October 2010 Photo of the Month

Seed Packets in a Hardware Store by Jay Goodrich

I wanted to keep my theme going of a recent post to the Outdoor Photographer Magazine Blog regarding the creative use of my iPhone. This image was taken in a hardware store near the Haight/Ashbury district. The repetitive patterns of the bags of seeds caught my eye, but once I began to analyze the image a little closer I realized that it was also the design of the packets themselves that I liked. As fall approaches and we head into winter many people, myself included, begin to plan on what will be part of their garden in the coming spring. The image was taken with an iPhone 4 and mastered in Lightroom 3–that’s it.

As of writing this I am in JFK waiting for a flight to teach a one day workshop tomorrow in Houston. It is pretty amazing how fast information can now be sent to the world no matter where you are. I can only imagine where it will be when my daughter is my age.

  • Mount Rainier Weather Systems by Jay Goodrich

    A clearing weather system highlights cloud cover on top of Mount Rainier as the stars begin to shine after sunset, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

September 2010 Photo of the Month

After such an amazing evening hike and dinner with Heather and the kids I couldn’t help myself this month. I had to use one of the images as a photo of the month. I was fortunate enough to capture this photograph at the bottom of the Paradise Trail as we finished our hike in complete darkness. I decided to throw all the rules of composition out the window and include way more of the sky above rather than the foreground of wildflowers that was at my feet, which was almost black to the naked eye. Since these clouds were rolling along at a fast pace all I needed to create the above effect was a 30 second shutter speed. In some cases it takes much longer shutter speeds to see even the slightest bit of movement in clouds, but not on this night. The scene looks almost like the volcano itself is outgassing during an eruption. Taken with a Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8 lens, Gitzo tripod, Kirk ballhead, and mastered in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5. You can read more about the evening and see additional images on my weekly post to the Outdoor Photographer Magazine Blog.

  • Pride Parade Vancouver by Jay Goodrich

    People in a Vancouver apartment building look over the Pride Parade.

August 2010 Photo of the Month

The photo I have chosen for this month’s photo is a little different then past choices and hopefully a new way of highlighting how I see the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love photographing nature and adventure but I am also taking to more literal types of photography. Possibly a bit towards photojournalism, but also not quite there. I want my viewer to start contemplating the scene. What does this image say to you? For me it was the repetitive nature of the stark apartment architecture and the people, who all seem to be joining forces in a celebration. Onlookers to something, but what that something is, has me looking deeper into the image. There are hints there but nothing concrete. The other piece of the puzzle for me is the variety of race, gender, style, ect. it speaks volumes to the people of our world. Captured with a Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200 f2.8 IS AF lens, handheld, mastered in Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS 5.

  • Avalanche Lillies by Jay Goodrich

    A field of glacier lillies in the Paradise Valley of Mount Rainier National Park.

July 2010 Photo of the Month

It is almost time. A time when the snow covered meadows that surround Mount Rainier National Park begin to erupt into a summer splendor of pattern and color. It was almost a year to the day that I captured this image. It is a study of pattern and texture. There is no single subject for your eye to focus on yet the image keeps you looking for one. I love images like this one. They go beyond the standard wide angle landscape and yet still possess a strong compositional quality. There is a harmonious balance of white lilies and green grass and stems. Hopefully you can join me there in the next few weeks when the flowers begin to bloom all over Mount Rainier. Taken with a Canon 1Ds Mark III, 70-200 f2.8 AF IS lens, Gitzo tripod, and Kirk BH-1 ballhead. Mastered in Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.

  • Windmill moving in the Wind by Jay Goodrich

    A windmill on the Hoffman Ranch is photographed blowing in the heavy afternoon wind.

June 2010 Photo of the Month

The spring in Washington has be really windy this year. Since this is my first year here, I am not really sure if it happens every year. It seems like every road bike ride is into the wind–both ways–for all of the miles. For this month’s photo I wanted something that would portray that wind. I have captured tons of abstract motion images of this, that and the other thing blowing, moving, and swaying in those winds. After the thousands of images, I have decided that one of my favorite images, is one that I captured a couple of years ago in a place that isn’t even near where I live.

The image is a bit trite, but a technical success nonetheless. I had to figure out a shutter speed to allow me to capture the moving vanes of the windmill while still allowing the viewer to read the manufacturer on the directional fin. It tells the complete story of how I feel almost every day that I head out to shoot, run, or ride recently.

