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Shot of the Day, June 28 2021

Wow, two of these posts this year! What’s up with that you ask? Not sure, but perhaps this post has more to do with the outside conditions around there than anything else.

We are in the middle of a record breaking heat wave across the Pacific Northwest these last few days. It is not normal for temperatures to reach 100 degrees and for the last few days we have been well above that. In fact, the forecast today is for Puyallup to reach 115. Unheard of.

So what are people doing to stay cool? Of course, if you have air conditioning it is normal to stay indoors next to the cooler, but for the rest of us we need to get close to the water. Whether that is Puget Sound or a lake somewhere, we flock to the edge of the water in an effort to stay cool.

Yesterday, we were at a graduation party at a house on Lake Tapps, Washington, and of course I had to bring the drone along and see if I could get a few shots. I was mostly just showing friends the flight abilities of this machine, but when I could I took some video and tried to compose something photographically. The bright sunshine and super washed-out highlights of taking photographs on days like this make it challenging (underlining the need for me to get some ND filters for this drone), but it’s always worth an effort to get what you can.

So this is a photo of Mt. Rainier in the background against the eastern edge of the lake and Snag Island bridge (and a private airfield also in the foreground I believe).

Anyway, enjoy the photograph and as always blessings to you. And stay cool!


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Shot of the Day 9/09/2014

Been a while since I posted a ‘shot of the day’. Oh well-not going to give an excuse.

So when I go out to shoot photographs, I am sometimes amused by the goings on around me, such as other photographers. You see them coming and going, you see them with different cameras, different equipment, and sometimes you see people that have no clue as to what they are doing. Not the case here, however. These two were intent on capturing something along Sparks Lake outside of Bend, Or. I never figured out what exactly they were doing or what they were trying to capture, besides the mountains that the rest of us were, but their movements along shoreline rocks piqued my interest and I snapped a photograph of them.

Anyway, here you go.



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Shot of the Day 3/29/14

Good morning fellow photo enthusiasts,

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything–way too busy these days. So I am posting a picture I took last Saturday.

This is a picture of the sunset over Lake Tanwax in rural Pierce County, Washington.

I love it, I hope you do too!




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Shot of the Day 3/01/2014

Lynette and I had to take a quick trip to Seattle to day to take care of some business. While we were up there, I thought that I might take a couple of quick shots of the Seattle skyline. I was hoping for something more dynamic in terms of sky or sunshine or stormy skies, but I think that I came away with something decent despite the flat, gray clouds. For the record, I hate flat, gray skies.

Anyway, I thought that we take some trips around town to get a few other shots, but were rained out. Oh well, just leaves something for another time.

The longer, more narrow picture here is a 6 photograph panoramic shot.  Both are available as prints and/or canvas. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.



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Shot of the Day 12/13/13

From the ice storm a couple of years ago. Certainly not hoping for more of this-we lost a lot of trees and were out of power for 4 days-but the image is beautiful.

And yes, we are hoping for some snow this year. Come on S-N-O-W!!!



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Shot of the Day 11/02/13

Good morning, friends.

Today I am posting another autumn photograph. This particular shot was taken at Lincoln Park in Seattle a few weekends ago.

Lincoln Park is a place that my family frequently visited when I was a child and I have some fond memories of it. I have very vivid memories of the fall colors there, and I wanted to capture some of that again. This particular shot was more of the “yellow” color variety rather than the “orange” and “red” that  I was looking for, but that is ok because this shot is one of my favorites from this year. This was shot with my D800 and my 25-120mm lens, with adjustments made in lightroom for contrast, saturation and crop.

I want to apologize for the low resolution of this particular photo. I had been posting higher resolution photos all year because low res, small photographs just do not do any good shot justice, but I learned that one of my photographs was recently pirated and is making its way around the internet without my permission and without credit. So, I am forced to go back to the lower res versions until I get comfortable again posting larger files.

Until later, stay cool!


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Shot of the Day 10/11/13

This is one of the first landscape photographs I took with a true DSLR camera. Back in 2005 or so, this was taken on Lake Chelan, WA.

Honestly, this is not one of my favorites, primarily because the shutter speed I used on this shot was way too high. Ordinarily, I would have like to set the camera up on a tripod and slow the shutter down to give me a nicer look on the surface of the water, but alas I did not have my tripod with me on this trip. Nevertheless, I love the colors and wanted to share anyway.



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Shot of the Day 9/14/13

Good morning, Puyallup.

In my yard, I keep a couple of bird feeders. I love the birds. They make me happy. Well, not the crows–they are annoying. But in general, I love to have the birds around. So yesterday, I was sitting on my patio when a huge flock of sparrows or whatever they are swarmed one of my feeders. I just so happened to have my camera nearby so I picked it up and shot a couple of photographs. I tried not to disturb them too much, but was happy that I was able to get a couple of these.


And blessings on you today.

~ Chris.

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Shot of the Day 8/25/13

Good morning Seattle!

Big day today! Right, soccer fans?! Today is a HUGE Cascadia Day match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers. 67,000 rabid soccer at Centurylink Field to watch what will hopefully be a beat down of the Timbers by the Sounders.

So, what I wanted to do would be take a photograph of that game and post it here. BUT the NFL, yes NFL, in conjunction with the MLS no longer allows anything in the stadiums. So what that means is basically no more photographs with my D800 (iPhone only and we know how much that sucks). If I am ever fortunate enough to be allowed on the sidelines then I will get different photographs, but until then I am left with a few select photographs taken before the policy change. One of those being the one in this post.

This image was taken earlier this year right before a match with the other Cascadia opponent: the Vancouver Whitecaps.

So what makes this photograph special? Well, nothing in particular except that it is a panoramic photograph. That is, one images made up of several photographs. In this case, it is made up of 6 images. So why do it? Well, first of all, there will be much more detail in the complete image than what could ever be in one image of the same frame. Second, it allows a much wider field-of-view than a standard lens could (yes, I know that you can get an ultra wide angle lens). And lastly, its just plain cool to work in Photoshop.  Yes, the 6 images I took needed some Photoshop work to complete the panoramic.

So, how was this shot. First, manually set the correct exposure. Then, start taking the photographs, overlapping about 1/3 of each image. Simple, right ? Ok, perhaps not that easy, but I’ll save more details instructions for a separate blog post. In the mean time, enjoy the photograph.

Blessings, and enjoy the game!


BTW-you need to click on the thumbnail to view it. And unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the full splendor and the detail of the image due to size restrictions of the blog.

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Shot of the Day 8/22/2013

Good evening, Friends!

Hope you are all having a fantastic week.

So for my shot of the day, I though that I would post these two. Recently, I purchased a couple of macro extension tubes (and blogged about them at this post), and got these couple of shots of a bee in my backyard. I am not going to go into specifics about how I used the tubes (see the post here), but I will mention that I used my D800 on my standard Nikkor 24-120mm f4 lens and tweaked the contrast, color and crop in Lightroom.

And yes, I was super close to the bee. Given that I freak out around bees, wasps, hornets, etc. that was a major feat for me. “Mind over matter,” as they say. Or perhaps “get the shot at any cost.” Nevertheless, the first shot will be hanging on my wall soon I like it so much.

And have you ever had a bee hold still for you while you take a picture of it? No? Either could I. Haha.  🙂



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