Archive for the ‘Pacific Northwest’ Category

Skagit Valley Tulips

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Hello all. Yes, it’s been awhile. Long story.

But this weekend we got to the Skagit Valley to see more tulips than you can imagine. Just beautiful. Here’s the first image.

And here are a couple from a bug’s eye view.

Two Points of View

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

On a recent trip to the Methow Valley in the Cascades I snapped a photo at sunset with my iPhone. Here it is:

Later when I was reviewing images I took with my Olympus I was surprised to find this image, taken at the same time.

The second image was obviously taken with a longer lens but was taken from the same place only a few minutes later than the first. Very different interpretations of the same scene.

Mt. Rainier – Part 2

Monday, September 20th, 2010

After my last post Bob said that his favorite image of the mountain at Reflection Lake was one that I had not previously included. So here it is. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.

Mt. Rainier

Friday, September 17th, 2010

At an elevation of over 14,000 feet Mt. Rainier is a dominating presence. On a clear day we can see it from our condo in downtown Seattle, 60 miles away. Folks in this neck of the woods refer to it simply as “the mountain” and weather is often described as a function of the mountain being “out” or not. Two weeks ago we decided to hike the Paradise section of Mt. Rainier to capture the wildflowers which bloom in August, after the snow melts. Up before dawn, we started the climb in the dark to capture the early light. It was a wonderful hike, one of the most beautiful I have ever experienced. And we were in the fields of flowers when the sun came up. Here is what we saw:

The next morning we greeted dawn at reflection lake:

Finally, the waterfalls, tiny in comparison to the mountain. Here is my favorite waterfall picture. Decided to go for a completely different effect here by processing in black and white.

The Palouse

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The Palouse, located in southeastern Washington and extending into Idaho and Oregon, looks like the waves of an ocean frozen in time. In fact, the area was formed by waves of volcanic basalt followed by massive floods and then the gradual accumulation of ash and soil blown in from elsewhere – a process that took millions of years.

Today the Palouse is a pastoral setting that is often compared to Tuscany. The rolling hills are covered primarily in wheat that contributes to the velvety look of the hills.

Last weekend we visited the Palouse for the first time with some photographer friends. Here are a few of the images from that trip.

Skagit Valley in April

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

About an hour north of Seattle the Skagit Valley is home to the largest grower of bulb flowers in the United States. Every April the fields explode with color and the roadsides explode with tourists.

We go early – to avoid the crowds and to get the best light. Last year I tried to get a different perspective by shooting up with a wide-angle lens. Thought it was pretty good until several months later when I arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and saw its clone everywhere. Turns out I had produced a cliché.


This year was hazy and overcast so I decided to try some really tight shots. Focus on individual flowers. Very abstract.



But my favorite shot of the trip was the one I took last of an old barn. This one feels like a dreamscape to me with the post in the foreground in sharp focus while the rest is just a blur.


Iconic Places: Cannon Beach

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

You know the problem. You go to a beautiful, often photographed place, and start shooting. It’s fun. Your images look just like every image you’ve ever seen of the place. That part is frustrating. Question is: how do you make an iconic place your own? We recently spent several days at Cannon Beach in Oregon. The first image below is pretty straightforward. The weather was blustery – pretty typical for this time of year.


So I decided to try a couple of different things. Another day, better weather, lots of color with a strong foreground component.


Finally I decided to try fiddling with an image after the fact to make it look like it might have been shot years ago.


Same beach, same weekend, three different ways of feeling about it. Which do you think works best?