Posts Tagged ‘pacific northwest’

Mobile Photography: Best of 2012

January 2, 2013 2 comments

Sure, Instagram had a rough end to 2012 with those TOS changes and subsequent retractions.

But the mobile app has also been one of my favorite discoveries of 2012 (other photography app suggestions: Pixlromatic, Camera+, Diptic, Snapseed, Flickr). While I can’t realistically bring my DSLR camera everywhere, I always have my iPhone with me. What’s more is that the Instagram community is an awesome place. Interacting with other mobile photographers through Instagramers Seattle and Josh Johnson’s #jj forums takes Instagram to a different level entirely. Here are some of my favorite personal mobile shots from 2012.


Tumwater Falls Park Instagram

Tumwater Falls Park

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‘The Killing’ Version of Seattle vs. the Real Seattle

The Seattle from the AMC television show “The Killing”

The Killing Seattle

The real Seattle

Seattle rain

This short blog post brought to you by the Yeah, It Rains Here but Really I’m Posting This to Keep Others from Falling in Love with Seattle So They Stay Away Association.

Via Sustainablog: My guest blog post “5 Ways the Pacific Northwest Is Pushing Green Forward”

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Portland, Oregon

Make no mistake about it – the Pacific Northwest of the US has long been a frontrunner in the green movement. Then again, this isn’t a huge surprise. The area features majestic mountain ranges, lush forests and continually evolving eco-friendly towns and cities. Many residents make sustainability a priority, and the following demonstrates five ways the Pacific Northwest keeps pushing green forward… To keep reading, just follow this link to Sustainablog.

More Photography: Traffic Trails Experiment

November 22, 2011 2 comments

Went out looking for a spot the other night to experiment taking photos of traffic trails. I’d always been fascinated by the view of Seattle from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass, so I thought it would be a decent location to setup. These types of photos have always entertained me, so I’m happy I’ve taught myself how to capture them (not that it’s overly difficult or anything). Still lots to improve upon.

The first shot from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass in Seattle, looking towards downtown. On the left and in the middle (express lanes) is traffic heading north on I-5, while the right side shows traffic heading south on I-5.

The second shot from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass in Seattle, looking towards downtown. On the left and in the middle (express lanes) is traffic heading north on I-5, while the right side shows traffic heading south on I-5.

The third shot from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass, looking north past downtown Seattle. On the left is traffic headed south into downtown Seattle, while the middle (express lanes and right side shows traffic heading north on I-5.

A close-up of traffic heading north past downtown Seattle on I-5, viewed from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass. The right side of the photo shows both an on-ramp and express lanes.

For larger views, visit my Flickr page.

Another Photography Post (Architecture)

November 7, 2011 2 comments

Yikes! Seems like I’m kind of getting into this photography thing. Today I went into downtown Seattle and tried to get some skyscraper photos. Here’s what came out best — plus a few other architecture shots. If you like what you see, please check out my Flickr!

Columbia Center: The tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi when it was completed, Columbia Center is the tallest building in the state of Washington. Standing at 932 feet, it's located in Seattle and was completed in 1985. The building is black, but combining some HDR techniques in Photoshop and thanks to the sun hitting the building, I was able to get these great colors.

Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue Skyscraper: This residential skyscraper in Seattle stands 440 feet tall and was completed in 2008.

Smith Tower: Located in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle, Smith Tower was built in 1914 and was the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River until 1931. It stands 489 feet tall. With this photo, I tried out some interesting HDR effects in Photoshop.

Gas Works Park: Part of an old gasification plant.

University of Washington's Suzzallo Library (HDR): This is my first real attempt at HDR photography. I combined five photos to create this image of Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. One of my favorite buildings I've ever laid my eyes on, Suzzallo Library features collegiate gothic architecture and was built in the 1920s.

Washington State Capitol: The Legislative Building on the grounds of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

University of Washington Entrance: The entrance to the University of Washington off of Northeast 45th Street.