Photos Of The Day – Four Images, 32 Hours Apart

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Title: Four Images, 32 Hours Apart

Location: Langley, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Today’s Photo Of The Day is a little different. I often drive by the same place in my weekly travels and I’m often bored with the scene. You know how it goes? Same old, same old.

It was another beautiful sunrise from Whidbey Island and I made myself stop just to appreciate it. And then I got out the camera because “Pretty Sunrise!”. Not the best reason for a photo, but some days are like that.

Later in the day you see the second image. What a change. And then the next morning. And afternoon.

Just a friendly reminder to shoot the places you visit all the time in different light. You have the opportunity, use it!

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Photo Of The Day – Family Takeoff

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Title: Family Takeoff

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Location: Future of Flight, Everett, Washington, USA, North America

Description: I’ve become hooked on taking photos at Boeing’s Paine Field (technically it is not Boeing’s airport and is actually Snohomish County Airport….but this is where Boeing builds it 747, 777 and 787 aircraft) and recently became a member of the Future of Flight, a showcase for Boeing’s efforts.

A nice perk is a great vantage point from their roof. I can watch the Dreamlifter being unloaded without a chainlink fence in my face and view Mt. Rainier as planes take to the sky. This day, I was not the only ones enjoying the view and it was fun to watch the kids excited about the Hainan Airlines 787 taking off that day.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 320
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/22
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 626 ft

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Photo Of The Day – Forest Reflection

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Title: Forest Reflection

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Location: Barclay Lake, Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA, North America

Description: A minute later and the wind had erased the calmness. Also the kids next to me splashing in the water (one of them was of relation :) ).

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 800
Focal Length 220mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/100
Altitude 2431 ft

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Photo Of The Day – Reflective Mount Rainier

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Title: Reflective Mount Rainier

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Location: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, North America

Description: This shot is one of the easiest for you to take yourself, when visiting the park. It’s right off the road at Reflection Lakes and you have to walk all of seven feet from your car to take it.

Of course, you need to get lucky with the light and both sunrise and sunset can work, depending on the time of year. A graduated neutral density filter will also help or bracket your shots and create an HDR image in your computer later.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon EF 10-22mm
ISO 100
Focal Length 21mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/30
Altitude 4300′

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Photo Of The Day – Crater Lake And Space

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Title:  Crater Lake And Space

 

Location: High above Oregon, USA, North America

Description: I love air travel especially when the atmosphere cooperates. In this case I by chance picked the right side of the plane fying North and was able to get a fabulous view of Crate Lake, the deepest lake in the USA. It is also the 9th deepest in the world. 

From this altitude it is easy to see how it was formed from the explosion of a larger mountain. Can you imagine how thunderous that explosion was?

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Photo Of The Day – Morning Sun Rays Brightening The Sky

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Title:  Morning Sun Rays Brightening The Sky

 

Location: Langley, Whidbey Island ,Washington, USA, North America

Description: This week saw some brief, but beuatiful, mornings. When the weather calls for partly cloudy or partly sunny in Western Washington, there’s a chance of a morning scene like this one.

It’s usually brief and followed by gray, but if you’re up early enough, it’s well worth the view.

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Photo Of The Day – Evening At Double Bluff Beach

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Title:  Evening At Double Bluff Beach


Location: Double Bluff Beach, Whidbey Island ,Washington, USA, North America

Description: I’ve been to this beach probably a hundred times over the last 10 years and each time, it’s a little different. The usually cooperates in some different way.

Here, there is no grand sunset, but there is beautiful light.

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Photo Of The Day – Somewhere In The Caribbean

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Title: Somewhere In The Caribbean

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Location: Caribbean Ocean

Description: Coming back from Barbados last summer offered a nearly non-stop view of the most beautiful waters I have ever seen.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 40mm
Aperture f/5
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Altitude 37,000′

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Photo Of The Day – Bald Eagle In Front Of Raising Full Moon

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Title: Bald Eagle In Front Of Raising Full Moon

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Location: Clinton, Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Some days you just get lucky, even when you plan. 

I had planned this shot using The Photographer’s Ephemeris to pick a good location and time for the full moon rising over the Cascade Mountains. Some haze was making it hard to spot the moon but once it started rising I was focused on getting an array of shots with various orientations and composures.

