Porthole view on a Washington State Ferry

I Knew Who I Was This Morning…

I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” Lewis Carroll

A quick scroll through my posts makes it pretty clear my approach changes from day-to-day.  Sometimes I want as little to no change and other times I enjoy playing with color and shadow to create something new from my original photo.  There is a time and place for each view here and usually I know which look I want to go for but this morning I ran into a little dilemma. Too many choices.

I’ve gone back and forth with these six images all day trying to pick my favorite and finally decided to just give up and post them all.  If you have a chance to click inside the gallery to see each image full size I’d love to hear if you’ve got a favorite!  Each photo is labelled for easy voting and I’ve included a poll below so we can all see the results.

The final image is the original, unedited photo for a good before/after comparison.

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Blue skies and sail boats in the Pacific Northwest

Summer Blues

There’s more than one kind of blue day…

Blue skies and sparkling water in the Pacific Northwest

My favorites are the ones filled with blue skies, fluffy clouds and sparkling water.

Blue skies and sail boats in the Pacific Northwest

My Year In Photos: June Week 2

I see a lot of blues, grays along with some warm patches of gold in my latest set of photos which is just about right when it comes to June in the Pacific Northwest.  Blue skies and flowers mixed with heavy gray clouds and warmed by the sun during our longest days of the year.  We had a full schedule with all the end of the year school activities, a quick day trip across the water and a busy work week so for the first time you’ll see I posted more than one photo without any editing.  In contrast, other images are more heavily edited than usual but both approaches are a reflection of how I felt in the moment.  I either wanted move on and post quickly or I tried to add a little color and interest to something that was just a small moment in the day.

The week started with this view from the passenger deck on one of our state-run Ferries and Monday afternoon I began writing the Etsy listing for this new blanket.  Tuesday I wanted to experiment with the new pinhole lens available through Hipstamatic and Wednesday was Ryan’s final band concert.  I made him pose for the usual “hurry up mom” snapshots in his Tuxedo but this spontaneous click taken after John told a slightly off-color joke is my favorite of the night.

Thursday is a look through a large pane of shattered glass and Friday shares one of my favorite ways to relax – watching clouds float over the islands.  Saturday I visited our local bookshop for some last-minute Father’s Day gifts and was happy to see they’ve expanded their hours for the summer season.  Now we’re looking forward to long summer nights with plenty of new books to enjoy.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) Kites

You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity.  Let out a little more string on your kite.

Alan Cohen

Weight(less) 1

This week Ben asks us to share a photo of something marked by its weight – or it’s weightlessness.  Ryan carried his new kite through a full day of hiking and beach combing on Whidbey Island waiting for the perfect amount of wind and if you look closely at the bluff in the background you can just make out the winding trail that led us to the viewpoint in my last post about an invincible summer.

Weight(less) 2

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Weight(less)

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up July With Hipstamatic (week 5)

Another beautiful week has come and gone here in the Pacific Northwest and I’m happy to say we spent every minute possible enjoying outdoor living and a bit of travel.  Sunday afternoon Ryan and I hiked to the lovely waterfall from yesterday’s post along with my aunt, sister and her family and Monday this was our view from the train window on our trip home.  Tuesday’s image a small section of some public art outside the Lynnwood Senior Center and Wednesday’s photo is the amazing evening sun from the rooftop garden of our local library.

After all that sunshine I thought Thursday would be a great time to capture the Blue Moon and apparently Hipstamatic agreed framing the image with this purple/blue border.  Friday was “too hot to handle” inside our house so we packed up dinner to-go and brought everything down to the beach.  This view is from our walk back to the car.  Saturday’s photo is of my try-at-home box of Warby Parker sunglasses.  If you haven’t heard of this company they specialize in quality eye wear with a retro-hipster edge.  Knowing it’s hard to select frames online they ship a box of your 5 choices free of charge to your home for a 5 day trial period and for every frame purchased a pair is distributed to someone in need.  Today I brought one of my 5 up to Wallace Falls and plan to work my way through the box during our staycation.

