Duck Dodge

I currently have a back log of 1500+ photos dating back to February of last year. My goal was to get them all done by the end of last year, but that obviously didn’t work.

Every summer, I usually get the pleasure of participating in a few Duck Dodge events on Lake Union as part of the crew of the Mata Hari. Paul asked me to take some pictures of them racing though, which was an awesome challenge and opportunity to follow the Mata Hari around the buoys in a Boston Whaler while trying to take pictures, and not hit anyone!

This is also the first chance I’ve had to use VSCO’s film pack for Lightroom…still getting used to it, but I like the way they turned out!

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25.0 mm || 1/250 || f/6.3 || ISO100 || NIKON D7000
Seattle, Washington, United States


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18.0 mm || 1/1000 || f/5.6 || ISO1000 || NIKON D7000
Seattle, Washington, United States


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200.0 mm || 1/500 || f/4.8 || ISO2500 || NIKON D7000
Seattle, Washington, United States


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70.0 mm || 1/250 || f/6.3 || ISO100 || NIKON D7000
Seattle, Washington, United States


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56.0 mm || 1/160 || f/6.3 || ISO100 || NIKON D7000
Seattle, Washington, United States


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70.0 mm || 1/6400 || f/8.0 || ISO1000 || NIKON D7000
Seattle, Washington, United States


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31.0 mm || 1/1000 || f/4.0 || ISO800 || NIKON D7000
Seattle, Washington, United States

As usual, you can see more on Flickr: Duck Dodge (6 Sept 2011)

Summer Sailing Adventure

GPS data visualized using Google Earth.
GPS data visualized using Google Earth. Click image to embiggen.
Before I left on my trip, I had the opportunity to go sailboat racing with some friends on the Mata Hari. This was also a perfect opportunity for me to test integrating the Amod GPS unit (Google Maps version of the race data or just download the raw KML file.). Unfortunately, I went sailing the weekend before I left and didn’t have time to edit the photos and put them online before I took off.

I finally got around to editing them last night. Part of the reason it took so long to edit them after I got back is that I’ve really been burned out with photography and needed a break. I’ve hardly picked up my camera since I got back and almost contemplated selling it (I’m pretty sure this is a normal feeling, and don’t worry, I’m keeping it).

Last night was really fun though. I’m still not quite ready to pick up my camera, but I’m getting close. I have another couple hundred photos to edit from Edays (yes, from April…holy crap). Perhaps after that, I’ll start doing some more picture taking. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the beginning of summer as we start to welcome our Fall Overlords.

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70.0 mm || 1/2000 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States


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18.0 mm || 1/2500 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States


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18.0 mm || 1/2500 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States


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70.0 mm || 1/1600 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States


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18.0 mm || 1/2000 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States


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112.0 mm || 1/800 || f/5.6 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States


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70.0 mm || 1/500 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Seattle, Washington, United States


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18.0 mm || 1/1250 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
, Washington, United States


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22.0 mm || 1/2000 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States


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70.0 mm || 1/1000 || f/5.6 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
, Washington, United States


Sailboats against the Mountain
180.0 mm || 1/1600 || f/5.6 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States


Contrail
300.0 mm || 1/1250 || f/5.6 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

As is our usual agreement, the rest of the photos can be found on Flickr at: Summer Sailing 2009

And All I Ask is a Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By

Sea Fever
By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again
to the lonely sea and sky
And all I ask is a tall ship
and a star to steer her by
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song
and the white sail’s shaking
And a gray mist on the sea’s face,
and a gray dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
That may not be denied
And all I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying
And the flung spray and the blown spume
and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again
to the vagrant gypsy life
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way
where the wind’s like a whetted knife
And all I ask is a merry yarn
from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream
when the long trick’s over.

One of my favorite things about being back in Seattle are the opportunities to get out on the water. While we do have a speedboat of our own, I don’t think it get’s much better then sailing. At some point in time, I’d really enjoying sailing around the world – or at least part of the world. Although such an adventure will have to wait until I can get a boat of my own and a crew.

In the meantime, I’m fortunate to have a friend, Peter, who has a sailboat. And thus we went sailing on Monday and again on Tuesday (for the bonus round):


Remember all those pictures of your parents that you look at? This picture reminds me of one of those. In fact, I’d call this picture of Staples iconic.

All Images: Copyright 2008 Andrey Marchuk