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.

Camera Nikon D800
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 100
Focal Length 16mm
Aperture f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/1600

 

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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.

Camera Canon 10D
Lens Canon 100-400mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 310mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/500

 

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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.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 100mm
Aperture f/16
Shutter Speed 1/8

 

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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.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 1/40

 

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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).

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm EF
ISO 1600
Focal Length 10mm
Aperture f/5
Shutter Speed 1199 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.

Camera Nikon D800
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
ISO 500
Focal Length 14mm
Aperture f/4
Shutter Speed 1/1000

 

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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.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm
Aperture f/7.1
Shutter Speed 1/640

 

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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.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed 10 minutes
Aperture f/5
ISO 1600
Focal Length 10mm

 

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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.

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

 

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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.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed 1/10
Aperture f/9
ISO 100
Focal Length 10mm

 

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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.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed 1/1000
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 400
Focal Length 13mm

 

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

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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.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed 1/15
Aperture f/22
ISO 400
Focal Length 10mm

 

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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.

Camera Nikon D800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
Shutter Speed 1/3200
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 500
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Shadows In The Forest

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While leading a three day waterfall workshop in Oregon’s gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, I grew a little bored at the last waterfall. We had seen and photographed a lot of waterfalls and I was casting about for some other form of inspiration.

The day was perfect. No, really, perfect. The temperature was in that sweat spot where I couldn’t tell if it was too hot or too cold. Thinking of it now puts a smile on my face, that perfect temperature and the smell of the moist forest all around. Light was streaming in through the conifer forest surrounding Mt. Hood and while my guests snapped away at Little Zig Zag Falls, I looked around for a new subject.

And that’s when I started noticing all the shadows. How they played against logs and the needle-covered forest floor. How they danced in the wind.

Changing my exposure bias to -2/3 I metered off the highlights in most scenes and snapped off a couple dozen quick images.

This is a friendly reminder to not be so steadfast about what you plan to shoot and, instead, let the world show you what it will.

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Photo Of The Day – Spinning Waterfall

 

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Title: Spinning Waterfall

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Starvation Creek Falls, as seen through a spinning lens. The technique is simple but takes trial and error. Make sure the spinning point is centered where you want focus sharpest.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/4
Aperture f/14
ISO 100
Focal Length 70mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Looking Good

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Title: Mount Hood Looking Good

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Mt. Hood, as seen along the freeway leading right to the base of the mountain. Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, this stunning mountain makes for an easy photography target.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/200
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 100
Focal Length 65mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – More Of The Olympic Mountains [B&W]

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Title: More Of The Olympic Mountains

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: The Olympic Mountains of Washington state.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/400
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal Length 200mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Sunset And The Olympics

Sunset And The Olympics

Sunset And The Olympics

Title: Sunset And The Olympics

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Just another beautiful sunset as viewed from Whidbey Island.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/30
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 400
Focal Length 235mm

 

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Traveling Through Colors: Green

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

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today.

Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green.

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And if Green isn’t your color of choice, there are other colors in the series.

Find more colors in the Traveling Through Colors series.

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein.

Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue.

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And if Blue isn’t your color of choice, there are other colors in the series.

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Traveling Through Colors: Orange

Sunrise over the Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of travel.

Enjoy!

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And if Orange isn’t your color of choice, there are other colors in the series.

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Photo Of The Day – Inactive Fumarole, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Inactive Fumarole, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Title: Inactive Fumarole, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Location: Hawai’i, Hawai’ian Islands, USA, Pacific Ocean

Description: A seemingly endless vent, or fumarole, that once allowed hot gas and steam to escape from rivers and lakes of molten magma below no lies dormant in the basaltic landscape of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 8mm fisheye
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/11
ISO 100
Focal Length 8mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA

American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church,

Title: American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA

Location: Sitka, Alaska, USA, North America

Description: An American bald eagle perches atop the steeple of St. Michael’s Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church in Sitka, Alaska. For those from the Lower 48 or from other places in the world, the proliferation and abundance of bald eagles is something to gawk at as the birds near this town of 9,000 are fairly well habituated to the humans below.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 1/3200
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 320
Focal Length 280mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Crazy Waves

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Title: Crazy Waves

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description:With winds topping 30kts, wind waves are swept across Puget Sound and create a frothy chaos.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed .8 seconds
Aperture f/16
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – The Seattle Great Wheel

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Title: The Seattle Great Wheel

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Contrasted against a gray Monday morning, the Seattle Great Wheel carriers locals and tourists alike to a unique view of the city and Elliot Bay.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 235mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Title: Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Along the Columbia River Gorge, on the Oregon side, is a vast network of cascading waterfalls emptying into the might Columbia River. These waterfalls bring rain and snowmelt down from the Cascades and over a steep cut in the basaltic rocks.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 5 seconds
Aperture f/11
ISO 100
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayaks And The Wilderness

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Title: Kayaks And The Wilderness

Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Kayaks wait for guests to head out across the icy waters of Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve in Alaska, USA.

Camera Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens Canon 14mm II L
Shutter Speed 1/160
Aperture f/7.1
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA

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Title: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA

Location: California, USA, North America

Description: Just two of the over 200 dolphins who accompanied us on a whale watching cruise out of Newport Beach, California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/2000
Aperture f/4.5
ISO 400
Focal Length 105mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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Title: Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

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

Description: Getting a good spot at Mesa Arch can be tricky and require a lack of sleep. Here, photographers are lined up for the classic ‘front-on’ shot of the arch 1.5 hours before sunset. Some play with light painting while waiting for the sun.

Camera Nikon D800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
Shutter Speed 5 seconds
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 2000
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay Nationa

Title: Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Location: Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Three kayaks are lined up for guests to paddle through the glacial waters of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/500
Aperture f/4.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 65mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Fireball Sunset

Fireball Sunset

Title: Fireball Sunset

Location: Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America

Description: The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean last night from Palos Verdes, California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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