The Ben Franklin Bridge

The Ben Franklin Bridge at night shot from the Camden, NJ waterfront

The Ben Franklin Bridge at night shot from the Camden, NJ waterfront

The Ben Franklin Bridge is quite a prominent feature between Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ.  I have already shared an image I made of the Philadelphia skyline from out on the bridge but I also drove over to the Camden waterfront to shoot the Philadelphia skyline during my recent work trip to the area.

The Camden waterfront really is a great place to shoot at night. You not only have great views of the Philadelphia skyline, which I will be sharing another image of soon, but they also light up the USS New Jersey, which I have already shared here, and maybe even more impressive than either is the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

They really do a great job of lighting the bridge up once the sun goes down.  I would have loved to have had more time to explore the area more, and shoot different angles of the bridge, but I did get this image, which might be my favorite image of the entire trip.  I hope you enjoy it.

As a side note, I wanted to remind you that you can always click on an image to see a larger version of it, but I also wanted to point out some new sharing features here on the site.  If you click through to any of the blog articles you will find new sharing buttons at the end of each post.  I have also added share buttons for each individual image if you hover over any image on the site.  I really would appreciate it if you would share anything you like with your friends on the social media site of your choice.

 

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Weber House at the Golden Hour

The Weber house near Pullman, WA during the golden hour just before sunset

The Weber house near Pullman, WA during the golden hour just before sunset

One of the final, and possibly most epic, stops during the recent #NxNW2015 expedition to the Palouse was the Weber House near Pullman. We spent a number of hours there and shot it from just before sunset until well into the night. We got images such as this with it bathed in the light of the golden hour, we got shots where we did light painting, we got shots of the Milky Way and a few of us even got a shot of a falling star.

The Weber House might be one of the most photographed structures on the Palouse. It is close to town on good roads and seems to be a stop for all of the photo-tours that are ran in the area. When we arrived there was a large group of photographers from a commercial tour shooting. That tour left shortly after our arrival and we had the place to ourselves for the rest of the evening.

I have three or four more images of the Weber House that I will be sharing but this is one of the first that I made when we arrived. The golden light falling on the old house was simply gorgeous when we were they and while I have some shots where I was zoomed in a lot tighter on the house, this is the one that really spoke to me, I love having the house set against the rolling hills of the Palouse.

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A Faint Aurora Over Olympia

A very faint, not visible to the naked eye, aurora over Olympia, WA

A very faint, not visible to the naked eye, aurora over Olympia, WA

An aurora, or Northern Lights, are not unheard of as far south as Olympia, but they are rare.  Things have to line up just right for them to present themselves.  Monday night was one of those rare nights when it happened.  Long time readers might remember this display from back in 2012.

While the display did get brighter after I had to call it a night, I was able to capture this very faint display, it wasn’t visible to the naked eye, but was just bright enough for my camera to see.

I wish I could have stayed out shooting longer that night, but the alarm clock always goes off for the day job and I had to stop shooting at about midnight.

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The USS New Jersey

The USS New Jersey on the Camden, NJ waterfront

The USS New Jersey on the Camden, NJ waterfront

Leaving the Palouse again today here on the blog and returning to my recent work trip to Philadelphia, and more specifically the Camden, NJ waterfront for today’s image of the USS New Jersey.

I drove over the bridge into New Jersey specifically to get a skyline shot of Philadelphia.  I did get that shot but ended up with a few others I didn’t plan on making, this image of the USS New Jersey was one of those images.

The USS New Jersey, according to the internet, is an Iowa class battleship that launched in 1942.  The USS New Jersey fought from World War II through the Viet Nam war.  In the early 1980’s she was reactivated and after modernization she saw action in the Lebanese Civil War.  Today she is a museum ship in Camden, NJ.

I didn’t have a lot of time to shoot her while I was there, and my vantage points were somewhat limited, but I would love to go back and spend some more time documenting her.

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Palouse Abstract

An almost abstract image of the detail in a wheat field on the Palouse

An almost abstract image of the detail in a wheat field on the Palouse

I’m not really sure how broad of an appeal that this image will have. I think it is a little more abstract than most people think of when they see images from Steptoe Butte on the Palouse, but I find this image very striking.

I have been looking at it in my Lightroom Catalog since I returned from the Palouse with the #NxNW2015 crew and every time I look at it I like it just a little bit more.  I think it is the subtle texture that I was able to capture with my 500mm Nikon Reflex lens as well as the light and shadow.  It doesn’t hurt that there is a cool S-curve through the frame. :-)

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