Join Me Aboard The UnCruise Adventures Safari Endeavour To Learn Photography In Remote Alaska

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I am honored and thrilled to announce I will be once again joining forces with UnCruise Adventures to teach photography aboard the Safari Endeavour. This is not the hard-core trekking in the mountains trip I have run in Nepal in the past, this is a luxury small boat cruise through some of the most drop-dead gorgeous landscape you can enjoy.

I will be teaching aboard the Endeavour on the July 5th sailing in 2015. The 7 night cruise covers the wonders of Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm and quite possibly FORDS TERROR!! I just love saying FORDS TERROR!! In truth, it is a mystical place arrived at through a very narrow channel (tides permitting) that opens into an amphitheater of a fjord with waterfalls cascading in every direction.

But why I really love the Alaska cruises with UnCruise is summed in one word: WHALES!  I’ve always ‘liked; whales but it was on my first UnCruise trip that I fell in LOVE with whales. In this case, humpback whales.

Being a smaller boat that carries a maximum of 84 guest and is only 232′ in length, the Endeavour is highly maneuverable and that allows us to follow whales until our hearts are content. It also means we get into places the 3000 passenger boats can’t (like FORDS TERROR!). There are days when we will spend almost all hours of daylight searching for whales and then marveling over and over at their grandeur. They’re kind of addicting that way.

This is not hardcore photography school, by the way. I’m there to help guests learn at their own pace and to give some inspirational as well as instructional talks. And if you’re not into photography you can just ignore me altogether. :) I’m there as a resource for those who want to bring back stellar travel photos.

Won’t you join me? If not July 5th, take a look at their sailing schedule to see if a different trip might work better for you. But really, just sign up for the 5th. :)

Below is a slideshow from past trips to Alaska with UnCruise, to whet your appetite.

Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake, Clackamas County, Oregon,

Title: Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Location: Clackamas County, Oregon, USA, North America (45°16’3″ N  121°44’26″ W)

Description: When the sun is shining in the Pacific Northwest, it is a wonderland.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/60
Altitude 3,601.0 ft

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Mount Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake, Clackamas County, Oregon,

Guest Post: Overland Journey Through Canada’s Western National Parks

Sunset on Long Beach near Tofino. Vancouver Island. After nearly two weeks of being dwarfed by massive mountains and forests of Alberta and BC, the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean seems otherworldly.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a first for me. This post is a guest post from my friend Genevieve Hathaway. I  write regularly for the G Adventure’s Looptail blog and was offered a chance to explore Canada on one of G Adventure’s trips. The timing wasn’t right for me so I suggested my friend Gen as a replacement due to her writing and photography and social media skills. To help Gen with her social media ‘reach’, I offered to let her write a guest post about her experiences and post it here because I know it would be relevant to my readers (holy cats! There are 2300 of you!).

When I think of the great wildernesses of Alberta and British Columbia three words come to mind: big, bold, beautiful. Soaring peaks, high alpine lakes, glacier-carved valleys, abundant wildlife and seemingly endless adventure opportunities make Canada’s western provinces an exciting region to explore. To experience the national parks in Alberta and British Columbia I joined G Adventures on their National Parks Of The Canadian Rockies (Westbound) tour in mid-June. A 12-day journey by vehicle from Alberta’s Calgary, also known as the “Heart of the New West,” to British Columbia’s metropolitan Vancouver; we passed through many iconic national and provincial parks including Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Mt. Robson, Kootenay, Wells Gray, Pacific Rim, Green Lake, and MacMillan.

We traveled the 1600km journey overland, exploring western Canada’s natural beauty, seeing much of its iconic wildlife and having plenty of adventures along the way. Caribou, bison, moose and elk inhabited much of the meadowlands we passed through. Since it was spring, mother bears with their cubs were easy to spot. Gray Whales were migrating off the coast of Tofino. And we had the opportunity to visit seal and sea lion colonies along the coast.

In addition to spotting wildlife, we also had opportunities to walk with giants in the towering old-growth forests, hike above slot canyons, whitewater raft the powerful Wild Horse River, fly through the trees on ziplines, canoe the remote waterways of Wells Park, spot migrating gray whales off the coast of Tofino, get off-road with ATVs, hike near glaciers in Icefields Parkway, soak in mineral hot springs, and explore western Canada’s culture in its vibrant cities.

