Horse grazes in a field beneath moving clouds outside Durham, NC.
152 s exposure.
Grazing Horse and Clouds at Sunset (#2), outside Durham, NC (14″x14″)
Still trying to find a balance between work, pandemic, and getting out to take photographs in a new location after moving across the country. I recently started taking my camera and tripod in my backpack when I go out cycling, and I was near this tower around sunset yesterday when I decided to stop and take a ~2 minute exposure of the clouds passing over the structure- I love the contrast of the incredibly straight, human-made lines against the smoothed passing clouds in the sky.
Duke Tower and Passing Clouds at Sunset (#1, B&W), Durham, NC (14″x21″)
Long/bulb exposure of fog lifting off the SFOBB, December, 2019.
SFOBB and Fog (#4, B&W), San Francisco, CA (12″x18″)
Long/bulb exposures of Torpedo Wharf near Golden Gate Bridge.
Torpedo Wharf (#3, B&W), San Francisco, CA (10″x18″)
Long/bulb exposures of Torpedo Wharf near Golden Gate Bridge.
Torpedo Wharf (#1, B&W), San Francisco, CA (12″x18″)
Torpedo Wharf (#2, B&W), San Francisco, CA (12″x18″)
Pylons and fog near Torpedo Wharf in San Francisco.
Fog, Pylons, and Receding Coastline to Torpedo Wharf, San Francisco, CA (10″x18″)
Pylons and fog near the NOAA Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary building.
Fog and Pylons in the Water, San Francisco, CA (12″x12″)
This structure pokes out into the surf near the NOAA Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary building. One of my favorite photographs from 2019.
Fog and Structure in the Water, San Francisco, CA (10″x18″)
Morning fog lifting off the Golden Gate Bridge in December, 2019.
Golden Gate Bridge, Waves, and Lifting Fog, San Francisco, CA (12″x16″)
Golden Gate Bridge, Rusty Post, and Lifting Fog, San Francisco, CA (12″x18″)
Long exposure of winter storm coming in from the Pacific at Westport Jetty near Twin Harbors State Park, Washington.
Westport Jetty and Clouds at Sunset (B&W), Westport, WA (10″x18″)
Stumps and logs embedded in the sand at Twin Harbors State Park, Washington.
Stump in Waves (#3, B&W), Twin Harbors State Park, WA (12″x12″)
Panorama of Snoqualmie Falls- wish I had included a bit more foreground as the bottom of the ravine feels cut off in this one. I’ll have to take another trip out there when it’s more foggy/cloudy so I don’t get that burned out white spot in the sky!
Snoqualmie Falls in Late Winter (Color Panorama #1), Snoqualmie, WA (16″x28″)
Shooting a few long-exposure photographs of Snoqualmie Falls has been on my bucket list, so I decided to check the location off my list last weekend- rainy/cloudy conditions were in the weather forecast, but the sun started poking through the clouds as I got there. Winter sun is usually a relief in the Pacific Northwest, but not for long-exposure photography.
Snoqualmie Falls in Late Winter (BW #1), Snoqualmie, WA (12″x18″)
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″)
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″)
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″)
Back in late April, I drove over to West Seattle to shoot a few long-exposure photographs of the Seattle skyline at sunset.
Alki Beach Pylons and Pink Skies at Sunset, West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Pylons and Seattle Skyline at Blue Hour, West Seattle, WA (16″x41″)
Exploring more docks/piers along the Lake Washington shore line- this weekend, I visited the ‘T Dock’ near Madrona Beach. With the low, thick clouds, I was able to get 2-5 minute exposure times with a 10-stop ND filter, even during the middle of the morning.
Lake Washington T Dock and Rain Clouds (#1, B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Lake Washington T Dock, Rain Clouds, and Ghosts (#1, Color), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
I had a chance to go back to the swimming pier at Mt Baker Beach on Lake Washington near sunset- fading pink light shifting to blue hour and passing clouds, and five minute exposure times. I was there for about an hour and walked away with something like six photographs. I like the way bulb exposure photography slows things down.
Lake Washington Swimming Pier at Sunset (#1, Color), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Lake Washington Swimming Pier at Sunset (#2, B&W), Seattle, WA (10″x18″)
Swimming pier and I-90 bridge along the shore of Lake Washington, Seattle, WA.
Lake Washington Swimming Pier (#4, B&W), Seattle, WA (11″x18″)
I-90 Bridge and Fog (B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x12″)
Swimming pier near Mt Baker Beach along the shores of Lake Washington, Seattle, WA.
Mt Baker Beach Swimming Pier (#3, B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Foggy/rainy evening skies provide perfect ‘grey box’ lighting for bulb exposures along the shores of Lake Washington, Seattle, WA. This was my first time shooting there, so I tried two compositions: one including the eroding stairs leading down to the water, and the other with just the swimming pier- I like the simplicity of the latter, but the stairs and shore are a nice element in the former.
Lake Washington Swimming Pier (#1, B&W), Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Lake Washington Swimming Pier (#2, B&W), Seattle, WA (10″x18″)