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The Cloud

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Puget Sound from Carkeek Creek, 2013

Puget Sound from Carkeek Creek, 2013

From the middle of the creek. Thank goodness for insulated, waterproof boots. 😉

1/15 second at f/8, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4.

 

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March 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Dusk on a Rainy Day

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Puget Sound from Magnolia, 2013

Puget Sound from Magnolia, 2013

It has been one of those typical Seattle winter days. Liquid sunshine had come down all day long, sometimes pelting, sometimes a mere mist. Then, just before sundown, it cleared. I got about 20 minutes to make some images before it started again.

4/5 second at f/13, ISO 640. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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February 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Respite

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Foggy Puget Sound, 2013

Foggy Puget Sound, 2013

On Sunday, the fog that had shrouded the region for days lifted long enough for us to enjoy a couple of hours of clear skies and a pleasant sunset. About an hour after I made this image, we were engulfed again.

1/160 second at f/8, ISO 1600. Nikon D800E + Sigma 50-500 f/4.5-6.3.

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January 22, 2013 at 3:21 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

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I shot this on a calm Winter evening, shortly after the sun had dropped below the horizon…my favorite time of day 😉

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

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March 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

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