We began our journey in Calgary, located on the Bow River, is in the foothills of the great Canadian Rockies mountain range. It is also the largest city in Alberta and has a vibrant and colorful cowboy culture. From Calgary, it didn’t take long to get deep into the Canadian Rockies. A few hours drive and we were in Banff National Park exploring Icefields Parkway; from there traveling through Jasper National Park.

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View of downtown Calgary and Prince’s Island.

View over Peyto Lake. One of Icefields Parkway's many stunning turquoise lakes situated amongst the soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

View over Peyto Lake. One of Icefields Parkway’s many stunning turquoise lakes situated amongst the soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Hiking Maligne Canyon in Alberta's Canadian Rockies provides a lifetime of laughs and memories.

Hiking Maligne Canyon in Alberta’s Canadian Rockies provides a lifetime of laughs and memories.

Caribou inhabitant Alberta’s grasslands and often can be seen close to the road.

Caribou inhabitant Alberta’s grasslands and often can be seen close to the road.

Exploring the Columbia Icefield in Icefields Parkway. A chance to get up close and personal with a glacier.

Exploring the Columbia Icefield in Icefields Parkway. A chance to get up close and personal with a glacier.

Mt. Robson stands as a lone sentinel on the border between British Columbia and Alberta provinces. This mammoth mountain is a sign that soon the forests will be changing from high alpine pines to thick, lush old-growth forests. We continued on through British Columbia’s Rockies, soon reaching the Columbia Mountains and then the Pacific coast.

Mt Robson, at 3,954 m, is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Mt Robson, at 3,954 m, is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Canoeing in Wells Gray Provincial Park provides a unique perspective on British Columbia towering mountains and peaks.

Canoeing in Wells Gray Provincial Park provides a unique perspective on British Columbia towering mountains and peaks.

Ziplining through the trees and between the peaks in Whistler, one of the many summer adventure sports opportunities in the area.

Ziplining through the trees and between the peaks in Whistler, one of the many summer adventure sports opportunities in the area.

The ziplines in Whistler take adventurers both peak to peak and through the forest canopy.

The ziplines in Whistler take adventurers both peak to peak and through the forest canopy.

Sunset on Long Beach near Tofino. Vancouver Island. After nearly two weeks of being dwarfed by massive mountains and forests of Alberta and BC, the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean seems otherworldly.

Sunset on Long Beach near Tofino. Vancouver Island. After nearly two weeks of being dwarfed by massive mountains and forests of Alberta and BC, the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean seems otherworldly.

Plan Your Own Adventure:

To thoroughly explore western Canada drive overland through the national parks. There are a few options for renting a car and planning your own roadtrip. You can drive from the United States into Canada or rent a car in Calgary or Vancouver and drop it at the other end of your trip. Grab a group of friends and make a memorable roadtrip out of exploring the best of western Canada’s stunning wilderness! Or let G Adventures do the driving and hop on one of their independent-style small group tours.

Gen’s travel during this trip was covered by G Adventures. The photos and words are all hers, please do not reuse without written permission.

Photo Of The Day – Utah And John Muir

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 Title: Utah And John Muir

Location: Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA, North America

Description: I have no special reason for this “quote on picture” Photo Of The Day post today. Unlike yesterday, with the birthday of Yosemite National Park being celebrated, there is no such occasion for Arches National Park. I just felt like adding something to the image and as a partial social experiment to see if images are shared more when they have words that when they don’t. I suppose I ruin the experiment by stating it is an experiment, but it is also an experiment to see if people actually read all this text down below when it is one big mass like this, unending, with comma after comma after comma and not an Oxford one to be found.

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Camera Nikon D800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/125
Altitude Unknown

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Photo Of The Day – Just Two

Just Two

Title: Just Two

Location: Mukilteo, Washington, USA, North America

Description: What I like about this image is it reminds me of my wife.

When this photo was taken we had been dating for about three months and the relationship still had the wondrous newness to it. You know the feeling. I was crossing between the mainland and Whidbey Island and noticed these two pilings alone in the morning fog. In the summer there is a dock lashed between the pilings, but the in the winter they stand alone.

