Monday, November 9, 2009

Novembers Photos So Far

Good timing on the drive home this particular evening. 


I love these fall skies... almost every night is a treat.  Lucky me, catching that plane.

You might remember this shot.  The last time I was here, I wasn't happy with my results because the skies were really clear or flat or something.


Much better this time, and I like this shot a lot more.

Yet another dramatic sky on my drive home.


It's great to be able to just stop and run down to the river and take pictures for a half an hour.  I'm enjoying it while I can.

Finally, some rain!  It was coming down pretty good the other night, with no wind, so I decided I should get out and enjoy it. 


And I did!  I walked through downtown and took pictures of the MAX on the new line, and did some shots from a whole new parking garage.  I was able to get some really interesting stuff, but for some reason this one really stood out.

On Sunday, I wanted to go for a  hike and enjoy the passing showers.  I decided to try something new, and drove up to Lucia Falls in Washington.  It was a nice drive and the falls are pretty cool.  I think they'd be nicer with a lower flow, as they are pretty short and were really churning yesterday.


As it is, the shot I took of the river heading down and around that island came out the most interesting.  I loved that mist coming off the trees, it only hung around for a couple of minutes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Last Weekend at the North Coast


As you'll recall from my last batch of photos, I took a quick drive out to the coast last weekend.  The sunset was a pleasant surprise, the main focus was a quick visit to Forts Stevens and Columbia.  Those of you who have been following me for some time will recognize this sort of place, as I've taken many trips over the last few years to the many decaying military batteries lining the Pacific.


It's tricky trying to find new things to shoot, especially at Fort Stevens.  I think this was my fourth visit there with my camera... possibly my fifth.  It's a small enough space that there aren't many things I haven't shot already.


Once I figured this out, I realized I could try something different with the familiar settings.  Long-time fans will recognize this scene, a long-time favorite, but with a new twist.  I haven't really done any of these zoom-in shots recently, so I was happy that I thought of it while at Fort Stevens.


Across the river from Fort Stevens is the smaller Fort Columbia.  It's on a steep hillside overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River, the Astoria Bridge, and Astoria beyond.  All this, and somehow it has terrible views.  There are too many trees and fences to make any scenic pictures work.


Another little trick I wanted to try was playing around with my flashlight in a shot.  So I did!  I thought it might make things look haunted or something sweet like that, but instead it looks like I played around with a flashlight.


Another of those zoom-y photos.  Intense!  Did I mention I was there on Halloween?  It's true.  Too bad the place isn't really all that scary.  At least both of the bases were almost completely empty, I think I ran into eight other people at both parks combined.


This would be a great place to visit in the fog.  It's a shame it is two and a half hours away, I don't know how I could plan out such a visit, since the weather is so unpredictable.  One of these damp and cool weekends, I'll have to get a hotel in Astoria so I can at least double my chances.


While I was there shooting, I kept thinking about how I wasn't really finding any good shots.  Just this doorway and that hallway and some window and broken rail... of course when I got  home I looked through the photos and found a ton of them that I loved.  I had a hard time paring them down, as usual.  There are a few bonus shots on Flickr that everyone can see, if you feel like the eleven here aren't enough.


As I mentioned, Fort Columbia doesn't have much of a view of anything, and when I saw the potential for a beautiful sunset I decided I had to cut my visit short and head back down to Fort Stevens.  Twenty minutes later, I was at the beach and getting ready for the sunset.


The sand kind of got the best of me, as my tripod tended to shift without me noticing.  Many of these shots are slightly crooked, but there are a few that are way off!  And I really need to get that sensor cleaned, as the dust spots are just awful.  You can't see them in these, of course, but they're very obvious in the shots I took at f/22.


As usual, thanks for taking the time to look at my pictures!  I hope you've enjoyed.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Some Recent Photos

As I've probably mentioned, I am taking part in a 365 project this year, which involves taking a photo every day. Although I've always been a prolific photographer, this once-a-day thing is a great experience for me, and is helping me in a lot of ways I wouldn't have considered.

As it is, the time spent on daily pictures tends to take away from the time I spend actually posting on my (other) blog, so I don't share them as often as I'd like. So, without further ado (or interesting narration) here are some of my favorite 365 shots from the last time I checked in.