September 2017 Art Show Appearances

Arts of the Terrace (link)

Sept 23-Oct 8, 2017

I am a participating artist at Arts of the Terrace. Stop by and see my work in person!

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
MON-THURS 12-6 | FRI-SAT 12-5 | SUN 1-5
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE LIBRARY, 23300 58TH AVE WEST | MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WASHINGTON

(Click image to enlarge)

Sunset at Monkey Face [awarded third place] | Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

20x30 | High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

Blood Moon Eclipse over Mount Shuksan [SOLD] | Artist Point, Washington

16x24 | High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

(Click image to enlarge)

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN: Eagle Creek / Columbia River Gorge Forest Fire

I was so gutted to hear of the devastating fire at Eagle Creek raging through the Columbia Gorge. It's a hard pill to swallow to see an uncontrolled fire spreading across one of our most cherished areas of the Pacific Northwest. While it's too late to prevent the damage, at least we can do our part to help rebuild such a wonderful and unique landscape. 

I have teamed up with Hargis Engineers to organize a fundraising campaign to benefit Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting and maintaining the Columbia River Gorge through restoration projects, land trusts, stewardship, and policy development. Artists from the Hargis family (myself included) have come together to offer their artwork as part of this campaign. 

Proceeds generated from this website (and from my normal store here at Washington State Photography) will be donated to Friends of the Columbia Gorge. In addition, Hargis Engineers will double your impact by matching the first $5,000 raised. 

This campaign will run through October 31, 2017. 

link to Artists for Restoration

Eagle Creek Wildfire. Image courtesy of  Tristan Fortsch  and  KATU News

Eagle Creek Wildfire. Image courtesy of Tristan Fortsch and KATU News

Punchbowl Falls, taken approximately 1 mile away from the start of the Eagle Creek wildfire at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. 

Art Show Appearances, June 2017

I will be a participating artist this month at the Edmonds Arts Festival and Kenmore Art Show. Come on out and look for me and my work (shown below) in the Juried Art Gallery

Edmonds Arts Festival (link)

June 16-18, 2017

JURIED ART GALLERY
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND
FRI-SAT 10-8 | SUN 10-6
700 MAIN STREET | EDMONDS, WASHINGTON

 

(Click image to enlarge)

Punchbowl Falls [SOLD]

Columbia Gorge, Oregon

20x30

High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

 
 

(Click image to enlarge)

Amboseli Winds

Ol Tukai, Kenya

10x24

High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

 

 

Kenmore Art Show (link)

June 21-25, 2017

WED 5:30-8 | THU - SAT 10-8 | SUN 10-7
BASTYR UNIVERSITY, 14500 JUANITA DRIVE NE, KENMORE, WA 98028

 

(Click image to enlarge)

Starry Night at Reflection Lake

Mount Rainier, Paradise, Washington

20x30

High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

 
 

(Click image to enlarge)

Sunrise over Mount Shuksan

Picture Lake, North Cascades, Washington

12x18

High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

 
 

(Click image to enlarge)

Punchbowl Falls [SOLD]

Columbia Gorge, Oregon

12x18

High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

 
 

(Click image to enlarge)

Amboseli Winds [SOLD]

Ol Tukai, Kenya

10x24

High gloss metal print with custom shadow mount and hanging wire.

 

Thank Flying Spaghetti Monster the days are finally getting longer.

While the Pacific Northwest is undeniably gorgeous, winters here are harsh for the photographer with a day job. Being so far north the sun sets as early as 4 pm and I haven't seen daylight on a weekday since October. 

Thankfully, spring is around the corner and the sun has been staying out past 6 (gasp!). After such a long and wet winter cooped indoors, sometimes you have to skip out on work a little early on a beautiful day to go chasing after a good sunset. 

Such a day occurred earlier this week in early March, and while my hope for a fiery sky was dashed by some low clouds blocking the sun at the horizon, I still like what was going on over the Seattle Skyline. 

Seattle Sunset

Some notes about this photo:

Location: Rizal Park, just below the bridge. The Jose Rizal Bridge is one of the most popular spots to get the Seattle skyline, but that bridge vibrates every time a large vehicle drives over it. Not great for longer exposures. I recommend walking south a bit to find the the Rizal Dog Park entrance. From there, walk downhill to the dog park and find the exit to the paved path below. The view from that area doesn't include the port and sports arenas, but the ground is much more stable if shooting at night. 

Shooting/Post Processing tips and tricks: Sunset pictures with well-lit foregrounds are hard to nail-down in one exposure because the sky doesn't really come alive until a few minutes after the sun has already set. For this image, I took three exposures: one during the golden hour to get a well-lit city for some depth in the skyline, another exposed for the sky at its reddest moment just after sunset, and a final photo after dark to get the city lights. Each image was processed in Lightroom and blended together with a bit of creative masking and blending in Photoshop. Try using the "Lighten" blend mode for the darker photo with the city lights.