Photo Essay: Barn Owl Builds – The Zautke’s

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Barn Owl Builds – owned, operated and built by Casey and Joshua Zautke – let me invade one of their spaces as they prepared a conference table for a client.  It takes an immense amount of skill to form recycled pieces of wood into a solid, effective piece of furniture.  But that’s what they do.  Barn Owl Builds custom selects each piece of salvaged wood for your furniture and then commences the true art of craft, creating a piece of furniture for your office, home or party den.  More photos to come as I help them build their brand and market their business with product and environmental portrait photography.

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One Eyeland Photography Awards – Student Finalist

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I’m stoked to share this award from One Eyeland, as all the entrants were top-notch!  And with the final months of school coming to a close, these awards and recognitions only increase my passion and drive to succeed in the industry of commercial photography.  Below is the winning series titled His or Her Hands.

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The Beekeeper 2012.  Shot in my backyard as a fellow beekeeper and I harvested the honey from the hives.

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Tracy Lang transitioning from a landscaper and accomplished large-scale woodblock print artist to the art of tattooing.  Here she practices at home, surrounded by her inspirations, while her daughter watches over her shoulder.

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Kelly Foote can either be found surfing the Pacific Northwest, surfing anywhere around the world, or holed up in his shaping trailer creating the boards he loves to ride.  What he does quickly becomes second nature.

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Robert Carlson is an internationally-acclaimed glass artist, creating amazingly complex pieces of philosophical shapes, ones that emerge from the depths of his subconscious.  He peers through the mirrors of everyday life.

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Matt Kuntz spends a late summer’s afternoon working on his Ford Mustang.  There is still much work to be done.

A list of all award winners can be found here.

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Photo Essay: Ryderville Ink tatts Paris Gore

 

Last week my buddy and fellow photographer Paris Gore stepped into Tracy Lang’s Ryderville Ink realm to experience his first tatt.  He wanted a skeleton cedar tree.  She designed it, sketched it, and then drew it under his skin.  It was nice watching a friend feel the pain while photographing.  It made my time under the needle more enjoyable (the beer is a prop in the above photo).

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Photo Essay: Ryderville Ink’s Tsunami Over Mt. Baker

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Tracy Lang moves from huge woodblock prints to the art of the tattoo.  Welcome the new Ryderville Ink.  Unlike any tattoo I’ve seen before, her Tsunami Over Mt. Baker wraps the right shoulder with a pinhole view of Mt. Baker as the body’s shoulder blade carries a wispy yet powerful Japanese-style tsunami over its summit.  Bad ass. And if you would ever want a piece of art on your body, it would be by Tracy Lang of Ryderville Ink.

I shot this series of images as Tracy’s friend Shelley from Whidbey Island sat through the final three hours of work.

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Photography Essay: CannaTest, LLC. (Location – Bainbridge Island, WA)

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I had the opportunity to connect with CannaTest, LLC. to explore the new changes in Washington State regarding the passing of Initiative 502 and the legalization of recreational marijuana.  CannaTest’s tagline “What’s in your medicine?” legitimizes the professionalism of medical cannabis in the emerging industry, breaking down the percentages of Cannabinoids that are within each strain of plant.  From THC to THCV, CBD, CBG and other active ingredients, CannaTest provides qualitative numbers for accurate labeling to insure clients are receiving the necessary medicine for their specified therapy.

Visit www.Canna-Test.com for more information.

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Tracy Lang and the Grapefruit Tattoos

The other day I had the chance to photograph Tracy Lang, an accomplished woodblock print artist.  But she wasn’t doing woodblock.   Tracy was doing grapefruits, practicing her new tattooing skills on the skins of this fruit with the inspiration of the late writer and watercolor artist Henry Darger, painter Maxfield Parrish, and tattoo artist Musa

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

16mm, 1/5 sec at ƒ/18, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS6

Photo of the Day: Robert Carlson Paintin’ Glass

Renowned glass artist, Robert Carlson painting in his studio.  What exactly is he painting?

Location: Carlson Studio

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

16mm composite, 1/8 sec at ƒ/20, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS6

Photo of the Day: The Bee-Keeper

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

21mm, 1/6 sec at ƒ/22, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS6

Photo of the Day: The Grinder Diptych

Inspired by Mustang Matt’s Honorable Mention in The Lucie Foundation Awards, I finally took the time and necessary steps to combine the two images into a final diptych.  The portrait of the DeWalt Metal Grinder required rework, exchanging the original yellow vignetted background for a strong maroon in order to coalesce with the light inside the aged Mustang.

Location: SCCA Studios, CK Studios and On-Location

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Zoom Lens and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

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Post: Adobe LR4 & PS6

Wedded: Crissy + Gabriel at Restoration Pt. on Bainbridge Island, WA

Crissy Anderson and Gabriel Palmer married on July 28th, 2012 at Restoration Pt. on Bainbridge Island, WA!