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Friday, December 7, 2007

Bus Ride Home

Bus Ride HomeElly and I had been talking about doing a shoot for a while, and one of the ideas we had bounced around was some shots in a bus in the rain. It’s hard to plan for rain, so we watched the weather and kept each other updated about our schedules.

On a November afternoon, it rained. We called each other up and agreed to meet at the bus station in 15 minutes.
There was hardly time for introductions. The sky, slate gray, was getting darker. So we climbed a mostly-empty bus at semi-random. I shot away as the bus went on its small loop through Browne’s Addition. By the time the ride was over, our light was almost totally gone. We got off and went our separate ways, down the sidewalks in the rain.

posted by Larry at 11:20 pm  

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Gritty Nicole

Nicole Nicole Herman, of Spokane, was in Spokane for a few days for a conference and wanted some gritty pictures taken.

Spokane, of course, has plenty of gritty locations. We ended up at a grain elevator. We shot a bit outside (which was cold) and some inside (which was even colder, on account of the wind that whipped through the open loading doors).

The elevator is very much abandoned, and the interior is quite dark (thus the digital noise) and with the wind and all, it was rather eerie.

posted by Larry at 2:10 am  

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Kelly Outdoors

Kelly OutdoorsHere is a gallery of a shoot with Kelly, which we did one Sunday afternoon several weeks ago. We drove to three or four different locations, getting warm in our cars between pictures.

posted by Larry at 7:04 pm  

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

This little gallery is of an afternoon about a week ago. There is text at the top right of the images.

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posted by Larry at 6:52 pm  

This post is in: Marcus, Nature

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Vacant (Parking) Lots

ChasityI wanted to play around with some off-camera lighting, so I needed some place dark. And I thought, if it’s going to be dark, it might as well be desolate and eerie. Chasity Donovan was game for such a shoot, so on a chilly (very chilly) Sunday night we headed out to a parking garage.

The one I wanted to use was closed (who knew they closed the Parkade on Sundays?), so we walked over to a different one, and found the upper-levels vacant: dark, desolate, and eerie. Perfect.
We also shot a few on the brief walk (which you’ll see at the beginning). I probably included too many pictures in the gallery. With Chasity’s great posing and the cool location and dramatic lighting, I just couldn’t narrow it down.

posted by Larry at 6:50 pm  

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Another Car Post

I know, I know. And I’m not even into cars. I have enjoyed, however, getting Hot Wheels cars for Marcus. It started when we bought little cars to keep him entertained on trips in the car. And slowly his collection has grown. I suspect I might even be enjoying our growing collection more than he.

Anyway, this past summer, when he was in Spain with Bonnie, I was able to set up an elaborate race track to test which of the Hot Wheels and Matchboxes were fastest. I tested all 93 cars (Marcus only knows of about 40 or so . . . the rest are ones I’ve bought and hidden away, you know, for future car trips). Of the 93 cars, 70 qualified (some couldn’t make it down the course). Those 70 then raced in a rigorous competition that was as elaborate as the track, and took almost a week to finish. It wasn’t single elimination; or double elimination. It was more like 69th elimination, because I had to determine the exact order of all the cars, from fastest to slowest.

And because I’m sure you are all very excited to know this, here are your winners in the various car-classes (the orange track is visible in the background).

CarsFirst is the Bassline (Blue), the overall winner and winner of the Track Star Vehicles (which are cars with metal bases and plastic bodies). Next is the Ford GTX-1 (Yellow), Winner of the Mainstream Vehicles (7th Overall) (“Mainstream” cars have plastic bases and metal bodies). And finally, there is the 2006 Dodge Viper (Red), Winner of the Heavyweight Vehicles (13th Overall)(“Heavyweights” have metal bases and metal bodies).

I know. Faaaaaaaascinating.

posted by Larry at 6:37 pm  

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Monday, October 8, 2007

A Shoot in a Tunnel

We went to a tunnel on a rails-to-trails bike path outside of Cheney. There, we spent a couple hours, mole-like, underground (or at least under the road) trying out poses and lighting.

Shoots have different moods: some are more technical, some more formal, some more casual. This one made the pulse race. It was alive and dynamic, with lots of creative energy. I think we both had the sense that we were capturing some good stuff.

Of course, in the end, I’m a perfectionist, so the shots never quite as good as I want them to be. Still, I like what we got, and the shoot was one of those moments when I feel tremendously alive.

posted by Larry at 1:34 pm  

This post is in: Photoshoot, Rural Washington

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