End of the Line

Always loved industrial areas.  I wish they’d let me wander around rail yards and container storage sites.  Unfortunately, between terrorism and insurance, that’s not going to happen.  The Port of Seattle has a few hidden parks that are invariably next to shipping sites.  Jack Block Park is one of my favorites.  Here is the end of the rail line.

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I wanted to highlight the part of the shot I liked best since I couldn’t frame around the bits I didn’t like.  I used the same technique from here to remove the color from the rest of the shot.  Simple, geometric.  Railroad lines – I’m always trying to frame those.

Wall, Sky, Trees

I posted this a little while ago, and while I do find some of the sculptures in the Seattle Sculpture Park nice to look at and all, I find myself mostly drawn to the things around them rather than the sculptures themselves.  For example, taking a picture of the Eagle is much more interesting to me when done at night with the Space Needle behind it, a train in front, and a plane overhead.

So here I am, back at the Sculpture Park and instead of shooting the sculptures, I’m shooting the wall again.  I really like the lines – what can I say?  I do think the merits of this one are the sky above and the organic shadows of the trees showing you what you can’t see.  Here it is.

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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?

Ghost Town or New House

How do you decide when to take a picture  in black and white as opposed to color?  In the film days, it was actually a decision you had to make but with digital, it always starts as color.  Most cameras have a black and white mode, but you’re kinda nuts if you use it*.

Most of the time when I take a picture and decide to process it into a B&W image, it’s because it either has really strong lines and contrast or it has very little in the way of color to start.  That was what I found here:

Ghost Town or Garage Wall?

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Smokestacks and Lines and Shapes

I posted a picture of the bridge of the ferry Hyak a while back.  The huge and almost universally outdated ferries that ply the waters of the Puget Sound are a constant symbol of life in the North West, but unless you actually live on an island or commute to one, it’s not something you actually ride every day.  Grey’s Anatomy not withstanding, these are things seen from afar, so when I do get a chance to ride one, it’s a lot of fun.  Here is another picture I took on the same trip.  Since the maximum capacity for most of these ships is based around cars, they usually have capacious passenger decks with few people on them.  Getting a few shots of the uncrowded lines of the upper area and smokestack isn’t that hard, but I always love the mix of simple colors and shapes.

Smoke Stack of the Ferry Hyak

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Birds On A Wire

Pigeons on a telephone wire – classic picture, right?

Pigeons on a Telephone Wire

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Even so, finding the right shot can be hard.  I wanted the simple lines and symmetry in the wires.  Sun should be up but not right overhead.  You need some pigeons in there, right?  Well I was out shooting radio towers and I just saw this out of the corner of my eye.  Want more?  Hit the jump for the rest of the post.

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Lots Of Lights At The Port

Lights at the Port of Seattle

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I can’t explain why the port fascinates me so much – maybe too much of The Wire, Season 2 or something.  Seattle is a huge port town, even though it’s easy to ignore.  There are also some great parks where you can watch the action.  I went out on a day far too cold to take some pictures, but didn’t really like anything I shot of the cans (heh… cans), trucks, or ships.  I do like the lights though.  When you’re working around the clock, I suppose you need to see what you’re doing.   During the day, it’s just a 12-armed monster.  Love the shape though – I like how it looks in sepia too.

Angles and Sunshine

Group Health Corner

Camera & Lens   Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT (Canon) & 50.0 mm     Shutter:   1/800 s
Creation Date:   2009:02:18 14:43:29     Aperture:   f/22.0
Artist:   Ari Brown     ISO:   200
Exposure Mode:   Aperture priority     Focal Length:   50 mm

I went out to see what I could see the other day.  I have this big photo-collecting problem: I’m always ready to go after lunch, which is about as bad of a time as one could pick for most pictures.  The only thing left at that time are bugs and flowers (macro stuff) or super high-contrast stuff, like the side of the Group Health office up the street.  I usually find it pretty darn ugly, but in the late day winter sun, the lines and reflection caught my eye.  This was shot with my little 50mm cheapo lens.  I sure do love how sharp it is and the colors always look great too.