Went on an 11 day hike across the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park. Forest fires had Washington and Oregon smoke filled and created some unusual colors and clouds. These clouds seemed to mimic the sub-alpine fir silhouette.
Haven't taken many pictures recently, but managed a late afternoon walk in the park today.
Still haven't got round to treating myself to a new camera yet, so all shot with a D7000 and AF-S 70-300. 70-300 is probably a strange choice for landscapes, but the deep hood of this lens was probably useful in keeping the flare reasonably controlled better than the shorter hood on my 28-105.
Condor Airlines Boeing 767-300ER departs from Minneapolis-St. Paul airport at 915pm local time to head back to Frankfurt, Germany. I took this shot last Saturday on one of the longest days of the year. On the composition side, I always struggle how to place the aircraft in the frame when I have an open sky. Comments and constructive ideas always welcome.
The reality of climate change is very real in the Philippines and the immediate effect of this is apparent in the changed weather pattern. In the past, April to May typically bring forth fiery colored sunsets but this has not been the case last year and this year. I am currently vacationing in Bohol (Central Philippines) and as I have done in the past, late afternoon is spent at the beach or at a hillside where I can capture the scenery as the sun sets.
The attached photo shows a different kind of sunset. Despite being untypical as it was a cloudy day (again), nature has a way of bringing out different colors, hues and shades that evokes feelings of awe, gratitude and praise. Long after humanity perishes from this earth through its own folly, nature's beauty and majesty will continue, as in a sunset.
The photo was taken with a Nikon D500 and a Nikkor 70-200mm f4 at Base ISO 100. Other than size reduction, the photo is straight out of the camera.
What to do while waiting for the (last) X100 firmware update?
This has been a very disjoint and busy summer that has left very little opportunity for exploring photography. Today somehow opened up and my wife and I jumped on the train to Chicago. I quickly checked if there really was a firmware update issued today; but possibly later. I grabbed the X100, a bottle of water, spare battery and headed for the train.
We headed for a very special exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute: http://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/impressionism-fashion-and-modernity . To my surprise and unlike general policy there were no photographs allowed. But if you are interested in a great "course" in portraiture, lighting, tonal compression and artistic expression this would be a great exhibit to see. Many of the artworks are "borrowed" from around the world, so hopefully this will be a traveling exhibit and coming to a major gallery near you.
By all photographic rules, the lighting was terrible for this trip. We were late for the morning golden hour and left before the evening golden hour and beautiful twilight in this city. The sky was cloudless. The X100 was up to the task, even with the "old" firmware.