Portraiture

On Assignment: My Best Images from August 2015

August was reasonably busy for me. Could’ve been busier, but the lull of summer continued. Which is fine as it gave me time to enjoy the weather by going on a few hikes, a few kayak trips around Bellingham Bay, and a few bike rides.

For freelance work from The Bellingham Herald, I covered the debut of The Color Run in Bellingham (see it here).

Worked a few portrait sessions teaching myself how to control my exposures when using flash and working in Auto FP Mode: (read more here).

One of my sessions was Jake. He’s a High School senior who loves rugby. What a fantastic session I had with him and the result was some wonderful images.

Another was Maddie. She’s the granddaughter of our neighbors MJ and Kim. We went to Boulevard Park here in Bellingham during some blazing orange sunsets courtesy of the local wildfires we have. She was a charm and we produced some fantastic photos.

And I also had fun shooting photos on my hikes and bikes. Here are my top XX images for the month of August 2015. Enjoy!!

Orange –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants get sprayed by volunteers Mayu Takahashi and Jeff Bermudes, both from Bellingham, as they run through colored powders during the debut running of The Color Run 5K through Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Participants get sprayed by volunteers Mayu Takahashi and Jeff Bermudes, both from Bellingham, as they run through colored powders during the debut running of The Color Run 5K through Bellingham, Wash.,

Surf’s Up!!!

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - A crowd surfer is helped over a sea of particpants as they attend a DJ concert after completing in the the debut running of The Color Run 5K at the Bellingham Public Library on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – A crowd surfer is helped over a sea of participants as they attend a DJ concert after completing in the debut running of The Color Run 5K at the Bellingham Public Library on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.

BUBBLES!!!!

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants run through bubbles as they approach the finish line during the debut running of The Color Run 5K on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Participants run through bubbles as they approach the finish line during the debut running of The Color Run 5K on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash.

In Your Face!!!

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Volunteers Holley Bennett, left, and Carleeh Mulholland powder a participant runs through silver checkpoint during the debut of The Color Run 5K through downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.***Spelling is Carleeh MulhollandThe Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Volunteers Holley Bennett, left, and Carleeh Mulholland powder a participant runs through silver checkpoint during the debut of The Color Run 5K through downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.

Above All Others –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants and spectators celebrate finishing the debut The Color Run 5K during the after party at the Bellingham Public Library in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Participants and spectators celebrate finishing the debut The Color Run 5K during the DJ hosted after party at the Bellingham Public Library in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.

Powdering His Face –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Participants run through colored powders through the streets of Bellingham, Wash., during the debut The Color Run 5K through on Sunday morning Aug. 16, 2015.The Color Run representative Kaitlin Syndergaard said over 5200 runners were registered for what is known as the Happiest 5K. She added that The Color Run partnered with the Whatcom Family YMCA to help raise funds for the organization.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – A pair of participants take a selfie after finishing the debut The Color Run 5K in Bellingham, Wash.

Joules At Sunset 1 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Joules at Sunset 2 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Maddie at Boulevard –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

Maddie Making a Splash –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Maddison at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

Jake 1 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Jake Richards at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Jake at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

Jake 2 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Jake Richards at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Jake Richards at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015, for his senior pictures.

Sunset in Bellingham –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - A sailboat passes the Sun as it begins to set over Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – A sailboat passes the Sun as it begins to set over Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday evening Aug. 12, 2015. The smoke from recent wildfires contributed to the blazing orange sunsets.

Mount Shuksan in Haze –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - A cairn atop Table Mountain frames Mount Shuksan on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – A cairn atop Table Mountain frames Mount Shuksan on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

Mount Shuksan Reflection –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Mount Shuksan is reflected in a pond near Artist Point on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Mount Shuksan is reflected in a pond near Artist Point on Tues. Aug. 11, 2015, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest at Artist; Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

There is still time available to book your senior portrait session. Send me an email at paulconradphotography@gmail.com to book your session.

Also, with holidays coming soon and autumn on our heels, this is a good time to book your family session before the rush is upon us.

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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.

Using Auto FP Mode for Better Daylight and Sunset Photographs

This summer in the Pacific Northwest, and in particular, Bellingham, Wash., has been spectacular. Dry with little rain or even clouds, the spring and summer have been fantastic. As this had been the norm for months here in the Pacific Northwest, I put out a call for willing “guinea pigs” as I wanted to practice my location lighting: matching strobes with the setting Sun.

Never rest on your laurels. Always practice your strengths.

 

It was a beautiful evening in Bellingham a few weeks ago. One of my guinea pigs was local artist Julia “Joules” Martin. We’ve known each other for 3 years or so after meeting in Total Body Fitness class. She’s a local artist with a fantastic eye.

