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Rose and Alex: Engagement Proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to document love first hand. Alex asked me to do their engagement photos. He planned a surprise proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset.

Happy Couple

Happy Couple - Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography seattle wedding photography

Happy Couple – Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

More Photos of Love in Action!!!

#CyberMonday Deals Are On!!!

Just wanted to share with all my fans and followers that as a big Thank You,  I’m giving a discount to any prints bought from my site: Paul Conrad Photography

Blood Moon Over Shuksan

The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan in western Washington in the Pacific Northwest in late September 2015.

The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan in western Washington in the Pacific Northwest in late September 2015. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

From now until January 1, 2016, use the code CyberMonday25 for a 25% discount on any and all prints. Shipping and handling is not included.

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Prints as Fine Art to Decorate Your Home or Office

As part of my photographic services, I offer high quality prints of my work through my website.

Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan:

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan as its reflected in a pond Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan as its reflected in a pond at Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

Art Gallery Quality Prints – Decorating your home or office? Bored by the bare walls surrounding you? Fill them with landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes from the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the desert Southwest.

From the grandeur of the Rocky Mountain peaks, to the minute details found on the forest floor. Decorate your home or office with scenes from the city or the natural beauty of the great outdoors.

Choose from simple prints which you can matte and frame yourself, or more creative metal prints which bring out the colors and texture in each subject in the photo.

St. Spirodon’s Orthodox Church and Space Needle

© Paul Conrad/ Paul Conrad Photography - The sun sets behind the Space Needle and St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle, Wash.Send Me Your Thoughts and Questions

© Paul Conrad/ Paul Conrad Photography – The sun sets behind the Space Needle and St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle, Wash.

The collection of photos you see my galleries are from years of wandering this great nation, weeks-long camping trips to some of the most remote spots, and living in some beautiful areas.

From the backwoods of the White River National Forest to the view of The Mittens at Monument Valley, my travel has taken me far, and I bring this experience to you.

My Photo Lab of Choice – Taking chances with a print you are going to hang on your wall is like buying a couch blind-folded. If your going to spend money on fine art prints, then ask for the best quality. I use a world renown Bay Photo Lab as I know they ensure quality, have great customer service, and have a large variety of products

From personal experience, Bay Photo Lab out of San Francisco does outstanding work. From simple 5x7s to large canvas or metal prints, their quality is consistent and by far one of the best photo labs in the world.

Not only do they make excellent prints, but their customer service is top-notch. Their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. If any issue arises, they will ensure you get the best service possible.

For special orders such as multiple pieces, square prints, bleeding edges, or clustered montages, feel free to send me an email at paulconradphotography@gmail.com or use my Contact Form on my site.

Blood Moon over Mount Shuksan

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Lunar eclipse over Mount Shuksan as seen form Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – A full lunar eclipse over Mount Shuksan as seen from at Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

Canvas, Metal, and Paper Prints

From prints on Lustre paper to high-gloss metal prints, get the quality you deserve at a reasonable cost. Here are some samples of the canvas and metal prints, and double matted print made by Bay Photo Lab.

Canvas Prints

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Example of Canvas prints by Bay Photo Lab.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Example of Canvas prints by Bay Photo Lab.

Metal Prints

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Example of Metal prints by Bay Photo Lab.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Example of Metal prints by Bay Photo Lab.

Confused about metal vs canvas vs paper prints?

  • Canvas is great for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms where there is low moisture. They can be easily cleaned with a duster.
  • Metal prints are good for the bathroom and kitchen as you can use a wet cloth to wipe down water spots or accumulated dirt. As they are metal, they resist mold and mildew rather easily. My wife and I have had a metal print in our bathroom for 4 years and there is no corrosion or staining.
  • Paper prints are good if you’re going to have each mounted and framed to suit your decorating taste or to match your home’s decor.

Print Sizes and Pricing –

Size (inches) Lustre & Glossy Prints Glicée Wrapped Canvas Thin Wraps Metal Float Mount High Gloss
8×12 $35 $150 $100 $100
12×18 $50 $200 $175 $175
16×24 $100 $275 $225 $275
20×30 $125 $325 $250 $375
24×36 $200 $450 Not Avail $650

Park Avenue in Arches National Park

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - A dead piñon on the Park Avenue Trail in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – A dead piñon on the Park Avenue Trail in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

Whatever your print needs are, I can fulfill them.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning freelance editorial photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.

