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 · Video: the Head Of The Charles, 2016 · 

 · Video: Vashon Island Rowing Club at the Head Of The Charles, 2015 · 

 · The waxing Awakening Moon (Neo-Pagan) · 

 · Video: Vashon Island Rowing Club at the Head Of The Charles, 2014 · 

 · Final Dress Rehearsal: "My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" · 

 · The DB General big crane visits Dockton, 10/24/2013 · 

 · MFG Cyclocross Series: Woodland Park GP 2012, 12/11/2012 · 

 · Around and About: Vashon Strawberry Festival 2012 · 

 · Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011, 12/17/2011 · 

 · Blood Moon (Wiccan - Neo-Pagan) · 

 · Waning Gibbous · 

 · A Peregrine falcon at Vashon High School · 

 · A spring sunset · 

 · The "Super Moon" - March 19, 2011 · 

 · La Luna - March 19, 2010, exactly one year before the "Super Moon"! · 

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The waxing Awakening Moon (Neo-Pagan)

Through thin clouds, and trees...

In the Neo-Pagan system of belief, the April full moon is called the Awakening Moon.

 

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April 2, 2015. Shot out my bedroom window at about 3:00 am, about a day before the full moon.

Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, EF 70-200mm f2.8L zoom lens @ 220mm (1.4x extender); ISO 3200; manual exposure, 320th sec at f4.0; hand-held, image stabilization on.

 


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Video: Vashon Island Rowing Club - Head Of The Charles 2014


Video: Head Of The Charles 2016

Video: Vashon Island Rowing Club - Head Of The Charles 2015


 ·  Race 8 - Mens Senior Master Fours featuring VIRC bow #44 · 

 ·  Race 9 - Womens Senior Master Fours featuring VIRC bow #29 · 

 ·  Race 32-b - Mens Youth Singles featuring VIRC bow #57 · 

 ·  Race 43 - Womens Youth Eights featuring VIRC bow #79 · 

 ·  Race 47 - Womens Championship Fours featuring
University of Miami bow #16
 · 

These are GoPro HD Hero2 videos of the live-streaming webcast of the Head Of The Charles Regatta 2014. Video was shot right off the full-screen webcast in a mostly-dark room, audio right out of the air by the GoPro onboard mic. Post-processing done in Adobe Premier Pro 6.0.5

I recorded only five races from HOTC 2014 that were relevant to the Vashon Island Rowing Club. Then, with the exception of Race 47 Women's Championship Fours, simply for brevity I do not show every boat in each race. That said, I do have VIRC and every other Pacific Northwest team that I could identify. Finally, my time stamps do not exactly match YouTube's. YouTube seems to be a little early. And I don't have much control over the thumbnails YouTube shows.

These videos are also all up on my playlist
Vashon Island Rowing Club - Head Of The Charles 2014
on YouTube

Race 43 - Women's Youth Eights

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Vashon Island Rowing Club is bow #79 at 10:13-10:60. VIRC's Womens Youth Eights finished ninth overall at 18:17:48!

Pacific Northwest teams: Green Lake Crew at 4:26; Sammamish Rowing Association at 5:25; bow #41 meets the Eliot Bridge at 6:26 and onward; Vashon Island Rowing Club at 10:13-10:50. One of the VIRC's Women's Youth Eights rowers' older sister also rowed at HOTC 2014 for the University of Miami in the Women's Championship Fours.


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Final Dress Rehearsal:

"My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg"

For a while "Sweetest Man in the Room"

In the Vashon Island High School Theater, Thursday, April 24, 2014

 · Act one · Act two · 

"Peter Serko performs a touching one man show, telling the story of his late brother David, and his battle with AIDS."

Written and Performed by: Peter Serko

Directed by: Brian Desmond

Final Dress Rehearsal: "My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" Act one

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Final Dress Rehearsal: "My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" Act one

Final Dress Rehearsal: "My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" Act two

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Final Dress Rehearsal: "My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" Act two


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The DB General big crane visits Dockton, 10/24/2013

 · Set one · Set two · 

Got an interesting tip from third- (fourth- ?) generation Vashon Islander Jim Sherman that the DB General -- the largest floating crane on the West Coast of the United States, and based in Seattle -- would be paying Dockton WA a little visit to do some heavy lifting for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources: removing an old, derelict ferro-cement hull that had been scuttled just off-shore between Dockton Park and the Plancich's. At lower-low water the hull was barely two feet underwater, so it was considered a Hazard To Navigation...

We had been seriously socked-in with fog for good week previous, so I was a little skeptical of being able to get any kind of photos at all. Turned out the fog and the completely windless, glass-flat conditions made for some great photos!

Biggest problem was that, thinking all this was going to be going on pretty far off-shore, I brought my longest (70-200mm) telephoto zoom lens. Turned out the DB General was so bloody big (the barge itself is 100 feet wide and 300 feet long) that I had a real problem getting the whole thing in at once!

