September is one of my favorite months for photography in the San Juan Islands. Sandwiched between “Fogust” and “Stormtober” it is the Goldilocks of fall months. The light is amazing, the mornings and evenings are still mostly pleasant and the light is exceptional.
And this month was extra special for me as I came home with images from two locations that I have been shooting, without much success, for years.
The first is a sweet south end location where I finally, after more than a dozen attempts, was blessed with some amazing light. And it was also an unusual combination of dry weather and a pretty low tide. So dried, caked, mud on Lopez Island. Go figure.
Next up is the stunning Spencer Spit State Park, another location I’ve shot often but rarely returned with any “keepers”. Sometimes when I visit a location a number of times but come up empty, I back burner it for a while. Then, hopefully, I’ll return with a fresh, new perspective.
That was the case with Spencer Spit. I had been planning a full moon rising shot over Thatcher Pass and so I scouted out the location and returned to capture a sweet shot of the Washington State Ferry.
But this location was ever so slightly different that my previous sunrise attempts and suddenly compelling compositions seemed abundant. Although the light didn’t quite explode like I thought it might, it was still a pretty sweet morning.