Seattle weekender

Seattle has been a bit of a fixture for me over the last couple of months. Following Amerivespa in July I visited the Flying Heritage Collection earlier in August. Last weekend I was back in town for a short weekend break. The focal point of the trip was another visit to MoPop (formerly EMP) as there was a gallery of Mick Rock's early Bowie photographs. This was Bowie on the verge of superstardom. 

I didn't give myself a photography brief for the visit so the shots below are really a few tourist captures with a sprinkling of 'street' thrown in. Space Needle was looking particularly impressive with the sun peeking behind the saucer before 10am. It was also fun watching adults and kids play at the International Fountain. Water, enthralling young and old. The street shots near the Gum Wall were of people heading away from the area and I tried to capture those simply going about their day rather than visit the gum. Back in MoPop I went for a couple of Sci-Fi images that reflect humans as emotionless machines. Chilling yet captivating.

Buds and Beans

Buds and Beans

My favourite shot from the recent trip to the streets of Vancouver. Buds and beans sums up this place.


Show and Shine People

It's all about practice, practice, practice.

On a blisteringly hot, cloud free day there was a Show 'n' Shine car meet at a local casino. I wanted to take the opportunity to capture the occasion as a learning project. I'd only decided one thing before heading to the show, that I'd shoot manual apart from focus. This was about thinking before releasing the shutter. Once on site it was obvious that I'd struggle with 'whiteout' as, even at 10.30am, the sun was busy bleaching everything it touched. 

Rather than capture cars as complete as possible I decided to shoot from one angle, around 45 degrees to the front, taking in a wheel and grille. Another set of images would be interiors from the nearside window, focussing on the steering wheel area. My final series would be street style and, that's what I'm showing here.

In terms of post, I've simply cropped and adjusted the jpegs rather than dive in to the RAWs. Learning is a gradual and iterative process and I wanted to keep things simple. The lighting was always going to be challenging, there's a lack of definition, the images are not as crisp as they would have been on a more overcast day. However, I stuck with manual to continue reacquainting myself with the shutter/aperture relationship. It's all good learning.

The secret behind the bag

I’m aiming to try far more photographic genres and am keen to explore street. This is a pleasing coffee shop moment from last weekend.