After the fires this summer, views of Mount Sopris from Carbondale and the surrounding area were sadly hazy and smoky. A few evening rain clouds blew in over Sopris, but there wasn’t enough precipitation or wind to fully clear the air, leaving the views of one of my favorite mountains slightly obscured.
Sopris, Clouds, and Smoke, near Carbondale, CO (12″x18″)
Fortunately, on my last night in the area, the winds changed direction and pushed some of the smoke out of the region. It felt like I’d put on glasses- the view of Mount Sopris appeared crisp and well-defined as the setting sun cast a pink glow on the flanks of the mountain.
Sopris and Evening Clouds, near Carbondale, CO (12″x18″)
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.
White River Panorama (#2), Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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.
Lenticular Cloud over Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Meltwater Stream in the Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, WA (12″x16″)
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).
Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x55″)
Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x32″)
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).
Pylons and Rocks Framing Skyline (Bulb #1), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (12″x16″)
Pylons and Rocks Framing Skyline (Bulb #3), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Darkening skies over a dirt road in the wine vineyards near Zillah, Washington.
Fields and Storm Clouds (#2), near Zillah, WA (10″x18″)
Approaching storm clouds and darkening skies behind a lone building near Zillah, Washington.
Lone House in Field and Approaching Rain Clouds, near Zillah, WA (16″x32″)
Clouds over the Seattle skyline from the Jose P Rizal Bridge between Beacon Hill and the International District.
Seattle Skyline and Clouds (#3, B&W), Seattle, WA (16″x33″)
The sun began to shine through the top of the low-hanging cloud/fog being blown over the ridge, shooting beams of light between the tree trunks.
Sunlight through Foggy Forest, western Washington state (16″x44″)
In mid-March, trees around the Seattle area started blooming, including the cherry trees. Although I find the pink flowers beautiful, my eye was more attracted to the contrasts of textures and tones of the black trunks and bright blossoms.
Cherry Blossoms and Clouds (Short Exposure, #2), Seattle, WA (16″x35″)