I snapped a quick photo and sent it to my girlfriend, who eventually warmed my soul by marrying me a couple of years later. For me the photo had that feeling of new love, where you two feel inside your own world sometimes and all else seems like a fog.

And yes, she does read these posts. Hello Nimmi, I love you! :)

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/125
Altitude Sea Level

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Just Two

Photo Of The Day – Ponderosa Pine Bark Texture

Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) Bark Detail, Devils Tower Natio

 

Title: Ponderosa Pine Bark Texture

Location: Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, USA, North America

Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 160
Focal Length 190mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/50
Altitude Unknown

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Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) Bark Detail, Devils Tower Natio

Photo Of The Day – Morning on the Columbia River

Morning on the Columbia River

Title: Morning on the Columbia River

Location: Columbia River between Washington & Oregon, USA, North America

Description: A beautiful morning on the lower section of the Columbia River, just before it abruptly greets the Pacific Ocean, is punctuated with perfect light.

This photo wasn’t hard to take and fairly straight forward. I love looking for ‘layer’ shots like this as they are visually pleasing. The processing I used, via Adobe Lightroom, involved adjusting the curves in order to use the whole dynamic range afforded by my camera which added some depth.

Shot while on assignment with UnCruise Adventures.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 210mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude Almost Sea Level

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Morning on the Columbia River

Photo Of The Day – Possibilities

Possibilities

Title: Possibilities

Location: California Coast

Description: Shot on film in 1998 and then scanned to digital a few years later, I still love the calmness of this image.

Camera Minolta Maxxum 7xi
Lens I can’t remember
ISO 50 – Fuji Velvia Film
Focal Length unknown
Aperture unknown
Shutter Speed unknown
Altitude Sea Level

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Possibilities

Photo Of The Day – Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Title: Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA, North America (33°59’46″ N  118°8’56″ W)

Description: I really like that the FAA has removed the restriction on use of electronics below 10,000’. This has opened up new opportunities for photographs on approach and take off.

Notably, I like being able to take photos of Seattle and LA and other cities without ‘breaking the law’. It has lead to some wonderful options, such as this sunset on approach to LAX.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 250
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture f/4
Shutter Speed 1/1250
Altitude 3000ft

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Los Angeles Sunset From Above

Photo Of The Day – The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Poi

 

 Title: The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park

Location: Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, USA, North America ( 38°28’8.86″N  109°44’24.25″W)

Description: Layer after layer of rock is timelessly worn away by the mighty Colorado River as it enters Canyonlands National Park where it will join with the Green River on its route South.

Camera Nikon D800
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/6.3
Shutter Speed 30 seconds
Altitude 5,560.0 ft

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The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Poi

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Daybreak, The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead

 

Title: Sunrise On Canyonlands National Park From Dead Horse State Park, Utah

Location: Dead Horse State Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: Looking down on the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park, Utah from Dead Horse Point State Park is like looking down through time. Eons of bedrock has been worn away by time, wind and water to expose a beautiful landscape rich in history and color.

Camera Nikon D800
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/13
Altitude High

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Daybreak, The Colorado River And Canyonlands National Park, Dead

Glory Effect As Seen Out Alaska Airlines 737 Window

Full Rainbow ‘Glory’ And Plane Shadow On Clouds from Peter West Carey on Vimeo.
Breaking through the marine layer on departure from John Wayne Airport in Southern California, the shadow of our Boeing 737, operated by Alaska Airlines, can be seen on the clouds below. Around the plane is a ‘glory‘, a full rainbow created when the sun is directly behind the viewer and light hits moisture, in this case the clouds.
If you look closely you will notice this glory is a double; there are two bans of each color (the orange ring is the easiest to notice on both the inside and the outside).

Do you have any shots of a glory from a plane or mountain or building?

Photo Of The Day – Mobula Rays In Formation

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Title: Mobula Rays In Formation

Location: Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’50″ N 110°24’12″ W)

Description: Swimming with mobula rays in the Gulf Of California is an unforgettable experience. The majesty and grace these huge fish demonstrate in their natural environment is humbling and awe inspiring. I had to swim down about 15 feet just to get close enough for an image while attempting, in vain, to keep up with the school. Given the opportunity, I would gladly do this all day long, with or without a camera.

