Thursday, October 23, 2008

Just outside the office

Yesterday morning as I was walking up to the office door, I was greeted by this site. Two large ships out on the Puget Sound before the sun had risen, with their lights on and reflecting in the water. Well I couldn't pass that up, and since I had my camera with me a took a couple of photos. The first few were taken at 1600 ISO, but then the later ones I was able to drop the iso down to 200, because the sun had started rise.

I have taken a couple of other photos from outside the office entrance, but usually I will have a tripod and my zoom lens. This time I only had my 28-108mm lens. You use what you got at the time, and sometimes this causes me to have to think about my composition more and I seem to get some different but interesting photos.

I will have to find and process some of the older photos I have taken from here, especially the ones during sunset from summer.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ceramic Demonstration

I am enrolled in a ceramics wood fire class at Pottery Northwest this fall. This will be my fifth pottery / ceramic class I have taken, and I am enjoying them immensely. Usually we will have more then one kiln firing during a class, but because the wood kiln we will be using takes 50+ hours to fire, we will only be doing one firing.

Pottery Northwest has electric kilns, reduction gas kilns and a couple of soda kilns. No wood fire kilns, so this means we will be using Al Tennant's kiln. Al lives out on Whidbey Island and has been been a ceramic artist and teacher for a long time now.

In our class last night, Al, gave us a slide show and did a couple of demonstrations. Both of which were great to see. Luckily enough I had my camera with me last night and I was able to take a few photos of Al throwing some vessels and tea bowls. Al throws in a loose manner that has meaning and direction backed up by many years of throwing experience. Very fun and inspirational to watch.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Marymoor Park Velodrome Bike Storage Building

To continue my architectural photography series here is the Marymoor Park Velodrome Bike Storage Building located in Redmond, WA.

When I first started working for Place Architects, I was given this project to finish up. What that meant was, complete the structural documentation for the building and do the construction administration for this project.

The photos shown here were done during one of the races at the Velodrome. This made for some dynamic pictures of the building. Most of these photos are a combination of differently exposed shots taken from a tripod. I wanted some longer exposed photos to get the bike racers to blur a little, but this blew out the sky. So I then took some more photos at a faster shutter speed to get the right exposure on for the sunset. I think they turned out quiet nice.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Architectural photography

Working here in Seattle, WA at Place Architects, I have been doing a lot of architectural photo shoots. It has been very exciting and fun to do.

The next few blog posts will be from some of the projects I have worked on and have taken photos of.

This first project, in Bellevue, WA, is a residential remodel, mainly exterior only. The remodel gave this house a complete face lift while at the same time fixing water damaged areas and faulty construction from a previous remodel.