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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Off into the sunset

We visited Santa Marta, Columbia on our vacation back in May. This shot of the lighthouse on Isla El Morro was one of the last frames of the day as we set sail for our next port.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 18-55 @50mm 1/1000th @f7.1, ISO 200

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July 2017

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What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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A weed shines brighter

There’s a lot in the neighborhood that every spring sprouts up these clusters of lovely purple flowers (Grape Hyacinth I believe), but every time I get around to going and taking a photo of them, they’ve been mowed down. Not this year!

So I went and shot some frames and was pleased with the color and the detail and was getting ready to head home. On a whim, I shot this one frame of a dandelion and I ended up liking it better than the flowers. Go figure.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/250th at f /2.8, ISO 2002017_March

May 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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