Shot while on assignment for UnCruise Adventures.

Camera Go Pro Hero 3+ Black
Lens Standard
ISO 160
Focal Length 2.77mm
Aperture f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/60
Altitude -15.0 ft

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Photo Of The Day – California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn

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Title: California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn

Location:  Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’53″ N 110°23’60″ W)

Description: California sea lions sit on shore, resting, before the sun hits the horizon. Sometimes called the Belt of Venus, the colorful phenomena in the background is caused when looking away from the sun just before it rises, or just before it sets. Below the dark pink layer is the color of dusk which is actually the Earth’s shadow, or in photographic parlance, the Blue Hour. Above that line is the less filtered direct light from the sun. Posed as they are, the sea lions make nice silhouettes against the Belt.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 800
Focal Length 90mm
Aperture f/5
Shutter Speed 1/100
Altitude Sea Level

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California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn, Gu

 

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset

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

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset

Location: Gulf Of Mexico, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (23°7’1″ N 109°25’15″ W)

Description: The golden light from a setting sun captures the spray thrown off by a breaching humpback whale off the coast of Baja California Sur in the Gulf Of California, Mexico.

Shot while on assignment for UnCruise Adventures.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 320
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/9
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Altitude Sea Level

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

 

Photo Of The Day – Curious California Sea Lions

Curious California Sea Lions, Isla Los Islotes, Baja California

Title: Curious California Sea Lions

Location:  Isla Los Islotes, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’58″ N  110°24’4″ W)

Description: Safe from predators and located in the middle of nutrient rich waters, a trio of California sea lions gives me a curious eye just after sunrise in the Gulf Of California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 1000
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture f/5
Shutter Speed 1/80
Altitude Sea Level

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

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Curious California Sea Lions, Isla Los Islotes, Baja California

 

Photo Of The Day – Four Hay Rolls

Four Hay Rolls, South Dakota, USA

Title: Four Hay Rolls

Location: South Dakota, USA, North America

Description: Somewhere in South Dakota, on the way to the Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore, is a field like just about every other hay field in the States. The simplicity and timelessness are what drew me in.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 50
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/250
Altitude unknown

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

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Four Hay Rolls, South Dakota, USA

Photo Of The Day – South Dakota Cloud Burst

South Dakota Cloud Burst

Title: South Dakota Cloud Burst

Location: South Dakota, USA, North America

Description: Living the Pacific Northwest most of my life, this was one of my first experiences with the visual beauty of a cloud burst. The drama is obvious and can be bumped up a little with editing techniques.

Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 50
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/10
Shutter Speed 1/200
Altitude unknown

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

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South Dakota Cloud Burst

Photo Of The Day – Half Moon Over Half Dome

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

Title: Half Moon Over Half Dome

Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America (37°44’49″ N  119°36’10″ W)

Description: On a cloudless day in April the a half moon hangs over Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 5125.0 ft

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

Riviera Maya Caves And Cenotes Worth Returning To

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The place was called Indiana Joe’s and yes, they used the same font at the Indiana Jones franchise, so I knew there was a good chance of cheesiness involved. Joe’s was made up around two central, natural features, a pretty cool cave system and a cenote, which is a naturally occurring underground pool.

My daughter and I were visiting Indiana Joe’s along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico on a press trip and dang it was hot. Melting-my-brain hot. Or at least, frying-my-patience-for-a-heat-weary-kid hot. We were luxuriated with an air conditioned van, a driver and a local guide, so it seems odd to complain, but we’re from the Pacific Northwest and this kind of heat saps our strength.

Once outside of the van at Joe’s the temperature could be felt and we were eager for the caves, knowing they would be naturally air conditioned. Later we would find the cenote to be frigid, but in a good way. I have no pictures of the cenote and that is a shame, because it is a cool swim-around cave.

