Seattle Harbor and Abstracts

Alone on the Boardwalk

Alone on the Boardwalk

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.


31 responses

  1. Don’t know how seattle looks in Winter but your summer pictures are absolutely amazing!


    October 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

  2. you make the clouds look so interesting and dramatic!


    October 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

  3. Wow, these are really great pictures. I love them all. Great clouds and great color in the flowers!


    October 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

  4. Beautiful work


    October 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

  5. Great skies for shooting!


    October 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • Thank you Robert. I wasn’t so lucky at Rainier or on the Olympic peninsula.


      October 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

  6. Truly, one of the most majestic cities in the U.S. I miss it! Thanks for sharing a fraction of the PNW beauty.


    October 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

  7. Absolutely beautiful! My hometown of Burlington, VT has over 200 cloudy days every year… and imposing clouds like the ones in your photos are exactly what I’m missing here in Santiago, Chile. Phenomenal.


    October 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

    • I used to ski at Stowe and stay in the old Burlington Hotel, ages ago.


      October 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

  8. Stunning photos Ron..loved everyone of them


    October 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  9. congrads on your august stats truly inspiring…. I love your photo’s they are truly uniquely vivd they provoke a calming drama about them like there is an undercurrent of something about to happen or secret ready to be told.


    October 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    • Thank you for making my day. I don’t make any money from photography, so all I get in return are the comments.


      October 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

  10. Lovin the boardwalk


    October 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  11. Seattle like its rain are so pure. I like these shots Ron.


    October 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  12. Thanks for these!


    October 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  13. These are superb.


    October 10, 2013 at 2:11 am

  14. wow! great images and colour, ron.

    best regards,


    October 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

  15. lrose

    Had to dig around for a place to thank you for taking time to look at my blog. Since I’m from this area, I chose these posts of yours to post a response. I’m intrigued with your work because its fun to see photographers with an eye for various compositions. I will enjoy following you!


    February 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

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