Summer!

I was planning on a new shot taken on the first full day of summer.  An appropriate picture to kick off a summer sale.

I had planned for the past week on the angle I needed to get one of the local rocks framed by the Milky Way.  A fun shot that takes a fair bit of planning and time to execute, all in the dark of a moonless night.

But, unlike the rest of spring, we got clouds.

I won’t complain about the clouds too much, as we’re in a drought here and this batch of clouds is a precursor to rain later this week.  That’s good news, although the weather systems coming in look to be unstable enough for thunderstorms.  Thunderstorms on these dry forest lands mean fires.  We’ve had a few already this year, but this looks like this could be the start to the real fire season.

I’ve been in a few areas of forest lately that really need a good burn in order to become healthy again.

Anyway, the clouds prevented me from getting the image that I wanted this evening, but that’s a minor inconvenience.  There are plenty more opportunities this summer to get the image I am thinking of.

So instead, I’ll reach back to last year for an image that is familiar to all of you long-time followers, perhaps new to those that have started viewing in the past year.

Charioteer

So back to the summer sale.

It’s simple -> Enter “Summer14” when you check out and receive 15% off pre-shipping costs for the next two weeks.

Summer14
Summer14

As always, I do appreciate your support.

Now get out there and enjoy summer!

(and for those of you south of the equator, think of summer when you enter the code!)

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Wizard Tones

Although watching sunrise at Crater Lake is full of colorful surprises, there are also so many textures, features and focal points that black and white is often the only way to present it.

Wizard Tones

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.

Wizard Reflection

A wider view than last, capturing the gorgeous blue water, shallow along the shore of Wizard Island.

Wizard Reflections

And while that water looks tropical, I seriously doubt that it is, considering the lake is fed only by snowmelt every spring.

But you can swim in that hole, like these folks did.

Or you can swim across the entire lake.  Twice.  Like these folks did.

Mount Scott Reflections

If last night’s view of the Northern California coast doesn’t work for us, this is always 90 minutes away.

Mount Scott Reflections

Goddess repeated several times “How is this even real?”.  She was awestruck by not only the scenery, but the natural colors, especially in the rocks.

And the water.  Oft cited as the most pure water in North America, the deep blues here are impressive.  But the turquoise blues in the shallows around Wizard Island (foreground) are astounding.  Perhaps a pic will follow…