I got to play with one before you, the Nikon D90

The Nikon D90

Yes! It’s true, and now months after it actually happened, I am permitted to talk about it. We (my co-workers and I) received a whole big bunch of Nikon D90s a couple of months ago. We basically each had a camera, and took a whole bunch of pictures testing the thing out. You can read the full on details over on Chase’s Blog, and watch the super sweet video that Cody put together.

We had a really great time playing with these things. They were amazing cameras! It even had a HD video mode! The quality when shooting at really high ISOs, was fabulous. You should definitely hop over to the gallery and check out the photos of the camera.

You can also see all of us starring in the Nikon Website (www.chasejarvisandfriends.com). That’s right folks we’re international super-stars 😉

Colin Finlay talks about why he takes photographs

I’ve been a fan of Colin Finaly’s documentary work for quite some time. I just noticed that he has a new website up, you can find that here, but also that he has a new video describing some of the reasons this type of photography is so important to him.

I’ve often thought that if I was going to get into photography as a profession this is who I’d want to emulate. Enjoy! and have a poke around his site … he has some really powerful images there.

Planting the Seeds of Compassion

Seeds of Compassion Conference SeattleThe Seeds of Compassion is “An unprecedented gathering to engage the hearts and minds of our community by highlighting the vision, science, and programs of early social, emotional, and cognitive learning.”

We were able to take in one of the events at Qwest field on Saturday, with the key presenter being his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It really could not have been a more beautiful day in Seattle, 79 and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. For about an hour the Dalai Lami spoke of how we can each add more compassion in our own hearts and minds, and that by feeling this and promoting it, we could begin a global change.

Hong and I were both very enraptured in what he was saying (not to mention I think he is the funniest darn spiritual leader in the world, cracking jokes at every opportunity). The boys were perhaps a little less interested, but I think seeing how many people (50,000 or so at this one event) came to listen to his holiness gave Marcos an appreciation for what was being talked about … and Aidan … well … he really enjoyed his hot dog. Perhaps compassion is so ingrained in a four year old, that he has no need to hear about it.

A weekend respite

The family, and I mean nearly the whole family piled into there respective cars and headed south to Seaside, OR. We were joined by Hong’s sisters Anh, and Thuha, and their significant others; Dung and Justin, and the cousins David, Sara, and Dylan. We needed a little mini break holiday.

Click here, or on the image for the gallery.

Love All -D 🙂


heello world … it feels like its been a while since I’ve posted. It’s been a c • r • a • z • y week! We’ve been shooting in Palm Springs for the last few days. My darling had saved up a few airline miles, and by sheer coincidence Alaska was having a milage sale allowing fewer miles for a ticket, so she was able to join us.

She had a great time, lounging poolside at the Viceroy, walking the town, and even managed to talk our stylist out of his rental car for an afternoon, to make a pilgrimage to the outlet mall …

I was working most of the time, keeping up with Chase and Scott can take a lot out of a guy, but I still had a great time!

I have discovered the importance of mixing a little sunshine into the notorious Seattle’s sunless winters.

Here are a few of Hong’s select shots.

Poolside at the ViceroyThe gardensFountainViceroy

The Great Outdoors

Yeah, finally, a picture of all of us.

Feeling a little claustrophobic, and deciding that the inclement weather around here, wasn’t going to bother us. Hong, the boys and I, were joined by Thuha, Justin, Sara, and Dylan; and took an outing to NW Trek, a wildlife park about an hour an a half from us. The weather apparently decided to agree with us today, and the rained stayed away for the most part. We first went on a tram ride through what they call the “free” area, 500 or so acres of free range NW wildlife. We had a great time. Saw all sorts of creatures (you can find pictures of most of them here). The park also has a captive wildlife (aka zoo) as well, where we saw some bears, cougars, wolves (my personal favorite) and a few other critters.

Love All -D 😉

20 years of sunsets

20 or so years ago, sitting with my meme (that’s grandmother for those of you not in the know), and Dylan, perched 25 feet or so above Sandusky Bay, my meem said to us, “I love sunsets.  Will you boys do something for me?”  We both immeadiately said yes.  She said, “Will you think of me, everytime you see a sunset?  No matter where you are, no matter where I am?”

Over the years, I have developed an affinity for sunsets.  I have my favorites … not always the vibrant and full sunsets.  Sometimes it’s the “quiet” sunsets, I like the best.  The ones that only have a fleeting moment of rare beauty.  I often stop as the light begins to fade whereever I am, and look west.  Looking for that moment of mysterious light, the one that inspires calm, and peace.  Invariably, I think of my meem.I have seen thousands of sunsets, all over the map, and I have always thought of my meem. 

She may not know that I am thinking of her, but I am.  I know she is thinking of me too.

I gotta go call her.Love All.  D  🙂


The Photos …

Hello world, last night we exercised our photography muscles … there was a request from the family to take some christmas photos … We had a great time.  A bucket of KFC, a couple of pizzas and a camera … goodness gracious.  If you have the time and desire, you really should spin through them, there are some hilarious pictures.
The Grinch

Wacky Weather

There has been some really wacky weather going on here in the NW. On Saturday we ended up with 3.5″s of snow or so, and then Sunday and today, we have been getting pounded with rain, and now wind. Not that you needed to know all of those things to appreciate the purpose of this post, which was to point out some new photos of the boys playing in the snow …

Winter Wonderland

Oskar’s brother

Well it seems that Dylan and Katie are parents again. Which makes me an uncle again. Which of course makes Osa a mormor again. Oskar has a new brother named Soren Vincent Race. Born at 9:39 PM on August 4th in Ithaca. Weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 14ozs. Reported by Osa as, “Good lungs, sweet gurgles, alert eyes, head of hair and beautiful.”

The grand rents …

Meem & Pop came in to town on Sunday night of this past week. I wasn’t able to do anything with them Monday during the day, but was fortunate enough to have dinner with them that night, along with cousin Betty and some friends of theirs who are recent transplants from Ohio. I was lucky enough to get off from work on Tuesday and Wednesday and we certainly did enjoy our time with them. As with most visits from family it seems, it wasn’t at all long enough. We barely even had time to snap any pics … did get a few though and they can be found here. Hopefully our next meeting will not be too far off in the future, and will be for a much longer time.