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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



Recently I met Fototripper Gavin Hardcastle while out shooting Lower Lewis River Falls

This past October a friend of mine, Jon Stolarski, was doing some work in the Portland area.  Jon is from Arizona and while we used to shoot together a lot when I lived there, and from time to time during my storm chasing trips, it was great to have him make his way to the Pacific Northwest where he could see some water flowing in its natural habitat.  Ironically, I am talking about shooting with my friend Jon, and it isn’t actually Jon in this image.  This shot is of another guy we met on this trip, Gavin Hardcastle, better known as the Fototripper.

Jon and I had shot a few other locations before making it to Lower Lewis River Falls, and when we got to the falls we pretty much had the place to ourselves, with the exception of this guy in a blue jacket that seemed to be talking to himself a lot.  Gavin wasn’t actually talking to himself, but was talking to his GoPro camera while shooting one of his YouTube videos.  I shoot these falls somewhat regularly, I only live about 90 minutes or so away from them, and I was really enjoying watching Jon move around the area trying to take it all in, these falls are pretty spectacular, and I wasn’t really putting much effort into shooting.  I actually took more pictures of Jon taking pictures of the falls than I actually took of the falls themselves.  I also grabbed this snapshot of Gavin while he was shooting the YouTube video I just mentioned.

Curious about the video that Gavin was shooting?  Here is a link.  I won’t say where, but I am actually in the background of a shot in this video. :-)

All in all it was a great day.  I got to spend the day shooting with an old friend and even met a new one.

Posted in Photography

Merry Belated Christmas 2018

Christmas Fire Truck

A fire truck decorated for Christmas during the recent tractor parade in Centralia Washington

I am not sure I can count the number of times that I have promised myself that I was going to do a better job sharing images and updating my blog.  I can honestly say that I have a VERY good reason why there hasn’t been an update since August, but that is not the subject of this blog post, you will have to wait a little while longer for that.  That blog post will be coming very soon.

For this post I simply wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry, if not belated, Christmas.  I hope you were able to spend it with the people you care about.

Merry Christmas everyone and here’s to a very happy new year.

Posted in Everything Else

A Barn In IR

A Barn in Olympia in IR

An IR image of a barn near the Olympia Airport

I haven’t shared on IR image in a long time, the main reason for that is that I simply haven’t been out shooting with my IR converted camera.  I decided to correct that recently when I grabbed my converted camera and grabbed a shot of this barn that is located near my house.

This barn is on the Olympia Airport property, I don’t know the history of it but I suspect that the airport acquired this property at some point during an expansion and now this barn sits behind the fence that prohibits entry onto the airport property.  Fortunately you can get a good vantage of this great old barn from the road.

I drive by this barn 3 or 4 times a week and have always found it interesting, I do enjoy old barns, and glad that I finally decided to grab a shot of it, and I think that it worked really well as an IR shot.

Posted in IR photography

Monsoon 2018

Waiting to Taxi

Southwest Air jets are waiting to taxi during an Arizona monsoon thunderstorm during the 2018 monsoon season

I just returned home from a week long work trip to Arizona which also doubled as my annual Arizona storm chasing trip.  I had high hopes for Monsoon 2018, but in many ways it was a bust.  I did get out almost every evening and also made my annual trip to Northern Arizona with my friends Bryan Snider and Chris Frailey, but when all was said and done, I saw very little lightning.

Considering I need to travel from the Pacific Northwest in order to chase the Arizona monsoon I always want to have amazing storms to shoot.  I really want to be able to maximize my time while I am there and ideally come home with a huge number of images to eventually share.  With that said, before I left this year I told my wife that I would be happy if I came home with one image that I was really happy with.  Sadly, that is exactly what happened, I came home with only one image I am very happy with, this one of Southwest jets waiting to taxi at Sky Harbor airport during a small thunderstorm to the south.

Posted in StormChasing

Shooting Fireworks

Fireworks One

Fireworks at a home south of Olympia on the third of July 2018

Instead of titling this post “Shooting Fireworks” I should have probably titled it something along the lines of “How I Enjoy Fireworks Has Changed Because Of My Dog”

I have always loved fireworks displays.  If you looks though my gallery here on this site you will see a handful of fireworks images I have captured over the years but I have thousands of images of fireworks in my Lightroom catalog.  Loving fireworks and loving photography tends to lead to my creating a lot of images of fireworks.  As much as I love fireworks though, the way I have enjoyed them has changed quite a bit over the last few years, and that is because I love my dog more than I love fireworks.

My dog Ursa, which is half german shepherd and half chow, just turn 9 years old.  Over the last 3 or 4 years she has developed a pretty severe fear of loud noises.  Simply put, fireworks are very hard on her and she becomes something of a “basket case” when our neighbors start celebrating the 4th of July.

I’m not one of those people though that get mad at my neighbors for celebrating in the way that they see fit.  If my dog weren’t terrified of loud booms I would be one of those people out there lighting off fire crackers and bottle rockets, in addition to attending every one of the large municipal displays in the area, but since she is terrified of them, I spend most of those evenings at home doing my best to calm her.

Over the last couple years the furthest we have ventured to watch fireworks is about a mile down the road where one of our neighbors celebrate on the 3rd of July by having a fireworks display at their house.  This image, as is this one from last year, is from their “private” fireworks display.

Someday, when Ursa is no longer with us, we will go back out and enjoy the large fireworks celebrations, but until then I will enjoy her company when ever one else is celebrating and I will celebrate having the unconditional love of my dog. :-)

Posted in Everything Else