Photo Of The Day – Dark and Light Dunes

Title: Dark and Light Dunes Location: Algodones Dunes, California, USA, North America Description: The Magical Hour was magical indeed on this day. ———————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 250 Focal Length 300mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/500 Altitude 488′ ——————- Photograph Copyright 2016 Peter West Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Boeing Dreamlifter

Title: Boeing Dreamlifter Location: Paine Field, Everett, Washington, USA, North America Description: Carrying parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from across the country and across the world, the Dreamlifter pictured here is on of four in existence. Mt. Rainier can be seen in the background. ———————- Camera Canon Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Smoothness of the Desert

Title: The Smoothness of the Desert Location: Algodones Dunes, California, USA, North America Description: This time of year I can imagine these pristine appearing dunes to be covered with ATVs and all kinds of tracks. And that’s okay with me. I realize some of our lands need to Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Island Shaped Like A Whale

Title: The Island Shaped Like A Whale Location: Sea of Cortes, Mexico, North America Description: In the wee hours of the morning, before the sun has breached the horizon, your eyes can play tricks on you. Such was the case with the small group of rocks known as Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Eye of the Whale

Title: Eye of the Whale Location: Sea of Cortes, Mexico, North America Description: The gray whales in Magdalena Bay on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico can be downright curious. With our motor off, this baby gray whale, born maybe a month before our visit, was visiting boat after Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Morning From The Ferry

   Title: Morning From The Ferry Location: Puget Sound, Washington, USA, North America Description: This time of year I get lucky and get to witness the sunrise from the morning ferry commute. At least when the clouds allow.  The colors got a little more intense and spread forward, Continue Reading →

Photos Of The Day – Over Under Ferry Boat

Title: Over Under Ferry Boat Location: Clinton, Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America Description: Sometimes when the sun is shining directly at you, reflecting off the water, it’s hard to decide how to shoot. Here are two examples of the same scene; one is over exposed by 5 Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Yosemite Falls And Half Dome Panorama

Title: Yosemite Falls And Half Dome Panorama Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America Description: After a long hike up part of the Yosemite Falls trail, the views kept expanding. There are a few places along the way to stop and snap a picture, but this one Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Sunset Color Experiment

Title: Sunset Color Experiment Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America Description: After more than a few sunsets over the ocean, it’s time to look for something new. So I experiment from time to time. In this case, I slowed the shutter speed to induce some blur Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Moonrise In The Air

Title: Moonrise In the Air Location: High above Washington State, USA, North America Description: This one will get some more exposure in another post showing the sequence. This was a new experience for me but I had honestly planned to catch the rising moon on my flight from Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – South San Francisco Bay

Title: South San Francisco Bay Location: See above, California, USA, North America Description: I don’t fly over the Bay area often so it was a treat to get a great view of the South Bay area, complete with Moffett Federal Airfield, the Googleplex, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Continue Reading →

Around Town – Christ Cathedral Belltower

The Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) is a landmark in Orange County. It’s all mirrored glass with an impressing spire of a belltower. I’ve seen it for years and it wasn’t until yesterday that I bothered to take time to wander the grounds. While I didn’t go in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Float Plane Over Southeast Alaskan Islands

Title: Float Plane Over Southeast Alaskan Islands Location: Flying over Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Getting lucky in photography helps, as was the case on my flight from Ketchikan to an assignment with Waterfall Resort in Southweast Alaska. ———————- Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Yosemite Valley Aerial

Title: Yosemite Valley Aerial Location: 35,000′ over Yosemite National Park, California, USA, North America Description: As drones are forbidden in National Parks, this was as close as I could get for an aerial shot. No matter how many times I fly over it, it still amazes me. ———————- Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – BC Ferries At Sunset

Title: BC Ferries At Sunset Location: Strait of Georgia, Either Washington or British Columbia depending on exact location, North America Description: I knew of the San Juan Islands growing up as they are in Washington state. But Canada has their own set of islands within easy reach of Continue Reading →

Photos Of The Day – Algodones Dunes

Today’s Photo Of The Day is a little different. It’s a bunch of photos. My friend Alex Kunz, also a photographer, pointed out a little place known as the Algodones Dunes in Southern California as a great place for photos. This was about a year ago. He lamented, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Centaur Of Whidbey Island

