Black and White, Everyday Life, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #3

Another Monday another round of images. Things have been keeping me busy and these posts are a nice opportunity to slow down and reflect a bit.


More images from my recent visit to the Washington State Fair. I don’t know if I mentioned but there were lots of other photographers present. Some were obviously using photography as an adjunct to their enjoyment of the fair. Others, like the two older gentlemen with backpack, tripods, and a full kit…were also there for enjoyment, but photography was obviously paramount in their purpose. I fell into the former category. Rarely am I to be found without a camera, but except when engaged professionally it’s as an enhancement of the experience. I have a particularly abysmal memory for events and experiences (facts are quite the opposite). For me, photography also functions as a form of memento vivere that makes re-experiencing those moments easier. Or else they would be lost.


Upcoming, I will have some street photography to feature here on the blog. For the interested, a comparison can be made between these images and my style of “true” street photography.


So actually, that’s all there is for this series of images. Next post will be something completely different.


Black and White, Color, Editorial, Photography

Scenes From A State Fair #2

Another set of images from the Washington State Fair. The similarities between this type of photography and street photography lie in the necessity of being constantly aware of your surroundings.


Things are always happening with such rapidity that if you are not aware and present, always observing, you will see the shot just a second too late.


Rides dotting the landscape provided opportunities to try to capture some sense of the experience. I toyed with the idea of using motion blur to give a sense of motion, but ultimately decided against it and tried instead to find moments of expression from the riders, all the better to give a sense of the experience.


There will likely be a couple more posts on this topic, a few more set more firmly on terra firma.

Black and White, Color, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #1

The Washington State Fair, known colloquially as the Puyallup Fair, is an annual event in the state of Washington and one of the largest state fairs in the nation.


Traditionally, school-aged children are permitted a ticket or two to gain free entrance to the fair where they can ride any number of dizziness-inducing rides, and sample the delicious fair….fare. Elephant ears (a cinnamon encrusted pastry) and scones are legendary.

It had actually been a few years since I attended the fair and by my recollection, the fairground space used has increased over the years. Always one for a lark I did manage to find my way onto two rides; The Zipper and The Enterprise. I imagine The Enterprise was trying to avoid copyright infringement on the name…by infringing two other copyrights.


I wrestled with taking the Fujifilm X-Pro2 or X-T2. Generally, the X-Pro2 has been my “walkaround” camera while I’ve been using the X-T2 for studio work. I would have taken the X-T2 without the battery grip, but at the last minute went with X-Pro2. I did, however, get a bit edgier (/s) by not taking the XF35mm f/2. Instead, I took the XF56mm f1.2 and XF23mm f/2. The XF56mm f1.2 is a marvel. The XF23mm f2 is a fine lens that I don’t use nearly enough.


For the day the shooting conditions were not ideal. Cloudy and overcast, things were not helped by a miasmic haze that clung in the air due to the wildfires raging here in the Pacific Northwest.

All in all, it was a fun day and there are a few posts worth of images to prove it. State fairs are excellent opportunities for a couple of different styles of photography. Many of the skills that go into street photography and landscape photography, in terms of framing and consideration of what makes an image work, are readily applied on the fairground.

Color, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A Public Market

Pike Place Market is one of the go-to destinations for visitors to Seattle, WA. Everything can be found within its stalls from fresh seafood, flowers of every variety, to hand-crafted jewelry and other art. It is one of the most popular spots in the city and on any given day about a quarter of the people there will be seen with a camera in hand. Because my sister made a short visit back home this weekend she was determined to pay the place a visit as she hadn’t been since she moved out of the state.

The famous market sign
There are many distractions to be found at the market
The market is world-renowned for its seafood

I’ve photographed the market before, as I imagine many local photographers have. Still, it’s not difficult to find something new to catch the eye and inspire a photograph.

Fresh produce is always available
Flowers fill the market
A pig. It’s a whole *thing*.

