Bridge the gap

The Fairfax Bridge spanning the 494-foot gap over the Carbon River was built in 1921 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The one-lane bridge deck is 250 feet above the river and connects to outdoor recreation areas and the North-Western corner of Mt Rainier National Park.

Before the bridge was constructed, the only way to access the coal mining town of Fairfax, WA was by rail or wagon trail from (what is now the Ghost Town of) Melmont. Today the rail bed has been converted into a multi-use trail. (Which is where I took the photo from.)

The details: The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF18-55 @18mm. 1/240th @f5.6, ISO 800

 

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October 2017

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As a matter of fact, it’s all dark

August was amazing. Had to go see a man about an eclipse.

I was fortunate enough to get in with the Eclipse Mega Movie Project  and that community had a lot of resources and advice for shooting an eclipse. Exposure charts. Field of View Calculators. Weather forecasts. Lots of technical, sciency stuff. In addition to the technical details, there was discussion about traffic, alternate plans in case of inclimate weather and how much food and water to pack in the car.

I fretted about it for a while and eventually decided to concentrate on the photography and ignore the rest. That there would be no traffic, no clouds, no problems. Packed the cameras and the daughter and headed to my Dad’s place in Idaho Falls.

Using Baader solar film, I made filters for my Fuji 55-200 and a Sigma 600mm F8 lens mounted on the old Pentax Spotmatic Dad gave me.

Filters on, we started shooting at First Contact and when totality approached, checked the framing and focus and removed the filters. After all the study of exposures, it ultimately came down to “F8 and be there” or in my case, F11 and be there. Started at 1/4000th and worked my way down, taking one frame at every shutter speed on the camera. Each slower speed exposed more and more of the corona. The plan was to go back up through the shutter speeds, but at this point I wasn’t even really paying attention to the camera. It was just change the shutter speed, press the shutter release, repeat.

Of all the images, this is my favorite. Taken at the end of totality, it shows the corona, a couple prominences and the diamond ring.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF55-200 @200mm. 1/125th @f11, ISO 200

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September 2017

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Just a slice

I participated in a Fujifilm instameet this month and was fortunate enough to borrow an X-Pro2 and a 56mm f 1.2 lens. The X-Pro2 is bigger and heavier than my X-E2. The hybrid viewfinder took some getting used to and I’m not quite sure how I would like it with a zoom lens, but overall, it was pretty sweet.

The lens, however, I fell in love with immediately. This image shows one of the reasons why – at f1.2, the focal depth is just a sliver.

The details: Fujifilm X-Pro2 with XF56mm f1.2. 1/500th @f1.2, ISO 2002017_august

August 2017

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Challenge Accepted!

As I was taking photos of budding cherry blossoms on the tree in the backyard, my Wife came out and told me “I challenge you to make an interesting picture out of the rhubarb plant. I want rhubarb on my desktop this month.” Well, I guess I do requests now 😉

The sun was a little bright on the plant so I dashed off to the garage to grab one of my reflectors to create a little shade. The plant itself had only recently re-emerged after winter’s slumber and the space under the new leaves made for a very alien landscape.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/40th at f /4, ISO 200

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April 2017

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Squeaky-Scratchy

Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.

I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200

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March 2017

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Playing in Traffic

Spent part of a day hanging out in Seattle looking for a scene that was inspiring photographically, and I have to admit, I just wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. Having had enough, we headed back to the bus stop for the ride home and while waiting, I wandered out into the street to take this shot. I particularly like the closed in feeling the tall buildings give.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/200th at f / 5.6, ISO 200

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February 2017

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