Shoot with BC Nixon

Betzu as she is also known is an east coast based model. I had the pleasure of shooting with her last year. She’s a lot of fun to work with and very creative. She also enjoys photography which made it even more fun to work with her. I did a lot of experimental things with the images from that shoot including some really rough looking black and white processing. I still haven’t decided whether I like it or not. In the other shot below, my first instinct was to edit out the softbox to her right. I usually find lights and/or modifiers in photos to be distracting, but decided I’d leave it in. I think it worked OK. I got some pretty high ratings on the My Olympus web site and it was the top photo for a time.

Sand in the City 2010

This is a fun annual event that is held every year in Olympia.  Contestants create some really intricate sand sculptures and there are street vendors, music, and more.  I had just purchase an old Olympus 135MM f2.8 OM lens and wanted to give it a try.  I was really impressed by how sharp it was and its nice bokeh.


Skate Park Shoot

One of the members of our meetup group suggested that we photograph a skateboarding competition.  It was held at the Rainier Vista skate park in Lacey, WA.  This was a really fun shoot!  It was a great day with a nice blue sky and big puffy clouds which made for some dramatic shots.  These guys were really good and very cooperative with our photographers.  I had the opportunity to try out a couple of different lenses – my Sigma 50-500 (Bigma) zoom and my Olympus 9-18 zoom for both some great close-ups as well as some dramatic wide angle shots.  You can see more photos on my flickr


Shoot the moon

I’m fortunate to live in an area far enough away from the city so that the stars and other objects in the sky are very visible.  I wanted to try out my new (to me) Sigma 50-500 “Bigma” zoom lens and attempt to photograph the moon.  I set up my camera in the back yard on a tripod and controlled it remotely to minimize vibration.  I was hoping to get a little more detail, but overall I have to say I’m pretty pleased with this first attempt.

Sunset at Carlyon Beach – August 2010

I can walk about 2 blocks and be out on the one lane bridge that connects Steamboat Island to the mainland.  From there I can see the marina at Carlyon Beach with Mount Rainier in the background.  I should really be there every morning and every night, it’s very beautiful.  On this occasion, I was testing out my new Sigma 50-500 zoom lens, also known as the Bigma.  I got to the bridge just before sunset and managed to get a nice closeup of the mountain from many miles away and also a nice shot with the moon visible.  The “Bigma” is a fantastic lens for the money.  Very few lenses have a 10X zoom range, and most “super zooms” are not known for their sharpness.  The Bigma is not as sharp as some of the super telephoto lenses available from Olympus, but I was able to pick up a used one for under $1,000, while the Olympus super telephoto lenses are thousands of dollars.

Priest Point Park Rose Garden – August 2010

Priest Point Park in Olympia is a very nice park with beach access, trails, and a nice rose garden.  I was trying out a couple of old manual focus lenses I had picked up for a bargain and was quite pleased with the results.

Dan and Kat’s Wedding – August 2010

Dan and Kat were a great couple to work with – fun, easygoing, and lots of personality.  They had their ceremony at the Wedding Chapel of Grace in Olympia and their reception at the Red Lion.  The Wedding Chapel of Grace is a really neat venue, fairly small and very intimate.  Little did any of us know that it would be in the upper 90’s that day!  Of course the chapel did not have air conditioning, and so it was even hotter inside.  Despite a very sweaty photographer and a bride and groom and wedding party that probably wished they weren’t dressed so formally, it was a wonderful event, one of my favorites ever.

Tee Maternity Shoot – July 2010

I really enjoy maternity shoots, there’s something special about an expectant mother and I always feel privileged when I have the opportunity to capture that special time in a couple’s life.  These were shot in my home studio.  I tried to use some fairly dramatic lighting and avoid being too “cheesy” or formulaic with the poses.  This was a fun shoot!

Lakefair 2010

Every summer, Olympia has “Lakefair”.  It’s a carnival, there’s live music, vendor booths, and lots of food.  There is also a fireworks show and it’s generally a good time.  Just a few random shots including my own feet.  I’m not sure what inspired me to do that, probably boredom, but it was kind of a fun shot.

Self Portrait – July 2010

I can’t remember exactly what the topic of this assignment was for my photography class, but it was something to do with fear.  One of mine is being photographed!  I love taking photos, but am less than thrilled about having my picture taken.  I shot this in my home studio using my camera’s remote control with the camera on a tripod.  I used one light and made the lighting really harsh and then did a lot of sharpening and other mucking around in Photoshop to make the image really gritty.

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