INTO THE FALL

•October 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is my first entry from the recent two-day photo shoot in Yosemite National Park.  We wondered if we would be too late to capture the fall color.  Not too far into the park, we had our answer.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - INTO THE FALL 1 WEB_edited-1

I hope you’ll come back as I post several shots from the park.  It simply is a photo shoot waiting to happen. Literally, you can just turn around, shoot, and you will likely have a “keeper.”

ANOTHER WASHINGTON LIGHTHOUSE

•October 22, 2014 • 2 Comments

This is Destruction Island Lighthouse, built in 1888 and located in the northwest coastal region of Washington State.

What is really unusual?  You may not have noticed, but this beach consisted of small, very smooth black rocks.  It was pretty amazing to see – a shiny, black beach.

DESTRUCTION ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

THE BLOOD MOON II

•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.

ECLIPSE II

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.

ECLIPSE I

Good luck with you moon shots!

A CRITICAL PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON

•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.

GRAY'S HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE - WASHINGTON

 

Thanks for stopping by.

GET OFF THE BEATEN PATH

•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.

OREGON COVERED BRIDGE

THE COUNTRY CHURCH

•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.

WASHINGTON CHURCH - ORIGINAL

And, a desaturated pencil sketch rendering.

WASHINGTON CHURCH - PENCIL SKETCH

Thanks for stopping by!

HECETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

•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.

LH2

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.

LH1

 
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