Photo of the Week - July 21, 2016

Female Purple martin flies towards its nest box as its mate perches outside the box. 
Boston Harbor Marina
Olympia, WA

July 21, 2016

Painting with Light

One of the highlights of large festivals and fairs is the midway full of rides and amusements. The lights, sounds and excitement are a photographers dream. It can be especially fun to photograph the carnival lights at dusk, when some ambient light remains and the rides are at their most magical moment. When it gets completely dark, that is usually the signal for the photographer to head home. Without the contrast of surroundings, carnival lights lose some of their dynamic energy. 

When I was photographing at Olympia's annual Lakefair festival this year, I ran into that problem. The last remaining color had been drained from the sky. As I photographed the rides, they were no longer recognizable and had turned into streaks and circles of light. One or two of these are interesting, but not interesting enough to keep me photographing. 

As I got ready to leave, I  decided to try one last thing. I set my camera to ISO 100 and my smallest aperture, f/32. In manual exposure mode, I set the shutter speed to 1.3 seconds. And then, I took the camera off the tripod. Focusing on the center of the Ferris wheel, I began to move the camera while I pressed down the shutter button. The Ferris wheel was moving in its circular motion. I moved the camera in somewhat square and swirly patterns. Some of the results are shown below. 

I really like the strong rainbow colors. And, the spirograph like patterns are really fun.

Photo of the Week - July 13, 2016

Flying through the air on a carnival ride at 
Olympia's 59th Annual Lakefair festival. 

July 13, 2016
Capitol Lake
Olympia, WA

Photo of the Week - July 4, 2016

The Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show
Tumwater Valley Golf Club
Tumwater, WA

July 4, 2016

Many thanks to Chuck Denney and all the great folks at the
City of Tumwater for making the Fourth of July event run
smoothly. You make my work as a photographer so easy with
all the hard work you put in behind the scenes. 

If you haven't been, be sure to put Tumwater's 4th of July celebration
on your calendar for next year. Free face painting, games, music.
Food booths. Skydivers. And, just when you think it
doesn't get any better, there are excellent fireworks!

Photo of the Week - June 20, 2016

Male American goldfinch feeds on seeds from tall grasses
South Puget Sound Wildlife Area
Lakewood, WA

June 20, 2016

Photo of the Week - June 16, 2016

Students and visitors cross University of Washington's Red Square
in this multiple exposure image, which was created
in camera with three separate exposures.

Seattle, WA
June 16, 2016

Canon 7D Mark II

Photo of the Week - May 12, 2016

Lorquin's admiral butterfly gathering nectar from
Pacific ninebark flowers

Black Lake Meadows
Olympia, WA
May 12, 2016

Lorquin's admiral butterflies can be seen in the Puget Sound region
during the late Spring and Summer months. The butterfly, whose
wingspan measures 2 - 2 5/8 inches, has a black upperside with
white median bands and orange-brown wingtips. The underside
is reddish-brown with white markings. Its range extends from 
southern California to British Columbia. 

The Pacific ninebark is a common native plant of the Puget Sound
lowlands. It blooms in late Spring with clusters of tiny
white flowers sitting like pom-poms at the end of its branches. 

This Saturday, May 14, 2016, is the 21st Annual Prairie Appreciation
Day. This is a magnificent opportunity to visit Thurston County's
Glacial Heritage Preserve, as well as DNR's Mima Mounds. The event takes
from 10 AM to 3 PM. . You can get directions at the Prairie Appreciation Day
website. This is a great way to experience some of Western Washington's
remaining native prairie land and experience native plants, such
as paintbrush and balsamroot. 

Photo of the Week - May 4, 2016

Pink Columbine
Photographed in my front yard

May 4, 2016

Photo of the Week - May 3, 2016

Backlit Ornamental Maple Leaves
radiating with the glow of Spring Sunshine

Washington Park Arboretum
Seattle, Washington

May 3, 2016

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