© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography My year in Pictures. 12 of '12: My Best

12 from ’12 – My Best From Last Year


First, sorry for the late post, but apparently you have to hit the publish button. Which I failed to do.

Secondly, and most important, I want to thank all my followers and those who randomly land at my blog. With out you, this blog would be a waste of time.

Here are my favorite/best from last year 2012:

Actually, there is more, but it is hard to edit down to 12. And to boot, I am sure I’ve missed a few.

I’ve picked 6 to elaborate on and then there is a slide show at the bottom.

1. Kru Katherine:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Muay thai instructor Kru Katherine Holmes at her gym Total Confidence Martial Arts in Bellingham, WA.

I’ve been working with Total Confidence Martial Arts for a bit covering the events such as belt promotion and trainings. I had a vision of the owner/instructor Katherine putting on her hand wraps. So I pitched the idea and we spent about an hour. I was reasonably pleased with the result. I converted the image to B&W as the wraps was a bright yellow. It just looks better in B&W.

2. Cascade Clouds and Silos: © Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The cloud ensconced northern Cascade Range creates a backdrop for a barn near the intersection of Aldrich and Smith Roads north of Bellingham, Wash.

One day while driving to pick up my wife from work, I saw these white puffy clouds against dark blue sky over the northern Cascade Mountains due east of Bellingham, Wash. I wanted something more than just the clouds, city streets, and sky. So I drove to an area north of Bellingham. As I was driving, I had an epiphany: Convert to b&W and use a red filter to get the sky dark and add overall contrast. I think it works. I am going to try this again with Mount Baker, which at the time was covered by the clouds. Then I got lucky and saw this barn and pair of silos.

3.  Locust Beach Pilings:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Storm clouds and raging surf above and around the pilings at Locust Beach along Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Wash.

It’s something serene I like about Locust Beach even during a stormy day. It’s a small hike down to the beach. But these pilings have drawn me ever since moving here to Bellingham. This day, I wanted to shoot a nice sunset, but on my hike down, the clouds rolled in. Bummer. I kept hiking down. After I got to the beach, a few kiteboarders were having fun on the choppy water. So I shot a few of them having fun. As I was walking over to the pilings, the clouds parted to the west. Unfortunately, the sun was down by this time, but was lightly painting the clouds with a slight red hue. I set my camera on my tripod, used a ND64 neutral density filter on y 17-35 f/2.8 Nikkor lens and shot about a dozen frames. The exposure was 30 secs at f/22 at ISO 200 on my D300s.

4. Big Sun and Little Boat:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad PhotographyA boat is dwarfed by the setting Sun as it goes to bed over Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Wash.

I was out one evening with my wife Heidi and as we were watching the Sun set, I liked how the thin layer of clouds slightly obscured the sun as it dipped below the horizon Past the Lummi Reservation across Bellingham Bay. I had my D300s with 80-200 on but couldn’t get the sun to be big enough. So I put on my TC-14E 1.4x teleconverter to make the sun bigger. As I was shooting, the boat came into the viewfinder and I fired a few frames. The image was cropped to about 1/4 the original size.

5. Working His Magic:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - CoCo & Company make-up artist Antonio Cejudo finishes a client during the Seattle SMUG Cancer Survivor's portrait session at the Baroness Hotel in Seattle, Wash.

In May, the Seattle SmugMug Users Group held a 2-day charity photography session for cancer survivors for the Virginia Mason Medical Center at the Baroness Hotel. During the second day, I had time to walk around and document the behind-the-scenes happenings. I saw Antonio Cejuda of CoCo & Company applying makeup to the participants. I like the window light on his and his subjects face. I also like the blank wall as a background to keep the photo clean. So I began shooting. I didn’t like the original angle so I dropped down to the floor to get a really low angle and clean the image even further. I underexposed by one stop what the meter said so I would not overexpose the highlights. I used my D300S with my 80-200 f/2.8 at 2.8 to keep the depth of field at a minimum. I then converted to B&W and used a slight sepia tone.

6.  Nap Time:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - As the tide rolls in, a man takes a nap at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash.

One of my strengths is feature photography and finding moments in the everyday situation. I was out and about with my wife Heid, father-in-law Todd, and mom-in-law Roxanne one hot summer day. It was an unusual spread of 90+ days of sunny weather here in the Pacific Northwest. As we were walking along the Boardwalk at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., I saw the man in the hammock. I made my way down to the shore and began shooting photos. I discovered he wasn’t really napping, but reading a book to the sound of the incoming tide.

Here’s a slideshow of my favorites from the Year 2012:

My Best from 2012 on Pablo Conrad Photography

Thank you for stopping by and reading. All comments are appreciated.

Paul “pablo” Conrad

Pablo Conrad Photography

“Like” my Page on Facebook

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Pinterest

Follow Me on Google+

Advertisements

One comment

Please Feel free to Leave a Comment. Links to Your Work are Encouraged

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s