Kurtwood Farms Cabin

December 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I took the ferry over to Vashon Island in the pouring rain to photograph the interiors of the oldest cabin on the island. It was a delightful change of pace from the typical modern interior.

living room of Kurtwood Farms cabin

The cabin, a historical landmark, is home to Kurt Timmermeister of Kurtwood Farms. Kurt owned Seattle’s popular Cafe Septieme for almost two decades before selling it a few years ago to focus his energy on the 13 acres of farmland on the island that he has called home for more than 15 years. Today, Kurtwood Farms is a full fledged dairy farm that produces Dinah’s Cheese, a creamy camembert style cheese coveted by local restaurants.

Kurtwood Farms cabin dining rooom

It’s times like these when I wish I was a better writer so that I could more eloquently convey just how interesting and fantastic a place Kurtwood Farms is and just how interesting and cool a guy Kurt is. I hope to return for another visit in the Spring.

Kurtwood Farms dining room

Kurt himself is a writer and just finished his first book that’s part memoir and part how-to-start-your-own-farm-instruction-manual entitled “Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land”.


Builder+Architect Magazine

December 5, 2010 § 3 Comments

The December 2010 issue of Builder+Architect Magazine is all about Seattle’s floating homes and features the Ryan Mankoski designed and Dyna Contracting built floating home that I photographed for them earlier this year.

I’ve also got a full page ad running on the inside cover of the magazine that I think turned out really nice. For this first iteration of the ad I wanted to keep things simple and let the image do the talking:

magazine adveertisemant for aaron leitz photography

Cool Video Links Pt1

December 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve been spending days and days researching and learning about the world of video “motion.” Ignoring artistry and aesthetics for now, the equipment, technical and logistical concerns are so much more complex than still photography. There’s codecs and NLEs and bins and filters and fluid heads and grading and dollys and booms and fps and just tinkering around in iMovie takes me HOURS and plenty of F-Bombs. I am, however, enjoying all the learning and in my hours of searching I’ve come across some pretty cool stuff. Here’s a few recent vids that caught my eye….

It might take a watch or two to get past the absolutely jaw dropping freestyle riding skills of Danny MacAskill featured in this video but notice how well done the camera/post work is as well:

An artful skate video:

And of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t include something that had to do with architecture. Here’s a wonderful ode to Louis Kahn’s iconic Exeter Library done completely in CGI. Amazing:

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