Manhattan Sunset

New York City skyline at sunset taken from Brooklyn

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Panoramas and sunsets always look right to me.  Silhouettes are nice, but if you get some interesting clouds, you’re all set.  This shot looks back at Manhattan from North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  I took this with my trusty old S90 (showing it’s age) and composited in Photoshop.

Bend Panorama Done Right

Yesterday I put up this panorama I took in Bend, OR.  I was excited that it came out nicely, and when my computer barfed trying to edit this huge file, I just posted what I had.  Today I wanted to do it right, so here we go.  This one has the edits I wanted, plus click for the extra large and pretty version!

Panoramic view of Cascade peaks from Bend OR

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Today’s post comes with a bonus too – name those peaks!

Panoramic mountain view from Bend OR, with labels on mountain peaks

 

Ah… that’s better.

Happy Solstice Sunset

Summer in Seattle makes the winter almost worthwhile.  Yesterday was the solstice and it was light out until almost 10 PM.  Not a cloud to be seen and perfect weather.

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I’ll admit that this picture wasn’t from the solstice proper – I took it a week or two back, but it was on one of our other perfect days.  Downtown doesn’t have as much of a focal point as I’d like – the space needle is way too far north and most of the bigger and more distinct buildings are buried down the hill.  The twin circular towers of the Westin are about the more distinctive things we have.  It does remind me of the World’s Fair 1960’s style stuff that still lingers (space needle, monorail, etc) so I guess that’s ok.

Digging In The Vault #1 – Thailand

Sairee Beach on Koh Tao is pretty great.  Very picturesque, nice sand, and every tourist around will be there to shoot pictures like this around sunset.  But I think this post sets a different kind of record for me.

Boulders at Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand

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I’ve been employed for all of two weeks now and already I’m digging in the vault as I’m out of new stuff.  Of course this pic is from my trip a while back, but it’s still good stuff, right?

Anyway, these sorts of rock formations were all around the beaches on Koh Tao and I lived them all.  This one seemed to have particularly nice asymmetry.  I can’t figure out if I’m happy with the framing in this shot or not.  On one hand, the subject is halfway up, seeming screwing up the rule of thirds pretty good.  On the other hand, horizontally, I think the positioning is very nice.  I’m coming around to the idea that the vertical symmetry and the horizontal asymmetry make it work.  But I took it, so I’m a little biased.