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Sometimes You Get Lucky

Scootney Reservoir Sunset – Othello, WA

After a chilly late afternoon / early evening Sandhill Crane photography shoot, we were looking for a rest area.  The closest one was at Scootney Park.  As we drove down to the lake, the sun had just gone down below the western hills.  The red, orange, and pink colors covered the sky and reflected over the lake.  The rest stop had to be delayed for a while while we captured the beautiful sunset.  We sure got lucky!

Welcome to the Palouse

160923_sunset-on-palouseCanon 5D MkII, EF 24-105 f/4 L @ 58mm, f/11, 1/15 sec, ISO 200

This is what greeted me as I drove up to the Palouse in SE Washington State for a week of exploring and photographing.  The brilliant pink and orange lasted for only a few minutes.  I rapidly looked for a place to pull off the highway.  By the time I got out and pulled out my camera, the magic was just about over  In less that a minute the glow was gone.  Too bad it is illegal to stop in the middle of a highway to capture a shot.

I was really excited about the clouds and what I expected to see during the next few days.  However, the clouds did not come back during my stay.  So I focused on the rolling hills, unique lines, and architectural elements.  This trip was for scouting anyway.

Brilliant End to a Beautiful Day

150823_Limekiln Lighthouse Sunset by Karl Graf. Canon 7D MkII, EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 40mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 1600

Yesterday’s post was of a bright sunrise.  Today’s post is of a brilliant sunset over Limekiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island.  Several people just hung around the lighthouse until the last rays of the sun receded.  The day was another wonderful gift!

Creating a Sunset

150720_PaintedHills3 by Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 35mm, f/22, 1/125 sec, ISO 400

This image of Oregon’s Painted Hills was taken from the main overlook.  The overall scene was immense and beautiful.  However, the bright mid-day sun made the image look flat.  As I was surveying other images of the Painted Hills, I came across several dramatic images of the hills in late afternoon/early evening sun.  I took the challenge to see if I could get close as I post-processed the image.  Using a variety of adjustment layers and masks, I came up with the following image.

150720_PaintedHills3_Sunset by Karl Graf. This is what I imagine what the scene would be in the warn early evening light, just before sunset.  I can’t wait to go back and capture an actual sunset here.

Limekiln Lighthouse Stimulus

131108_Limekiln Lighthouse by Karl G. Graf.


I haven’t been very active in expanding my photographic knowledge and experience during the last several months.  Something was always in the forefront.  I fell into a real slump.  When I did shoot, nothing seemed to pop out to me.  I continued following my favorite photographers on-line and became more and more envious on what they were doing.  My work seemed to be so mundane.

Today, I took a few moments to look back on some of my work last summer.  I saw this image of the Limekiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island and felt that it wasn’t so bad after all.  It provided me with a stimulus to go back out and continue to shoot and enjoy the outdoors that I love.