Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole - ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
A little bit of Alice in Wonderland right in the back yard.
(f/5.6, 1/160, 200mm, post-processing swirl)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Frozen Fish Ladder

Frozen Fish Ladder - ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Fish ladder with ice, Deschutes River. (f/25, 6 sec.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ice Is Stranger Than Fiction (part 1)


Ice Is Stranger Than Fiction (part 1) - ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Detail of ice at Tumwater Falls on the Deschutes River in Olympia, USA
For part 2 (an overview of Tumwater Falls half frozen) click here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winter is an alien world

Winter is an alien world - ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
A section of the Deschutes River swirls around islands of ice following unseasonably cold weather in Olympia, Washington. (f/22, 8/10 second, 200mm, on tripod)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Eagle Watches Mt. Rainier Sunrise

Budd Inlet Sunrise feat. Eagle - ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Eagle perches on post watching sun rise behind Mount Rainier (Tahoma) in Olympia, Washington.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Flight

Flight - ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved

Lone crow takes flight over gold-tinged waters of a Budd Inlet dawn in Olympia, Washington.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Shadow

tree shadow on fence - ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
A shadow trying to hid between a fence and a tree. Unsuccessfully.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Another Hungry Mouth...

Another hungry mouth to feed - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Seedpods found by my sweetie - the were closed when she brought them inside, then opened up like hungry mouths. Anyone know what they are? She said there was no tree nearby with similar seeds.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The World-Reflecting Mosque

Jama Masjid, Delhi - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved (used with permission)
Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (aka Jama Masjid) - the famous mosque in Old Delhi, India. February 2009.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Secure enough

High Security - photo ©2009, Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Not everyone needs a high-tech security system...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

psychedelic cleanser


Soap bubble macro photography - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
I recently discovered soap bubbles as a macro photography subject, and I'm astounded at their colorful little world. This is ordinary dish soap doing its thing. What, you've been taking soap for granted all this time?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

I Want a Pony!

Kodak Pony 828 - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
On second thought, maybe this requires too much care and feeding.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fire at the Dome

Fall Fire & the Dome - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens
Autumn in Olympia: the curious mix of gray skies and brilliant colors.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Nisqually River Delta & Wildlife Refuge, under cloud

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Nisqually Wildlife Reserve where the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound -- with a touch of HDR processing. One of the few natural river deltas left in Washington State.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Skeleton Family Watches the Big Game

Skeleton family watches the big game - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
A little experiment with lighting and depth of field during the U-20 World Cup final (Viva Ghana!) and the first of several expected October appearances of members of the Skeleton family.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Orange Dawn

Orange Dawn - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Capitol Lake reflects sunrise-illuminated steam from the Washington state capitol's steam plant.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nature, abstracted

abstract tree - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
This may help explain my somewhat skewed view of the world. This is an unretouched photo of a tree taken through the upstairs window of my 86-year-old home. The windows are old, warbly single-pane glass, but I didn't realize they were this bad! Actually, the effect is emphasized by the zoom lens, with a rather interesting, almost impressionistic effect. Which I like.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Morning Macro

Bud Life - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Garden visitor on the morning of Sunday 4 October.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sliding with the Bhattacharyas

Sliding with the Bhattacharyas 1 - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Debashish Bhattacharya (slide ukulele) and Subhashis Bhattacharya (tabla) performing at Jazz Alley, Seattle 30 September 2009 -- a magical performance of traditional and not-so-traditional Indian music.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Winners!

I received some nice recognition/publicity this week that I'm excited to share with you. The photo of Delhi 2 Dublin that I recently shared here was selected as a winner of the Bumbershoot photo contest (see results here).

