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.

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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.

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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. :-)

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Back Yard Wildflowers

Back Yard Wildflowers

Back Yard Wildflowers

If I am going to be completely honest, I haven’t really felt all that creative lately.  I wish I could say that is a rare thing, but truth be told, it happens to me at about this time each year.  I have blogged in the past about my creative doldrums as it gets closer and closer to my having my first opportunity to do some storm chasing.  To try and get a little creative juices flowing, I decided to shoot some back yard wildflowers.

The nice things about these wildflowers is that they were in my back yard, I didn’t really have to go all that far, and took a little break from work to make an image.  Oh yeah, I will be storm chasing in a couple weeks, so hopefully my creative drought will be coming to an end very soon. :-)

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Taxman Evasion

Taxman Evasion 2018

Taxman Evasion 2018 is a barrel aged stout

For those of you that follow my Instagram feed you will have noticed that I have been posting more and more pictures of beer.  There is actually a “method to my madness” when it comes to these pictures, which I will share later, but it involves beer, bbq, photography and video.  If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, it is just a click away.

If you click though on this image you will see that I have created a new gallery here on this site that will be dedicated to beer pictures, but don’t worry, I will not be doing beer reviews here.  This gallery is simply to highlight beer pictures that I am happy with and want to share.  I will be posting my thoughts on certain beers over on my non-photography blog, My Blue Heaven, and would certainly appreciate your visiting there if you are interested in beer, bbq or possibly the combination of the two.

 

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