A severe warned thunderstorm near Parker, AZ in 2010
Yesterday I was watching my good friend Bryan Snider live stream a storm chase in Northern Arizona and one of the viewers asked him if he had chased out in Western Arizona. He mentioned that he hadn’t so I decided that I would share an image with his live stream crowd of an image that I made back in 2010 of a severe warned thunderstorm near Parker, AZ. The problem was that when I went to grab a link I realized that I didn’t have it in any of my online galleries.
I really don’t know why I removed this image from my online galleries, I do tend to shuffle stuff into and out of them, but I even have a fairly large print of this hanging in my house, and if it is good enough for my bedroom wall, it should be good enough for my online galleries. :-)
I guess it is better late than never, and I can’t share it with Bryan’s chatroom, but for everyone else, here it is. :-)
A single tree in the Arizona desert at sunset
I lived in Tucson for just over 20 years and in the last 5 months I was there I was commuting to Phoenix every day for work. I would drive by the tree you see into this image twice a day and always thought it would make a nice image. The sad thing though I that I never actually stopped to make any images of this tree until my Arizona work trip last week when I finally did pull off the freeway at sunset and shot this. I think it is pretty obvious why I titled this image Into The Sun.
This is going to be a short post, and if you take anything away from this, please take this. If you see something that you think will make an image you want, shoot it, don’t wait for 4 or 5 years to do it, while you might get the chance again, there is always a chance that you will not.
A stormy sunset near Tucson, AZ in 2009
I spent the better part of last week in Arizona on a work trip, but one of the very last things I did before I got on a plane to fly to Phoenix was to export some interior architecture shots for a client that I made back in 2009. When I was looking through my Lightroom catalog at images I made at roughly the same time as those shots, I discovered this image of a sunset I shot near Tucson, AZ.
My first reaction when I saw this shot was wow, I really like that image. The second thing I wondered about is why it didn’t “make the cut” when I shot it almost 4 years ago. I honestly don’t know the answer to that one, perhaps it simply fell through the cracks.
This image was captured with my old Nikon D200 camera with a 18-200mm lens. That combination served me very well and I had such an emotional attachment to that D200 that it was converted to infrared and I still shoot it today.
An abandoned caboose near Capitol Lake in Olympia, WA
I am sure that I have mentioned it before but I love trains. I am a sucker for pretty much anything railroad related. I have a large collection of HO model trains and have been known to spend hours browsing online images of both modern and vintage railroad imagery. Railroads are not nearly as vital to the transportation of our day to day items, or people for that matter, as they used to be, and even the technology of the railroad has left things like the caboose behind. Some will get that pun. :-)
This abandoned caboose is very near Capitol Lake in downtown Olympia which is a popular walking loop when the weather is nice. I have walked by this caboose hundreds of times and have made a ton of snapshots of it. During this walk I brought along my D600 with my new 28-300 with the sole purpose of making an image that I would share, this is the final image.
I hope you enjoy it, and please click on the image to see a larger version.
Blue Heron and its reflection – Click on image for a gallery version
I have been a fan of the Blue Heron for a long time, I find this bird to be simply fascinating, especially in the majestic way it presents itself and the amazing detail in its feathers. I made this image of a Blue Heron and its reflection back in 2013 at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on the same day I made this image I have already shared here on the blog.
You might be wondering why I went back to 2013 and pulled this image out as a #WayBackMachine post and while the answer is quite simple to me, it might be a bit hard to explain. I used a Sigma 50-500 lens to make this image. I later sold that lens to fund the purchase of my 13″ MacBook Pro and while I didn’t use that lens a lot, I really did miss having it a few different times. I have wanted to replace it with something long since the day I sold it but it simply never fit into the budget and there were other things that were higher on the budget priority anyway.
My recent purchase of the Nikon 28-300 has me evaluating my lens lineup again and it become very clear that my Sigma 24-70 2.8 was no longer needed and I put it up for sale. As of today, I was made an offer that I simply couldn’t refuse, trading that 24-70 for a Sigma 150-500. I can’t want to get back out and start shooting some herons again. :-)