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Climbing down into yet another construction hole! This time for Seattle builders WG Clark, photographing work on a new condominium going up in South Lake Union. Always lucky when you get a sunny day in Seattle to do a construction shoot. Also, another day to be reminded that immigrants make this country great.

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Recent work for one of my favorite clients, urban landscape architects Site Workshop. The firm has worked on extensive projects on the growing Amazon campus which I have shot in the past, including their now famous Spheres. Last week, though, it was a small public park right across the street from Amazon's campus, called Triangle Park which opened just a week before but is already...

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Images for a recent shoot for Buhler, a large German engineering firm who helped build one of largest malting plants in the USA in Pocatello, Idaho, making malt for large and small American beer makers. It was one of the few times I preferred being outside in 90°F degree than inside the kiln at 150°F! This was a fast paced shoot, all done in one day, covering the 3 main processes of making malt plus other images of the plant. It was also not...

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Images from a photo shoot for Seattle-based ship builders Vigor last week. A gorgeous Wednesday morning out over Puget Sound shooting one of their coast guard response boats. The boats can hit a top speed of close to 42 knots, nearly 50 mph. Shot by helicopter, piloted by the steady hand of Jay Barton from Helicopters Northwest. Try doing this from a drone!

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Sometimes you need Photoshop to make an interesting image, or in this case a mix of Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop. When I saw the Apollo 11 capsule on display at Seattle's Museum of Flight this week, I knew right away how the image could be 'fixed'. If I shot this for a newspaper I would have to call it an illustration but as I shot this purely for myself, no need. When people ask if I miss working with film, I sometimes laugh, because film...

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Lamalera, Indonesia is one of the last places on earth where traditional whale hunts exist. The men of the village take to the sea in 12-metre-long wood boats powered by oars...

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Recent work for SAP/Concur now up on their homepage. Three exhausting days (plus 5 scouting and production) with a crew of about 15, working three different stories across Puget Sound. This one on Sound Transit who loaned us a train for a half day!

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So after a month or so of editing, throwing out books, creating new books, throwing those out again, I finally settled on using Blurb's magazine format to create portfolios. I love the size and quality (and price!) and they let me break down my work by the same portfolios I have here on my website, letting me send them off to clients depending on their needs. Some clients get all 5, some just one, some a few. Thanks again to Daniel Milnor at...

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Seattle-based landscape architects, Site Workshop, asked me to return to Block 19, Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, where they completed both exterior and interior landscaping and plantings for the project. I spent a few days out there a year ago so was a little skeptical about going back, but it's pretty amazing how much has changed as people flock to the area & nearby buildings are being completed. It still makes my head spin walking...

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What's the old Picasso saying, "good artists borrow, great artists steal”? My fellow photographer, and very serious aviation buff Francis Zera, has an excellent Instagram feed of plane photos running three across. I decided to go 3 across, and 3 down today, for the latest incarnation of the Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-8

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Do you want to impress your kids? Point to giant wrap around ads on city buses with your images on them while you're driving them around! This one taken recently for the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

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A couple of frames I captured Monday buzzing around Seattle and Puget Sound in a helicopter for a client. Another heavy metal day in the air! On the left, the USS Sampson undergoing sea trials. On the right, grounded Boeing 737 Max at Boeing Field.

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Buzzing my house on the way home from an aerial photo shoot of a US Navy ship, I decided to check-in on the kids, home alone for Spring Break. Serious helicopter parent!

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After 25 years of working as a documentary photographer one skill I've learned is to enter a space to work quietly and effectively, making people I'm photographing comfortable with my presence. Skills that work really well when I get asked to create what I call "corporate documentary" images, photographs of real employees at work, created with minimal impact to the work day that allow companies to show their staff in the best and most natural...

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