These two dogs were waiting for their people in the alley behind the Undertown.
Phil Baumgaertne, who has been doing some original photo work on the subject of “Ambiguous Port Townsend”, took me out for a lesson on Strobist style flash photography. That basically means using all manual settings for both camera and flash. We both wanted to experiment with strong shadows.
Since Phil was holding the flash, I had to take this using a long self-timer camera setting while I hurried to get in place and pose.
This is noted Port Townsend artist, Max Grover sketching in the Undertown. He was gracious enough to allow a photo.
Out of the garden and into the nearby neighborhood. This black locust tree has caught my attention for a while. I think its twisty shape is reminiscent of photos of the African savanna. It makes a nice silhouette to shoot a clear sunset against.
Not quite our yard, but the empty lot next door. K seeded the lot with lots of flower seeds. Mostly the grass has taken over, but we still get some Flander’s poppies coming up.
Give me enough photos and I’ll start getting arty. The early morning light and spotty cloud cover gave some interesting lighting, which works well in black and white.
Thinking about my new camera I had all sorts of plans about what I wanted to photograph. Now that it’s here, what I want to shoot is mostly our garden. It helps that June is the prime month for flowers and that the garden is looking particularly fine this year. These are Siberian irises, variety: ‘Flight of Butterflies’.
I love watching bees as they flit from flower to flower. They seem to be slightly more attracted to purple flowers than other colors. At least purple flowers are where I usually find them at work.
This particular flower is a volunteer. That’s one of the really great aspects of nigella. It self seeds all over. With some flowers, that’s a problem but nigella isn’t aggressive. I have to get out during the day to catch the current blooms, as the deer come by each evening and eat the flowers. I also like the spiky plants. The spikes are soft and not prickly, and I think they make the flowers cheerful.
Saturday was World Pentax day, an occasion on which Pentax shooters are supposed to go out and shoot photos and share them with other Pentax users. My best shot came before I got out, before coffee, actually, which is a miracle. This is the perfect way to spend a drizzly, cold morning.