Thursday, December 31, 2015

beach day

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, 
I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, 
cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me 
that is bewildered and confused. 
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

A trip to the South Jetty in Fort Stevens State Park 
near Warrenton, OR yielded these images.
It was a rainy, rainy, and windy day.
I was soaked.
I was perched on a wooden viewing platform.
Everytime another person climbed onto it it would tremble.
Not good in the middle of a long exposure.
I waited. I restarted. I stopped. Repeat.
I felt my patience was rewarded with this shot.

On the drive home I rounded a corner and saw a pop of color in the sky.
I pulled over, took out my camera and tripod and quickly...
...very quickly...
set up the shot.
I got off two shots before the color in the sky was gone.

Luck is a huge part of getting any shot.
Luck in being in the right place at the right time.
Luck in having the camera ready and attached to the tripod.
Luck in having a large shoulder to park.

Luck and patience.
I can live with that. 

Monday, December 28, 2015


Travel makes one modest, 
you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. 
~ Gustave Flaubert

Another image from some autumn exploration.
This was taken on a hill above Yale Lake in Washington.
It was a glorious autumn day.
Beautiful for a drive with the camera in tow.

You never know what you might see.

FujiXT1 ISO 200 f/16 1/40 sec XF18-55mm (83mm EFL)