We visited the town of Seabrook which is this picture postcard little community near Ocean Shores. Our cottage rental, the Shell House was a perfect home away from home along the coast. I was able to capture a few sunset views there and at Ruby Beach an hour away. Mike Reid Photography #seabrook #seabrookwa
Flying back from St Helens and Rainier, we did a few turns around Seattle at dusk. I went with my Zeiss 85mm Otus at 1.4
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Had the chance recently to fly around Mt Rainier and St Helens around sunset. I was really struck by how the devastation around Helens looked from the air. Sony a7r and Zeiss 16-35mm Mike Reid Photography #mtsthelens35years #mtsthelens
One of my favorite spots in Seattle for a sunset reflection when the conditions are right. And they were right last night. www.mikereidphotography.com #seattle
I was very eager to test Canon’s 11-24mm at the Sky View Observatory. I wanted to see what 11mm meant as far as pov goes and aside from taking a number of random photos, I also made a timelapse video. I had adapted the lens onto my Sony a7r using a Metabones III adapter which allows for electronic control and eventual AF. I can tell you that the protruding lens shade petals and front element make blocking out internal reflections against the Observatory’s windows challenging. But I think I made a decent go of it. I returned the lens this morning and felt ok about letting it go. For me, 11mm is cool but a rare requirement and my Sony 16-35mm makes me very happy. It certainly weighs a lot less, has OSS and of course doesn’t need a Metabones adapter.
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…and now a nice timelapse made with the Canon 11-24mm lens:
I don’t have the best history with riding in helicopters to take photos. The last time I did this was in Kauai, where we managed to pick the one day that month with car wash rain. And everyone said use a polarizer, so I did and by doing so made a dark day darker. I got some photos but they weren’t anything you would see in a guidebook.
This time around, I did some research and decided to rent Sony’s 24-70 with optical stabilization. I’m glad I did. It worked out well and my 16-35 sat in the bag at my feet. We didn’t get the best weather but it wasn’t raining 🙂 I set the iso at 1250 which most of the time gave me shutter speeds around 1/200 which worked well. I got quite a few keepers. I will definitely be back for more of this, hopefully with better light. http://www.mikereidphotography.com #classichelicopters #seattle
I kept meaning to do this. I’d seen some amazing photos from the area, and many a hike report, but never made it down. So even as tantalizing weather almost kept me in Seattle, I packed up the truck and headed down yesterday. Of course I timed it so I could hit three rush hours in succession; Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia.
I arrived in the evening and set about scouting to see where I would want to be at sunset and sunrise. Many people talk about Harry’s Ridge, and it was tempting but I ventured farther west along the Boundary Trail. Tons of flowers: Lupine, Paintbrush, everything blooming and colorful. So as i took a few shots around sunset, I was planning on where to be at 4:30am. I think things turned out well. Mike Reid Photography
I had heard that most of the snow was gone so I decided to head up to the Saddle to see. Turns out there’s a bit still left but it should be gone in two weeks. Flowers are starting to come on. A bit of lupine and paintbrush around Paradise. I packed an over night pack in case I decided to camp last night but didnt:
My overnight photography pack. REI Stoke 29 pack and
– sony a7r with Zeiss 50mm
– Zeiss 16-35mm
– Gitzo gt-0540 tripod, RRS clamp and BH25 head, remote, extra batteries
– Ten Essentials including Nitecore p10 800 lumens flashlight
– Pants, down jacket, pullover, extra socks, extra doorag
– One Black Diamond Ultra Mountain carbon pole for tent
– Two bottles of purple gatorade
– Bananas, pb/honey sandwich, powerbars, powergels
– Shires Tarptent Contrail and stakes
– MH Phantom 32 bag
Felt light, carried well and I didnt end up camping last night. www.mikereidphotography.com
Lake Colchuck is one of my favorite hikes. Its a hard slog up approximately 2500 feet but the payoff is immense. This alpine lake is a great destination by itself but also serves as the gateway for the Enchantments. I arrived Friday afternoon amongst a variety of rain squalls and questioned whether I was going to go or not. Walking back from the bathroom, a woman whose car wouldn’t start asked me for a ride back down to Leavenworth. That made the decision for me and I drove her back down the hill. An hour later the weather had cleared significantly so I decided to go for it. I was so happy I did. The hike took me about an hour and 45 minutes to the lake. Most of the obvious camping spots were taken but i found a “clearing” near the lake where i set up my tent and the camera for this timelapse.
I slept well that night and was visited by a goat looking for salt to lick. I figured he was visiting all the campsites in his search. I got up the next morning and headed back down to civilization. I’ve been doing Stairmaster daily since January to strengthen my legs and it sure helped my knees. As i descended, many groups were heading up. I did what i could to encourage them, which was easy. I had seen the peaks and the shimmering lake and knew they were in for a treat. www.mikereidphotography.com #hiking #backpacking