Monthly Archives: January 2013

Peeking Through

A sunset near Olympia, WA

It is winter here in Western Washington and that means a lot of gray days and rain, but every now and then a day turns out to be quite nice and we are even treated to a nice little sunset.  This image was made a few days ago near the Olympia airport, and because it was shaping up to be a nice sunset I wasn’t the only photographer that pulled off the street to capture it. :-)

I was afraid that the heavy bank of clouds was going to prevent any sort of color from breaking through, but waited for what I would hope would be a shot of the sun peeking through the little break at the bottom of that cloud bank.  My patience was rewarded and I got a shot that I am quite happy with.


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Multnomah in Green

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah Falls has to be one of the most photographed water falls in the world, it is very easy to get to and is stunningly pretty.  A quick Google image search will present more images of these falls than you could ever really sort through, but that doesn’t diminish how much I enjoy shooting them.  I don’t care that it is an iconic scene that has been shot from every possible angle and vantage point, I continue to visit and continue to shoot, it is simply a special place to me.  There is not other way to put it, these falls have been very good to me photographically.

I made this image this last weekend when we took a day trip down to the gorge.  I decided to zoom in a bit and also shot from a slightly higher vantage point up the path that heads to the bridge seen in this image.  I also took this image into Perfect Effects from OnOne Software to punch up the contrast a bit and to enhance the green ever so slightly.  One thing that is I really like about it, but is very hard to see in this small version, is both the people that you can see on the bridge are taking pictures at the same instant that I captured this shot.  I am thrilled with the results and hope you enjoy it also.


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Otherworldly Gorge

Sometimes I think that the Columbia River Gorge was made for IR photography.  This image, “Otherworldly Gorge,” is shot from the Portland Women’s Forum near Corbett Oregon.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I just how we can see our world in a slightly alien way with IR photography.

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Swirling Clouds – a photographic experiment

Over the last 6 months or so a number of photographic ideas sort of came to a crossroads for me.  As you might know, I do a lot of time lapse photography, but I have also been playing around with some long exposure and star trail photography lately.  All this sort of came together for me this weekend when I was down in Oregon shooting in the Columbia River Gorge and made this image of some swirling clouds over the Columbia River.

You might ask how all of these different photographic things came together for this image, let me try to explain.  This image is actually a combination of 349 images stacked together as separate layers in Photoshop, which obviously comes from my shooting this scene for the purpose of putting a time lapse video together.  While I was shooting this scene as a time lapse with my Nikon D7000, I also shot it with my D600 using a Lee Big Stopper 10 stop ND filter but the clouds simply were not moving as much as I wanted and I was somewhat disappointed in those images.  After I got home and started putting the time lapse video together it dawned on me that I actually had a VERY long exposure, about 30 minutes in this case, if I were to put all those images together into a single frame.  The only thing is that I wasn’t sure how to put all those images together, but as I was thinking about it I realized that this really isn’t much different than taking a bunch of star trail images and stacking them together with the “lighten” blending mode in Photoshop.  I gave that a try and came up with something that I really liked, the above image.

I plan on doing more of this, I am already shooting time lapse sequenced frequently, I might as well work those same captures into something more.  This image was an experiment, and while I am very pleased with it, there are a few things I want to try differently next time, and will share those ideas if they actually work.


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Olympia Beer Boxcar

This HO scale Olympia Beer boxcar has been in my collection a long time.  I acquired it many years before we ever started talking about moving to Olympia, so when I started going through my collection the other night I knew that this was going to be a really early piece to shoot and share.

Sadly the brewery here in Olympia has been closed for a number of years now, but the influence that the brewery had on the area is still evident almost everywhere you look, it was a major part of the local economy for a very long time.

I hope you enjoy this image.  Please click on it to see a larger version.

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