March has been an absolutely incredible month of morning light. And I was fortunate enough to capture some images that have become some of favorites for the year.
As Spring has sprung the weather has become way more favorable and much more reliable. For this first series I was headed out with an idea for a milky way shot that I had been planning only to be met with a cloudy overcast sky. But the last light from the setting moon was amazing and I loved the atmosphere it added to the old Richardson Fuel Dock.
Old Richardson Fuel Dock, Lopez Island WA, 16 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Nikon 20mm/1.8 185s @ f/? iso 400
I guess you could say that if your don’t like the Pacific Northwest weather just drive a few miles. This was the view from the north end of Lopez Island and I couldn’t help but stop on my way home and capture this panorama.
Swifts Bay, Lopez Island WA, 16 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Canon TS-E 24mm/3.5 20s @ f/11 iso 100 (3 shot shift-stich pano)
I’ve become a big fan of moonlit scenes. So when the weather called for clear skies for the March full moon I knew I’d be out and about. This series is from Agate Beach on Lopez Island and is one of my favorite locations. I’ve taken many shots from a similar vantage but there is just something about the ethereal light cast by the moon.
Agate Beach & Iceberg Pt, Lopez Island WA, 25 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Nikon 20mm/1.8 125s @ f/? iso 64
I just can’t seem to help myself, I am always compelled to take full moon shot. But this one seemed especially cool because of the way the steal blue color of twilight contrasted the full moon as the sun was rising behind me.
Agate Beach & Iceberg Pt, Lopez Island WA, 25 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Minolta 500mm/8 1/25s @ f/8 iso 100
One more from Agate Beach as the sunrise takes hold.
Agate Beach & Iceberg Pt, Lopez Island WA, 25 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Canon TS-E 24mm/3.5 30s @ f/7.1 iso 100
This last series of shots comes from a crazy overnight trip I took to San Juan Island. I like to get over to the other San Juan Islands every winter to enjoy the solitude and the winter beauty. Unfortunately I waited a bit long so the ferry schedule wouldn’t accommodate a sunset over and back trip. So I decided to shoot all night and catch a morning ferry home.
And of course that meant a stop at Lime Kiln Lighthouse. I love lighthouses in general and this is one of my favorites. This is another shot under moon light but I was wishing for fuller moon. So I’ll likely be back to try again.
Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island WA, 31 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Nikon 20mm/1.8 244s @ f/? iso 1250
I was dog tired and my feet were wet so I was sorely tempted to head to the ferry and skip sunrise. But luckily I got a second wind and headed back down to the south end to Jackle’s Beach Lagoon and was reward with a stunning sunrise.
Jackle’s Beach Lagoon, San Juan Island WA, 31 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Contax 100-300mm 0.6s @ f/8 iso 100
I had scouted this location the previous evening so I was expecting Mt Baker but the moored sailboat was a lovely surprise.
Jackle’s Beach Lagoon, San Juan Island WA, 31 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Canon TS-E 90mm/2.8 1/10s @ f/8 iso 100
As was the mist and fog that rolled in and out of the scene.
Old Town Lagoon, San Juan Island WA, 31 March 2016 Sony A7Rii + Canon TS-E 24mm/3.5 1/25s @ f/8 iso 100 (3 shot shift stitch pano)
Converting this series from a “weekly” to a “monthly” has achieved exactly the goals I had hoped. I still get out and shout mornings regularly, but I’m not tempted to post images that I don’t love. And several of these March morning shots have quickly found their way to my constantly evolving list of 2016 FAVs. But I plan to spend the rest of the year trying to knock them off the list.