This last Saturday, Heather and I volunteered to assist the UAS Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament in Haines. We would meet an Allen Marine boat in the morning, load up, and then head towards Haines to play on their 9-hole course. We’d have lunch waiting for us at the course and the golfers would set off to their ways. Dinner would be served during the return trip to Juneau. And, because we’re in Southeast Alaska waters, the likelihood was high to make a couple of stops for wildlife along the way.
As a volunteer, my primary duty was to be a schlepper of stuff (golf bags, coolers, etc, etc), but at the last minute I realized that I could serve in an additional capacity: with my camera! I decided that I would photograph the earlier parts of the day and then for the boat ride home, I’d have a slideshow rolling to let people look back on the day. Easy right?
In retrospect, everything went pretty darn smoothly. I culled to somewhere around 100 photos on my laptop, set up a flatscreen TV (secured with all sorts of tape), and got the show rolling just as passengers were loading back on the boat. The show was well received, and seemed to make for a fun conversation piece. Anyhow, I thought I’d share all of the images from the collection. See the rest of the photos after the jump.
I have a few things to mention about this post, and I’m not sure where to start… How about ‘brain-dump’ style?
It’s been an excellent few weeks. Starting with the return from a Spokane conference, I’ve been committed to some personal and business goals that have stretched me beyond my normal comfort zone. Nothing that would make me go home crying at the end of a day, but enough to give me butterflies and to live on the proverbial edge. It means that as we’s recently ramped up into the start of the UAS semester, I’ve been getting up earlier and earlier so that I give my best and least-distracted time of the day towards my goals. To encourage me to do that, I’ve given myself permission to get up before the crack of dawn to go hang with the bears near the glacier at first light.
How does that play into this post? Good question. I think in two ways… First, I have my camera with me nearly all the time now; it’s never farther away than ‘in the car’. And second, the portraits below are a little bit different for me – it’s a stretch for what I’m accustomed to.
I don’t normally insert myself into the photos that I am capturing. If you see me at weddings or events, most of the time I am across the room, using a long lens to capture moments shared by others. In portrait sessions, I would rather have some distance, and let the person/couple be relaxed and authentic rather than to be actively involved in adjusting every bit of minutia. I don’t particularly enjoy posed shots – I want natural expressions of people living their life!
So… Back to these photos. This is me walking around a busy crowd and stepping within arms reach of someone and holding up my (giant) camera & lens directly to their face. It’s slightly scary for me, as strange as that sounds. I found it was fun to see how some folks reacted. Too many ladies were self critical, and a few guys were over-the-top. It’s interesting to see the interplay of personality and self-image.
Most of these folks are people I’ve known over the years at campus and other places, so it wasn’t too off-beat to have me arrive with a camera, but it was still a stretch. We’ll see what the next outing holds!
Anyhow, here’s a snapshot of most of the thumbnails:
After posting the images to Facebook, I realized the feedback exceptional, so I’ve also posted them in their own portraiture gallery on my site for future review (and in case any mom’s out there want some beautiful photos of their children!)
Last week I stopped into the Rec Center to listen to Harrison B play a few songs while the new bose audio equipment was being tested. Initially I was trying to get some work done on my computer, but towards the end of the set, I decided to take a few pictures. Marc also took a few shots so I’m not sure which ones were taken by who, but I did all the post processing and was able to share them with the musicians and the Rec Center (for their facebook page).
Without further delay, here’s a few images:
For some reason, I’ve always loved mud. The best time for a mountain bike ride is when it’s a torrential downpour, and there is no possible way to return home without being caked with mud and dirt from head to toe.
Fortunately, UAS gives folks easy access to mud. This was a course that was set up by Tara Olson for the students to have a good time at the end of the semester. It seemed like a hit, and I certainly enjoyed photographing it!
Last night was the UAS Non-Homecoming Dance at the Rec Center. I like to head out to these no-pressure opportunities to practice different techniques. As an added bonus, each year as these dances continue, I’m reminded by the volume and lyrics that I’m getting older and older. Ha! 🙂
Anyhow, these were the 6 keepers from the ~450 that I took. Dances make it easy to get unusable shots! I have so much to learn!!
I love wildlife and I love people.
I hate it when one side of that duo become so familiar with its surroundings that it creates dangerous situation for the other.
Lately, on the UAS campus, there has been a bear who shows up to peruse the Mourant Building area looking for morsels. It’s a real bummer because now that the bear has visited on multiple occasions this week, the next step will likely be some intervention by some agency. (I presume darting or live capturing the bear to take it to some far-away area.) The bear is simply looking for a food source, and fortunately he didn’t find any on this trip, even after knocking over the bear-proof garbage can and getting up into the box recycling. The bear ambled away without much human interaction (save for my photo-taking)
This isn’t particularly a striking set of photography, but I believe that it is important to share when these things happen so that people can be more aware of the impact of their actions…
And I just noticed that this is a tagged bear (the top image, he has a blue mark near his ear). I don’t think that bodes well for our furry friend… 🙁
I love new toys. Especially photography related ones. It might be a new gradient filter, or some other tech item like my iPad 2 (love it as a reader!) Recently I invested in some “Big Glass” which in photographer parlance suggests major reach and wide-wide aperture (in this case, it is a Nikkor 300mm f2.8). As I mentioned back in this post, I had been borrowing a 200-400 f4 and had fun with gathering a few images before sending it back to my friend, Herb. I’m hoping that my purchase of this lens will be a better choice for my style than the slower f4 option…
My rationale was multi-fold. The price point was more attractive than a 200-400 f4 VR II which sneaks in somewhere near the $8000 range, but more than that, I’m hopeful that the f2.8 will give me more light with decent reach for my early-morning wildlife pursuits.
Anyhow, because I was so anxious to try out the new lens, I get to add another category to the blog: sports! Here are a few shots from last night. They’ve been run through Dfine 2.0 to reduce the the high-iso noise, but otherwise are untouched out of camera. Overall I’m certainly pleased with the results and look forward to hauling the behemoth out periodically to capture the world.
Today I had the pleasure of helping Dani collect a few images for a campaign she will be launching shortly. It was a blast to run around campus to collect images; Dani has a great sense of humor so it was all smiles and laughs throughout the morning. Fortunately, the weather played nicely too!
Yesterday, while out for a bike ride we sped by a handful of dry-suit clad students and a couple of instructors. It’s that time of year for UAS’s Swift Water Rescue course. Over the past several years, I’ve wanted to go out and get a few action shots, but for whatever reasons hadn’t seen them in action. Today I went out with camera in hand to see what I could find. It was a fairly strong rain for Juneau standards for the 2-3 hours I was out there; I was drenched, my gear was soaked, but it was a ton of fun. For spending multiple hours a day in 34˚ F water, these folks were pretty chipper!
Anyhow, take a look. We’ll see if I head out tomorrow. If I do, I’ll be sure to bring my raincoat!
UPDATE: Day 2 was much dryer (well… for me, not the students!) You’ll see an additional 10 images below. Enjoy!