And then the eagle flew in. And my second shot caught it right under the moon. 

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 250mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Altitude 610 ft

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31+ Days Of Photography Experiments – Slow Shutter Speed And Bracing Your Camera

Raise your hand if you carry a tripod with you wherever you go? Okay, the five of you who do can ignore this post. The rest of you, here’s a chance to get more from your camera by bluring things in a good way, without a tripod.

There are many times when you want to show some blur in your photos but you failed to pack that bulky tripod. And to be honest there really isn’t much to it except practice. Let’s jump right into what you want to do.

Here’s the experiment you can run

1. Thinking it through and knowing you want to cause blur through a slow shutter speed, which shooting mode do you want to choose? There is no right answer and ideally you’ll keep your shutter speed constant. Also, what will your ISO be? (Hint: You may need to shoot in something other than full daylight) Try for a shutter speed around 1/6 of a second for good blur.

2. If need be, review How To Hold Your Camera to give you a good base.

3. Now that your base is set up, find something to brace with. Anything. Some examples I’ve used in the past: garbage can, boat railing, telephone pole, car hood, etc…

4. Before you shoot, you want to stack the odds in your favor. I’d suggest changing your frame rate over to continuous shooting so you can hold down the shutter and not cause more blur from individual presses of the  release.

5. Another hint: watch the focus points in your viewfinder or the back of your camera. Try to keep them covering the same object while you shoot. If you notice them wandering around too much, you’re moving too much and going to cause the non-moving items in your shot to blur as well. This is not what we want for this photo.

6. BREATHE!

Fire away!

Done!

This experiment does not end here, even if this section is called Done. Practice is needed and repetition will be your best tutor. Also you need to judge the speed of the moving objects in your image. Are they close and moving fast or far away and moving seemingly slow? That will influence your chosen shutter speed and how much you need to brace.

My hope is learning to brace and shoot slow shutter speeds without a tripod will open up new shooting ideas and opportunities for you. There is a time for perfectly focused and static scenes. But there is also a time to include some blur and motion to liven your photo.

Let me know how you do! Add a link to your experiment in the comments section below.

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Photo Of The Day – Mig-29 Coming In For Landing In Everett, WA

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Title: Mig-29 Coming In For Landing In Everett, WA

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Location: Paine Field, Everett, Washington, USA, North America

Description: I’ve been on something of an aviation kick lately with my photography. A nice diversion from all the pretty landscapes, although I do miss them now.

That diversion lead me to a berm overlooking Paine Field, the main airfield connected with Boeing’s Everett facility. The site is home to manufacturing of 747s, 777s and 787s and I had just enjoyed watching a test run from a Dreamliner when down the airfield I see two small lights.

While the airfield is also home to a lot of private planes, those are mostly prop planes, not jets. And these headlights I spotted were moving fast. Here’s an image from the take-off, which was far down the 1.75 mile long runway 34L.

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With no idea of when the plane would return, I stayed around a little while longer until errands peeled me away.

But with luck, as I returned, bound for Whidbey Island, I was able to spend 30 minutes at the same airfield. And with luck, the MiG returned and landed to the South, right in front of the prime viewing location.

It was a very lucky day and I plan to head to visit the Historic Flight Museum some day soon to see the plane up close.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 250mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Altitude 610 ft

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Playing With Different Renditions

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In experimenting around, I often find it helps to ignore what should be. When taking a photo I often have an idea of what I want to come about on the computer screen later and thus was the case with a recent photo of the side wake from a Washington State Ferry. This is the raw version:

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I used a slow shutter speed of 1/6th of a second in Aperture mode, using f/40 and zooming to 300mm to achieve some blur. How else to show some movement in the waves?

Once in the computer I ran it through the normal paces to get it where I wanted it.

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Here’s a quick run down of all the pertinent edits I made in Lightroom:

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I was happy here but curiosity crept in. You can note from Lightroom that the white balance is 4900. But what if I swung this way out of whack? I’ve done this before and liked the results, so let’s give it another go to the left and right.

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As with all things arty, some people like one more than the other. This can be because of mood or color preferences, but whatever the case it’s a friendly reminder to try something different.

