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Pudding Creek Trestle at Sunset

I love running across photos in my library that I’d forgotten about. I need to allocate more time to going through back albums. (Click the photo for a better, larger view.)

The Pudding Creek Trestle in Fort Bragg, California once carried lumber by train, and has since been refurbished as a walkway.

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Sunflower Sunset

Usually when I visit my mom at the farm, I take it real easy. And I certainly did that on this week’s visit. But I also told myself I would try to do some photographing while here. One evening, my mom and I headed to a field of sunflowers in time to catch the sunset. Except for almost losing a shoe in a muddy stretch of irrigation at the edge of the field, it was a nice little excursion.

About the photo: Single shot captured on a tripod, 12mm at 1/30 second at f/2.8. Normally I’d use a narrower aperture to get more detail in focus in the background, but the light was fading pretty quickly, so I left this lens wide open. I exposed for the sunset so it wouldn’t be blown out, and brought up the detail in the field using a graduated filter in Lightroom.

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For July Fourth, my mom took me, my daughter, and my niece on a new adventure: the city of Dixon’s fireworks show. The parking turned out to be full at Hall Park, but a generous man directing traffic advised us to head down to the Dixon High School parking lot. The school is where the show’s explosives were being launched from, and when we arrived there were plenty of open spaces—and plenty of folks setting off their own firecrackers. I wandered with my camera before the main show started (which was a pretty great display!).

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Sunset Dog and Owner

Photographing a sunset in Fort Bragg, California, I was pleasantly surprised when a dog and its owner wandered along the cliff edge. Thank you, mystery dog-walker!

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Density: Redwoods Panorama

One of the things that’s hard to wrap your mind around in the Redwoods, especially on a first visit, is just how dense these massive forests are. This is a panorama stitched from 13 photos, shot at Stout Grove near Jededih Smith Redwood State Park Campground.

Be sure to view this one larger at Flickr to absorb all the detail!

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Middle Falls, McCloud River

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My friend Chris Breen takes wonderful photos from the beach that is 10 minutes from his house. In fact, it seems as if he posts one every time I’m stuck in my office on a deadline, which (a) makes me long to be at a beach, any beach; (b) makes me silently curse Chris for lording it over everyone like me; (c) reminds me that I actually live within walking distance of a Seattle beach (below) and should get my damn work done so I can go enjoy it.

Chris wrote about the beach photos he takes and why he does it, in the process touching on important photographic essentials like actively seeing a scene and looking for new colors, textures, and compositions in familiar surroundings. Go read it now and enjoy the photos: About the beach photos.

Carkeek Sunset 9/10/11

Lingering Truck Dust