Sunday, December 28, 2008

Blowin' some glass

In the Hot Shop at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Washington.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

#57 Semiahmoo Derelict


Semiahmoo, Washington about 6am early September 2005. I really like the colors in this shot.

I always wonder, when you come across an old boat or car, how long had it been sitting here? What was it like the day it was launched? What was the intention when it was put here - to rot or fix - it appears to be forgotten. I wonder how long will it stay?

Photoshop: In PS RAW I bumped up the exposure by 0.75, moved the shadows up very slightly and increased the saturation. In PS very slight curves adjustment, very slight smart sharpen - about 20%. No crop or other processing.

This would also make for a good black and white study but I really like the muted colors.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall Colors

Forest Glade

Pond Fall Colors

Monday, September 8, 2008

Blue Coupeville


HDR picture from Coupeville, WA of Puget Sound and Mt. Baker in the distance. A blue sky day.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Snoqualmie Falls through the trees


Snoqualmie Falls, Washington. HDR image processed with Photomatix of 3 exposures +/- 2

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Snoqualmie Falls


HDR image of Snoqualmie Falls Washington. Composite of 3 exposures +/- 2 stops.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Carnation Bridge over Snoqualmie River


Taken handheld. HDR, tonemapped from 3 exposures.

Not sure I really like this shot. It's kind of boring but I like the colors.

Bridge over the Snoqualmie River just north of Carnation Washington on NE Carnation Farm Road.

Saturday, August 2, 2008



Got a shot of my dog running in the back yard.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Fire Lookout at Red Top


Red Top Lookout, Cascade Mountains, Wenatchee National Forest, Washington.
Elevation 5,360'

HDR image, 3 exposures at +/- 2 stops, processed with Photomatix and blended and layered with 0 and -2 exposures.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Red Top Lookout. Washington Cascade Mountains


My family checks out the view on Red Top Lookout.

HDR image, composite with 3 exposures +/- 2. Photomatix.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008



Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. Thunderbird squadron. Taken at McChord Air Expo, July 2008.

Canon 20D EF 70-200 f/4 L @ 200mm, 1/1250 sec, f/5, 100 iso (Exposure Bias +0.33)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Floating Rainier


I took this shot of an acrobatic plane at the McChord Air Base Air Expo 2008.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Shell Bokeh


My son, holding a shell over the water on Discovery Park beach, Seattle. I love the bokeh (soft blur) in the background.

Canon 20D EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS @ 55mm, 1/3200 sec, f/2.8, 100 iso.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Golden Gardens Beach


At the beach, Golden Gardens park, Seattle, WA.

HDR image of 3 RAW exposures +/-2 stops, processed with Photomatix, fake tilt shift effect added.

Canon 20D EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 50mm using f/8.0, 100iso - 3 exposures 1/125, 1/500 and 1/2000 sec.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Star at Golden Gardens


Star sailing off Golden Gardens, Seattle Washington. Converted a single RAW file with Photomatix, tonemapped and converted to B&W.

Cannon 20D EF 70-200 f/4L at iso 100 for 1/1000 sec at f/8.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Before the morning game.


Sitting around waiting for the game to begin...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

#29 Naples Beach Party


Camera EXIF: Canon 20D EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 17mm for 6 minute 6 secs at f/5.6, iso 100.

I was down on the beach taking some long exposure night shots. You really can't see anything out there. See the picture at the bottom of this post to see what it really looked like to the naked eye. So this shot is looking north along the beach. Post #28, previous, was from the same spot looking south. Now for this shot there was a group of young kids - maybe older teens or young twenties having a little beach party about 200 yards up on the beach from me. I could not see them, I could hear them. So I thought I would try to take a shot with them in it. They had little lights that they were using to see and I was hoping for a little more dramatic light from them but they were only turning them on for a few seconds - maybe lighters? Anyway, I like the way the shot turned out.

A couple of notes:
1. The picture is straight, look at the hotel windows at the right edge of the shot. The shore curves away near the top giving the impression that the shot is not straight. Straightening for the shore makes the hotels appear to be falling.

