Landscape and Panoramic Photography

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Paradise Loop Trail on Mt Rainier

My favorite part of the Paradise Loop trail was the less busy return (counter clockwise)- wonderful views of the Mountain, mossy streams, and rolling hillsides.

Rainier_Path_Moss_Stream.jpgRainier Path, Moss, and Stream, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x46″)

Rainier_Path_Shadow_PanoRainier Path and Shadows, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x31″)

 

 

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Autumn Colors on Flanks of Mt Rainier

On one of the last clear weekends this fall, I took a hike around the Paradise Loop trail on Mt Rainier. I hadn’t been over to this side of the Park in clear weather- despite the crowds on the hike up to Glacier Vista and Panorama Point, the views of the glaciers and summit are spectacular (and the number of people dropped off on the east side of the loop).

Rainier_Shadows_AutumnColors_PanoAutumn Colors and Evening Shadows, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (17″x35″)

Rainier_Path_StreamRainier Path and Stream, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x55″)

 

 


Seattle Skyline Bulb Exposure, Part 1

Smoke and clouds blanketed the sky back in late August, so I headed over to West Seattle to use the neutral, low lighting to do some long exposure (bulb) photography.  Another photographer in town had mentioned this old, rusty dock, but he didn’t know exactly where it was- happy to have found it! I included two of my favorite photographs from this location.

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Rusty Dock, (Bulb Exposure #1), West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)

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Rusty Dock, (Bulb Exposure #2), West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)


Meltwater Stream and Coleman Glacier

I walked up the lateral moraine along Coleman Glacier and stopped to shoot a long-exposure panorama of the meltwaters flowing out of the snow and ice. I liked this composition because it captured the stream, house-sized seracs (chunks of ice in the middle of the panorama above the snow field), and Mt Baker peeking over the ridge and snow field in the background.

ColemanGlacier_Meltwater3_ColorMeltwater and Coleman Glacier (#3, Color), Mt Baker Wilderness, Washington (16″x54″)

 


Coleman Glacier

I am used to hiking to near 13,000 feet in Wyoming to get on blue ice, so I’ve been trying to take advantage of the relatively easy access to low-elevation glaciers in Washington State. A few weekends ago, I drove to Mt. Baker and hiked up to Heliotrope Ridge and Coleman Glacier. I stacked three horizontal panoramas to try to capture the full view of the crevasses, seracs, and ice falls, but it’s still hard to get a sense of the size of the mountain and flowing ice from a series of photographs.

ColemanGlacier_TripStackPanoColeman Glacier and Mt Baker (#5, Color), Mt Baker Wilderness, Washington (32″x61″)

 


Falls along Creek near Annette Lake

A single-frame photograph of the falls along the creek running out of Annette Lake in western Washington.

HumpackFalls_SingleFrame_1x1.jpgHumpback Falls (Single Frame), Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x16″)


Falls along Humpback Creek

After hiking up to Annette Lake and Silver Peak, I stopped at the falls along Humpback Creek to photograph the moss, rocks, and water. Clouds had moved in throughout the day, providing nice lighting for a few bulb exposures.

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Humpback Falls (#1, Color), Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x32″)


Silver Peak Summit

Views from the summit of Silver Peak, Cascade Range in early June.

SilverPeak_Pano1_BWSilver Peak Summit (#1, B&W), Cascade Range, WA (16″x47″)

SilverPeak_Pano2_ColorSilver Peak Summit (#2, Color), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)

 


Silver Peak Approach

In early June, I took a quick trip with a friend to summit Silver Peak in the Cascade Range. The first few miles followed well-maintained switchbacks to Annette Lake, followed by a steep bushwhack, a scree field crossing, and a final ascent up to a ridge on a snow field. The views from the ridge were worth the climb.

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Ridge on Approach to Silver Peak (#1), Cascade Range, WA (18″x36″)

SilverPeak_Ridge1_PanoRidge on Approach to Silver Peak (#2), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)

 


Seattle Skyline from West Seattle

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).

SeattleSkyline_BW_JoeBlockPark_4Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x55″)

 

SeattleSkyline_BW_JoeBlockPark_2Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x32″)