Monthly Archives: October 2014

Broken Bird

Broken Bird

A woman looks at a bird that can no longer fly

During last weekend’s Olympia Camera Club field trip to Cape Disappointment we all decided that we wanted to find a nice vantage point to shoot the setting sun.  About an hour before sunset I scouted out a location that I thought would be ideal, there were a lot of interesting foreground subjects, the ocean waves while not as high as I might have liked them were still very visible and there was a gorgeous layer of thin clouds that would be perfect for catching the light from the setting sun.

Of course Mother Nature can be fickle, and those gorgeous clouds vanished in mere minutes.  While the sunset was still nice, it wasn’t what I had really hoped for.  While shooting the sunset though I noticed this woman off in the distance looking at what appeared to be a little black blob on the beach.  At first I couldn’t tell what she was so interested in but I aimed my camera at her knowing that if she was so interested in whatever that black blob was, there might be an image to be had.  After a few minutes of watching the black blog stood up and I could tell that it was a medium sized bird.  What I didn’t know at the time was that the bird that this woman was looking at was injured and not only couldn’t fly, but couldn’t walk around either.

While I didn’t get the sunset image that I wanted, I did get this image which to me is even better, it gives the setting sun a context and tells a story.

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The Surfer

A surfer at Cape Disappointment State Park in Southwest Washington State

A surfer at Cape Disappointment State Park in Southwest Washington State

Surfing probably isn’t the first thing one thinks of when they think about the Washington coast.  This is usually reserved for places like Southern California and Hawaii, but I think that the surfer in this image might disagree with that.  Of course the other 10 or 15 surfers that are out of frame on this image might disagree also.

I made this image over the weekend during an Olympia Camera Club field trip to Cape Disappointment in southwest Washington.  I really enjoy going on the club field trips, not only do I get to explore places I haven’t visited since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, but I get to know the other club members better as well.  It really is a win win sort of thing.

I hope that you enjoy this image, and as always, please click on it to see a larger version.

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The Macro That Wasn’t

Purple Flower

A purple flower in a garden at the Westport Winery

This is an image that I probably wouldn’t share if it were simply to add it to one of my online galleries, this image isn’t in one of those, but I wanted to share it to highlight just how capable the Nikon 28-300 is at shooting up close.  While not technically a macro lens, it has a really good minimum focal distance considering that this “swiss army knife” of lenses has such a huge zoom range.

This lens never ceases to amaze me in what it can do and while it isn’t a light lens, it is a lot lighter than carrying around 3 or 4 other lenses all the time.

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