The funny thing about tourist attractions in this part of Mexico is they often have to make stuff up to gain tourists and Indiana Joe’s is no different. We not only visited the cave and cenote, but also the ‘zoo’ they have there. We passed on the ziplines, opting to do those another day at another place. It’s a little cheesy, but understandable since most tourists in this area want to sit on the beach and maybe see some Mayan ruins at Tulum. Maybe.

The cave system was a leisurely 50 minute walk as I remember it and quite fascinating. In places they have to chisel new paths, but 80% of the cave is natural formations and passages. It’s not a ‘true’ caving experience as there are lights-a-plenty, but it is pretty cool to look at all the same. Kids will love it and if they don’t, just mention, “Where do you think the dragons sleep?” and you will have them hooked. It’s that kind of awesome.

I love places like this, honestly. The fact that thousands of people have been through the caves and they have been blasted in places to make passage does not take away from the awe and childish wonder in me. I love the formations and marveling at what time and water can do.

Take a look for yourself at the images above. (If you can’t see the images, click here to see the post online)

Oh wait! Obligatory, but useful, links to our hosts: Indiana Joe’s & Riviera Maya.

This is one place I would visit again on my own. It was cool (and refreshing!) and I love caves. If anyone else wants me to take pictures of their caves, drop me a line.

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An Easy Path To Great Landscape Photos – Visit A National Park

Prayer Flags And The Machermo Range From Gokyo Ri, Sagarmatha Na

Time after time when I view my own photos and gravitate to what I enjoy the most, 70% of those images are shot in a national park some place on this planet (with UNESCO World Heritage Sites coming in a near the top as well). It’s no coincidence that they are also one of the places I like most to visit.

If you are starting out in landscape photography and struggling to find subject matter, consider finding a nearby national park. And this goes for those of you outside the USA as well. In Australia they are all over the place while other countries might have a scarcity, but they are almost always worth the travel.

Sure, ‘everyone’ has been there before you, but if you are looking for experience and almost surefire shooting material, what better place to practice. After all, for all of us, every shot is practice for the future. Every shot hopefully teaches us something or helps us appreciate light and nature in some way. National parks will help you soak up that experience while helping you improve you skills.

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Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Natio

 

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise On The Olympics

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Title: Sunrise On The Olympics

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Taken this morning, the sun did a wonderful job lighting up the Olympic Mountains.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 320
Focal Length 275mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/160
Altitude 60 ft

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Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds

Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds

 

 Title: Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds

Location: Washington, USA, North America

Description: Catching this view of Mount Rainier looming above a sea of clouds was mostly luck but also planning. The luck was in the timing of the flight to Seattle, but the planning was knowing which side to be on. And also flying enough to get a nice seat in front of the engine for clear views.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 320
Focal Length 60mm
Aperture f/4.5
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude Unknown

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Mount Rainier At Sunset Above The Clouds

 

Photo Of The Day – Intimacy With An Arch

Intimacy With An Arch

 

 Title: Intimacy With An Arch

Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°44’38″ N  109°29’59″ W)

Description: One of the most iconic arches in Utah, that of Delicate Arch, is seen here in partial view while the rising sun lights the La Sal mountains behind. While this arch in Arches National Park, just outside of Moab, Utah, is often crowded at sunset, sunrise is a glorious time to visit as the calm of the landscape and intense morning colors leave visitors with a grand sense of wonder to the forces which carved out this region.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 800
Focal Length 80mm
Aperture f/9
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 4839.0 ft

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

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Intimacy With An Arch

Photo Of The Day – Alaska Rainforest Floor

Alaska Rainforest Floor, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

 Title: Alaska Rainforest Floor

Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA, North America (58°27’26″ N  135°51’54″ W)

Description: Walking the shores of Glacier Bay National Park and getting down low brings into view a whole other world of plants. The canopy and sky overhead are reflected in the drops if you look very close.

Shot while on assignment with UnCruise Adventures.

