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Sol Duc Falls – Olympic National Park


Sol Duc Falls - Olympic National Park, WA

Sol Duc Falls – Olympic National Park, WA

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Merriman Falls – Olympic National Park


Merriman Falls - Quinault, WA

Merriman Falls – Quinault, WA

I spent last week visiting Olympic National Park and Mt Rainier National Park in the Pacific Northwest. It felt good to be out with my camera again after months of inactivity. I wanted to get away from shooting beach sunrise/sunset to give my portfolio a little color variations; thus I only shot a few water falls photos during my trip. This location is about 7 miles from the lovely Lake Quinault Lodge.

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Adrift on Ribbons of Light


Half-shell twilight adrift - Santa Barbara, California

An adrift half-shell on the wave-streaked sand rippling with ribbons of light under a tempestuous sky …

My first post for 2012: this image was shot a few hours ago. I still have some more photos to post from my last Canadian Rockies trip, but since we’ve been getting dramatic sunset skies, I went back to my local beach with my camera. Will resume posting when I find free time.

Happy New Year!

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Storm Clouds over Herbert Lake


Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway -  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Passing storm over Herbert Lake, Icefields Parkway – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Woke up on a rainy morning, wanted to stay in bed; but couldn’t go back to sleep, so I put on my rain gears and headed out. I took refuge from the rain staying under the trees on the shore of Herbert Lake. The rain stopped for a while, and Herbert Lake’s surface settled as the morning light broke through just enough to add dramatic colors to the storm clouds passing over the Bow Range. Standing alone in the woods, I thought perhaps I should have stayed on Lake Louise, but I was bored from shooting sunrise there with over a dozen other tripods. On Lake Louise, I felt like a tourist, on this small Herbert Lake a few miles away, I felt like a traveler. The difference between a tourist and a traveler? Not so much in term of semantics, but state of mind. Perhaps G.K. Chesterton said it best, “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” On this cold and rainy sunrise, this was what I saw.

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Twilight Sky over Maligne Lake – Jasper National Park, Alberta


Twilight Sky over Maligne Lake

Spent a week in the Canadian Rockies during foliage season and came home with many beautiful photos. Out of seven days there, I was able to photograph one good sunset. The Canadian Rockies have so many beautiful locations that I would love to be able to spend a few weeks there. Between Banff and Jasper, I much prefer the quiet beauty of Jasper. For this evening, I had all Maligne Lake to myself. For hours, our car was the only vehicle in the parking lot.

Will post and write more about my trip. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this image. I captured many different variations of this beautiful sunset over Maligne Lake’s boat house, but like the soft pink clouds in this shot as opposed to later shots that feature intense red skies.

To get a good exposure of the sky and the foreground – including those trees that might have been in deep shadows, I stacked a 2 stops soft edge GND filter and a 2 stops hard edge GND filter. To get extra vertical coverage of the beautiful soft pink sky while maintaining my favorite rocks in the foreground, I took two horizontal exposures at 16mm and combined them in Photoshop. To capture the cloud movements, I lengthen my exposure to five seconds.



Pre-dawn Stillness on Oxbow Bend


Pre-dawn Stillness on Oxbow Bend

Pre-dawn colors and reflections at the Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming, USA


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Frozen Twin Lakes Twilight


Frozen Twin Lakes Twilight

A two minutes twilight exposure of a frozen Twin Lakes – Eastern Sierra, California


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Earth Wind Fire Water Time


Earth Wind Fire Water Time

A 100 seconds twilight exposure of a Southern California beach shot with a BW ND110 filter.


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Motion in Stillness


Motion in Stillness

Early morning winter light on Mono Lake, California.


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