Archive for December, 2011

Rocky Raccoon!

These little fellows were on my back porch and were not bashful at all.  It was a good opportunity to try out the low light abilities of my new (to me) Olympus e-3 camera.  The digital “noise” was pretty noticeable at full size, but for these web sized images I don’t have any problem at all with the noise levels.  These shots were all taken at ISO 2000.  The light was from my porch light and yes, that’s snow in the background.

Satsop Business Park

This was a joint field trip with the Olympia Photographers Meetup Group and the Olympia Camera Club.  The Satsop Development Park is located at the mothballed Satsop Nuclear Plant that was part of the failed WPPSS project in the 80’s.  Billions of dollars were spent on construction but the project was never completed.  Two cooling towers were partially constructed and much of the infrastructure for one of the reactors was completed.  The initial plan was to demolish everything but the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority took over administration of the facility and it is now a business park.  The scale of the place is very impressive and our tour guide, Stan was full of information about the facility as well as nuclear energy.  It was quite a fun and interesting trip.

Burfoot Park

The Olympia Photographers Meetup Group

took a field trip to Burfoot Park in Olympia.  Olympia has some great public parks and this was my first time visiting Burfoot.  It was Fall and there were some great opportunities for fall leaves and other bits of nature.

This was a lot of fun and gave me an opportunity to try out a couple of new (to me) lenses – the Olympus Zuiko 11-22 f2.8-3.5 zoom and the Sigma 24MM f1.8 macro.  Both are fantastic lenses, although I have since sold both of them.  I found myself using my 12-60 zoom all the time and the 11-22 sat idle and I recently purchased a Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.4 lens that replaced the Sigma 24MM.

Monarch Sculpture Park

The Olympia Photographers visited the Monarch Sculpture Park.  It’s quite an interesting place, a large park with art everywhere.  They have been struggling to keep it open and I encourage you to visit and donate.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it and it would be a shame if it had to close.

 

My pal Noches

My next door neighbor’s cat started wandering over to my house not long after I moved in and would often come inside and visit with me.  He was a very friendly little fellow and seemed to enjoy my company as much as I enjoyed his.  Sadly he and his humans moved away.  He would never hold still when I’d try to take photos of him, so I had to sneak up on him for this shot.

The fabulous Julia!

My friend’s daughter Julia needed a head shot for a performance she was trying out for (she’s a talented young actress).  She is also an aspiring model and has the most incredible blue eyes I have seen in any of my subjects.  She’s a delightful young woman and it was a joy to help her out.

Olympia Waterfront

Olympia has a lot of great views and scenic areas.  These shots were taken near the Swantown Marina.  Shots were taken with my Olympus e-620 and the Olympus Zuiko 50-200 f2.8-3.5 lens.  It was early March, but there were a number of boats out on the water and the Olympic Mountains were visible in the distance.

Sailor St. Claire

Sailor (website) is a local model and burlesque performer.  We shot some pinups and she wanted to do a shoot based on the Tribbles episode from Star Trek.  She was fantastic to work with.  I had a lot of fun and I think we made some nice images together.  I would highly recommend her as a model.

Sunset at Carlyon Beach

These shots were from an assignment for a photography class I was taking from Barbra Kates. This is about two blocks from where I live. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area!

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