Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Long Way to Go

Over the last summer I was in Yosemite National Park in California and we visited the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. It was my first time seeing a Sequoia in person and they definitely lived up to their name. My wide angle lens makes them look thinner than they are but these trees are massive. I don’t know if the little sapling in the frame is a Sequoia but, if it is, it’s got long way to go before it’s as big as it’s neighbors. At least everything is looking up.

A Long Way to Go

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Bump it up a Notch

I really enjoy heading outdoors and experiencing God’s creation first-hand. However, a lot of the fun of photography for me comes during post-processing. That’s where I can turn what I envision when I’m taking a shot into a reality and I find that pretty exciting. Anyway, here’s another sunrise shot from Useless Bay on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Bump it up a Notch

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Sunrise on Whidbey Island

The nice thing about the days getting shorter is that you don’t have to get up so early for sunrise. It can be pretty cold but it’s a lot better than getting up at 4 AM. For this sunrise I got up at a leisurely 7 AM which is leisurely when you have two kids under two. I was hoping to get some views of the Olympics which were to my right but visibility was pretty limited in that direction. Fortunately for me there was a cloud break to the East and with that some sweet colors. It was a shame that I was the only one the beach to enjoy it. Actually, that was probably a good thing because I had the place to myself and didn’t have to worry about anyone getting in my shot.

Sunrise on Whidbey Island

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The Gray

I spent some time on Whidbey Island over Thanksgiving. We stayed with some friends on Useless Bay which I’ll have to add to my list of brutally honest yet funny names I’ve discovered in Washington (so far I have Deception Pass and Cape Disappointment on my list). I heard the bay is really shallow for miles which would make it pretty useless for ships. Anyways, I set up near the water for about a two minute exposure because that’s what I’m used to taking when in the forest with my 10-stop ND filter. After I ended the exposure I was surprised to see everything blown out. I guess you forget how much light there is when it is overcast and gray on the coast. In the end 27 seconds was what I needed to get the separation between water and sky I was looking for.

The Gray

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Two Reflections

I was walking back from taking some shots of Mt Rainier at sunset and bam, there were not one but two sweet reflections. My family and dog were with me so I had to make sure no one, especially my dog, didn’t disturb the water. Luckily my wife was able to keep everyone back long enough for me to capture the magic.

Two Reflections

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The End of Fall

There’s about one week when all the trees turn bright red along a road I like to check out each fall. It makes a pretty spectacular scene especially with all the fallen leaves on the road. The only drawback is that by the time these trees turn red I know the fall colors are pretty much over. It’s a little sad since the fall is probably my favorite season and it’s hard to see it go. I may even shed a little tear in remembrance of all the good times I had this fall. Ok there was no tear shedding but we had some nice fall colors this year.

The End of Fall

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