Category Archives: Portrait

Father’s Day

This is from a couple of years ago now, but it’s still my favorite photo of my dad. I’ve posted it before on my Facebook page but in recognition of Father’s Day I thought I’d share it here also.

Happy Father’s Day, Pops!

Pops and Holly - Sisters, Oregon

Pops and Holly – Sisters, Oregon

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Portraits of a Balinese Cremation Ceremony

I recently spent a week in Bali, Indonesia, for a quick get-a-way. Travelling with a companion, photography was not the focus of this trip (sorry, bad pun). But the camera came with me most places, of course, and a few good images came home with me.

One of the joys of travelling for me is the surprises that often arise, unexpected events and unplanned cultural experiences, that make a visit to a place more than just a beach holiday. In this case it was stumbling upon a cremation ceremony for a member of a Balinese royal family. Unlike most of Indonesia, which is primarily Muslim, Balinese are predominantly Hindu and the custom is to cremate bodies after passing on to the other side. Still a caste society, the process and ceremony involved with cremation varies according the the caste level you are in. A lowly worker? You can look forward to your body being dumped into the ground and then five years later being dug up again to be burned in a mass cremation with all the other deceased workers.

If you are a member of a royal family, you get a much better send-off, such as the one for an Ubud royal family member who had passed away back in February. The body had been stored for two months until the ceremony could be organized and take place in May. A number of processional floats were constructed by volunteer community members, the primary one being an elaborately decorated bamboo tower close to three storeys tall on which the body was loaded and then carried to the burning grounds. After cremation, the ashes were to be given to the family to be spread in the sea. The procession and burning were public events; however, the water gods were apparently not happy with the fire gods this day and during the procession it began raining…hard, as it is often wont to do in the tropics. These are some portraits of participants and observers I was able to get before the skies opened up.

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Billy the Panda Boy

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Craft & Vision

And speaking of ebooks, Craft and Vision is out with their latest: Making Light: An Introduction to Off-Camera Flash. If you’ve ever been interested in the idea of getting your flash off the camera but have thought of the idea as too daunting, this is a great ebook to get you going. Written by Piet Van den Eynde who wrote another Craft and Vision ebook earlier this year on black and white processing that I highly recommended, it covers the basics of working with off-camera flash in a clear and easy to understand manner. Piet takes the mystery out of the equipment needed, even giving step by step instructions for setting up a remotely fired flash for both Canon and Nikon systems. And while giving the theory and formulas behind several lighting principles, he emphasizes the practical aspect. The ebook ends with 9 case studies to help illustrate the principles discussed throughout the ebook.

I’m a bit late getting this review out, but if you hurry you can get Making Light for only $4 by using the code LIGHT4 at checkout. This code expires at 11:59pm PST August 21st, 2011.

Today’s Photo

I’ve played around a bit with off-camera flash off and on over the last couple years, but have yet to master it in any real way. It can be really fun, but definitely challenging. While the basics of it are pretty straight-forward, it takes a lot of practice to get the details right. Here’s a recent one of Billy the Panda Boy at the University of Washington campus in Seattle with a bare 580EX II to camera-left.

Panda Boy

Panda Boy - Seattle

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Adrienne in a Meadow

Pretty much every smartphone these days has a camera built in. Some of the newer models actually produce rather decent results. For some reason it’s not easy for me to remember I always have a camera in my pocket, but when I do it can be quite fun to play with. I’ve never posted any of my iPhone photos here, although I should at some point. They usually just get posted to my personal Facebook page. Fellow blogger John Cornicello posted a series of iPhone photos on his blog a week or so ago. As usual for John, he produced some fun and creative images.

Today’s Photo

I don’t do a lot of portrait photography, but the other day I did some family photos for some good friends who will have a new member of the family by the time you read this. (Congrats, Jason and Amy!) You can see the rest of this series at my Facebook photography page.


Adrienne - Kubota Gardens, Seattle

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As seen at a goth festival in the Sydney suburb of Newtown. Someone standing next to me said this woman was some well known crime fiction novelist. Since I don’t read crime fiction, it meant nothing to me. I liked the photo, though.

Famous Writer

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