Category Archives: Landscape Photography

Playing With Fall Colors

Washington Arboretum, Seattle

I constantly look over my previous images to review how I have achieved a certain look so I can improve on it.  Today I was reviewing my images for examples of pulling a viewer into the frame through the illusion of depth.  Well, this image has nothing to do with that, but it still caught my eye.

The image is a double exposure of a couple of maples in their fall glory.  They had strong dark branches with the leaves receiving side lighting.  I was in a light playful mood, so I tried a double exposure.  I like the way it came out.

Happy New Year

“Fire in the Sky” – Heather Heights Sunrise

Today is the sunrise of a bright New Year.  For me, each New Year is full of hope, opportunities, explorations and adventures.  It is a time to enjoy and nourish family.  It is a fresh start to make new friends, renew past friendships, and continue great experiences with old friends. Each New Year is an instigator to renew my “inner self”, rethink what is most important in life, learn and explore new things, and thank the Lord for His gift of each new day and live it to its fullest.

Happy New Year 2018!

It Has Been a Great Year!

Sunset Over Face Rock, Bandon, Oregon

Today, December 31, is the sunset of 2017.  Looking back over the year, it has been a good one.  It was a year of travel:  Orlando, Central California Coast, Phoenix, Palm Desert, Hawaii, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Washington Coast, and Oregon Coast.  It was a great year to be back close to my family in Central Washington.  Many fun times were had with old friends (the Whizzies).  Several old friendships were reestablished.

I do miss close friends from our wonderful years in Pennsylvania.  Hopefully next year I will make it back for a visit!

As the sunset of 2017 passes, many happy memories of a great year remain!

Turn Around

Neighbor’s Trees

After the excitement of receiving the view of the gold patches shown in my post yesterday, I turned around and saw my neighbor’s trees silhouetted against the clouds. Quickly, I pulled out my I-phone again and received this additional gift.  Seconds later the beautiful sunset pastel disappeared.

I am thankful to have my I-phone camera ready at all times.  I can never anticipate when a gift will present itself.

There’s Gold in “Them Thar” Hills

Sunlight on Selah-Yakima Ridge

Driving home late in the afternoon, I looked back in my rear view mirror and saw golden sunlight patches on the ridge dividing Selah and Yakima.  They looked like patches of gold.  The sight stopped me in my tracks.  I stopped my truck, got out, pulled out my I-phone and received this beautiful gift.  A few minutes later it was gone. I have never seen (recognized) such a pattern on these hills before.

Lesson Learned:  When I see a gift, stop and receive it.  It may never present itself again.

Not Every Sunrise is Bright

Misty Morning from My Backyard

The few days prior to this were beautiful orange and pink sunrises. The previous days in late November had been warm.  During the night, the temperature had dropped.  I was drinking my morning cup of coffee looking out over my back yard, waiting for another brilliant sunrise.  I was surprised as the sun creeped over the horizon exposing this misty view of the valley below.  Each morning has its unique beauty.

A Mixture of Light

Seattle Japanese Gardens

My search for light continued.  This image jumped out at me when I was walking by.  Hard direct sunlight darted through branches above to highlight the leaves in the foreground.  Filtered soft light covered the background leaves.  Deep shadows hid the grass covered ground beneath the branches.  The combination provided an eye-catching scene.

Reflection

Seattle Japanese Gardens

Many times when I go to a specific place to photograph, I am on a mission of learning and experimentation.  This image is from such a photo shoot.  My mission for this day was to experiment with light:  hard light, soft light backlight, shadows, reflections, color.  Yesterday’s post was a backlight image looking up to the sky from underneath a Japanese maple.  Today’s image is an example of color and reflection.

Searching for different types of light helps me to be more aware of the beauty around me.  I do not think there is bad light.  Different forms lead to different perspectives of what is around me.  As a learning photographer, my job is to make the best of what I see and feel.