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

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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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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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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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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?

Photo Of The Day – Point Vicente Lighthouse And Palm Tree

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Title: Point Vicente Lighthouse And Palm Tree

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

Description: A different view from yesterday’s lighthouse photo, but still as calm.

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Thamserku At Sunset, Nepal, Himalayas, Asia

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Photo Of The Day – Point Vicente Lighthouse Just After Sunset

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Title: Point Vicente Lighthouse Just After Sunset

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

Description: Having just spotted three whales swimming past the point and a gorgeous sunset over Santa Barbara Island, the view walking back to the car was the topping on the cake.

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

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Photo Of The Day – Pike Place Market And Ferry

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Title: Pike Place Market And Ferry

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA, North America

Description: On a chilly December afternoon I went down to Seattle’s Pike Place Market in hopes of capturing the sun setting behind one of the market signs. The timing and weather didn’t work out for that shot, but I was still able to capture a classic Seattle scene.

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

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Photo Of The Day – Cholla Cactus At Sunset

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Title: Cholla Cactus At Sunset

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, North America

Description: When there are no clouds in the sky to make a dramatic desert sunset, what do you do? Find the fuzzy looking “Teddy Bear Cactus” and use the sun.

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Aperture f/22
Shutter Speed 1/80
Altitude About 4000′

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

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Photo Of The Day – Big Dreams

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Title: Big Dreams

Location: Everett, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Everett’s Paine Field is the home to the DreamLifter, an oversized Boeing 747 that hauls plane wings around the world. Sometimes things taken out of context can be neat. :)

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Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/250
Altitude 160′

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The Treasury At Petra By Candle Light, Petra, Jordan

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Photo Of The Day – Icy Canyon

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Title: Icy Canyon

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Description: Welcome to the first full day of Winter! Are you ready for the cold? Photo shot while on an ice climbing trip in BC/Alberta.

Winter Creek, Yoho Naitonal Park, British Columbia, Canada

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Focal Length 16mm
Aperture f/4.5
Shutter Speed 1/80
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Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Natio

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Photo Of The Day – Flying Across The Alvord Desert

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Title: Flying Across The Alvord Desert

Location: Alvord Desert, Eastern Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Back in my off-roading days I would have the joy of heading into the backcountry with great friends in a variety of vehicles, but mostly Land Rovers of various styles and repair. These aren’t the $60,000 trucks you see in the mall parking lot, these were selected for their ability to take a beating and keep going, often with dents and cracks.

The Alvord Desert was an awesome trip with wide open spaces in Eastern Oregon, even more so when we met the dried lake bed that made up the desert. I let me daughter have a try at the wheel as there was nothing to hit and we could only go 50MPH with the resistance of the playa on our wheels.

The vehicle in the image is my friend Kevan’s Range Rover Classic with rooftop tent skimming across a mirage (one of the first I had witnessed in person).

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Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/400
Altitude 4,000′

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Sunset Clouds, Serengeti National park, Tanzania

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Photo Of The Day – Frozen Lake Snowshoe Camping

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Title: Frozen Lake Snowshoe Camping

Location: Steven’s Pass area, Washington Cascades, USA

Description: Much like yesterday’s idyllic sunset, this scene sure looks nice, doesn’t it? Warm looking tent, no people for miles, a soft hush to the forest as a storm clears.

What’s missing is the bitter, unrelenting wind. That type of wind that makes your bladder burst because you just don’t want to leave your sleeping bag in the middle of the night. They wind that leaves no shelter as you pack up your home and get ready to leave, but can’t leave yet. I love winter camping, I really do, but sometimes it hurts!

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Focal Length 4.28mm
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Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Natio

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Photo Of The Day – Idyllic Sunset

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Title: Idyllic Sunset

Location: Semiahmoo, Blaine, Washington, USA (but what you see in the picture is British Columbia, Canada)

Description: It was idyllic sunset that tore me away from the scrumptuous dinner at Semiahoo Resort on a press trip many years ago.

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Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

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2015 Calendars Are Ready!

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I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H).

The subjects of each calendar are :

Click through any of those links to get a full preview of all 12 months’ worth of images. You can find them all in my Author Spotlight at Lulu as well.

All calendars are 8.5″ x 11″ (or 17″ x 11″ when fully open) and printed on glossy paper with a wire comb binding.

Enjoy and don’t be shy, you can order 100 if you like. :)

And if you don’t find what you like here, trying my photo friend Russ Bishop for a few other spectacular options.

Thamserku At Sunset, Nepal, Himalayas, Asia

Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

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The Treasury At Petra By Candle Light, Petra, Jordan

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

Sunset Clouds, Serengeti National park, Tanzania

Photo Of The Day – Burning Clouds Over Canyonlands National Park

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Title: Burning Clouds Over Canyonlands National Park

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

Description: I love using my zoom lens for sunset shots as it provides a wide variety of composition options. In this case I was able to take just a slice of the fiery clouds and fill the frame with them.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 400
Focal Length 270mm
Aperture f/9
Shutter Speed 1/200
Altitude Unknown

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Photo Of The Day – Distant Mountain And Clouds In Alaska’s Inside Passage

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Title: Distant Mountain And Clouds In Alaska’s Inside Passage

Location: South of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America (58°19’10” N  135°50’7″ W)

Description: While on a voyage with UnCruise Adventures to shoot one of their boats, we passed by some stunning scenery. I don’t know the name of this mountain. Hell, I didn’t know the names of any of them and felt out of place as compared to where I grew up in Washington, knowing peaks left and right.

