Sky Above, Concrete Below

The Seattle Sculpture Garden is thankfully within walking distance from my work.  A great place to browse, watch the security guards watching you, etc.  They’ve got some good stuff (although it rarely to never changes) but every time I go, I can’t help but look at those walls framing everything.

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I’m always trying to find a way to get a picture of those lines, those shadows.  Usually I try and fill the whole frame with it and it never works.  This one I like better.  Sky!  Who woulda known?

Happy Valentine’s Day 2011

When my lovely wife brought these home, I wasn’t thinking about Valentine’s Day, but they do seem to go, right?

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I was thinking more about macro.  With the 100mm lens and the 1.6 multiplier, you can get pretty close.  Your depth of field goes to nothing in a hurry, so I stopped this down to f/10 – I had the luxury of tripod and natural light, which helps.

Another thing I’d never really realized is that flowers are mega dust traps.  You can keep your lens clean, but if the subject you’re shooting attracts dust, get ready to spend some time cleaning it up on the computer.  Luckily Lighroom makes it a breeze, but it was still a nasty realization.

In any case, happy Valentine’s Day.  I hope someone bought each and every one of you some nice flowers, marked up to a ridiculous price.

The Death of the Suicide Bridge

The Stranger ran a great piece last year about suicide and the Aurora Bridge.  Our humble bridge stands right behind the titanic Golden Gate as the second-most jumped from bridge in the world.  The article also went on to discuss the psychology of suicide – how making it slightly more difficult to jump drastically decreased the odds of someone trying.  Between that and the fact that Adobe is really tired of people landing in their parking lot below, the fence is now going up on what is officially known as the George Washington Memorial Bridge (how fitting, right?)

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