Today’s “Shake It Up” post will be my last here until August 9th but I won’t be vacationing from all my social media accounts.  If you’d like to follow our adventures through the beaches, forests and mountains of Washington State I’ll be dusting off my neglected Instagram account and increasing postings on Facebook. Everyone’s welcome to come by for a visit, peek over our shoulders and hike the trails with us!

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens and filter used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up July With Hipstamatic (week 3)

Another pretty week in the Pacific Northwest has come and gone but thanks to my random photo a day project I have some nice souvenirs to remember the season.  Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to sit outside for lunch and believe it or not I didn’t plan to match my food and book to the table colors.  Monday’s photo is of an old house that sits on Main street in the middle of our little commercial district.  It’s spent the past few years as a collective office/work space for artists but recently sold after a long time on the market.  I hope the new owners plans don’t include tearing anything down but the state of the gardens has me a little worried.

Late in the day Tuesday I realized I hadn’t taken a new photo and didn’t feel particularly inspired by anything in the house but Ryan’s advice was to look up and take a shot of whatever I saw. Well, now you know we haven’t changed the photos on our stairway light fixture since Christmas… Instead of feeling hopelessly behind I’ve decided we’re right on trend as several big internet retailers declared this week’s sales would be like Christmas in July. 🙂  Wednesday afternoon Ryan and walked along the beach and Thursday night I finished my walking day on this reflexology path outside Ryan’s Tae Kwan Do class.  Friday our first anemones opened and Saturday’s image is of some of the beach glass we’ve collected over the past year.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens and filter used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up June With Hipstamatic (week 4)

The fourth week of June was a fun one that began and ended with family time and was filled with what’s turning out to be a stretch of warmer than usual summer days.  Since we don’t have air conditioning we’re doing what we can to keep cool and I’m using the high temperatures as an excuse to have plenty of cold brewed coffee and ice cream. 🙂

Sunday was Father’s Day and John, Ryan and I took a break in the middle of the afternoon for cold drinks and cookies at Walnut Street Coffee here in Edmonds.  Monday was a beautiful June day and on our way home Ryan and I walked down Sunset Avenue to enjoy the view over Puget Sound.  Tuesday’s image is a shot of the high school gym where Ryan sweated through his first four days of summer vacation as part of a wrestling camp that brought kids and coaches together from across the country to practice their skills and learn from world-class athletes.

Wednesday we made a stop for frozen yogurt before continuing home to our very hot house.  I thought I could snap a quick photo of this pretty corner while it was quiet but this happy little girl ran right into the center of my frame and completed the shot.  I love her excitement. 🙂  Thursday is a small corner of my favorite oak leaf hydrangea growing by our back deck and Friday’s photo is Jimi Hendrix’s shoe print and autograph as part of the Seattle Walk of Fame circling the Flagship Nordstrom store in Downtown Seattle.  If you ever have the opportunity to walk around the store be sure to look down for a glimpse of some famous footprints from Seattle born leaders in the music, art, science, sports and philanthropic communities.  By Saturday the heat finally got to me and I bought a tiny wading pool.  Is it wrong that we spent over an hour trying to encourage Finn to jump in and cool off?  We lured him with cheesy treats but two paws is as far as he would go.  Maybe next time!

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens and filter used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

iPhoneography Monday: Winter Fog On The Waterfront

iPhone Monday 1-19-15

 After a week of heavy fog Ryan and I’d had it with the lack of light and we left the house for the beach in search of some sky.  I know driving towards the water isn’t the best way to escape fog but at least we had a chance to see more than gray mist and our experimenting led to a few interesting photos including Serenity from my last post. This black and white was shot using Hueless while Serenity is the result of Hipstamatic and some post processing with Snapseed.

For more black and white images shot with mobile digital devices please visit Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Challenge:  Black and White.