a little spring in seattle

Somehow it’s been more than a month since I’ve done a blog post. In that time things like WPPI, having the flu have occurred plus CreativeLive workshops with Mark Wallace and Miss Aniela.

In all of that business, I have managed to keep up with my 365 project, which is quite amazing. And most days, I take a walk in my neighbourhood, for exercise and to take photos, of course.

Today we get back on the blogging wagon with a short post, with a little inspiration of spring for you.

This photo was snapped on my beloved Fuji X100s using the macro feature. I’m still floored at how nice it looks. Yes, a fancy macro lens + tripod would be the better option, but I gotta say, I’m loving the results here.

From the RAW file, I went into Lightroom 4, did a minor clarity and contrast adjustment and then on to Alien Skin Software’s Exposure 5. Some of their film like options are really nice. This filter reminded me of a vintage photo, think old school polaroid, a little warm, a little soft.

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Look for more posts like this, and some more iPhone tutorials too, it’s been too long!

~ kate

smith tower – view of seattle

this past weekend i met up with some photographer friends to do a pinhole exploration of seattle, including a few folks from portland who came up to join our little seattle group.

starting in west seattle we took the water taxi to the seattle waterfront. from there we made our way to the lovely smith tower. smith tower (wiki) was completed in 1914 and until the space needle was erected, it remained the tallest building on the west coast.

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for a small fee you can ride the fantastic, ornate, manually operated elevators to the top, where there’s an obsveration deck with quite a view of the waterfront and surrounding buildings.

this is a handful of images from the fuji x100s, as i still have to get my film to the lab for processing. so look out for some pinhole images soon (i hope they come out!)

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golden gardens

A few weeks ago I went to one of my favourite spots in Seattle, Golden Gardens Park. It features views of mountains, fantastic trees, a marina, a pier for fishing, grills for parties and benches to just chill out on.

This day I walked, paused, sat on a bench, walked more, paused again, found another bench. Taking my time to enjoy the beautiful day and capture some of those who were also exploring the day.

hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain
hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain

As usual, I like my trees, so I snapped a few, this time capturing joggers and walkers in silhouette. These are some faves for sure!

hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain
hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain
hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain
hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain
hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain
hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain

And then there are these guys, which look rather unique in black and white, almost infrared!

hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain
hipstamatic | jane | black keys supergrain

If you ever visit seattle, be sure to check out this park, it’s fantastic, year round!

All of these images were captured on an iPhone4s with Hipstamatic.