Launch

It has been quiet around these parts for the past week or so.

Usually I apologize for that, but this time I don’t think that I will, even though I do appreciate my loyal readers.

I really do.

So where was the focus?  My new web site, of which this blog is a part.  Some of you might have even noticed some changes here.

It’s all part of taking my photography a bit more seriously, including delving more into portraiture.

Photo Logo

So please click on the image above (which takes you to http://billandersphoto.com), take a look around, kick the tires and leave a comment.  Perhaps buy a print or three.

I even dropped the prices 25% to mark the occasion.

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Just click on that coupon and a new window will open.  Browse and pick to your heart’s content, then enter that code upon checkout.  And you’ll be in like Flynn.

If you had browsed my galleries before and think you have seen it all, please look again, especially in the Travel section of my Portfolio.  There are new photos in there.  And quite a few images that I have reworked for one reason or another.

So you might find something different.

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by my littler corner of the sphere.

Wizard Moonset

Sorry for the slower posting lately.  There’s been quite a lot of work going on around here, most of it related to the photos.

I’ll post more on that later.  Perhaps release the whole kit and kaboodle, although if you have paid attention to how this blog is set up, you are seeing a part of it now.

But that’s not important right now.

The last post was the video of the moon setting over Crater Lake from our Canon G12, but here is an image from the primary camera (not a screen grab from the video).

Watching the moon set with this view was quite an experience, the scene that Goddess and I had planned to capture for a few weeks, putting all of the wheels in motion some 24 hours prior.

Even though this view is only two hours away.

Wizard Moonset

Thanks to The Photographer’s Ephemeris, I knew weeks in advance where I needed to be standing in order to position the setting moon over the peak of Wizard Island.

That meant that after the 90 minutes of images that comprised Charioteer, I could hop back in the car and drive Goddess and Skinny to the opposite side of the lake, get in position and take a nap for a couple of hours before I needed to set up the cameras and start capturing the scene.

It is a great thing to be able to plan those moments out.

And for those wondering where the reflection of the moon is, please keep in mind that from the summit of Wizard Island to the crater wall in the background is 1.25 miles (2km).  The angle just does not allow for a reflection.

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And just as a reminder, today (Friday, August 2, 2013) is the last day of voting for the Medford Mail-Tribune photography people’s choice award, where Charioteer is consistently bouncing between first and second place.  If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please read here.

Thank you for your support!

Moonset over Crater Lake

We are quite smoked in right now, as there are large forest fires to our northwest and the daily afternoon wind brings the smoke directly to us.

So no clear skies.  We may have to make a trip to find some fresh air.

Here’s a movie from last week’s overnight session at Crater Lake.  This was the scene that drove the trip, the moon setting over Wizard Island.

This time laps covers the eight minutes leading up to the moon setting.  I wanted to let it go until sunrise so you could see the sun start to touch the crater walls on the far side, but that just wasn’t going to happen.

As you’ll see, there are many black moving objects in the frame.  Those were mosquitoes that discovered us about 30 minutes before moonset.  By the time this movie was filming, I was working the cameras by a simple mosquito-avoidance technique – press the shutter, run up the road about 50 feet, run across the road to the opposite shoulder, run back to across from the cameras, then run up to press the shutter button.  Repeat.

So I got a bit of a workout.

Goddess and Skinny hung out in the car, but the pests managed to work their way inside too.  So what was meant to be a serene, zen-like experience was not quite what we hoped for.

But it was still amazing to watch.

No post-processing, since I’m really not a video guy.  But now I know to turn off the neutral density filter, which was causing the stepping down throughout the video.

It did an OK job of capturing the colors.  In real life, the pinks and blues were so much more vibrant.  I’ll get a shot up here soon.

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And just as a reminder, voting is still going on until Friday for the people’s choice award.  If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please read here.  And thank you for your support!

Contest Help

Friends and loyal readers, a departure from the norm today, with a mid-day post and no new pictures.  I’m just asking for a little bit of help.

