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Sunlight Through the Mist

Moran State Park was a damp and shady place for a hike.  As we got closer to Cascades Lake, we got to an area that was a bit misty.  With the sun peaking through the trees, the moisture in the air picked up the shafts of sunlight picking through the branches.  I had not photographed this before and I was interested how to expose to get the effect to show up properly.

I wasn’t sure whether to underexpose or go with the base settings so I played around with it a bit.  Since it was the mirrorless M6 I was using, you get a bit of a preview in the viewfinder of what you will get but my experience of that camera is that the viewfinder can be a little off compared to what you get when working on the desktop.  A little tweaking and I was pretty pleased with the results.  I did also try some HDR just in case but I don’t think it was necessary.

Experimenting With Night Shots of Ferries

With the ferries coming and going to the terminal at Orcas, I was able to have plenty of chances to take photos.  I did get standard shots of the boats in low light conditions.  They are not easy to shoot since they are constantly moving.  No long exposures at low ISOs are possible so it is high ISO and the associated noise.  However, I did decide to experiment with some long exposures and blending of shots.  The boats make a curving approach to the terminal.  I thought this might make a nice long exposure.  It worked okay but the curve is a bit disguised by being too low down to really appreciate it.  However, it was fun to try.

Evening Cessnas on Floats

Another jump back to just before things got locked down and a visit to Log Boom Park in Kenmore.  I was hoping for either some interesting wildlife or some Kenmore Air activities.  The only floatplanes I ended up with were a couple of Cessnas.  However, the light was nice and the evening was calm so this actually proved to be a good alternative.  They may not be as neat as a de Havilland Canada beast but they are still fun to shoot.

Posts in the Water – Are They for the Carrier?

I have made countless trips between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight over the course of my life.  Things change but most of the landmarks are remarkably consistent.  I was therefore quite surprised to see some very large posts that had appeared in the approaches to Portsmouth Harbour.  I knew that there had been dredging work undertaken to allow the new carriers (see this post) to enter the naval base.  I suspected that these new large posts might be connected with the same project.  Sure enough, some research after our returned confirmed that navigation lights have been installed to allow the carriers to navigate their way in.  These light are mounted on top of large posts sunk into the seabed.  They aren’t the most attractive things but I guess they do the job.

Changing Landscapes By The Second

The weather while we were in Jackson was rather variable. Our first day was pretty sunny but it clouded over and the second day had clouds constantly moving through.  You would get patches of sun showing up periodically but it was generally overcast.  As you looked to the hillsides surrounding the valley, there was hardly a moment when things were constant.  Light might pick out the terrain briefly and then a cloud would roll in and obscure the view completely.  There was always something different to see.  Even though the conditions were not great, it was still gorgeous to watch the constant evolution.

Husky on Floats

Renton may be home to the 737 and to plenty of other aircraft but it also has a floatplane dock at the north end.  A Husky was dragged over to the ramp during my Sunday morning stroll and dropped into the water.  The pilot powered up and proceeded to water taxi around for quite a while, presumably while the engine was coming up to temperature.  Finally he was ready to go and given acknowledgement from the tower that he could go if he wanted.  A surge of power, up on to the step and then airborne and climbing away.  No two ways about it, flying floatplanes is definitely cool.

Low Sun on the Light Aircraft

While waiting for the UPS 747, there was a bit of light aircraft traffic in to Paine Field.  With nice low sun, I wasn’t going to ignore them.  They all looked nice enough but I was particularly impressed with a Cirrus that came in sporting a custom paint finish.  It looked particularly nice.

PJC-2, What Are You?

I went to Paine Field to get the Air Tahiti Nui 787 which I wrote about in this post.  As I walked up to Future of Flight, there was an unusual looking plane sitting at the hold running up the engine.  I grabbed some shots of it doing its engine run and then as it lined up and took off.  I couldn’t work out what it was.  I thought it might be a Bellanca but I was wrong.  A search when back at home tells me it is a Harlow PJC-2.

With lovely light, I was hoping to get it when it came back in.  Unfortunately, it timed its return such that it coincided with the arrival of the 787 so they went to the left runway instead of the right.  Never mind.

Sunset on the Mountain Tops

The view from our hotel in Whistler towards the mountains was really pretty but never more so than when the sun was setting.  A couple of evenings I thought I should get a shot but was either elsewhere or too slow.  I did manage to get out there one time though, although I was still a little late.  The shadows were creeping up the lower slopes of the mountains but I still had the nice color on the summits.  The warm, evening light was really appealing and mountains look good at the best of times so this was a great scene to see.