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Adam & McKenna: The Phuture Phillabaums

by on May.22, 2010, under Ballard, Places, Portrait, Seattle, Wallingford

Adam and bride-to-be

Adam and McKenna are engaged? Didn’t see that one coming. Actually—that’s a lie. From the minute these two met, they’ve had one of those relationships that seem to be hotter than first season of Gossip Girl. After months of disgustingly cute Facebook PDA-ing, Adam proposed to make things official in March of this year. If these two look familiar, it’s because they are. This isn’t their first go-round on the Andy Aupperlee Explosion 5000 (see Movember). Adam, a fellow blogger himself, also has endeared himself to this photographer because he actually leaves comments on my posts! For these reasons and many more, I was delighted to make a few photos of these two.
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Wake up and shoot something

by on Feb.22, 2010, under Ballard, Places, Seattle, Sunsets, Vistas, West Seattle

Golden Gardens Tree

The conditions were such that I simply had to take some photographs. February Seattle was being treated to unseasonably spectacular weather, it was the weekend and I just adopted a new member into the Explosion family… a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. After enjoying a literal boat-load of sushi on Friday night, I got a phone call from UPS around 9:30 PM saying that my new hunk of glass was at their Seattle hub. Sharat and I bombed down to Georgetown in the Explorer and picked it up just before Josh, the UPS customer service rep, called it quits at 10 PM. Since I knew Saturday was going to be as clear as Friday, I made up my mind to be at a particular spot in West Seattle as the sun came up. Sharat quickly translated my proclomation into reality by iPhoning an almanac: surise at about 7 AM. The best light of a sunrise occurs in the hour before the sun becomes visible. This meant getting to my spot around 6 AM, which called for a 5:30 AM wake-up time. On a Saturday. I know.

I noticed a lookout point on Admiral Way when I drove over to West Seattle earlier in the week to meet a couple of friends. The photographer bell went off in my head and I began thinking about how I could shoot it. Immediately I settled on shooting a sunrise because the silhouetted buildings with their lights might look great against the mountains and morning sky. With the convergence of the weather, the weekend and new gear—Saturday was going to be my moment of truth.

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“Get yo’ wig split”

by on Aug.02, 2008, under Ballard, Seattle

I have never known an individual as dedicated to complete nonsense as Alex Chu. “Obnoxious” is a term frequently deployed by Alex to describe the scenery around him; although his use of it is rather ironic. Forever on the cutting edge, Alex was among the early adopters of the iPhone. For a brief period of time, every email Alex sent from this device contained a signature block that read: “Sent from Alex Chu’s obnoxious iPhone.” Well said.

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The Bad Plus

by on May.29, 2008, under Ballard, Music, Seattle

David King. Drums.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/30 sec. @ f/2.5. ISO 1100.

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Failure, Beers, Victory!

by on Apr.16, 2008, under Ballard, Night Photography, Seattle, Vistas

Salmon Bay. Seattle, WA. April 13, 2008. 12:27 AM.
Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 70mm.
10 sec. @ f/10. ISO 200.
When driving across the Ballard Bridge I often look out into the bay and admire all the boats. Places like this remind of Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan where my grandpa lives. I spent a lot time growing up around boats and marinas; and Seattle with its lakes, bays and sound certainly feels like home. Or maybe I just love water.

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Sunday Sunset

by on Apr.10, 2008, under Ballard, Night Photography, Seattle, Sunsets, Vistas, Wallingford


I try to get out of the house around sunset if the sky looks interesting. Living in Seattle provides endless opportunities to explore new vistas. The city nestled between the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and surrounded by water conveniently has hundreds of municipal parks that stay open after dark. The view from each park has its own striking combination of water, mountains, buildings, roads, structures, trees and sky. Couple those elements with Seattle’s interesting weather and finding a good photo is not that hard. (continue reading…)

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