Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge October 27th, 2013. 5:54 p.m.

Canon 6D.
Canon 70-200mm F4L @180mm.
Aperture @ F16
Exposure @ 1/2 second.
ISO 50.
Taken from the Women's Forum Park near Corbett, OR.

More images from 2013 Evergreen State Fair

"Funnel Cakes"


Scenes from the Evergreen State Fair


June 1st Northern Lights Display

These images were taken with a Canon 6D using a Canon 17-40mm F4L lens. ISO 800, F4, 15 second exposure.

"Blanche" by Peter Richards

I recently visited the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and I came across this interesting sculpture outside the museum. A little internet sleuthing turned up this page that talks all about it. I really found it visually interesting and I realized right away that I wanted to photoraph this in a way that makes the sculture look like a futuristic submarine. Plus, I really dig the lines in this sculpture, the way it reflects the sky and all the small imperfections that occur as this work of outdoor art ages. By the way, the new MOHAI is fantastic! I recommend visiting it as soon as you can.


Pink Skies and Lighthouse

Same image, two different crops. Which is your favorite?

Blue Lighthouse

Long exposure. Iso 50, F22, 30 second exposure. Used a graduated neutral density filter to draw out the exposure.

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, Wa.

Mukilteo Lighthouse Light Trails

Taken from a bluff overlooking the Mukilteo Lighthouse. Taken with an EOS 6D using a Canon 70-200mm F4 L lens. ISO 100, F22 aperture, 30 second exposure.

Rivers of Light

Image taken with the Canon EOS 6D using my 70-200mm F4 "L" lens. I was shooting this with the camera mounted on a tripod at the Dr. Jose Rizal bridge near Pacific Medical Center. Settings were: F8, 30 second exposre (aperture priority), ISO 100.

Experiment with long exposures

 "Cross Traffic"
So I setup my tripod in the back seat of the ol' Subaru and set my camera on top of it. I've had this idea kicking around in my noggin for a while of doing long exposures while driving at night. Its hardly a new idea, but it was one that I hadn't tried yet. I realized that I could preset my focus, set the camera to aperature priority (F8) and program my intervalometer to command the camera to take an exposure every 20 seconds. All I had to do was drive! No worrying about the camera or when to take a shot, I let the intervalometer do all the work. I have to say that the results were better than I thought they would be, quite trippy actually. Next time I'll have to make sure to clean my windows and do the driving on a night that doesn't have rain!

High Dynamic Range image of Seattle Skyline at dusk

Heres a very unrealistic, hyper-processed image of Seattle at night. This is a composite image made up of 3 different exposures that, in turn, were made 3 stops apart from each other. One image is 3 stops overexposed, one image is exposed correctly and the last image is 3 stops overexposed. This in turn allows special software to take these three images and combine them into one image that attempt...s to show the range of differing exposures in one shot. Often this technique results in weird, otherworldly looking images and its very easy to tell when a photographer has gone "too far" with this technique. Myself, while I like playing with it and I enjoy the effects it creates, wouldn't consider this to be a "serious" photograph. I hope you enjoy it though!

Birds Near Padilla Bay, Wa.

 Swamp Harrier
Young Bald Eagle

Seattle Fishermen's Memorial

This is the statue that resides atop the Fishermen's Memorial at the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal.


A cormorant sitting on a pier at the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal.

Fishing Nets

Here is another image I took. I was interested in it for the same reasons as the chain that I earlier posted. I wanted to knock this down to its basic lines and textures so once again I deemed black and white the way to go.


I came upon this seemingly discarded chain near the docks while at the Fishermen's Marine Terminal. I saw that this would be a good black and white subject. In color most of this image is rust red. I opted to convert this to black and white and also use a red filter to really bring out the textures evident in the subject. While its not very exciting to look at, I find that this is a good black and white study of texture. After the conversion to black and white and applying the red filtering, I also sharpened this image using a high-pass filter technique that I read about in the February 2013 issue of "Outdoor Photographer" magazine. I think it really gives this image some much needed punch and works to the benefit of the varied textures.

Salvager 1

The unfinished surface of this boat caught my eye today as I was wandering around the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal. I don't know why exactly I liked it enough to photograph it, but I'm glad I did. Once again, I used the "HDR" process on this image to give it extended tonal range. I hope you like it too.

F/V Wonderland at Seattle Fishermans Terminal

Took this image today at the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal. Image is a composite made up of 3 separate images, each taken at a different exposure and then combined on my computer to make a single image. Admittedly, the technique, known as "High Dynamic Range" or "HDR" for short is a bit heavy handed here as you can see a distinct "halo" effect around some of the objects in the photo. However, while I typically try to avoid the halo effect, I sort of liked it in this image and left it that way.