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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

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.

kids in trees iuntitled

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

Prelude

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Lindera obtusiloba

Lindera obtusiloba

It has been a really mild winter. I’ve been seeing signs of the trees coming to life and decided to stop in at the arboretum to take a look around. I made this image under a Japanese Spicebush or Lindera obtusiloba. A mature specimen that may actually have seen more days than I, it is one of my favorites of the collection. I’ve spent many a spring or autumn afternoon under it’s brilliant foliage, absorbing the magnificence of the sea of yellows and greens, and bathing in the spicy-sweet fragrance. On this day, it was just awakening from it’s winter slumber.

Photog Notes
f/11, 1/10 second at ISO 400. I shot this on a relatively calm afternoon but these shoots were so thin and delicate that even if I moved a little too quickly, the air would stir just enough that the camera was able to pick up the slight movement. I thus chose to shoot at a higher ISO than I’d have preferred, and underexposed a teeny bit to get a usable shutter speed. In processing, I bumped up the exposure ⅓ stop, and applied a bit of selective dodging and burning.

 

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February 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Springtime on the Plateau

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We’d spent a great deal of the afternoon exploring. This time of year, the sun stays high in the sky for a long time, making for unflattering flat light and short, harsh shadows (and an easy burn for unprotected skin!). Not the best for photography. But towards the end of our adventure, as we were traversing this meadow, the spring blooms and foliage were lit just right. This is what we saw…

Springtime Meadow

Springtime Meadow

 

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June 19, 2011 at 1:38 am

Spring Fling Part 2

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Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

Most of the trees have shed their spring blooms and sprouted early, early leaves. Here are a couple more images that I made while things were in full swing. Pardon the self-indulgence!

Pink on Pink

Pink on Pink

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April 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Spring Has Sprung

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Amidst Spring Blossoms

Amidst Spring Blossoms

Right now, we’re inside of those magical 2 to 3 weeks when the trees have sprung to life and adorned themselves in beautiful whites, pinks and peaches. Here are a couple of images that I just made. I hope you get as much of a kick viewing them as I did when I made them!

Sakura

Sakura

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April 14, 2011 at 1:26 am

Fade to Gold

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I went out to the tulip fields to scope out locations for a sunrise shoot. The light when I got there was just too good to not snap a few.

Skagit Valley, Washington, U.S.A.

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April 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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