A collection of stills from my GoPro HD Hero camera from this winter’s trips to Stevens Pass. This is my second season of snowboarding and it’s really starting to gel for me, but some days I’m just in the mood to ski (or the snow isn’t soft enough that I’m willing to fall off my snowboard into it) so I strap on the sticks for a bit instead. The GoPro constantly amazes me with the results it turns out running on automatic. If I end up with any video footage I’m happy with I might add it into this gallery, too.
Photos -> Exploring Seattle
Alex and I camped out with our tripods in the sand at Richmond Beach in time to see the sunset over the Cascades and try to capture it on film. We chose the spot with little discussion – I hadn’t been there before and it was close to home for both of us – and we chanced upon an idyllic summer sunset over Puget Sound, as well as an appropriately-bittersweet final Seattle photo adventure. Alex and his wife leave for California next week and while my occasional business trips south will hopefully cross our paths again, this chapter of our friendship has sunk beneath the horizon to be risen tomorrow as a long-distance one. In the past year since we both stumbled into the same photography meetup and instantly hit it off we’ve ventured out to see the world through each other’s eyes and lenses only a half-dozen times, perhaps because it seemed there would always be time. Now, however, that our time is up I realize how much I’ve both enjoyed his friendship and missed an opportunity to learn more from him – from his easygoing self-awareness, from his steadfast dream to be a writer, from his life lived so differently than my own. It seems this life, like the shimmering sea in these photos, is forever washing new people onto our shores and then washing them away just as quickly, off to their next adventure just as we continue down the beach to find ours.
Alex, I wish you nothing but success in Sacramento and beyond, and I hope to see you on the beach again soon.
The location was Alex‘s idea, but I turned out to be the one properly prepared for it as I had worn flip-flops (largely out of laziness) and the muddy, swampy, often-underwater trail was much easier to navigate when I just stopped trying to stay dry and started wading through the slop. We stopped to catch nice views of the lake, walked along the canal marveling at what life must be like in a house that’s water-adjacent, and as usual got carried away talking and didn’t take that many photos. Still, some nice shots at one of Seattle’s many treasured bastions of urban wilderness seclusion, and a great day out with a good friend.
I spent a day at Woodland Park Zoo with Mom and Danielle, and while I did see a lot of interesting animals with my own eyes, I saw even more through my camera lens. It was my first experience shooting captive animals, and really my first experience shooting wildlife to such a large degree, as previously it’s been limited to birds, spiders, and other around-the-house creatures. It created a lot of new challenges – especially with the uneven lighting in many of the zoo exhibits – but the subjects were surprisingly willing and definitely compelling.
Gallery slideshow here.
A morning spent exploring Pioneer Square’s alleys and backstreets with Alex looking for photogenic things, places and moments. I love scenes of urban decay and south Seattle definitely has its share of that, but there are also some beautiful, well-preserved historic buildings along with nuggets of modern progressivism. The neighborhood really is a mixed bag, both architecturally and socially, and I think that’s what’s so appealing about it to me.
Gallery slideshow here.
A walk around Seattle’s central shopping district and the Pike Place Market neighborhood with my buddy and fellow photographer Alex early on a Friday morning in June. We didn’t have a particular agenda, just to get on the street, feel the pulse of the city, and hopefully capture a few meaningful moments on (digital) film. Like the inefficient digital photographer I am, I shot several hundred frames and culled them down to the 41 shots in this gallery.
Gallery slideshow here.
Danielle’s work connections scored us a free cruise on an Argosy vessel in and around the Seattle Fisherman’s Terminal in Ballard, past rows of trawlers and crab boats in the waning afternoon sun. Our hosts from the Port of Seattle filled our heads with seaport facts and fishing industry issues while I kept my finger on the camera shutter and tried to catch intriguing angles. It was interesting and I think I captured a few good shots – check them out in the gallery.