After 10 days of traveling for the holidays at the end of 2019, I felt the need to get my camera and myself outside for some photography walks around some areas of Seattle I really like. Below are the results of those two successive walks.
All of these images were made on the afternoon of December 31st 2019.
I started by walking in a business district near my favorite camera store. To say I was in a funk may be an understatement. I started by trying to exercise the lens by shooting wide open. Of these images only the image below seems worth showing.
After the business district I succumbed to the Siren’s call and found myself entering what is probably the #1 iconic tourist destination in Seattle. The Pike Place Market (or as known locally “The Market”).
This is one of those locations that draw photographers like a moth to a flame. On the other hand, it is also the single best place to get fresh produce and fish in Seattle. Not to mention there is always a crowd.
So, I am going to attempt to avoid reproducing the photos everyone has seen.
The two photos below are from an area known as Post Alley. Actually, this is the south end of Post Ally, and here, at least this week, the walls have eyes. I like walking down this section of the alley because it is different every time I visit. I’m posting the same image in color and B&W because I can’t decide which I like better.
A few feet away from the above, is the best coffee at the market and as you can see, it is a pretty hopping place.
Finally, is an image from one of my favorite parts of the market. Technically it’ is not in “The Market”. It is across the street from the main building. But this side of the street has it’s own look and vibe. Not the least of which is my favorite neon sign, and every time I visit, I need to see and photograph what is happening in the vicinity.
For the two of you that are interested, I used a Leica M9 and Zeiss 35mm F1.4 ZM lens (also known as Audrey here at Dear Susan). When I started my walk, the aperture was set to f1.4 and when I finished it was f2.2.
This series of images is now from my first photo walk of 2020, which occurred the next day, on the afternoon of January 1st. I was still feeing the funk of inactivity that led to the previous day’s photo walk and decided that I still needed to get out of the house and see what could be found outside.
I was driving to one of my usual places for mindless photography, and as I approached the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle I decided I needed to stop here instead. This is one of those places where you think to yourself that you should stop while you are on the way to somewhere else. So today was the day.
As a street photographer this is an area that seems to have potential as you pass through. One reason I wanted to stop is this is a neighborhood on the verge of change. As the photos below show, this is a neighborhood with low-rise commercial and apartment buildings. Unfortunately, development is working it’s way this direction.
While I was walking around I was struck by the light was playing on the windows in the images above and below.
Later I wandered into the Seattle Center. The shapes and light in the Monorail Station caught my attention for a few frames.
Leaving the station I strolled along the base of the Space Needle and came to the most unconventional building in the Center. MoPop. Or to use the full name, the Museum of Popular Culture, which was originally built as the Experience Music Project, is a high reflective, multi-colored, curve-a-licious building that can make for some interesting photos. I hope my efforts today were worthy.
Another interesting aspect of the MoPop, is it is built with the monorail tracks running through it. So about every twenty-minutes the monorail leaves or returns to the center. So if you pick your vantage point well, you might catch something interesting.
Finally, I was leaving when I came upon this musician. He was playing to and for the people walking by. But not many noticed. I made over a dozen images as the people moved around and this is the best one.
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