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.

CameraCanon 7D
LensSigma 8-15mm Fisheye
ISO100
Focal Length8mm
Aperturef/22
Shutter Speed1/20
Altitude4853.0 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.

CameraCanon 1Ds Mark III
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO50
Focal Length28mm
Aperturef/4
Shutter Speed1/640
Altitude0.0 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”.

CameraCanon Powershot SD700 IS
Lens5.8-23.2mm
ISO80
Focal Length5.8mm
Aperturef/2.8
Shutter Speed1/20
Altitude4893.0 ft

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

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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.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon EF 10-22mm
ISO400
Focal Length14mm
Aperturef/4.0
Shutter Speed25 Seconds
Altitude3959.0 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).

CameraPentax 645D
LensPentax-D FA645 55mm
ISO100
Focal Length55mm
Aperturef/5.0
Shutter Speed1 second
Altitude342 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.

CameraCanon 5D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length28mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter Speed1/320
Altitude3.3 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.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length200mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/500
Altitude2742.0 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.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length130mm
Aperturef/9
Shutter Speed1/500
Altitude6660.0 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.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO200
Focal Length300mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/500
Altitude4437.0 ft

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 Moon And The Rockies

My Favorite And Odd Photos From 2013

Cho Oyu And The Photographers, Nepal

I am presenting these images from 2013 in the hopes that you find something you like. That being said, there are some images here only I might like, and I’m good with that. I started taking more “odd” photos in 2013, experimenting with blue and playing with colored tonic water poured over fruit and vegetables. While I love the mountains and travel, there are a lot of subject matter that interest me that will never get the “oooohhh” and “ahhhhh”s that those picture garner. But that’s what photography is for me, endless exploration and experimentation to present a view of what is in front of me.

Some of these images made the cut because they are stand-alone pretty. Some made the cut because they hold memories for me and my family (and I know my wife will be reading this post so I want to help jog her memory of the happy times we have shared). And then some….well, I’ll group these images by style to make it easier. Let’s start with the pretty stuff and then move into family memories (there were too many to show them all) and then the odd stuff you might not know me for.

This post will be gathered in a compilation my friend Jim Goldstein puts together of various photographers’ “Best of 2013″ lists. If you would like to join in, check out this link. I’m wondering if this list will be included as Jim suggests (rightly so) narrowing your list to five or ten images. I have 32 in this list. I don’t follow direction well.

