Happy 4th of July!

Poulsbo Fireworks display

I took a few photos of the Poulsbo, WA fireworks display last night (July 3rd) experimenting with different camera settings.

 

Here’s the settings I used on this image:

F18 at 20 seconds, ISO 125, 75mm lens, Canon 5D MKII in AV mode. RAW file processed in Adobe Camera Raw.  Several of my shots were set at F16 at 30 seconds, ISO 200 with good results.  This photo was taken during the grand finale.  With more fireworks happening at once I lowered the ISO to 125 and raised the aperture to F18.  In AV mode the proper exposure was made in 20 seconds.

Old Growth Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to favorite places, the old growth forests of the Olympic Mountains ranks right up there.  Recently I spent the day photographing in the pristine forest along the South Fork Skokomish River. Being in the company of towering Douglas fir trees over 800 years old is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience especially in early summer  when the “Green Machine” is at its peak performance with conifer boughs tipped with lime green and understory plants in heated competition for scarce sunlight.  The shades of green, earthy smells and stillness of the forest is the perfect recipe for creativity and my day in the forest passed in bliss.

Agnes Gorge Waterfall

Waterfall at the end of the Agnes Gorge Trail

Here’s a photo of a waterfall at the end of the Agnes Gorge Trail (accessed from Stehekin).  Normally a small trickle, the spring snow melt turned it into a beautiful cascade tumbling over terraces of granite.  The sun streaming through the trees and a rainbow glowing in the mist made an interesting scene.

From Stehekin, Washington

Kathy and I are enjoying our stay in Stehekin,  a small community at the head of Lake Chelan (a scenic 50 mile boat ride from Chelan).   Yesterday we walked up to the old Stehekin school house and then to the Historic Buckner Orchard and Homestead.  I had a great time photographing all the old farm implements while Kathy concentrated mainly on the grounds and buildings.  So much water was raging down Rainbow Falls that we couldn’t get our cameras close enough to photograph it.  Today we are going to take the shuttle bus to the end of the road and hike the Agnes Gorge trail.

Welcome

Welcome to my ALL-NEW website!  Take a look around and let me know what you think.  I’ve tested everything on my computer, but I would appreciate hearing from you if you find something that’s not working right on your computer. 

Special thanks to Anne Plummer from IvyCat Website Services!  Anne guided me through the design process and did all the heavy lifting for putting the website together. IvyCat took care of all the behind the scenes work so that my website will function smoothly and be properly recognized by search engines.  Anne even came to my house and trained me on how to use Word Press to add all the content. 

So check back again soon, I plan to add more photos from recent trips as well as updates on this blog.