Personally, I have been collecting a few images like this that I think work well when pushed WAY too far in one direction. What I will do with them, I’m not sure. But I like the gold one here personally and decided to keep a virtual copy of it for later use.

Where has your experimentation taken you?

 

Photo Of The Day – Tanker On The Horizon

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Title: Tanker On The Horizon

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Location: Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America

Description: I’m sure the view out on the ship was completely different, likely with clear skies overhead. But from land, and with a front moving over us, all we glimpsed of the sunset was through that narrow band above the waterline.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 800
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/1600
Altitude 100′

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Photo Of The Day – Juniper And The Setting Sun

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Title: Juniper And The Setting Sun

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Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

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Camera Nikon 800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 100
Focal Length 16mm
Aperture f/22
Shutter Speed 1/8
Altitude unknown

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Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going

This post is a little hard to write, so bear with me.

You might have noticed a dearth of posts in the past month or so. This is because I stepped away from the keyboard for a while to deal with the death of my Dad.

As it stands, we have a memorial service planned for him soon and I’m distracting myself from writing what I want to say for the memorial by writing this post instead. Kinda crappy choices. That’s life sometimes.

He was 73 years old and had recently had a triple bypass of his coronary arteries just before Thanksgiving, so his health was not optimal. But we had hopes things would improve. He struggled with the recovery and in the end it is his heart that gave up after emergency surgery for an aneurism.

The somewhat suddenness of it all and taking care of his business dealings as well as house stuff has been difficult. On top of that, my wife and I are selling our home (thankfully got an offer the first day).

All of this means my attention for the site has been reduced to a small trickle. I posted a photo experiment the other day as a means just to get me back to typing. I might have another today. The Photo Of The Day will start up next week, most likely and I will miss my Dad’s comments any time I post a photo of a ferry boat, his favorite subject and why you often see them posted here.

Things will be a little stop and start for a while as the grief process winds its path. I still want to finish the 31 Days of Photography Experiments as well as 31+ Days To Better Photography series and get them into eBook format for you.

But for now I need to get back to summing up what my Dad meant to me. I still struggle with the first part of the speech and the middle, but I know how it will end; I only regret that I never told him thanks for showing me how to be a great father.

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31+ Days Of Photography Experiments – Candle Light

Candle Lighting, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Candle Lighting, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

With yesterday’s topic being Shoot In Mid-Day Sun, let’s tone things down and go the opposite direction for today’s experiment.

Candles have been around for centuries and they have been providing the light by which we see the world at night for just as long. Many starting photographers shy away from shooting in candle light because it can be tricky. After all, photography is the art of capturing light and with so little light from a single candle, the task can seem daunting.

But that’s it, it just seems daunting. With a little practice, that fear can melt away (ha ha! candle humor) and you will find just how easy it is to shoot in candle light.

Here’s the experiment you can run:

It’s time to play with fire! You’ll need a candle and a dark room, preferably. I am going to suggest you choose your ‘fastest’ lens for this experiment. That’s your lens with the largest aperture. Forgot which way the numbers for apertures go? Re-read this. Also, don’t burn yourself or anything that shouldn’t be burnt.

1. Set up the candle in the middle of a table in a dark room. Light it (maybe before you make the room dark).
2. Place a few objects around the candle and then a few more staggered gradually further away, as far as you can go. Make sure one of the objects is white so you can accurately see the color cast be the candle.
3. Can you take a hand-held photo? Give it a try. Using Aperture priority mode, and with the aperture all the way open, and using matrix or evaluative metering mode, try to get a shot of the objects close to the candle. By the way, what did you decide for your ISO setting with this light? Will there be too much noise?
4. Then take a photo of the objects a little further from the candle. How fast did your shutter speed change? Did you get blurry photos either time? Why?
5. Now switch to spot metering. Point that center spot right at the candle flame from about two feet away and take a photo. What happened to the objects around the candle?
6. Still in spot metering mode, point the spot at something dark but near the candle. Before you take a photo, look at your shutter speed. Do you think you will get blur? Try to take the photo.
7. If you have a tripod, now is the time to break it out. If not, use some objects to set your camera on on the table. Try taking that exact same shot of the dark object as you did in step 6.

