Tag Archives: photography

Washington State man arrested for taking video of SWAT team from a public place

Always refreshing to see law enforcement interacting with public in a positive way. Yesterday a Yakima man decided to grab some video of the local SWAT team after hearing one of their flashbangs  pop off at a neighbor’s house. Seems like a reasonable thing to do, not everyday you get to see the para-military SWAT guys playing with their toys.

Apparently that was unacceptable to one of the gentlemen wearing a soldier’s costume. He arrested the man for obstruction, even though he was on public property and well within his rights. These guys are good at lobbing flashbangs and driving tanks around, just a bit rusty on the first amendment.

Mount Rainer Sunset

Took this photo as we began our descent into Seattle last night. I thought the haze and pink light as the sun was setting made for a decent (albeit cliche) photo. Taken with my trusty Canon G10.

Highway 530

Heading home from work last night the sky was in a weird state, the storm that rolled through the region was on it’s way out, and the colors in the sky were changing and it looked pretty cool. Decided to grab a shot on Highway 530 just as you leave Arlington.

Amazon.com headquarters at night

After the autoshow I ran up to Beacon Hill to grab some shots of Amazon.com’s headquarters, located in the former Marine Hospital built in 1932. I love the Art Deco style of this building, it looked great as night was falling. I made it black and white- it seems appropriate for this structure. Timeless design.


Fall in the northwest

I really love this time of the year, the crisp, cool mornings make it obvious the season is changing. Saturday I took a drive up the mountain loop highway east of Granite Falls to get some shots of the autumn colors. Here is just a few of the shots I took while I was out:

It’s tough to beat the beauty of the Cascades in the fall. I’ll head up once we get some decent snowfall and get more photos.

Picked up a new toy today.

I’ve added a new (used actually- they don’t make these anymore) camera to my collection. This is a camera I used to drool on at camera stores when I was in high school. Back in the mid eighties this was the ultimate 35MM SLR.

I’ll get a few photos and video of it up in the next few days.

Some shots with the Canon 7D

I’ve had the Canon 7D for a few days now and I’m starting to get a feel for the settings and controls. Have not had the time to go out and do some serious work with it, but I brought it with me while I ran some errands this weekend. I am blown away by the low light image quality.

This shot was indoors, using only the fridge light, ISO 6400, F7.1 @ 1/200th:

I’ll be spending more time with it and hopefully will get some great shots of the fall colors here in the Pacific Northwest. I’ll write up a full review of the camera after I have spent a couple weeks with it, rather than just a couple days of use.

Some test footage from the Canon 7D

I did not have much time to play with the 7D last night, other than charging the battery, playing with the menus and shooting a few test pics I did not get a chance to do any real constructive testing. I grabbed a tripod and went outside just as the sun was heading down and grabbed a few seconds of HD video just to see what it was like. I did not play with the settings at all, just put in on program mode and shot. I was impressed with the quality of the footage in such low-light conditions. Looking forward to playing with this camera this weekend.

Unboxing my new Canon 7D

I have been waiting weeks for Canon to release the new 7D DSLR camera. The release date was simply “late September”, I have emailed several online stores, called local camera stores and really never got a straight answer. I set up a search in tweetdeck “Canon 7D” to sweep for possible sources. Today I saw a random tweet from @kenmore_camera stating “We received our 7D’s today!! We have some left over, first come first serve!! Get yours now!!” I raced down there and picked one up. Sounds like I was at least the 6th customer who purchased a 7D this afternoon. I am looking forward to seeing the HD and low light capabilities of this one. Since it seems to be an internet “ritual” to video yourself unboxing new toys, here goes:

I’ll try to get some video and low light pics up as soon as I get some time with the camera!