Seattle International District – July 2010

There are numerous events for Seattle’s annual Seafair celebration throughout the July and August in many neighborhoods all over the City.  I had never been to the International District celebration.  It was very colorful and a lot of fun.  Interestingly, my favorite shots all seemed best in black and white.

Olympia Little Theater – July 2010

One of the members of our Meetup Group was directing a play (Othello) and was able to provide access to our group members to the final dress rehearsal.  This was a really fun shoot, but technically it was very challenging.  The only lighting was the stage lighting, and we had to stay out of the way of both the actors, and each other.  There were about 5 or 6 photographers ringed around the edge of the stage, all shooting.  The low light meant using really fast lenses (I used my Sigma 30MM f1.4 and my Olympus Zuiko 14-54 f2.8-3.5 zoom lenses), high ISO, and slow shutter speeds.  The latter made for some shots with some motion blur, which I liked.  Actors are fun to shoot, they are by nature very dramatic and photogenic, so it made for some really nice shots.

July 4 2010 – “Long Shot”

While I was taking my photography class at SPSCC, the instructor would e-mail us an “assignment” for the weekend, she called it the “long shot”.  Our assignment was to capture the spirit of the Independence Day weekend.  I took some fireworks shots (there is a display at the marina right by my house), I took some shots of my barbecue, but my favorite ended up being this self-taken shot of me mowing my lawn.  I set the camera up on a tripod, used the timer feature, and then ran out to the mower and used a long enough shutter speed to show a little bit of motion.  Sounds easy, but it took a few attempts to get it “right”.  I also enhanced the colors in Photoshop to give it a dramatic look.  It’s not art, but it was fun to do!

Greg mowing the lawn

Olympia Farmer’s Market – July 2010

Olympia has a great little farmer’s market – fresh fruit, meat, seafood, vegetables, great food stands, arts and crafts, live music,

and lots of neat specialty items.  I go there often when the weather is nice.  These are just a few random shots, walking around the market.

Joey and Pam’s wedding

My friend Joey got married in June of 2010 and I shot their wedding as my present to them.  I have known Joey for almost 20 years and he has been a great friend.  It was wonderful to be there and to be able to capture the event for them.  The wedding was held at one of their friend’s houses, in Shorewood, right on the shore of Puget Sound.  It was a little bit of a gray day, but all in all, it was a wonderful day.

Lacey Car Show 2010

Going through some old photos… these were from one of our meetups with the Olympia Photographers group.  It was a gray day and drizzling a bit, which was good in a way.  I had my weather sealed Olympus e-1 camera.  It’s “only” 5MP, but capable of making great images!  I was also using one of my weather sealed lenses, so the rain was not an issue.  There weren’t as many people there, so it was easier to get unobstructed shots and there weren’t as many shadows or as much glare.  A little tweaking of the color balance, and voila, nice vivid colors.

SPSCC Photography Class

I took a photography class from Barbra Kates (http://www.barbrakates.com).  I really enjoyed her classes a lot, they were very interactive and focused much more on the creative aspects of photography than the technical.  These shots were from one of our “field trips” to Sylvester Park in Olympia.  Our assignment was to work on one particular aspect of creative photography, and I chose “motion”.

2010 Personal Project – a year in photos with Madame L

I managed to chronicle the first 6 months of our photographic adventure together.  It was a lot of fun and gave me an opportunity to spend time with one of my best friends every month as well as practice my photographic skills.  What could be better than that?!?  Here’s a recap of our shoots together.

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Re-invigorating the Blog!

I have not made any blog posts in over a year!  I really want to do this, and am going to commit time to doing it on a regular basis.  I’m going to do some catching up and then I’ll do my best to keep things current.  I’ve been educating myself about the value and relevancy of social media and have recently created a Facebook Fan page (http://www.facebook.com/GM.Photography.Olympia), created a Twitter account (http://twitter.com/#!/GregMennegar), given my website a complete overhaul.  I think there are a lot of benefits for both me and the people I want to network with.  The internet provides the opportunity to dramatically expand my circle of influence as well as having the opportunity to network with like minded friends that I may never have the opportunity to meet in person.  I do a lot of volunteering in my local photography community, but I also want to be able to share what I know with anyone, anywhere.

2010 personal project – my year in photos with Madame L – Month 6

For our shoot this month, Madame L and I retreated from the constant rain to my home studio.  She had purchased a beautiful shimmery silver gown just for our shoot and did some very nice makeup work.  As always, we had a lot of fun and I think we made some very nice images.

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