Careful What You Wish Against

My brother recently complimented the fact that the blog, in his humble opinion, looks pretty good.  You see, he hadn’t visited in a while and liked what he saw.  I think the actual words were “thanks for not posting 7 million pics of your cats.  I was kind of afraid that would happen.”

Without further ado, Lucky in his native habitat.

Lucky in the Afghan

Seriously though, this whole working-during-the-day thing I’ve been doing for a couple weeks really takes up almost the ENTIRE day! I don’t know if I realized that when I got a job.  I’m getting used to the flow of things and I fully plan on bringing you continuing picture lusciousness, not just cats, just as soon as I can.

Digging In The Vault #1 – Thailand

Sairee Beach on Koh Tao is pretty great.  Very picturesque, nice sand, and every tourist around will be there to shoot pictures like this around sunset.  But I think this post sets a different kind of record for me.

Boulders at Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand

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I’ve been employed for all of two weeks now and already I’m digging in the vault as I’m out of new stuff.  Of course this pic is from my trip a while back, but it’s still good stuff, right?

Anyway, these sorts of rock formations were all around the beaches on Koh Tao and I lived them all.  This one seemed to have particularly nice asymmetry.  I can’t figure out if I’m happy with the framing in this shot or not.  On one hand, the subject is halfway up, seeming screwing up the rule of thirds pretty good.  On the other hand, horizontally, I think the positioning is very nice.  I’m coming around to the idea that the vertical symmetry and the horizontal asymmetry make it work.  But I took it, so I’m a little biased.

Spring Still Springing

Seattle in Spring is a fickle place to be.  Just weeks ago it was snow – far too much.  Now it is rain, even as the days get longer.  Spring is somewhere, I’m sure, because the flowers are coming everywhere you look.

Rosemary flowers at the start of spring

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This is from my wanderings a couple weeks ago.  Some of my favorite flowers are one the plants that you don’t think of as flowers.  Rosemary is almost as rampant as blackberries in my area of Capitol Hill, so it’s hard not to find.  The tiny flowers are pretty neat though, especially in macro!

We Interrupt This Post…

… for an important message.  Ari of unemployed-ness is no longer unemployed.  This is a very good thing as the government cheese will only last so long.  It is also a not so good thing, because there are now more demands on my time other than just laying around thinking of things to take pictures of.  I promise to post as often as possible, but that will probably be more like 2x/week instead of 5-6x/week.  Be sure to add that RSS feed and you’ll always know when the new stuff is fresh!

Grain Terminal Of The Damned

One of the stranger features of Myrtle Edwards Park is that smack dab in the middle of it is a massive grain terminal.  Seattle may be full of industries like fishing and shipping, but for some reason, grain doesn’t seem like it fits with ever-damp Seattle.  Nonetheless, there it is.

Myrtle Edwards Park Grain Terminal

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I’m not going to get all specific about it’s world-class air scrubbing abilities or all the dual conveyer belt action enclosed within, but I do know that if you shoot it from the side, it looks pretty insane-assylum-like.  Good enough for me.  I’ve taken some other shots and panoramas from the side that show all the silos.  If people get interested or if I get desperate, maybe I’ll post more.

Seattle Comes Alive At Night

As you know, I went out to find the P.I. Globe before it ground to a halt.  Doing so means a little hike, but it wasn’t all for naught.  I got the picture I wanted and I also got a little something else:

The Eagle (sculpture) and Space Needle at night

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At first it seemed like everything was still.  I can’t say quiet, as you might notice the blur of a freight train through the bottom of the frame.  With a wide field of view, this also happens to cross the approach path for Seatac Airport.  I love the morse-code of dots and dashes the planes make through my frame and set the exposure up to 13 seconds to record it.  The foreground sculpture is called Eagle and was created by Alexander Calder in 1971.  It is the most recognizable piece of the Olympic Sculpture Park (or “the sculpture garden”, as most people would call it) and I was really happy to capture this shot of it with the most recognizable Seattle landmark in the background.