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Panoramas Continued

Since my last post about panoramas, I’ve made several more that I really like.¬† This post I’ll focus (pun intended) ūüôā on ones from my local neighbourhood.¬† I’ve also made it so you can click on each of the images and see them up close and personal in a new window.¬† Without being too conceited, I think you’ll enjoy the extra details you can see in the larger versions!¬† I always do.

First, one I stitched together from 2 photos taken in July from a walk at DeBoughville Slough with J and my sister, in Coquitlam, BC.

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Looking NE up the Pitt River at the Golden Ears Mt massif in the background. Golden Ears Mt is centre-left and Blanshard Needle is is the pointy one almost dead centre.

 

Next, a pano taken in October, from 2 photos taken with my LG5 phone camera on the the Bluffs above Admiralty Point in Belcarra Park, Port Moody, BC.

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Looking West down the Burrard Inlet past Vancouver in the distance.

Another October stitch, from 7 photos taken from a hike to the White Rock viewpoint in Coquitlam.  If you look at the centre land features in this one, you can see the same hill and towers and point of land you saw in the previous picture.  This is up higher and a more expansive view.  Vancouver Island way in the distance.

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Looking South and West. You can see city of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond. Also SFU on Burnaby Mt in left mid-ground.

 

Here’s one I made from a 3 photos one cloudy December morning while walking around the inlet. I’m on the North side shooting South. Another set with the LG5.

Looking South from the Shoreline Trail along the Inlet in Port Moody, BC
Clouds and trees and water

Not perfect but it made Explore on Flickr with almost 6 thousand views and that is saying something!

One from Maple Beach on a January hike to Admiralty point.¬† A stitch of 5 shots.¬† It was a “dreary” day so black and white was the way to go here.

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Sculpture at Maple Beach in Belcarra Park, a beach on the way to Admiralty Point.

 

Here’s one at the Rocky Point piers in February, looking North towards the mountains.¬† 2 LG photos stitched to make this.

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Looking North at the Fannin range with Seymour Mt foremost.

 

Last but not least, 2 panoramas I made a few days ago during a walk around Buntzen Lake.  It was cloudy, the lake was perfectly still and I was, as they say, in the right place at the right time. The first one is a composite of 4 shots.

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Looking at part of Eagle Ridge from West shore of Buntzen Lake.

 

This second one is a stitch of 10 photos!¬† That’s right, 10.¬† It took a bit of processing time but was totally worth it.¬† It also made Explore and as of the writing of this post, was about to break 7,000 views!¬† As you might imagine, I’m very proud of this one.

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Reflection of the whole of Eagle ridge in Buntzen Lake.

So there you have it, my latest local panorama compositions.¬† Can’t really call them photos because they are always put together from at least 2 and often more, captures.¬† Hope you enjoyed the show.

Keep rambling,

Rich

Cloud on the Inlet

I wanted to get in a good exercise walk today and when I looked out my window, I saw that there was a cloud sitting on the inlet.  It was pretty cold, front steps were icy and slippery, but it was going to be a sunny day as there was sun everywhere else so I figured it would either be a walk in total fog with no views or the sun might burn it off.

Got in the car and motored down the hill to corner of Moody and St John’s.¬† Parked there and walked the rest of the way to Rocky Pt park and continued around the inlet as planned.

I was not disappointed!  Although on the way to my turn around at Orchard Beach, all the boardwalks were frosted and slippery, on the way back, most of them had defrosted as the sun did come out.  And there was opportunity for some spectacular images, IMHO.

So here you go.  Enjoy

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Pretty neat, huh!!! ūüôā Almost wish I’d brought my real camera!

Keep rambling,

Rich

Finding my niche: The BIG Picture

I’ve always wondered just where I “fit” photographically. ¬†There are so many superb picture takers and image makers out there. ¬†And I have been inspired by all of them.

Recently, I realized what I really like to shoot. ¬†First and foremost, I’m a landscape photographer. ¬†I love shooting macros too, but taking pictures of people, NOT! ¬†I can do it, just doesn’t churn my butter, as they say.

After many years of shooting landscapes, I realized what I really liked doing, and was pretty good at, was putting together panoramas.  I seem to have an eye for just what needs to be in there to make it both a big picture and still retain all the elements that make a photo interesting.

So, expect to see lots of panoramas of places I have been. ¬†And I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. ¬†Here’s a couple from our trip to Quadra Island this past July.

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Walking Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island, BC
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Sunset view of the Coast Mountains from Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island

Click on them to get the BIG picture ūüôā

Till next time,

Rich

 

Left Coast and Redwoods – Finale

After a lovely night’s rest and breakfast at our BnB in Brookings, we headed down to the Harris Beach State Park there and spent some time just walking around. ¬†Here’s a few photos from the park.

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J’s charismatic windswept look ūüôā

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Peek-a-Boo!

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Impressive Rocks!

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After getting our fill of the the wonderful ocean scenery and basically having the park to ourselves, we headed back out on the highway to our next stop, Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint. ¬†From the map, it looked like it might be an interesting spot and lo and behold, when we got to it we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had dunes. ¬†Now this might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people but J had never seen dunes before and she was ecstatic!! ¬†She’d always wanted to see dunes but somehow, had never had the good fortune to run across any on the beaches she had been to. ¬†So, of course, we wandered in amongst the dunes for a while and spent some time on the beach just enjoying watching waves.

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Yup, them’re dunes alright. ¬†With windswept dune grass.

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Wave Watching

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Again, we were the only ones there! ¬†I guess there’s some benefits, especially to a landscape photographer like I am, to go off season in crappy weather. ¬†No one around to get in the way of the scenery except my favourite model ūüôā

Back in the car and up the road a piece to another pullout where I took this pic looking North.

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Our next was for lunch at the Redfish in Port Orford.

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The Redfish (J’s hair in bottom right)

Lovely lunch with some great views there too.

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Having achieved a pleasant state of satiety, we meandered back to the car and headed on up the road again to what was our penultimate¬†stop along the way, Cape Blanco State Park. Cape Blanco is the Westernmost point in Oregon and the contingual United States, and contains the Southernmost Lighthouse in Oregon. ¬†All fine reasons to stop there! What they don’t tell you about is the strength of the wind there! ¬†WhoooBoy….! ¬†J was afeared to leave the car. ¬†I got out and took a bunch of photos; hey that’s what I do, and I jumped straight up to land about foot back of where I launched myself from. ¬†There was a guy in a convertible with the top down and all the windows up just enjoying the views and eating a sandwich. ¬†Said he often comes to enjoy the scenery and wind.

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From here we headed up to Bandon where we stopped at the renowned¬†Face Rock Creamery to pick up some cheese and have a heavenly ice cream ūüôā ¬†We never actually visited the Face Rock but there’s lots of pics on the web of it.

From here, it was head up to Reedsport to pick up Rt 38 back to I-5.  Rt 38 turned out to be a lovely road along the river and through the hills.  Did I mention that we saw sheep in Oregon.  And Elk.  Lots of both!

Once we got to I-5, we headed up to Portland to stay with a friend of J’s that’s she’s known forever. ¬†Had a pizza dinner, conversation, crashed and were on the road again the next morning. ¬†Our last stop was a food court in the Alderwood Mall because I decided to get the pack after all!

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Yum! Indian Food!

And then back home. ¬†Boy, were we glad to be back home in our own bed that night. ¬†We had a great trip and loved all the crazy ups and downs and beautiful places and trees we saw but there’s nothing like coming home after a trip to your own bed! ¬†And on that note, I’ll say amen and leave you all in peace until I decide to write about something else.

Rich