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A photowalk with Seattle Flickr

So I’ll admit it, I have a problem. I like to shoot things, lots of different things. With a camera that is.

One of the things I hear time and time again is to find a niche and stick to it. And yes, I agree, when seeking clients, that makes total sense. But outside of that, I enjoy capturing many, many things. If you follow my photography you’ve probably seen a photo or two of flowers.

I recently led a photowalk with the Seattle Flickr Meetup group, we do a couple of events a month, including a photowalk and a social night. This months event was at the Ballard Locks. The location offers gardens, a fish ladder where you can most often see Salmon, plus the locks themselves which allow boats to move from the fresh water to the sea water and more.

Along the walk I found these lovlies, captured with my awesome Fuji X100s.



Along the water I waited for this boat to move from one water way to the next. This shot for me was all about timing. Look for my next blog post where I’ll talk about that a bit more. This was shot with my iPhone5s and edited with vscocam.

Processed with VSCOcam with x5 preset

Being a part of and leading a group like this over the years has been a lot of fun and a great way to meet other photographers in my town. If you want to network and get to know photographers in your area, consider finding groups like this. And if you’re in Seattle, join us for an event sometime, we’d love to have you join us!

~ kate

Volunteer Park

Saturday, March 23rd, I met up with about 40 or so fellow mobile photographers at Volunteer Park, in Capitol Hill. We’ve done a few photo outings, which I’m not always able to attend. This time I was able to, with great weather and a few themes to capture, I knew it would be a good day!

At the park is a conservatory/greenhouse, filled a variety of orchids, daffodils, cactus and more… A great opportunity to do some macros! I had my trusty olloclip, with it’s fab macro lens, as well my Mophie case, for juice in case my battery was displeased with all of the photo taking. Just like having the right lens for the job and extra batteries… It’s all related, you know?

Here are a few of my fave images from the day… All taken on the iPhone4s. Captured with either the Hipstamatic app or edited with Snapseed.






Overall a really lovely outing, check out my Flickr account for more images from this outing as well other meetups from 2013.


Daguerreotypes & Wet Plate in the 21st Century

I have dabbled in the realm of photography in one way or another since I was a little girl. Long enough to remember film, love prints and cameras that made us wait. In our digital world we capture many, many images, because we can and it doesn’t “cost us anything”. On that latter point I disagree. As artists, we should be deliberate in our creations, thoughtful, and work with intention.

On First Thursday, this month, a friend and artist Daniel Carrillo had an opening for a showing of Ambrotypes at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. Over 100 unique portraits fill the walls of this gallery, and they are, simply put, stunning. If you are able, I encourage you to head over to the exhibition, as it’s only up for one more week!

This past Sunday, Daniel graciously opened up his workspace, allowing fellow photographers and artists to see his process in action, be a part of the process, be subjects in images and beyond.

From copper and silver to iodine and bromine to mercury and beyond, the process of creating Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes is intriguing and potentially dangerous. Daniel first walked us through the process of creating a Daguerrotype, of which we got to be the subject. And then he created an Ambrotype on a glass plate. I captured some images throughout the day…

Daniel shows us the copper plate that’s got a layer of silver plate over it and talks about the beginning of the process to create a Daguerreotype.

Simple tools to create art…

Lots of buffing involved…

A Deardorff Field Camera.

The Group, almost ready…


Don’t try this at home kids!

What a great looking group!

Now time to take another photo of the group, this time on a glass plate.

Daniel inspects the glass plate after it’s been exposed and developed.

Here’s a photo of the plate, after it’s been dried and varnished.

After all of this, Daniel setup to do individual portraits of those who were interested in having one made.

What do you see in the view camera? This is my friend Paul with his Rollei.

A lot of care, thought and time go into this process that dates back to the beginning of photography. I’m so happy to see people like Daniel creating images like this. Please check out his work!

~ kate