following the pathFollowing the path down from the Sears Kay Ruins just after sunset.Equipment:Camera: Nikon D800eLens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMCFocal Length: 14mmISO Speed: 100Aperture: f/8Shutter: mixedTripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center columnBall Head: Arcatech GV2Filter: noneProcessing:Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended, luminosity masking]

following the path

Following the path down from the Sears Kay Ruins just after sunset.

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC
Focal Length: 14mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: mixed
Tripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center column
Ball Head: Arcatech GV2
Filter: none

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]
CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended, luminosity masking]

dirty secrets
Logging.  I hate it.  It makes me sick everyday when I see logging trucks on the road.  Yeah, I know, we need wood.  What we dont need, however is to clearcut entire forests and leave behind a wasteland of death.
I was talking to someone recently and they were telling me about the massive amount of wood they see in the southern ports constantly being loaded onto ships and wondered where it came from.  Well its not done in Seattle, or Bellevue, or Kirkland….its the outskirts that most people dont see that is plundered for its valuable loot.  This.  This is Washingtons dirty secret.  And I’m taking it upon myself to expose it.  I’ll be posting photos now and then of butchered forests - so expect some ugly amid my normal landscapes from time to time.
I miss the trees.  I worry about the creatures that once inhabited this forest.  Where did they go?  Where will they go next when the surrounding forest is pillaged?
I’ve been looking for some land to buy and build a home on.  I want to find 4+ acres with some mature trees on it.  But what I’ve found is that it seems the entire state of Washington has been logged at one time or another in the last century.  There arent really any ‘mature’ trees anymore.  Its a shame.  Shame on us.

dirty secrets

Logging.  I hate it.  It makes me sick everyday when I see logging trucks on the road.  Yeah, I know, we need wood.  What we dont need, however is to clearcut entire forests and leave behind a wasteland of death.

I was talking to someone recently and they were telling me about the massive amount of wood they see in the southern ports constantly being loaded onto ships and wondered where it came from.  Well its not done in Seattle, or Bellevue, or Kirkland….its the outskirts that most people dont see that is plundered for its valuable loot.  This.  This is Washingtons dirty secret.  And I’m taking it upon myself to expose it.  I’ll be posting photos now and then of butchered forests - so expect some ugly amid my normal landscapes from time to time.

I miss the trees.  I worry about the creatures that once inhabited this forest.  Where did they go?  Where will they go next when the surrounding forest is pillaged?

I’ve been looking for some land to buy and build a home on.  I want to find 4+ acres with some mature trees on it.  But what I’ve found is that it seems the entire state of Washington has been logged at one time or another in the last century.  There arent really any ‘mature’ trees anymore.  Its a shame.  Shame on us.

Summer tires….Summer wheels…..

Summer tires….Summer wheels…..

Fern forest

Fern forest

stormy afternoonTook this last weekend at Deception Pass State Park.  Was a nasty rainy day but I liked this tree a lot and wanted to try and take a few shots to work with.  I like how it turned out but definitely want to go back sometime when its nicer out.Equipment:Camera: Nikon D800eLens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMCFocal Length: 14mmISO Speed: 100Aperture: f/13Shutter: mixedTripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LRFilter: noneProcessing:Lightroom 5.3 [sharpness, color balance, etc]CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended]Nik Silver Efex Pro2 [black and white]

stormy afternoon

Took this last weekend at Deception Pass State Park.  Was a nasty rainy day but I liked this tree a lot and wanted to try and take a few shots to work with.  I like how it turned out but definitely want to go back sometime when its nicer out.

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC
Focal Length: 14mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/13
Shutter: mixed
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33
Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR
Filter: none

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [sharpness, color balance, etc]
CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended]
Nik Silver Efex Pro2 [black and white]

snow line

Took this on a drive out to Darrington a couple days ago.  I hit a squall that was snowing, raining, and sleeting all at the same time on the way.  Was crazy!  I really liked how visible the snow line came out in this.

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1/60 second
Tripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center column
Ball Head: Arcatech GV2
Filter: LEE filter holder and LEE circular polarizer

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [sharpness, color balance, etc]
Nik Silver Efex Pro2 [black and white]

snow line

Took this on a drive out to Darrington a couple days ago.  I hit a squall that was snowing, raining, and sleeting all at the same time on the way.  Was crazy!  I really liked how visible the snow line came out in this.

