Apr 182011

Another summer is coming, and I can’t wait to start up the time lapses again.  We’ve got some great vacations lined up this year, so I plan to try to find some great subjects to use amongst these places.  I’m also hoping to have a wide angle lens to use for some of them too.

For now, I’ll use this stunning piece of work to keep me motivated!

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Apr 162011

Click to enlargeToday, Karen and I loaded up the bikes and headed over to White Ranch. We’d never been there before and hadn’t really looked up many reviews or suggestions about the place or how to ride it. Before heading out we checked the map and decided to just do the outside ring of the trail system.  I figure “Hey let’s just take all rights and we can keep from getting lost amongst all the trails and get a good 15 miler in”.  BIG MISTAKE!

The initial rolling climb up was nice. It overlooks some beautiful houses, and great views looking east.  When we got to the first fork, to the right we went as we had planned.  Up, down, and around we went, until we came to a spot where it headed down into the valley below.  It looked steep…FUN!

Click to enlargeIt was sure steep alright, we descended 160 feet in just a tenth of a mile.   The problem here was that the climb back up was just as steep, if not steeper in most spot, with large steps every 50 feet or less.  We basically hiked our bikes up 90% of the way 800 feet in just 1.6 miles.  Once we reached the top, the trail got quite nice…we were actually able to stay on our bike’s for more than a couple minutes!

Once we got to the West parking lot, we checked the map and found our way back via Sawmill and down Belcher Hill trails.  While we were blazing down this nice wide open trail, I realized that this is the way we SHOULD have come up!  It took us an hour and a half to do the first half and probably less than 30 minutes to do the second.  Not exactly what I had in mind for today’s ride, but we certainly got a workout out of it.

All in all we kept in good spirits, and it was fun just being outside with each other enjoying the nice weather! 


We’ll have to do this one again for sure.  Great area and fun trails, provided you do them right!

Mar 282011

Wanted to pass along these beautiful shots from as I look out my window at a fresh layer of snow that fell this morning!  Smile with tongue out

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It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

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Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.  ~W. Earl Hall

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April is a promise that May is bound to keep.  ~Hal Borland

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Is it so small a thing To have enjoy’d the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, to have thought, to have done…
~Matthew Arnold

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An optimist is the human personification of spring.
~Susan J. Bissonette

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Sweet springtime is my time is your time is our time for springtime is love time and viva sweet love.
~e.e. cummings

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A little Madness in the spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
~Emily Dickinson

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Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year."
~Robert Frost

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All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.
~Helen Hayes

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No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
~Samuel Johnson

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If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change. "
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.
~Ellis Peters

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Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Spring An experience in immortality.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Fled now the sullen murmurs of the North,
The splendid raiment of the Spring peeps forth.
~ Robert Bloomfield

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Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees,
  Rock’d in the cradle of the western breeze.
~ William Cowper

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All flowers of Spring are not May’s own;
  The crocus cannot often kiss her;
    The snow-drop, ere she comes, has flown:–
      The earliest violets always miss her.
~ Lucy Larcom

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O, how this spring of love resembleth
  The uncertain glory of an April day,
    Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
      And by and by a cloud takes all away!
~William Shakespeare

Spring! (RJ EVans)
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Mar 242011

Wow!  Impressive picture!  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any clear views of the super moon as is came over the horizon.   That’s OK though, when you have these types of photos to enjoy at your disposal, there was no need.

Image of the Day: 'supermoon' puts other full moons to shame

We hope you didn’t miss that huge moon on Saturday…but if you did, don’t fret. Just browse the gallery below for some spectacular shots of the "largest" full moon since 1993.

Image of the Day: ‘supermoon’ puts other full moons to shame
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Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:00:00 GMT

Sep 022010


It’s a new week and I’ve got a new set of tips to improve your photography. This week’s tips focus on planning and decision making while taking your shots…. Eventually it will feel like second nature and you won’t even be aware of the process, until then… keep these tips in mind.


1. Daydream

Yes, that’s right keep dreaming about your shot. Pre-Visualize in your mind what it will look like and walk through the steps you need to take to get it. This is a shot I thought about for several weeks before finally setting it up and taking it. With only one camera, I often feel like I’m constantly juggling lenses!