How To Use This Slideshow For Best Effect

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Image Descriptions

1. Cho Oyu and Photographers, Nepal

2. Sunset from 39,000′, somewhere over California, USA

3. Machermo Range And Dudh Pokhari, Gokyo, Nepal

4. Himalayas and stars through a windows, Machermo, Nepal

5. Yak and Kangtega, Nepal

6. Mt. Rainier and Reflection Lakes, Washington, USA

7. Mt. Baker at sunset, Washington, USA

8. Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

9. Photographer and the Moon, near Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

10. Sun through the trees, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

11. Moonrise over the Cascade Mountains from Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

12. Sunset on the Washington Coast, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

13. Temple Of The Mad Man, Bhutan

14. Monks at ceremony, Jakar, Bhutan

15. Blossoms and field, Jakar, Bhutan

16. My daughter and her friend exploring trees, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

17. SMORES!!!! Sequoia National Park, California, USA

18. Looking up, Sequoia National Park, California, USA

19. My wife and daughter at a Papohaku Beach, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

20. My daughter flying a kite, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

21. Sunrise over Maui aboard the UnCruise Adventures Safari Explorer, Hawaii, USA

22. Jessie breaks open coconuts, Molokai, Hawaii, USA

23. A mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of California, USA

24. Military gravestones, Medical Lake, Washington, USA

25. Playing with LEDs, Mt. Baker, Washington, USA

26. Rust and waves, Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada

27. Moths to a flame (look closely and you’ll see the repeating pattern as the light hit them), Clinton, Washington, USA

28. Spinning dancer, Paro, Bhutan

29. Nature’s ladder, Washington, USA

30. Keeping pace with the falls, Oregon, USA

31. How to make an okay sunset even better (panning blur), Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

32. Sunset on our second to last night on our honeymoon :)

Photo Of The Day – After Sunset From 39,000′

After Sunset From 39,000', California, USA, North America

Title: After Sunset From 39,000′

Location: Above California, USA, North America

Description: High above the clouds, this image is what happens when you look away from the sunset while in a plane. I fly between Seattle and California weekly and I tend to pick my window seat based on when the sun is setting or rising. Normally I pick the side of the sunset/sunrise because few things are more stunning than watching the sky change colors while looking at the sun from an airplane with stars showing above.

In this case I wanted to get the other view. I know from previous experience, such as this one from Canyonlands National Park, that looking away from the sun just after it has set can provide some dramatic lighting. I was not disappointed on this day in February as snow blanketed the mountains and frozen lakes below.

The next time you are buying airline tickets, give some consideration to which direction you will travel and where the sun will be. It can make for memorable photos.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO200
Focal Length28mm
Aperturef/3.5
Shutter Speed1/20
Altitude39,000′

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

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After Sunset From 39,000', California, USA, North America

Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Sunrise At Mesa Arch II, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, N

Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America (38°23’18” N  109°51’50” W)

Description:Mesa Arch, located in Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah, USA, is a natural wonder that encompasses all that is beautiful about this area of the county. Utah has always been a place for me to return to time and again, not just because I have wonderful friends to visit, but because of the sheer contrast to Washington state. This area is dry, orange and full of big sky. Western Washington is often wet, green and covered in trees to block most vistas.

Shooting Mesa Arch means getting up before the sun and possibly bumping elbows with fellow photographers. On the day my friend Michael and I visited the arch, there were two workshops being run and about 30 photographers. Speaking German, Michael wadded into the groups and made friends with a tour group from Germany. I stayed loose and wandered around, waiting for this elusive moment to occur. Have I mentioned I don’t like big groups (or being pinned to one spot)?

What you see in the photo is a cool trick of light. When the sun rises, it strikes the cliff face below the arch, which is about 700′ off the valley floor below. Because the arch is actually out over the cliff face, a fairly rare occurrence, it gets lit up from the light bouncing off orange sandstone below, painting its already orange underbelly to a mind blowing color. This photo doesn’t do it justice. It is a sight to behold and you should go there! (see GPS coordinates)

While most photographers had lined all their tripods in an interlocking fashion to allow in as many as possible (the space is fairly small), I took pictures from the extreme side of the arch until the sun was just right. Then I walked over behind the middle of the phalanx, popped into a spot that wasn’t being used for the moment, got my shot and was out of position in about 15 seconds. All that preparation and waiting….sometimes that’s what photography is about. Then it was time for breakfast.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon EF 10-22mm
ISO100
Focal Length13mm
Aperturef/20
Shutter Speed1/10
Altitude6,118.8 ft

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

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Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise

Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Washington, USA,

Title: Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise

Location: Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, North America (46°46’7″ N  121°43’51” W)

Description: One aspect I like about digital photography is that I have had a lot of opportunities to shoot in amazing places. But often little time to edit. Winter is a good time to edit for those photographers who don’t chase the sun to the South and so, on a rainy day, I find myself happily at the computer, looking back to sunny days in Washington State in September.

This three day weekend started with instruction in the grand lodge because of too much rain and fog outside. The mountain was right there, but we couldn’t see it.

The next morning held more promise and sure enough, the sun gave an appearance. Sunday, the last morning, was even better and there are a plethora of beautiful lakes to capture the mountain’s reflection throughout the park. This one is aptly named Reflection Lakes and is a favorite with photographers because it is so easy to get to. Heck, you can even warm up in your car parked five feet from your tripod if you like.

The shot is taken with a polarizing filter which gives a crispness to the mountain. The image is a composite of three images shot at different shutter speeds, all with the same aperture, white balance and ISO. It was shot with a tripod and then combined in Adobe Lightroom with HDRsoft’s 32-bit Merge To TIFF plugin, then natively adjusted in Lightroom. I did some color correction in the foreground to warm it up.

