That peaceful, easy feeling

That peaceful, easy feeling

I spent a morning shooting in Seattle’s Japanese Garden, and came away with a lot of keepers. Here’s one of my favorites…

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Sunset in Seattle

Sunset in Seattle

Sometimes you just show up at the right time and get lucky.  That's exactly what happened to me one evening in Seattle.  I'll take it anytime!  ;-)

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The Pike Place fish counter

The Pike Place fish counter

I love Seattle, and in particular I love to visit Pike Place Market.  It's touristy but awesome.  Here's a shot of the fish counter, plus a couple of extra creative edits.  It's always good to experiment, right?

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Some goodness from Seattle

Some goodness from Seattle

I love to visit Seattle, and luckily we made a stop there on our big trip this past summer.  Unluckily, it was only for 1 night.  But I did get a wonderful sunset out of the stop, so I can't complain about that!  Here are some pics from Pike Place Market during that sweet, sweet sunset!

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Sunset at the lighthouse

Sunset at the lighthouse

I lucked into an amazing sunset at Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island, Washington - amazing clouds and superb color.  It was a real stunner.  Click on in and see all 4 pics!

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Catching a ferry to the islands

Catching a ferry to the islands

I got pretty lucky one evening.  We took a ferry from the mainland in Washington State over to the San Juan Islands, and happened to catch the last ferry of the day.  And then, sunset happened, and it happened big.  Luckily, I was hanging off the end of the boat with my camera in hand!

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The Seattle skyline

I caught this Seattle skyline shot from a ferry when we were pulling back into town.  I loved this view, even though I was pretty cold up on the rooftop deck.  We had been up in the San Juan Islands for the weekend (you have to go there!) and on the return, I had the camera out firing left and right.  When we arrived into Seattle and I saw the skyline there, I knew this was a shot that I really wanted!

Seattle houseboats

Here's something a little different!  Although I like the "big" scenes that I shoot in HDR, sometimes it's fun to throw in a little something unexpected...like a pastel-colored, intentionally soft houseboat shot.  :)  

I caught this image while wandering along Lake Union in Seattle a while back.  I had a few minutes before a meeting, and this area caught my eye, and seemed familiar.  It turns out this is near the houseboat that was used in the movie Sleepless in Seattle (at least according to some locals, it is).  I went for a soft, dreamy sort of processing here and thought it worked, especially with all the bright colors in the scene.  It made me think of a painting.

Snug Harbor

For starters, I just want to thank everyone that commented on my photo yesterday here on the blog, or on Google+ and for all the shares, etc on Google+ as well.  I really appreciate that so much!

This has been a crazy week, and it included a quick trip out to San Francisco but sadly no time for shooting while out West.  Luckily though, I did get the opportunity to meet with Thomas Hawk and had a great time chatting with him.  He is an insightful and interesting guy, not to mention a great photographer.  More on that later, but I wanted to share the below shot which I posted on Google+ yesterday...taken with my iPhone.  This is Thomas, hanging out with the Bay Bridge in the background.

Ok, on to the photo post for today...

I shot this one while up in Seattle earlier in the year.  We took a weekend and ferried up to the San Juan Islands, which are fabulous by the way.  We spent the weekend in Friday Harbor and at some point that weekend decided we wanted to go on a kayak tour around the coastline.  The tour took us up to Snug Harbor, which is where we launched from, and the beauty of the area is just incredible.  I took so many photos - many from the kayak itself - and have a lot more to share.  So, you will see more of this place!  It's beautiful all the way around!

Life is a bountiful harvest

As you probably know, all of us here in the US are headed into a long weekend in celebration of Thanksgiving.  In that spirit, I wanted to share a few things that I am thankful for as it relates to photography: 

  • Photography has given me new eyes, and I am thankful for it - I may look at the same things as before, but now I really see them
  • Photography has taken me places that I would never have gone before - into certain buildings, down dark alleys, around deserted corners - and I am glad I went
  • I have been given opportunities as a direct result of going to these places - print sales, commercial licensing opportunities, and making just enough money from it to reinvest in new equipment
  • I am thankful for all the new Nikon gear I just picked up - it is incredible to have pro-level tools in hand
  • I am incredibly thankful for the community of folks that I interact with, none of which I would have had the opportunity to meet without photography - and all of which I have learned something from

Thanks to everyone who has ever visited my blog, commented or shared my work on Google+, friended me on Facebook or "Liked" my page there, made me a contact on Flickr, or followed me on Twitter or elsewhere - I am incredibly grateful for every single bit of it, and my photographic life is richer because of it.

THANK YOU!