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Day and Night – The WE35 March Expedition



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 Oly



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Rainy Days – A #WE35 Equipment Update


The rainy world outside from inside my Tacoma

I am in the very slow process of migrating away from Nikon and dslr’s to Sony and mirrorless technology.  As I said, this is going to be a very slow process, mainly do to budget and how much it costs to switch systems, but I have made the first step and picked up a Sony a6000, which is their flagship crop sensor camera, at least for now.

One of my goals for the new a6000 was to use it as my primary camera for this years #WE35 project, which I am a part of.  I started the project using my Nikon D610 and a Nikon 35mm f2 lens.  While I really do like this combo, I really did want to find something much smaller and lighter.  My new kit consists of the Sony a6000 and an old, pre-ai, Nikon 24mm 2.8 lens.

I am a huge fan of old Nikon glass. IMO, while a lot of the new lenses are amazing, the old Nikon glass is special.  The design and attention to detail on these old lenses is something we just don’t see with things manufactured today, regardless of how expensive they are.

Ok, with all that said, you might be wondering why I am sharing an image of a rainy windshield with this post, and it is actually quite simple, we have had a lot of rainy days recently and this is really the only chance I have had to shoot with my new setup. :-)

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821 – A #WE35 Equipment Check and Test Run


Simple house numbers on a cedar fence

I guess the title for this image, 821, is pretty obvious.  What might not be so obvious is why I made this image in the first place.  Before I go into that though, a little background might be in order.

I have always gone through periods of what I like to think of as photographic doldrums, basically they are periods when I just don’t feel all that creative nor motivated to get out and shoot much.  In the past that always happened at the end of the Arizona monsoon season, since moving away from Arizona and back to the Pacific Northwest, it seems to hit at more random times.  The only way I have ever found to really get out of those doldrums is to find some sort of photographic project to work on.

The timing for this recent bout of the doldrums could’t have been better when my friends over at The Photo Frontier launched their #WE35 research project.  I jumped at the chance to join the research team and while I won’t go into a lot of detail here, no reason for me to re-write everything that they already have online, please click through to the project page for everything you need to know.

This leads me to why I am posting this image today.  While I use my 35mm prime lens a lot during storm chasing trips, it tends to collect some dust the rest of the time.  I dusted it off this morning, mounted it to my Nikon D610 and made an excursion all the way out to my front yard.  Think of it as a bit of a shakedown and an equipment check prior to the serious research. :-)


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