Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Michael Shrieve @ KEXP 3-9-2016

Michael Shrieve-8Had the great pleasure to photograph legendary drummer Michael Shrieve at KEXP yesterday. If you get a chance, check out the archived interview on KEXP.ORG. Michael told some great stories as well as demonstrated some of the rich history of funk drumming. Really interesting.

Michael Shrieve is an American drummer, percussionist, and later, an electronic music composer. He is best known as the drummer in Santana, playing on their first eight albums from 1969 through 1974. His performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, when he was 20 years old, made him one of the youngest musicians to perform at the festival. Shrieve’s drum solo during an extended version of “Soul Sacrifice” in the Woodstock film has been described as “electrifying”.


Two Worlds Collide!

Last night, my wife and I hosted our first annual Holiday Kegger.  I invited close friends, members of the Seattle Photography Club and my fellow ride Leaders from Cascade Cycling Club.  50-60 folks showed up from all camps bringing wonderful food and a great holiday spirit.  I was proud to be apart of this wonderful crowd’s lives.   It’s that time of year to be thankful for what you have.  I’m thankful for my family, my business with it’s loyal customers, my fellow photographers and my ride buddies.  It’s been a great year and I’ve come in contact and gotten to know a lot of great people.  I am reminded daily that we’re all in this world together.  We all share common goals of happiness, closeness and grooviness (is this a word?).  Anyway, thank you to everyone who’s supported my efforts this year and I hope everyone has a very happy holiday and new year!  See you in 2013!

Koboto Gardens

For me, this tree really represents the complex road taken through life. What a great journey it is.

Kirkland Waterfront



Kirkland Waterfront, originally uploaded by AlanLawrence.

Yesterday’s weather was not great. Completely overcast, boring light but I had the itch to get out with my camera. There was nothing. Solid grey sky, boring light. But, I took some images anyway… 3 to be exact. Of those 3, I got this one which I really like. You never know what you can get unless you get some shutter clicks in for the day. The lesson here is just get out and shoot. If you get one shot, that’s great. If you don’t get any, at least you tried.

Tethering to the iPad

Doesn’t seem like it is asking too much to be able to tether my camera to my iPad but apparently Apple does not deem to grant such a simple request.  Determined to figure out some way to make it happen, I discovered that the Eye-fi cards have a direct mode that will create a mini-hot spot that will connect, though intermittently with my iPad.  8g card ran $35, reasonable for any photographic solution.  I’m trying it out now.  So far, I’m not too impressed.  Am I really asking too much in this day and age of connectivity?  Will let you know how it works in the field when I attempt to use this during my workshop on Sunday.  More to come…

Magnolia Bridge view of Seattle

From the Magnolia Bridge

Magnolia Bridge view of Seattle, originally uploaded by AlanLawrence.

Hung out with Chris Grady this evening on the Magnolia Bridge. We were really far away and the bridge vibrated badly every time a car came on it, but I think I got some pretty good shots anyway.

Photo Assignments

“How you structure an assignment so it does what the client wants, satisfies you, and solves his problems at the same time becomes almost conceptual and political, instead of photographic.  I try as much as possible to talk with the clients who travel with me, and say ‘Look, what you’ve got me doing at this point is something that I wouldn’t shoot unless you were paying me.  I’ll be happy to shoot it, and do the best job I can, but let’s try to make it something that’s so exciting that I would shoot it anyway.'” – Jay Maisel

Welcome to my new blog…

Well, I’ve finally made the leap to the world of blogging.  I’ve said this before and I’ve started one several times, but I’ve decided it’s time to commit.  I’ll be talking about all things photography and music with a bit of this and that thrown in.  I hope to share photography tips and tricks, software pointers, thoughts on the world and anything else that comes to my never-idle mind.  I hope it’s interesting enough for you, my dear reader, to come back again and again.  Here we go…