Windy Night

Vantage, Washington, USA
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 200 | 32mm | 243 sec | F/4

From last night on the Wild Horse Wind & Solar Facility in Vantage. The conditions were challenging for star photography with a full supermoon and a cloudy sky. We experimented for a few hours with both short and long exposures. In the end, long exposures which highlighted the bright streaking clouds won out.

The final image is a composite of 3 frames: a low-ISO long exposure (4 min) for the majority of the scene, a high-ISO short exposure (0.3 sec) to capture the spinning blades of the wind mill, and a final exposure that shows Nate manually lighting up the wind mill for scale.

Dungeness Lighthouse

Dungeness Spit, Washington, USA
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 100 | 32mm | 134 sec | F/8

Another long exposure image — this one from our Sunday hike to the lighthouse at the end of Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula. The weather was that perfect mix of sun and cloud with a strong wind to boot — ideal for those wispy clouds… This was the last frame of the afternoon before we turned back for our 6-mile beach hike back to reality.


Seattle, Washington, USA
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 100 | 25mm | 1.3 sec | F/16

From a photowalk with friends at the Kubota Garden this morning.  I surprised myself by converting this image to black and white — despite its original vivid colour and luminosity.  The texture in the image was generated in camera (not in post-processing as is quite popular) as a result of the camera shake I applied during the exposure.

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Bandon, Oregon, USA
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 100 | 20mm | 240 sec | F/7.1

Another Memorial Day week-end, another trip to Bandon…  This time we came better equipped with both 6 and 10-stop neutral density filters to enable us to capture much longer exposure images.  This particular shot was taken at a disappointing and windy sunset.  Despite the bitterly cold and gusty wind, Nate stood nearly motionless on this flooded rock for 4 full minutes!  The image was solely post-processed in Lightroom.  Although I originally edited out the ND filter-induced vignette, I ended up leaving it in.

Tacoma Cable Stayed Bridge

Tacoma, Washington, USA
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | ISO 100 | 70mm | 180 sec | F/11

Nate and I were in Vancouver, Canada last week-end for Marc Koegel‘s “Fine-Art Long Exposure Photography” workshop at Vancouver Photo Workshops.  You can read Nate’s own write-up about it here.   Inspired by the experience, we went scouting for some new locations suited to long exposure photography around Tacoma.  Tacoma turns out to have several such locations with the Glass Museum, Marine Park, Titlow Park and the Tacoma Cable Bridge.  This image is a 3-minute exposure using a stacked 10-stop B+W ND filter and a Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter.  The image was post-processed using Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6 and Nik Color Efex 4.



Siem Reap, Cambodia
Canon EOS 40D | ISO 100 | 22mm | F/29

A painterly interpretation based on an HDR image generated from 3 shots (-2EV, 0EV and +2EV).

Ghost of Prison 21

Tuol Sleng Museum, Phnom Pen, Cambodia
Canon EOS 40D | ISO 100 | 17mm | 1 sec | F/22

Security Prison 21 was once a simple Phnom Pen’s high school. During Pol Pot’s regime in the mid-70’s, it became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people of its prisoners were taken to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Prsin 21 has now been turned into the Tuol Sleng Museum to remember this dark piece of Cambodian history…

On the Khlong

Amphawa Floating Market, Thailand
Canon EOS 40D | ISO 100 | 50mm | 1/50 sec | F/2.8

Amphawa is considered by many to be a much more ‘authentic’ floating market. Despite not being on the main tourist track, it is becoming increasingly popular especially with visitors from Thailand and Asia at large.

Sunset Over the Rice Paddy

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Canon EOS 40D | ISO 100 | 13mm | F/22

Our friend and guide Lim Leangsreng took us to this rice paddy on the outskirts of Siem Reap for one of the many spectacular sunsets we experienced while in the area… The sun may set fast at that latitude — but it does it with a bang!


Seattle, Washington, USA
Canon EOS 40D | ISO 250 | 50mm | F/1.4 | 1/2000 sec

Captured in the back alley behind the CreativeLIVE Studio in Seattle. The shot is an outtake from the David Nightingale (of Chromasia fame – workshop on Dramatic Post-Processing. I couldn’t use the shot in the session’s recording without a signed model release from Eugene.