Beginning of Session –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Joules was fantastic to work with. She was patient and willing to try to climb atop rocks and boulders for the shot. When I was setting up and testing the lights, she calmly waited. What a trooper!!!

When we first arrived, The sky was hazy due to smoke from fires we are experience in the area. I set my lights up to take a few test shots. Using the ol’ Sunny 16 Rule (more info at this Link: Sunny 16), I calculated my exposures at f/4 at 1/2000. I made sure my flash and camera were set to Auto FP mode.

Just Chillin’ –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Essentially, in Auto FP mode or High Speed Synch (HSS), the flash fires in rapid pulses so as the shutter slit exposes the film/sensor, the flash exposes the entire frame. It allows for flash syncing up to the camera’s limit. For my D300s, it synchs to 1/8000. It allows me to use the flash in bright daylight.

Example: Take three sheets of paper. Use one as the sensor, use the others as your shutter curtains. Start at the top of one the “sensors” with the two “shutters” slightly over each other. At normal flash synch speed or slower, one of the curtains will drop down to the other side of the sensor. The other is still at the top so the full sensor is exposed. The flash then fires exposing the entire sensor at one time.

The Thinker –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

During fast shutter speeds, one of the curtains begins to drop and after it get partway down the sensor, the other curtain travels behind it essentially forming a slit. Without HSS, if the flash fired normally, only a small part of the sensor will be exposed.

However, in HSS, the flash strobes as the curtains cross the sensor to expose the entire frame. To the eye, it looks like a regular flash, but in reality, it’s strobing quite rapidly as it exposes the sensor.

For a better explanation of how it works, this blog post explains it well: Understanding Nikon’s Auto FP Mode.

Nikon’s explanation on their official website: Using Auto FP High Speed Synch.

Relaxing on the Rock –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Auto FP mode expands your creativity by giving you tools to use during full daylight hours. Don’t limit yourself to just using flash when it’s dark, or by stopping down to f/16 or smaller, use this mode to open up your lens and take advantage of your whole aperture range.

Great Smile –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Joules at Boulevard Park helping me test my lights in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday afternoon August 6, 2015.

Now go grab some friends and practice with this great tool you’ve just added to your toolbox.

 

Equipment List –

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8
  • Nikon Speedlight SB-910
  • Phottix Odin remote triggers
  • Photoflex stands

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Shutter speed varied between 1/1000 and 1/4000 with f/stop set to f/2.8 or f/4. I kept tabs on the sunset to vary those settings.

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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.

Sneak Peak: Ellen and Sandy Dance on Their Wedding Day

On Saturday July 25th, just a month past the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage throughout the country, I had the pleasure of capturing true love. Sand and Ellen were married after knowing each other for over 30 years. It was a small intimate wedding and informal wedding. But beautiful none-the-less.

Pure Love:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Ellen and Sandy sing to each other as they dance during their reception at their home in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Ellen and Sandy sing to each other as they dance during their reception at their home.

The light was beautiful during the ceremony and as it became later in the evening, the videographer, Michael Dyrland of Dyrland Productions, lit the area with two bright video lights. I stayed in front and to the side as I captured the guests dancing. But soon, I decided to go to the back as I liked the effects of the video lighting: they created a nice rim and back lighting effect.

It added drama without being overbearing. Plus as people danced, their faces were being lit by the lights. As I moved to the back to shoot towards the lights, Sandy and Ellen began to dance to a slow song. While they were dancing, I noticed how the video lights lit their faces, created rim lighting on their matching hats, and how bright sky filled in the shadows.

But, the moment lasted only 6 frames. As Sandy reached up and cupped Ellen’s face in her hands while singing, I was able to fire off a few frames before a guest came up and began dancing between them. The moment was gone.

I wish it was a touch more symmetrical, but I’ll take this photo.

As I downloaded the images, this frame stuck to my mind like spaghetti on a wall. I knew it was good, but I needed to know if it was truly sharp.

They couple wanted to talk to me due to my “photojournalistic eye and style” they said during the interview. I’m pretty certain they were interviewing me, not vise-verse. Within a few minutes of meeting with them, we forgot about photography and began telling stories of our lives. A 15 minute meeting turned into an hour or so of laughing. It was a great time.

For more of my wedding work, visit my gallery Wedding Portfolio of Bellingham Seattle Photographer Paul Conrad.

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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.

Photos of the Year: My Favorites from the past 12 months.

2014 turned out to be a good year for me. Not only have I shot more Getty Images assignments, more newspaper assignments, but I’ve also had the privilege to photograph many sporting and news events, a wedding, and a few portraits.

On top of that, I also went out of my way to practice more landscape photography shooting at night, using ND filters to get 4 minute exposures in daylight, and getting out of my comfort zone hiking into remote places.

