Waves crash against cliffs and recede back to the ocean at the Bay of Islands along the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne, Australia.
Waves and Cliffs, Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road, Australia (12″x18″)
A spring storm blowing in off the Southern Ocean made long-exposure photography a challenge while I was visiting the Great Ocean Road in Australia. I ended up shooting about four replicates of each composition, using my body as a windbreak and hoping that everything wouldn’t turn out blurry.
London Bridge and Waves, Great Ocean Road, Australia (12″x12″)
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″)
The light took on a silver quality as the fog thickened on my hike down from Talapus Lake so I decided to stop and photograph the stream flowing out of the lake.
Fog, Falls, and Trees near Talapus Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (12″x18″)
Fog, Falls, and Moss near Talapus Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA (16″x36″)
Bulb exposures of passing clouds reflecting morning light at the Stan Sayres Boat Launch in late August.
Stan Sayres Dock at Sunrise (Angle), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Stan Sayres Dock at Sunrise (Side), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Back in late August, I decided to head down to the Lake Washington shore to photograph a new subject before sunrise. Passing morning clouds provided a nice linear structure in the sky for these 3-5 minute exposures.
Submerged Tree Branches in Lake Washington at Sunrise (BW),
Seattle, WA (12″x16″)
Submerged Tree Branches in Lake Washington at Sunrise (Color),
Seattle, 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″)
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.
Hanging Lake and Falls (Bulb Exposure, 2019),
Glenwood Canyon, White River National Forest, Colorado (11″x18″)
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″)