This photo is also amazing for another reason, the light!  It’s often gray in this stretch of the Passage with occasional sun breaks, so I was happy to have the moment.

A special thank you to BorrowLenses.com for the lend of the Canon 400mm f/2.8 L monster for this shot.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 400mm f/2.8 II
ISO 400
Focal Length 400mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/8000
Altitude Sea Level

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

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 Distant mountain and clouds in Alaska's Inside Passage

Photo Of The Day – Icy Strait Symmetry

Title: Icy Strait Symmetry
Location: Icy Strait, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA, North America
Description: Taken while on assignment with UnCruise Adventures, a humpback whale heads under our ship so close I can seemingly reach a hand and touch it. While this image was shot with my standard 28-300mm travel lens I was still amazed at how close the whales came to our ship. Small boats have a big advantage in this case.

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Photo Of The Day – I Miss That Truck, Sometimes

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Title: I Miss That Truck, Sometimes

Location: Central Eastern Oregon, USA, North America

Description: This is an image of the truck I enjoyed owning the most, one of only 500 Land Rover Defender 110s in the US at the time. When it was working properly I enjoyed it. Which was pretty often (minus a few months when I conned some friends into helping me swap a diesel into it….which lead it to the shop a number of months later for proper finishing). It took me on some great trips with a mix of comfort (rooftop tent, portable toilet, fully equipped camp kitchen with refrigerator) and discomfort (no AC, loud, sometimes drafty, big-ass blindspots, overheight surcharges on the ferry boat).

This trip in particular was memorable as we made our way through Central Oregon with a local cowboy poet in tow. Leon Flick, author of A Cow’s Tail As A Compass, was the real thing, growing up as a farmhand and continuing the tradition as times have changed. He would entertain us around the campfires each night and I’ve never had such a treat. The stories that flowed like water (or beer, in that case) were a mix of history, humor, lies and bravado. He was like a nice version of Curly from City Slickers. As with Curly, Leon is now a memory, having died just last year.

And I am thankful for my time with him on the trails those half dozen days during a hot June in Oregon. He wasn’t some grand teacher who made new worlds open to me, someone I idolize and who helped shape me.

But he was a fun guy to be around and shared his knowledge with us. He showed me a part of the world and a way of living that was foreign to me until then. And for that, I thank him.

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Camera Canon 5D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 170mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/250
Altitude Unknown

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

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Photo Of The Day – Urban Moon

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Title: Urban Moon

Location: Orange County, California, USA, North America

Description: Hidden behind palm trees and a power line (blurred, but there), the waxing crescent moon heads for another lap around the Earth.

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 800
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/30
Altitude 120 ft

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

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Photo Of The Day – Where’s Whitney?

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Title: Where’s Whitney?

Location: Over California

Description: I need your help with this one, if you please. I’m still getting oriented to the mountains of California and need help finding Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in California. Once I find that, I can figure out the others.

#1 Is it in this photo?

#2 Which one is it? Feel free to download the image and draw on it if you need to.

Thanks!

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Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 65mm
Aperture f/4.5
Shutter Speed 1/1600
Altitude Probably 20,000 ft

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

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Photo Of The Day – Yellowstone Falls In The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

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Title: Yellowstone Falls In The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, North America

Description: Sometimes more impressive than the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone cuts through a varied and historic swatch of land.

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Camera Canon 10D
Lens Canon 16-35mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 135mm
Aperture f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude unknown

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

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 Yellowstone Falls In The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

Photo Of The Day – Ferry And Almost Full Moon

Do you notice anything different about this post?
Compared to most Photo Of The Day posts, this one is a bit lacking. That is because I am human. For regular readers I apologize for the great gaps in these posts because I know a fair number of you really enjoy the Photo Of The Day. A mix of reasons prevents me from posting each day and it all boils down to being human and other things (usually rightly) getting in the way.

It also happens because I am easily distracted while at the computer looking at images in Lightroom. That program is like a playroom for me, so many great memories to relive and new images to process and tweak. Sometimes a POTD post takes an hour to get posted. Yes, an hour, for just a little text, some stats and keywords. I even use a template on the non-mobile website so it is pretty easy. But still….distractions.

Therefor, at times, I am going to use the updated and useful WordPress app on my phone (along with images pulled in from Dropbox) to get images posted. This way I can do it from just about anywhere except on distant trips.

I’ll still post from the desktop and those posts will have all the regular info. But sometimes, in order to get an image posted, I will resort to a quick and simple post via the phone.

And it will look like this:

Description: Back when I worked a day job and had to catch a ferry boat off the island I lived on at some very early hour, there came a time of year when the lighting was grand. Just starting to brighten as we took our 15 minute jaunt across the seas.

On this day I was luck to capture the nearly full moon just above the ferry heading the other direction.

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