Click on photo for a larger version. As this is a composite, the number shown below are an averaging of the shutter speeds used as they were the only variable to change between images.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon EF 10-22mm
ISO100
Focal Length10mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/30
Altitude4867.0 ft

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Sunset Tonight

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I know shooting photos of the sunset is mostly considered a cliche by the establishment of accomplished photographers, but I don’t care. It was gorgeous tonight. I hope you have a great day.

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Photo Of The Day – Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree Bark

Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) Tree Bark, Hawaii, USA

Title: Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) Tree Bark

Location: The Big Island, Hawaii, USA (19°42’27” N  155°56’48” W)

Description: What I love about digital photography is it makes the process of memory easier. In this case, I thought the photo represented here was taken in Australia. It’s an eucalyptus tree and those are famous for being in Australia (and other parts of Oceania) and I made an assumption.

But then I noticed I had geotagged this photo with its location, back in 2009. It turns out, this photo is from my press trip to Hawaii. The Big Island, to be exact. Thank goodness I didn’t misrepresent.

What is an eucalyptus tree doing in Hawaii? It’s part of a magnificent private preserve known as the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary, started and run by Norman Bezona. He was kind enough to show me around the sanctuary which contains a lot of non-native species Norman has collected on his travels around the islands and far abroad. He is one of those people whose passion for his subject (tropical botany)oozes from his pours as he regales you with fact after fact while trouncing around the rainforest. I really like people like this, who bring their passion to life and help others learn.

Okay, back to the bark. It’s pretty funky. Enjoy.

Click on photo for a larger version.

CameraCanon 5D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO500
Focal Length260mm
Aperturef/5.6
Shutter Speed1/40
Altitude3,241.5 ft

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Photo Of The Day – Mount Saint Helens And Mount Adams

Mount Saint Helens And Mount Adams, Washington, USA

Title: Mount Saint Helens And Mount Adams

Location: Washington, USA, North America

Description: One of the benefits of flying out of Seattle in almost any direction is the chance to spy the beautiful mountains in the Cascade or Olympic ranges. Here Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams show off their new wintery coats in a December photo taken from an Alaska Air flight to sunny California. I fly to California or back almost every week and the view of the volcanoes, including Mt. Shasta far to the South, always has me glued to the windows. After making these trips for almost two year you would think I’d seen it all, but as the seasons change, so does the character and style of the mountains. And being able to see them so clearly on a December morning is a special treat as clouds are typically covering all but the top of Mt. Rainier (not pictured) in winter.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length50mm
Aperturef/10
Shutter Speed1/250

 

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

Would you like to join me on my next photo tour to Nepal in 2013? I teach workshops and lead international photo tours.

Photo Of The Day – Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes, Washington, USA

Title: Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes

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

Description: Mount Rainier in Washington state is reflected in appropriately named Reflection Lakes. Part of the larger and active volcanic range known as the Cascade Mountains, the peak is the highest in the state with 25 major glaciers clinging to its flanks.

This image is an HDR of sorts using HDR Soft’s Export to 32 bit TIFF plugin for Lightroom and then adjusted.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length28mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/320, 1/125, 1/50

 

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

Would you like to join me on my next photo tour to Nepal in 2013? I teach workshops and lead international photo tours.

What The Heck Is That Light? Please Take A Guess.

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I can’t figure this one out and I need your help.

While photographing Mt. Rainier and the stars overhead this last weekend (September 7th, to be exact), I noticed an odd light you can see in the image below. I say some goofy things but this, this at first looked like a flare because it kind of danced. But then we (I was with two photography clients who saw and photographed the same thing)noticed it moving sideways and not going out like a flare would. Plus it was orange, as depicted here.

What confounds me is that it wasn’t blinking as if it was going behind the trees, much as the cars on the road below were. It was slightly above the treeline and moving from right to left (East to West). There is no road that high (in the sky) and if it were back on the mountain, about a mile behind the treeline, then it would be moving very fast straight across ridges and gullies. It’s confounding.

