The Flip Side
As I've mentioned before I really enjoy reflection photos, this is taken at Skookum Resort, a little south and east of Usk. The entire area is a photos dreamland, especially now. I would heartily recommend driving up to Newport, cross the bridge and just across, turn left onto Le Clerc Rd. The trees are in their fall splendor, the Pend Oreille River is calm and mirror-like and the photo ops are endless. After driving for a little over a half hour you end up across the river from Usk, and from there you get back to Hwy 2 just south of Diamond Lake. The entire trip is drop dead gorgeous.
A blue heron comes in for a landing at Lake Guinevere in Pend Oreille County.
Into the Looking Glass
Taken at Skookum Lake north of Old Town, Idaho/Newport, WA. The Fall colors and mirror like lake surface with the geese just begged to be shot; with a camera that is.
Though I like to think my specialty in Photography is Sunsets and Landscapes, I have shot some weddings on request. Such was the case this weekend when a friends daughter had a last minute event that required someone with some talent (?) behind the lens. I got this photo as the wedding party made their way to the altar. The flower girl as you see was quite photogenic.
After shooting a few pictures in landscape mode I noticed I was cutting off the higher altitude bursts so switched up the camera to portrait mode. I got this one about halfway through the shoot.
Over the years I've shot Fireworks photos from different vantage points around town, this year I decided to try the Division St. Bridge thinking if the waters were still it would add to the effect. I actually was able to get a great spot to get a great shot, and this is one of the results.
Taken 2-3 miles West of Waitsburg on another of trips to Walla Walla. I could tell it was going to be a good evening for a sunset shot, they are my specialty and there was a light rain falling so the sky was filled with mist that magnifies the colors of the setting sun.
Dayton is just 12 miles East of this but the place field wouldn't recognize Waitsburg.
The Flower Moon has been the talk of the town, at least on the weather reports on TV. As with my Aloysius Moon shot, this one is a combination of three shots. To get the buildings so the lights showed nice and clear the sky was almost pitch black, so the clouds were not visible. I shot a slower aperture speed to get a brighter sky and layered it onto the sharper skyline. The moon shot had to be an even faster shutter speed thus all else was pitch black. The moon was cutout and layered in last, then a little layer by layer brightening, darkening and the photo you see is the result.
I just like to be clear on whether a photo is au natural, or a blending of shots. Photoshop is so much easier than the old days of burning, dodging, and blending shots though different negatives, whew!
This was a garage fire a block away from where I live, I was one of the first to arrive and had a front row seat, I'm about 20' away as I took this picture. As I was going through the pictures I notice it appears to be a fire monster (?) exiting the open garage door.
Maybe I'm crazy, I have seen faces in sky prism (sundogs?) pictures that I've taken too. If you look just below and to the left of the thick black smoke you can see the face, the left leg goes down the right side of the door opening, the right leg is along the upper left of the door opening, and the right arm is above the right leg between the top of the door and the edge of the roof.
Or, I'm crazy!
The Fall always presents brilliant displays of changing leaf colors. Combined with an ideal reflective lake surface doubles the pleasure.
Born and raised in Walla Walla, a motorcycle accident in 2000 forced a major change that brought me first to Cheney where I graduated from EWU in 2005, and eventually moved into Spokane in 2009.
I started taking photos at 8 years old with an old Brownie 620 film camera. Sunsets are my favorite targets along with Hot Air baloons, water reflections, sports, and any other interesting shots.