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  • Stormy Skies along the Lake Ann - Maple Pass trail, North Cascades
  • Mount Shuksan
  • Palouse Falls
  • Perfection Lake
  • Aasgard Pass, looking from the boulder field
  • Enchantments and Mountain Goats
  • Prusik Peak above Perfection Lake

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New Photo Composition and Editing Class!

For sometime now I have been teaching a basic course on capturing images with a DSLR. This next Saturday I will start my first class on Photo Composition and Editing.

Actually the class is two days, Saturday, November 1st from 10am to 1pm and the following Saturday, November 8th at the same times, 10am to 1pm.

The course location is in Burlington at the parks and Recreation Building, on Fairhaven. See the link below for the details. the class is $80 for both days.

This class is for anyone with any type of camera.

Samish River

Samish River

Here is what will be covered in the two days:

How to Compose an Interesting Image and How to do Basic Image Editing
On Day 1 we will cover the rules of composition. Once you have become familiar with how to use your DSLR the next challenge is how to compose your picture. Having a striking subject is part of an interesting image, but the way you, as a photographer, compose the shot is what makes all the difference. We will discuss subject placement, use of the horizon, reflections, leading lines, the Rule of Thirds, framing and much more. At the end of the class you will leave with a photo assignment and a simple way to upload your images before our next class.

On Day 2 we will review your composition assignment images, giving and receiving feedback on your compositions. Then we will delve into the basics of photo editing. Using Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw we will cover simple and intermediate techniques for making your image look stunning. We will cover how to crop an image, change exposure, saturation and a LOT more. IF you have a laptop with any of these photo editing programs, please bring it to class. But having a laptop is NOT a requirement to attend the class.

This exact same class will also be held in November, Saturday November 1st and Saturday, November 8th.

<a href=”http://www.burlingtonwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/522″>Click Here is the flyer / enrollment form.</a>

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. andyporterphotography@gmail.com

Point of the Arches, Shi Shi Beach

Point of the Arches, Shi Shi Beach

Blog Award

Today I got nominated for a blog award. Thank you, Hagen Reedy. I like your blog name, Wanderlust, and reading your About Page brought a smile to my face.

To be honest I would normally ignore this sort of request, it seems a burden to me.

To those I nominate: Please either bless or forgive me!

For myself, I have a blog page for several reasons. Its fun. It passes the time. I like to see my images displayed. I like to share my ideas on photography. It helps promote my work and business. And I like to encourage other people, travelers, hikers, adventures, photographers.

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As part of this acceptance post, I am to nominate 10 other blogs that inspire.  These blogs inspire me and I am most happy that you are There and Communicate! :)

Art Towards a Happy Day

 Hiking Northwest

the recovery of words

Ramblings from Jewels

Raewyn’s Photos

da Ponte Photography

dreimalkunst

Rethinking Life

Joy, Fitness & Style

Dancing in the Rain

~~If nominated, in order to “accept” the award, you must follow these guidelines:
* Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
* Add the One Lovely Blog logo image to your acceptance post.
* Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
* Nominate 10 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

I am also asked, as part of this post, to write 7 facts or things about myself.  here are 7 things, in no sequence of importance or relevance.

1. backpacking is my favorite form of transportation, closely followed by hitchhiking.

2. being in the wilderness give me a chance to clear my head and destimulate from being around people.

3. i do not eat seafood in any form.

4. capturing images is a challenge, from the technical side of getting it right and from the physical side of getting there.

5. the san antonio spurs are my favorite sports team of all time.

6. Hyperion, by Dan Simmons, is my favorite fiction book.

7.  i ran away from home at 16 and never went back!

That’s it, Thanks Hagen and my best wishes to you on your journeys.

Isolation Lake, panorama shot

Isolation Lake, panorama shot

Astrophotography Images – 2014

“North Cascades: The Wild Near By” Book Release Event in Mount Vernon!

Mount Shuksan

Mount Shuksan


Celebrate the release of “The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby” by Braided River with all three authors in downtown Mt. Vernon, just blocks away from the mighty Skagit River.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00pm
Location: Skagit Station 105 E. Kincaid Mount Vernon, WA. 98273
This new conservation title explores the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades in lyrical words, informative maps and inspiring photographs. It features new work from Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich, prolific guidebook writer Craig Romano and interviewer and essayist Christian Martin, as well as a foreword by Richard Louv, fire lookout journal entries by Gary Snyder and photographs from Paul Bannick, John Scurlock, Andy Porter, John D’Onofrio, Brett Baunton, Ethan Welty and Art Wolfe and many others.
I will be there and provide a short slide show at the end!
Glacier Peak
Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by Skagit Land Trust. Photo by Steph Abegg. Learn more at http://www.wildnearby.org.

Washington State Calendar for 2015 now for Sale!

Here are the 13 images for the Washington State Scenic Calendar!