Here’s the bigger view of what’s going on. This is a 10 minute exposure and has been edited, but I left the streak alone.

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Now here is a 100% crop of the light trail. (Click photo for a larger version)

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Lastly, I jacked up the Exposure setting in Lightroom to show more detail. As you can see, there is no road there and it ducks behind a few trees.

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Does anyone have a plausible answer for what this is? I’m confounded. For reference, the bright fog on the right is Paradise.

 

 

 

Photo Of The Day – Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park

Utah Juniper Tree (Juniperous osteosperma) On The Edge Of Canyon

Title: Utah Juniper Tree On The Edge Of Canyonlands National Park

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

Description: A small but growing juniper tree takes root in the most unlikely of places. Here the tree enjoys an excellent view of Canyonlands National Park and the Green River below at sunset.

CameraNikon D800
LensNikon 14-24mm
ISO100
Focal Length16mm
Aperturef/2.8
Shutter Speed1/1600

 

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

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Above The Ocean

The rain is starting but I am dry in my car for now. Perched 40′ above the beach on a tiny pull-off, occasional cars zoom by, but for the most part all I hear is the roar of surf. This is the Oregon Coast I think of: gray sky melts with gray seas and comes rolling forward in languid three foot tall waves. Again and again. The water struggles for self expression as it thins over the muted orange sands, showing a little if its aquamarine color. If the sun were to burst through the clouds, the ocean could pull apart from the sky, with deep, rich color. But for now it plays its role as chameleon well and I can’t find a boundary between sea and sky.

I am thankful for days like this, days when I can’t make out the edge of the horizon. Because on days when I can, I am confronted with size. So much in life is close in: car windshields, desks at work, walls of our home or office or coffee shop. Occasional vistas pop out but they are remarkable for their uniqueness, such as a mountain range or river bend. And we know they come to an end.

The ocean, on a clear day, presents me with problems. It knocks me down to size because as much as I stare and stare, I can not find its end. Even in a jet plane crossing the Pacific, for instance…from a height of 40,000′, even then I can’t see the other side. This vast featureless expanse makes me feel a little lost. Small. Forgotten. Insignificant.

At other times I have stood on shores like these and felt acutely part of the waves. I remember felling like I could step in and just blend. Crazy thoughts. Not even the jellyfish truly blends with the sea. It was a feeling of peace and being at home. It was also sunny that day and my skin didn’t feel the cold chill it does this day, when it is acutely aware that there is an inside of me and an outside.

But today, as the rain has finished pounding my car and I can unroll a window to let in the salted air and white noise many crave to help them sleep, I feel apart. Maybe because I am still in my car, on a bluff. Maybe because my mind is churning through the work I need to get done later today.

The clouds are lifting and the horizon struggles into place.

Maybe I should take off my shoes, climb down this bluff and see what I can find at the ocean’s edge.

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Photo Of The Day – The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls

The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls

Title: The Base Of Lower Yellowstone Falls

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

Description: Crashing over the edge for centuries while etching a deep valley, Lower Yellowstone Falls is an impressive site not to be overlooked in this park full of wonders known as Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone River rolls over the falls and continues down the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but not before pounding the land below into its chosen form.

CameraCanon 10D
LensCanon 100-400mm L
ISO100
Focal Length310mm
Aperturef/8
Shutter Speed1/500

 

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Photo Of The Day – Following The Falls

Following The Falls

Following The Falls

Title: Following The Falls

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: By panning down with the falling water of Triple Falls in Oregon, interesting patterns emerge. It’s a simple technique and with the advantage of nearly unlimited storage in digital cameras, it doesn’t take long to gain dramatic images.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length100mm
Aperturef/16
Shutter Speed1/8

 

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Photo Of The Day – Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Mt. Hood And Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

Mt. Hood And Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA

Title: Mt. Hood Reflected In Trillium Lake

Location: Trillium Lake, Oregon, USA, USA, North America

Description: Mt. Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon state, stands above Trillium Lake as a couple glides gently across the surface of the lake in their canoe.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length28mm
Aperturef/8
Shutter Speed1/40

 

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Photo Of The Day – Polaris Over Balanced Rock

Polaris Over Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Polaris Over Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Title: Polaris Over Balanced Rock

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

Description: In this 20 minute exposure taken on a night when the moon was still hanging above the Utah horizon with a pale, muted glow, Polaris, the North Star, can be seen in the far upper left corner. As it is a pole star, the rest of the stars appear to rotate around it as the Earth spins on its tilted axis. The calm and quiet of the high desert ensured very little camera shake in this environmental portrait of Balanced Rock, seen at the center of the image.

