Last Day on the West Coast

Having just returned from Seattle and our amazing trip out west, I’m here in DC attempting to get caught up. The work that we did on the west coast was so enlightening and exciting for my future work – i can’t wait to apply the new skills to my next shoots. Here are a number of images from Cary Park in Seattle, a city that I fell in love with instantly, to close the trip:

This image was a happy accident (i love those) – in playing with long term exposure this came through. The painterly lines of color along the bottom third balance out the strong block of blue. Imagine if the color lines were in the middle of the shot or if there were no black in the image.

And a parting, classic, twilight shot of the Seattle skyline. Till next time!

So I arrive home from our journey rewarded by a visit from a great friend from the Peace Corps, and of course a long awaited reunion with my husband. We haven’t stopped laughing in 24 hours.

Cape Kiwanda

We are approaching the end of our trip and had a great time the last few days at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon. Here is a shot of Dad shooting on the beach across from our hotel in the early morning light.

And a few shots of him using the SB 800 and magical twilight just over the border into Washington a few hours ago.

Freezing cold surfers at 6am on Cape Kiwanda:

The pier in Tillamook, where we later went and met a few local crabbers and got some great documentary shots.

What an amazing few weeks…

We had a spectacular day today – each of these images was taken on the path from the Eagle Caves overlooking the Columbia River George, all the way through Portland, Oregon to the Pacific Coast. No special lighting today, just spectacular, beautiful landscapes at sunrise and sunset.

Early Morning Shoot on the Lake

this morning we awoke for the sunrise…

which does wonders for your hair….
if you want to look like Janis Joplin.
In any case, I have an early post. Perhaps more later on this evening. We had this gorgeous Idaho lake, Coere d’Alene to shoot:

but of course were quickly bored by natural beauty (been there, done that) and moved on to lighting things up. We are both loving the Nikon wireless flash system, effectively bringing a studio into virtually any location. Here you can see one shot using the creative lighting system, and one without:



Oh, and just a cool grab shot dad did in our last location, Nevada City, Montana:

More soon…


Welcome to Idaho! We traveled from butte to this georgeous lake in Idaho today. Cloudy and flat light saved us, preventing us from stopping and shooting at every turn, and allowing us to get a bit closer to the coast. Tomorrow we should make it to Spokane, with a early morning rise to shoot Coeur d’Alene Lake, here in Idaho.

A few pretty sights along the way:

Bozeman to Butte, an all day trip.

Those of you who have been to Montana and know that Bozeman to Butte is something like 44 miles. With scene after scene like this gorgeous side light illuminating these horses, we didn’t make it very far very fast. Dad and I left Bozeman this morning, headed to the Oregon coast. About 10 miles out of town, the sky opened up as it has a tendancy to do in Big Sky country. We quickly got off the highway, and drove 20 miles out of our way to grab these horse shots. It’s great to be traveling with another photographer…where food, time, and destination are all distractions in the way of getting “the” image.

Light Me Up!

We’re finishing up our last day at the DLWS and having a blast. This image was inspired by working this week with the legendary Joe McNally. Using two SB 800’s, one fired toward the model from camera right and one skimming the front of the car from down low, the light converts the Bozeman car junkyard into a really dramatic set.

This shot is proof again of the lesson I have gotten so lucky off of time and again…never put your camera away until you are back at home, warm again and completely done for the day. I was shooting all afternoon and the sun had just set. I turned around from the trunk of the car and loved the contrast of the yellow streetlight balanced with the twilight sky and great montana buildings. Pulled my viewfinder to my eye, and presto, this biker glides into my frame and I click away three times. This is the resulting shot. Not tough, just paying attention and got a little lucky.

A pretty sunrise over Bridger Mountain gap. It was gorgeous, and I love the cartoonesque quality that this fence post took on. Bundled with the gentle pastel pink sky and field, it takes on a decidedly different look than what I am usually attracted to shooting. But hey, when it’s 5:30 in the morning and all you can shoot is rising sun and snow covered peaks on the horizon, the results ain’t half bad.