Category Archives: Seattle

Pike Place Market, After the Crowds

Although I don’t really consider myself a street photographer, I do have an appreciation for the genre and will dabble in it occasionally. I also tend to think that a lot of my travel photography has a street aesthetic about it. I love trying to capture the sense and feel of a place through my images, the nitty gritty backstreets, and the places where people actually live and work and interact.

John Batdorff just published a blog post on 6 tips for improving your street photography. One of the suggestions he made was to understand that you are probably going to feel nervous and to accept and get used to this, that this nervousness comes with putting yourself out there. Maybe there’s little distinction but for me it’s not so much nervousness as discomfort. This is especially true in places where I already stand out as a foreigner. Walking around pointing a huge camera everywhere makes you even more conspicuous. Although it’s not easy, as John suggests I think the best thing to do is to embrace this nervousness or discomfort.

Another point John makes in his post is a common one made with respect to street photography, which is to get permission from your subject before snapping the shutter. Although I generally agree with this, I do think it often depends on the circumstances. There are situations where it’s definitely most appropriate to get your subject’s acknowledgement, particularly if it’s a portrait-type image. But what about those times when what you’re wanting to capture is people going about their daily lives, without awareness of the camera? Personally I think there’s many times when it’s perfectly acceptable to photograph people in public situations without asking their permission. The problem is that the line between the times when it’s appropriate to photograph someone without asking and the times when you should ask can be rather blurry. I can’t say that I always know where that line is. In the image below, I was standing in plain sight taking a picture. The gentleman smoking simply ignored me so I took that for implicit approval. I think the most important thing to remember here is something another photographer, I think it was Chase Jarvis, said (and I’m paraphrasing): Always respect your subject and never present them in a way that would be embarrassing or humiliating.

After the crowds are gone at Pike Place Market, Seattle, USA - Canon 6D, f/2.8, 1/40 s, ISO 2500

After the crowds are gone at Pike Place Market, Seattle, USA
Canon 6D, f/2.8, 1/40 s, ISO 2500

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Gasworks – A photo essay

Seattle’s Gasworks Park is one of my favorite places in the city. When I was back in Seattle last summer, they had recently repainted many of the old machines and refinery equipment. Here’s a quick photo essay of some images I took there one day. The new paint really helped to make for some colorful images.

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Under the Arch

Today’s Photo

I haven’t posted anything from Seattle for a while. This image brings to mind Seattle photographer John Cornicello who works near this location and regularly post pictures of the Fremont Bridge to his Facebook profile.

Under the Arch - Seattle

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To the Stars

I’ve been pretty quiet lately and it will probably remain so for the next week or two. I’ve been rather uninspired recently so I don’t have much in the way of new stuff to post. It’s just been one of those periods that people who like to call themselves artist go through occasionally. I have some images in backlog that I could have been posting but, well, it just hasn’t happened. I’m posting one today, though. I’m also getting ready to take off on a new journey. I’ve been hanging around the Seattle area for the last few months and now it’s time to move on. I never intended to come back here when I left for Australia a while back, but for various reasons that’s what happened. But now I’ll be leaving again in just over a week, initially for SE Asia for a few weeks of travel through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. After that I’m likely to head back down to Australia but will also spending a bit of time in the Philippines again.

I’m really looking forward to this trip, partly because I’m over and done with the cold and mess of winter. I don’t do cold very well and I’m excited about getting back to the tropics. But I’m also hoping this trip will inspire me and get the creative juices flowing again. Stay tuned.

For now, here’s a shot of the Seattle Space Needle from back in September.

The Space Needle

The Space Needle - Seattle

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The January Desktop Wallpaper

The January desktop wallpaper is here!

This month’s desktop image is of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, otherwise known as the EMP. This funky building houses a rock and roll museum and is worth checking out if you’re in the Seattle area. I can’t comment on the museum itself as I’ve never gone through it but if you’re interested in music history it may be worth your time.

Also, don’t forget that my wall calendars for 2012 are still available.

There are three versions of the wallpaper image available, including one for iPad (without the calendar). You can click on the photo below for the large 2560×1600 resolution version, or click on the links below for the resolution of your choice.

1280×853 January Wallpaper
2560×1600 January Wallpaper
January iPad Wallpaper

Enjoy! and share with your friends.

January 2012 Desktop Wallpaper

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