Monthly Archives: June 2014

Into The Fresnel

Into The Fresnel

Gene Pardee from the Olympia Camera club shooting a Fresnel Lens

After we moved to Olympia a couple years ago I joined both a photography group and the Olympia Camera Club.  Over the last couple years I have gotten less active with the group but more active with the camera club.  One of the things that I find attractive about the camera club is the regularly scheduled photo field trips, one of which was this past weekend where we visited 3 different Puget Sound lighthouses.  This image is from the Point Robinson light on Vashon Island and is of club member Gene Pardee shooting into the fresnel lens.

When I go on these sort of shoots, whether it is a field trip or just a photo walk, I am usually far less interested in actually making great images as I am with exploring somewhere I might not have been to before with a group of people that are seeing things differently than I do.  The social aspect of a day like this is really what makes it fun, IMO.

This is my favorite image from the entire day.  Granted, I have always been a sucker for images of photographers making images, but for me this image does a lot more to show that this trip was a club event, with other club members, having a good time and making some images along the way.  There are a number of technical problems with this image, there are reflections from the glass, I was outside shooting into the light, but it is those little imperfections that actually makes this my favorite image from the day.

Ok, I guess I could have just made this blog post 1 sentence long and said “embrace the imperfections.”

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Turbulent Sky

turbulent sky

A cloudy sunset near Olympia, WA

I called this image “Turbulent Sky” but if I am going to be completely honest, the skies weren’t really all that turbulent, I is one of those classic “it looks worse than it is” and it was actually a quite gorgeous sunset.

I captured this sunset image the other night while driving home after giving a 2 hour presentation / demo of Lightroom to a local photography meet up group.  I didn’t spend a lot of time with it, just pulled over at a wide spot of the road and fired off a few frames.

I hope you enjoy it.  Please click on the image to see a larger version.  Also, I have now enabled e-commerce functionality on all of my galleries and you can now order fine art prints directly from this site.  Please visit my Fine Art Prints page for more information.

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Dreamy Grist Mill

Grist Mill

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Washington State

After the photo walk in Centralia last weekend, that I shared this image from, my friend Gary Well and I drove down to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill in southwest Washington.  I had never been there before but had seem some images of the place that really had me wanting to visit.

I had a number of things working against me on the trip, the biggest being that I walked out of my house without a tripod, long story, and when we were there the sun was very harsh and casting terrible shadows.  Gary was nice enough through to lend me his tripod for a few shots, and I made this one with my 10 stop Lee Big Stopper filter.  My hope was to get the leaves to move a bit during a 30 second exposure to give a bit of a “dreamy” look.

When all was said and done, I didn’t get the shot I wanted out of camera, but thanks to the use of some creative filters in post, I was able to give it the more soft feel that I wanted for it.

I do plan on going back to the mill at night, I think that this would be an awesome subject for some light painting.

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Betty’s Diner


Betty’s Diner

Today’s blog post is going to almost be without comment, even though I was able to get out and go on a little shooting this weekend, this image of the statue for “Betty’s Diner” was captured during a photo walk in Centralia, WA this weekend, I really don’t have much time to write much more about it aside from the fact that I used a Lensbaby Composer to capture it.

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The Surreal Coast

The Surreal Coast

The Surreal Coast

My first instinct was to call this image “The Surreal Shore” as I feel it flows off the tongue a little easier than “The Surreal Coast,” but here in the northwest we have always used the phrase coast over shore.  As a kid, it was talk about going out to the coast, never lets go to the shore.

This image was captured this last weekend when we made a trip out to the Washington coast.  We really wanted to get away from the house for a little while, and the coast is a really easy afternoon trip for us, it is less than 2 hours away.  This particular day we went to a part of the coast we had never visited before, and while it was very foggy out, we did find some locations that have moved up towards the top of my favorite locations and what I think will be very photogenic when the weather is better.

As I said, it was very foggy out, and there wasn’t much of a chance of getting a great traditional image, so I decided to give IR a try.   This is the result.  I hope you like it and I hope to revisit this little stretch of beach very soon.

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