Playing with Film: Fuji Pro 400H

This month, my Playing with Film blog circle has taken on shooting with Fuji Pro 400H film.  We’ve had a HUGE variety of weather this month in Seattle, not just the dreaded overcast and rainy days I’ve come to expect, so I was able to try this film out in various conditions.  Sun, in Seattle, in January is quite unexpected and spectacular (you should have seen all the photographers lined up in Kerry Park for this view!):




Including this one of Avery giving me the stink-eye:


We’ve also had several days of intense fog, which I have LOVED.  It just creates such a gorgeous, ethereal feel to the world (and I think the film captures that quite well):




And, of course, here are a few macros (mostly taken outdoors in overcast conditions).  I particularly love the green spiky plant!






Please continue around the blog circle and check out Jenny Hall’s play on Fuji Pro 400H by clicking HERE.

Project 52: Playing with Backlight (4)

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
and never stops at all.
– Emily Dickinson

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme.  Today is our last post that focuses on backlighting, which is when the main light source is located behind the subject.

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this wire that regularly attracts all these pigeons.  When I finally went to shoot it, I had to aim directly into the sun, so I couldn’t really see the details of what I was capturing until I downloaded the files back at home.  I have to admit that I was really excited about the detail in the pigeons who were flying toward the wire.

Please continue along in our creative blog circle to see the gorgeous work of my friend Kelly Roth Patton.  Click HERE to see Kelly’s creative play on backlighting.

Baby Lashes


This month I am taking a class that has a daily shooting project.  I am focusing on “details” for this, so expect a lot of close-ups and macros for the next few weeks.  While I will surely shoot a lot of flowers, food and the like, I am also hoping to capture some of the bitty details of my babies, like Alexa’s eyelashes here.

It’s Pretty Near the Hellmouth



Digging deep

And he's off!

When visiting my parents house, I was thrilled to find that there were some very cute fuzzy bumblebees around.  I never see the cute fatty ones here in Seattle, so I wanted to get a few shots of them.  While I stalked them with my macro lens, I happened to notice a few regular bees – what I thought were regular bees – buzzing about.  After a few minutes, I saw that they were heading toward a hole in the ground, just to the left of the bush I’d been shooting.  I saw a dozen or more of the little suckers flying in and out of the hole and ran off in fear.  After looking online, I confirmed that they weren’t bees, but yellow jackets – the stinging insects most likely to be responsible for a stinging death and the ones to which I am very allergic – and that they had likely built a rather large nest underground.  (Insert heebeejeebee dance here.)  Never thought that this would be a risky hobby!