Picture of the Week, Feb. 28

This view is for sale.

This panoramic was taken from a lot in the Stone Step Lake development. Skippy, Patrick, Jenni and I drove out there on Sunday to look around. It’s a beautiful area, with views of this, Stone Step Lake, or both! This particular lot seems to be going for $250K, if you’re interested.

I have a ton of photos from this little excursion, I’ll try to post more this week.

Picture of the Week, February Weeks 2 and 3: Make Up Edition

I was a bit preoccupied selling my tech support business and becoming an employee of the company that bought me last week to take many worthwhile photos. To make up for it, I’ll post two photos today.

The first is from Anchorage on Saturday, taken with the iPhone while the plane I was on got sprayed with de-icer. The shot itself isn’t stunning, though the shooting liquid was difficult to capture. What I find interesting is the way this looks like a picture from the 70s. The blurry focus, the high contrast and over saturated colors, all look like snapshots I find in my parents’ photo boxes. I know there are iPhone apps like Hipstamatic that simulate these things, but this shot is completely au naturel. It was just shot from the dark interior of the plane through a dirty, liquid-speckled window. So pretty much the same quality as an average, 70s-era point-and-shoot camera lens.

The second I took yesterday, while traveling from one appointment to another along Skyline Drive. This is what overcast days look like in Homer. Or at least, what they look like if you’re up on the bluff. It’s a bit more boring in town. Not my favorite shot from that location, but it conveys the feeling of the weather conditions.

Picture of the Week, Feb. 7

Turnagain Arm is Frozen

I took this yesterday, about 15 miles outside of Anchorage. 6 weeks ago, I drove our friends’ car back from Anchorage while they took a long vacation to visit family and friends. They arrived back in Alaska Sunday night and will be presenting at an environmental conference in Anchorage this week, so I drove their car back up for their use. I did some shopping, ate at Pho Saigon again, and then flew back to Homer (having a spouse that works for Era Aviation is awesome! Free flights!).

Anyway, this is one of the turn-outs off of the highway. During the summer, this is where the ocean is. Now it’s just ice and ice boulders for miles. It’s an awesome sight any time of year, and I’m happy that the clouds cleared enough to get some blue in the shot.

Picture of the Week, Jan. 31

First Snow of 2011

I’m not exactly on time with this, but thanks to the magic of WordPress, I’ll publish this about 30 minutes earlier than real life and no one will know the difference! Except anyone who reads this.

Anyway, say hello to the first real snow of 2011. It’s been a pretty sad snow drought here in Homer, Alaska. The last snow to fall and actually stick happened way back in early December. Hopefully this one sticks around for a bit. I’m tired of walking (waddling is closer to reality) on wet, slick ice.

I took this picture at midnight in our front yard, so there’s obviously some artificial light happening. That would be the giant sodium street light that’s planted between us and the neighbor. Not sure why a little cul-de-sac in Homer needs a big street light, but we just pay rent here, so who can say.

Here’s the full view in all it’s midnight-sunnish glory.

Night light

Picture of the Week, Jan. 24

Reflections

This is sort of a self-portrait, since I’m standing there in the entrance to our kitchen. The curve of the kettle gives me a super-long torso and a tiny tiny head. I placed the kettle on our dining room table, having just brought it in from my car while it was raining/snowing, and I set the camera on a tripod for the 1/15 second exposure it took with all the lights on.

My favorite part of this photograph is the left side. Yeah, the part that isn’t in focus. This lens (Nikkor 105mm Micro) has such a nice bokeh. That’s the technical term for how a lens renders the out-of-focus elements of a photograph. This lens has a very even blur on those elements. The blue at the top is out a window, then down to a chair, and finally the tabletop.