The Calendar is printed on thick (80#) White Linen Paper. The exact calendar size will be 8.5 x 11″ when it is closed, 11″ x 17″ when open. It is Wire Bound. The calendars is printed on 13 sheets, both sides, and the binding is in the middle.

The printing is magnificent, all of the images are very sharp.

The cost is $20.00 each with a $5.00 shipping cost (for shipping anywhere in the US, if you’d like it shipped overseas, email me for prices)
AndyPorterPhotography@gmail.com

Send in your payments (checks or money orders only, please!) to:

Andy Porter
440 Nelson Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

The calendars are now being printed and I can start shipping them no later than Oct. 27th.

NOTE: The calendars will be for sale in Sedro-Woolley at The North Cascade Veterinary Hospital on Highway 20

In Mount Vernon the calendars are for sale at the Skagit Running Company at 724 South First Street

Soon I will have more locations in Skagit County, more details coming!
Thank you!!

Andy

Enchantments: Aasgard Pass, Isolation Lake, Perfection Lake and Prussik Peak. And lots of goats!

Perfection Lake

Perfection Lake


I am not a very lucky person, in terms of winning stuff. I’ve never won any big sums of money in the the lottery or a car or any of that, but I have entered and won the Enchantments Lottery two years in a row! And really, that’s pretty damned good!

The Enchantments are a part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, (which is itself a part of the Wenatchee National Forest) located near the town of Leavenworth, along Highway 2, in Washington State.
The Enchantments area is actually very small, making up maybe 10 square miles. Packed in to this wondrous world there are scads of small lakes and tarns of fantastic hues of blue and green surrounded by stark jagged peaks.

Autumn brings fantastic colors. Because of the high elevation of the Enchantments Basin (between 7,000 and 8,000 feet) there are dense stands of larch. These trees have needles, and come fall they turn a bright orange color, and look like they are aglow from inside.

Trees along the trail to Prussik Pass

Trees along the trail to Prussik Pass

I spent some time reading about the trail and lakes, the approach and parking and all that. There are two routes in to, or rather up to, the Enchantments Basin. One is very long (12 miles)with a lot (more than 6’000 feet) of elevation gain. The other route is a little shorter, and has a little less elevation gain, but it includes a hike up Aasgard Pass (more than 2,000 feet up in less than one mile).
Last year I’d tried the long route, and so opted for the “shorter, easier” route this time.
I recruited two of my friends to help me use the 5-day permit I’d won. I gave them fair (sort of) warning about the hike.

Sometimes I am guilty of recruiting companions by omitting to explain any of the hazards of the trip. I figure that we are all on a need to know basis and the way I interpret this, as it relates to backpacking, is that all they need to know is that all will be glorious!

The first days short hike took us up to Colchuck Lake. We arrived late in the day and from the lake could see the gash of Aasgard Pass soaring above the lakes far edge.

Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass and fast moving clouds

Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass and fast moving clouds

Late morning finds us clamboring over the boulder fields along the lake at the base of the trail up.
The morning light flares behind the larch atop the pass.

Boulder Field

Boulder Field

Aasgard Pass

Aasgard Pass

Spaghettified

Spaghettified

Boulder field

Boulder field

Morning light

Morning light

Surveying

Surveying

Half way up

Half way up

I am not sure of the weight of our packs, we had a lot of food, a heavy 4-season tent and I have a lot of photo gear, I would guess maybe 40 to 50 lbs each.

Its hard to describe what its like, struggling up this interminably long steep slope…as a comparison, if you’ve ever done the hike up to Sahale Glacier Camp, the last part of that hike is a very steep scramble up scree slopes to the camp at the base of Sahale Peak. Well, Aasgard Pass is like doing 15 of these sections, in a row!

A positive minded person (or one trained in the Magic of the Marketing Apocalypse) would maybe describe the hike up as challenging, or strenuous; trying to put a positive spin on the trail.

I would describe the trip up Aasgard pass as insanely grueling, ridiculously steep, painful, murderous, masochistic and plain torture. If you fancy hiking straight up a steep mountain with a huge pack, then, you’ll love the trip!

Okay, enough bitching. Once you manage to crest the pass your arrive in a wonderland of rock and ice. Dragontail Peak’s serrated edge rips the sky asunder above Isolation Lake.

Isolation Lake, panorama shot

Isolation Lake, panorama shot

Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake

Ice fields dot the lake’s edge. A cool wind and a long drink from the icy stream revive me. along the lakes edge.

There are several inviting tent spots here and we quickly set up our portable North Face fortress and prepare food.

Camped at Isolation Lake, Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Camped at Isolation Lake, Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake

There are a smattering of larches up here in the alpine zone, but mostly its rocks and water.

Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake at sunset

Isolation Lake at sunset

Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake


The light starts to fade and the colors glow along the lakes shore, the blues, greens and pinkish reds don’t look real at all. Late at night I manage to drag myself out of the tent and capture a few shots of the stars and the tent in this moon-ish looking landscape.

