November 2009 Photo of the Month

Ft-Ebby2 Earlier this month we took a trip out to Whidbey Island for a weekend of birthday celebration. We had a cabin right on the water on the South West side of the island. We ate, drank and traveled to some of the beautiful areas that Whidbey has to offer. The island is truly gorgeous! I felt so far from the city and it only took a 10 minute ferry ride to get there.

One of my favorite spots we visited was Fort Ebby. I have been hearing about this place for it's Mountain Biking for years but never made the effort to get out there and ride the trails. I didn't bring my bike for this trip but I did have my camera. While shooting the shot above, I knew it was going to be my favorite shot of the trip. Something about it just felt right. When I got back to edit my shots, I discovered I was right. I am inspired and awe struck on a daily basis by other photographers but I am rarely happy with my own work. I feel like this one really puts me back on the beach that day and silences all the stress that haunts me on a daily basis.

I really like shooting landscapes. The longer the exposure the better. It's like my mind goes blank for the time that the shutter is open sucking in all the light and I can truly relax. It's super weather dependent and there's a lot of luck that decides if you get to walk away with great images, but when you do, it's so worth it.

For all you photographers that haven't tried your hand at shooting landscapes, I suggest you get out and give it a shot. It's a great break from shooting people and it enables you to see some beautiful places.

I owe much of my landscape skills to my friend Darien Chin. We haven't shot a lot together but the things that stuck with me during those shoots really have helped me become a better photographer. Thanks dude.

If you're interested in seeing some more of the weekend, click here for a slide show.

Camera- Nikon D200

Lens- Tamron 17-50mm 2.8

Filters- Tian Ya Graduated ND and ND.

Aperture- f/32

Shutter- 5 Seconds

Edited in Photoshop CS4