I love playing around with long exposures because of the forethought and vision I am forced to manipulate in my mind, knowing that a miscalculation means 5 or 10 or even 60 minutes might be lost if an image is disrupted in some way. Luckily, this area of Utah doesn’t see a lot of air traffic, one of the killers to any attempt at star trail photography. The moon lent its glow to the foreground to help the exposure while the Milky Way can be seen in its blurred glory on the left side of the image.

To process this image, I ended up using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 5 and painting the sky, then changing the white balance for the sky to very blue. I did this in order to avail more options when choosing one of Gavin Seim’s Silver Shadows 2 black and white presets, then further tweaking the image. Adding the blue allowed me to bring contrast to the sky in a controlled manner using the Black & White Mix sliders, focusing mainly on orange (the foreground sandstone) and blue (now the sky).

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 10-22mm EF
ISO1600
Focal Length10mm
Aperturef/5
Shutter Speed1199 seconds (20 minutes)

 

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Photo Of The Day – Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs

Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs, Hawai'i, The Big Island, USA

Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs, Hawai'i, The Big Island, USA

Title: Waterfalls Carving Hawaiian Cliffs

Location: Hawai’i, The Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Description: Along the North shore of Hawai’i, The Big Island, there appears and endless string of high and beautiful waterfalls carving the volcanic island for eons. With no road to the shore, I was thankful for a lift from Paradise Helicopters to experience the island in a completely different way.

CameraNikon D800
LensNikon 14-24mm
ISO500
Focal Length14mm
Aperturef/4
Shutter Speed1/1000

 

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Photo Of The Day – Distant Buttes

Distant Buttes, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

Title: Distant Buttes

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

Description: As the sun sets over Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USA, haze catches fire and mimics the orange sandstone of the cliffs all around.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO100
Focal Length300mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/640

 

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Photo Of The Day – Stars Over Balanced Rock

Stars Over Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Title: Stars Over Balanced Rock

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

Description: Timeless as the heavens, but slowly weathering away, Balanced Rock is lit by the reflection off a setting moon in this 10 minute exposure in Arches National Park, Utah.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed10 minutes
Aperturef/5
ISO1600
Focal Length10mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Two

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Title: Two

Location: Boulder River Wilderness, Washington, USA, North America

Description: We passed by many ferns on the trail along Boulder River this last weekend, stopping just once to shoot the patterns that I love. Ferns are so simple and that’s why I love them. Stretched out in a means to maximize sun capture.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed1/80
Aperturef/7.1
ISO100
Focal Length100mm

 

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Air Travel Amazes Me

Channel Islands National Park From 17,000'

To say air travel amazes me is like saying the Pope is kind of Catholic. Have you ever considered what it takes to get a plane off the ground or why it flies? Have you thought about how easy it is to get from Point A to Point B?

Sure, people complain about delays and delays do suck. Or baggage fees. But when someone recently bitched about fees and price, I looked up the price for a similar train or bus ride. Cost was about the same, but it took two point five more days to get from A to B. It also stinks to have pushed away from the gate and then to be brought back because some light in the cockpit won’t turn off, but when it comes down to it, that extra hour spent waiting for someone to fix a plane that weighs hundreds of tons before it attempts to lumber into the sky is worth it, in my book. I was once left in Puerto Vallarta over night (at a nice hotel, so it wasn’t horrible in the least) because the compression unit on one engine wasn’t working. Still faster than walking and waiting over night was safer than having oxygen masks drop down if the other compression unit died. Inconvenient? Heck yeah, but flying is still amazing to me.

