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Recent publications !

Here are 5 recent publications of articles I’ve written along with images.

This first link is to an article I wrote for photo students called Elements of Coolness. It was published by the company that does my canvas wrap printing, Canvas on Demand.

Surround Yourself  РCanvas on Demand Lifestyle  РElements of Coolness

The Washington National Park Fund is a local non-profit raising money for Washington’s 3 National Parks: Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades National Park.

Washington’s National Park Fund – Why I love Sahale Glacier Camp

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The Nature Conservancy is a well-known organization dedicated to preserving wild lands. I have donated many images to their cause and am happy to be a part of their efforts.

The Nature Conservancy – Enchantments

Colchuck Lake, Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Colchuck Lake, Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Cascade Loop Magazine is a local travel guide here in Northwest Washington. The loop is a wonderfully Scenic Drive encompassing the North Cascades, Lake Chelan, Skagit Valley and several other picturesque locations. I contribute images each year and was lucky to have an image on the cover of this years magazine.

Cascade Loop Magazine – Cover shot!

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Amateur Astrophotography Magazine publishes a e-zine each month and here is an article and images of Night Sky Images.

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy the articles and images and thank you for stopping by!

Evening at Sahale Camp

North Cascades National Park

I recently received a photo request from a magazine, asking me to submit images of North Cascades National Park.

Usually photo requests are more specific, asking for images of a trail or peak, but in this case it was for the entire park!

This starts me on a mission to reconnoiter all image folders, not only looking for old favorites but also scanning for ‘diamonds in the rough’ so to speak, missed in earlier searches.

Its fun to review, though a bit laborious to scan and re-edit images.

These are the images I submitted.

Now the hopeful waiting starts to see if any are chosen!

These images are all for sale as canvas wrapped prints and standard prints. Here is the gallery to view them and order! 

If you would like to go on a North Cascades Photo Tour, day hiking or overnight backpacking to these locations and capturing images, here is the link with details!

Evening light at Copper Ridge

Copper Ridge

Copper Ridge

Start of the Copper Ridge trail

Start of the Copper Ridge trail

Recently I received a photo request from a magazine looking for images of Copper Ridge in North Cascades National Park.

When I receive a photo request for a location I’ve visited and have decent images, I go and review the folders and choose the shots that I feel best fit my idea of what the publication is looking for.

I will have a look at the original images and their edited versions, trying to decide if I may have learned any new Photoshop skills since my last editing session, and if so, I open the original raw files and start the editing process over, from the beginning, on each shot that I feel holds promise.

Ruth Mountain and Mount Shuksan

Ruth Mountain and Mount Shuksan

I have no idea whether any of the images will be chosen for publication, in fact the chances are against me, but its fun to revisit these fantastic places and relive my short visit to their majesty.

These images are all a part of that process. You can view these images, and more North Cascades Vistas in my gallery where they can be purchased as canvas prints and fine art prints.

North Cascades National Park, in Washington State, is one of the most rugged and least accessible National Parks in the lower 48. Lots of rain and thick flora make the mountains a sheer hell to bushwhack through. So, most travel in the back country is along trails. The northern section of the park has few trails really, there are large sections of mountain fastness that people very rarely visit.

Evening light at Copper Ridge

Evening light at Copper Ridge

One very popular trail is along Copper Ridge. The trail starts at the Hannegan Trail head and crosses over Hannegan Pass and then heads up Copper Ridge. There is a campsite atop the ridge, Silesia Camp. Its small, only two or three tent pads. But the views are spectacular. From here you can see Mount Shuksan, and Ruth Mountain, straight across the valley and, a little to the west, Easy Ridge and Whatcom Peak in front of Mount Challenger, draped with glaciers, and just south of this massif, the needles of the fabled Picket Range jut skyward.

Its a cool campsite!

Selesia Camp

Silesia Camp

Just below the camp is small Egg Lake, with a few more tent pads. The trail heads northerly from here, to the top and the Copper Ridge Lookout. Rangers man the lookout through the summer and this is the highest point on the trail, at almost 7,000 feet.

From here the path descends down to the shore of aqua blue Copper Lake. This is the next spot where you can camp, but the views are lacking. Its a great place to stop for lunch and a swim!

The ridge hike follows the contours through forests and meadows, now and again popping out into the open for more jaw dropping vistas until, finally reaching its end, you plunge steeply down more than 4,500 feet to a ford of the Chilliwack River.

If you make the trip in early August you may be lucky enough to find yourself fording the river full of spawning salmon!

