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Eye Candy: Images From the Weekend

One term a lot of photojournalists use is Eye Candy. It’s used concerning those images that really don’t say anything. They have no meaning other than to say “No real news today.”

Hikers grunt up the trail at Deception Pass on Whidbey Island in western Washington state. This was shot wi/my 17-35 f/2.8 at f/22 and 1 second shutter.

Another term for feature pictures or scenic photography we used is Potato Chips. These images are just fast food. Fun to shoot but empty in meaning, like a bag of chips.

Pedestrians hit the boardwalk at Boardwalk Park in Bellingham, Wash. I like this as the tow ladies have the same hat. f/22 @ 1/500th.

It’s also the name I’ll give to any of my blog postings for a group of images that are fun to shoot, but have no true value than to say: Look What I Shot!

Over the weekend, I shot a lot of them. No real purpose but to have fun shooting them. A cool silhouette, people on the boardwalk, Deception Pass hikers. Tulips. Just some fun images.

Pure "Eye Candy." Tulips at a roadside farmer's market in western Skagit County.

But I believe even though you “have nothing to shoot,” you do have something to shoot. You can always find something to shoot.

If not, perhaps keeping an “Idea Log” will be a great way to help your creative juices keep flowing. You see something interesting? Write it down. Hear about something? Write it down.

Want to go someplace to photograph? Go. What’s stopping you? Don’t make excuses, make photographs.

Walking the pooch on the boardwalk at Boardwalk Park in Bellingham, Wash.

This weekend, we hit Boardwalk Park in Bellingham, Wash., and then Deception Pass on Whidbey Island.

If your stuck on ideas, go to a park. It gets your creative juices flowing, your brain begins to fire, and then your shutter starts clicking.

My girlfriend Heidi and I went around the park after she escaped from the doldrums of her day job on Saturday evening.

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Kids practice the ancient art of Karate at Boardwalk Park in Bellingham, Wash.

We were here the weekend prior and saw some guys tightrope walking. The time, there were some kids practicing Karate.

Today there were more people and the mood a bit more festive. I guess it helps when there is a few more sunny days as a warm-up.

As always, I like to carry my cameras and shoot. We walked along the boardwalk and I would stop and try to capture this one photo that has been eluding me. Today was no different.

By the time we reached the top of the boardwalk as it turns into Taylor Avenue, the sun was low in the sky and the silhouettes were wonderful. Clean, crisp, and great light. It’s how I like my silhouettes.

Our walk back was great. While going to the car, I noticed two practicing Karate. Their silhouette was framed by the trees and made for a very nice photo. An added bonus was the sun visible through the trees.

Sunday was a more solemn day. As it was Easter, Heidi wanted to spread her mother’s ashes on a beach to memorialize her. Easter was Heidi’s and her mother’s favorite holiday.

We drove to Deception Pass and walked down to the beach.

On the way, I saw a composition I had seen last week, but it was void of people. As many people know, I like having people in my images. It makes the image seem more alive to me.

Although it was rainy and cloudy, there seemed to be a lot of people. So today I pre-composed my camera and waited for people to pass.

As I only wanted the blur as they passed, I used a slow shutter speed. The average was at 1 second with my D200 set at ISO 100 and lens at f/22. Both lens & camera, as per my usual modus operandi, were set on manual focus and manual exposure.

It took all of 10 minutes to shoot about 15 frames. But worth it.

At the beach, I let Heidi sit on a rock as we quietly released her mother to the winds of Puget Sound. The quiet and the gray matched our moods as her ashes were picked up and swirled into the bosom of the Earth.

Thank you for stopping by and reading

Keep shooting!

Paul Conrad

Pablo Conrad Photography


  1. Good one, Pablo!
    And fitting, too, as I hadn’t shot all last week pulling the graveyard shift (10pm-8am). So, with winter not leaving, grabbed the bag and went in search of some ‘tater chips! Woot! Practice, practice, practice, right!


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