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Tacoma Rail as she loads and unloads ships in the Port of Tacoma. I really had to stop for this, no two ways about it. We are so blessed with great views in the NW. I see that lens with the D810 is back focusing a tiny bit.


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Please meet Mr. Shipyard Goose. Surely he is friends with Mr. Railroad Goose that I posted a while back. I was talking to him and thought I had a great friend here because he followed me around and kept turning his eye towards me for another photo. Turns out that he was watching me alright because when I got too close to the female and nest, he attacked me! So much for being a goose whisperer and the great friend I thought I had...:) Isn't he looking pretty bulbous here as is the ship? Thank you for your warm and kind visits my friends!


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The rat of the sea birds stuck in natures tractor beam.

“Habit rules the unreflecting herd.”

~William Wordsworth


A good friend and coworker of mine just bought her first dslr 2 days ago, so I suggested we go out on a photo adventure. I threw out a bunch of ideas, and she decided on the Tacoma glass museum around sunrise. So we bundled up, grabbed some coffee and headed out into the dark, cold morning. It turned out great, and it was perfect motivation to get me into the city for something other than food and work. I'm pretty excited to have a new photography buddy! :)

I really wanted to get the mountain with this boat (you can just see the top of it) but I couldn't get tall enough and I liked this perspective best for the boat. It was a glorious day for a walkabout. :-) Thea Foss Waterway, Tacoma Washington.

Here is a different view of Mt. Rainier from down in the Port of Tacoma area. This is normally just a busy and bumpy road, but it seemed to take on a more of a beautiful side this evening. Thank you for your kind visits. They are much appreciated!

After leaving the Browns Point Lighthouse feeling slightly dejected and very hungry I stumbled upon a famous place around here that I'd never been to. what a view. the Cliff House Restaurant, Tacoma Washington.

The light was soft indeed on this April morning at sunrise. In my early years of working I had one of the most dangerous jobs on all of the tide flats. (working as a "burner" with a big cutting torch scrapping out old Navy ships) It is my pleasure at this time to be able to see the beauty in all of that through the lens! This is a one shot psuedo-HDR in Photopatix. This added a bit of pop to the soft light that morning. Lots of vertical uprights in this image!


Tonight ended up back at the dome district. I was trying to scope out some spots down at the port for sunset but couldn't find anything that caught my eye. Instead I sat at an area in the port for too long before deciding to come here and missed the nice sunset colors. Instead I got this gritty dirty light. Storm had passed earlier in the day giving us some leftover clouds. Makes for an interesting edit! Happy Friday!

Redorblack1 (Scott) and I were photographing the old derelict ferry, The Kalakala, when we turned around and found this scene facing the south. There was an interesting sunset and cloud formation over Mt. Rainier, but all we had to frame it with was this marina. So rather than packing it up we played with making some marina art. That is Mt. Rainier in the background, and the cranes are loading and unloading ships near the Port of Tacoma. Thank you for your warm visits and comments.

The Emerald Queen was used as a casino by the Puyallup Tribe. Tacoma, Washington State


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Sunset at the Port of Tacoma.


Bigger, better on black. If you'd like a closer look at the paper mill itself, here you go.

It's Foss actually. (the locals will get the joke) :-) Another from the newly remodeled waterfront in Tacoma Washington. I haven't looked it up, but I'd guess the mountain is 100 miles away. (Rainier)

Sunset over the Hylebos Waterway.

This ship from Panama was being unloaded in the Port of Tacoma. It appears to be sitting fairly high in the water at the moment. A single shot image with the polarizer for added color depth. Thank you for your kind visits and comments!

The North Princess is at the grain elevators in the Port of Tacoma for loading. The calm water in the bay and reflections drew me to this immediately. The loading mechanism with all that fine detail looks almost delicate in this light but surely is not. Thank you for your kind visits my friends!


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The conservation effort continues at the Hylebos Waterway.

Targa Sound Terminal in the Background.

Here's the color version of the Might Hapag-Loyd. It is one of the many large container ships that visit the busy Port of Tacoma. This is a 3 shot HDR in Photomatix. Is this any better than the b&w version next door on my photostream? Thank you for your kind visits and comments; they are much appreciated.

Hope everyone celebrated the holiday with lots of joy and happiness. I’ve been really busy the last two months, largely working on two weddings. Wedding photogs are a whole different breed to Landscape photogs. I don’t know how they can manage to stay sane with so many images to process, so many different people personalities to handle and so much more stress. It does pay decent though. In one wedding I delivered more images to the couple than I have in this whole photostream! As a landscape photographer, it’s really hard to not want to spend time and perfect each and every image as much as possible given your current skills. Starting with the composition (clouds, sky, foreground, subject, etc) to the post-process. The concept of bulk editing and management is just not something we do. I had a great time capturing the images but processing them was much less endearing. I really had no free time.


This image was taken last weekend, the morning I delivered one wedding’s photos. Taken from Downtown Tacoma, sunrise with Mount Rainier’s shadow in attendance. Wonderful morning and relaxing knowing I am done with weddings for now. Now that I have some free time, I’ll be sure to visit your streams and get up to date again! Say hi!