2. Setting the focus at night on a dark beach is very hard. I actually turned on auto focus, hit the focus on the near hotel and turned it off to keep it set.

3. I did not use the noise reduction custom feature on the 20D. I really don't think the shot has that much noise.

4. As in post #28, I created two exposures from the RAW file. One set at much cooler temperature to bring out the blues of the sky and water and one warmer exposure for the sand and the clouds to the left of the shot. Shots were blended together using a mask on the warmer shot and turning the opacity down on the warmer shot.

Here is a blow up of the party, not as big as I thought. Note the star trails and the trees were moving around in the breeze for this 6 minute exposure.


Finally here is what the beach really looked like to the naked eye. As you can see I could not see the kids, I could hear them and see the little light they flicked on every so often. They probably could not see me and may not even known I was there.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

#28 Night Shot: Naples Beach


This is a long exposure night shot of a beach in Naples Florida. The exposure information is: 8 minutes at f/8, iso 100. Canon 20D with EFS 17-55 IS at 17mm.

Eight minutes is just long enough to get the star trails. The earth does rotate much faster than we think.

Processing: In camera raw I made two images. One image I set the temperature down to bring out the blue in the sky and water. The other exposure was warmed up to give color to the sand. I basically just laid the cooler image on top and masked out the beach to allow the warmer color to come through.

Below is what the beach actually looked like. Actually the shot below was for 50 secs and a little over exposed. It was actually darker on the beach - such that I needed a flash light to see the sand.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

#27 Church Steeple


This is the Adventure Community Church in Duvall, Washington. I took the original RAW file and ran it through the Photomatix software to tone map it. The "layer cake" was as follows, from the bottom.

1. Background layer, original shot.
2. RAW file converted to HDR and then tonemapped to a tiff file in Photomatix.
3. Curves adjustment layer.

Masked the tone mapped cross on the steeple to show the background cross - it looked better.

Photo EXIF info: Canon 20D EFS 17-55 IS in manual mode at f/7.1 for 1/250sec, iso 100 at 35mm.

Original shot...

Friday, March 21, 2008

#26 HDR House


I drove by this house over at the end of Avondale road in Woodinville WA. I thought it would make a first serious study in HDR. I learned a lot from this shot.

Important Lesson #1: I really need to use a cable release and maybe mirror lock-up. I put the camera on a tripod but using my finger to trigger the shutter moved the camera too much between the 5 exposures I took on this house - it really impacted my post processing.

Post Processing: Since my pictures did not line up real well in HDR processing within Photomatix, I was forced to transform one of the RAW images and tonemap it to help out in some of the problem parts of the HDR image. Amazingly the difference between the true HDR image and the single RAW tone mapped image were not that significant. Most of the house is the single tone mapped RAW image.

I exposed 5 frames at 1 stop exposure from -2 to +2 exposure.

Starting from the bottom. The 0 exposure was the background layer.
Second layer was the HDR image from photomatix. Opacity at 82%. The exposures did not line up so I needed the third layer. Mostly used the sky of the HDR image.
The top or third layer was the Photomatix single RAW file tone mapped image. Most of the house was the single RAW tone mapped image. I masked the sky to show the HDR sky which was much better.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

#25 Trees of Alpental


This was taken on the Edelweiss Chair looking at Gunmont run. Alpental Ski Resort, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.

See post #16 Alpental Skier, picture taken from same place about a year apart.

Lots of Processing on this file. From the bottom.

1. Original shot, background layer.
2. Apply a pretty radical gaussian blur to the background for layer 2. Opacity at 38%
3. Over sharpen BG layer. Mask out the trees except for the foreground tree. Therefore the snow, center tree and sky show through and are super sharp.
4. Monochrome Channel Mixer adjustment layer, use gradient mask to show only bottom third of image. Makes tree trunks go black.
5. Curves adjustment layer.
6. Curves adjustment layer with mask to apply to sky only. Pop the blue in the sky.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

#24 Sea Lion Cave - HDR - actually tone mapped.


