•October 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Even though I was unable to photograph this morning’s Blood Moon, I thought I would post my images from the earlier Blood Moon that appeared in April. Capturing the moon is not that difficult. However, it is crucial to remember that the moon is an object in motion. Your first thought might be to lengthen your shutter speed because of the night sky. But doing this will only make the moon seem elongated, because it is moving. No, you must shoot at a fast shutter speed and make your adjustments with lens aperture and ISO settings. Depending on your camera, you should be able to go up to an ISO setting of around 1600. Depending on your lens, you should be able to utilize at least an aperture setting of 2.8. The with you camera in Manual mode, expose for the moon rather than the sky. It is very bright when it is full. But you will need to definitely adjust your settings if you are attempting an eclipse. Obviously the more the moon is eclipsed, the dimmer it becomes.
At the beginning of the eclipse, shot at ISO 100, f2.8, 200mm, 1/1000.
Coming out of the eclipse as the moon reflects all of the various sunrises and sunsets from the Earth. During this stage, care must be taken to achieve an adequate exposure as the moon is much dimmer. This image is ISO 1600, f/2.8, 200mm, 1/30.
Good luck with you moon shots!
•October 4, 2014 • 4 Comments
When you spot something that catches your eye, make sure you invest the time to see the subject from every possible perspective. One of the most important aspects you are seeking is an interesting frame. Had I simply shot this lighthouse from where everyone else was standing, I would have missed this old tree that was providing a perfect frame for my image, as well as some very interesting shading effects in the foreground. Removing the tree, even though you have a beautiful blue sky, drastically lessens the interest of this image.
Along the upper coastal of Washington State, you’ll find the Grays Harbor Lighthouse. At 107 feet, Grays Harbor Lighthouse, dedicated in 1898, is the tallest lighthouse in Washington and the third tallest on the West Coast. It marks the entrance to Grays Harbor, which is one of Washington’s few outer-coast harbors.
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•October 2, 2014 • 2 Comments
It is rarely a bad idea to get off the beaten path to find a new photo opportunity. That was certainly the case for the Yachats Covered Bridge. The road was closed, which meant a hike to discover this Oregon Covered Bridge. Somewhat unexpectedly, we also discovered a splendor of green along the way!
The road which lead us to the bridge came from the opposite side. So from this perspective, I had walked over the bridge and down into this green meadow to capture this image.
•September 30, 2014 • 6 Comments
In the upper countryside of Washington state, we came across this old country church. I have two presentations for you. I would love to know which you prefer.
First, the original color.
And, a desaturated pencil sketch rendering.
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•September 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Another beautiful lighthouse from the Oregon coast. As was the case for all of the coastal lighthouses, this image was captured following a hike through brush, sand, and water. But a somewhat rare perspective from here.
And of course, the shot from the coastal highway. This is the image most will have…that is unless you’re willing to do the hike.
•September 1, 2014 • 2 Comments
Well, almost. After all, it’s Seattle and there is a Starbuck’s on nearly every corner.
Seattle by day.
Seattle by night.
The night shot is not that difficult to capture. You really just need to be able to set a long exposure. You should try it, if you haven’t.
•August 28, 2014 • 2 Comments
Now this is a California guitar. I came across this in a very cool little art deco gallery on Balboa Island.