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Second Beach, Olympic National Park, 2012

Second Beach, Olympic National Park, 2012

I made this image earlier this summer, on a trip out to the Olympic National Park with Sai and Ed. On this day, we had planned to get to the beach with plenty of time to set up for sunset. But, as luck would have it, it turned out to be one of those typical Northwest ends-of-the-day, with a thick band of clouds obliterating the horizon. I made it onto the beach just in time to catch this scene, with the rays of the sinking sun illuminating the ribbon of clouds that had come sweeping down the coastline.

4/5 second at f/13, ISO 200. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

 

 

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October 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

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

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

Sunset, 20120304

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One of my favorite activities is catching sunset by the water. It allows me to decompress and recharge; a gorgeous blue hour keeps me in good spirits for days. But the confluence of weather and work this winter has offered me relatively few opportunities to participate in this favorite activity.

Sunday evening brought the potential to make a few frames. I arrived with lots of time to spare but as the big orange orb edged it’s way towards the horizon, the anxiety began to build. It used to feel like I ran through each sunset shoot as if on autopilot. But today, I struggled with composition and finding the right technical settings. And as quickly as the sun was racing past the horizon, so my window of opportunity was closing. I hurried through several frames. This is one of the images that I was able to capture. Shooting seascapes is about relaxing and making a good memory. On this day, it felt like just really hard work. 😉

Photog Notes
f/13, 1/4 second at ISO 200. To help tame the dynamic range, I applied a 2-stop hard-edged graduated neutral density filter when I made the exposure. But the histogram and on-screen blinkies confirmed that I still had blown highlights (where the sun had just dropped below the horizon and in the clouds directly above), so I snapped an exposure just for those areas and manually blended them into the overall image.

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March 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thursday’s Twilight

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thursday's twilight

I’ve been fighting a cold all week. By the time Thursday afternoon rolled around, a touch of cabin fever had set in. The sky looked somewhat promising so I bundled up with an extra layer and took a drive. By the time I got down to the water, the interesting clouds had dissipated so I just hung out with the other sunset watchers, savoring the last minutes of a gorgeous afternoon (and of course snapping a few). On my way out, a beautiful glow continued to cling to the sky. That’s how this image came about.

Photo Notes
1.5 seconds at f/9.5, ISO 200. To maximize image quality, I try to shoot at a camera’s optimal ISO as much as possible. In this case, staying within the lens’ optimal aperture range (I picked f/9.5) required a long 1-1/2 second exposure, so out came the tripod again. Made a few images before it got too dark; I liked the framing of this one the best.

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February 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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

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