Semi - HDR version: I took this at Sea Lion Cave on the Oregon coast just up from Florence OR. This my first attempt at using Photomatix on one RAW file as input. I think it is a significant improvement. Note that I layered the original under the HDR image from Photomatix. I masked the HDR water out, it looked too brown. Pulled down the opacity of the HDR layer to 78%.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 IS at 55mm for 1/15 seconds @ f/2.8, iso=800.

Below is the original shot.


Friday, February 29, 2008

#23 Chelan Thunderheads (updated)


Thunderheads develop to the east of Chelan Washington.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EF 70-200 f/4 L at 126mm for 1/640 seconds @ f/9, iso=100.

I took the original RAW file and ran through Photomatix to tonemap the image. I then placed it on top of the original file and lowered the opacity down to 24%. I like the result.

Monday, February 25, 2008

#22 Storms of Lake Michigan


A perfect day on the beach. Holland State Park in Holland Michigan, on Lake Michigan. Thunderstorms developing to the south and moving on to land. I just love the clear warm waters of Lake Michigan. Earlier that day I was wearing my sunglasses and a wave knocked them off my head. I was standing in about 5 feet of water - no problem I looked down and could see them sitting on the sand. The water is so clear and wonderful.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 17mm for 1/800 seconds @ f/7.1, iso=100.

Friday, February 22, 2008

#21 Seattle Skyline version 2.


Here is a second shot, taken at the same time as but shot with a different composition. Note that the water dominates this shot, the sky dominates in #12. Which one is better?

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 18mm for 1/500 seconds @ f/6.3, iso=100.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

#20 Heavenly Seagull


Photoshop: Cropped, slight curves to darken the sky very slightly. Smart Sharpen That's it.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 55mm for 1/1250 seconds @ f/4.5, iso=100.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

#19 Seagull


Photoshop: Duplicated layer, changed blending mode of new layer to soft light - this added some punch to the sky. That's it.

Photograph EXIF info:
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 55mm for 1/2500 seconds @ f/4.5, iso=100.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

#18 Canada!


The Canadian lights of White Rock, British Columbia, Canada - shot from the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington.

Photoshop: Cropped and slight curves adjustment.

Photograph EXIF info
Canon 20D using EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS at 48mm for 90 seconds @ f/8, iso=100.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

#17 B-17 Bottom Turet


My daughter was reading a World War II novel at school. It was about a B-17 bomber and its crew. She wanted to see a real B-17 and it just happened that one was visiting Seattle. So we went down to take a look. This is the bottom machine gun turret on the plane. I really can not believe someone would actually sit in there. Interestingly, my daughter commented how small the plane was - just 60 years ago this was one of the largest planes flying.

I really like this shot. The gun turet looks other-worldly, alien and evil. I think it is emphasized by the fact that it pops out of the bottom of such a beautiful and streamlined airplane.

I shot this through a chain link fence, the blur to the left side is the fence. As an aside. I know we all get pretty upset about marks or dirt on our lens. But if I am shooting through a chain link fence and it only slightly mars the shot - notice the end of the top machine gun, then a little dirt or scratch on our lens is not going to make any difference at all. I have heard some professional photographers make this same point but it is always nice to prove it.

Photoshop: Cropped about 50%, Very slight curves adjustment to increase contrast. I used the channel mixer in monochrome to convert to black and white (the line on tarmack was annoyingly yellow), Used standard PS sharpening.

Photograph EXIF info
Canon 20D using EF 70-200 f/4L at 200 mm for 1/250s @ f/6.3, iso=100.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

#16 High Key Alpental Skier


Alpental, Summit at Snoqulamie, Washington, USA.

I took this picture from Edelweiss Chair as the skier was coming down Gunmont. It was snowing really hard. I photoshoped the picture to bring out more detail than the original. The trees in the background were not really that visible.

Photoshop: Heavy curves and channel mixer in monotone. Original picture was very dark. Basically used channel mixer in monotone mode as a highlight/shadow adjustment to bring out the trees which were almost invisible - that is why the sky is blown out. Maybe I need to go back and do a gradient filter to tone the sky down... But I like it.

Update: I thought I would post the original shot. Here it is...


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