Landscape and Nature Photography in Anacortes, the San Juans, and Orcas Island

Blessed with beautiful weather we recently explored scenic vista’s in Anacortes and sailed through the San Juan Island archipelago to spend a couple of days exploring Orcas Island. It was the perfect getaway! We enjoyed hiking in Moran State Park and captured beautiful views from Mount Constitution. One of my favorite spots for photography is at Deer Harbor. Contact me today to learn how to be a better photopgrapher at Tel: 240-899-5295, info@jollysiendaphotography.com.

Speed boat cruises through the San Juan Island archipelago with Mount Baker in the background.

Speed boat cruises through the San Juan Island archipelago with Mount Baker in the background.

Contrails in the blue sky and sailboats at Deer Harbor.

Contrails in the blue sky and sailboats at Deer Harbor.

Evergreen tree reflection at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park.

Evergreen tree reflection at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park.

Aerial views of the San Juan Island archipelago and the Cascade Mountains from Mount Constitution summit.

Aerial views of the San Juan Island archipelago and the Cascade Mountains from Mount Constitution summit.

Person walks the beach in the fog at Ship Harbor in Anacortes, Washington.

Person walks the beach in the fog at Ship Harbor in Anacortes, Washington.

Sunset at Cap Sante, Fidalgo Island, Anacortes.

Sunset at Cap Sante, Fidalgo Island, Anacortes.

Washington State Ferry sailings in the San Juan Islands with Mount Baker in the background.

Washington State Ferry sailings in the San Juan Islands with Mount Baker in the background.

Yep — this is a little slice of paradise! Jolly Sienda Photography captures and tells a story of our world.

Cruising around the fog around the San Juan Islands, Washington.

Cruising around the fog around the San Juan Islands, Washington.

Love to hear from you! Contact me for information about individual and group photography classes at 240-899-5295, info@jollysiendaphotography.com.

Skagit Valley Eagles and Nature Photography!

When winter arrives at the Skagit Valley, Bald and Golden Eagles, Canadian Snow Geese, Hawks, and other bird of prey feast on fish, worms, mice, and more at the barren fields that lay in waiting for spring planting. For many nature photographers seeing so many varieties of birds gather in one area is special.

Bald Eagle perched on an electrical utility grid.

Bald Eagle perched on an electrical utility grid.

Seeing two Bald Eagles together is fantastic!

A pair of Bald Eagles, Skagit Valley, Washington

A pair of Bald Eagles, Skagit Valley, Washington

Eagles are so popular in this region that there is a festival in their honor! https://concrete-wa.com/skagit-eagle-festival

Bald Eagle perched on a Cedar tree

Bald Eagle perched on a Cedar tree

Canadian Snow Geese

Canadian Snow Geese

Winter sunrise over a blueberry farm and stream in the Skagit Valley

8:29 am, January 12, 2019, Winter sunrise over a blueberry field at the Skagit Valley

8:29 am, January 12, 2019, Winter sunrise over a blueberry field at the Skagit Valley

Are you interested in learning more about photography? Jolly Sienda offers one-on-one instruction and group photo sessions. For more information, please contact Jolly at 240-899-5295, email: info@jollysiendaphotography.com

Travel Photography - How to Capture the Local Culture of a Place - Be a Story Teller!

When I’m discovering a new place and culture, I am eager to capture, with my camera equipment, how people live and something unique about the place. I enjoy watching people and walking the streets. I look for color, every day lifestyle, movement, and dogs and cats. I take photos using different light sources and angles. To protect my knees, I wear knee-pads, so I can get down low to photograph my subject without pain. No matter where I am, I am always looking for a story to document in my photographs. I believe if you start to think about telling a story with your photographs, you will see improvement in your photos too. Here are some photos from our recent trip to Patagonia (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the Falkland Islands). Enjoy!

Outdoor fruit and vegetable market

When your shooting - using a natural frame, like the tree limb adds something of interest to the photograph. The Coca-cola photo is nice; however having the lady selling her vegetables and the bike adds even more interest an authenticity to the image. And, when you are photographing indoors with flash remember to turn up the ISO on your camera. The photo on the left is a graffiti image of Pedro Bonifacio Palacios, an Argentine poet; iconic Coca-Cola signage and local lifestyle, and the dome of Santera Cathedral in Montevideo, Uruguay.

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Jolly and Rich eat a steak dinner

What to become a better photographer? Jolly Sienda Photography offers private one-one lessons. Contact Jolly at info@jollysiendaphotography.com.

Photo trip to Columbia River Gorge for Autumn Color and Cool Photography Ops!!

Had a great time this past week exploring the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We made the loop, driving on Highway 84 (Oregon) and Highway 14 (Washington) going to Maryhill, Washington, up to Hood River, Oregon, White Salmon, Washington, and too Trout Lake, Washington. Both Mount Adams and Mount Hood shined with new snow and the mountains were surrounded by beautiful Autumn color. Here are some landscape photo pics from the trip!

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Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Autumn Nature Photography Where You Live! Sign Up for My Photography Classes!

I enjoy all of the seasons of the year. I especially love Autumn and its rich, warm, colors; red, yellow, orange, purple, and green! When I get free time in the early morning or late afternoon to go outside into nature I’m feeling a bit of zen. Our earth gives us gifts of paradise each day to enjoy. When I get to play with my cameras and lens I’m really in the zone.

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

I’ve traveled throughout the United States in search of beautiful colorful landscapes to photograph. There are many. But, in fact, some of the best and most beautiful natural landscapes showcasing Autumn color is where I live - close to my backyard.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

And, for outdoor wedding photography — photographing a bride and groom under a blazing oak, alder, or maple tree is the best! All of my couples love this!!!

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

I also love to let myself go and be totally creative! How about this abstract photography landscape in the water. It really looks like a watercolor painting!

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

I really enjoy helping people who want to learn more about photography. If you want to see things differently, learn photography techniques, and get better pictures, please contact me at Tel: 240-899-5295, message, or email at info@jollysiendaphotography.com. I do one-on-one lessons and small groups. Let’s explore our world!