The DB General big crane visits Dockton: Set one

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The DB General big crane visits Dockton: Set one

The DB General big crane visits Dockton: Set two

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The DB General big crane visits Dockton: Set two


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Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012, 11/11/2012

 · Team Bryan · the Start · the Esses - X1 Crossing · the X2 Approach · the X2 Crossing · the Finish · 

Note: these photos are from MFG Cyclocross' Woodland Park GP 2012 on Sunday, 11/11/2012, but *ONLY* from the 10:20 am Cat 4 Men, Cat 3 Master Men 55+ and Cat 4 Master Men 35+ race. I was over from Vashon Island to watch my son-in-law Bryan, who was down from B-Ham with my daughter to race in Cat 4 Men. Right afterward we went off to have lunch.

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The X2 Crossing

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012: Team Bryan

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012:
Team Bryan

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012:
The 10:20 am Cat 4 Men, Cat 3 Master Men 55+ and Cat 4 Master Men 35+ Start

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Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012: The Start

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The Esses - X1 Crossing Set one

 · Set one · Set two · 

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012: The Esses - X1 Crossing

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012:
The Esses - X1 Crossing

 · Set one · Set two · 

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012:
The X2 Approach

 · Set one · Set two · 

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The X2 Approach Set one

 · Set one · Set two · 

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012: The X2 Approach

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The X2 Crossing Set one

 · Set one · Set two · 

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012: The X2 Crossing

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012:
The X2 Crossing

 · Set one · Set two · 

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012:
The Finish

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Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012: The Finish

Woodland Park GP Cyclocross 2012, 11/11/2012


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Around and About: Vashon Strawberry Festival 2012

Around and About:
Vashon Strawberry Festival 2012

Being the best photos I shot at Festival 2012,
when I wasn't shooting anything in particular...

Around and About:

 · Vashon Strawberry Festival Friday 2012 · 

 · Vashon Strawberry Festival Saturday 2012 · 

 · Vashon Strawberry Festival Sunday 2012 · 


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Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011, 12/17/2011

 · Set one · Set two · Set three · 

"It's the least understood but most emphatically enjoyed faction of cycling. It's mud-bogging, sand-squirming, barrier-hopping, wet-grass-slipping, steep-pitch-scrambling fun.

It will make you want to puke. It will make you want to fall over. It will make you feel alive, and once your heart rate comes down, you'll want to do it again.

It's called Cyclocross, and it's like no other cycling discipline (but somewhat like all of them)."

I shot these photos at the Cascade Cross Series' Thriller Cross 2011 race on December 17, 2011, at Bellingham's Civic Fields Complex

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Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011 Set one

Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011 Set one

Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011 Set two

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A Class

Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011 Set two

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A Class

Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011 Set three

Cascade Cross Series: Thriller Cross 2011 Set three


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Blood Moon (Wiccan - Neo-Pagan)

In the Wiccan system of belief, the October full moon is called the Blood Moon to mark that time of year when all but breeding stock are slaughtered and butchered to provide food for the coming winter.

 

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October 12, 2011. Shot out my bedroom window at about 7:15 am, barely one hour before moonset, and about twelve hours after full moon.

Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, EF 70-200mm f2.8L zoom lens @ 140mm, 1.4x extender; ISO 400; manual exposure, 320th sec at f5.6; hand-held, image stabilization on.

 

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Waning Gibbous

August 17, 2011. Shot out my bedroom window at about 8:45 am.

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Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, EF 70-200mm f2.8L zoom lens @ 270mm, 1.4x extender; ISO 200; aperture priority exposure, f8.0 at 640th sec; hand-held, image stabilization on.

 

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The supposed "Rule of Thirds" in photographic composition. It's not a rule - you won't get punished if you "don't". It's a guideline that's been around since about 1797. I think about it a lot when I'm composing photos in post-processing. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it makes sense. Sometimes it doesn't.

 


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A Peregrine falcon at Vashon High School, September 13, 2011

This guy lives and hunts around the High School and in fact nests over on top of the microwave tower at the phone company building.

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A Peregrine falcon at Vashon High School

Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, EF 70-200mm f2.8L zoom lens @ 280mm, 1.4x extender; ISO 3200 (it was overcast and about 5:15 pm, I was shooting soccer); aperture priority exposure, f5.6 at 8000th sec; hand-held, image stabilization on.

 


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A spring sunset

Shot out my living room window. I kept watching the sun slowly break out of the clouds as it was sinking lower and lower, and finally the light was just perfect!

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Canon EOS 5D Mk II, EF 24-70mm f2.8L zoom lens @ 24mm; ISO 400; manual exposure, f11 at 200th sec.

 


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The "Super Moon" - March 19, 2011

"March 16, 2011: Mark your calendar. On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It's a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years.

"The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC. "I'd say it's worth a look."

Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee). Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon's orbit."

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I went up to Vashon Elementary School to get some high ground, and shoot as soon after moonrise as possible. Canon EOS 5D Mk II, EF 70-200mm f2.8L zoom lens @ 280mm; 1.4x extender; ISO 3200; manual exposure, f22 at 200th sec.

 


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La Luna

March 19, 2010, exactly one year before the "Super Moon"! As I recall, I shot this while actually photographing a Vultures lacrosse game down at the Vashon High School stadium.

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Canon EOS 5D Mk II, EF 70-200mm f2.8L zoom lens @ 280mm; 1.4x extender; handheld; ISO 6400, manual exposure 250th sec at f16

Another photo that hews to the alleged "Rule of Thirds" thing pretty closely...

 


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