These are my favorites from the year. There are more on my site in the gallery 2014 Year in Photos – My Favorites from the Year to view more exciting images from the year 2014.

Get Outta My Way:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

Incoming Storm:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Long exposures of incoming storm over Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Long exposures of incoming storm over Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Don’t Get It In Yer Eyes!!

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Natalie and Codey's wedding and reception at the Edgewood Inn in Woodland Park, Colo., on Saturday afternoon Dec. 13, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The flower girls getting prepped for Natalie and Codey’s wedding and reception at the Edgewood Inn in Woodland Park, Colo., on Saturday afternoon Dec. 13, 2014.

 

That Low Sinking Feeling:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Bellingham High School senior Christian Amano of Bellingham, Wash,. lands in the pit during his attempt at the long jump druing the NWC Track & Field competition at Civic Field in Bellingham. Amano ended 8th overall with a distance of 18 feet, 11 inches.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Bellingham High School senior Christian Amano of Bellingham, Wash,. lands in the pit during his attempt at the long jump during the NWC Track & Field competition at Civic Field in Bellingham. Amano ended 8th overall with 18 feet, 11 inches.

Squalicum Harbor at Sunset:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sunset at Locust Beach and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening July 15, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Sunset at Locust Beach and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening July 15, 2014.

Mt. Baker & Refinery:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Mount Baker is illuminated by the setting Sun as the lights at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., turn begin to illuminate the petroleum plant.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker is illuminated by the setting Sun as the lights at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., turn begin to illuminate the petroleum plant.

Rain? What Rain?:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

Keeping His Eye on the Ball:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Lynden wide receiver Scooter Hastings (88) concentrates to catch a touchdown pass as Hockinson defensive back Quentin Sills (20) attempts to interrupt the play early the second quarter in the Class 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon November 22, 2014. Hastings touchdown and resulting extra point a 21 to 7 lead over Hockinson. Lynden defeated Hopkinson 52 to 28 to advance to the semi-final.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden wide receiver Scooter Hastings (88) concentrates to catch a touchdown pass as Hockinson defensive back Quentin Sills (20) attempts to interrupt the play early the second quarter in the Class 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon November 22, 2014. Hastings touchdown and resulting extra point a 21 to 7 lead over Hockinson. Lynden defeated Hopkinson 52 to 28 to advance to the semi-final.

Faceplant:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Hannah Scarth of Arlington, Wash., dives head first into the Holee Kow mud pit during the 3rd annual Mud to Suds race on Saturday morning August 16, 2014, at Hovander Park in Ferndale, Wash. Nearly 2000 people ran the 2.5 mile course negotiating 22 obstacles including mud-filled pits, hay bales, and a soap foam tunnel. The event raised funds for the Girls Scouts of Western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah Scarth of Arlington, Wash., dives head first into the Holee Kow mud pit during the 3rd annual Mud to Suds race on Saturday morning August 16, 2014, at Hovander Park in Ferndale, Wash. Nearly 2000 people ran the 2.5 mile course negotiating 22 obstacles including mud-filled pits, hay bales, and a soap foam tunnel. The event raised funds for the Girls Scouts of Western Washington.

Teaching Art:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Senior instructor Amy Hill of Bellingham, Wash., demonstrates a brush stroke technique while teaching a class at Uptown Art painting studio on Bellwether Way in Bellingham, on Friday evening December 5, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Senior instructor Amy Hill of Bellingham, Wash., demonstrates a brush stroke technique while teaching a class at Uptown Art painting studio on Bellwether Way in Bellingham, on Friday evening December 5, 2014.

Out of the Trap:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - John Milkotic drives from a sand trap at the 9th green during the final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – John Milkotic drives from a sand trap at the 9th green during the final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

A Head Above

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College jufreshman defensiveman Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last minute second half goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College freshman defensive man Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last-minute second half goal.

Piping:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Bellingham Pipe Band member Gary Griffiths practices in the men's locker room during commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on Saturday morning June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham Pipe Band member Gary Griffiths practices in the men’s locker room during commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on Saturday morning June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

Vampire’s Delight:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The partial solar eclipse and the cross at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Walnut Street in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday afternoon Oct. 10, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The partial solar eclipse and the cross at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Walnut Street in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday afternoon Oct. 10, 2014.

Getting Energized:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Ian Murray of Canmore, Alberta, hydrates prior to the start of the mountain biking leg of the 2014 Ski to Sea Race on Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Ferndale, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Ian Murray of Canmore, Alberta, hydrates prior to the start of the mountain biking leg of the 2014 Ski to Sea Race on Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Ferndale, Wash.

The year 2015 is looking to be another fantastic year. I hope to continue my personal projects as well as take on more assignments and clients.

