Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Jervis Bay

The Jervis Bay docked at the Port of Olympia

The Jervis Bay docked at the Port of Olympia

It seems that these days everything has to have a little controversy around it, and the Port of Olympia is not exception to that.  Some people dislike the cargoes that are being moved in and out of the port.  Others dislike the additional traffic that move through downtown to get that cargo to and from the port, while others seem to simply dislike there being commerce occurring at at a commercial seaport.  I am not going to comment on this beyond saying that I personally believe that anything that brings commerce to mid and small towns is a good thing, and I like seeing ships, such as the Jervis Bay pictured here, at the dock in Olympia.

I actually made this image this past summer while out evaluating my newly acquired Sony 70-200 f4 lens attached to one of my Sony a6000 bodies.  I actually made this image the same night as the image I recently posted of the Capitol building closeup.

As always, I do hope that you enjoy this image, and if you would like to see a larger version of it, simply click on the image and it will take you to the gallery that it is hosted from.

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Capitol Closeup

Close up image of the capitol building in Olympia, WA

Close up image of the capitol building in Olympia, WA

The Washington State Capitol campus is one of my favorite places to shoot when I just need to get out and take some pictures.  I also use it when I am wanting to check out new gear.  It is fairly close to my house, after business hours parking is very good, and there are a ton of things to shoot, everything from the capitol building itself to amazing views of downtown Olympia.

This closeup image of the capitol building, which I titled Capitol Closeup, was from one of my trips down to evaluate new gear.  The new gear that I was testing out that evening was the Sony 70-200 f4 lens.  I am happy to say that it passed with flying colors. :-)

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Blowing Glass

Blowing Glass

Artists at the Tacoma Museum of Glass prepping glass to be blown into the Great Pumpkin

I have always been fascinated with the art of blowing glass.  I had the opportunity to watch the artisans at the Tacoma Glass Museum create this years great pumpkin, apparently they do this every year, and it was a fascinating experience.

It took a number of hours of building up, coloring and shaping the molten glass until it was ready to actually be blown into the pumpkin.  It took an entire team of artists who worked like a well oiled machine to pull this feat off.  Even though things moved very slowly, right up until the last few seconds when they actually blew the glass, it was simply fascinating to watch everything that lead up to those couple seconds.

In addition to watching the artists create the pumpkin, it was a great opportunity to test the a6000 out in some challenging conditions.  I was shooting hand held, in a darker environment with scenes that had very wide ranges in color and contrast.  This image is a perfect example of that.  I can honestly say that I am quite pleased with how that tiny little camera handled a really big job.

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Long Shadows

Long Shadows

Long shadows falling across the Palouse from Steptoe Butte

For today’s blog post, the 2nd this week for those keeping score, I am returning to a trip I made to the Palouse region in early June with some amazing photographer friends and sharing this image of long shadows falling across the rolling hills as seen from Steptoe Butte.

This particular image was captured at sunrise, but the joy of shooting at Steptoe Butte is that you have a wonderful 360 degree view from higher up and both sunset and sunrise are great times to shoot.

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Maple Park Drive

Maple Park Drive

Fall colors along Maple Park Drive in Olympia, WA

Incase you forgot, I do have a photoblog, and here it is. The reason that you might have forgotten is that I haven’t actually updated it in what seems like forever.  It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to update it, just that I have been on the road for work a lot lately and simply haven’t had a chance.  But I am going to change that today by posting this image of Maple Park Drive here in Olympia to kick things off again.

The PNW isn’t really known for its fall colors like areas in the northeast US are, but we do have some nice little pockets of places where the color can be quite nice.  Maple Park Drive is one such place just a few blocks away from the Washington State Capitol building.

At first I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to get out a day sooner to get this show, this was taken on a Sunday and we had a pretty big wind storm the day before.  After I got there and saw that there were a lot of very colorful leaves on the ground I changed my mind, I doubt that the street would have looked like anything other than a street the day before.

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