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Aug 13, 2013, Tuesday
Meteor Shower    11-16, Juan de Fuca St Astronomy, D300  
Aug 13, 2013, Tuesday
Nov 28, 2013, Thursday
Sailing the Coho    Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St Victoria, 70-300vr  
Nov 28, 2013, Thursday
Dec 6, 2013, Friday
Winter Arrives    Vancouver Isl, Juan de Fuca St 17-55, 35/2  
Dec 6, 2013, Friday
Dec 20, 2013, Friday
Two on Water    Juan de Fuca St B&W, Vancouver Isl  
Dec 20, 2013, Friday
Jan 5, 2014, Sunday
Back from California    Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St  
Jan 5, 2014, Sunday
Jul 25, 2018, Wednesday
Beecher Bay    Panorama, Juan de Fuca St Vancouver Isl, XF18-55  
Jul 25, 2018, Wednesday
Oct 14, 2018, Sunday
Mt Baker    Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St  
Oct 14, 2018, Sunday
Dec 7, 2018, Friday
Sunrise    XF50/2, Juan de Fuca St  
Dec 7, 2018, Friday
Dec 30, 2018, Sunday
A break in the rain    Juan de Fuca St Vancouver Isl  
Dec 30, 2018, Sunday
 
 
 

Meteor Shower

 
August 13, 2013   11-16, Juan de Fuca St, Astronomy, D300
 
 

To capture a shot of a meteor you need a cloudless, moonless sky, a tripod-mounted camera, a remote shutter release, an exposure long enough to see meteor trails but not so long as to capture star trails, and a glass or two of wine.

This photo was taken during the Perseid meteor shower, which is visible in North America from mid July to mid August. The view is looking south over the Juan de Fuca Strait to the town of Port Angeles, Washington, the bright light source in the distance. Shot with a Nikon D300, 11 mm focal length, f/2.8, 33 sec, and long-exposure noise reduction (LENR). LENR works by following each exposure with a second exposure of the same length but with shutter closed. The second exposure is then subtracted from the first to remove noise. This, of course, doubles the time to take the shot.

 
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Sailing the Coho

 
November 28, 2013   Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St, Victoria, 70-300vr
 
 

The sky was almost as blue as the sea last Tuesday when I walked onto the ferry that was docked in Victoria harbor. Ninety minutes later I arrived in Port Angeles. After waiting for border control, I walked ten minutes to the post office where I found my box half-full of nothing of interest. I stuffed the mail in my pack, walked back to the ferry, then returned to Victoria. 

I spent the ninety-minute ride in each direction standing on the ferry's upper deck, camera in hand. Today I had my telephoto, a 70-300vr, as the strait crossing calls for a long focal length to photograph the vessels sharing the sea with us: the Clipper catamaran, container ships, military and fishing boats, a Westcoast Air sea plane taking off to the mainland, and many kayaks hugging the shore. The 70-300vr isn't fast, but in good light and kept below 300 it is sharp and the vr helps keep it stable.

I used the short trip to test two recent purchases: an REI Overnighter backpack and a Nikon D800E. I bought the pack at the REI in Seattle and the D800E in Victoria. The D800E purchase was the product of a long period of rationalization as I am long past the point of being over-camera-ed.

In the bright, harsh light I focused on color. I'm happy with the D800e’s performance but these aren’t technically demanding shots. A steady hand is all that is needed. I shot them at a larger aperture (smaller F-stop) than what I'd typically use on a bright sunlit day because of recommendations to keep the Nikon's aperture below 11 to minimize diffraction This will require further testing as I need small apertures for times when I want depth of field.

The backpack purchase was another in a seemingly- endless quest for the perfect pack. My dream is Tardis-like in size, light of weight, and stylishly unassuming. The REI pack comes close: it is light and unassuming, with looks that are more luggage than back pack. The Overnighter drew me in with padding that reinforces an easy-to-fill rectangular shape. When zipped open, the pack's carrying capacity is easily visualized, unlike a typical load-from-the-top backpack. The pack will play double duty: carry-on and day pack. Cargo will be a DSLR, a few primes (10, 20, 35, 85), and accessories such as charger, storage, a 62mm polarizer, blower, and wipes. In the space left I'll stash toiletries (when flying) or jacket and lunch (for walking around town).

 
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Victoria Clipper heading into harbour      
 
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View from the Coho      
 
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View from the Coho      
 
View from the Coho      
 
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Taking off from Victoria harbour      
 
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Winter Arrives

 
December 6, 2013   Vancouver Isl, Juan de Fuca St, 17-55, 35/2
 
 

Winter has arrived on the island: wind, snow, and temperatures below zero. Of course, if you're from, say, Winnipeg, you may find this shorts-and-flip-flops weather, like the fellow on line in front of me yesterday. But having sent much of my life in Texas and California, for me the weather is too cold for man or beast.

Two from yesterday. The day started with a colorful sunrise over the Juan de Fuca Strait (taken with the 17-55 at 55mm f/5.6), but it ended with a snowy drive to Victoria and back (35/2.0d at f/6.3), both on the D300.  

 
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West Coast Road, Otter Point      
 
West Coast Road, Otter Point      
 
West Coast Road, Otter Point      
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Two on Water

 
December 20, 2013   Juan de Fuca St, B&W, Vancouver Isl
 
 

The container ship on the strait and Young lake.

 
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Back from California

 
January 5, 2014   Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St
 
 

I've returned from Portland, Silicon Valley, and Port Townsend, a trip spent visiting friends and shopping. Hiked a couple of days, back-to-back, Mission Peak in the east bay and Mount Tam in Marin. (Pictures to follow.)

This shot was taken yesterday, on the rocky return voyage sailing the Coho from Port Angeles to Victoria under a clear blustery sky. I braced against a ferry doorway to stabilize against the strong cold winds. Shot with the D800E, 70-300vr, 240 mm, f/8, iso 320.

 
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Beecher Bay

 
July 25, 2018   Panorama, Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl, XF18-55
 
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Mt Baker

 
October 14, 2018   Coho Ferry, Juan de Fuca St
 
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Sunrise

 
December 7, 2018   XF50/2, Juan de Fuca St
 
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A break in the rain

 
December 30, 2018   Juan de Fuca St, Vancouver Isl
 
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