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Silver Peak Approach

In early June, I took a quick trip with a friend to summit Silver Peak in the Cascade Range. The first few miles followed well-maintained switchbacks to Annette Lake, followed by a steep bushwhack, a scree field crossing, and a final ascent up to a ridge on a snow field. The views from the ridge were worth the climb.

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Ridge on Approach to Silver Peak (#1), Cascade Range, WA (18″x36″)

SilverPeak_Ridge1_PanoRidge on Approach to Silver Peak (#2), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)

 

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Meltwater from Glaciers on Rainier

After a quick hike from the White River camping area to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier, I used a Neutral Density filter to take a bulb exposure panorama of the grey meltwater of the White River on my way out of the park.

River_Pano2_HDR_Mod_BWFXcropWhite River Panorama (#2), Mount Rainier National Park, WA

 

 


Spring Hike at Mt. Rainier

In early June, I took a quick hike from the White River camping area to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. A lenticular cloud was draped over the summit of the mountain, and the air smelled of pine and melting snow. This was my first visit to the park, and I was amazed at how large the mountain appears when hiking on its flanks.

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Lenticular Cloud over Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Meltwater Stream in the Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, WA (12″x16″)


Seattle Skyline from West Seattle

Before heading down to the water to do some coastal, pylon-focused bulb exposure work, I decided to shoot a few more traditional ‘Seattle Skyline’ panoramas as the clouds rolled over. When I started, the day was grey and overcast (first panorama), and later in the afternoon the clouds started to part, making for a nice ‘black sky’ backdrop for the texture of the clouds (second panorama).

SeattleSkyline_BW_JoeBlockPark_4Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x55″)

 

SeattleSkyline_BW_JoeBlockPark_2Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x32″)

 

 

 

 

 


Seattle Skyline Bulb Exposure, Part 3

After spending a few minutes walking around scoping out Joe Block Park, I decided to try to use some of the dock/pylons to frame the Space Needle and Seattle skyline (first photograph). Although I liked the idea, I found that a later composition was more successful (second photograph).

 

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Pylons and Rocks Framing Skyline (Bulb #1), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (12″x16″)

 

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Pylons and Rocks Framing Skyline (Bulb #3), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)

 


Seattle Skyline Bulb Exposure, Part 2

More bulb exposures of Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline shot from Joe Block park in West Seattle.

JoeBlockPark_RocksBoatsPylons_BulbExpPano_3Pylons, Boats, and Rocks (Bulb Exposure #3), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x37″)


Seattle Skyline Bulb Exposure, Part 1

I was trying to find a few good places to take bulb (long exposure) photographs of the Elliott Bay shoreline, and I came across Jack Block and Joe Block Parks in West Seattle. These former Superfund sites have been recently cleaned up and converted into parks, but they maintain some of the old dock and pylon feel (perfect for an afternoon of bulb photographs when the tide went out and exposed the rocks along the shore).

JoeBlockPark_RocksBoatsPylons_BulbExpPano_2Pylons, Boats, and Rocks (Bulb Exposure #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x33″)


Field and Clouds near Zillah, WA

Darkening skies over a dirt road in the wine vineyards near Zillah, Washington.

Zillah_Vineyard_Road_Storm_BW2Fields and Storm Clouds (#2), near Zillah, WA (10″x18″)

 


House, Field and Clouds near Zillah, WA

Approaching storm clouds and darkening skies behind a lone building near Zillah, Washington.

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Lone House in Field and Approaching Rain Clouds, near Zillah, WA (16″x32″)


Snoqualmie Pass and Clouds

About a month ago, I popped over central Washington for some sunshine. On the way back, rain blowing in off the Pacific was dropping rain, sleet, and snow on Snoqualmie Pass. I had to pull over and photograph the dark trees and rock faces poking through the fog.

SnoqualmiePass_Pano_SnowyMtn_Mod_ColorFX_1x2_BWFXpartialSnoqualmie Pass in Fog, Washington (16″x32″)