Taking A Peek

Peeking Around

A hummingbird takes a peek around a feeder

I thought I would share another hummingbird image today. I shot the one the other day and just loved how it looked like this one was taking a peek around the feeder, almost as if he was trying to hide from me.

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Hummingbird Season

Snack Time

A hummingbird getting a snack

Summer is right around the corner which means that the hummingbirds are out in force.  While it is true that we have some breeds of hummingbirds that stay in Western Washington year round, the full population is back, and back in force.  The activity around our feeders has never been greater.

I started trying to photograph hummingbirds a couple years ago.  It has been a real journey to come up with a shooting style that works for me and gives me the results I want.  I have done everything from very long lenses, remotely triggered cameras to hand held.  I have used strobes, speed lights and the sun for lighting.  After a lot of trial and error I think I am pretty close to having a technique that works well for me.

I will be blogging more about how I am shooting these guys, but in the meantime here is an image I made the other day in my front yard.

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Twice The Kiss – #WE35 Expedition

Twice The Kiss

An in camera double exposure of The Kiss in downtown Olympia

I really enjoyed the April expedition, it was sort of a flashback to the film days when I would do in-camera double exposures. In those days you always sort of hoped that you ended up with an interesting image. In the modern digital world it is so easy to combine images in Photoshop that I hadn’t given much thought to doing them in camera again.

For the April expedition I loaded the “multiple exposure” app into my Sony a6000 and headed to Percival Landing here in Olympia. I have shot “The Kiss” many times in the past, this is the first time that I have made a double exposure of it. I really enjoy the surreal effect that this image conveys, but beyond that I really was shocked out simply doubling up, and in this case reversing, something can add something entirely new. Take a look at the very center of this image and tell me what you see there?

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Out On The Lake

On The Lake

Reflections on Lake Lois captured with an IR converted camera

Now that winter, for what little winter we actually had, I have been feeling the urge to get out and flex some IR muscles. I drive by this vantage point on Lake Lois in Lacey, WA regularly and always thought it would make a nice IR image. I hope you enjoy it.

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Ghostly Graffiti

Ghostly Graffiti

Graffiti on the abandoned ruins of a saw mill in the ghost town of Bordeaux, WA

A few days ago I posted an image made at the ghost town of Bordeaux, WA.  I titled that image Ghostly Water, this image was made just a few yards away from that image and I am calling it Ghostly Graffiti.

I believe that this structure was once the sawmill for the town, it really isn’t much more than a ruin these days and I can honestly say that I have somewhat mixed feelings about the site being tagged with graffiti.  The site is long since abandoned, and while part of me sees graffiti as vandalism, part of me also sees a beauty in the contrast that it creates in this location.

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