Title: The Centaur Of Whidbey Island Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America Description: I’ve been looking at a LOT of panorama images lately and needed a break. And thus, a photo of a centaur on Whidbey Island. It might even be real (but it’s not). ———————- I Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – She’s A Big One

Title: She’s A Big One Location: Everett, Washington, USA, North America Description: The Dreamlifter was created by Boeing specifically to carry parts (often wings and other big things) from around the globe to the 787 Dreamliner assembly facility in Everett, Washington. It was crafted from a 747 body Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mt. St. Helens With Clearing Clouds

Title: Mt. St. Helens With Clearing Clouds Location: Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington, USA, North America ———————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 100 Focal Length 50 Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed 1/500 Altitude 4,314′ For a while I am going to ask for your Continue Reading →

Video Of the Day – Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales

Title: Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales Location: Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, North America (Find it here on a map) Description: Bubblenet feeding is great to watch because it tells you where the whales will surface. I’ll admit I’m not a cinematographer so this video is a little raw, but look Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Speeding To Sunset

Title: Speeding To Sunset Location: Off of Admiralty Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: After all the normal photos of a beautiful sunset, it’s time to play a little. I slowed the shutter speed of this shot to encourage some blur and then zoomed toward the sunset while snapping Continue Reading →

Video Of The Day – Bellowing Humpback Whale

Title: Bellowing Humpback Whale Location: Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, North America (Find it here on a map) Description: I have never heard a whale make this sound before. Granted, I’m not the foremost specialists in whale sounds, but I have spent about 14 days of my life watching Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Double Breach

Title: Double Breach Location: Off of Admiralty Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: We got lucky. But it seems to happen often when in Alaska. This shot of two breaching whales, one already making a huge splash and the other just moments away from landing, was taken aboard Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cormorants And Gulls

Title: Cormorants And Gulls Location: Off of Baker Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: I love that the new Canon 7D Mark II has GPS built in. It drains the batteries faster but there are times when that is okay. Like when you are in a boat and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Hawaii’s Endless Waterfalls

Title: Hawaii’s Endless Waterfalls Location: Waipio Valley, Hawai’i (The Big Island), Hawaii, USA Description: The valleys on the Hawaiian Islands have a seemingly endless supply of waterfalls. Some of the longest waterfalls, when measured as total drop from top to bottom, live here and resemble this example from Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Passing Train

Title: Lake Tahoe’s South Shore Location: Across the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon, USA, North America Description: Nothing but color blur. ———————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 400 Focal Length 28mm Aperture f/8 Shutter Speed 1/30 Altitude 160′ For a while I am going Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lake Tahoe’s South Shore

Title: Lake Tahoe’s South Shore Location: Lake Tahoe, California, USA, North America Description: I love the flight between Seattle and Southern California because it flies over so many interesting features. In this case, Lake Tahoe and its deep, blue waters are best seen on the flight North. ———————- Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Inside Out Of The Ferry

Title: Inside Out Of The Ferry Location: Between Mukilteo and Clinton, Washington, USA, North America Description: For the tech minded out there, I recently switched to a new Canon 7D Mark II from my old Canon 7D (which is now a nice backup and wide angle camera as Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bald Eagle On The Dock

Title: Bald Eagle On The Dock Location: Waterfall Resort, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Last week I had the joy of teaching a Summer Solstice Workshop (and shooting some of my own photos) at Waterfall Resort in Alaska. Bald eagles are not endangered in Alaska and in the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Close Whale Encounter

Title: Close Whale Encounter Location: Off the coast of Noyes Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Last week I had the joy of teaching a Summer Solstice Workshop (and shooting some of my own photos) at Waterfall Resort in Alaska. While I am not much of a fisherman, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Olallie Lake Panorama

Title: Olallie Lake Panorama Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington, USA, North America Description: I’ve been playing with the new Panorama Stitching feature in Adobe Lightroom and while the program is far more lightweight than my normal tool of choice (Kolor’s AutoPano Giga) it does the job well when things Continue Reading →