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Darren Neupert
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Frosty Greens

Just a quick snap from this morning on my way home from shooting downtown Seattle.  I think I may have discovered a new sunrise location.  ?  +Keith Cuddeback may appreciate this one since he lives on the edge of some greens.

Image was created using 5 bracketed exposures, merged in LR, and then adjusted in PS.
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Wonderful light and nice image!
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All Aboard

Went down to the marina again tonight in the hopes of catching another epic sunset.  It was okay, but nothing like last night.  I did get to watch the ISS again as it streaked across the sky.
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Superb work!
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Loons in the Mist

A much wider shot from the same group of images I shot this morning.  What an amazing sunrise... so glad I rushed out the door to capture it this morning.
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wow, such beautiful capture of clouds and reflection! 
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Valentine Sunset Selfy

Interesting evening indeed... lots happened last night but one of the more fascinating and cool experiences was watching as the ISS (International Space Station) streaked across the sky overhead only to disappear in the earth's shadow just above the horizon.
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yes there is it says what it is in the phone message http://www.n2yo.com/?s=25544
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Blue Monday
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+Shawn McClure thanks, man... much appreciated!

+Liz C Thank you - I like that one as well but every now and then I just gotta shake it up a bit and go vertical.  

+Steven Atkinson In the UK, huh?  I work with a Brit from Devizes.  Are you in England?

+Rudy de Groot Thanks!  Does this mean I pass?  :)
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The Emerald City

Another more iconic capture from yesterday morning.  I need to do this more often.
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Awesome shot!
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Good Morning, Seattle.  It's been a while.

Normally I don't center my subject.  But, I love the way the buildings form a pyramid shape with the Space Needle capping it off.  I think it works well.

#spaceneedle   #Seattle  
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I always loved the view of Seattle with the city in the back and the Space Needle in the front. Beautiful picture +Darren Neupert​.
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My morning "holy crap!" moment from photographer +Alex Noriega 
 
"Arclight"

Brilliant sunrise light illuminates fresh snow at Oregon's Crater Lake.

This is an image I've been waiting years to make. Since first arriving in Oregon a few years back, Crater Lake has been one of my favorite locations, and I've gotten to know it quite well through my many visits - so I knew exactly what I was looking for. When I saw two new feet of snow in the forecast, I adjusted my plans to be here and shoot the day after. For Crater Lake, two feet is a laughable amount, given that it typically receives closer to 50 feet of snowfall per year - but it was enough to make it appealing in an otherwise dismal winter for snow levels here in the Pacific Northwest.

Winter here is beautiful, but it presents its challenges: one can only drive as far as Rim Village on the south rim, and all the best spots that allow one to really incorporate Wizard Island are found on the west rim. This means snowshoeing for miles is a necessity. This wouldn't be such a huge deal, except the best light is at sunrise - meaning you're either camping overnight in the snow, or getting up at 4am. 

I chose the latter option, and for the entire second half of the two-hour trek, the sky was already burning pink and red. This motivated me to get the hike done quicker, and I arrived at the end of the red stages of sunrise, as the light started to become orange. Given that the snowpack was 10+ feet lower than it should have been this time of year, my planned compositions weren't 100% ideal, since it was tougher to get above the trees - but I think I still made it work. I'm sure I'll get asked why I didn't include the rest of the lake on the left - well, for one, it's rather empty; two, there's a rock wall and some fairly unappealing trees just out of frame to the left; and three, I'd be unable to nail down the composition in-camera (I tend to avoid panos/stitches for this reason). 

I chose this particular spot/composition because of the clear views of Mount Scott and Garfield Peak, the elevation above (and proximity to) Wizard Island, the foreground snowdrifts, and the space to allow the trees to cast shadows on the snow. This is the closest spot that I knew would satisfy these requirements, and it was 5-6 miles round trip. I'm not one to regale my audience with exaggerated tales of the difficulty involved in getting a shot, but 5+ miles snowshoeing with frequent elevation change feels more like 15 miles backpacking in the summer - and I had to do it on 2 hours of sleep. Worth the nausea and soreness the next day!

A bit of tech info: this is mostly a single exposure, with some of the brightest highlights around the sun recovered from a darker bracketed exposure. The sunstar/flare is natural - I've found shooting Nikon's newer lenses at f/11 to f/16 will often produce more interesting results than the "traditional" f/22 sunstar.

For information on processing instruction, workshops, and prints, visit www.alexnoriegaphotography.com
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Volcanic Belch?

Wow... I wasn't exactly sure what I was witnessing this morning as I fired the camera.  Talk about having all the planets in alignment.  This view is of Mt. Rainier, WA, an active volcano that is roughly 60 miles away as the crow flies.  As it turned out, the plume seen coming off the volcano was merely a cloud positioned perfectly behind the mountain.  At least, I'm pretty sure it was.  I'm still looking at the series of images taken this morning.
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Fantastic! Share with the news Darren!
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West Point Lighthouse - Seattle

The West Point Light, also known as the Discovery Park Lighthouse, is a 23-foot-high lighthouse on Seattle, Washington's West Point which juts into Puget Sound and marks the northern extent of Elliott Bay.
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Good job catching the Olympics with the morning light, too.
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Never say never!!!  EVER!!!  GO HAWKS!
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Best game EVER!!!  at least the last five minutes :)
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