Whatcom Peak and Easy Ridge from Copper Ridge

Whatcom Peak and Easy Ridge from Copper Ridge

Mount Shuksan from Copper Ridge Lookout

Mount Shuksan from Copper Ridge Lookout

Sunset at Copper Ridge

Sunset at Copper Ridge

Hiking along Copper Ridge

Hiking along Copper Ridge

Selesia Camp Sunset

Silesia Camp Sunset

Copper Ridge Trail

Copper Ridge Trail

Capturing sunset

Capturing sunset

Copper Ridge Panorama

Copper Ridge Panorama

Copper Ridge Lookout

Copper Ridge Lookout

Copper Lake

Copper Lake

These last two images are from the end of the Copper Ridge trail, at the Chilliwack River and its confluence with Indian Creek. Here is where yo may have a salmon encounter!

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Indian Creek Salmon

Indian Creek Salmon

2014 Highlights

There were many highlights photo-wise in 2014.
I had two images chosen for the cover of Northwest Travel Magazine. Not a bad way to start the year!

Northwest Travel May June 2014

Northwest Travel May June 2014

NW Travel Magazine March-April 2014

NW Travel Magazine March-April 2014


Four published articles on Seattle Backpackers Magazine:
Salmon Encounters
Cabin Fever
Shooting the Milky Way
Back Country Photo Essentials: Wide Angle lens

This image of Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park got a lot of coverage. It was chosen as an Honorable Mention and is on display in the Smithsonian Museum, in Washington DC.

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness - North Cascades National Park

Sunrise, Steven Mather Wilderness – North Cascades National Park


A new book was about the North Cascades was published by Braided River and the Mountaineers: “The North Cascades, Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby” and I was lucky enough to have 3 images in the book.
Hiking along Sahale Arm

Hiking along Sahale Arm


I made a trip to Palouse Falls State park and captured an image for the Milky Way over the Falls.
Palouse Falls State Park

Palouse Falls State Park


And managed to get images of the four tallest Mountains in Washington State.
Mount Rainier from Crystal Mountain Resort

Mount Rainier from Crystal Mountain Resort


Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker


Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak


Mount Adams and the Milky Way, Goat Rocks Wilderness

Mount Adams and the Milky Way, Goat Rocks Wilderness

2015 is looking to be another great year.
I have a new schedule of photography classes coming up.

And new articles and images being published in the Mountaineers Magazine and Backpacker Magazine.

I will also be teaching photo classes through the North Cascades Institute, more on that soon.

Travel Plans for the new year include a Washington State Tour, the Enchantments, Olympic National Park, Glacier National Park and a nighttime Tour of Mountain Lookouts in the summer.

Thanks for being there and happy trails to you all!

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
This mountain goat came early one morning to visit at Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park. Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
The tent sites are atop three big piles of rubble, from the glacier above.
Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
The goat was hanging out looking for places where someone had peed so that he could get some salt!
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The goat had a minimum safe distance of about 10 feet. He was happy to be that close, but if I took one step closer he would back off that same distance.
Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park
The large white mountain way in the distance here is Mount Rainier.
Mountain Goat at North Cascades National Park

Sahale Camp Photomerge

Photomegre is one of the multitude of Photoshop Tools. It is a system of merging 2 or more images into a panorama.
Here are two original jpeg images from Sahale Glacier Camp. I took these with the thought in mind to later merge them. using a tripod I captured one image and carefully swung the camera on the tripod and lined up the second one. It wasn’t any fancy movement, I made note in my mind of where the frame’s edge was and pointed the camera in the approximate place to take up where the first image left off, planning for some overlap. I was using a 24 mm lens. I set my image quality when capturing the images so that I would have both a RAW file and a jpeg of the shots.
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Once back home I opened both of the raw files together in Photoshop CS6 and synchronized them so that what ever changes I made to one were duplicated on the other. I worked to lighten the foreground and darken the sky. Using the sliders for highlights, shadows, exposure, clarity, whites and contrast I played around until I liked the result.

I also used the brush tool on the foreground to bring out more details on the rocks.

I saved the images as jpeg files. Here they are. sa 3em
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Once this was done and images saved I went to Photomerge, selected the two modified images and let Photoshop work its magic. Untitled_Panorama 1201 em

Opening the panorama as a jpeg image I filled in the corners using the clone stamp tool and tweaked the levels settings a bit, and Viola! Here is the final image.

Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park

I have printed the image as a 40″ x 15″ canvas print and it is very stunning.