My Best Photos from November 2015 of Course!!!!
Busy month again. Sports and feature assignments for The Bellingham Herald and Whatcom Magazine, plus a few of my own found features. Enjoy!!
Squalicum Harbor Sunset
During an evening driving around Bellingham, I went to Squalicum Harbor as I liked how the masts of the boats stood against the darker sky. But as I was shooting, the clouds cleared and the setting Sun lit the clouds over the Cascade Mountains on fire. I got about a foot above the water to shoot this.
I was lucky the local clouds cleared.
My goal was to shoot the Cascade Mountains and Bellingham during another vivid sunset. However, due to heavy rains and local flooding along the Nooksack River, I ended up turing around. When I did, I saw this tree standing above all others still adorned in its autumnal robes. The water is from the local flooding and is a parking lot for a trailhead.
Stitched Pano of Bellingham
When I was finally able to get to Lummi Shore Drive to shoot the Sun lighting Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters over Bellingham, I decided to to something different: A stitched pano. The above image is 6 vertical stitched images. The final image is over one gigabyte.
Cotton Candy Surf
During a really stormy day, I wanted to go try some long exposures and get that “cotton candy” look to some sea photos. I went to Boulevard Park and as I did, the clouds began clearing and the Sun came out. The wind stayed and really whipped up the bay. This photo is a 2 minute exposure using my B+W ND3 (10 stop) filter.
Blue on the Bay
During that same evening, I went higher up and shot an overview of the Boardwalk and Bellingham Bay. Since the Sun was down, the image was shot in what is termed the Blue Hour.
Shuksan in Black
The day after Thanksgiving I went up to shoot Mount Shuksan attempting to get a nice alpenglow photo. As I was up a touch early, I liked the stark contrast between the deep blue sky and white snow-capped peak. I visualized this image as a monotone image. So after importing it into Photoshop, I used the B&W adjustment layer to convert it. Read more about how I converted it here: An Afternoon at Mt. Baker Ski Area: It’s Black & White
While waiting for the Sun to light up Shuksan, I decided to play with my Phottix Odin radio remotes and Nikon SB-910 speedlights. Just a quick setup and popped a few frames. Just a fun moment to share.
As well as landscapes, I shot some high school football, soccer, and assignments for Whatcom Magazine.
Interrupting the Pass
Stop At Any Cost
Bury the Competition
Silver Sneakers at the Y
Reflecting on Health
Coming up next is my Year in Photos 2015. A small collection of my favorite images from 2015.
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Paul Conrad is a talented and skilled award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.
His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.