2. Use wide lens

Try to use wide lenses for landscape shots when you want to create an impact of size. You can use a wide range of lenses to shoot landscapes but the vistas are amazing if you shoot with the widest lens possible because they give you a bigger angle of view.


3. Sharpen Your Subjects

Keep your main subjects sharp. Sharp details in the image truly draw the viewers’ eyes towards the subject. Use your tripod in low light conditions to make sharp pictures. Try to make use of the new sharpening effect in Adobe Camera RAW. It does a great job and has improved from previous versions.


4. Keep it Clean

A background makes or breaks your shot so be sure to think carefully about the how you place your subject. Keep the background clean, simple and clutter free. Think about where the viewer should be focused….


5. You Can’t Have Too Many Clouds

Use fluffy white clouds on a blue sky to produce dramatic skies. Is it overcast with too many clouds to see the sky? The sky is now a giant soft box. This is the time to shoot portraits or waterfalls and streams with a motion blur effect.


6. Behind Every Great Shot is the Sun

Stand with the sun at your back and the light of the sun falling on your subject. Unless you are making artistic pictures always try to keep the sun behind you.


7. Light Trails

Enhance your dawn and night urban shots with light trails. Use vehicles or any other moving lights to add interest, mood, and drama. Light trails almost always makes the shot interesting (learn: how to shoot light trails).


8. Silhouettes

The key is an uncluttered, lit background. Simply place your subject in the foreground so that you have clean, sharp lines and go for it. Play with placement and angles to make awesome silhouettes (learn: how to shoot Silhouettes).


9. Top to Bottom

Look straight up. Look straight down. Now examine everything in between. There are great shots from every vantage point, including an unexpected angle. Sometimes we focus so much on the obvious shot that we miss something special just a heartbeat away.


10. And finally… It’s a Camera not a Machine Gun

Unless you are taking action shots or a time lapse series, try to reduce the number of shots. Don’t just fire away hoping for something good to appear during editing. Think, move, and adjust your framing before you click the shutter. You’ll develop better instincts and save hours of time editing those hundreds of extra images.


Check out these links to follow the whole series

Amar Ramesh is an emerging photographer from Redmond WA, USA….Photography, to him is a passion with infinite opportunities and he loves to share the lessons and tips that he learned with others….Please visit his Facebook Page for more….He is also in Flickr|Twitter|Portfolio.

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10 Quick and Easy Tips to improve your Photography

10 Quick and Easy Tips to improve your Photography
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Aug 032010

After a couple experiences with some of the adult versions of these tearing up my pond and eating my fish to the tune of a few hundred dollars, I’m still holding quite the grudge against them.  I know their just trying to make a living and survive, and I feel for that, but they’ve unfortunately have grown way too comfortable in neighborhoods and around the human population.  Yeah, you can make the “We encroached on them” argument, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’ve built a reputation as a pest because of their persistent, destructive manner.

Either way, I can’t think off the top of my head any animal that doesn’t look cute when their age is measured in weeks.  This little guy is doing wonder for their reputation in my eyes:

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Jul 272010

This time I have a time lapse to share.  I am so happy with the way this turned out!  Not only was this my first night of trying long exposure shots, but taking them while run a time lapse sequence!

This is the night sky from Mesa Verde looking South.  The lights you see at the bottom are from a town way off in the distance.

Description:  The night sky out of our room at the Far View Lodge
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 30s exposures on 30 second intervals
Date: July 6-7th, 2010
Comment: This one blew me away.  It’s a little grainy and I’ll work on that, but overall this exceeded my expectations.

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Jul 262010

Part 2 of the night shots I took on our road trip.  Here’s another one from Mesa Verde:


Description:  A shot of the evening sky overlooking the restaurant at the Far View Lodge.
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 2 min exposure, f/10 
Date: July 6th, 2010
Comment: Not much to complain about on this one.  I was really just playing around here, and got a little lucky.

Jul 262010

Part 2 of the night shots I took on our road trip.  Here’s another one from Mesa Verde:


Description:  A shot of the evening sky overlooking the restaurant at the Far View Lodge.
Camera: Canon D90 w/ 18-105 lens
Method: 2 min exposure, f/10 
Date: July 6th, 2010
Comment: Not much to complain about on this one.  I was really just playing around here, and got a little lucky.