Autumn Leaves In Seattle

Seattle has seasons.  Specifically fall.  Some years it happens fast as the leaves turn orange and red and are immediately ripped from the branches and thrust into the storm drains to form lakes by torrential rain.  Some years you get a little time to enjoy things before bad weather takes it all away.  All I know is that I’m from Southern California.  This doesn’t happen there.  Palm fronds are green or dead – they are never orange or yellow.

It’s quite cliche, but it’s hard not to appreciate when you see it in person.  There are plenty of great sites of tree-covered hillsides or trees lining streets, but I think it’s easy to overlook just how amazing each leaf can be up close.

Orange Autumn Leaf Close-up

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They’re all cool, different, etc.  I think all of these are maples, but there’s birch and aspen and all kinds of picturesque-sounding things up here.  I’ve got more – really!  Be sure to hit the jump to see them all.

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Black, White and Modern

I was back in San Diego last week.  Especially downtown and along the waterfront, so much has changed since I lived there.  I blame Petco Park, but mostly I think it was just the real estate boom.

For all the new, there is still some old.  Down in Seaport Village, the Marriott Hotel is still going strong.  As much as those new buildings might look nice, this is the only one I wanted to take pictures of.

San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

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Since it’s all geometry and lines and shapes, I think it turned out pretty well in black & white. Color isn’t bad either, but this got my vote.

This Elephant Wants To Wash Your Car

It must be one of the most iconic signs in Seattle.  The car wash itself?  Pretty plain.  But the sign… the sign!  There are other locations.  There are better car washes.  But this one is by Seattle Center and this one has the sign.

Pink Elephant Car Wash neon sign

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I was in a big hurry.  I only had my 50mm, which makes it hard to frame something this big from up close.  Unfortunately, farther away means standing in the middle of a major street or getting some unfortunate buildings and power lines in the background.  You shoot now and decide what you like later.  I surprised myself and liked the one shot I got with a very partial view of the sign.  I gotta remember that.

Second Attempt At TimeLapse

I thought my first attempt at Time Lapse came out fairly well.  All I did at the time was set it up and hit go.  Yeah… there were a few more steps, but that was the forethought.  Pretty jazzed about those results, I tried a few more things, without luck.  One note: if you expect a spider to do anything, even after you poke a few strategically-placed holes in his web, maybe reconsider.  Anyway, I liked the little taste of long-exposure nighttime action in the first time lapse, so I set it up at sunset this time.  What do you think?

I also did a little more processing on this one.  Instead of leaving it at defaults, I did some contrast correction and resized the photos down a bit since they get resized so much in the end anyway.

One last word about taking stills for a time lapse at night.  During the day my battery was lasting for hundreds of shots with no problem.  In this sequence, I only got just over 200 before it died since the night shots had shutter speeds of 30+ seconds.  If I was going to do it again, I’d crank open the aperture a bit more to make the shots a bit shorter and get more life out of the battery.

UPDATE: For another more recent time-lapse attempt, see me building my fence.