January Sunset

February 21, 2015

 

 

This was taken as I was heading into downtown Port Townsend to workout at the gym.  One thing I seldom experience here is sunsets. I can't really see them without driving out to a location where there aren't obstructions like buildings, hills and trees. I see many more full moons and rainbows than vivid sunsets.  But how could I ever complain about that?

 

 

This was taken as I was heading into downtown Port Townsend to workout at the gym.
One thing I seldom experience here are sunsets. I can’t really see them without driving out to a location where there aren’t obstructions like buildings, hills and trees.
I see many more full moons and rainbows than vivid sunsets.
But how could I ever complain about that?

Boats and Water

October 25, 2013

Kismet

 

 

Mystery Bay Marina, Marrowstone Island, Washington, USA

 

Copyright 2013 by G. W. German. All Rights Reserved.

Autumn In PT: Part One

October 27, 2012

After a late dry spell that lasted about 7 weeks we shifted into the cold and wet very abruptly. This years autumn foliage has been brilliant, but the weather is making it shorter than usual as the leaves are falling faster due to frequent bouts of rain and wind. Autumn before daylight savings time shifts is one of my favorite times of year but, here in the Northwest, it is always way too brief. I guess that brevity makes it all the more precious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first in a few posts devoted to autumn’s beauty.

 

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Waukeena

October 17, 2012

 

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Summerbow

October 3, 2012

A rainbow and its very faint twin taken from my front door stoop in early Summer.

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Before Sundown

February 2, 2012

One thing remarkably different about  the location of my home is how seldom I see a beautiful sunset in my neighborhood. Oh sure, I see beautiful cloud formations on tree-lined horizons, but the sunsets here are nothing like the ones I’ve experienced in southern areas. I would have to drive out to the shore to see the sun go down without obstruction. Here, where there aren’t houses, there are conifers blocking the view and, by the time I recognize there’s a chance of a colorful display, it is too late to drive to a vantage point and catch it.

The image above is about as close to a sunset I have been able to capture. This was captured on the last day of November 2010. November is usually the most difficult time of the year for me. I do not do well with the short days and lengthy dark of burgeoning winter. Seeing the light play against clouds like this reminds me that, even when I feel depressed, nature goes on simply being beautiful.

 

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Snow: Part One

January 18, 2012

One of the major reasons why I live where I live is the weather. Port Townsend has a relatively mild maritime climate. We don’t have extraordinary extremes in temperatures and we seldom have crippling snow storms. That could change tonight as the meteorologists are saying we could have up to 10 inches of the white stuff.

An earlier front dropped about an inch and a half of snow here last night.

Snowfall is always a good excuse for taking pictures. It changes the appearance, shapes and structures of everything it covers, whether flat rooftops or gnarled trees, roadways or lawns. I always try to get out at the point where the snow is still virgin, though some folks have to head off to work early and leave foot and tire tracks. Fortunately as long as the temp stays low and the wind doesn’t come up the snow sits still for good shots.

One problem with white things are how flat and lacking in dimension they can appear. Then there’s the fact that white is highly reflective in sunshine and absorptive when there’s a cloud cover. You might believe you just took some outstanding shots, only to find they are all dull and lifeless as if you’d been trying to capture the nuances of a sheet of copy paper. Or perhaps worse, the image looks like you were using a particularly bright flash attachment. There are tricks for avoiding these circumstances, but you will have to go elsewhere to find them. Initially, when I am out shooting the only trick I use is to capture interesting shapes or scenes. Later, I can modify images using Photoshop. (I will tell you the best shots are the ones where you need Photoshop the least. However, it is a valuable tool in the digital photographer’s arsenal and I recommend at least having a copy Photoshop Elements if you use a digital camera.)

Here are some of the images I shot today. I suspect there will be more tomorrow as there will be substantially more snow to work with.

 

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