Windmill, Alice, Texas, Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200 f2.8 AF IS lens, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead.

  • Sunrise over the Hayden River by Jay Goodrich

    Sunrise through a fog bank over the Hayden River, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park, WY

May 2010 Photo of the Month

Our photo this month was taken by Jay last summer while he was working on a project in Yellowstone National Park. The reason we decided to post it for the photo of the month this month is because Jay is there right now shooting more images for the project. Hopefully he will be willing to “leak” some of the new images when he returns. Anyway, this image was taken of the Hayden River at sunrise as a low level fog bank was beginning to clear. You never can predict what nature will do, so it is best to stay until the last possible moment if you find a good location and keep you mind open to anything. Taken with a Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm II lens, Gitzo Tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead, Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer, and a 3 stop hard-edged graduated neutral density filter. And per last month you can order discounted prints of our monthly images directly from our print site.

  • Barnes Creek Alders by Jay Goodrich

    Alders stand out of the forest with their silvery trunks along Barnes Creek in Olympic National Park, Washington.

April 2010 Photo of the Month

Last week I captured a ton of photos because Heather took the kids to Colorado to visit the grandparents. Having this new found “freedom”, I took the opportunity to spend one of the days exploring Olympic National Park. As I was driving out to the beach for the anticipated sunset, this scene along Barnes Creek caught my eye on the drive-by. I quickly turned around and started to work some compositions for an hour or so.

It’s amazing how your eye can catch a glimpse of something at 50mph. What I saw, which became the subject of all of the images, were these long and lacy branches of alder that were extending over the the creek from both sides. The alder bark is light enough that the trees really stand out over their green forest counterparts. I used a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer to cut the reflections on the water and the leaves. This composition is one of my favorites for its ability to highlight my subject and give the viewer and idea of the setting which was before me. Taken with a Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8 II lens, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead.

This month also marks the beginning of us offering the prints for sale directly from our licensing site. Now we have a Photo of the Month gallery where this and all future images featured here on the blog can be purchased at a discounted rate. Eventually, we will add all of theprevious photos of the month here too.

  • topo map sandstone by Jay Goodrich

    the relief of sandstone in the Red Dirt Creek area of Sweetwater, Colorado

March 2010 Photo of The Month

I often look to abstract painters for inspiration in my photographic work. This idea of looking elsewhere is not new, I know many photographers that do it. It has done one major thing for me – put me always on the look out for new and interesting compositions. I don’t care what time of day it is, how good the light is (well for the most part), where I am, what gear I have with me, if I see something that catches my eye, I have to catch it with a camera. It could be the most simple of things or the most difficult subject I have ever tried to photograph. I will not quit until what caught my eye is recorded to something, even my iPhone, for availability to share with others at some point.

This month’s image came to me during a private workshop that I was teaching just after traveling for close to a month. During that month I was backpacking for a good part of my travels, which means I was looking at a topographic map constantly. When I discovered this rock, it immediately reminded me of those maps – pinnacles, and valleys. I grabbed my macro lens and had my participant stand next to me to block the late morning light. The subtle reflections added a subtle glow to the image. Taken with a Canon 1Ds Mark III, 100mm macro f2.8 lens, Gitzo tripod, Kirk Ballhead, Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer. Mastered in Lightroom and Photoshop.

  • Sunset Over Martha's Beach by Jay Goodrich

    The crimson red of a late evening sunset over Martha's Beach highlights the turning on of lights in residents houses across the water.

February 2010 Photo of the Month

I have had a really good week. Colleague John O’Conner inspired me with a few super simple image compositions that he posted to his facebook page. I drew more inspiration from a video of urban trials rider Danny MacAskill. And, was able to witness an amazing light display at my own private beach that allowed me to utilize everything I learned – hint go to my facebook page. I was going to post the beach image that I had on facebook earlier this week as the photo of the month, but I figured it was out in the world already, so why not something new. This month’s photo was taken from the same location. For what ever reason, the sun always seems to come out right around sunset, it doesn’t matter if it is howling, pouring, or foggy and overcast. This is really good for me because I love to take the kids and the dog down there to explore – with my camera of course. The evening pictured here was standard operating proceedure –  it rained all day and then bam, magic. That is the beauty of nature, it is ever changing. This image was captured with a Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm lens, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead, Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer, Singh-Ray 3-stop Daryl Benson reverse grad filter.

