Monthly Archives: July 2014

Winslow Lightning

Lightning over the high desert of Arizona near Winslow

Lightning over the high desert of Arizona near Winslow

Today’s post takes us back to my recent Arizona storm chasing trip and more specifically to the day up in the high desert near Winslow, AZ for an image I called Winslow Lightning.  Perhaps if the strike would have been right over Winslow, instead of to the east, I would have called it “striking on a corner in Winslow Arizona” :-)

This image ended up being my second favorite image from the entire Arizona trip, I have yet to share my favorite, but it will be coming soon.

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Thurston County Fair 2014

For the first time since moving to Olympia back in April of 2012 I have decided to enter some prints into the Thurston County Fair.  I was asked by my sister what I had entered, so here they are, in no particular order.

Horsetail falls in the Columbia River Gorge with fall colored leaves on the ground.

Horsetail falls in the Columbia River Gorge with fall colored leaves on the ground.

Amazing tonal seperation during sunset at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

Amazing tonal separation during sunset at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

Long exposure images of Budd Bay (West Bay) in Olympia Washington from Port Plaza

Long exposure images of Budd Bay (West Bay) in Olympia Washington from Port Plaza

The Tacoma Narrows bridges with sunset light

The Tacoma Narrows bridges with sunset light

Percival Cove, Capital Lake, Downtown Olympia and the Puget Sound captured in IR from the Thurston County Courthouse Complex

Percival Cove, Capital Lake, Downtown Olympia and the Puget Sound captured in IR from the Thurston County Courthouse Complex

The San Xavier Mission in Tucson, also known as the Dove of the Desert, captured with an IR converted camera.

The San Xavier Mission in Tucson, also known as the Dove of the Desert, captured with an IR converted camera.

The photography exhibit at the fair is put on by my local camera club, the Olympia Camera Club, and a great deal of work goes into every aspect of the exhibit.  Volunteers from the club really work hard to pull everything together so that photographers have a place to show their work and the fair attendees have a great exhibit to enjoy.

I volunteered during the judging on Sunday and I can say that 5 of the 6 images above where recognized with ribbons, but until after the fair is over, you will just have to stop by and see the exhibit to find out what got what.

Posted in Photography

Night Strikes

If you take a few seconds to look through my weather photography gallery you will find a lot of lightning images that were created at night.  I love lightning at night, in general you can see more fine detail in the tendrils of the strike, but you also have the risk of not having anything else all that interesting in the scene.

On my recent storm chasing trip to Arizona I really didn’t have much of an opportunity to capture lightning after dark, the vast majority of the storms while I was there died out just prior to sunset, but I did manage to get a few, and I thought I would share a couple night strikes in this quick post.

Lightning near Camp Verde, AZ during the 2014 Arizona monsoon season

Lightning near Camp Verde, AZ during the 2014 Arizona monsoon season

 

More lightning near Camp Verde, AZ during the 2014 Arizona monsoon season

More lightning near Camp Verde, AZ during the 2014 Arizona monsoon season

Stay tuned, I have more images from my week storm chasing in Arizona to come.

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Removing dust spots from images with Lightroom 5

Removing sensor dust spots with Lightroom 5 from Scott Wood on Vimeo.

A short video screencast on removing dust spots with Lightroom 5.

Posted in Tutorials

Bryan Snider

My friend and fellow storm chaser Bryan Snider shooting a thunderstorm over the Painted Desert near Winslow, AZ

My friend and fellow storm chaser Bryan Snider shooting a thunderstorm over the Painted Desert near Winslow, AZ

The highlight of my trips back to Arizona storm chasing the last 2 years has been spending a full day chasing with my friend Bryan Snider.  Bryan seems to be something of a lucky charm for me when it comes to getting some memorable images.

Last year while chasing at the Grand Canyon, we didn’t really get the weather we wanted, but I did manage to capture on of my favorite images of all time, Grand Canyon at Sunset.  For this year’s trip to the Painted Desert and Winslow, AZ, the weather gods cooperated nicely and I have a good number of images that I have already shared and will be sharing from the trip, but I wanted to share this one.  I have always been a sucker for a picture of a photographer making an image, but when it is of a photographer making an image of a storm, that is even more better. :-)  (yes, I know I just said more better)

I hope you enjoy the image, and as always, even if I forget to mention it, please click on the image to see a larger version.

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