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New on 500px : In Reach by BrandtM by BrandtM

Finally, I received the new Tamron 150-600 lens for Nikon that was on preorder since early February, which now makes this previously elusive composition “in reach”.

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New on 500px : Lenny by snyder7 by snyder7

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This past weekend, my wife and I decided to spend one night in Mount Rainier NP. The purpose of this trip was mostly to scout a new area, and see what was there. If anything.

On our way back to the car, I noticed that a pretty awesome lenticular clouds was forming. I stopped and took a few shots but I wasn’t pleased with the comp. So I decided to just appreciate the moment and let go of trying to make photographs.

Once at the parking lot, I remembered a spot I’d found the year before. This isn’t a secret spot or anything. It’s the Emons Glacier vista, which is one of my favorite view points in the park. And I wanted to show it to my wife. So we walked over there and that’s when the sky simply went off. No warning or anything. Went nuclear in a jiffy.

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New on 500px : Starry Night Over A Barn by BrandtM by BrandtM

After seeing many spectacular shots of the Milky Way, I decided it was time to attempt one myself using a Palouse barn as the foreground canvas. The most rewarding part of the process was just being out there and experiencing the scope and grandeur of it all. It had been sometime since I took the time to pursue viewing the Milky Way in the summer sky. This is one of the great side benefits of our craft, it often forces you to slow down and get out there and experience the wonders of our universe.

This image is a blend of two, the fields and barn were taken a bit earlier in the evening to capture light and detail. It is best viewed on black.

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New on 500px : Pendulum Apex by BrandtM by BrandtM

This was taken one day after the Summer Solstice thus the sunset is essentially at it’s northern apex on the solstice pendulum. As one can see in the photo this particular shot with the sunset and corresponding late light has a short window for this northern position on the butte. In no time at all the sun will be setting behind the hill to the left blocking the low late light effect on the field. On this particular evening conditions were great to capture this somewhat rare, for this location anyway, horizon low late light.

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New on 500px : Tree Tweak by BrandtM by BrandtM

A nice benefit of living 45 minutes from the entrance to Steptoe Butte is that I can run down there and try to better some previous cliche shot, so at least I can keep trying to best my previous Steptoe cliche shot. It’s kind of a game almost, and a fun one at that. This is the classic lone cottonwood tree shot, I had one from last year that was average at best, this is better, and someday I am going to best this one.

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New on 500px : Afternoon in the Palouse by MilesSmithIII by MilesSmithIII

Late afternoon at a farm in the Palouse region of Washington state near Colfax, WA as shot from Steptoe Butte.

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New on 500px : Palouse by PDidsayabutra by PDidsayabutra

Taken from Steptoe Butte overseeing the rolling hills of Palouse. This is probably the most popular spot in Palouse for photographers.

Best view with black background (press “H”)

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New on 500px : Wide Glow by BrandtM by BrandtM

Typically I don’t like to post two photos in a row from the same setting, however, after working up the first shot from this location, I processed this wider view that takes in the sky and sun, which were missing from the first. I think this comp. captures the “Glow” experience that evening better than the first. I also broke down and purchased a Spyder4Pro monitor color calibrator, so this should technically be a more accurate edit, I hope anyway.
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New on 500px : Sunset Glow by BrandtM by BrandtM

Last light creating a great back light glow on grasses and wildflowers on Steptoe Butte.

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New on 500px : Crossing the Divide by snyder7 by snyder7

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The forest has been kind to me this year. Each time I’ve gone to the rainforest, I’ve come back with at least a keeper. The coast on the other hand, hasn’t played along so well.

Every process has a beginning, a middle and an end. Each part of the process, has three parts as well: the beginning of the beginning, the middle of the beginning, the end of the beginning, and so on.

The middle in any process, is The Great Divide. That part where the beginning and the enthusiasm related to getting going is long gone, and the end is still too far away. This is where processes either derail, or gain momentum and flourish. Whatever the case, the energy required to move along comes from within us.

On this particular shooting excursion, I had hit the middle the day before. I felt tired, grumpy, filthy (hadn’t showered in several days). I had no desire to shoot, explore, etc. Nothing! The strategy employed when this happened, was to simply chill, don’t force things and simply observe and let go.

The following morning, which is when this photograph was made, my energy was back up again, and I was ready to open myself to observing again. And it didn’t take long to found this scene.

The way the hanging moss on the trees gets lit by the rising sun, makes them seem like they are lit by electricity. The bed of clover on the ground compliments the entire frame rather nicely!

Let me know what you think, ok!

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