His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

Photographing a Gun Defense and Knife Fighting Seminar – Part 2

The second seminar I photographed on Sunday afternoon July 27th was the Knife Fighting Seminar. Sifu Cory Walken hired me through my experience photographing other similar seminars with Arjhan David Brown and Kru Yai Katherine Holmes.

A Serious Lesson:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Students practice knife fighting at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Students practice knife fighting at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

For this seminar, we headed to Gasworks Park on the north shore of Lake Union in Seattle. I was a gorgeous day. Beautiful day. Crisp blue skies with just enough clouds to break the constant color, deep green grass, the brown of the rusting structures.

The Wrong Way:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Stephanie, right, watches Arjhan David Brown, left, and Sifu Cory Walken show an incorrect way to block a knife attack as they teach proper knife fighting techniques at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Stephanie, right, watches Arjhan David Brown, left, and Sifu Cory Walken show an incorrect way to block a knife attack as they teach proper knife fighting techniques at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

As the light was simple, mid-afternoon Sun with little clouds,  I used the “Sunny 16 Rule” for my exposure. Basically, at f/5.6, my shutter was 1/2000th of a second. At f/16, 1250th. Read more here: Sunny 16: An Old Rule for a new Age

Some Layering:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Students with Seattle Close Range Tactics work on their knife fighting techniques during a seminar at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Students with Seattle Close Range Tactics work on their knife fighting techniques during a seminar at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

As I wanted to make sure I had details in the shadows, I used my Nikon SB-910 flash in High-Synch mode or Auto FP. This allowed me to use the faster shutter speeds so I can control my depth of field easier. It’s just a simple setting on the camera.

Scene Setter:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The knife fighting seminar at Gasworks Park on the north side of Lake Union in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The knife fighting seminar at Gasworks Park on the north side of Lake Union in Seattle, Wash.

For my Nikon D300s, it’s in the Custom Setting Menu under Flash/Bracketing. Then go to Flash Synch Speed and choose either the 1/250 Auto FP or the 1/320 Auto FP setting. This allows you to shoot using the higher shutter speeds.

What the flash does at the higher shutter speeds is pulse in a rapid series to expose the entire sensor/film as the curtain passes over the sensor/film. This allows an even flash exposure over the entire area.

Demonstrating:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sifu Cory Walken, left, with Seattle Close Range Tactics demonstrates proper defensive techniques at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Sifu Cory Walken, left, with Seattle Close Range Tactics demonstrates proper defensive techniques at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

***TIP:  Dial down the strength of your strobe to -2 or -3 stops. You’re just adding a touch of fill, not trying to overpower the Sun. There is a different technique for that.

The beautiful light also made my white balance issues go away.  I just set my camera on Sunny and left it there. Made it simple for me as all I had to do was concentrate on compositions and moments.

Up Close With Death:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sifu Cory Walken, right, with Seattle Close Range Tactics demonstrates proper defensive techniques at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Sifu Cory Walken, right, with Seattle Close Range Tactics demonstrates proper defensive techniques at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

As I stated in the post “Photographing a Gun Defense and Knife Fighting Seminar – Part 1,”  the lighting was atrocious. So getting a good white balance proved extremely difficult. Working outside alleviated that so I was able to concentrate on composition and moment.

Another great thing about shooting at the park for this seminar was the wide-open space. I did not have to worry about walls, mirrors, or the cramped conditions. It was magical. I could also effectively use my 80-200 zoom lens for better lensing coverage.

My Favorite Shot:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Arjhan David Brown , left, and Kru Yai Katherine Holmes demonstrate one knife fighting technique at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Arjhan David Brown , left, and Kru Yai Katherine Holmes demonstrate a knife fighting technique at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

As it grew late in the afternoon, the shadows cast by the participants grew longer as well. I used this as a compositional device to add an extra element. In the photo below, the shadows give a sense of a larger crowd as the two instructors demonstrated techniques.

Leading Lines:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Arjhan David Brown , left, and Kru Yai Katherine Holmes demonstrate one knife fighting technique at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Arjhan David Brown , left, and Kru Yai Katherine Holmes demonstrate a knife fighting technique at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Wash.

What are some of the challenges you perceive while photographing in the early afternoon sun? Have you used the flash in FP mode? What were some of the unexpected results?

Do you or anyone you know in the Seattle/Bellingham area need seminars photographed for their business? If so, have them contact me at paulconradphotography@gmail.com, or use the contact form here: Contact Paul Conrad

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