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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

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

You Are My Never-Ending Song

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I made this image at sunset on Sunday. Things looked bleak from the house but I decided to head down to the water anyway (because any sunset hour on the beach is a good hour). I got there to find dark clouds obscuring the horizon, except for a break north of where the sun would set. Things were not looking good but as 8:30 approached, brilliant orange light spilled from that gash in the gray, and soon the sky was aglow and the crests of waves took on amazing color. I didn’t feel like setting up the tripod and gear so I decided to work on some handheld interpretive images instead.

你是我一首唱不完的歌

你是我一首唱不完的歌

Photog Notes
To achieve a painterly effect, I exposed this image at ⅓ second while panning the camera parallel to the horizon. To bring out the detail in the waves and mountains, I used a relatively long 105 mm focal length, aperture set to f/38 (to achieve maximum depth of field as well as to allow for the long shutter speed). One key with making images like this is to achieve a smooth sweep while the shutter is open. This accomplish this, I usually start panning before I trip the shutter. As I’m panning, I’m also visualizing the horizon line (remember that the viewfinder is blacked out while the shutter is open) to achieve a level horizon.

 

Seven Past Sundown

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I got home around 8 last night. Driving home, I noted how nice the golden sunshine looked (and felt!). From the house, I could see far west enough to know that this was not going to be a blow-your-mind sun-below-the-cloud-cover evening. But nonetheless, the glow in the sky was interesting enough that I grabbed some gear and headed down to Carkeek Park, hoping to maybe catch a reasonable Olympic Mountains silhouette.

Seven Past Sundown

Seven Past Sundown

To bring the mountains close, I made this image with a long telephoto zoom lens. I set the ISO to 200 and shot the image at a wide f/5.6. Not the most optimal aperture, but I had been lazy and not set up the tripod – in order to get a reasonable hand-holdable shutter speed (1/15 of a second in this case), I was forced to compromise. In addition, I braced the camera against a sturdy fence to help keep it still. That bright horizontal line at the bottom of the frame, btw, is a patch of water that is reflecting light being bounced off the clouds.

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July 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Olympic Gold

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I shot this profile of the Olympic Mountains on a gorgeous afternoon on Whidbey Island, a couple of hours before Sunset at High Tide. It had been cold and gray when I left Seattle but as I headed north, fortune smiled upon me.

Whidbey Island, Washington, U.S.A.

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April 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

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