Why am I happy waiting? Because flying is amazing. I fly the same route almost weekly up and down the West Coast of the US and I admit I am treated to a grand show out the window, starting with Mt. Rainier or the Catalina Islands, depending on my direction of travel. And yet, I never bore of the same scenery and it’s been a year and a half. The world seems more amazing by proxy, when flying. The Grand Canyon, Mt. Everest, Hawaii, Crater Lake and other areas take on new form from 37,000′.

Maybe I think flying is amazing because it showcases our amazing Earth. Or maybe it is the sense of being some place that, historically, few humans have ever ventured.

What about flying amazes you? I’d love to hear your thoughts whether you’re a seasoned traveler or have only been on one flight.

Below you will find a gallery of flying images I have shot over the last decade. I hope it serves to inspire you to look at air travel differently. Click on an image for a larger version.

31+ Days To Better Photography – An Example Of Why You Might Want To Use A Polarizing Filter At Sunrise In Seattle

While shooting the sunrise on a gorgeous Puget Sound morning yesterday, I was calmly reminded of the usefulness of polarizing filters, shown by extreme differences.

Both of these images are completely unedited, straight out of the camera, so you can see the true difference.

Without filter:

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With polarizing filter engaged:

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The only difference between the two images, from an exposure standpoint, is the shutter speed. The top image was shot at 1/30 and the bottom at 1/10 because the filter will block a little light when engaged. Otherwise, both shots are ISO 100, 50mm, f/7.1.

This isn’t to say you have to use a filter. It is meant to show the stark difference when the sun hits just right. In this case, the sun had just risen to my left, giving me a nice 90 degree angle. Some people might like the second image as it show Mt. Rainier and the Space Needle in bright contrast, and very white. But others may like the top image as it is warmer and more indicative of sunrise.

I tend to prefer Hoya circular polarizing filters but there are certainly other brands on the market.

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Photo Of The Day – The Still And The Quick

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Title: The Still And The Quick

Location: Boulder River Wilderness, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Shot inside a small gorge of the Boulder River in Washington state. I wanted to capture this image for two reasons:
1) I loved the contrast between the fast moving water and the still pond.
2) It was fickin’ hot this day in the woods and this gorge was like a natural refrigerator (the water having come from snow melt just hours before upstream).

Because of the terrain (slick rocks and a gorge wall) the image was shot handheld with the aid of a 2 stop soft graduated neutral density filter to hold back the harsh light on the upstream river.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed1/10
Aperturef/9
ISO100
Focal Length10mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – The Four Guardsmen

The Four Guardsmen

Title: The Four Guardsmen

Location: Sequoia National Park, California, USA, North America

Description: The Four Guardsmen are giant sequoia trees along the main road leading into the Sequoia National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The problem with photographing these trees is showing their massive size as they often aren’t towering over the pines and firs around them. For some sense of scale, you can notice Sabrina at the base of the tree along the road.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed1/1000
Aperturef/5.6
ISO400
Focal Length13mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Twin Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Rise Over 200′ Above The Forest Floor

Twin Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Rise Over 200' Ab

Title: Twin Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Rise Over 200′ Above The Forest Floor

Location: Sequoia National Park, California, USA, North America

Description: Known by various names (giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood, etc…) a pair of sequoias grows in a grove that contains the largest tree in the world, by volume. While not growing as tall as their coastal brethren, the coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), sequoias make up in girth, especially that their base. These trees grow in a narrow band from about 5000′ to 7000′ in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

CameraCanon 7D
LensCanon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed1/15
Aperturef/22
ISO400
Focal Length10mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Pu’u ‘O’o Lava Pond

Pu'u 'O'o Lava Pond, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

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Title:  Pu’u ‘O’o Lava Pond

Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA, North America

Description: From high above, the Pu’u ‘O’o crater is seen with an active lava pond.

CameraNikon D800E
LensNikon 14-24mm
Shutter Speed1/3200
Aperturef/5.6
ISO500
Focal Length14mm

 

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