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!
I was exploring another area of the Heceta Lighthouse Park most of the morning. I had not come up with anything interesting. I felt a little “down” because nothing had “come to me”. Walking back to my car I saw a couple of our workshop participants shooting into the woods. I walked up and saw the beautiful filtered light they had observed. Usually I do not like to “copy” an image/view that another has discovered. But, I could not help myself this time.
Terry, this is your image. It just happened to appear in my camera as well. Thank you!
Part of what intrigues me with Black and White long exposure photography is the ability to really work with tones to create different moods. I shot this image underexposed to present a deep calm mood. In post-processing a dodged the sky slightly around the center sea stack and burned the corners of the frame slightly.
When an unique opportunity presents itself to me, I try to drop whatever I am focused on and create an image from that special gift. This evening, I was practicing Black and White, long exposure photography. I was struggling with the waning light. As the sun dropped below the horizon, this wonderful gift appeared before my eyes. I immediately pulled off my 15-stop neutral density filter, refocused, reset my exposure and was able to capture and create this special moment. This wonderful light lasted for just a few seconds.
Lesson Learned: Always be ready to immediately step back and take advantage of the wonderful gifts that are presented to me
These two trees struggling for life caught my attention while I was doing some long exposure photography. My interest quickly focused on them. I walked around to get the best perspective I could find. I focused on keeping the angle of the trees leaning to the center, maintaining a separation between the small sea stack and the cliff, and eliminating some distracting rocks and dirt on the right edge. I blended two images together to achieve a tonal range between the sky and the cliff. I did a little dodging on the tree trunks and a little burning in the sky to get the contrast I was looking for.
I am getting better at taking my time to look around before becoming engrossed in shooting.
I just finished a workshop on the Oregon Coast with John Barclay and Cole Thompson. I walked away with a new set of tools: Long exposure photography and B&W processing. But what was more important, I reconfirmed why I photograph. I do it for myself. I do not do it for others. If someone happens to like an image I create, I will give it to them as a gift. That satisfies me.
I feel the same way about my website posts. I do it for myself. I record some of my thoughts at the time. If someone is interested in what I do, I share the site with them. I do not expect comments.
The above image was one of the last ones I took before heading back home. I made a side trip to Cape Perpetua and Thor’s Well. I finished taking images on the shore and packed up my gear. Right before I got to the top of the hill, I Iooked up and saw fog coming in. I stopped in my tracks and got my camera back out. This was the first long exposure I took. The wind picked up quickly and the fog started coming in rapidly. Below is my next image. How quickly things change! These images were taken 3 minutes apart, both with 2 minute exposures.