No, it does not involve money.

It’s a photo contest.  The local newspaper, the Medford Mail-Tribune, is holding a photo contest with the theme “Oregon Outdoors”.  I’ve been shooting a fair bit of that lately, so I’ve thrown my hat in the ring.

And that’s where I need your help, since they are running a “People’s Choice” category as well as their own “Editor’s Picks”.

So that’s where you, the people, come in.

I need your votes!

These are the three pictures that I’ve entered:

Charioteer
Sparks SUP
Lava Fields

Voting has started, and of the 342 images submitted, my three are sitting firmly in the middle of the top 24.

With your help, they could get nudged higher.

But I will admit, there may be a downside to voting – you have to register with a unique e-mail address in order to vote.  If that turns you off from voting, I do understand.  But if it doesn’t, thank you for your help.

If you click on any of those three images, the website will open in either a new tab or new window, depending on how you have your browser configured.

Once registered, the easiest way to find me is do a filtered search for “BillA“.  Or you can change the sort order to “Most Votes” and I should be there on the front page.

<  edit >  You can vote for up to three pictures.  Unfortunately, you have to do it one at a time.  But there are some excellent images there, so have fun browsing the collection.  < /edit >

Perhaps you’re asking “what does Bill get out of it”?  If picked in either category, “People’s Choice” or “Editor’s Choice”, the winning pic will be published in the local paper.  That’s it.  No cash prizes, no parade down main street, no nationally televised acceptance speech.  Just the fun in seeing a photo printed in the paper.

Thank you!

Kornmarkt Madonna

I’ve been posting quite a few landscape pictures lately.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But sometimes a pause, a chance to take a knee, is a good thing.

Kornmarkt Madonna

A view of the Madonna, situated in the middle of the Kornmarkt in Heidelberg, Germany.

A lot of history here.

A lot of memories here.

We do miss living there.

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

Cold Phantom

Another from Monday’s overnight and sunrise session at Crater Lake.

Here is the Phantom Ship, a rock island in Crater Lake, remnants of the old lava flows from Mount Mazama, the volcano that exploded and collapsed, filling with rainwater and snowmelt to give us Crater Lake.

Cold Phantom

What’s with the odd color combinations, you ask?

Fair enough.

This image was captured about 30 minutes after sunrise from an overlook on the eastern side of Crater Lake.  The Phantom Ship is tucked close to the southeastern side of the lake, so it was still in the shadow of the crater walls.  Hence the cold, blue colors, since the only light on the rock face was from the blue sky above and reflected off the deep blue water below.  The golden hue is the reflection of the south wall of the crater, which was in direct sunlight.

And for a bit of scale, the tallest spire on the island is 170′ (52 meters)., while the island is some 500′ (152 meters) long.

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

Charioteer

Goddess and I had been discussing a specific photo shoot for a few weeks.  Specifically, a full moon setting over Crater Lake.

Basic in concept, a bit more technical in execution.

Especially since I’m technically-minded.

Meaning that I confirmed my shooting location down to 1/1000th of a degree, thanks to GPS.

That’s just what I do to make sure that I capture what I want.

In this case, I wanted to capture the moon setting over Wizard Island.

Thanks to The Photogrpaher’s Ephemeris, it was fairly easy to determine the spot that I needed to stand to capture the image that I wanted.

So it was planned, planned and planned.

But switching from a standard diurnal sleep schedule to one that allowed us to catch a moonset at 05:54am local time, some two hours away, took a bit of planning.

Luckily, our preparation sleep didn’t work out as planned.

So that meant that we started the drive to Crater Lake a few hours earlier than we had planned.  Which gave us the time to play a bit.

20 seconds at a time.

Charioteer

For those that keep track, that’s a 20-second exposure, two hundred times, at ISO800, with a 28/1.8 lens set at f4.0.  Stacked and processed.

