Author Archives: ScottWood

Pacific Northwest photographer based out of Olympia Washington specializing in nature, landscape and severe weather photography. Please join me on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook

Black Water Swirl

Black Water Swirls

Interesting swirls in the black water during high tide at Percival Landing in Olympia, WA

A little over a week ago I wanted to take some of my new gear out and see how it behaved with some night shooting.  I put my Sony a7II, the new 24-105 f4 and the new to me Sony 16-35 f4 in my bag and headed down to one of my “goto” locations and found this fascinating black water swirl.

I wasn’t sure what the tides would be like when I got to Percival Landing, my “goto” location, but was happy to see that it was relatively high when I got there but what really caught my attention where all these little bubbles that were swirling around between the public boat dock and the shore.  These bubbles were moving very slowly, and the water was very dark, but I suspected that with the contrast between the more bright bubbles and the dark water and a long exposure I would be able to capture their motion.  This image is the result of that effort and I am quite pleased with it.

So, how did the 2 lenses handle the night shooting?  Both did quite well but IMO the 16-35 f4, which I used to create this image, was a tad better than the 24-105 f4 when it comes to creating the “starbursts” around the lights.  Don’t get me wrong, the 24-105 was very good and I really need to get out for some more night shooting to really put both of these excellent lenses through the paces.

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The Cinematic Frame

Cinematic Olympia

Cinematic Capitol

Last month I explored minimalism in photography.  I shared an image of some geese, a manhole cover and a bird in flight.  This month I am exploring the cinematic frame, and more specifically, images in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

As you can see in the two images I have shared in this post, the 2.39:1 aspect ration is a lot wider than what I normally shoot.  While I can’t actually capture this natively in camera, and I need to crop it to the cinematic frame in post processing, I am working on seeing the final crop in my viewfinder when I am capturing the frame.

Stay tuned, I suspect I will be sharing a few more this month.

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Electra’s Tail

Electras Tail

The tail section of the Lockheed Electra on display at the Museum of Flight near Seattle Washington

I suspect that the aviation enthusiasts out there will understand why I titled this post the way I did, but for those that are not “airplane junkies” you are looking at the tail of the Lockheed Electra that is on display at the Museum of Flight near Seattle.  It is indeed Electra’s Tail.

I captured this image on a recent field trip with the Olympic Camera Club.  It was the same trip that I captured the image of the Apollo Command Module that I have previously shared here.

I have more to share from the museum, and even another shot of the Electra that I will be sharing, but you will have to be patient for those.  :-)

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South End of Northbound Geese

Northbound Ducks

The south end of some northbound geese on Capitol Lake in Olympia

If you have been following my blog this past couple weeks you will know that I have been exploring the concept of minimalism in some of my recent photography.  I have posted my take on “minimalist” images here and here.  This image, that I titled the South End of Northbound Geese, is my latest image.

You might be wondering why I titled my image that.  The south end of the geese should be somewhat obvious, what isn’t obvious is that they are swimming due north from where I was standing when I made this image.  Quite literally it is the south end of northbound geese.  

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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.

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