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Night’s A-Fallin’

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Night's A-Fallin'

Night's A-Fallin'

I made this image a couple of weeks ago. Contrary to the title, the sunset actually led to a spectacular blue hour but I like the ominous tones so much that I left well enough alone.

Photo Notes
1 second at f/22, ISO 200 on a Nikon D300 + Tokina 11-16. I did very little by way of post processing – just applied a teeny bit of tone mapping to bring out the richness in the sky and reflections. IMO, the key to getting this shot was the rubber boots. They allowed me to set up in the middle of the creek. 😉

 

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January 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I Live for Days Like Today

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i live for days like today

i live for days like today

It feels like once or twice every winter, Mother Nature pulls out all the stops and beams us a sunset to get us through the cold gray days ahead. This evening was one of those evenings. While heading home, I realized that the cloud patterns were about right for a nice end of the day – if there weren’t any clouds on the horizon (which I was not able to see). Grabbed the gear anyway, headed down to the water, waited a bit, and this is what I saw.

Photog Notes
ISO 200, 6 seconds, f/19 on a Nikon D300 + Tokina 11-16 at 11 mm. To combat the high dynamic range, I applied a 2-stop (soft edge) graduated filter at the time of the exposure. In processing, I reduced the saturation a bit to more accurately reflect the tones and light that I witnessed tonight.

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January 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Somewhere Between The Cake and The Eggs

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Christmas Eve, 2011

Christmas Eve, 2011

My last two errands on Christmas Eve were to pick up the cake for the party, and the eggs for breakfast on Christmas morning. While heading to the cake shop, I saw that beautiful clouds were beginning to form on the horizon and surmised that with the current conditions there was going to be the chance for a decent sunset. After picking up the cake, I headed down to the water. All I had with me was the Canon S100 point-and-shoot but no matter, I had been wanting to try out it’s low light capabilities anyway.

Photog Notes
This image is a composite of two images, one exposed for the sky and distant water, the other for the foreground. Without the big camera and filter set up, I knew going into this shoot that the game plan would entail multiple exposures, then blending them in post processing to create an even exposure across the frame (aka a high dynamic range composite, if you will). Luckily, I had my regular tripod with me – this sturdy setup allowed me to set up in the water without any movement or change in position between frames.

In post processing, I converted the RAW files with Canon’s Digital Photo Pro, then built the composite in GIMP. Both images for the composite were shot in manual exposure at ISO 80, f/8 to allow the sensor to capture the most detail. I exposed the foreground image at 3.2 seconds to allow the water surface to glass over. The distant scene was exposed at 1 second to preserve the colors and patterns in the clouds. As expected, the S100’s sensor-lens combination performed like a champ when satisfied with the proper amount of light.

 

Looking The Other Way

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I shot this last weekend. Everyone gathered (watching sunsets is big around here!) was facing southwest in anticipation of the setting sun. I didn’t like the ominous blanket of clouds in that direction and turned north instead.

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December 12, 2010 at 2:28 am

30 Past Sunset

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30 minutes past sunset tonight and the sky was on fire!

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

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September 3, 2010 at 7:07 am

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Sentinels

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I made this image at Ruby Beach on Thursday evening. I had taken the day off to go fishing with friends Geoff and Clint, leaving Seattle at 2 a.m. in order to make it to the boat (in Westport) by 5. We got back to the harbor at 5 p.m., leaving me 3 hours to make the 130-something miles up to Ruby. Needless to say, I was dog tired when I got there. But as soon as I hit the beach, the fatigue disappeared.

Ruby Beach, Jefferson County, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

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Afterglow

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We had a scorcher of a day. 95 degrees, a new record according to the National Weather Service. Without a cloud in the sky, I headed to the Edmonds pier to try some water abstracts. It is salmon season and the fish are running, so both pier and water were packed with fishermen. Here is a pair, trolling in a nice old skiff.

Edmonds, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

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