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Sunday’s Sunset

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Sunset, Richmond Beach, 20120805

Sunset, Richmond Beach, 20120805

It had been a 92 degree day. The sky didn’t look particularly promising but the tide seemed reasonable so on a whim, I picked a beach to watch the sunset. If nothing else, I’d treat myself to some cool ocean breezes. This is how things turned out.

2 seconds at f/13, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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August 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Light On The Land, II

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Wheat Fields, The Palouse, 2012

Wheat Fields, The Palouse, 2012

We watched, mesmerized, as the puffy clouds slowly billowed across the sky, covering the rich, undulating landscape in ever-changing patterns of shadow and light.

1/800 second at f/8, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4

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August 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Yesterday’s Dusk

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Carkeek Fisherman, Seattle, 2012

Carkeek Fisherman, Seattle, 2012

1/40 second at f/11, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.
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July 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Light on the Land, Part I

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Pea Vines, The Palouse, 2012

Pea Vines, The Palouse, 2012

Perhaps subconsciously influenced by too many years of staring at Bliss 😉
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1/80 second at f/13, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
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July 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Palouse in the Rain

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Palouse in the Rain

Palouse in the Rain

A steady rain greeted us the evening that we arrived on the Palouse. When I made this image, the camera was all wet, save for the front element (which I took great pains to keep dry because a wet front = the end of the clicking 😉 ).

Thanks so much to Ryan McGinty, who took time from his weekend to guide and shoot with us.

1/30 second at f/8, ISO 1600. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4G
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July 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Ocean of Grain

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Ocean of Grain

Ocean of Grain

Concept by Ed Tan.
Camera clicking by me.

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1/125 second at f22, ISO 400. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4G

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July 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Been Awhile

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untitled

1/200 second at f/8, ISO 100. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.
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July 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

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.

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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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