May 2009 "Photo of the Month"

edmonds-001 This month was spent transitioning into a new job location, traveling down to Portland to catch the Avett Bros, heading out to Spokane for the Bloomsday run and tuning my bikes up for the season.  I really didin't have the time this month to shoot much photography.

I went out on Friday to shoot the Ballard Locks with my brother but I really felt like I was forcing the Photo of the Month. Then on the last day of the month I got a call from my friend Darien Chin. Darien is a really unique and fresh local photographer. His images really stand out from the rest. I have been trying to link up with him for a while in hopes to learn a few things about photography and see what he's all about.

We headed down to Edmonds to shoot the sunset. We hit a few bumps in the road trying to find parking but we got set up just before the sun was setting. Darien practices a style of photography where you take multiple exposures and blend them together in post processing. This enables all the different elements in a photo to be perfectly exposed. This was the first time trying this for me so I felt a little overwhelmed with the sun going down quickly. After reviewing my shots this morning I was sure that the Photo of the Month had been captured.

Here is another photo I edited from the same night. It was hard to chose which one to use for Photo of the Month. What are your thoughts?

Lens - 18-55mm Nikon Af-S

Aperture - f/18

Shutter Speed - 22 and 30 seconds

ISO - 100

Tian Yi Graduated Polarized Filter

Edited in Photoshop CS3