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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

Grand Canyon Lightning

Grand Canyon Lightning

Lightning strikes in the Grand Canyon in Arizona during the 2017 monsoon season

I have been shooting lightning for almost 30 years. Yeah, I know, I’m getting old and this just helps date myself, but it’s a simple fact, I have been doing this a long time. In those years I have captured lightning on film.  I’ve captured it on slides.  I’ve captured it with digital cameras.  I have been fortunate enough to capture it over cities, forests and deserts.  I have captured it in quite a few different states but the one thing I had never been able to do was capture it in the Grand Canyon.  That was until this past summer during the Arizona monsoon where I captured this shot, Grand Canyon Lightning.

You can really say that this has been a “bucket list” image of mine for many years.  I can now check this off as something I have never done, and while this was my first lightning strike image in the Grand Canyon, I really hope that it isn’t the last.

Update: Since initially publishing this blog post I found out that this image was selected as the winner of the Stormhour Photo of The Week.  I am truly humbled to have won this.

Posted in Photography, StormChasing

More Power To The Wayback Machine

More Power

Lightning strikes near Casa Grande, AZ during the 2011 Arizona Monsoon Season

A few days ago I shared an image of lightning that I captured back in 2011 but re-edited with more modern post processing software.  This is something that I am going to do with most, if not all, of my older storm chasing images that I have here in my galleries.  Today I am sharing a re-edit of an image I originally titled More Power.

I captured this image near Casa Grande during the 2011 Arizona Monsoon.  This image was captured after a long evening / night of storm chasing.  I don’t remember for sure but if I had to guess this was probably close to midnight.  While this image might not have many elements of a classic landscape shot, I always loved the power lines leading the eye into the shot and to the lightning bolt.  

Posted in Photography, StormChasing, WayBackMachine

Impromptu Photowalks

After the Board Meeting

A shot of the Washington State Capitol Building captured after the April OCC board meeting

I have always been a fan of local camera clubs and have belonged to a number of them over the years. Not only am I a member of the Olympia Camera Club, I am also currently serving as the president of the club. We hold our monthly board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, and after last night’s meeting a few of my fellow board members, and I, got to together for a bit of an impromptu photowalk around the Capitol grounds while the trees are still in bloom.  It was a lot of fun and really does show that some of the best photowalks are impromptu photowalks.

This is a slightly different perspective of a shot that I shared the other day.  You can see that image here.  I have at least one more image of the Capitol from this years bloom that I will be sharing soon, but I have a few other things to share before that.  Besides, you probably wouldn’t mind a break from Capitol shots.

Ok, back to the point of this blog post.  When you get the chance for an impromptu photowalk with a group of friends go for it.  It can be a lot of fun and who knows, maybe you will get an image you like.

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Tivoli Fountain in the Cinematic Frame

Cinematic Tivoli Fountain

A cinematic frame look at the Tivoli Fountain in Olympia

In the month of March I explored shooting scenes in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1. This is known as the “cinematic frame” and tends to be a much wider format than most people think. I recently captured this night time shot of the Tivoli Fountain in Olympia in the cinematic frame.

I have more shots of the fountain, I have been wanting to shoot it at night for a long time but between some long term maintenance and what seems to be some odd scheduling surrounding the lighting, which I will go into in a future blog post featuring at least one image of the fountain, it has taken me quite a while to get a night shot of the fountain.

You can click here to see a couple of my other cinematic frame images as well as here for an abstract, daytime, shot that I captured at the fountain.  

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Capitol In Bloom

Capitol In Bloom

The trees at the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia are in full bloom at blue hour

If you follow my photography you know that the Washington State Capitol grounds is one of my favorite places locally to shoot. I shoot there all year long but something special happens every spring when the trees start to bloom. It really is a capitol in bloom for just a few days.

When you click through to my gallery, by clicking on this image, you will see that I have another shot that is VERY similar to this one, I captured it two years ago, and blogged about it here.  I actually shoot this scene each and every year, I just don’t always share those images or blog about them.

This is becoming an ever more popular scene to shoot each spring.  Five years ago when I started shooting it you might come across one other photographer while you were there.  That increased a little each year, and this year when we went down to shoot there were at least 10 other people there shooting, some from Portland.

If you see this post now, and are in the Olympia area, you still have time to get to the capitol and capture this scene for yourself.

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