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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

Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., during a beautiful sunset. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography) title=

Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., during a beautiful sunset. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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.

Lone Wolf

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - A lone tree along Marine Drive continues to celebrate its autumnal colors during sunset on Sunday evening Nov. 15, 2015, north of Bellngham, Wash.

A lone tree along Marine Drive continues to celebrate its autumnal colors during sunset on Sunday evening Nov. 15, 2015, north of Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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

A stitched pano from six images during sunset. Bellingham, Wash., as seen from across Bellingham Bay.

A stitched pano from six images during sunset. Bellingham, Wash., as seen from across Bellingham Bay. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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

A 2-minute exposure turns Bellingham Bay into cotton candy during a windy evening at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash.

A long exposure turns Bellingham Bay into cotton candy during a windy evening at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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

Blue hour at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Blue hour at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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

Mount Shuksan from Picture Lake in the Mt. Baker Ski Area in western Whatcom County, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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

Playing Around

Shooting a selfie on Picture Lake while waiting for the alpenglow on Mount Shuksan (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Shooting a selfie with my remotes and strobes on Picture Lake while waiting for the alpenglow on Mount Shuksan (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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

Scoring Goals

Squalicum's Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills during the first of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals. The team went on to win the state title.

Squalicum’s Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills during the first of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals. The team went on to win the state title. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Interrupting the Pass

Lummi's Free Borsey (11) takes down Oakville's Casey Davis (16) as he attempts a reception during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Free Borsey (11) takes down Oakville’s Casey Davis (16) as he attempts a reception during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Stop At Any Cost

Squalicum's Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West's Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum’s Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West’s Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Bury the Competition

Quilcene's Acea Such (24) gets tackled by a host of Lummi defenders during the third quarter of the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Quilcene’s Acea Such (24) gets tackled by a host of Lummi defenders during the third quarter of the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Sideline Tackle

Tumwater's Caleb Jelcick (34) stops Squalicum's Jake Burns (21) as he reaches for a first down during the first quarter in the 2A State varsity football quarterfinals on Saturday evening Nov. 21, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum lost to Tumwater 38 to 21. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Tumwater’s Caleb Jelcick (34) stops Squalicum’s Jake Burns (21) as he reaches for a first down during the first quarter in the 2A State varsity football quarterfinals on Saturday evening Nov. 21, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum lost to Tumwater 38 to 21. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Silver Sneakers at the Y

Mary Whitten of Bellingham and other participants enjoy the exercise class Silver Sneakers conducted by YMCA fitness instructor Lesley Jones-Steinmetz on Friday morning Nov. 20, 2015, at the Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham, Wash. Fitness instructor Lesley Jone-Steinmetz says the tri-weekly class helps senior citizens with their physical fitness, balance, and injury prevention. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Mary Whitten of Bellingham and other participants enjoy the exercise class Silver Sneakers conducted by YMCA fitness instructor Lesley Jones-Steinmetz on Friday morning Nov. 20, 2015, at the Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham, Wash. Fitness instructor Lesley Jone-Steinmetz says the tri-weekly class helps senior citizens with their physical fitness, balance, and injury prevention. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Reflecting on Health

Donna Moore of Bellingham exercises in the Silver Sneakers class on Friday morning Nov. 20, 2015, at the Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham, Wash. Fitness instructor Lesley Jones-Steinmetz says the purpose of the tri-weekly class is to help senior citizens with their physical fitness, balance, and injury prevention. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Donna Moore of Bellingham exercises in the Silver Sneakers class on Friday morning Nov. 20, 2015, at the Whatcom Family YMCA in Bellingham, Wash. Fitness instructor Lesley Jones-Steinmetz says the purpose of the tri-weekly class is to help senior citizens with their physical fitness, balance, and injury prevention. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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.

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