Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Baroque Facade in Sevilla

No one likes this photograph as much as I do.  I shot this image looking up through a translucent awning that was being set up for a street festival in a small square.  This is a typical baroque-style church in Seville, Spain.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Last Day for Christmas Orders

I got another order for this image last week.  It's one of my best sellers.  I'm starting to think of it as my signature image.  This is one that I had displayed in Pro Photo Supply as a 40x60 print.  Does anyone want something that big?

At any rate, today is the last day that I can get you a print before Christmas.  Click here to order Cinque Terre.

I took this photo in Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy.  The light was low and made the stucco housefronts glow.  I took this from the Via dell'Amore looking over the little bay.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Venetian Light

When I was young I took a romantic trip through Europe.  I was shooting film then - this was before the age of digital - and using a trusty old Pentax camera my father had given me. This was the best image I took on the entire trip.  When I printed it the first time, I fell in love with it. I've been printing it and perfecting it ever since.

This image is printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Photo Rag Paper.  I do all my own printing.  This photo prints up really beautifully, with lots of fine detail.  You can purchase it as an 8x10 here or as a 20x24 here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bicycle Photo Contest Winners

Pro Photo Supply unveiled the winners of our First Annual Bike Photo contest last week.    Check our all the winning photos here.

We also announced our winners for the Holga Photo Contest and our Embrace the Blur Photo Contest.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Boat on Crater Lake

When I was in college I inherited my grandfather's old twin-lens camera. He used to use it in the 1950s when he was a photo journalist. Like other simple mechanical devices of its time, it was built to last, and it still works. I love it for the square format photos it takes.

This picture was taken on an unusually calm day in September. It's very rare to see the lake so still.

I offer this one as an 8x8 here, but I have also printed it much larger. It looks really good as a 20x20, and I have a 44x44 that was hanging in a show at Pro Photo Supply that I'm not sure what to do with. Any ideas?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Trailer Horses

I had stopped for some food on Highway 101 when I happened to glance across the road. I saw this trailer full of horses with their various expressions of fear, excitement, and resignation. The trailer pulled away right after I took a few shots.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Portrait of a Fire Hydrant

Mechanical things fascinate me. When I look at a fire hydrant, I always see its untapped potential. Will it ever be used?

This fire hydrant can be found in Portland's Missippi district right across the street from the Albina Press Coffeehouse.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Graffiti in San Francisco

I'm just a sucker for graffiti. This image was captured in San Francisco near Haight Ashbury.

I always love images of doors, windows, and hinges. These simple mechanical contrivances are endlessly fascinating. This photograph has another theme I adore, which is the color image on a monochrome field, which I mentioned in my post Still Life with Scooter. Graffiti in San Francisco has a very similar color scheme to my Roman Spigot photograph. Other images that features graffiti are:
Venetian Window
Roman House of Gold

You may buy an 8x10 Fine Art print of this image here in my shop.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


In a swimming pool in Mexico, my cousins were sitting around and talking. Meanwhile, I took a picture of their feet underwater.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wide Format Gallery

A few of my images will be coming down from our employee show at Pro Photo Supply today. This image, called Cinque Terre, as well as an image of Crater Lake called Boat and my Roman Street Scene were all chosen to be part of a wide-format photography show in my store's main location at 1112 NW 19th Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Up next in our wide-format gallery will be an amazing exhibit of images from Antarctica by Tom Hassler. You should come check it out.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Some Other Bicyclists

Here are some still life/bicycle photographers who have inspired me:

Irina from Still Memory:

London Particulars
Lisa Burch, a local Portland photographer:
By Feaverish:

Se7en:Ciao Chessa:

Coming soon: square bicycles....

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Autumn in Portland

I took this picture while going for a cup of coffee on my lunch break near where I work in Northwest Portland, right down the street from Pro Photo Supply. I sometimes go to this little coffee shop on 18th called The Oz Cafe. They make a really great cup of coffee there. They also have a lot of great pastries and lunch fare.

The climate in Portland never ceases to fascinate me. I grew up in the desert, so I'm always intrigued to see a scene like this; the leaves are dying, but sprigs of something green are just starting to sprout up between the rocks. Is it fall or spring?

I call this photograph Rocks and Leaves.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Roman House of Gold (8x10 Fine Art Print)

This is another street scene in Rome. I suppose that graffiti is just accepted as a part of life there.

This is part of a series of images I took in Italy last year along with Roman Street Scene (Still Life With Scooter).

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chinese Garden Photo

This is a photo taken during springtime at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. I love walking around downtown Portland during the spring when there are cherry trees in bloom.

Sometimes after work I'll go to the garden and have a cup of tea in the tea house there. It's a really tranquil space in the middle of the city.

This is another one of my cross-processed images. I explained the technique of cross-processing in the comments of my first SLW Bicycle post. My mom really loves this image. She loved it so much she bought it from my Etsy site. Thanks, Mom!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Photos taken at Crater Lake

These are some images of Crater Lake. This is the first time I've shown this first one to anyone.
Which do you like better?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Roman Spigot, an 8x10 Photograph

There are water fountains all over Rome. Some are more ancient than others. This is another instance of an image that appears to have spot color special effects - but it doesn't. I love that look of an image that appears to be monochrome but isn't.

Alex of Upright Brewing asked me for an 8x10 print of this image.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fine Art Print of Venetian Window (16x24)

One of the best things to do in Venice is to just walk around and look at the buildings. You can see things that you will never see anywhere else: a book store half-flooded from the canal but still open for business; doors and windows hundreds of years old but still sturdy; layers of paint coming off to show layers underneath. Even in the midst of extreme urban decay, Venice is overwhelmingly beautiful.

I have this big print, 16x24, very nicely done on Hahnemuhle Photorag Fine Art paper, just waiting for a home.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dive (an Underwater Photo)

Speaking of my sister, she was the model for this photograph, Dive.

I shot this on film with an underwater camera. This is the swimming pool of the hotel we sometimes stay at in Mexico, which explains the variegated tiling. The drain in the floor of the pool looks like a navel.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Still Life with Scooter

I took this one in Rome.

There I was, just walking along down an ally in Rome. Scooters were everywhere, as they always are. If there's space to park, there's a scooter. Sidewalks, pedestrian pathways - everywhere they don't get run over, they park. The juxtaposition of the ancient and the brand-new is beautiful.

I'm a bit fascinated with scenes that appear to be partly grayscale and partly color. I assure you that the look is natural to this image - I didn't spot color it at all.

I have a 40" x 60" print of this if anyone's interested.

My First SLW Bicycle Blog Post

My sister just purchased this image from me. She does not spend money frivolously, as she will attest to on her blog The Green Baby Guide. Therefore, I feel somewhat honored by the fact that she chose my work to hang in her home.

I named this one simply "Bicycle." I took the photo in Northwest Portland near where I work in the photo lab at Pro Photo Supply, Inc. I shot this on slide film which I cross-processed for the special effect of the color.

She ordered a custom size: 8x12. I'm hoping to deliver it to her tomorrow.