Done!

This experiment is really an ongoing thing. You’ll find advantages and disadvantages to using spot metering, so it might not be your best friend. Matrix/Evaluative will help you at other times especially if you know how to use Exposure Compensation/Bias.

If you want some great inspiration, take a look at some of Daniel Nahabedian’s Canvas of Light website.

Show me what you’ve got! Leave a comment and let me know how your experiment turned out. I’d be glad to lend any help I can.

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Photo Of The Day – Angry As A Sea Lion

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Title: Angry As A Sea Lion
Location: Southeast Alaska, USA, North America
Description: I think this guy scares me more than a shark if I were in the water with him. He was all alone and angry and kept the other sea lions at bay. Not sure what was under his skin but I am glad we were on a boat and didn’t meet him face to face.

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How To Read The Info About A Photo On The Internet

The Machermo Peaks as seen from Gokyo Ri, Himalayas, Nepal

The Machermo Peaks as seen from Gokyo Ri, Himalayas, Nepal“Just read the EXIF info” is what I’ve seen typed when someone asks for the specific shooting information on a photo.

What is EXIF info? Long answer short, it contains the shooting information (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture) about a photo as well as other goodies, like camera model, did the flash fire, etc… Even location information.

But getting to it, even as the seasoned photographer I am, was a pain as I had to download the photo first, something that might violate the photographer’s rights, and then go to the file and right click on it or open it in another app. I’m more lazy than can handle that.

But then I found Jeffrey Friedl’s online EXIF viewer and my life is 4,000X better!

What’s great about it is you can simply paste in a link for a photo and not have to save it at all. And it gives you all kinds of info, including Copyright info and a map if GPS info is attached.

To use it, just find a photo on the Internet and right click, then save the image location. Now go to Jeffrey’s site, paste that info and click View.

For my photos, especially the Photo Of The Day, there might be a small problem. Let me show you.

Take a look at this POTD of the Machermo Range in Nepal at sunrise used in this post.

If you right click the main photo and save the location it looks like this: http://thecareyadventures.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Peter-West-Carey-Nepal2013-1010-6209-2-900×599.jpg

The problem is when WordPress, the program running this site, resizes a photo it strips out a lot of the EXIF info. Luckily, it is easy to get to the original image by hacking off the last bit of info which is just the size of the photo. In this case, it is -900×599 . That means the image is 900 pixels by 599 pixels. If you lop that part off and submit the link, it will give you this page: http://regex.info/exif.cgi?dummy=on&imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fthecareyadventures.com%2Fblog%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F10%2FPeter-West-Carey-Nepal2013-1010-6209-2.jpg

Jeffrey also has a button you can add to your toolbar to make these lookups easier.

 

 

 

Photo Of The Day – Flag Lowering Ceremony In Thimphu, Bhutan

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Title: Flag Lowering Ceremony In Thimphu, Bhutan

Location: Thimphu, Bhutan, Asia

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Description: It’s a big flag, but someone(s) has to take it down each night.

On the left is the main dznong of Thimphu where the king handles affairs of the country. Also in the dzong is a Buddhist temple and monastery.

In the distance, actually across the Thimphu River, hidden by trees lining its banks, is the royal residence.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 640
Focal Length 200mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/125
Altitude 7723′

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

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Photo Of The Day – Water Delivery

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Title: Water Delivery

Location: Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

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Description: Clean water for residence is not always the easiest to come by. Most houses have some running water, but when the water shuts off, as is sometimes the case, delivery is your best bet. And delivery usually means a bicycle like this.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 250
Focal Length 170mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/400
Altitude 4,600′

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

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Photo Of The Day – Off Season

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Title: Off Season

Location: Snowmass, Colorado, USA, North America

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Description: When the rivers aren’t running, the booties have to go somewhere.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Tamron 18-270mm
ISO 800
Focal Length 21mm
Aperture f/11
Shutter Speed 1/40
Altitude unknwown

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

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Photo Of The Day – “Earth To Moon, Come In Moon”

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Title: “Earth To Moon, Come In Moon”

Location: Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California, USA, North America

