July 9 – Change of Scenery

Besides sports photography, I enjoy shooting other subjects to keep my creative juices flowing. Otherwise I think I would burn out covering only sports. Two of my favorite genres of photography other than sports are wildlife and landscape. Lately I haven’t had much time to do either. I would prefer to jump in my Jeep and head for the hills to capture sunrises and sunsets as well as stock some of my favorite animals, but due to my schedule this rarely happens.

But I am lucky enough that I only live a few miles from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle where I am a season pass holder. When I have some free time on a day off or even before a sports assignment, I like to escape to the zoo and photograph the animals. One of my favorite animals to photograph are the wolves. Unfortunately, they are usually pretty lazy and not moving around much. However, a few weeks ago on a drizzly, warm, muggy day, they were finally active!

Below are a couple of my favorite photos from that day. Enjoy!

 

Feb 6th, 2011 – Personal Project Launched

For a few years now I have had the idea of documenting the 93 mile Wonderland Trail loop that circumnavigates Mt. Rainier in Washington State. The only problem for me to complete this project was time and funding. This year I have the time, but not the funding. But then I found a cool new site called Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a site where if you have a project idea, you can pitch it to the public and they can pledge funds towards the completion. So I submitted my project and was approved.

So here we are. I have just launched a project called Walking the Wonderland Trail. Below is the description of the projected as stated on my projects page on Kickstarter.com:

Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty of one of America’s most spectacular and oldest wilderness pathways known as the Wonderland Trail? Many people would love to experience the Wonderland Trail, but due to time, funding or physical reasons, will never get to experience it…..until now.

The Trail

The Wonderland trail is roughly 93 miles and completely circumnavigates the majestic Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Created in 1915, the Wonderland Trail remains completely within the boundaries of Mt. Rainier National Park. Crossing through many different ecosystems from lowland old growth rain forests, to sub alpine meadows packed full of wildflowers. Constantly gaining and losing elevation through out the entire loop with a total gain of approximately 22,000 ft!

The Project

The project is to take a minimum of one photograph every mile capturing all the essence and beauty of the Wonderland Trail. This will include landscapes, weather, points of interests, animals and flowers encountered while traveling. All images will be captured in a photojournalism style with very little post processing to keep the images as close to reality as possible showcasing the true beauty.

When completed, all the images will be compiled and turned into a stunning coffee table pictorial book so that all people of all abilities may enjoy the Wonderland Trail. If extra money is pledged, we will produce a few photography tutorials along the way which will be available for free on YouTube and Vimeo.

We thank you for taking the time to view our project. This has been an idea of Steven’s for a few years now. He feels that now is the time to complete it with the help from all the pledgers, such as you.

Thank you for the pledge!

To donate money to my project or visit my Kickstarter project page, please Click Here