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Roundabout

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Roundabout

Roundabout

It’s been a long dry spell for sunset seascapes. The past several afternoons that things looked promising, the clouds would eventually either completely obliterate the sky, or everything would blow away, leaving nothing but blank blue.

I made this image this week. When I checked the sky, the forecast and the tide tables, I discovered that things were aligned for the potential of a reasonable sunset. Made it down to the water, set up, and as the sun began to drop below the horizon, the incoming waves started to pound ashore. For the first time in a long time, I ended up hastily retreating to higher ground (so as not to get completely drenched) while temporarily abandoning the camera and tripod. This was the last image that I was able to make before the gear got so wet that it was not wise to continue shooting.

Photo Notes
I had a really hard time controlling the dynamic range during this shoot. As usual, I shot with a graduated ND filter, but the difference was so great and things were moving so quickly that I ended up going with two exposures – one for the foreground, the other for the sky. By default, this two-image solution meant some substantial post-processing. In this case, I spent a lot of time dodging and burning to get things to look the way that I wanted.

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April 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

Where the Earth Meets the Ocean

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Ebey's Landing Afternoon, 2012

Ebey's Landing Afternoon, 2012

Last week, my friend Sai and I took a drive up Whidbey Island, a great look-see and photo-snapping adventure. I made these images at Ebey’s Landing, one of my favorite places around here.

Photo Notes
These images were made with my infrared-converted point-and-shoot. In processing, I converted them to monochrome, then added a bit of silver toning to simulate the look of real photo file/paper.

Ebey's Landing Driftwood, 2012

Ebey's Landing Driftwood, 2012

 

Spring Arrives

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blossoms

blossoms

It looks like we are finally into Spring. As the weather warms, one of the popular gathering places is the quadrangle (“The Quad”) at the University of Washington, which boasts a 60+ year-old collection of carefully curated Yoshino cherry trees that always seem to bloom in unison. When this happens, residents and visitors alike descend on campus; on sunny days, it reverberates with excited oohs and aahs, joyful giggling and delighted shrieking.  Most people see the quad experience as a celebration of the season. I see it as a celebration of life.

kids in trees iuntitled

kids in trees i

This year, while most people focused on the beautiful pale-peach blossoms, I decided to concentrate on the people, for it is the people who give this spring ritual life. I made these images in sunshine, clouds and rain, conditions that are typical of spring in the Northwest. If you are one of the people featured here, do drop me a note. I’d love to get a print to you.

pink

pink

Photo Notes
A major impetus behind the creation of these images is my ongoing evaluation of the Sony NEX-7 system. As such, these images were made with the 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 (SEL1855) and 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 (SEL55210) “kit” lenses. When proper technique, the JPG images that came out of the camera were very, very good. Nontheless, I chose to process the RAW files in Lightroom to get more familiar with both ARWs (Sony RAW files) and Lightroom. Coincidentally, the resulting images look very much like the out-of-camera JPGs. 😉

love

love

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