Ferry Crossing. Puget Sound, WA
We’re still in the first month of 2015 and it seemed like the appropriate time to do a little house cleaning. What you’ll find on this page are the results of an experiment I worked on last year but never got around to publishing. Actually, that sums up a lot of last year. I created a fair amount of work that I enjoyed but didn’t share publicly, and in 2015 I’d like to change that. Here’s a small start. I hope you like it. (And I hope you have a fast internet connection to load these massive .gifs!)
Consider this one of those postcards that you get and then notice rather than being sent from the exotic location pictured on the front, it didn’t get postmarked until about a week after the sender arrived home. I had ambitions of doing an update (or two) from my time in Spain but after the first couple of days of working well into the night and next morning, it was clear that wasn’t going to happen. Continue reading
I’ve seen a lot of waterfalls around the world but there is something special about Snoqualmie Falls just outside of Seattle that causes me to return again and again. I’ve heard this is the wettest March on record and the volume of water rushing over the edge of these falls seems to confirm that. There are taller falls and wider falls and falls on bigger rivers, but the sheer volume of water racing through a relatively narrow crevice and exploding out from the cliff top impresses me every time I visit.
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Summers in Washington, what can I say? Long evenings and pastel sunsets. Warm weather, mountainsides bursting with wildflowers, and miles of once snow-packed trails open for adventure. Sure we have pretty gloomy winters here but — my gosh — summer pretty much makes up for it. In the last couple of weeks I’ve visited all three of Washington’s National Parks (North Cascades, Olympic, and Mount Rainier). Traveling through those parks really illustrates the stunning variety of landscapes this state has to offer. From high lakes, to alpine meadows, and cool rainforest it’s really something like a wonderland up here in the great Northwest. I never wanted to live in a big city like Los Angeles or San Francisco but Seattle is different. I’m in the middle of a world class city and only 30 minutes from mountain trailheads. If there was ever a city for me, this is it. Continue reading
Some people think converting to black and white is an easy way to make their photos look better. It’s true that the simplified color scheme can minimize distractions, but good black and white photography takes work. Most people don’t want to put up with the hassle, and stop after desaturating their images. But stopping there doesn’t take full advantage of your photo’s potential. Today, I’m going to walk you through my processes and hopefully show you how you can take your work a few steps further and make something great. Continue reading
Look at this photo. What do you see? Those are the eyes of a Peruvian boy. If I had to guess I’d say he was around 10 years old. His cheeks are red from the merciless sun and wind of the high Andes. You can’t see it in this cropped photo but he’s wearing a purple sweater with a dirty blue shirt underneath it. His pants show signs of repair and mismatched threads stick out here and there. The photo doesn’t show you his worn rubber sandals that instantly mark him as a “campesino.” It doesn’t show you his rough hands and it doesn’t show you the blade he’s holding in them. Continue reading
I’ve really been slacking off on uploading desktop wallpapers but now I’m back. This month’s image is a waterfall in Moran State Park on Orcas Island here in Washington. If you ever get a chance to visit Moran, the waterfall hike is a must-see. A short trail takes you past four serene cascades that are all worth photographing.
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About the image: This photo was taken on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 16-35mm lens at 24mm. My exposure time was 4 seconds with an aperture of f22 and an ISO of 100. Lightroom edits included dodging and burning as well as global adjustments and curve enhancements.
Summer is here in the Pacific Northwest. The sun sets after 9 p.m., the snow melt is filling rivers to the brink with opaque green torrents, and wildflowers are making their brief but spectacular arrival across our mountains. As a photographer, the majesty and grandeur of it all is almost intimidating. Everywhere I look there are opportunities for amazing photographs, but sometimes capturing the awe you feel standing at the base of a mountain can be a real challenge. Continue reading
Usually when I write these postcard posts, I end up writing way more than you’d find on the back of a 3X5 piece of paper. This time, I’ll make it quick. Last week my wife and I headed up to the sunny San Juan Islands for a little camping. We found a nice spot by a lake on Orcas Island and settled in for a couple of days of hiking, reading, and getting sun burned. This trip marks a shift for me personally and professionally (more on that in a future post) and it was a wonderful opportunity to breathe some fresh air. Life is moving quickly and I’m having trouble finding the words to sum it all up so I’ll end here and leave you with a couple more photos to enjoy. Cheers!
Last week was National Park Week and that meant free admission to some of the most beautiful and photogenic natural wonders around. I decided to celebrate my National Park Week by heading out to Mt. Rainier National Park here in Washington. Continue reading
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Even if you’ve never heard of Seattle’s Kerry Park, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a photo taken there. The park gives visitors a sweeping view of the city’s skyline flanked by the glaciated summit of Mt. Rainier in the background. After months of clouds and sunsets too early to catch, I finally had the chance to shoot the iconic vista — something I’ve wanted to do since I arrived in Seattle.
The panorama below (of which the first image is just a small part) was created by stitching together 27 vertical photos taken at 200mm. The final image is nearly 45,000 pixels long or 12.5 feet at 300ppi and would take a 158 megapixel sensor to capture all at once. Use the controls to zoom in and explore Seattle or, If you’d rather accesses the full resolution image, click here (be careful, it’s huge!).
For those of you who like scavenger hunts, here’s a small list of things waiting to be discovered in the panorama:
- At least 4 jumbo jets
- At least 2 radio stations
- A guy in bright red pants
- The club house at a golf course all the way over in Newcastle!
- The dome of First Convenant Church, the steeple of Seattle First Baptist Church, the steeple of Swedish Medical Center’s James Tower, and the twin towers of Immaculate Conception Church.
- At least 18 construction cranes (not counting the cargo cranes used to unload ships)
This is by far the biggest most detailed panorama I’ve ever taken. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you find any fun or quirky details as you comb it over.
This week, I’m hitting the road and taking my office to the rugged beaches of southern Oregon. I’m looking forward to sweeping views of jagged sea stacks and bleached driftwood peeking over the top of my laptop. Who knows, I might even take the occasional break to do some hiking and kayaking too. I know, it’s a hard life. Continue reading