Camped at Isolation

Camped at Isolation


Dome in a moon scape

Dome in a moon scape

The next day as we start hiking I tell my two friends that this will probably be one of the best days hiking ever. We set out excited to see what the day has to offer.

Campers along Isolation's shore

Campers along Isolation’s shore


Skirting a low ridge we drop into a new basin filled with countless ponds. We cross a small snow field as we make our way gently down the trail. Our goal for the day is to establish a new camp on a ledge above Crystal Lake and then hike down to Perfection Lake. From there the plan I have is to make our way up to tiny Gnome Tarn for some wonderful views of Prussik Peak reflected.

Each turn of the trail elicits a new sense of wonder. The larch thicken as we descend.

Headed towards Perfection

Headed towards Perfection

Reflection in one of a myriad of tarns

Reflection in one of a myriad of tarns


Overlooking Crystal Lake our new camp gloriously commands a wonderful view. Below us the ridges are crusted in orange larch, offset by the blue skies and green lakes.

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake


Once camp is set up we (now with out heavy packs!) set out for Perfection.

This basin is on fire with orange. As a true color junky I am juiced to my eyeballs with sensory overload.

Perfection Lake

On the way to Perfection Lake

Perfection Lake

Perfection Lake

Perfection Lake

Perfection Lake

Perfection Lake

Perfection Lake


I feel like I’ve been teleported to a new world, like Avatar, or a scene from Middle Earth.

Finding the trail junction amid an orange forest, we branch off and start the easy climb up to Prussik Pass, in search of Gnome Tarn.

Gnome Tarn

Gnome Tarn

Gnome Tarn

Gnome Tarn

Trail to Prussik Pass

Trail to Prussik Pass

Trail to Prussik Pass

Trail to Prussik Pass

A little searching and gawking later were there. The place is as promised, nestled at the base of Prussik Peak, exquisitely framed by larch and water. I enter a photographic trance state.

Prusik Peak and Gnome Tarn

Prusik Peak and Gnome Tarn

Prussik Peak

Prussik Peak

Prusik Peak and Stones

Prusik Peak and Stones


It’s a perfect day, sunny and warm, a cool breeze refreshes us as we bask in the glory of nature.

Lingering for lunch we new set off again. Ambling my way back up to camp I encounter a few hikers who report mountain goats ahead. I arrive back at camp and there is a Mom and her young kid, looking for grass and munching away.

A new photo frenzy starts I circumnavigate the goats several times as they make their way about.

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats


Finally tiring of goats and picture taking I go fire up the stove and make some coffee. My friends return and we marvel at all around us. Dinner is served and eaten just in time for the sunset.

The small ponds make wonderful reflections of the sky.

Sunset in the Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Sunset in the Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness


Early the next morning the skies are dark and we head back to to the Pass and start the slow descent to Colchuck Lake. Taking a break on a huge slab precariously perched above a stand of larch I capture one last image of larch and lake.
Colchuck Lake, Enchantments

Colchuck Lake, Enchantments


Yes, I’ll be entering the lottery again next year!

Aasgard Pass and Isolation Lake, Enchantments

This October I spent 5 days in the Enchantments, we hiked into Colchuck Lake, camped, and the next day hiked up Aasgard Pass to Isolation Lake. Here are a few images from the trip!

Aasgard Pass, looking from the boulder field

Aasgard Pass, looking from the boulder field

Aasgard Pass, the "trail" headed up!

Aasgard Pass, the “trail” headed up!

Aasgard Pass, hiking up

Aasgard Pass, hiking up

Colchuck Lake, from Aasgard Pass

Colchuck Lake, from Aasgard Pass

Camped at Isolation Lake

Camped at Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake

Isolation Lake, panorama shot

Isolation Lake, panorama shot

Isolation Lake at sunset

Isolation Lake at sunset

Camped at Isolation Lake, nighttime!

Camped at Isolation Lake, nighttime!

Camped at Isolation Lake

Camped at Isolation Lake

Mountain Goats in the Enchantments

The Enchantments are a small series of peaks and lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, near Leavenworth, Washington. Here are a few images from last weekends encounter with mountain goats while hiking!

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Enchantments and Mountain Goats

Prusik Peak in the Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Prusik Peak in the fall is an alluring sight. The larches turn bright orange and if the weather co-operates the blue skies punctuate the landscape.
I luckily won the lottery for a permit this fall and last week I spent 5 days in the Enchantments, exploring and ogling the colors.

Prusik Peak above Perfection Lake

Prusik Peak above Perfection Lake

Prusik Peak and Gnome Tarn

Prusik Peak and Gnome Tarn

Prusik Peak Reflected

Prusik Peak Reflected

Prusik Peak and Stones

Prusik Peak and Stones

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