McLoughlin Clear Sunset

The nice thing about having views like this within a quick drive is that we can try and try and try.  Sometimes the scene cooperates, sometimes not.  Sometimes somewhere in-between.

Some five days prior, the scene did not cooperate.  We were in the clouds and it was snowing fairly heavily.  Driving up this day, the scene looked to be cooperating, as there were low clouds hugging the base of Mount McLoughlin as a skirt.

By the time the sun was setting, it was somewhere in-between.  The clouds had dissipated, but the light was nice.

That’s a fair trade.

The time also gave Goddess a chance to check out her new backpack, lightly loaded, as she walked around on the fresh powder.

That made it just about perfect.  A crisp late afternoon, fresh snow, our footprints the only ones to be seen, a fresh cup of hot beverage (water in this case, since Goddess forgot where she put the tea bags; they were promptly found in her pack once we got home), beautiful late afternoon light and only the sound of the eagles screeching in the trees.

Yep, just about perfect.


Just a reminder, through this upcoming weekend I have a 20% off sale going on over at Bill Anders Photography.  Yep, even including the photo above.

All products are 20% off (does not apply to shipping costs).  Just enter Winter14 in the coupon field when you are ready to check out.  Click on the coupon below to start browsing or on the photo above to go directly to that image.

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Fuji Flare

Not Mount Fuji, but Fuji Mountain.

It’s in Oregon.

We were looking to get there early enough in the day to set up camp, then watch sunset from the summit, but it didn’t work out that way.  And we didn’t have enough time to watch sunrise from the summit, as any hike up a Fuji should be spent, whether it be Mount Fuji or Fuji Mountain.

Instead, we watched the sun set on Fuji Mountain from across Waldo Lake, which is apparently the clearest lake in the United States, having recently beat out Crater Lake in clarity.  It’s a beautiful lake, with no motorized conveyance allowed.  Even Crater Lake allows the gas-powered tour boats, which may just be enough to affect the clarity.

In the photo below, Fuji mountain is the one with the rounded top and the sharp precipice on the right (west) side, just to the right of the furthest left lens flare.

Fuji Flare

If you look close, you’ll see a bazillion spots.  That’s not a dirty sensor or lens (I got rid of those nasty spots), but a bazillion flying insects.  Thankfully they were just gnats, not mosquitoes or any other nasty biting bugs.  They were noticeable only when you focused on them, otherwise you could enjoy the scenery and not be bothered.  But they sure show up in the photos.

We need to get up to the summit of Fuji mountain.  It’s not an impressive mountain, topping out at just over 7,000 feet (compared to Mount Fuji’s 13,000’+ summit).  But from all accounts, the view is just as marvelous.

We’ll report back.

Smoky Mountains

No, not those Smoky Mountains.

Although by the time you are reading this, we aren’t too far from them.  We just won’t have a chance to visit.

But first, THANK YOU to all that participated in my summer sale!  By now all of the prints have shipped and are on their way.  If you’re in the US and haven’t received them by mid-week next week (say 16 July), please let me know so I can track them down.

While the last few images have reached back some 2, 4 and 10 years, this is just a few weeks old.

Smoky Mountains

Nothing like a rainy day in the mountains to make it seem like another planet.

Mount Shasta View

Although this was taken only eight days ago, it sure seems a lot longer than that.  It’s been a busy week, but a good week.

That and the fact that I know the view looks nothing like that this morning.  Yesterday we received 4-6″ of snow in just a few short hours and we’re 5,500′ below the summit of Mount Ashland, from which this photo was taken.  I know the mountain received quite a bit too, as I was able to watch it all day on a webcam.  By mid-afternoon, a few hardy folks were up there in the middle of it, strapping on their snowboards and trying to eke out a run in the few inches of snow covering the rocks.

They weren’t having much success.

Anyway, this picture was taken on Thanksgiving afternoon.  It was a balmy day in the 50’s.  Enough to get us sweating on the approach to the summit, which sounds more impressive than the reality that we parked about a mile away from the summit, just a couple of hundred feet lower in elevation.

As you can see, a beautiful day.  A grand view of Mount Shasta, some 54 miles distant, as the crow flies.

Mount Shasta View

It was a great Thanksgiving, spending the day with friends we haven’t seen since 2006, all of us taking pics and looking at things in our own unique ways.  It’s always fun to see how two (or three or four or more) people can stand side by side, take pictures and come out with significantly different images.

For their take on the view, please browse over to their post at Welliver Photography.

Fiery Maple

Well, it’s autumn on this side of the equator and everyone’s starting to flood the interwebs with their local fall color.

I will too, but with my own take on things.

Here’s a Japanese Maple, my favorite tree, starting to change.  Quite a few local photographers shoot these trees, since they are next to the paths and parking areas of the largest town park, Lithia Park.  But most of the images I’ve run across are typical scenery shots.

It’s a pretty tree, but prettier inside.

Because the beauty is in the details.

Fiery Maple

The yellow is the leaves in the background, backlit by a mid-afternoon sun.

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.

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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!

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.