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Archive for June 29th, 2009

Granite Falls, WA

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2009

Granite Falls, WA is known for the falls, of course, the only Shinto Shrine in North America, big meth labs, and the mountain loop highway where murderers seem to like to drop off their victims…. The scenery is nice but perhaps you should be armed to cover yourself up here in this neck of the woods?

The falls….

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Chaos to order in product photography.

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2009

This one photo should be self explanatory. We needed a full sized trade show print for this 16 foot kayak…. A single exposure, even on 4×5 film, wasn’t going to get the results I wanted since  we just didn’t have enough head room in the studio to get it without using a wide angle lens and making the pointed ends even pointier than they should be. So multiple shots with a normal lens did the job.

16 foot kayack

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Life is Rich with Irony(s)

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2009

So, Sunday I am on my way to photograph a Shinto religious ceremony (the epitome of peace-loving, tranquil, harmonious religions) and this a-hole cuts me off and almost hits me so he can barge in on a right turn only lane he needs to be in but won’t wait for 2 other cars…. I am steamed and calling him bad names….

Next thing, I am laughing because this guy has provided me with the best entertainment I’ve had in quite a while….


To get the IRoNY part, of course, you had to be on the planet these week and know that Jackson just died a few days ago at age 50 from a drug overdose… He popped painkillers like candy. But to double the irony a guy who lived just like the bumper sticker said to do had just died 60 minutes prior to my seeing the sticker. An autopsy has revealed he was doing coke and numerous other drugs too. What a shame.


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