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A walk along Second Beach

When I visited Washington state’s Olympic National Park in April, I visited Second Beach on one of the afternoons.  This was one of the first photographs after I exited the trail onto the beach.  Shooting into the sun silhouetted most of the elements which helped to isolate these two people as they walked near the water.


Happy Father’s Day!

I’m enjoying day with my kids.  I hope all the fathers who love, support and try their best to understand theirs are enjoying the same today.

 


D-Day

The last World War turned on this day 75 years ago.  If that is history you aren’t familiar with, you owe it to yourself and those who sacrificed on our collective behalf before to learn more.  I offer a humble thank you.  Thank you to those who have served.  Thank you to those who lived on and to those who we wish had.

 

Photo credit unknown. Unfortunately the photographer cannot be credited as this is a photograph in our family which did not have that information on the back.

 

I thank my grandfather, Percy – he’s sitting in this photo taken during WWII, for his service and the life he led afterwards despite the horrors he endured and the friends he lost.


Sea spray and the setting sun

 

I visited Second Beach on the Olympic Peninsula in April.  It was my first visit to this picturesque stretch of the Pacific Northwest.  Heavy waves rolled in with sunset and I had a great time framing them amid the sea stacks, along the beach and against the rocks.  When the sun was sinking into the water, one wave exploded inside the keyhole.  The silhouette of the spray had me imagining figures and forms.  It was a cool moment to recall a great evening on the ocean.

 


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A red fox backlit in Bragg Creek


Forest panoramas in a storm

(Please click on any image to open a separate window to see these panoramas in a larger version)

I have been enjoying creating panoramas by merging a number of shots into one wide image.  The workshop that I went to on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington recently brought that approach back in to my plans.  It’s been a while since I shot them with any regularity.  The rainforests there are well into spring and were amazing to photograph for panoramic concepts.  Forests have incredible depth, details and patterns and that was a focus while I was in the Pacific Northwest.

When I returned home, a cold weather pattern was knocking around Alberta.  When a snowstorm blew in, I headed out to photograph the forest and see if any pano opportunities jumped out.  The storm grew into a blizzard.  It was cool to have the increasing density of snow as a variable to the images.  We’ve had a few really good days in the week afterwards.  Before the next one comes in this weekend.

 

 


Happy Mother’s Day

2013 © Christopher Martin

I had a great day with the mothers in my life.  I hope you have enjoyed the same, great memories or are the recipient of a lot of heartfelt thank you.  You have the privilege to have such influence over your (and personally, on my) children.  It is lucky for them it is so very well placed. Happy Mother’s Day.

2013 © Christopher Martin


Port Angeles – the ocean in motion

 

When I was on the west coast a couple of weeks ago, I spent one morning photographing along the Port Angeles shoreline.  It had been a little while since I have been on the ocean and I was hypnotized by the ebb and flow of the waves along the beach.  I always am.

 


A snowstorm’s abstract

Greedily, Old Man Winter has snuck past Spring once more and released another day-long blizzard across southern Alberta.  The snow fell in thick flakes, speckling the sky then blurring the forest as it neared the ground.  I’m looking forward to greenery, especially given how lovely Seattle was when I was there last week, but this was a storm which cast a beautiful spell over the landscape west of Bragg Creek.


Seattle perspective

A sketch of downtown while I rode the Wenatchee ferry across Elliott Bay.


Cedar bark abstract

I’m in Seattle for a dear friend’s photography workshop on the Olympic Peninsula this weekend.  I was lucky enough to wander the gardens and forest around his wonderful home yesterday.  Coming from Alberta, the blossoms, warmth and greenery was almost a shock to me.  Certainly a glimpse of a future we will hopefully see within a couple of weeks.  The light on the bark of this cedar danced well with the abstracted shapes in the background.  Those were thrown out of focus by the a shallow depth of field using a 24mm lens at f/2.0.


A moose on the loose…

This moose was grazing in a marsh west of Bragg Creek when I drove by.  She stared at me for a minute, trotted through brambles a bit and then stared back to me again.

April 24th update: Thank you to The Mysterious Blogger for suggesting the title of this post – now updated.  And, to P.grover for improving my/our understanding of moose and threats to their health.