On a trip to Australia in October, I had limited time for photography. I tried going to Princes Pier on a moody, foggy morning, but my GPS stopped working. I gave it another try a few days later, and the clouds parted as I arrived- beautiful weather, but bad for long-exposure photography. Here’s what I could do with the conditions.
Princes Pier Pylons, Melbourne, Australia (12″x12″)
On a trip to Australia in October, I stopped for a few days in New Zealand and took the ferry over to Waiheke Island. Early spring in the Auckland area is fantastic for photography- passing rain storms, moody clouds, and some sunshine. I loved it and would love to go back.
Clouds over Island, near Waiheke, New Zealand (12″x18″)
A second photograph of a mountain poking through clouds near Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA.
Tree Silhouette, Clouds, and Mountain, Olympic National Park, WA (10″x10″)
This is one of my favorite photographs from a recent trip to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA. Clear days are fantastic, but I love the atmosphere created by cloudy, foggy, partially obstructed views.
Mountain through the Clouds, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Panorama of Stuart Range and clouds shot from Navaho Peak.
Clouds over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak (BW),
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x72″)
Earlier this summer, I hiked up to Navaho Pass and Peak. From the peak, the view of the clouds spilling over the Cascades onto the Stuart Range was fantastic. More panoramas and single frame photographs soon.
Cloud over Stuart Range from Navaho Peak (BW),
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (12″x18″)
Bulb exposure of gathering summer rain clouds over a sculpture at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Meow Wolf Sculpture and Summer Clouds, Santa Fe, New Mexico (12″x18″)
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.
Upper Thomas Lake and Mt Sopris at Blue Hour (2019),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x35″)
Upper Thomas Lake, Mt Sopris, and Morning Clouds (B&W),
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (16″x40″)
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 Park Pier and Summer Rain Clouds (#5, B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Clouds over late spring snow on Mt Rainier between Panorama Point and Paradise.
Rainier, Snow, Trees, and Clouds, Mt Rainier National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Rainier, Snow, Rock, and Clouds, Mt Rainier National Park, WA (12″x18″)