HuffPo Shortlist and Site Update

I have rebuilt the website to allow more flexibility in how I present images.  This post is to let you know that, and to test the email notification system for which you are signed up.  I also thought I would mention that this image was shortlisted by the Huffington Post (91 images shortlisted out of 5,000 submitted) when they recently put out a call for a ‘green’ image.  I was pretty pleased to be in such restricted company.  Maybe by the end of the year I will actually have sold something!

Host Leaves (1479)
A study of hosta leaves

Clouds in New Mexico

One of my “New Mexico Clouds” images has been accepted for inclusion in a Beautiful Clouds and Skies marketing collection.  It is the first one shown below.

The clouds in New Mexico are unlike anything we have here in British Columbia.  On the plains, at high elevation, they are enormous and white and almost Biblical in dimension and power.  When it rains, it rains hard!

Difficult to choose the image to show you here – which is your favourite?

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Of Seagulls and the Sea

I have recently been doing more long exposure photography – several minutes at a time, using neutral density filters to cut the light coming in to the frame.  This can give a silky feel to moving water (waterfalls anyone?) and an interesting look to the clouds (which I have yet to achieve as it has not been cloudy/windy enough).

I took this picture on a grey day on  Whidbey Island, WA.  The exposure was 6 minutes, during which time these seagulls came and sat on the rocks and then flew away – none of which I intended.  There were too many people around for me to shout them away.  Interesting effect though, a little like very early photographs which were also, of necessity, long exposures.

Long exposure of Washington coast, with seagulls on the rocks
Long exposure of Washington coast, with seagulls on the rocks

Perthshire Waterfalls

In November, the two days I spent between Pitlochry and Dalwhinnie were a bit dreich.  The colours of the leaves were not really coming through very well.  I went in search of waterfalls to test my new ND filter, which lets you really slow down the shutter speed, to get a silky-smooth effect on the water.

These were taken at the Black Spout, Pitlochry and at the falls behind the House of Bruar outside Blair Atholl and along the south side of Loch Tay.

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