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Description: What you are looking at is the communication tower above the Hollywood sign. It’s often conveniently cropped out of most images (or Photoshopped out) and it’s because of the access road to this tower that people are able to hike to within a rock’s throw of the sign itself.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 60mm
Aperture f/6.3
Shutter Speed 1/640
Altitude 1,578′

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Photo Of The Day – The Layers Behind San Bernardino

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Title: The Layers Behind San Bernardino

Location: Rim Of The Word Highway, San Bernardino, California, USA, North America

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Description: There’s a little embellishment going on here and I like it (the colors were really more toward blue). The view is from the Rim Of The World Highway leading to Big Bear Lake from San Bernardino. It’s an awesome drive and view but we had smog covering everything on the way up. On the way down, the next day, we were lucky with long views, even out to Santa Catalina Island, 85 miles away.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/1250
Altitude 4,823′

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Photo Of The Day – Griffith Observatory And Downtown Los Angeles Just Before Sunset

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Title: Griffith Observatory And Downtown Los Angeles Just Before Sunset

Location: Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, North America

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Description: As mentioned in yesterday’s Photos Of The Day, my wife and I made it up to the Hollywood sign for a First Day Hike (unbeknownst to us, but it is a national thing to go on a hike on the first day of the year, which sounds awesome to me). On the way there we were treated with some tremendous views of LA, Santa Monica, a couple of blimps, some skywriting and more great views to Burbank and the North.

I love it when photos line up just right and that was the case with this shot of the Griffith Observatory (seen in other posts here, here and here). I am also experimenting with a piece of software by Kolor (the people who make the panorama software I use) called Neutralhazer, which tries to take out haze from photos. And what better place than LA to deal with haze! I will have a review on Digital Photography School in about a month or so on my findings.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/80
Altitude 1400 ft

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Photos Of The Day – Above The Hollywood Sign

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Title: Above The Hollywood Sign

Location: Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, North America
Description: Not one but two iPhone shots from the first day of 2015. My wife and I took the long way up to the Hollywood sign (starting near the Merry-Go-Round) to celebrate the first day of the year. A nice surprise on the way was a perfect panorama location (the pano shown here without the sign in it). Up at the sign itself there are chainlink fences obscuring the great views and 360 panos are blocked by the massive communication tower. There is even a surveillance camera hooked up to a speaker and it yelled at someone trying to go around the fences, telling them they would be arrested. No counted about 15 cameras up there.

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Good Times With A Camera – 2014 Retrospective

Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset, Gulf Of Mexico, Baja Califor

When looking for my favorite images of 2014 for this post, I realize most were thankfully tied into great times. Some were commercial work but the challenge was what made me smile. Let’s get to them.

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Starting at the end of the year first, this shot of Point Vicente Lighthouse in California is becalming to me and I love the mood. I have a particular sunset shot planned for April of 2015, so look for more.

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I paid a third visit to Joshua Tree National Park, practically in my backyard, in 2014. This trip was with my daughters and a lot of fun just learning about the desert.

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Another shot from Joshua Tree of cholla cactus, or teddy bear cactus at sunset. I was fortunate enough to meet fellow photographer Richard Wong on this trip, showing that people you meet on the Internet are not all killers.

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A calm night flying into Santa Ana Airport but not before flying past Catalina Island off the coast of California.

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I took a lot more shots from the air this year. It is also nice that restrictions on shots in the first 10,000′ were lifted. This shot is of Yosemite National Park in California and pictures Half Dome at the top and El Capitan at the bottom.

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On the same flight as above, this image includes Mono Lake to the East of the park. El Capitan is the prominent feature at the bottom right.

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This year I made friends with the West Seattle Blog Twitter account and it had me focusing on their neighborhood a lot more. It helps that it is often easy to photograph on a southerly approach to Seattle. Downtown Seattle is in the upper left.

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What a gorgeous morning this was! And the timing was perfect. Five minutes later the sun was behind clouds and our boat was nearly at Whidbey Island in Washington.

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A favorite because this was a fun hike with my daughter Sabrina to the place where I took her on her first hike when she was just three months old. An old narrow gauge railroad along the Robe Valley in Washington.