I am now booking for the upcoming wedding season, family and senior portraits. Send me an email at paulconradphotography@gmail.com or check out my wedding and portrait information pages.

Thank you for stopping by to read and view my work. Feel free to comment, critique, or just ask questions.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning, nationally and internationally published freelance photographer living in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Wash., north of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, 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. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Adventures in Steampunking: The Fairhaven Steampunk Festival

It’s always a cool sight: people dressed in Victorian clothing with a twist of mechanics involved. Welding goggles, clock mechanisms, and other older mechanical devices thrown in.

Although the term Steampunk was coined in the 1980s,  it began as a genre of science fiction in the 60s and 70s. However, recently it has grown beyond books into a lifestyle. It the mixing of old and new.

Classic Steampunk:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Inocencio Valderrama of Bellingham works his booth during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash.,  on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Inocencio Valderrama of Bellingham works his booth during the festival.

The old Victorian style mixed with the mechanical. But whatever it is, it’s pretty damned cool looking. Now to be honest, I’m and old school punk rocker. Yes, I had a black mohawk at one time, slam danced, lived on the edge, and just generally had a great time. So be honest, styles like this are cool to me and just plain fun.

On Saturday July 19, 2014, the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival was held at the Fairhaven Village Green downtown. Hundreds came to see what Steampunk was all about and some came dressed to the nines. It was my Saturday assignment for The Bellingham Herald.

Waiting For Rain:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash.,  on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight.  Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the festival Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight.

The full title for the festival is the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival Mr. Flip’s Carnival of Wonders & Curiosities.

The festival began with gray skies and a slight drizzle. As festival goers tested wares for sale, nibbled on food offerings, and checked out the costumed, the skies began to open. For half an hour it rained pretty well. But once the rain stopped, the festivities continued.

As walked around and checked out the wares, I looked for unique angles to photograph them. But some of the booths were so busy it was hard to get in them.

Wing Walker:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Shell Philhower crosses the stage during costume constest the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash.,  on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Philhower says her costume took over 2 months to create and calls it her

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Shell Philhower crosses the stage during costume contest of the festival. Philhower said her costume took over 2 months to create and calls it her

Watching scenes unfold such as the epic sword battle between Skull Shaw and Trevor Jones, the immaculate costume with working wings of Shell Philhower, a pair of Steampunk’d bikes, a unique umbrella by Valerie Snelling and the meeting of old friends.

The most fun event was the costume contest. Some were very elaborate undertakings such as Philhower’s winged costume, others simply elegant.

Two Contestants:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Scenes from the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash.,  on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – A pair of contestants await the results and the judges tally points.

But many of them spectacular in their own way. One gentleman, who called himself “Mr. Fixit,” had every conceivable tool on him.

During the contest, Shell Philhower walked onto stage. She created a set of beautiful wings which worked when she pulled on a string. I was looking for something  that showed the contestants and crowd, so I go to the back of the stage and shot forward. As she walked across, I was hoping she turned to the crowd and lifted her wings high.

The Photographer:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - James Kilpatrick of Bellingham, takes photos during the costume contest of the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash.,  on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Kilpatricks says he enjoys the Steampunk festivals and this is his third year attending. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – James Kilpatrick of Bellingham, takes photos during the costume contest.

During the contest, I saw a man trying to take photos while holding two different cameras. From the side it looked good, but as I moved around in front of him I could see a better composition. Dropping to one knee, I liked how his arms and cameras framed his face. Once I found the composition I liked, I just waited for a good expression.

Golden Boots:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Golden boots stand against others during the costume contest of the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash.,  on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – The golden boots worn by announcer Laura Brisbane stand-out against others during the costume contest of the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

During the contest, the announcer was wearing a stunning pair of golden boots. For the sun to come out and the perfect time, it was when I saw these boots in contrast to the brown and black everyone on stage was wearing. So I focused on those and shot a few while using a shallow depth of field to make them pop even more from the background.

While photographing, I had a few images in mind. One was a good “dominant foreground, contributing background” composed image. Really didn’t see this one coming together as I walked around. But I kept my eye peeled and camera ready.

Olde Tymer:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Jim "Dirty Dan" Rich, left, and Valerie Snelling during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash.,  on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Jim “Dirty Dan” Rich, left, and Valerie Snelling see an old friend during the festival.

That moment kinda arrived while I was shooting the Umbrella Lady Valerie Snelling. As I was photographing her, Jim “Dirty Dan” Rich saw one of his old friends. With a big smile on his face he greeted Ginger James, who went by her Steampunk name “Queenie.”

To view more images, please visit the gallery Fairhaven Steampunk Festival. on my website.

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