All of these positive events have generated a new idea – the experience. A new category on this blog beginning Tuesday. You will have to wait until then to find out more.

One more – I just realized that Singh-Ray has posted an article by me on their blog. Let me know what you think. They used this image as their lead-in.

  • Common Mergansers Fishing in Oxbow by Jay Goodrich

    A group of common mergansers fish in the summer waters of Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park Wyoming.

January 2010 Photo of the Month

This month I was looking for something I haven’t posted a ton of lately…a wildlife image. I have been really focused on landscape photography for some reason and that barely touches the gammut of what I shoot. I captured this image last spring while working on a project about Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. What really intrigued me about this scene is the colors and textures generated in the water while these common mergansers were feeding at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park. The textures are a little bit distracting, but I feel by being confusing, they draw the viewer right to the heart of the image the – the wildlife. Two other things came together in this photograph to help with its design – the overcast conditions which created those textures and the fact that the birds all lined up in a row. Captured with a Canon 1D Mark III, 600mm f4 lens, 1.4x teleconverter, Wimberley Head II, Gitzo tripod. Mastered in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Niner for Zero Niner before Zero Niner of Zero Ten

Rattle Snake, Texas by Jay Goodrich

Here are 9 images of mine from 2009, posted right before the ninth day of 2010. They may not be award winners, but they all contain a congruent theme – a little bit of my year.

This year has been full of transition for me. My overall mission was really simple – to become a better photographer. What I did not realize was that the journey along the way was going become one of the best experiences of my life. I have a long background of design influences and education, but until this year really haven’t felt like I was able to capitalize on it. This rattlesnake image was that turning point for me. Simple and clean with a strong sense of line.

Red Fox Kits, Colorado by Jay Goodrich

We had a red fox den about 3 blocks from our home in Colorado this past spring. There were 5 kits. What I love about this image has absolutely nothing to do with the photograph itself. It reminds me of the day I took it. I brought my daughter Jade out there with me and she sat quietly right next to me experiencing this amazing evening, tripping the shutter whenever I whispered to her to do so.

Courthouse Towers, Arches National Park, Utah by Jay Goodrich

In April I drove over to Moab to shoot the sunset. This group of images became my testing ground for learning new HDR techniques. I learned more than I have ever thought possible in the past 12 months and this image was just the beginning.

Son and Wife 5-4-09 by Jay Goodrich

Then there was the beginning of May. I don’t think I need to explain this image. Just know it was the second happiest day of my life precluding the day my daughter was born.

Sunrise on the Hayden River, Yellowstone N.P., Wyoming by Jay Goodrich

Currently my favorite place on the planet. I know that is a pretty tall order, but Yellowstone captured my heart when I was 5 years old looking through albums of photos that my parents took there before I was even born. They have shots of grizzly bears licking the windshield of the car along the roadside. A time of our own naiveté, before we as a culture realized, that this was going to end badly for all of those included.  I got to travel here for my 45th time this past summer for a very special project that we will be unveiling in the coming months.

Private Residence Out Building from the Air by Jay Goodrich

I had existing clients hire me to shoot architecture aerials. So cool.

Private Residence, Colorado by Jay Goodrich

And new clients  give me the keys to projects with complete and total creative freedom.

The Secret Stash, Martha's Beach, Washington by Jay Goodrich

And then there is the beach that is 3 blocks from our Washington Home. My latest project. And hopefully a new book surfacing earlier next year.

Sunset behind the clouds, Martha's Beach, Washington by Jay Goodrich

An finally, my local beach again last week, a day before the new year. Putting all that new knowledge to work – a 4-image merge that looks exactly like the scene as I witnessed it. Shooting it with a fisheye to open the sky up, to express the fact that we should all dream big, the sky is indeed the limit, which is in fact no limit at all. Happy New Year, may yours be better than any before.

  • Deception Pass Sunset Washington by Jay Goodrich

    A clearing winter storm over the western waters of Deception Pass State Park in Washington State.

