Landscape and Panoramic Photography

long exposure

Santa Fe, NM Summer Clouds

Bulb exposure of gathering summer rain clouds over a sculpture at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Meow Wolf Sculpture and Summer Clouds, Santa Fe, New Mexico (12″x18″)

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Thomas Lakes and Mount Sopris, 2019

Blue hour bulb/ND panorama of snow fields, cirque, and summit of Mt Sopris from Upper Thomas Lake at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, White River National Forest. It was hard to get the exposure right as the light was fading- you can probably tell that the panorama gets darker from left to right as I left the exposure times the same for each of the frames in the shot. The second panorama is from the following morning- I used a B&W conversion to try to emphasize the texture of the rocks and clouds.

UpperThomasLake_Sopris_BlueHourUpper Thomas Lake and Mt Sopris at Blue Hour (2019),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x35″)

UpperThomasLake_Morning_Clouds_Pano_BWUpper Thomas Lake, Mt Sopris, and Morning Clouds (B&W),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x40″)


Trail to Mount Sopris, 2019

Earlier this summer, I backpacked up to Thomas Lakes in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of Colorado and took a few photographs along the way. I’ve always loved this stretch of hike- the trail switchbacks through an open field, then crosses the top of a hill and enters a grove of aspen as it ascends to Thomas Lakes.

Sopris_Field_Trail_2019_Pano_ColorTrail through Field to Mt Sopris and Sopris (2019),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x46″)


Hanging Lake, Summer 2019

Last summer was quite dry and hot on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colorado- smoky air from forest fires and streams and waterfalls that trickled instead of gushed. This summer, I took my annual walk up to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon and photographed the falls- there was much more water, with falls spouting out of the cliffs in multiple places. Here is a 30-second exposure of the falls at Hanging Lake.

HangingLake_LowerFalls_Bulb_2019_ColorHanging Lake and Falls (Bulb Exposure, 2019),
Glenwood Canyon, White River National Forest, Colorado (11″x18″)


Lake Washington Bulb Exposures, Part 6

We had a relatively rare mid-summer rain pass through this weekend, so I took advantage of the darker skies and headed out to Madison Park to take a few bulb exposures of the passing clouds over Lake Washington. Unfortunately, as I set up to shoot, the sun started poking through the clouds, so even stacking a 10-stop ND filter on a polarizing filter only allowed for ~60-75 second exposures. I’ve found that I need a good two to five minutes to really get the water to flatten out in these photographs.

Madison_Pier_5_BW_BulbExposureMadison Park Pier and Summer Rain Clouds (#5, B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)

 

 

 

 


Bulb Exposures of Seattle Skyline at Sunset

Back in late April, I drove over to West Seattle to shoot a few long-exposure photographs of the Seattle skyline at sunset.

 

Alki_SeattleSkyline_PinkSunset_April2019Alki Beach Pylons and Pink Skies at Sunset, West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)

 

Alki_SeattleSkyline_Sunset_Pano_April2019Pylons and Seattle Skyline at Blue Hour, West Seattle, WA (16″x41″)


Rialto Beach Bulb Exposures, Part 5

Long-exposure photographs from the cloudy morning hike back to the car at Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, WA.

Rialto_Rocks_Morning_LongExpo1_ColorWaves Washing around Rock, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)

 

RialtoBeach_Morning_Bulb_BlackSands_28Waves, Rocks, and Black Sand, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)


Rialto Beach Bulb Exposures, Part 3

Single-frame long exposure photograph of sea stacks and Hole-In-The-Wall at sunset along Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, WA.

Rialto_Sunset_Rocks_LightRays_ColorLight Rays over Sea Stacks, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)

 

Rialto_Sunset_TidePoolCircle2_BWTide around Rocks at Sunset, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)

 


Rialto Beach Bulb Exposures, Part 2

Long-exposure panorama (and a single-frame long exposure) of sea stacks and Hole-In-The-Wall at sunset along Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, WA.

RialtoBeach_Sunset_Panorama_Bulb_ColorSea Stacks and Hole-In-The-Wall at Sunset, Olympic National Park, WA (16″x34″)

 

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Sea Stacks and Low Tide at Sunset (#3, Color), Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)


Rialto Beach Bulb Exposures, Part 1

Back in April, I spent a couple of days backpacking along the Pacific coast near Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park, WA. I already want to go back- rocky coastline full of tide pools, sea stacks, black sands, and bleached trees. More ND/bulb exposures soon!

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Sea Stacks and Low Tide at Sunset (#1, B&W), Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)