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
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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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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This is my first ever attempt at a full milky way panoramic. It stretches from looking south toward Astoria, OR and the north to the most northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula here in Washington. It’s comprised of 9 vertically stitched photos, 18mm, ISO 3200, 20 seconds, f/2.8.
This location has always held a special in my heart as my dad spent a great deal of time here as a child and kept the tradition alive with me. This photo is a special one not only because of the area it was taken in but also because I was able to shoot the stars with my dad and teach him how to photograph the milky way for his first time. We lost track of time and before we knew it, it was already 2am… It was pretty awesome!
Thanks for checking it out sharing is appreciated!
The Milky Way rises over Long Beach, WA
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