Not only is it the 40th anniversary of Mt. St. Helens, but it was also Victoria Day in Canada. This meant that our offices were closed today, and I had a much less demanding weekend than normal. I used this weekend to catch up on some long overdue photography projects. My Mac Pro is now nicely configured and I had finally gone through the extremely painful process of biting the bullet and switching to Lightroom CC from Lightroom Classic CC. With a 400+GB library, this was more of a project than I intended… But, with that done, it was time to dig in…
In September of 2017, I and a group of likeminded Bentley and Rolls-Royce enthusiasts convened in Vancouver, BC and took an epic five day road trip north to Whistler and then east through the Okanogan to Osooyoos, BC. This album shares the many unique sites we visited along the way.
Probably not since the Goodwood Festival of Speed has one taken vintage Rolls-Royce and Bentleys out onto a proper racetrack. But, yet we did at Area 27! I opted out of driving on the track to leverage Area 27’s extremely generous proposition to let me photograph the occasion fron their control tower.
One of the things that caught my fascination was building large panoramas out of raw shots from a SLR. The only problem was that I did not have a machine powerful enough to render them. Enter the Mac Pro – 16 cores, 256GB of RAM, and a 32GB Radeon Pro Vega II GPU. I have not cropped and edited these, but instead wanted to get them out raw just to prove the concept. Success I think!
Lots of interesting ships sail past my house. Here is an updated selection of the most interesting from 2017 through 2019. As part of this I solved the mystery of the blue and white tugboat in Kenmore, WA. It first made an appearance assisting the Island Wind with a barge to the Kenmore aggregate facility in the fall of 2017 – which I actually happened to capture. It was then moored there for several years, but I could never see the name or get close enough without trespassing. Yet, it irritated my curiosity every time I drove past on the 522. Thanks to the photos captured herein and some searching over the Web, I have determined by photo comparison that this ship can only be the Helen S. Mystery solved!