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New on 500px : Into the Darkness Breaths Light by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

++hit the lights for this one++

I was going to hold off on posting this, but it’s been a tough week for us here in the Pacific Northwest between the tragedy on Mt. Rainier and the events that happened at SPU and this one just spoke to me. Both tragedies hit home for me as I work for the UW and have friends that attend SPU; any tragedy at an academic institution has an impact on me. I also went on my own summit bid to Mt. Rainier two years ago and I can tell you first hand how difficult it is and how much of yourself you leave on that mountain.

This photo was a labor of love to put together the first landscape shot was taken just after sunset, after 9pm and the second was taken at around 4am for the stars. I hand blended the photos in CS6 for dynamic range. It goes to show that even in the darkest of times beauty can be found. RIP to those that lost their lives this week.

Beards Hollow under the stars, Long Beach, WA

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landscape: Sony a7r, 18mm, f/9, 0.8 sec, ISO 80
stars: Sony a7r, 18mm, f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO 3200

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New on 500px : Dragon’s Breath by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

++grab an IPA and hit the lights for this one++

I’m really excited about this one; this was taken last weekend on the southern Washington coast, more specifically Beards Hollow on Long Beach, WA at sunset. The wave action here was absolutely intense, the waves would hit the cliffs, slosh backward and collide with the incoming wave sets which catapulted the water at least 15 feet into the air. It was pretty never racking standing on small rock island in the middle of the ocean trying to put this one together in the fading sunlight while watching my back, certain that a rogue wave was going to take me out. The good news is that it didn’t happen, but man it was a rush! I’ve got some pretty insane stories from this place from when I was younger including my mom running from bears while my dad and I stood there just checking them out… lots of great memories (sorry mom :P). In any case thanks for having a look!

Beards Hollow, Long Beach, WA

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