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Little getaways: Ocean Shores

Escape from the day to day is vital to our sanity, well at least to mine… It’s amazing how quickly time flies and we forget to do things for ourselves. We are focused on our families, friends, careers, but do we pause and breathe? Sometimes… Often enough? Probably not…

This past weekend I did just that. A girl, her car and a couple of cameras = a little getaway and some cool photos. You be thinking, Seattle is beautiful, it’s a vacation everyday, when it’s not raining, right? It is, without a doubt, I love it here. Even though I’m surrounded by that beauty I still gotta get away occasionally.

From seattle I headed south and then west to Ocean Shores, WA. There’s not a lot in Ocean Shores, some houses, some hotels, a restaurant or two and of course the Pacific Ocean.

After checking in to my hotel, I grabbed my camera bag and headed straight for the ocean. Ocean shores beaches you can drive on which is kinda cool, can’t do that many places these days.

There were horses a plenty.

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Seagulls

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Tires

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Driftwood, at high(ish) tide

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And again and lower tide around sunset

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Rocks and views for miles

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The horizon seemed so far away… sunsets on the coast are so different than the day to day sunsets I see in my neighbourhood.

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A nice way to spend a couple of days.

What journeys do you take when you want to get away?

~ kate

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

new york and architecture

Somehow, I have realised i never shared any images I captured from my trip to New York City in October. I hadn’t been there in a about a year. This trip I had my new-ish, Fuji X100s with me and got to explore the city for a couple of days.

These images are mostly of buildings in the city, plus a lion… how could you pass up a lion?

from the Flatiron Building to the Empire State building (and below)…

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all images captured on the Fuji X100s and edited in Lightroom 4.