Blue Moon – Dawn Over Early Winter Spires

Posted June 12th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Software, Travel  |  Permalink
Liberty Bell

Moon at dawn over the Early Winters Spires in Washington State’s North Cascades mountains.

One of my favorite places to photograph is in Washington State’s North Cascades mountain range. Just off of Highway 20 is a great viewpoint of the Early Winter Spires. Since this area is just on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, you’re often greeted with beautiful blue skies and great weather. This specific morning, we got up well before the crack of dawn and made a short hike up to the viewpoint. We knew that the moon would be out and would provide a great compositional element for our photographs. The stars were shining bright in the morning twilight and in this photo you can see the Orion constellation directly over the Early Winter Spires. The previous day’s snowfall provided a light dusting of white over the peaks, providing beautiful contrast for this pre-dawn photograph.

As with most photographs, the image isn’t finished until you work with it in post-processing. In this case, I used Adobe Lightroom 5 to increase the contrast and tone down the left side of the image where the sky had become a bit too bright. I took this shot in 2011 using a Nikon D700 and exposed for 8 seconds at f/11 at ISO 1000.





Tale of Two Roadsters

Posted October 22nd, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software, Travel  |  Permalink

Winthrop Washington is known for it’s old-western kitsch, but it is also a popular destination for road trippers. Here are a couple of roadsters from two different generations. Enjoy!

Honda S2000. Nikon D300s, 70-200mm f2.8. Two image HDR processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Honda S2000. Nikon D300s, 70-200mm f2.8. Two image HDR processed in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

MG roadster. I talked to this couple and they were driving from Sonoma, CA through Washington. Nikon D300s, 70-200mm f2.8. Single Image processed in Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to add just a bit of blur for the background. Then, processed as a single image in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Finally, converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Triumph roadster. I talked to couple who owned this car and they were driving from Sonoma, CA through Washington. Nikon D300s, 70-200mm f2.8. Single Image processed in Nik Color Efex Pro 4 to add just a bit of blur for the background. Then, processed as a single image in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Finally, converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.





North Cascades Art of Travel Workshop, Days 3 and 4

Posted October 18th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

That’s a wrap! We ended our Art of Travel Photography workshop in the North Cascades on a high note. We woke up long before dawn to photograph the Early Winters Spires washed in moonlight. An added photographic gift was the Orion star constellation positioned directly above the granite massif. Wonderful images and a great group of people. Can’t wait to come back again next year.

Early Winters Spires under moonlight. Notice the Orion star constellation above the massif.

Early Winters Spires under moonlight. Notice the Orion star constellation above the massif.

Fall colors along Hwy 20, just outside of Winthrop, WA.

Fall colors along Hwy 20, just outside of Winthrop, WA.

Rainy Lake at sunrise. The weather was cloudy and snowy, so no sun on the mountains. The clouds will have to do!

Rainy Lake at sunrise. The weather was cloudy and snowy, so no sun on the mountains. The clouds will have to do!

Fall colors and seeds.

Fall colors and seeds.

Fern in the forest by Rainy Lake, North Cascades.

Fern in the forest by Rainy Lake, North Cascades.





North Cascades Art of Travel Workshop, Days 1 and 2

Posted October 15th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

A group of photographers and I are up in Washington State’s North Cascades for the Art of Travel Photography workshop. Based out of the tiny town of Mazama, we are exploring the beauty of the surrounding mountains and stunning landscapes. Here are a few pics from day 1 and day 2 of the workshop. Two more days to go!

Season's first snow and yellow larch trees.

Season's first snow and yellow larch trees.

Washington Pass panorama.

Washington Pass panorama.

Early Winters Spires and cirrus clouds.

Early Winters Spires and cirrus clouds.

White trunks and yellow leaves.

White trunks and yellow leaves.

Waterfall on trail to Rainy Lake.

Waterfall on trail to Rainy Lake.





Art of Travel Photography Workshop – North Cascades

Posted September 8th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink
Sunrise and clouds from Slate Peak.

Sunrise and clouds from Slate Peak.

Everybody wants to create beautiful images while traveling. We journey to stunning locations because of the beauty and we want to show everyone the gorgeous surroundings after we return.

Every year I run a photography workshop called “The Art of Travel Photography” with the express purpose of working through the process of creating artistic and beautiful images. This year’s workshop is in the North Cascades of Washington State from 10/13 – 10/16. We will be based out of Mazama, WA and will photograph some of Washington’s most scenic areas. Our days will be filled with a mix of outdoor photography, hands-on field work, classroom instruction and the all-important image review/critique.

We’d love to have you come along on this year’s trip. Sign up now at this link:

www.outthereimages.com/travel_workshop.html

Methow River at sunrise.

Methow River at sunrise.

Liberty Bell and meadow. North Cascades, WA.

Liberty Bell and meadow. North Cascades, WA.

Old car and garage. Winthrop, WA.

Old car and garage. Winthrop, WA.

Water on grass. Early Winter Spires area, North Cascades, WA.

Water on grass. Early Winter Spires area, North Cascades, WA.





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