Also, this photo of the historic marker and the old state capitol building in Olympia, Washington, appears as part of an article by Deborah Stephens in the fall edition of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. Some parts of the magazine are available online. So I just want to thank you all for your encouraging messages and comments about my photos. I'm pleased that they are reaching an ever-wider audience!
WASHINGTON WOMEN WIN THE VOTE - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bowl of Sunlight

Bowl of Sunlight - photo (c)2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Finished breakfast, noticed marvelous shadows of my cereal bowl on the wall, took photo.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Licorice Ferns

McLane ferns - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Clinging to the trunk of a Big Leaf Maple near McLane Creek in West Olympia.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Western Colors

Western color - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
View north from Olympia over Puget Sound as the summer sun sets behind the Olympic Mountains.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Watching the Sun Rise

Watching the sun rise - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
She's either enjoying the sunrise, or trying to tell me to clean the windows. But I love how the golden early light outlines her and the window frame.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sometimes you just get lucky

Delhi 2 Dublin - Tarun's stage dive - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Bumbershoot 2009 - The Canada-based Indo-Celtic group Delhi 2 Dublin is on stage and the crowd is bouncing with wild abandon. Tabla player and electronics guru Tarun jumps off the stage, bounces up onto the security wall where he sings for a bit, then leaps into the seething mass.
They caught him. And I did too, holding my camera above my head and hoping it was aimed in the right direction. Sometimes, you just get lucky.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Eartip

corn - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
some of Autumn's bounty...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tug Twilight

Wallace Foss Tug - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
A mirror-like Budd Inlet reflects the Wallace Foss, one of many tugboats gathered in Olympia for the annual Harbor Days festival.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Source of Red Tide?

Roy Red - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Water tower in Roy, Washington -- selective color, dramatic clouds

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Not-so-fresh fruit

Um, Waiter... Are These Your Freshest Limes? - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
The most interesting things to photography are not always the newest, freshest, and shiniest...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Caught!

Stealth - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Seen sneaking around at Point Defiance Park, Tacoma Washington.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Antique Marina

Antique Marina - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Awoke this morning to a most enticing layer of fog. I followed it around town and down to the marina, where these flowers on Percival Landing stood in vivid contrast to the gloomy sky. For some reason, it seemed appropriate to give the photo an antique feel. A postcard image from the past?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sneak Attack

Sneak attack - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
I'm delighted to let you know that a number of new photo greeting cards -- including this image -- are now available at Childhood's End Gallery in downtown Olympia. They're at 222 West 4th Avenue -- please drop by and have a look at my photos and the rest of the work on display at this great local gallery!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Stillness

He's great, he's blue - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) near the shore of Captiol Lake in downtown Olympia, Washington, USA

Saturday, August 1, 2009

...would smell as sweet

by any other name... - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Rose macro - organically grown and photographed.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Stormy skies over the capitol

Washington State Capitol
State Capitol dome and Capitol Lake, Olympia WA USA.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Salish Sea Sunset

Salish Sea Sunset - photo ©Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Sunset over Budd Inlet (aka the Salish Sea) in Olympia WA.
Panoramic shot stitched from several separate images.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oly Love

Oly Love - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Downtown mural under stormy skies. Available as a card or print here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Trash Dragon

Trash dragon
The kids at a local art center provided the found-objects dragon sculpture; nature provided the dramatic sky that made for a perfect nightmarish image. At least, it's not a creature I'd like to meet unexpectedly...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Budd Bay

the fog - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens, all rights reserved
Thick, moody fog is relatively rare in south Puget Sound. So this eerie morning was a perfect time to capture some of the pilings left from bygone shipping enterprises -- and the birds and plants that now find refuge atop their rotting remains.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hornblower

Hornblower - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens - www.earball.net
One of the formidable guards at the cemetery of Saint Martin's University, Lacey, Washington, USA

Monday, June 22, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Olympia Mud Race

Mud Bay Mud Race - photo ©2009 Scott Allan Stevens
One of the stranger photo-ops of the year, the annual Olympia Mud Race pits all clothing-optional comers in a dramatic, sloppy low-tide slog across Mud Bay's mudflats. The race is traditionally held just before The Evergreen State College's graduation. And the winner gets, well, the same thing as everyone else...muddy! See a slideshow here.