Travels - Birch Bay and Bellingham

Well the Spring is shaping up quite nice for us. Priya and I already have two trips under our hiking boots. Last weekend we headed out to Birch Bay to hang with some friends at a timeshare. We spent Saturday eating and drinking and watched the beautiful sunset on the beach just minutes from our pad.

On Sunday, we worked it all off with a hike on the Cedar and Pine Lake Trail in Bellingham. It was gorgeous and a brutal 9 miles long! We really had a great time trekking through the trees. Here is a shot of us on top of the world at a lookout point we climbed up to.

Here's a shot of what we saw from the top!

Priya ate a foot long subway sandwich right before our hike which decided to come up after about an hour into our hike. This allowed me to get this awesome photo of this moss covered tree with the sun behind it.

Also, I had downloaded this program on my phone a while back which allows you to track your treks with GPS. It creates a little map and gives you some details about the hike. This is how I found out we hiked about 9 miles. Check out the little map below.
View Pine And Cedar Lakes Hike in a larger map

Well, my next trip is out to Chelan to shoot a friends wedding next weekend. I hope to hit some scenic spots along the way!

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