Creating artistic photos of my home town of Gig Harbor, Washington is one of my favorite things to do. I love capturing the rich heritage of my town and finding different ways to represent its local icons.
One of the more important families in the history of Gig Harbor was the Skansie family. They were boat builders in the early 1900’s and produced over 100 commercial fishing vessels and ferries. Their original netshed still stands along the waterfront. A few years ago, the Gig Harbor Historical Society was able to secure funding to refurbish the Skansie Netshed and open it to the public. Their work helped beautify and preserve this classic building.
For this image, I waited for a day with puffy clouds in the sky, then took my Nikon D800 down to the waterfront with a single lens, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. I kept my kit light and decided to leave my tripod at home. I shot a few compositions of the building, then decided the best look for the given light was a tight crop with no other distracting elements such as buildings or boats. The D800 has an incredible dynamic range, so I exposed a single image to hold detail in the clouds. In Lightroom, I pulled out a bit of shadow detail then sent the file to Nik Silver Efex Pro to convert it to black and white. After the conversion, I brought it back to Lightroom to do the final crop.
Here’s some more information from the Harbor History Museum’s blog:
For more information on the remaining 17 netsheds in Gig Harbor, follow this link:
Head over to our main website to read the August 2011 Newsletter. Here’s the link:
Topics for 8/2011:
– Stuff I Like This Month
– July GOAL Assignment: From Afar
– August GOAL Assignment: The Doors
– CEO Interview: Foto Bridge
– Photo Techniques: How to Capture Great Images without Annoying Your Non-Photographer Travel Companions
– Workshop and Business Updates
How to display and find over 30,000 images on the internet.
By Lloyd Smith
It all began in a Mexican Restaurant seven years ago…
In 2004, Missionary David Wagner from Builders International spoke at our church in Longview, WA (Columbia Heights Assembly of God). After the service, Pastor Kent asked my wife Helen and I to join them for lunch at a Mexican restaurant. We sat across the table from David who said that he had heard I was a photographer and he needed one for his upcoming Builders International Vision Casting trip to Venezuela.
I had never heard of Builders International or Vision Casting. He went on to explain their plan and I joined him for the first Vision Casting event in Venezuela in November of 2004. Since that chance meeting at the Mexican restaurant, I have been to 19 countries shooting photos for the Assemblies of God missions. That meeting one meeting changed the direction of my life and the focus of my photography forever. I had taught photography at the college level for 15 years, but this experience really expanded my experiences.
After photographing Builder International projects around the world for the past seven years (Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Belize, Argentina, Poland, Philippines, Belgium, Mexico, Cambodia, Chile, Haiti, Honduras, Spain, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Venezuela and two Mexico cruises), I needed a platform to upload my photos to show the world. So I have placed over 30,000 photos from the trips in 92 albums on my Picasa web page. These include images from the building projects, volunteers, country scenes, and local people.
That Picasa album was getting so unwieldy and difficult to find photos that I have placed them on a BLOG Website – http://buildersinternational.info. The older albums begin at the bottom of the blog page in 2004 and end at the top in 2011. (Click older or newer posts to navigate the pages.) It is interesting to note that the years of 2004 and 2005 were photographed with film, and from 2006 on are photographed with Nikon digital cameras.
Click on the link (http://buildersinternational.info) to see all the 92 albums then scroll down and click older posts to move down the BLOG. My son, Keith Smith, helped me set up the BLOG so I could attach keywords. If you look to the right side of the page you will see the titles to all the albums and words that describe what is in the albums. Click on the word, i.e. Vision Casting, and it should bring up every album from any vision casting trip or Argentina to see all Argentina albums.
People look at my photos and ask how I can walk up to people on the street from around the world and take their photo. Some never see me…sometimes I think I might get beat up, but I generally get the shot. I shoot two Nikons, the D200 with a 12-24 mm lens and a D300 with the VR 18-200 mm lens. The reason I use the two-camera system is so I do not have to switch lenses in the rain or dust but so I can shoot quickly. I determined that if the world does not fit within my lens choices, I do not get the shot. I do sometimes use a micro lens for my close ups. I decided long ago that I cannot shot it all so I specialize in my 12-200mm area.
I do not own a copy of Photoshop. None of these have been Photoshopped as such. I shoot in the camera to make it work.