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I got into weird patterns and shapes more this year, thanks in no small part to being around water often. Here the sky and clouds are reflected in the Puget Sound

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I worked with UnCruise Adventures twice this year and loved it. I also enjoy that I get to go where guests aren’t allowed in order to get commercial quality shots, like out on a skiff to capture this dramatic sunset off the coast of Baja in Mexico’s Gulf of California.

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More of those patterns. Believe it or not, this shot is actually in focus. The sunset you see in the image above is seen in the waters of Mexico.

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One new adventure for me on this trip was getting close to gray whales. Here a mother and her calf (seen closer to the camera) swim in Magdalena Bay.

Curious California Sea Lions, Isla Los Islotes, Baja California

Also on this trip in Mexico with UnCruise was a chance to get close to some California Sea Lions. In this case I got off the boat before sunrise and the skiff ran me about while we waited for the big boat to anchor. I had this whole rock to myself with about a hundred curious sea lions looking on.

 Mobula rays leap from the waters of the Gulf of California, Mexico.

And while we waited, just after the sun came up, dozens of mobula rays took to the sky with the orange sun lighting their bellies. Magical.

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With the help of a GoPro camera, I was able to dive down to a group of these mobula rays and try to follow them. It was truly like flying underwater, just watching them.

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And just so all the fast animals don’t get all the credit, I love the pattern of the Gulf around a lonely turtle.

Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset, Gulf Of Mexico, Baja Califor

This was one of the last shots on the UnCruise trip and I love it. The boat was trailing a pair of humpback whales when I did what my instincts tell me to do in certain photographic situations; look the other way. Behind our boat was the coast of Baja and a few other whales enjoying the setting sun.

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More flying and the mountain I love, Mt. Rainier in Washington.

Half Moon Over Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, US

My family spent part of Spring Break in Yosemite National Park in California and we had the most absolutely perfect Spring weather. It snowed the week before we arrived and the week after. This shot was taken on the trial to the top of Yosemite Falls.

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On another assignment for UnCruise up the Columbia and Snake Rivers I had the good fortune for evening light against green(ish) hills. This image, shot while in a skiff in increasing winds, graces the cover of their latest brochure.

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While leaving one of the locks along the Columbia River I set up a long exposure shot and hoped for the best. I’m very happy with the warp effect of the dam’s lights.

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One of the last shots on the trip was the reward for getting up early. Morning light on the Columbia River looking toward Washington.

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More flying and a beautiful view of Los Angeles and blue skies at sunset.

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Sabrina and a friend of hers and I took a little road trip and ended up at Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington. A couple of hours of waiting for fog to lift paid off.

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My wife and I went to Barbados in the Caribbean Sea for a little R&R and to meet some of her friends. I took the opportunity to try some wave break shots with a cheap underwater housing I’ll be reviewing in a month on Digital Photography School.

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This time with a little shutter lag. And a lot of saturation boost.

A hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swims directly a

This is why I wanted the case. Turtles! A favorite of my wife and just fun to be around. He wasn’t as grumpy as he looks.

Gliding Along

Hands down one of my top five shots of the year.

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Practicing some high-speed action, our dog shakes off while I snap away. He is new to the family in 2014 and a wonderful companion.

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Oh for the glory of it all! This glory (name for the full rainbow) was captured while leaving Santa Ana. I always pick the side of the plane depending on direction and sun.

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I got into layers more this year and loved this shot as we flew over LA heading North.

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Mt. Hood, Oregon from the same flight as above. I love flying and photography.

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A little further up the Cascade range we find Mt. t. Helens and Mt. Hood in Washington.

And there you have it!

If you would like to order prints of these images, they can all be found at: Best of 2014.

Look for a lot more photos coming in 2015 as I go back through old trips and plan to visit: Mexico, Belize, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Florida, Alabama, Alaska twice, Jamaica, Australia and New Zealand.

Join Me In 2015!

I’ll be teaching twice this year in Alaska with two great companies. One is the before-mentioned UnCruise Adventures and that is an 8 day cruise looking at glaciers and whales and all kinds of things. That is July 5-12. More info here.

The second opportunity to join me will is at Waterfall Resort near Ketchikan, Alaska. That will be June 15-20 with TONS of excellent summer solstice light (and fishing!). More info here.

Where are you going in 2015?