I’m (basically not) famous!

If any Seattle-folk went to see Rachel Bukey read from her new novel Leap of Faith at the Elliott Bay Book Company last week, and if you happen to be huge fans of the blog, and also I suppose just ridiculously eagle-eyed, you might have noticed a certain similarity of the cover (shown here):

Leap of Faith Cover

And some of the pictures that I took of the George Washington Memorial Bridge (aka the Aurora bridge, aka the Suicide Bridge) here.  Well, as you might have guessed, that’s no coincidence.  The graphic artist who did the cover work reached out to me to ask my permission to adapt one of my shots for the cover here.  As I say, I’m happy to oblige and love working out little deals like this.  Happy to see a Seattle author work with a Seattle graphic artist to use the work of a Seattle photographer to make something new.

Is the book any good?  My copy is in the mail.  I’ll tell you later.

Through the Telescope

On the surface of it, taking pictures is all about finding a way to show other people how you see the world.  Often times, I just want the picture to reflect what I really saw – the framing, the light, whatever.

Other times, seeing a scene through a new light reflects something new.  These Through the Viewfinder pictures were all about a new way of seeing.  I like any sort of new framing device.

As it so happens there are a bunch of those big metal telescopes (kinda like this one) across the street from my work, overlooking Elliott Bay.  I was kinda curious if I could shoot through them.  Turns out I can.

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That’s Smith Tower, poking out over downtown.  Want to see a few more?  Hit the jump.

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Stereotypical Seattle Panorama

I suppose it is only fair that if my last post was the stereotypical Seattle photo, this is the stereotypical Seattle panorama.  You get the same Space Needle and Mt. Rainier, but this way you get Elliott Bay and West Seattle as well.  Everyone wins, right?

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This panorama came from the same shoot as the last post and was stitched together from 6 shots.  One of my main problems with panoramas is that things get very wide very fast and they are really hard to view.  To get a little more height, I usually shoot them with my camera in the vertical position to make things a bit taller.  You could shoot them in two rows and stitch them all back together, but that increases the difficulty a good bit.  I also like to use a decent amount of zoom or a longer-length lens.  Wide angle is fun and can be necessary if you are very close to your subject, but the edges of the frame are often distorted, which matters when you’re joining a lot of shots together.  Click for the larger image.  I used the regular size that I always post here – no larger than 1024 pixels wide, but the original is over 17,000 pixels wide!  If anyone is really interested in seeing a higher-quality version, leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

UPDATE: 2010.03.11 – these panoramas really require a larger view than my standard pics do.  Click the image above to see the updated, 250% larger version!

Religion of the Sea

Went sailing last week.  Biiig yacht – 70 feet.  I thought that seasickness might be the order of the day but standing on the dock waiting to get on board was the worst part.  My beer was cheap and Korean.  One of my fellow passengers decided that sake, Merlot, and Red Stripe was a good idea.  Somehow we all survived.  I took this.

Yacht Mast with no sail - triple cross

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I can see how sailing might be your religion.  To top it off, this boat gets the triple cross – symbolism, right?  Maybe there is something to it – I managed to bring my camera and my camera strap, but not the piece that attaches the two together and somehow I didn’t drop it into Elliott Bay.