December 2009 Photo of the Month

Last week the rain that we have been engulfed in for over six weeks just decided to up and clear one afternoon. I was so shocked that I almost didn’t grab my camera and head out. I was “too busy working on the computer”,”in a van, down by the river” and did not want to leave. I swear I was on drugs or something, again. I should have learned my lesson a week prior when I led a private workshop student out into the rain forest of all places, during what else-a crazy rain storm to shoot, and the images that we returned with were pretty stunning. Maybe one day I will get the hang of this stuff? Probably not, it is just like trying to be a good husband, no matter how hard I try, that crazy side of my man brain always clouds my judgement and I do exactly what I shouldn’t. Isn’t the first step to fixing a problem, actually realizing that you have a problem? Well honey, I am almost there. It took me 13 years to get to here, so maybe in another 13 I will achieve the next level of my manhood.

All joking aside, I decided to head out to a state park that is about 13 miles from my house, as the crow flies it would be about 3 miles. And if you calculate in the lovely Washington traffic, it only took about 2 hours to get there. Yes, I almost missed it! I am joking about the traffic, it was only an hour. Yes, still joking. I shouldn’t have had all of that coffee today. Those of you who know me best, know that I never touch the stuff. Used to never touch the stuff-double shot mochas are now my favorite. It’s like throwing jet fuel on a bonfire. Sorry, enough of this train-of-thought stuff.

I went out to Deception Pass State Park in Anacortes, Washington. I remember when Heather and I went there for the first time, we were wondering why there would be a mountain pass by us? We quickly realized that “passes” near the ocean are for water and not the easy way through a mountain range. I figured last week was a good time to give this place a try during a sunset and it was SPECTACULAR! There are two bridges that travel between the water passages and you can walk across both of them and underneath them for that matter. I hit it just right, the tide was on it’s way out and I was able to capture these spiraling whirl pools that were being created by the moving water. The fact that the sunset was amazing didn’t hurt either. This image was created with a Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8 II lens, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead, a Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter, and a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer. Mastered as always in Lightroom and Photoshop.

  • Sunset Along the Coast of Caribbean by Jay Goodrich

    Waves wash ashore as the sunsets over the Caribbean Ocean in Playa del Carmen Mexico.

November 2009 Photo of the Month

Winter is slowly creeping upon us. I was thinking of a place. Someplace that I have only been to once. Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I am not a beach goer in any sense of the word. I would rather sit and freeze my but off in the mountains any day of the week, searching for untracked snow, before choosing to sit on the beach and relax. Chalk it up to my type ‘A’ personality or what ever else you can think of, but my wife Heather will tell you that I never sit still. Never. I can not even watch an hour-long show on tv before I must get up and write something down, head to the kitchen for a snack, or answer an incoming e-mail on my iPhone.

So why am I thinking of a place where the main activity is just sitting there? Why do I want to go there all of a sudden? I am not sure, maybe because I have been sick for a while, maybe because I have been feeling cold, or maybe because I have been working my butt off in the office imagining the next trip or destination; and for some reason that place has come to mind. I did have fun there. Drinking all sorts of high-end tequilas mostly. I was with my entire extended family so maybe that has something to do with it too. I don’t know. Maybe I will never know.

I do love this image though. It is one of those rare instances where I chose to use my fisheye lens that I use so often in adventure photography. I am trying to use it more often in nature because it does a great job of creating a leading edge for the viewer to follow. I think after revisiting this image, I am going to try that lens a little more often. It was taken with a Canon 5D, 15m fisheye f2.8 lens, Gitzo tripod and Kirk BH-1 ballhead. Edited and mastered through Lightroom and Photoshop.

  • Sunset Over Shuksan by Jay Goodrich

    A late autumn sunset leaves alpenglow colors over Mount Shuksan in the Northern Cascades of Washington.

October 2009 Photo of the Month

This month’s image was taken in early September from the end of the Mount Baker Highway near Mount Baker Ski Area in Washington State. My wife Heather, daughter Jade, and son Micah and I were shooting some hiking images for an upcoming calendar along the trails above Artist Point, when we stumbled upon this tarn that was perfectly still at sunset. After I captured a couple of photos with the family in the reflection, I just couldn’t pass up shooting the image as a landscape as well. The more I explore in Washington, the more astonished I am at the unobstructed beauty here. It was one of those evenings where everything came together perfectly-the clouds, the stillness in the water, and the alpenglow on the peak. I couldn’t have created it better with a written request to mother nature. This image was shot with a Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8 II lens, Gitzo carbon fiber tripod, Kirk ballhead, and a three stop graduated neutral density filter.