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A view from Port of Tacdoma's public viewing area from last November. The air is so much cleaner and the light more interesting than in the summer. I dedicate this to the hard Longshoremen (and women) Thank you for your kind visits!

This peaceful morning is an older one from June of '13. It does not knock me down with bold color or anything but I am captivated by the quiet mood and wanted to edit it in Lightroom. I hope the day for all those workers in industry down there went peacefully as well. Thank you for you kind visits my friends!


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taken with my Nikkor 80-400 mm

on my D300. view large please

This December morning found magical light and everything (including me) frozen. This set of tracks seemed to be speaking directly to me, saying..... com'on in Ernie! I set the tripod up right beside a no trespassing sign and squeezed of a couple of bracketed exposures. There was not much going on around there at the time. Wishing everyone a warmer day and evening!

This ship attempts to dwarf Mt. Rainier in the background..... no easy task. This is from the Port of Tacoma in the spring of 2013 and it is a single-shot-HDR thing using Nik's HDR software. The polarizer really brought out the color here. Those ramps aren't for bringing lunch in - big trucks drive in and out of the ship on them!

This autumn day found soft light in the Port of Tacoma as the Horizon Kodiak is in the harbor. This is a single shot HDR in Photomatix with the natural settings. That definitely gave it a little more color contrast and snap. I was fascinated by the way the clouds and blue sky fit into the composition so portrait orientation worked well. Thanks also to the leading lines in the foreground. Mostly thank you for your kind visits and comments!

First came the fog, then the super cold and clear weather. It was definitely an interesting autumn for photography. This cold sunrise (a paradox in itself) is overlooking the Puyallup River. Part of the Port of Tacoma is in the background along with Mt. Rainier. Bruce Springsteen could easily have written an eerie song about all the workers back there toiling in the freezing weather.

This beauty of a ferry was most visionary and ahead of it's time when it plied the cold waters of Puget Sound many decades ago. After retiring from service it was used as a salmon cannery vessel in Alaska. Now she sits here in the Port of Tacoma in a terrible state of disrepair. The city wants her out of there before she sinks and the owner (who tried to sell her for one dollar) can't afford to have her refurbished. Here is a link to more:

Looking south from the Cliff House towards the Port of Tacoma and Mt Rainier, just before sunrise on a 25 degree morning. The sunlight is just starting to fall on the mountain top.

There were some pretty epic clouds with the oncoming storm last night. Taken at Thea's Park.

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Thanks to Steve(Dante217) and his iPhone for providing my light source on the chain

“The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thought and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains.” ~John Muir


This morning's sunrise, taken from sunrise beach near my home in Gig Harbor, looking toward Tacoma, Washington's largest port. Mt. Rainier looms in the background. It's prominence over the city still amazes me every time I see it.

Two shipboard cranes slowly lifted a 410-ton Navy tugboat from the water onto a heavy-lift vessel Feb. 28 at the Port of Tacoma for its journey to a U.S. military base in Japan.


Built by Tacoma's J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corporation, the tug is named Puyallup in honor of the Northwest-based Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Learn more at

A cold winter day but the workers are going at it loading (or unloading) grain for distant ports. I was attracted to the warmth of their work in contrast to the December winter day. Thank you for your kind visits my friends, and wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!


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Admittedly it is a strange compositiion, like a big butterfly or something. I was captivated by the play of cool and warm tones and apparent calmness of the moment though, so went ahead and played with editing it. (A 5 shot HDR in Lightroom that preserved the highlights - the darkest frame was nearly black except for the specular highlights)


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Two shipboard cranes slowly lifted a 410-ton Navy tugboat from the water onto a heavy-lift vessel Feb. 28 at the Port of Tacoma for its journey to a U.S. military base in Japan.


Built by Tacoma's J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corporation, the tug is named Puyallup in honor of the Northwest-based Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Learn more at

Murray Morgan Bridge | Tacoma, WA, USA


More playing in the port at dusk and blue hour. Yes, it's a mess but a fun, rugged, and delicate one all at the same time. It's a 5 shot HDR merge in Lr which tends to give a more natural look in all raw. Thank you for your very kind visits and comments my friends! :)


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Taken for Our Daily Challenge: THIS PRIVATE WORLD the topic for Thursday 3rd October 2013


I was exploring a new (to me) place to walk today, one that I didn't think would attract many fellow walkers as it's a bit off the beaten path. But...the slaty backed gull is back! Apparently he's been here three years running, and is a rare find for birders because he is native to Asia and is really off the beaten path here in Washington state, USA. These birders communicate in their own private birding world to let each other know when he's been sighted again.


The slaty backed gull (of whom I have a picture, but not a very good one as I don't have a scope or a super long lens) is into privacy in more ways than one, as he does not have a slaty-backed companion. There were hosts of gulls nearby, but he seemed to prefer hanging out with the crows.


For a splendid picture of this adventurer, see

The Port of Tacoma is such a fun place to be at dusk. It can take on a magical appearance for a few minutes as the mix of light during the blue hour does it's lovely thing. As photographers we are so blessed to be able to see all of this. The awesome Hoya HD3 PL filter brought out a bit more color here I think.


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