Monthly Archives: February 2018

Central Arizona Lightning

Central Arizona Lightning

Lightning strikes in the desert of central Arizona during the 2017 monsoon season

One of the great things about living in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington is that we get 4 distinct yet mild seasons.  The downside to living in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington is that with the exception of an occasional windstorm, we really don’t see much when it comes to severe weather, particularly thunderstorms.  Because of that, I make it a point to get back to Arizona each monsoon season for some Arizona lightning fun.

This image was captured in central Arizona, a little ways outside of Flagstaff, and was shot from the same location as an image I had shared here earlier.  I actually have a few more shots from this same location that I will share at some point.  The great thing about storms like this is that even though you shoot from the same location, the sky changes very quickly and you get a lot of variety in your images even though you don’t move much.

Posted in StormChasing

Look Down

Reclaimed Water

A reclaimed water man hole cover that I discovered during a photowalk because I decided to look down.

When we are out creating images it is second nature to look up, look around, look the the left and look to the right.  What isn’t always second nature is take a second and to simple look down.

While on a recent lunchtime photowalk I came across this small man hole cover because I did take a moment to look down.  A couple things really jumped out at me when I saw it.  First was that it was triangle shaped, I don’t remember seeing one like that before.  The second was that the raised parts of the steel look like tire tracks and I thought that was pretty clever since it was on a road.  The third thing I noticed was the little tuft of green stuff growing in the rectangle hole in the middle.

Take a moment and look down, you never know what you might find.

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Minimalism and Birds

Minimalist Bird

Starting to explore minimalism for this months Photo Frontier expedition

This month as part of the Photo Frontier we are exploring the concept of minimalism.  Minimalist photography isn’t something I normally do, but that is the purpose for this exploration, to get you out of your comfort zone to not only grow creatively but to hopefully ignite a spark of motivation to see things just a little differently.

A bird in flight isn’t the first thing I think of when it come to minimalism, but it does fit the definition when you remove any other elements from the image.

Stay tuned, I will be exploring this more throughout the month, but here on my blog but also on my social media outlets.  If you don’t already follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram please do, links to me are in the upper corner of this blog.

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A Lunchtime Stroll

Lunchtime Stroll

I dedcided to take the new Sony a7II body out today during my lunchtime stroll around Capitol Lake


I am not one of those photographers that are constantly looking for the latest and greatest photo gear.  Truth be told, I tend to shoot with a camera body for a very long time before I make any sort of upgrade.  I firmly believe that the camera is one of the least important parts of making a good image.  With that said, I do enjoy new gear, and do buy new cameras every now and then, and when I do like like to take them out for a little test run, like I did yesterday while on a lunchtime stroll around Capitol Lake here in Olympia.

Many of you might remember that I made the switch from Nikon to Sony almost exactly 3 years ago.  I started with a pair of Sony a6000 bodies, both of which I still own and still use almost daily, but I just added a new Sony a7II body to the family.  I am not going to go into detail about full frame vs. crop sensors, I find a benefit to using both, and like having both in my “toolbox” for making images.  

This really isn’t much more than a snapshot, but I believe that it is a nice snapshot.  

Also as a bit of a spoiler, not only did I add the new a7II body to the lineup, there are two new lenses on their way and one of the a6000 bodies will be getting covered to IR :-)

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Apollo Command Module

Apollo Command Module

An Apollo Command Module on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle

I recently visited the Museum of Flight in Seattle with some of my fellow Olympia Camera Club members during one of our monthly photographic field trips.  I had been to the museum before, but it has been a number of years, and one of the new things that caught my attention was a large exhibit of items from the Apollo missions.  There were a lot of amazing items here, but one that really grabbed my attention was one of the original Apollo Command Modules.

According to the display, while this particular command module never went into space, it was one of the original built and was used to train the astronauts.  It played a very significant role in the history of space flight in the United States and it was a real thrill to be able to see it.

Photographing it on the other had was something of a challenge.  The room that it is displayed in is quite dark.  It is elevated somewhat high and I had to not only shoot at a higher ISO than I would have liked, ISO2000 in this case, I also had to hold my camera above my head to get this perspective, but I really wanted to get the chair in the image.

What really strikes you when you see this, especially if you have seen movies that are “set” in a command module, is just how small it really is.  3 people were in this module and if you see it in real life you realize just how small those 3 people had to be.

I hope you like the image, I will be sharing a few more from the museum soon, and as always please click on the image if you would like to see a larger version.

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