As I continue my developing relationship with more early morning photo shoots I am quickly discovering the importance of planning. I am trying to become a better planner in general but for sunsets I have the advantage of being able to watch the weather during the day and decide if the conditions warrant a hike to one of the local locations on my list. But for sunrises I have to decide ahead of time based totally on my advanced planning.
For this week's sunrise pics It quickly became apparently that storms were headed our way. So I picked Monday, the 30th of November. My thought was that the storms coming in from the west might give me some nice clouds which could make for a nice reflection shot.
After checking in with one of my favorite planning tools, The Photographer's Ephemeris, I choose to shoot Hummel Lake on Lopez Island.
I've shoot Hummel Lake many times so it didn't take long to find a compelling composition for my anticipate light. So I quickly setup and took a high iso test shot.
This predawn shot, about an hour before sunrise, is pretty flat and lifeless. But everything look ripe for something pretty special. There were "holes" in the clouds towards the rising sun which I hoped would let the sunrise paint the clouds and water with vibrant color. In addition waves of fog were rolling thru the scene and, although they wouldn't cooperate, there were Swans on the Lake.
Finally the sun rose enough to start lighting up the clouds and the lake and I proceeded to capture periodic shots.
The light, the reflections and the birds on the lake all changed subtly as the morning wore on. I choose this one as my "keeper" but it wasn't easy.
As the sunrise continued over Hummel Lake I started liking the light less and less so I pack up and headed home. On the north end the sky was clearing and the morning color was really opening up. All in all another beautiful winter morning on Lopez Island.
It's been a crazy busy spring and my commercial work has had me heads down so I've been a bit absent from social media and blog posting. But here's a quick update and a coupon for 25% off on notecards to thank y'all for your patience and great support. Just type in ...
If you're trying to figure out what kind of camera you're wanting or needing to buy, I'd wager that you're beginning your journey into photography or are rekindling an old love. If that's indeed the case ...
I thoroughly enjoy posting my personal list of favorite images that I do each year on my blog and my Facebook page. But It's also pretty interesting to see how my supporter "vote with their feet" at my online store. Here's a quick summary of my most popular notecards by number purchased.
I've updated the recent landscape images section of my website to include my fall shoots. Images on my website are of much higher quality with less compression than I can show on social media.
I'm also giving away 3 copies of my 2017 Calendar to my email list members
Sometimes it seems that I plan and go out shooting time and time again only to return home empty. So it can be a bit invigorating to go through my years worth of publish images to choose by favorites. And this year is turning out to be the hardest I've yet had. I'll start off with numbers 13, 14 & 15 and the runner ups. Then I'll update this post every day till ...
I've update the notecard section of my estore to add some new Facebook favorites. And since once a baker, always a baker, I've included a "Bakers Half Dozen" holiday coupon. So if you buy 6 notecards, the 7th one is free.
I'm pretty excited to announce that a selection of my notecards and my 2017 calendar are available on Lopez Island at Paper Scissors on the Rock. I've been trying to sort this idea out for way to long and I love having a presence in our local iconic...
Earlier this year I had the delightful opportunity to give a private photography lesson on Lopez Island. The lesson was primary tailored towards long exposure techniques but also include some general discussions on exposure and post processing techniques as well as some advice on gear. I thought I'd summarize the course...
Having just wrapped up my year long Morning Light Project, I was projectless, for about a day. I like having a project based theme to help add a bit of discipline to my photography and push me in a direction that I might not otherwise be going. So my next photography based project will be intimate landscapes.
It hardly seems possible that I started this project a year ago. But as "they" say, time does fly by. It's been a pretty wonderful year filled with, mostly, beautiful mornings and great light. So I'll end this project with this month's shot from Kauai as well as my favorite images from my year long Morning Light Project.