Methow Valley Killer Whales

June 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I had a great day of photographing the Methow Valley Killer Whales at the first day of the Omak Apple Invitational Swim Meet this past weekend. A couple of times I climbed up on the 3 meter diving board, went out to the very end, lay down on my belly and shot with my wide angle lens straight down as swimmers raced below. My 8 year old daughter came up to me later and asked me to stop, not because she was afraid I’d fall, but rather because she was concerned that everyone was watching me (and probably secretly hoping I’d slip and fall in the pool) instead of watching the races.

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Categories: Sports

Methow Valley Star Trails Association (MVSTA ;-)

June 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Clear skies in the Methow Valley tonight…took the opportunity to go out and take a photo. I haven’t used my 11-16 f2.8 wide angle lens to shoot the night sky before…I really like the results:

Star trails over the Methow Valley of Washington State

The blotchy streak of light across the sky is the Milky Way Galaxy.

If you click on the image above, you will be taken to my website where you may view this photo in larger format.

Focal Length: 11mm

Shutter Speed: 77 minutes

Aperture: f 6.3

ISO: 160

Categories: Abstract, Home

Hive Minded

June 24, 2011 8 comments

My Dad is allergic to bee stings.

My Mother-In-Law is too.

I’m glad they can watch this video from the safety of their computer monitors.

The single most amazing thing about this experience was holding my hand less than an inch away from the bees and feeling the heat radiating off of their little bodies. Searching for a new place to locate a hive is tough and exhausting business…so these docile little guys have no time to consider stinging interlopers such as us.

Maybe I’ll even invite Grandpa and Nana out next time…

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Google Image Search

June 21, 2011 1 comment

Google has changed the game again…now it is possible to search the internet for a specific image, be it one you find online, one on your computer…whatev. This is a very user friendly (though potentially time consuming) tool for photographers who want to see where their images are being used…with, or without permission. It is super easy to use, just go to¬†http://images.google.com and test it out.

I found that the easiest way to use it was to download the Firefox Extension so that I can right click on any image to see where it is presently being used on the internet.

Many thanks to Ira Gerlich and Ian Coble for the heads up on this new feature.

Categories: Gear

Foodie

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Just got out of the kitchen after taking a bunch of food photos…check ’em out in the ‘Food’ gallery on my website:

Weymuller Photography Food Gallery

Organic, free range rotisserie chicken from Crown S Ranch on Father’s Day…maybe a few more foodie photos will be in order…

Categories: Food, Home

Who’s your Daddy?

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment
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April Showers

May 17, 2011 3 comments

Disclaimer: this post has very little to do with photography…

In the summer of 2009, when we returned home from being abroad for a few weeks, we were greeted by a an abomination of color; more crimson and gray than any purple blooded human could rightfully bear. A Coug fan had infiltrated our home and planted so much paraphernalia that I wondered if it would ever be completely eradicated…it was kind of like sand, except with static; static-y sand. It wouldn’t go away.

  • posters
  • pom poms
  • a nicely folded “WSU Dad” sweatshirt in my closet
  • at least a half dozen blown up ‘coug bats’ tacked up throughout the house
  • a fleece blanket on my reading chair
  • a pair of rolled up socks tucked under my normally used ones
  • a startlingly brief WSU course handbook
  • a car decal…on my car
  • eleventeen thousand one centimeter square logo stickers stuck in the most insidious locations (a knife handle, my tooth brush, my steering wheel, my TV remote, my hot sauce, an egg, my lawnmower (that was below the belt), and our front door handle just to name a few)
  • coasters
  • a WSU bottle opener in the drawer that said something original like “Huck the Fuskies” when you opened a beer

…you get the idea. If a respectable person were to have dropped by in the days that followed, I would have had to have diverted them from the central part of the house just to be able to save face.

My sources alerted me to a few suspects and I made discreet inquiries…soon I had the culprit in my sights.

Instant gratification, especially when planning revenge, is tempting. But utilizing time to leverage payback holds significant power.

Online Sales Representative for Husky Bulb Company:
“How may I assist you?”
Me:
“May I have 10,000 purple and gold crocus bulbs please?”

And so, while my nemesis was away on a trip of his own, under the cover of a pregnant October sky, I painstakingly punctured holes and inserted bulbs in his manicured turf just below his WSU logo paver. Making every effort to keep all exposed dirt to a minimum so as not to alert him to my retaliation, I then retreated back up to my den to let Mother Nature do her work.

Snow flew, and as the months passed my anticipation steadily escalated. Spring began to show…my eyes were keen to find the first crocus bulbs in the beds around my home. Finally they sprang forth brilliantly in front of our house. Surely I’d be getting a call soon.

Days passed, and with their passing, my hopes waned.

Finally, I decided to drop by just to say ‘hi’. After a nonchalant stroll about his yard, I came to the crushing realization that my plan had not worked. Mother Nature, my sole confidant, had betrayed me with a combination of early freezing temperatures, deer and voles. I consoled myself with a less than half-hearted self congratulatory pat on the back telling myself that it was a good try. And then I promptly forgot about the whole thing.

Until today.

It seems that Mother Nature has her own stash of irony to dish out when she sees fit…and with any luck, she will continue to dish it out for many springs to come.

University of Washington: clearly the perennial favorite.

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