Tag Archives: seattle

Searching Seattle’s Neighborhoods

IMG_7406Living in a new city is incredibly exciting, and something that comes with time is getting the feel of that new city. Seattle is a place with a very well-defined neighborhood structure. Tons has been written about what separates each of these little enclaves, but getting there and seeing it for yourself is really the only way to understand it.

A quick lesson on Seattle geography... and infographics.

A quick lesson on Seattle geography… and infographics.

A couple weeks ago, Seattle’s International District (ID) was having their annual Dragon Fest. For $2 at each participating restaurant in the neighborhood, patrons get a generous sample of their fare and a chance to breathe in all the sights and smells of the ID. Having never been to this section of town, it was a lot of fun.

Multicolored dragons adorn the streets, Shimmering Chinese characters line the sides of buildings and archways over intersections. It’s amazing to feel so transported only a 20 minute bus ride away from our home.

After a few bites of steamed pork buns, dumplings, dim sum, and gelato, we found ourselves in a garden. Rows of ripening vegetables twisted around gravel pathways. We made our way up higher, past a pig roasting spit and beautiful flowers, to a Japanese garden. Above all the festivities below, with the gentle hum of the nearby I-5, we enjoyed some down time before hopping the bus back home.

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Freeway – HDR

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An HDR image of Interstate 5 cutting through the north side of Seattle. Shot with my Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens.

Usually Photomatix does a fine job of giving me the HDR effect that I like — surrealistic enough to make you wonder how it’s done, but not enough to make you question the scene’s existence. This time, I blended two tonemapped versions of this photo, one of the sky and background separately, with another of the traffic to get the prefect balance I wanted.


Google Glass – New technology that’s already banned?

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Apparently, this logo is being publicized by “Stop the Cyborgs,” as an anti-Google Glass effort.

Last weekend, I noticed on Twitter that a few of my friends were already trying out Google‘s latest gift to the world — Google Glass. Thanks to an informative video the company released some time ago, I was familiar with the freakishly futuristic device. My friends’ verdict? Interesting stuff. Kinda creepy. Probably somewhat inline with the opinions of most.

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…Are you kidding?

But recently I found that one establishment has had a more intense response to Google Glass.

A diner/bar in Seattle’s downtown area has posted on their website that customers hoping to stop in while wearing the new technology will be asked to leave. The 5 Point Cafe asks individuals to “respect our customers privacy as we’d expect them to respect yours.”

They (pretty hilariously) also say that Google Glass is “what will for sure be a new fad for the fanny-pack wearing never removing your bluetooth headset wearing crowd.” Unless people on Segways need something else to feel self-conscious about… Hey, I’ll admit, while I’ve never used a bluetooth headset or worn a fanny-pack (that time at Disney when I was 5 doesn’t count), I’m mildly interested in Google Glass.

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My point here is how easy it is to unnoticeably photograph, record, and therefore invade the privacy of anyone, anywhere. It’s a modern way of life that by going out in public, you risk being in the background of someone’s Instagram shot or overheard by someone taking a video. I usually photograph meals I’m about to eat and did at the 5 Point. Did I capture some other customers with my fisheye? I’m positive. Do I think it’s wrong? No, but it can be done maliciously, and I’m sure it is by someone out there with no life.

This was just such an interesting response to this new technology. We’ve already seen enforcers of the law trying to push against photographing and capturing video in public. Photographers have being harassed due to privacy and more often “security.”

But where will this lead us?

Most reactions to new tech are negative until we find the right niche or get used to how it’s actually going to be used. But banning it? I don’t think that’s quite the way to go. In reality, most people probably aren’t going to be photographing you and your friends at the bar either drunk or accidentally wearing that club sandwich on your face. But I’m sure for the creepy and malicious, Google Glass is Pandora’s Box.


Seattle Pride Weekend – Photos

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This weekend was probably the gayest weekend in America. Many cities had their LGBT parades, (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [and straight allies, queer, and everyone in between]) and Seattle was right there with them. Thousands came out to celebrate the victories both recent and longterm for equal rights and remind us that we still have so much worth continuing to fight for.

The weather was unusually warm as a heat wave sent temperatures into the 90s, for record-breaking highs. Thankfully, most parade attendees were wearing close to nothing regardless. Those willing to brave the heat walked to the Seattle Center to enjoy more festivities including street food carts, food, and beer gardens.

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After as much cheering, confetti, and pride as we could handle, we packed onto the Metro bus with dozens of other hot Seattleites and climbed back up to our neighborhood up the hill. That bus barely made it.


Road Trip to Washington

For any of my loyal followers who are not already plugged in on Facebook, I’ll be moving to Seattle, Washington in early June. I’m excited beyond words for what’s in store for me and my partner. We’ll be hitting up tons of amazing cities and parks along the way, and I’ll definitely be photographing all 3,391 miles. (Sounds daunting, doesn’t it?)

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Just to get you all as excited as I am about this epic trip, here are some photos I took during my trip to Washington state last spring. During that trip, I went to Vancouver, the Olympic Peninsula, the rain forest, and the desert, all in one action-packed week.

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