The Dalby Water Wheel in Union, WA on the Hood Canal
There doesn’t seem to be much history online about the Dalby Water Wheel, but the signs at the wheel indicate that this water wheel not only was important to the Union, WA area on Hood Canal, but also helped play a part in helping shape Seattle, where the wheel was first used.
We first came across the Dalby Water Wheel a year ago when we drove through Union just after dark, it was to dark to stop and try to get some pictures, but we returned over the long Memorial Day weekend and I made this image yesterday.
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.
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.
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?
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.