NIGHT SKY

Mother’s Day Sale: 50% OFF all prints

NIGHT SKY

NIGHT SKY

AndyPorterImages Mother’s Day Sale: 50% OFF all prints

IF YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO BUY A CANVAS PRINT, TODAY IS THAT DAY!

ORDER YOUR PRINT TODAY AND YOU’LL HAVE IT BY MOTHER’S DAY!

50% OFF ALL SIZES AND FRAMES     

SALE ENDS AT MIDNIGHT April 24th

NORTH CASCADES

NORTH CASCADES

SKAGIT VALLEY TULIPS

SKAGIT VALLEY TULIPS

VISIT THE GALLERY PAGE, FIND YOUR FAVORITE(S), CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE AND WHEN YOU CHECK OUT ENTER THE CODE: MOTHERS DAY TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT

 

Padilla Bay

SKAGIT VALLEY

Night Sky Photo Tours for 2016 are filling up fast!

Click here for dates and info for registration.

SKAGIT VALLEY TULIPS

Skagit Valley Tulips Sunrise and Sunset

I have to admit that I have a cool job: taking people out for Photo Tours at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival…

So far this year I have visited the tulip fields 14 times. Each visit is different, the light, sky and clouds change very rapidly.

This first set of images is from a sunrise photo shoot. After finding the one lone red tulip and capturing it with a nice sky background, I was pulled towards the field workers and their truck nearby…

Interested in a Tulip Photo Tour? Here are the details and registration page!

I was mystified about what they were doing, collecting huge bundles of tulips and unceremoniously tossing them in the back of a big truck!

Then, the next evening I was out on a rather gray day, very dull…until just before sunset when the clouds thinned a bit and the most magnificent colors popped out for a short while. The tractor was, of course a magnet.

Interested in buying a print? Here is the link to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Gallery, where I offer canvas wraps and fine art prints!

Night Sky Photo Tours 2016

Night Sky Photo Tours 2016

The Night Sky Photo Tours 2016 Season has started! Getting out at night to capture images of the Milky Way is a wondrous experience. The crisp air,  the urgent anticipation, the (hopefully!) successful end of your planning, all these add to the excitement.

If you would like more details on the technical side of capturing night sky images, sutter speeds, aperture and the like, here is a link.

To capture clear images of the bright stars you need to schedule your effort when there is no moon in the sky. Otherwise the stars are washed out by the brightness of the moon. On the Lunar calendar, the New Moon is where there is no moon in the sky.

Here is a schedule of the New Moon for the next few months:

  • April 7th
  • May 6th
  • June 4th
  • July 4th
  • August 2nd
  • September 1st
  • September 30th
  • October 30th

The best times to go shoot the Milky Way are plus/minus 2 days of the New Moon.

If you would like to schedule a Night Sky Photo Tour, here is the link with the details and registration info.

There are two types of Night Sky Photo Tours: Drive-In Tours, where we drive to a location along the North Cascades Highway or the Mount Baker Highway and capture images AND Hike-In Tours where we don backpacks and hike into a more remote location, such as a Fire Lookout, to spend the night.

All of the details can be found here!

Here are a few images from recent outings.

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Imaging Tulips

Once you’ve been out to take pictures of the tulips as many times as I have you start to get a bit bored with the standard images of rows of flowers and the usual shots. Skagit Valley Tulips

I have tried to find some different elements to add to the image, something in the foreground maybe to create a bit of the different look and feel.

Water and reflections do the trick nicely, accenting the colors and maybe the sky.

Are you interested in a Tulip Photo Tour? Here is the link for the details!

Living so close by affords more opportunity to visit often, and so I can make it there for sunrises and sunsets easily. Nothing adds more to a tulip shot than an dramatic sky!

Finding interesting foreground elements is based on where the tulips are each year. Every new year the crops are rotated. Some years they are near a barn, others a grove of trees…

This year (2016) is more difficult, the only interesting foreground element was a school bus. These are from sunrise on March 30.

Including people in the images is also an option, one I tend to avoid, but often with good results.

The two (so far) elusive shots I dream of are: a huge, gob-smacking rainbow over the tulips, and as unlikely as it may be, lightning firing above the fields. One can always hope!

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Skagit Valley Tulips, Sky and Barn

I visit the tulip fields in Skagit Valley many times each year. I try to go when the skies will be colorful. Its not easy to guess when that will be! These images are all from 2015. It was a rainy,wet day. Not the sort of day you’d think to go tulip hunting. But just as the sun started to set the skies cleared. here are a few image! More information on Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Photo Tours here!

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2016

The Spring Equinox marks the change of seasons, beginning a time of renewal and birth and hope and beginnings.

Here is Skagit Valley it also marks the start of Tulip Season!

I have lived here 11 years now and the tulips seem to start blooming earlier every year…

Yesterday and today I spent time in the tulip fields, leading clients on Tulip Photo Tours.

The tulips in Tulip Town are abloom. This year they have one small field of tulips, maybe 100 rows, 5 rows or so for each color or variety. tulips 1

The larger fields, spread through the valley are just starting to bloom now.

Given some more sun, they will all be popping open in the next week or so. Here are two images from this morning at one of the tulip fields first to bloom.

If you would like to find out more about Skagit Valley Tulip Tours, call or email me.

Here is the link with details and registration.

These images are from Saturday morning at sunrise, at the Daffodil Fields.

 

If you would rather go on a Night Sky Photo Tour here is the link to find out more.

First Beach

 

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is the crown jewel of Washington State.

“Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.”

Mount Rainier is a 3+ hour drive from my home. I live on the North Cascades Highway, right down the road from North Cascades National Park, and so I don’t make the drive down there too often, not often enough!

But I have ventured a few times south and here are some pictures of this magnificent park!

Here is a link for more information about Washington State Photo Tours.

And here is the link to purchase Canvas Prints of this magnificent jewel.