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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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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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!

Spray

 


I shot this one off the back of our ferry boat, heading north from Seattle up to the San Juan Islands.  I just liked the water spraying out from the engines.  The scenery is so gorgeous, and I just could not stay inside with everyone else!  Great scenery + great weather + Nikon= pure bliss.