Monthly Archives: June 2015

Chasing Unicorns

The rolling hills of the Palouse from ths summit of Steptoe Butte in Eastern Washington

The rolling hills of the Palouse from ths summit of Steptoe Butte in Eastern Washington

Chasing unicorns? What on earth does Scott mean when he titles a blog post Chasing Unicorns?

For those that have been following these blog posts and my recent image uploads to the various social media outlets I use, you know that we embarked on #NxNW2015 (North by Northwest) the first week in June.  North by Northwest is a group of photobloggers that get together once a year for an epic photo adventure.  We named it in 2012 when five online friends got together in Oregon for photography, fun and more than a little beer.  In honor of the first outing being in the great Pacific Northwest the outing is always called North by Northwest regardless of where it is held.

Since 2012 the group has grown beyond the initial 5 photographers and somewhere along the way the question of who could capture the unicorn (the perfect image that would define the trip) was asked.  The unicorn has become an integral part of the NxNW outings.

This isn’t my unicorn, but was one of the first images I made at sunrise from Steptoe Butte in Eastern Washington, in the heart of the Palouse.

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Philadelphia Skyline at Sunset

The Philadelphia skyline at sunset from the Ben Franklin Bridge

The Philadelphia skyline at sunset from the Ben Franklin Bridge

After less than 48 hours of being home from the epic #NxNW2015 trip to the Palouse I found myself getting on an airplane and flying to Philadelphia for work.  Even though I was still exhausted from 4 days of very little sleep I was still pretty excited about visiting Philadelphia as it is a city I have always wanted to visit, I am something of a history buff.  I also wanted to get some shots of the Philadelphia skyline while I was there.

I put out a couple requests via social media on locations to shoot the skyline and got a lot of good advice from the online community.  Two places that seemed to top the list were from on the Ben Franklin Bridge and from the Camden, NJ waterfront by the aquarium.  I ended up shooting from both locations and really liked aspects of both in that they both gave you great views of the Philadelphia skyline, but very different perspectives of it.

One of the advantages to shooting from the Ben Franklin Bridge is that you are elevated above a good part of the city and you are looking down onto the  buildings.  This gives you a sense of depth that you can’t get shooting from ground level.

I really would have liked to shoot from the Ben Franklin Bridge more than I did, but this is the only shutter click I made that night.  It takes a while to find parking and then walk out onto the bridge.  With the sun setting late this time of the year I didn’t get out to the location I shot this from until about 8:55pm.  Just as I got my tripod setup and my first exposure made, this one, a port authority police officer came by to tell me that the pedestrian portion of the bridge closes at 9:00pm.  Fortunately I got a “keeper” but when it was all said and done, I walked on a hot and humid night for about 45 minutes and spent $11 for parking to make exactly 1 image.  Given the effort, I really hope you enjoy it. :-)

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Palouse Falls Up Close

Palouse Falls Up Close

Palouse Falls Up Close

The first planned stop of the #NxNW2015 for #ExpeditionPalouse was to Palouse Falls.  We wanted to stop there on the way to our hotel in Pullman as it was “on the way” so to speak.

Sadly the skies did not treat us to the sunset that we had our fingers crossed for, but even with boring skies Palouse Falls is a spectacular place to visit and shoot.

I decided to do things a little different and make an image of the falls that I hadn’t already made during my previous visits and went in close on the falls just where they break over the rocks.  I hope you enjoy this alternative view.

Lots more Palouse images coming but will be inserting a few Philadelphia shots over the next few days as well.

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Cloudy Palouse

Cloudy skies over the Palouse

Cloudy skies over the Palouse

Here we are, just over a week since I returned from the Palouse with the NxNW2015 crew and I really thought I would have had shared more images from the trip than I have. The reason for this was an unexpected and short notice work trip to Philadelphia last week. The downside of that trip was that I am way behind on NxNW images but the upside is that I got to spend a little time in a city I have never been to and did some photography while I was there. To get the Palouse juices flowing again, here is an image of some cloudy skies on our first stop of the trip. Thus the title Cloudy Palouse, and if I am going to be honest, these were pretty much the only clouds we saw on the whole trip.

This was actually an unexpected stop but as we were heading east we came across this small bank of clouds in an otherwise completely clear sky. We decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to start making images.

Stay tuned, I have a lot of images from the NxNW Palouse trip to share, as well as some from my Philadelphia work trip. Now the challenge is finding the time to do the post processing and blogging. :-)

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Whitman County Growers

A grain elevator on the Palouse at sunset shot from Steptoe Butte in Eastern Washington

A grain elevator on the Palouse at sunset shot from Steptoe Butte in Eastern Washington

I just got home from a long weekend on the Palouse.  I spent the weekend shooting with friends as part of the NxNW2015 outing.  I will be posting more about the outing over the next few weeks, but I am heading out of town again tomorrow for a work trip and wanted to get this image of a Whitman County Growers grain elevator onto the blog before I get on an airplane tomorrow.

This image was made with my Sony a6000 camera using an old Nikon 500mm Reflex lens.

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