I absolutely loved this view. I got this with a 300mm lens, 1/250@f/5, Pentax K10D, and a monopod. This did not start out as an HDR image; I got a lot more contrast into the mountains using Gimp. And that is what I wanted. I’m learning that an Overlay layer works really well for a ND filter.
(Original size of this picture was 10500×1280. This is the first time I actually ran my workstation out of memory while using Gimp, even. I was using over 3.6G ram on this picture, and I should have had much more available but I’m running a development version of Gimp.)
I have never seen such amazing cloudscapes except in Skagit county. And luckily, even if they are not just quite as vivid as what I cook up, they offer me the inspiration of pre-visualisation.
Another note I must add is that Hugin is now easier than ever to use. I really appreciate Hugin and every time it becomes easier to use — and this time I added a 1.66 bracketed stack of exposures — it did wonderfully. I added essentially a 4-stop ND gradient (mutiply) on this sky to get the sky and ground about equal in Gimp.
Snow Geese. Yearly tradition now to go and see them flocking in Skagit near LaConner at new years.
300mm lens 1/310 ~f/5
Sometimes you just come away with all blurry photos. This is a shot to do properly I should have rigged a tripod with a 15lb weight with. However, I was just going with a monopod and leaning against a fence. Using a Pentax K10D, 300m 1/250@f/5 lens, this shot metered about ~2/3 stop under and that was clearly too little light for this rig.
Here’s a picture of an abandoned cold storage plant. These are pipes wrapped in canvas and polystyrene. Bonus points if you tell me how I cooked it.
I think this was my luckiest shot from 2013. Took this with Ellie riding on my shoulders, carrying a 200mm lens without tripod.