Equipment:

Camera: Nikon D800e

Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED

Focal Length: 24mm

ISO Speed: 100

Aperture: f/8

Shutter: 1/60 second

Tripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center column

Ball Head: Arcatech GV2

Filter: LEE filter holder and LEE circular polarizer

Processing:

Lightroom 5.3 [sharpness, color balance, etc]

Nik Silver Efex Pro2 [black and white]

overlook
[selfy sunday on G+]Equipment:Camera: Nikon D800eLens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D EDFocal Length: 24mmISO Speed: 100Aperture: f/8Shutter: 1/6 secondTripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LRFilter: noneProcessing:Lightroom 5.3 [sharpness, color balance, etc]Nik Silver Efex Pro2 [black and white]

overlook

[selfy sunday on G+]

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1/6 second
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33
Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR
Filter: none

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [sharpness, color balance, etc]
Nik Silver Efex Pro2 [black and white]

floating amid starsJake Johnson and I walked around this lake bed for a couple hours shooting the stars and getting coated with mud. I really liked these stumps and how the stars were reflecting in the water around them.Equipment:Camera: Nikon D800eLens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMCFocal Length: 14mmISO Speed: 3200Aperture: f/2.8Shutter: mixedTripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center columnBall Head: Arcatech GV2Filter: noneProcessing:Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]

floating amid stars

Jake Johnson and I walked around this lake bed for a couple hours shooting the stars and getting coated with mud. I really liked these stumps and how the stars were reflecting in the water around them.

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC
Focal Length: 14mm
ISO Speed: 3200
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: mixed
Tripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center column
Ball Head: Arcatech GV2
Filter: none

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]

wings of blueWhile in Phoenix we went to ‘Butterfly Wonderland’ and I got some pretty good shots using a 20mm extension tube with my 85mm lens.
Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4 D
Focal Length: 85 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/100 second
Extension tube: Vello 20mm
Filter: noneProcessing:
LR 5.3 [sharpness, color balance]

wings of blue

While in Phoenix we went to ‘Butterfly Wonderland’ and I got some pretty good shots using a 20mm extension tube with my 85mm lens.

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4 D
Focal Length: 85 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/100 second
Extension tube: Vello 20mm
Filter: none

Processing:
LR 5.3 [sharpness, color balance]
Where the landcruisers are

Where the landcruisers are

Impending sunset
From my long weekend in Arizona - hiked up to the Sears Kay ruins for the sunset. I shot this while waiting - really liked the light on the cactus and in the grassEquipment:Camera: Nikon D800eLens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D EDFocal Length: 24mmISO Speed: 100Aperture: f/8Shutter: mixedTripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center columnBall Head: Arcatech GV2Filter: noneProcessing:Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended, luminosity masking]

Impending sunset


From my long weekend in Arizona - hiked up to the Sears Kay ruins for the sunset. I shot this while waiting - really liked the light on the cactus and in the grass

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikon Wide Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: mixed
Tripod: Feisol CT-3422 tripod with center column
Ball Head: Arcatech GV2
Filter: none

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]
CS6 [composite: 2 exposures blended, luminosity masking]

big trees, narrow roadsalong one of my favorite roads on Orcas Island…

big trees, narrow roads

along one of my favorite roads on Orcas Island…

But what brand of flash card did you use? Size? Speed? You should also list your general well-being status at the time of shutter release.

Anonymous

thanks smartass, some people actually appreciate knowing the settings, lens, camera info, etc.

bridge over troubled waters
I was on Orcas Island yesterday and hiked up to Cascade falls.  The water was raging over the falls and down the river as the island has been getting hammered with rain and snow recently.  I liked how this shot captured the whole scene - the footbridge, the falls in the distance, the staircase up to the trail, and the depth of the forest.  Theres nothing quite like a PacNW forest….Equipment:Camera: Nikon D800eLens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMCFocal Length: 14mmISO Speed: 100Aperture: f/13Shutter: 1/3 secondTripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LRFilter: noneProcessing:Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]

bridge over troubled waters


I was on Orcas Island yesterday and hiked up to Cascade falls.  The water was raging over the falls and down the river as the island has been getting hammered with rain and snow recently.  I liked how this shot captured the whole scene - the footbridge, the falls in the distance, the staircase up to the trail, and the depth of the forest.  Theres nothing quite like a PacNW forest….

Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC
Focal Length: 14mm
ISO Speed: 100
Aperture: f/13
Shutter: 1/3 second
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33
Ball Head: Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR
Filter: none

Processing:
Lightroom 5.3 [color balance, sharpening, etc]

Take off

Take off


Original photography
by Keith Morgan

Seattle WA

You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. -- C.S. Lewis

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