So approximately 90 minutes of images to track the stars.

But what does “Charioteer” have to do with it?  It’s the Anglicized nickname of the constellation Auriga, of which its brightest star, just left of center, is rising from and to the right of the Llao Rock.  The star is known as Capella, third brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere.

Thankfully, we were helped by an almost full moon directly behind us, front lighting the all of the terrestrial features.  At the median time that the image was taken, the full moon wouldn’t be for another 10 hours, in the middle of the day.

That wouldn’t do.

But this will.

Oh, and for those of you that are curious about that bright streak in the lake, just lower right of Wizard Island, that is a pollen raft.  The pollen from the trees surrounding the lake will settle on the surface and the wind will push the particles together.  So you’ll often see expansive pollen rafts scattered about Crater Lake.  But the season has passed, leaving this one behind.

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

Loops

Walking along the McKenzie River Waterfalls Loop Trail, between Koosah and Sahalie Falls, I quickly peeled off of the trail to set up my tripod.

Goddess asked what I was doing, since there was nothing to shoot there.

You would think she would know by now.

There is always something to shoot.

I found the tumbling rapids enchanting.

Loops

Why “Loops” for a title?

The traces of water drops just left of center (as well as upper left) reminded me of a phenomenon on the sun that we had to report, back when I lived in Western Australia and got paid to observe the sun.  What a gig!

Technically speaking, the phenomena is a coronal loop (click those words to get a full description).  But when we reported it, they were simply loops.

This post is appropriate to what Goddess and I will be doing in a few hours.  We’ll catch a quick evening nap, then head out on the road at midnight.  We’ll be driving up to Crater Lake to enjoy the late night, watching the full moon, the stars and the Milky Way, then the sunrise and moonset.  With the lake as a reflecting pool.

Hopefully a great way to start our Monday.

Maybe a picture or two will come out.

Perhaps even a print.

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

On Your Left

It’s been a couple of days.  A busy couple of days.

Over the weekend, a friend, nay, a brother in arms, and I rode the Seattle to Portland route together.  That’s Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon.

On bicycles.

Along with 9,998 other cyclists.

If you keep track, that’s 200 miles (322km).

Although we took the easy schedule and did it in two days.  A few others did it in one.

Perhaps next year.

It was a great experience, a well-supported ride through great terrain*.

But the best part was watching a friend ride his very first century (100-miler) on Saturday.  Then follow it up with his second-ever century on Sunday.

Strongly.

So we started out Saturday morning looking at Mount Rainier.  And finished mid-afternoon on Sunday looking at Mount Hood.  That makes it a great ride in my book.

So what does the title of this post have to do with anything?

Well, we kept a high enough pace each day that we spent a significant portion of each day passing other cyclists.  We passed far more than we passed.  And that makes it a good ride.

And the courteous thing to do while passing, especially on open roads, is to let the rider you are passing know that you are there.

“On your left”.

Or, as you get tired of saying it, simply “left”.  Either way gets the point across.

I’m coming through.

Although this photo is not part of the route, this photo was of a road that I look forward to taking the time to ride.  The McKenzie Highway (OR126), situated just north of the Three Sisters in Central Oregon.

It passes through lush forests and barren lava fields.  Gorgeous scenery.

Lava Fields

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site (although not this one).  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them (this one did not make that cut), it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

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* Official photos to follow.

Proxy

Another waterfall image, this time of Proxy Falls, found deep in the Three Sisters Wilderness, next to the McKenzie Highway in Oregon.  Just 10 miles or so from this image, which you might recall.

What makes this fall unique is that after it pours a hundred feet or so down the side of a mountain, the water collects in a pool.

There is no visible outlet to the pool.

It all drains through the bottom of the collecting pool, only to reappear several hundred yards down the mountain.

It is an amazing phenomenon to ponder, especially realizing how many hundreds of gallons pour over these rocks every minute.

Proxy

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site.  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them, it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.