Monthly Archives: June 2013

An Olympia Aurora Borealis

Last night I started getting alerts that the global Kp, which can be used to predict the Aurora Borealis, was getting to a level that could lead to the northern lights might be able to be seen in Western Washington.  I have been wanting to get some sort of the Aurora Borealis since moving north from Arizona last year but one of the biggest challenges in the Puget Sound are is the cloud cover that we have most of the time, but last night all the chip sort of fell into place.

The global Kp hit 7, somewhere around 6 is when we should have a chance to see them, for the most part it was a clear night and I didn’t have to get up early the next morning for work.  We headed down to the capital campus and while the aurora was VERY FAINT to the naked eye, the camera was able to capture it.  There are some other places I want to try to capture it from, but this location at the capital has been first on my list since moving to Olympia.

I do ask that you click on this image to see a larger version, there is a lot more details on the larger version than here in the smaller blog version!

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There’s a storm on the horizon

Storm On The Horizon

A storm on the horizon near Olympia, WA

Just a quick post today to share an image I made the other day of what I thought was a very interesting little storm on the horizon near the Olympia Airport.  This storm didn’t really carry much power, but it just looked so interesting that I had to stop and grab a couple shots of it.

The western United States, including the Puget Sound area is bracing for a few days long heat wave over the next few days and there is a forecast of potential thunderstorms in the area next week so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get out and chase some lightning before my upcoming trip to Arizona.

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The Blue Hour Tacoma Dome

Since moving back to the pacific northwest last year there have been a few shots that I have been wanting to get.  This shot of the Tacoma Dome during the blue hour is one of those shots.  There really is no reason why I haven’t gotten this shot before my night shooting in Tacoma last week with Gary Wells other than simply not being at the right place at the right time.  I am happy that I can mark this one off my list even though I still have a few other shots of downtown Tacoma that I want to get.

I hope you enjoy this image and I would ask you to click on the image if you would like to see a larger version.  Stay tuned, more images from this shoot coming soon.

ps.  As of today I have turned off all e-commerce in my online SmugMug hosted photo galleries.  There are a few reasons for this change that I am not ready to announce yet, but if you want prints of any of my images please feel free to contact me.

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The Tacoma Narrows

Today’s blog post takes us to the iconic Tacoma Narrows Bridges.  I made this image while in Tacoma with my friend Gary Wells the other evening.  We decided that we wanted to get some night shooting in and found ourselves with a decent view of the bridges at sunset.  I was really drawn to how the sun was bathing the bridge girders and had to get a shot of it.

As beautiful as these bridges are, the far one is actually the second span and the closest one is the third, it is quite hard to get a decent view of the bridges, there simply isn’t a good vantage point that I have found.  This one was about the best and as you can tell from the roofs in the foreground it was right in the middle of a neighborhood.  The funny thing was that as we were shooting a guy came by walking his dog and gave us a bit of a funny look.  I complimented him on his dog and he asked about what we were shooting.  I pointed out the way that the light was playing off of the structure of the bridge and he looked a little surprised and agreed that it was nice, you could tell that since he lived right there he has started to take this view for granted.  I can actually undertand that, after many years of living in Arizona, I had times when I was taking those iconic Arizona sunsets for granted.

You might have noticed that I mentioned that these are the second and third spans of the Tacoma Narrows. For those that don’t know, the first span of the narrows collapsed back in 1940.

I will be sharing more image from my night out shooting in Tacoma with Gary, as well as a few other shots I made while I was on my week long “staycation” last week.  I am also continuing my experiment of adding a little audioBoo to my blog posts, today’s talks briefly on how I post processed this image using Perfect Effects 4 from OnOne Software.

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Oly at night

Oly At Night

Wide angle shot of the night sky over Olympia, WA

I have decided to do something a little different when sharing this image of Oly at night and include an audioBoo that I created talking about the image.  This is sort of an experiment to see if a little more of a multi-media approach to the blog posts will be a good idea.  The audioBoo will be embedded into the blog post, so if you read my blog via an RSS feed and it doesn’t show up in your reader, please click through to the actual blog.  I would also appreciate any feedback on if you think this is a good idea and if I could continue it.  Also, for those that don’t know, or haven’t figured it out, Oly is a nickname for Olympia. :-)

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