Visiting the Olympic Peninsula with Sander Rodenhuis

Visiting the Olympic Peninsula with Sander Rodenhuis

Last week I met up with Sander Rodenhuis who was exploring the United States for the first time, beginning in New York and moving westward over a couple of months. Born and living in The Netherlands, he was certainly amazed at the contrast in cultures, as evidenced by our visiting of a Walmart in Aberdeen and his excitement when seeing a wall of Budweiser branded socks. He purchased a quite a few pairs and a grip of 4th of July beer koozies that proudly displayed a bald eagle, US flag, and the slogan "BEER ME!" (OK — I'll admit I purchased a pair of socks, too.)

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Photos from the Nisqually National Wildlife Preserve

Photos from the Nisqually National Wildlife Preserve

The Nisqually National Wildlife Preserve is Washington's largest relatively undisturbed estuary. This unique feature brings a lot of different wildlife together in one area, and provides a very interesting contrast to the mountains and forests commonly thought of when referring to the Pacific Northwest. We even saw a bald eagle.

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Photos from Beat the Bridge with Garrison Titan

Photos from Beat the Bridge with Garrison Titan

Beat the Bridge is an annual Seattle fundraiser for type 1 diabetes research, raising over a billion dollars for T1D research in its 35 years of existence. Participants can take part in a fun run, race, or walk to raise money and must try to cross the University Bridge before it raises. This year, a few Stormtroopers from Garrison Titan were there to bring more excitement to this lively event.

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Hiking Malibu Canyon

Hiking Malibu Canyon

Breanne and I took a trip back down to California this month to spend some time with our friends and family. One of the off days led us to a hike in Malibu Canyon that featured an awesome natural grotto. The mix of bright sun and passing rain made for some great light at points, as well as the befriending of a couple different amphibians. 

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Photos from May Day in Downtown Seattle

Photos from May Day in Downtown Seattle

This year's May Day in Seattle held a very contentious gathering of die-hard Trump supporters who were met by radical left-wingers. Police were deployed and ready to handle the worst, yet only a few arrests were made during the rally as very little turned physical. What felt like a powder keg ready to ignite ended with the two extremist groups lighting up a joint and sharing it peacefully.

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Reflecting on "FEAR AND CREATIVITY" by Ted Forbes.

I follow a lot of photography blogs, including the vlog called The Art of Photography by the very knowledgeable and always insightful Tim Forbes. Recently he posted a video entitled "Fear and Creativity" which obviously struck my interest. He talks about how our experiences when we're young still affect us today and I thought it was certainly worth sharing.

Fear is what keeps us down, and I certainly experience it with my photography. Fear of putting myself out there manifests in a few major ways:

  • Fear of posting photos because I think people won't like them

  • Fear of posting more personal insights on my blog for the same reason

  • Fear of photographing more in the streets cause I think I'll suck

  • Fear of strongly pursuing photography clients because I feel I'm not good enough

Among others, of course... I'm sure I'm not the only one. Here's to being weird yet unafraid:

EXCERPT: "Fear is probably the biggest roadblock in photography or any other creative medium. Fear is what keeps us from pursuing our goals and our dreams. We all have fears but creative fears usually relate to our own self confidence and at the core our own egos."

Photos from the Seattle March for Science

Photos from the Seattle March for Science

On Earth Day 2017, thousands of people marched from Cal Anderson Park to Seattle Center in support for a more science based approach to policy. Included with the masses were members of the 501st and Rebel legion who suited up and made signs playing off of the Star Wars theme, such as "Join me, and together we can observe the galaxy!" Photographs by Anthony Allison.

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