My Favorite Dog Zeus

I’ve written about my husband and my son, but I have not introduced you to my fur babies.

The first animal that my husband and I adopted together was our dog Zeus. He is a rottweiler mutt (my favorite kind of dog). I must admit I am partial to the rottweiler breed. I think they make fantastic family pets. They are kind, loving, and patient with children. Zeus is just about the sweetest dog in the whole world. He is incredibly patient with our son Leif. He has the biggest heart a dog can have, and I love him completely.

Below are some of my favorite pictures of Zeus that my husband Miles took. All photos are courtesy of Miles McKee Photography.

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I was 34 weeks pregnant in this picture! This is the beautiful Methow Valley in Wa state.

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Snoqualmie Falls: An Introduction

Hello, happy Sunday.

My name is Miles and I am Rachel’s husband. Some of my images are featured on illuminated literation, so I thought I would introduce myself and let you know that I will be posting here on occasion to showcase pictures with short descriptions and the techniques involved.

Here are some images from Snoqualmie Falls, WA on Easter weekend. It was mid-morning on a bright sunny day and I was battling high contrast. I decided to shoot ISO 100 and RAW format to allow for maximum manipulation of shadows in post-processing. The featured image is a high dynamic range (HDR) image, blending three different exposures to optimize color tones in all areas of shadows and highlights. I normally try to “get it right in camera” but our eyes/brains have such an amazing ability to register a high degree of contrast, that sometimes to capture the scene as I remember it, the HDR technique is necessary.

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Rachel and Leif at the mid-observation deck.   f/5   1/160   iso 100 nikon d750
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Sort of an abstract composition of an old power turbine.  f/4.5  1/500  iso 100  d750
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Penstock leading to turbines.  f/4.5  1/125  iso 100 d750
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Lower boardwalk viewing of the falls.  f/8  1/125  iso 100 d750

Washington Gray Days

I live in the beautiful state of perpetual gray (Washington). I love my home state; I don’t mind the gray months (November-March). I love walks in the rain and reading a book while it gently mists outside. I appreciate the peek-a-boo blue skies. The smell of damp spring is heady and potent this time of year. A composition of hyacinth, tulips, dirt, pine, and rain.

How does spring feel where you live?

Photo credit: Miles McKee Photography

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Daffodils Baby!

Yesterday my little fam and I drove to La Conner, Wa to see the daffodils in bloom. We normally go a little later in the season to see all of the tulips, but we had the perfect opportunity to get away yesterday, so we took it!

We had a blue-sky drive, our son Leif was chatting in the backseat playing with his toys while Miles and I listed to Trampled by Turtles. We laughed and shared some of our day dreams. While driving on Interstate 5, I was humbled, as I am on every drive through our beautiful home state. The diverse landscape is truly staggering,  in a matter of 30 minutes we saw three different mountains (Rainier, Baker, Pilchuck), the Olympic Range, the Puget Sound, and fields of various crops. Spring in the Pacific Northwest is an incredible thing to behold.

My husband is an avid photographer. Some of my favorite shots of his are of the La Conner tulip fields. We try to go every year. Here are a few of Miles’ shots from yesterday.

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La Conner, Wa Daffodils.  Photo courtesy of Miles McKee Photography

 

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Our son Leif taking in the view. Miles McKee Photography.

 

 

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There is the photographer and his apprentice!

 

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Miles McKee Photography

 

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The red tulips are just starting to bloom. Miles McKee Photography.

 

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A blanket of yellow. Miles McKee Photography.

 

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Leif loved the grass. Miles McKee Photography.

 

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Leif wanted to pick the flowers. Miles McKee Photography.

 

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Miles McKee Photography.

 

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Miles took this photo in 2010. It hangs in our bedroom. I call it “The Kissing Lips”.           Miles McKee Photography.

All photos in 2016 were taken with Nikon D750 and Nikon 80-200MM F\2.8.

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