Ghostly Water in Bordeaux, WA
One of the gems of the Olympia, WA area, and one that I don’t actually utilize nearly as much as I should is the Capitol State Forest. I have explored some, but it came as a complete surprise when I found out that there was a ghost town, Bordeaux, WA, just feet from one of the roads leading to the forest. Now that I do know about it, I took the opportunity to visit this past weekend and made this image, which I have titled Ghostly Water.
Bordeaux is a fascinating place, and I will be sharing more images from there, but I will also be going out and shooting there more.
I could write a number of different things about this image of some clouds I made over the Palouse over the Easter weekend. I could have written about the value of a well made snapshot. I could have talked about being with family on holidays. I could have even written about my move away from dslr technology and into the mirrorless world, but I think I will just share this picture, that I made as a bit of a teaser image for some friends who I will be shooting on the Palouse with the first week of June, and leave it at that. :-)
The March expedition was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The first thought that came to mind when it was announced was that I was going to have to do something contrasting, day and night are in contrast to each other and are basically two sides of the same coin.
After a few aborted ideas I decided to really play with both contrast as well as the “same coin” idea and came up with these two images. These images both have Capitol Lake here in Olympia in them. Both are shot in the same general area, the day shot is from the north shooting south and the night is from the south shooting north. What ties them together is that in both cases you can see the location I was standing to shoot the opposing image.
Downtown Olympia at night
I am planning on a blog post about my move away from Nikon and dslr cameras to the world of Sony and mirrorless, but as you have probably noticed I haven’t been updating things around here much lately. It has been a combination of things, much like it has been since the first of the year, with the dogs being sick or broken, my day job being hectic at times, and lately a touch of the flu.
I did want to share this image though that I made with an old Nikon 105mm lens. One of the things that I am loving about moving to mirrorless is that these old lenses, which I love, are getting a whole new life. They work my my modern dslr cameras, but they really shine on the mirrorless ones.
I guess I will leave that as a teaser for my upcoming post about the move. :-)
Yet Another Seattle Skyline Image
I know what you are thinking, “great, another image of the Seattle skyline from Kerry Park,” and you would be right, I am sharing yet another image of the Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park. :-)
I made this image this past weekend while some friends from Arizona were in town on vacation. Kerry Park is one of those places that if you visit Seattle and you own a camera, you need to shoot from. It is one of those iconic photo spots that are part of just about every photo guide you will ever come across. The reason that I am sharing this image, aside from the fact that I really like it, is that it was captured with my new Sony a6000 camera and the Sigma 60mm Art Series Lens.
Saturday was the first opportunity I have had to get out and do a real photowalk with this new camera and I couldn’t be happier. Spending hours wandering around downtown Seattle, and then up to Kerry Park, was so much more enjoyable when you are carrying small, lightweight, gear instead of a full on dslr kit. Not only is the a6000 a truly amazing camera, the $200 Sigma art series lenses are lightweight and razor sharp. Combine them and you have a pretty amazing piece of kit coming in at under $800.