Bringing spring to life blooming smok'ke'shin in HDR
Roses Lake, Central Washington
Sahale hike in the North Cascades
Columbia River Sunrise
August 31, 2012
Sockeye fishing on a summer morning
Tree tops pano
August 20, 2012 - Entiat River
Here, I stood looking straight up at the tree tops when I was on a hike looking for black bears. The sun came up and turned the neutral morning light, which resembled a bright overcast day, into the bright and harsh lighting clear days usually offer. I started snapping photos for the panorama shot from the left and continued until the camera got close to shooting a vertical eye-level shot. To merge these in a panorama I highlighted the series of photos in Adobe Bridge CS5, then selected "Tools," then selected "Photoshop," then selected "Photo Merge." From the list of options, I found "cylindrical" worked best for this type of camera swivel. It ended up giving me the most image to work with.
Playing with panoramas
June 21, 2012 - The Enchantments
My first attempt at panoramic images was while I was standing on a steep snowfield atop some of the highest mountains I have ever backpacked. First I made sure my footing was secure and then I snapped some photos of the occasion I'm sure will be too long before I can repeat.
90 degrees, midnight, lightning storm
July 7, 2012 - East Wenatchee
Sunday night the skies opened up with the most impressive display of lightning I have ever witnessed. There had been no wind all day so I was surprised when it picked up out of nowhere around 11 p.m. There had been a haze in the sky due to smoke in the region and living against the hills where I do, I stay alert to the threat of fire. I looked out my back door and saw so much ash-looking debris flying around I thought one was near. So I opened the door and felt a blast of warm air and looked for the tell-tale orange glow over a ridge. Thankfully, there was no fire to my knowledge, but there was lightning flashing all over. 360 degrees around my location lightning split the sky. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My weather monitor read 90 degrees outside in the late night. Only a little relieved, I set up my camera to try to capture some lightning using quick reflexes and good luck. After staying patient and trying to avoid spinning in circles "chasing" every flash I saw, These are a few of the photos I took.