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The Texture of Yellowstone

The Texture of Mammoth Hot Springs

The texture of travertine at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park

Earlier this summer I blogged about the contrasts that I found in Yellowstone during a family vacation there in June.  Today I want to talk a little about the texture of Yellowstone.

You can find amazing textures all through the park, but for me it really jumped out for me at Mammoth Hot Springs near the north entrance to the park.  While hard pressed to pick a favorite place in such an amazing park, Mammoth is certainly at the top of my list.

As I said, Mammoth Hot Springs is near the north entrance of the park, which is generally considered the “main” entrance as it is one of the oldest and also features the famous Roosevelt Arch.  Mammoth is also not only the location of the park headquarters but features what might be one of the most dramatic scenic wonders on the planet, the travertine terraces.  These “steps” are dramatic from any angle, but for me were absolutely fascinating up close and looked at from a more abstract point of view, such as I am sharing today.

Odds are that I will be sharing more of the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, but I wanted to start today with this abstract that I hope highlights the texture that you find in the area.

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As much as I have come to enjoy doing studio work over the last couple years, I still don’t do nearly as much as I would like to.  I did have the opportunity to photograph Brooke at a recent studio lighting workshop that I attended.


The Emerald City

Emerald City

Seattle, the Emerald City, at night.

How many people outside of the Pacific Northwest know that Seattle is known as the Emerald City?  I have no idea if that is a reference to Oz, I guess I could probably Google it, but not sure I really care all that much.  I love Seattle, and it might shock some, but I was never much of a fan of The Wizard of Oz.

This shot was made on a recent photo trip to Seattle and was captured from the west side on Alki Beach.  I hope you enjoy it, and as always, please click on the image to see a larger version.

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Betty’s Diner


Betty’s Diner

Today’s blog post is going to almost be without comment, even though I was able to get out and go on a little shooting this weekend, this image of the statue for “Betty’s Diner” was captured during a photo walk in Centralia, WA this weekend, I really don’t have much time to write much more about it aside from the fact that I used a Lensbaby Composer to capture it.

The Tacoma Narrows

Today’s blog post takes us to the iconic Tacoma Narrows Bridges.  I made this image while in Tacoma with my friend Gary Wells the other evening.  We decided that we wanted to get some night shooting in and found ourselves with a decent view of the bridges at sunset.  I was really drawn to how the sun was bathing the bridge girders and had to get a shot of it.

As beautiful as these bridges are, the far one is actually the second span and the closest one is the third, it is quite hard to get a decent view of the bridges, there simply isn’t a good vantage point that I have found.  This one was about the best and as you can tell from the roofs in the foreground it was right in the middle of a neighborhood.  The funny thing was that as we were shooting a guy came by walking his dog and gave us a bit of a funny look.  I complimented him on his dog and he asked about what we were shooting.  I pointed out the way that the light was playing off of the structure of the bridge and he looked a little surprised and agreed that it was nice, you could tell that since he lived right there he has started to take this view for granted.  I can actually undertand that, after many years of living in Arizona, I had times when I was taking those iconic Arizona sunsets for granted.

You might have noticed that I mentioned that these are the second and third spans of the Tacoma Narrows. For those that don’t know, the first span of the narrows collapsed back in 1940.

I will be sharing more image from my night out shooting in Tacoma with Gary, as well as a few other shots I made while I was on my week long “staycation” last week.  I am also continuing my experiment of adding a little audioBoo to my blog posts, today’s talks briefly on how I post processed this image using Perfect Effects 4 from OnOne Software.