Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Space Needle Bokeh

Seattle, Washington
August 26, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 60 mm: ISO 800: 1.3 sec.: f/9
Bokeh is not my favorite form of photography, but I thought it might be fun to get one of the Space Needle in Seattle.  You can see a couple normal images from that night here and here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fishing poles on the Oceanside Pier

Oceanside, California
August 31, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 35 mm.: ISO 100: 1/1000 sec.: f/11
I took this shot at the end of the Oceanside Pier at the same time as I took this fisherman shot.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Seattle Railroad

Seattle, Washington
August 27, 2013
Nikon D3100, Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: 1/10 sec.: f/22
I walked from Pioneer Square over towards Chinatown when I found this cool railroad tunnel.  I loved the skyscrapers in the background (I could have done without the billboard) so I set myself up.  Not long after I set up, I saw the lights of a train coming through the tunnel. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Downtown Seattle

Seattle, Washington
August 27, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 400: 1/60 sec.: f/8

























While I was out killing some time in Seattle, I took the light rail and decided to get off at the Pioneer Square stop.  I walked around and didn't find much, but I was drawn to this corner because of the people just hanging out and the colorful mural across the street.  I tried to do a slow exposure image, but the traffic just wasn't busy enough to make it work.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Catalina Island Sunset

Oceanside, California
August 31, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 185 mm: ISO 220: 1/500 sec.: f/11
As we were eating dinner from the second floor at Ruby's, I looked out toward Catalina Island and saw the sun just setting over the island.  I dug out my camera and rushed out to the deck and started shooting.  I was soon joined by many others holding camera phones.  I was pleased to get a few shots I really enjoy and the sunset was so beautiful I did almost no editing and didn't saturate the colors at all.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Skyscrapers over Pike Place

Seattle, Washington
August 27, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 27 mm: ISO 360: 1/500 sec.: f/11
This photo was also taken from Victor Steinbruek Park.  Pike Place is the yellow building on the bottom.  Here are two other shots taken from the same location: 1 and 2.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Old and New Architecture in Downtown Seattle

Seattle, Washington
August 27, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 50 mm: ISO 360: 1/500 sec.: f/11
This was shot at the same time as this shot.  One of my favorite things to do is find old buildings in the same shot as newer buildings as a way to add some contrast in a different way.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Fallen Tree in the Settlers' Grove of Ancient Cedars

Shoshone, Idaho
July 17, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 25 mm: ISO 100: 1/40 sec.: f/11
I loved the way the sun was hitting this small stream through the gap in the trees.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sunstar in the Settlers' Grove of Ancient Cedars

Shoshone County, Idaho
July 17, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: .50 sec.: f/18
I wanted to capture a sun star without losing the size of the trees in this image.  I like how the sun illuminated the trees on the right of the image too.  Here and here are a couple more images showing these awesome trees

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Irish Brick House in Seattle

Seattle, Washington
August 27, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 70 mm: ISO 400: 1/400 sec.: f/11
I always love finding older buildings that have character such as this older brick building with the fire escapes and warehouse-style windows.  The Irish flare adds a nice touch.  I shot this from the Victor Steinbruek Park just Northwest of Pike Place.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle, Washington
August 26, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 60 mm: ISO 800: 3.0 sec.: f/9
Here is my favorite shot taken from my hotel fire escape during my short stay in Seattle.  You can see another space needle shot from the same location here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Coeur d'Alene River

Kingston, Idaho
July 16, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: 5.0 sec.: f/13: Hoya ND8
This is my final photo from my day shooting the river.  Other shots from this same view are hereherehere, and here.  Another view is here.  Some sunset views here and  here.  Finally, some night views herehere and here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fishing on the Oceanside Pier

Oceanside, California
August 31, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 35 mm: ISO 100: 1/2000 sec.: f/11
The sun started to go down as we were waiting for a table at Ruby's and I had ten minutes to kill so I began looking for a subject to shoot.  I wanted to shoot into the sun to capture a little color and get a silhouette.  I was pleased to find this man away from the throngs of other fishermen.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bungalows at the Beach

Oceanside, California
August 31, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 155 mm: ISO 400: 1/250 sec.: f/10
After getting home from Seattle, I had two days before we left for Oceanside for Labor Day.  One of our favorite things to do in Oceanside (other than swim of course) is to walk down the pier.  My wife Mallory loves these little bungalows along the beach and always wants to rent one!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Five most Popular Photos

I have hit the 5,000 visitor mark on this blog so I am going to post my 5 most popular photos based strictly on the number of views they have gotten.  I did my 3 most popular when I hit 3,000.  You can check that post out here and you will see those have all been replaced by newer photos.

Coming in at number 5: A photo of Downtown Wallace.  I must have posted this on a popular day, because it is far from one of my favorites!  You can see the details of this shot here.


Coming in at number 4: The result of a long day shooting in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.  This is the popular fire wave that will catch the reflection of the sunset if you are lucky.  You can see the details of this photo here.


Coming in at number 3: A more recent shot of the Coeur d'Alene River in Northern Idaho.  This wasn't even my favorite shot of that day, but it became quite popular.  You can see the details of this photo here.


Coming in at number 2: Another shot of the Coeur d'Alene river taken a couple days before the shot above.  You can see the details of this photo here.


Coming in at number 1: By a far margin, this shot of Khao Kanab Nam in Krabi, Thailand has been my most popular photo.  This is due in large part to some traffic from being recognized by a Thai website.  You can see the details of this photo here.


It's been just over 5 months since I posted my 3 most popular.  I look forward to reaching 10,000 visitors in the next 5 months and posting my 10 most popular photos at that time!  At the end of the year, I will post my ten favorite photos from 2013 and I am pretty sure none of the photos in this post will make the cut.  In the meantime stop back often and I will post photos a few times a week.



The Strip from the Stratosphere

Las Vegas, Nevada
August 10, 2013
Samsung ST200 at 70 mm: ISO 80: 1/250 sec.: f/4.60
I wanted to do something fun with my wife for our 5-year anniversary, but we didn't have a lot of options with a new-born baby.  Luckily my brother-in-law and his wife volunteered to watch our baby girl while we went to the Stratosphere.  We purchased a package with unlimited rides and buffets.  It was a really fun night, and even though one of the rides was shut down, we got our money's worth riding the other two rides four times each.  I didn't want to lug my camera up there, but I couldn't waste this awesome view so I used my wife's little camera to capture this.  You can check out my wife's fun blog about our night here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stream through the Settlers' Grove of Ancient Cedars 2

Shoshone County, Idaho
July 17, 2013
Nikon D3100: Tamron 18-270 at 18 mm: ISO 100: 1/10 sec.: f/11
This shot is at the same location as this one, but I moved a little closer and anchored my tripod on the logs to get more stream and less trees in the foreground.  I think it really changes the focus of the image.  Other shots from Settlers' Grove are here and here.