Happy World Photo Day!

I recently went on a trip to Banff, AB, a place I can only describe as possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to, in my life. The weather didn’t fully cooperate over the 3.5 days I was there, but the last day was a beauty, and as I paused by the side of the road at one of the countless ad hoc viewpoints, a freight train went rumbling by.

Those engineers had a wonderful journey through the Rockies ahead of them.

Around and About

Paseo

It’s been a while since I’ve carried a camera around town. I’ve made numerous excuses to myself, had to go do something specific, weather was poor, I forgot, etc, but this past weekend, enough was enough. I grabbed the GF1 along with the diminutive 20mm f/1.7 and headed out for the day. I’m glad I did.

I didn’t have any particular photo spots in mind, which is usually a prerequisite when I think about bringing any camera that doesn’t fit into my jeans pocket. First stop was Paseo, in Fremont. I had heard it was delicious, but when I got there, there was a long line out the door. Halfway through the line, I saw an interesting ad hoc decorations on the outermost post of a fence. The smell as I got closer and closer to the doorway was mouthwatering. The Caribbean Roast sandwich I ordered was delectable.

Pike Place Market

Although the early afternoon was cold and gloomy (thick clouds overhead), things quickly cleared up by the late afternoon. You could see low clouds being quickly whisked away by the gusty winds. I ventured down to the waterfront to catch some sun by the water, and then took a walk to Pike Place Market. Shops seem to start closing up around 5pm, so the crowds were thinning, but with each day growing longer towards spring, at least the place wasn’t plummeted into darkness. In another sign of warmer weather to come, the first non-dried flowers appeared, with the largest crowd gathered around one stand, which had tulips for sale.

On the walk back to the car, I passed by a herbs and spices shop near Pike Place. There were so many strange edible plants that I had never seen nor heard of before. It was interesting to read about some of the origins, as well as how they’re used in cooking and baking.

Spice

The day around Seattle made me want to carry a camera (and my cellphone camera doesn’t count) around more often. Granted, the jacket I had on had big pockets that allowed the GF1 to easily slip in, which helped. It’s been a while since I’ve looked into micro 4/3rd lenses. I had a brief look tonight, and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, Olympus 12mm f/2 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 all look pretty interesting.

Digital to Analog Conversion

Prtinted Photography

I’ve finally discovered the joy of printing digital photos. It’s now 7 months into my stay in Seattle, yet sometimes my apartment still feels like a hotel, not personalized to the extent that I’d like. Running on some recommendations, I tried out Costco printing, with a few 12×18″ prints. They turned out pretty darned good – one had a nasty in blotch on it, but a quick call netted a new print, and all I had to do was swap the out the misprint.

Soon my walls will be filled. It’s a great incentive to finally post-process the tens of gigabytes of RAW photos sitting on my hard drives.

Rattlesnake Ridge

Before and After

Left: Rattlesnake Ledge from Rattlesnake Lake (exif included), Right: View from Rattlesnake Ledge as the sun cast light into the valley, 3-shot HDR

Woke up bright and early today to see the sunrise from Rattlesnake Ledge. It isn’t often a sunny weekend rolls around at this time of year, so I was determined to take advantage of it. I arrived slightly later than I originally planned, so the fast climb was a bit grueling that early in the morning. I thought the sun was about the peek out over Mount Si multiple times along the way that I was going to give up, but I pushed on through. A few minutes after setting up at the top, the sun burst through. Glorious.

More photos can be found on my Flickr.

Sunshine

Seattle Sunset

Between lots of rain and spending most of my time in the office, I was itching to get some photography in on the one day it called for relatively clear skies. Seattle at sunset from Kerry Park. 3-shot HDR.