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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

Winter Monochromes

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Some images that I made while messin’ around the other day…

circuitous

circuitous

1/100 second at f/4, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

big things start small

big things start small

1/1000 second at f/2.2, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

 

he went that way

he went that way

1/250 second at f/2.8, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

 

all bark and no bite

all bark and no bite

1/60 second at f/4, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

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January 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

New Year, New Distraction

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new year neopan

new year neopan

My new year’s distraction 😉

1/80 second at f/5.6, ISO 1600. Nikon D800E + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G.

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January 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

View From The Top

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Rainy Seattle, 2012

Rainy Seattle, 2012

Some friends were passing through town on Thursday evening. It was their first time here so we did some sightseeing. The weather started off okay enough but things quickly went south and by the time we got to the Seattle Center, it was coming down pretty hard. I made this image from the observation deck of the Space Needle. The raindrops were blowing in sideways so I ended up shooting with the 50 mm, a fast lens with a deep hood.

Handheld at 1/15 second at f/2, ISO 1000. Nikon D800E + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G.

 

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December 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Stragglers and Dilly-Dallyers

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before the rain

before the rain

I’ve been in the tropics for the past couple of months and missed most of the change in the seasons. Home now and did some strolling this past week. I was fortunate to catch these scenes. Thank goodness for stragglers and dilly-dallyers 😉

1/1250 second at f/208, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 (before the rain, above).

 

stars

stars

1/320 second at f/6.3, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/2.8.

 

evening light

evening light

1/50 second at f/8, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

 

forest floor

forest floor

1/40 second at f/14, ISO 3200. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

 

fallen leaves

fallen leaves

1/3 second at f/18, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

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November 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

LIGHT ON THE LAND, III

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Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I, Green Lake, 2012

A friend asked what I think of the Sony NEX-7 for a travel kit so I have been diligently trying to put it through it’s paces.

I shot Tree Trunks I under the dense mid-summer tree canopy. The difference in EVs between the highlights and the rest of the bark was huge…maybe 5 or 6 stops. I processed the RAW file in Lightroom, doing a fair amount of dodging and burning to get the image to where it approximates what (I feel) the human eye/brain perceives. I was pleased to find that I could pull as much detail out of the highlights as I wanted.

Tree Trunks II was made under a typical cloudy Seattle sky. No direct sunlight to contend with but the location of this tree meant that certain portions of the frame were rather brightly illuminated by reflected light. In processing, I again applied some dodging and burning to even things out. The thing that pleased me about this image is that it shows how much detail the NEX sensor (+ inexpensive 55-210mm lens) is able to resolve.

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks II, Green Lake, 2012

Tree Trunks I: 1/25 second at f/13, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.
Tree Trunks II: 1/60 second at f/8, ISO 400. Sony NEX-7 + E 55-210mm OSS.

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August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Been Awhile

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untitled

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

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