Camera Canon 1DsMark III
Lens Canon EF 14mm II
ISO 100
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/4
Shutter Speed 1/60
Altitude 122.2 ft

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Alaska Rainforest Floor, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch

Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch, Arches National Park,

Title: Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch

Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°44’36″ N  109°29’58″ W)

Description: Utilizing a fisheye lens and then correcting the distortion in Lightroom when I got home, this shot of Delicate Arch offers a different perspective to the iconic landscape features which adorns Utah’s license plates.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Sigma 8-15mm Fisheye
ISO 100
Focal Length 8mm
Aperture f/22
Shutter Speed 1/20
Altitude 4853.0 ft

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Sunrise And Photographer At Delicate Arch, Arches National Park,

Photo Of The Day – Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

Title: Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA, North America (57°58’5″ N  134°54’59″ W)

Description: Southeast Alaska, the area around the capital of Juneau, sees its fair share of gray weather. During a one week whale watching cruise with UnCruise Adventures, I witnessed not only the gray, but also the beauty that abounds when the sun breaks through.

In this case, a nicely positioned rainbow is see across False Bay just off of Chatham Strait. Check the GPS coordinates for an exact location. This is also the area where our ship witnessed the awe inspiring act of bubblenet feeding by a group of humpback whales for over an hour. A wondrous place for sure.

Camera Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 50
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/4
Shutter Speed 1/640
Altitude 0.0 ft

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Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

Winter/Spring Photography Workshops In Washington, Oregon and California Open For Enrollment

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I am happy to announce I am have set dates for Level 1 Photography Workshops in Washington, Oregon and California.

The dates and locations are as follows (click on a link for more info and to register):

Workshops are perfect for those wanting to understand their camera and how to take better photos in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The workshops are all about four hours long and are best suited to those with DSLR cameras and advanced point and shoot cameras. If you camera can be set to Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual Mode, you will be able to get the most out of the class time.

If you want to get a head start on the workshop material, I have written extensively on the topics we will cover here: 31+ Days To Better Photography. As well as my other series (not yet fully finished) 31 Days Of Photography Experiments, which will be referenced time and again during the workshop.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you and have a grand day!

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Photo Of The Day – Standing In the Light

Standing In the Light

Title: Standing In the Light

Location: Lake County, Oregon, USA, North America (43°31’23″ N 120°52’21″ W)

Description: At the beginning of Derek Cave, an evacuated lava tube in central Oregon, USA, there are a few spots where the ceiling has caved in due to proximity to the ground above. After exploring the cave for an hour (an, oh my, is it ever dark down there) we were returning to the surface when I noticed a light patch on the ground.

I asked my daughter to go stand in the light and then either I or my friend Dan threw some sand in the air (this was seven years ago and my memory isn’t that sharp) to highlight the light beam. I then had my daughter “reach for the sky”.

Camera Canon Powershot SD700 IS
Lens 5.8-23.2mm
ISO 80
Focal Length 5.8mm
Aperture f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/20
Altitude 4893.0 ft

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Standing In the Light

Photo Of The Day – El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight

El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight, Yosemite Natio

 Title: El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight

Location:  Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America (37°43’26″ N  119°37’52″ W)

Description: I was set to arrive at my cabin on time when I first glimpsed El Capitan. I told my friend Sheri, who was working on a construction project at the Ahwahnee® Hotel in Yosemite Village, she should expect me around 10-10:30pm after I flew into San Francisco and borrowed a car from a friend for the drive to Yosemite National Park.

But my first view of this magnificent rock monolith changed my plans in an instant. The moon was overhead and doing a fair job of lighting the whole valley. When I spotted El Capitan, my jaw dropped and I slowed my car. No other cars were on the road, so I pulled over and stared. Then got out of my car and stared some more.

Suddenly obsessed, and with a tripod in the backseat, I drove around looking for a better vantage point. I had done no research as I was primarily there to visit with a friend on a chance timing when were both in the area. But I did get lucky and found a road leading out of the immediate woods with a more expansive view of the rock.

Quickly I ran across the road for the best vantage I could find along a bridge. I was racing the clock at that point because Sheri had told me she would lock the doors of the cabin around 11:30pm and I really didn’t want to be a bad guest and wake her. My watch said it was 11:15pm.

Setting up my tripod, I wanted to show some movement in the clouds but not the stars and I knew I only had a few chances before I had to get back to my car and a good night’s sleep. With my wide angle lens on, I did some quick calculations and realized I could get away with nearly a 30 second shot before the stars would seem to move. The wind was blowing stiffly up there at the top of the cliff and I figured I had a good chance to get the image I wanted.

