Although there was snow in the air again this morning, last Friday it felt like spring had finally arrived. It was sunny, and relatively warm around 10°C (50°F), so I decided to bust out of the office and enjoy the afternoon. Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (aka Dike 14) is not too far from my home, [...]
Born July 18, 1924 in Sevenoaks, England: a Kentish Man. Served in the Corps of Royal Engineers in World War II, followed by a career as a quantity surveyor. Married Magda Lowy (1926-2010) in 1947. Moved to Kingston, Ontario, in 1957 and Toronto in 1965. Died March 6, 2013, in Toronto. Leaves behind three children, [...]
Every business needs to reinvest in new equipment to replace aging pieces and upgrade to more capable machines. Photography is no different. In the film days, camera bodies were a very mature technology. There wasn’t much Canon or Nikon (or anyone else) could do to improve on their top-flight models: maybe a bit lighter, more [...]
Some more table-top photography, this time some things I found around the house: our orchid, a fine Oregon Pinot noir, and an angel my grandmother made of clay. I started shooting on the white background, like the portfolio I photographed for Sharon a couple weeks ago, then decided it might look better on black. The [...]
I rarely do any product photography, but when a friend who is studying graphic design asked me to photograph her portfolio, I said “of course!” I brought my equipment over to Sharon Cody’s house last week, set up on her kitchen table and we shot various design projects she’d worked on. The first, shown here, [...]
For the third and final post in our Christmas traditions series, we’re talking about snap-dragons. No, not the flower. Snap-dragons (which is really more of a New Year’s tradition for us) is an old parlour game most popular (according to Wikipedia, at any rate) from the 16th through 19th centuries. As with all ancient folk [...]
For those of you celebrating America’s greatest holiday today, happy Thanksgiving! To the rest of you, please enjoy these e-cards while you’re chained to your desk, frustrated that you can’t get hold of your American contacts on a normal Thursday for a whole week in late November. The images were shot about two months ago [...]
Dylan Thomas? Thomas Hardy? Thomas Hobbes?
In act I of our Thanksgiving Dinner, a host of gluttons converged on our house and consumed the largest bird therein. Act II: The ritual beating of a clown Their blood lust not satisfied, the mob proceeded to take turns gleefully beating a hapless clown to a bits. Once its corpse was torn asunder, the [...]
The other day my friend Pauline had an opening in her studio and I had some unbooked time as well, so I headed over there with some props, and we played around with some still-life scenes. Or, in the case of this flag, some not-so-still life. With this little desktop flag taped to some white [...]
Something I stumbled upon the other day. I came across it in Portland once before, not too far from here.
I’m slowly going through the hundreds of photos I took on this weekend’s camping vacation adventure on the Oregon coast, trying to figure out the best way to present them. It was a great trip, filled with cool wildlife, natural wonders and spectacular vistas. Well, maybe not spectacular vistas per se, but … memorable? I’ve [...]
Just over two weeks after it received a last-minute stay of execution, the black cottonwood tree in our front yard has been taken down. It took four men from All Around Arbor less than four hours to dismantle the 40-foot tree on July 9. Friday morning dawned clear and hot in St. Johns, and I [...]
In the North Portland neighborhood of St. Johns, a black cottonwood tree was given a last-minute stay of execution this afternoon after the crew assigned to cut it down realized that their boss had grossly underbid the job. The springtime snowstorm caused by the tree’s cottony seed pods prompted complaints from neighbors. “Oh, gawd,” said [...]
I’ve been going through and updating my web presence over the past couple of months, and I finally got around to updating the site for the photojournalism side of my business. There will probably be a few tweaks over the next couple of weeks, but you’re invited to check it out now and let me [...]
As you can probably tell, I’m trying to play catch-up with the blog posts today. Last week on Thanksgiving Day, Perrie and I took advantage of the day off to clean the house and decorate it for Christmas. We didn’t have enough room for a 10-foot tree, so we settled on a four-footer and two [...]
Halloween is coming soon … here are some tasty treats that Perrie made on Sunday (I did the nails). Creepy!
OK, so I’ve been a really bad blogger lately. I’ll try to catch up a bit this week, starting with an event that Perrie and I attended almost a month ago. But first the back story… When Perrie and I got the keys to our new house we had about 24 hours to do some [...]
With all of the amazing scenery, not to mention the creative talent in this country, why does so much of it look like this? Greeting from beautiful Burlington, Wash.
The mailbox was full when I stuck my head outside the door just after lunch today: a magazine, a Visa bill, two movies from Netflix, and a large package from my health insurance provider. “Dear Health Net Plan Member, Thank you for your continued membership …” As a self-employed individual, I bear the full cost [...]
Last Saturday morning we went to the St. Johns Farmers Market to pick up some vegetables and such for dinner. New this year, the market is not as large as others in Portlandâ€”only about a dozen vendorsâ€”but it has enough of everything including some great produce. Best of all, it’s not crowded out with all [...]
For the past couple of weeks, workers have been refurbishing the brickwork on the apartment building across the street from mine. The 5-story, 1931 building is covered with brick on the two sides visible from the street, and decorated with about eight 10-foot tall sculptures I call the “pharaohs.” (You might remember that I wrote [...]
As you can probably see I changed the template for this blog. The content is the same, but it’s a fresher look. It might change a bit more in the next few daysâ€”there are a few things I have to clean up, add or restore, but I don’t have time to do that right now. [...]