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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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Puget Sound Sunset

I live in an awfully beautiful place. On the way to my daughter’s piano practice the other day, the light was amazing. I dropped her and my wife off, then headed to Sunset Hill Park, a little grassy overlook that’s aptly named.

I also took this opportunity to set up a 360-degree camera (the 360fly 4K) and capture a short timelapse of the sunset. The sun dropped below the clouds pretty quickly, but the clip still turned out well (especially the little girl to the right flopping around while her mom tried to get a photo). The video below should show up in a 360 viewer: if you’re on a mobile device, turn yourself around to see other angles. You may need to view it in the YouTube app. On a computer, you may need to use a browser such as Chrome.

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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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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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Seattle Skyline, Dr Jose Rizal Bridge

Despite living in Seattle for more than 20 years, I’d never been out to photograph the Seattle skyline at Dr Jose Rizal Bridge until last night. Part of that is familiarity: did I really want to make a photo that everyone has seen (and half of everyone has shot)? And part of it is just inertia—I’d simply never done it.

Well, inertia is a pretty lame excuse, and I know better that even well-photographed spots will have different characteristics depending on the weather, the time, and the season. But mostly, it was an excuse to get out and do some shooting, which is enough. A friend-of-a-friend is in town to visit family, so he suggested we go out shooting while he’s here, so we headed up to this iconic spot, just down from Jose Rizal Park.

Initially we were going to shoot from the park, but a pair of extremely inebriated guys made that uncomfortable. I don’t want to take away anyone’s right to get lit in a park, but one of them was unintelligible as he tried to talk to me. So we wandered down to the bridge and set up.

It turned out to be a beautiful evening, even though the most promising clouds earlier in the afternoon disappeared by the time sunset began. One challenge when shooting from the bridge is vibration: several times I’d set up a long exposure and forget to look down the street, then chuckle as a bus turned my photo into a soft mess as it rumbled by. But after many tries, and some genial conversation with another photographer who was set up (it wasn’t crowded), I ended up with a few photos I like.

Lights and Hues, Seattle Sunset

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Dandelion Sunset

After enjoying dinner with friends, I walked along the waterfront at Elliot Bay Park, anticipating a golden sunset. The sky didn’t fully cooperate (the sun fell behind a block of dense clouds), but it was still a great way to spend a summer hour.

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Snoqualmie Falls Sunset
Lingering Truck Dust
Ka'anapali Beach Sunset
Sparks Lake Cool Sunset

This photo comes from Sparks Lake in Oregon. I promise, I didn’t add any purple tone to this. (If you don’t believe me, take a look at Mason’s photo.) It was a beautiful sunset, and great to be out in it, despite the cold.

As always, this looks better bigger.

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