My first shot was horribly dark as I had timed it wrong with a closed aperture. My second shot wowed me when the image popped up on the rear LCD of my camera. Happy to not only have the shot but also to have all that grandeur all to myself in the middle of the night, I reluctantly packed up my gear (okay, I really just threw it in the backseat) and made my rendezvous just before I was locked out for the night.

The next day brought rain and crappy landscape weather and that has me yearning to head back to Yosemite National Park with my family so we can explore all the beauty the land has to offer.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon EF 10-22mm
ISO 400
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/4.0
Shutter Speed 25 Seconds
Altitude 3959.0 ft

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El Capitan With Stars And Clouds Under Moonlight, Yosemite Natio

Photo Of The Day – Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

Title: Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle

Location: Kerry Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, North America (47°37’46″ N  122°21’38″ W)

Description: Summer mornings are near perfection in Seattle. We don’t get warmth all year round so when Summer finally begins (some time around the end of July, usually) and the days are long, getting up early for photography is easy.

My friend Michael Riffle and I were up extra early, well before coffee stands were open (which is saying something in this coffee-Mecca town) and that allowed for extra time to set up and capture morning’s colors before the sun touched Mt. Rainier in the distance.

This view captures a lot of Seattle’s icons, form the obvious Space Needle and Mt. Rainier to the newer Great Wheel on the waterfront and the two sports stadiums in the far distance (while admitting I still miss the Kingdome sometimes….in the winter).

Camera Pentax 645D
Lens Pentax-D FA645 55mm
ISO 100
Focal Length 55mm
Aperture f/5.0
Shutter Speed 1 second
Altitude 342 ft.

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Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

Photo Of The Day – Nearly Deserted Beach, Hawaii

Nearly Deserted Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Title: Nearly Deserted Beach

Location: Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii, USA (21°33’12″ N  158°14’47″ W)

Description: Who says you can’t find a nearly deserted beach on Oahu?

I asked my wife what image she would like for the photo of the day and she asked for a sandy beach. We had visited one today to watch the sunset and maybe she was craving more. So for you, my lovely wife, this is a photo from near Kaena Point on Oahu, Hawaii.

Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/11
Shutter Speed 1/320
Altitude 3.3 ft.

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

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This image was taken on a press trip to Hawaii.

Nearly Deserted Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Photo Of The Day – Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park

Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA, No

Title: Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park

Location: Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA, North America (43°44’42″ N 102°29’25″ W)

Description: We didn’t spend much time in Badlands National Park, but you should. Hell, I should too. I want to go back but it always seems so far from anywhere. Anywhere I typically go, that it.

The Badlands are located in South Dakota, USA and some friends and I visited them on our way from Seattle to Chicago on a roadtrip for a blogging conference. The conference was fun, but I would have spent more time wandering the barren looking lands. Camping would have been nice too as it was summer and not too overwhelmingly hot.

I also want to visit the Southern section of the park after reading this story “Will the Badlands become the first tribal national park?“. But that will wait.

For now, enjoy the scene on your screen and do a little more reading about the park. Maybe pay it a visit. It’s a national park for a very good reason.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 200mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 2742.0 ft

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Cloud Shadows Over Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA, No

Photo Of The Day – Winter’s Hold

Winter's Hold

Title: Winter’s Hold

Location: Mission Ridge, Washington, USA, North America (47°16’31″ N 120°25’35″ W)

Description: Frozen trees wait for warmer weather as the depth of the cold seasons holds tight to the ski slopes of Mission Ridge, just outside of Wenatchee, Washington.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 130mm
Aperture f/9
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 6660.0 ft

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

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Winter's Hold

Photo Of The Day – Moon And The Rockies

Moon And The Rockies

 Title: Moon And The Rockies

Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada, North America (51°4’55″ N  115°19’20″ W)

Description: Because the soaring flanks of the Canadian Rockies jut so abruptly into the sky from valleys below, catching the moon ‘setting’ requires advanced planning. This shot was taken about two hours before the astronomical moonset time and was captured by chance while killing time in Alberta.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 200
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude 4437.0 ft

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

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 Moon And The Rockies