We did arrive later in the day (the market closes at 6 pm Monday – Saturday, and 5 pm on Sundays), and many of the stalls were in the process of shutting down. This actually worked for me. It’s often to see the market in full bustle, thronged with people purchasing fresh produce, heading to one of the cafes or restaurants on the several levels of the market, or buying records, or any number of other eclectic items.

The market has multiple levels. There’s lots to explore.
Lighting is dim outside of the storefronts. Kept my processing to reflect it realistically.
Lots of interesting sights.
A nice record and memorabilia store.

I brought along the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the XF 35mm F2 and XF 56mm f1.2. Normally, I’d have stuck with using the 35mm all day long, but I was intrigued by other images I had seen using the 56mm for street and candid photography. Mosty it worked, and I really do like many of the images from the 56mm. There were one or two caveats, however.

  • Compared to the 35mm f2 and 23mm f2, the 56mm is much slower to focus.
  • With an equivalent focal length of an 84mm lens, things are a bit closer than my usual street photography style. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just took an adjustment.

Otherwise, it was a fantastic lens to use. Sharper than nanowire and with great color rendition.

If you ever get a chance the Pike Place Market is worth checking out for photographers even with the crowds. I usually come away with a few worthwhile images every time I visit.

Black and White, Color, Editorial, Everyday Life, Photography, Street Photography

Kailua-Kona: Long Days, Pleasant Nights

I am in love with the big island. These days and nights of relaxation and pleasant idleness have made an indelible impression on me. If you, dear reader, have ever had the notion of visiting I urge you to act on it.

Of course I’m keeping pleasant company which makes a massive additional pleasure (Natasha, my love you increase my joy ten-fold).

Now I’m off to find new diversions, Aloha!





Black and White, Color, Everyday Life, Flowers, Photography, Project 365, Street Photography

Photo: “Sidewalk Sales” & Archive: “Orchid”

Sidewalk Sales - October 2014
Sidewalk Sales – October 2014
Orchid - March 2014
Orchid – March 2014


Today was a bit “meh” creatively (and not just photographically), so I’m bolstering the post with a blast from the past. The orchid image was captured in 2010.

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Photo: “Street Gear”

Holga 135BC - April 2014
Holga 135BC – April 2014
Panasonic LX5 - April 2014
Panasonic LX5 – April 2014
Fuji X10 - April 2014
Fuji X10 – April 2014


I don’t talk much on gear because there’s really only one simple formula for gear; the best you can afford to take the kind of pictures you want to take. The old wisdom is best and gear will not make you a better photographer. The act and practice of making photographs, coupled with a honest consideration of what it is you want to convey in your photographs will make you a better photographer.

The role of gear is in allowing you the technical ability to make the usage of the gear virtually transparent. That being said I have a way that I shoot when doing street photography that informs the type of gear I carry. I want to travel light, be inconspicuous, shoot quickly, and have easy operation of the camera. Right now for me that means leaving the slrs and dslrs at home and using “the trifecta”.

The LX5 is such a tiny camera that people, if they pay it any mind at all, don’t pay it much mind. Most assume I’m a tourist to the city and I’ve even had people make suggestions about worthwhile things to shoot.  It takes some practice to get used to making the focus work for how I shoot but it does have a manual focus ability that allows me to apply a form of zone focusing. The X10 is the newcomer and I really have to say that I love shooting just about everything with it. For street photography it allows me to keep moving, raise the viewfinder to my eye, shoot and continue on. It lends itself to a type of flow that lets me get into a different type of zone. Finally the Holga 135bc is the stalwart workhorse. For ease of function it is the tops. Simplicity is the watchword and I love the images I’ve produced with it. I carry all three cameras in a small slingpack with a lenscloth, extra batteries, and spare cards/film. It’s blissfully minimal.

I shoot pretty much the same with all three. I’ve never ascribed personally to the idea that because I can shoot over a thousand images on a single SD card in an outing that I should. I shoot with digital the same as I shoot with film. I look for the moment and rely on experience and gut feeling working in concert to let me know when to take the shot. It doesn’t always work, but on the average successes outweigh failures.

Mostly this post is me getting in the proper frame of mind for my season of street photography. I plan to make it and portraiture a big part of the rest of the year.