Black and White, Everyday Life, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #3

Another Monday another round of images. Things have been keeping me busy and these posts are a nice opportunity to slow down and reflect a bit.

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More images from my recent visit to the Washington State Fair. I don’t know if I mentioned but there were lots of other photographers present. Some were obviously using photography as an adjunct to their enjoyment of the fair. Others, like the two older gentlemen with backpack, tripods, and a full kit…were also there for enjoyment, but photography was obviously paramount in their purpose. I fell into the former category. Rarely am I to be found without a camera, but except when engaged professionally it’s as an enhancement of the experience. I have a particularly abysmal memory for events and experiences (facts are quite the opposite). For me, photography also functions as a form of memento vivere that makes re-experiencing those moments easier. Or else they would be lost.

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Upcoming, I will have some street photography to feature here on the blog. For the interested, a comparison can be made between these images and my style of “true” street photography.

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So actually, that’s all there is for this series of images. Next post will be something completely different.

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Black and White, Color, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #1

The Washington State Fair, known colloquially as the Puyallup Fair, is an annual event in the state of Washington and one of the largest state fairs in the nation.

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Traditionally, school-aged children are permitted a ticket or two to gain free entrance to the fair where they can ride any number of dizziness-inducing rides, and sample the delicious fair….fare. Elephant ears (a cinnamon encrusted pastry) and scones are legendary.

It had actually been a few years since I attended the fair and by my recollection, the fairground space used has increased over the years. Always one for a lark I did manage to find my way onto two rides; The Zipper and The Enterprise. I imagine The Enterprise was trying to avoid copyright infringement on the name…by infringing two other copyrights.

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I wrestled with taking the Fujifilm X-Pro2 or X-T2. Generally, the X-Pro2 has been my “walkaround” camera while I’ve been using the X-T2 for studio work. I would have taken the X-T2 without the battery grip, but at the last minute went with X-Pro2. I did, however, get a bit edgier (/s) by not taking the XF35mm f/2. Instead, I took the XF56mm f1.2 and XF23mm f/2. The XF56mm f1.2 is a marvel. The XF23mm f2 is a fine lens that I don’t use nearly enough.

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For the day the shooting conditions were not ideal. Cloudy and overcast, things were not helped by a miasmic haze that clung in the air due to the wildfires raging here in the Pacific Northwest.

All in all, it was a fun day and there are a few posts worth of images to prove it. State fairs are excellent opportunities for a couple of different styles of photography. Many of the skills that go into street photography and landscape photography, in terms of framing and consideration of what makes an image work, are readily applied on the fairground.

Color, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A Public Market

Pike Place Market is one of the go-to destinations for visitors to Seattle, WA. Everything can be found within its stalls from fresh seafood, flowers of every variety, to hand-crafted jewelry and other art. It is one of the most popular spots in the city and on any given day about a quarter of the people there will be seen with a camera in hand. Because my sister made a short visit back home this weekend she was determined to pay the place a visit as she hadn’t been since she moved out of the state.

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The famous market sign
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There are many distractions to be found at the market
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The market is world-renowned for its seafood

I’ve photographed the market before, as I imagine many local photographers have. Still, it’s not difficult to find something new to catch the eye and inspire a photograph.

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Fresh produce is always available
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Flowers fill the market
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A pig. It’s a whole *thing*.

We did arrive later in the day (the market closes at 6 pm Monday – Saturday, and 5 pm on Sundays), and many of the stalls were in the process of shutting down. This actually worked for me. It’s often to see the market in full bustle, thronged with people purchasing fresh produce, heading to one of the cafes or restaurants on the several levels of the market, or buying records, or any number of other eclectic items.

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The market has multiple levels. There’s lots to explore.
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Lighting is dim outside of the storefronts. Kept my processing to reflect it realistically.
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Lots of interesting sights.
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A nice record and memorabilia store.

I brought along the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the XF 35mm F2 and XF 56mm f1.2. Normally, I’d have stuck with using the 35mm all day long, but I was intrigued by other images I had seen using the 56mm for street and candid photography. Mosty it worked, and I really do like many of the images from the 56mm. There were one or two caveats, however.

  • Compared to the 35mm f2 and 23mm f2, the 56mm is much slower to focus.
  • With an equivalent focal length of an 84mm lens, things are a bit closer than my usual street photography style. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just took an adjustment.

Otherwise, it was a fantastic lens to use. Sharper than nanowire and with great color rendition.

If you ever get a chance the Pike Place Market is worth checking out for photographers even with the crowds. I usually come away with a few worthwhile images every time I visit.

Black and White, Color, Editorial, Everyday Life, Photography, Street Photography

Kailua-Kona: Long Days, Pleasant Nights

I am in love with the big island. These days and nights of relaxation and pleasant idleness have made an indelible impression on me. If you, dear reader, have ever had the notion of visiting I urge you to act on it.

Of course I’m keeping pleasant company which makes a massive additional pleasure (Natasha, my love you increase my joy ten-fold).

Now I’m off to find new diversions, Aloha!

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Black and White, Color, Everyday Life, Flowers, Photography, Project 365, Street Photography

Photo: “Sidewalk Sales” & Archive: “Orchid”

Sidewalk Sales - October 2014
Sidewalk Sales – October 2014
Orchid - March 2014
Orchid – March 2014

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Today was a bit “meh” creatively (and not just photographically), so I’m bolstering the post with a blast from the past. The orchid image was captured in 2010.

Color, Photography, Portrait, Street Photography, Urban Landscape

Photo: “Krog Street Tunnel”

Krog Street Tunnel #1 - June 2014
Krog Street Tunnel #1 – June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #2 – June 2014
Krog Street Tunnel #3 - June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #8 – June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #9 – June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #11 – June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #12 – June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #13 – June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #15 – June 2014
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Krog Street Tunnel #16 – June 2014
Krog Street Tunnel #17 - June 2014
Krog Street Tunnel #17 – June 2014

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My sister and nieces took me for a little sightseeing before I head home. It was too short a vacation by far, barely a weekend getaway. However it is true, “a change is as good as a rest.”