Seattle may have a reputation for months of overcast weather in the winter, but summer is beautiful with dramatic clouds and mild weather. My travel advice for touring the harbor area is to head back towards downtown at mealtime. Seattle is full of great restaurants, however the ones near the docks are touristy, expensive and mediocre.
For photographers doing Black and White conversions use lots of contrast and try the clarity slider if using ACR or Lightroom. In the HSL panel of Lightroom reduce the luminescence of the blue channel to darken skies. Avoid global use of the shadows and highlights sliders. Apply these locally with the adjustment brush.
One of my favorite pastimes is asking people if I can take their picture. Most say yes. Those sessions also include traditional candid street photography. Henri Cartier Bresson is often credited with originating this genre. It is ironic that French law makes street photography impossible today.
I spent three perfect days on Vancouver Island shooting in town and at the famous Buchart Gardens. There was a Busker festival that week so things were happening.
This set was shot in Vancouver, BC during July of 2011. The city is full of beautiful women, so I caught a few of them on camera.
These photos were captured around Mount Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State during July, 2011. Included are the Pacific coast, Hoh Rain Forrest, and the Wodden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend.
Most of these photos were captured around Pioneer Square in downtown Portland over a fourth of July weekend. I must reserve judgment as to whether Portland, Oregon is weirder than Austin, Texas. What I am certain of is Portland is far away and Austin is 3 hours by car.