coming home from Priest Lake Idaho. The lake was frozen out to the islands. The background image is a panorama of four frames and the dog image was one I made on my cell phone. As I was driving home I was thinking about the gift my brother had given me of a ship in a bottle and I hatched an idea to make this dig...
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Notan Studies

February 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I made these images just outside the photo building at the campus where I teach. I was working one on one with a student. It never fails that when you are in the right mood the images are all around you. I was just looking for line and for the light and dark values that give life to an image.
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Mother's Birthday Portrait

February 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Today was my mother's birthday. I picked her up and took her downtown to my new studio and made this portrait of her. While she waited for me to set up she took a moment to close her eyes and relax. It was a perfect moment so that is what I made a photograph of.
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Global Education at Spokane Falls Community College

February 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Last week I had the privilege of meeting Abhilash Singh who is an international student studying computer science at Spokane Falls Community College. I made this short promotional video for the Global Education department.
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Super 8mm Movie

January 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I came across this movie I made about 10 years ago using an old Canon Super 8mm film camera. I took the canoe and trailer across the state of Washington all the way to the farthest Northwest tip at Cape Flattery. I can't help but feel nostalgia not only because of the aesthetics of the film, but the memories of being young and foolish. Bittersweet...
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November 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I made this image with exactly one light... and a compact mirror I borrowed.
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Still Life Potluck

November 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
This past Monday I was giving a still life demonstration and came up with an interesting idea. I had 12 students in the studio with me who had brought items from home to make photos of. I decided to call an audible and announced that we were going to make our own version of a photographic nail soup. I told everyone that I was making our session int...
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Natural Light and Studio Light

November 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I made these two still life photos just to experiment with how the quality of the light source changes the meaning of the photo. The image above was made by putting my favorite camera on a piece of black plexiglass and lighting it with some spot lights and parabolic reflector floods. I used a graduated Neutral Density filter to balance out the refl...
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Impressionist Inspiration

October 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Thursday morning I was struck by the yellow leaves outside my kitchen window. I was thinking about how they will all be gone soon and that there was a delicate harmony and beauty in this moment. I also thought of Van Goh and Impressionist paintings and the swirling movement of branches against the bokeh in the background. It was a beautiful morn...
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Open World

October 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I had the privilege of hosting Lotfullah Najafizada in our home for four days this week as part of the Open World Leadership Program that is organized by congress to invite " rising leaders of emerging countries to the importance of legislative functions in creating and sustaining democracies. " Lotfullah was part of a delegation of 5 Rumsfeld Fell...
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Poetry's play with words

October 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I was looking through some images the other morning that I had made of my dog and the fall leaves and these two images were side by side and they reminded me of the kind of imagery I would see in SUN magazine. There was something poetic about them and the juxtaposition of action and stillness made me think of how poetry plays with words. I think th...
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Whimsical Art

October 21, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
After a very long and stressful day I decided to play with some images as a form of stress relief. I had photographed this hedgehog while giving a composite photography demo last spring but never ended up doing anything with the image. But today I had to! I drove by a cemetary that had this shrub and stopped and photographed it in the rain and then...
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Broken Nest

October 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
We found We found this nest at the base of our plumb tree this summer. I have held on to it for a couple of months. It reminded me of my childhood when my two older siblings left home while I was still young. I don't see them very often but I still think of them and remember good times together. They moved south like the robins do before winter. On...
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