Archive for July, 2011

31st July
2011
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Today, we went white water rafting in the Wenatchee River and it was amazing! I didn’t take my camera on the river because of the risk of losing it in the case I got thrown out of the raft. Rafting was a ton of fun and I’m so glad that I did it. On the drive back, we stopped in Leavenworth for dinner. This was my first trip to Leavenworth.

I only had my point’n’shoot at the time, so this was the best I could do with the lighting. I lowered the brightness and raised the contrast to enhance the colors a bit.

30th July
2011
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This should be a picture of some awesome art from the Bellevue Arts Fair or something from the Rodizio I had a lunch but somehow I failed to bring my camera to both of these places.

So instead we have a picture of the random decoration I have in my bathroom.

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29th July
2011
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Today was gorgeous. When I got home from work, I decided to spend it outside with Wrigley. I’ve been wanting to find the park by the beach around here (having seen parts of it on GPS maps while driving).

Wrigley took a nice walk to the park, after twisting and turning on random streets, we finally found the street entrance. We walked down this hill and got to the parking lot. And from the parking lot, we found the entrance of the park. But sadly that’s as far as we got because there was a sign that said no dogs are allowed in the park from June-September 15th! WTF Bellevue!? >:-( In Seattle, dogs can’t go on the beach itself, but at least they can go in the park!

This is a picture of the park from the parking lot. If you look closely, you can see the water in the background. I don’t like the big tree trunk so close to the center of the image. But I do like the twisty sidewalk.

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28th July
2011
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I bought this sweet peas last weekend at Pike’s Place. They smelled amazing for about 2 days. And then they started to dry up. This was my first time buying sweet peas, so I didn’t know what to expect.

Well, in their dried and wilted state I decided to take a picture of them. Then I did a little post-processing. I lowered the saturation, but not completely to gray scale. I like that the most vibrant of the colors is the red in the vase. I also raised the contrast quite a bit to add to the effect. I think this picture looks ‘artsy’. If my kitchen wasn’t in the background, the picture might actually be good, lol.

27th July
2011
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It’s Wednesday. And on Wednesdays I now have dog training classes with Wrigley at the PetSmart just down the street. I can see the PetSmart sign from my apart. And it glows very brightly in my window in the evenings. So today, I decided to take a picture of it. When I took Wrigley out at the end of the night I took my camera with me. Wrigley did his business and then we started to walk across the street towards the sign.

Now, today’s class was all about loose leash walking. And part of the training is that whenever the dog pulls, you’re supposed to stop and wait for the dog to come back to you – wait for him to stop pulling. As we were crossing the parking lot; Wrigley pulled; I stopped. I must have waited for maybe 10 seconds and when Wrigley came back, he got his treat. I looked up again… and the lights were off! Off! It wasn’t even 11:30 yet and the lights went out. So there went my picture of the day…

On my way back to the apartment, I saw the melting pot sign. It had to do for the day.

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26th July
2011
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I bought a bouquet of flowers at Pike’s Place over the weekend and a few of the buds had bloomed this morning. I decided to take a close up picture of the pollen. This is something that only works well with flowers that just bloomed since the pollen hasn’t fallen off yet.

I don’t have a macro lens, here I just used my kit lens because I only need a few inches to get auto-focus to find a point. Even without a macro lens, I’m getting an extremely narrow depth of field here. The only thing I would have changed is how noisy this picture is. I need to bump the ISO to 1600.

25th July
2011
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These are the newest additions to my balcony. I wanted a planter for under my window sill. I went out to Molbak’s again over the weekend and bought a bunch of plants. I planted them on Sunday.

I really like this combination of plants because it looks kind of tropical.

24th July
2011
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I’ve been waiting for a weekend morning that I could make breakfast and eat it on my balcony. Today was that day. :) I like this picture because I like the way the butter on my toast is “glistening” in the bright sunlight.

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23rd July
2011
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This morning, Kerry and I went on an architecture tour in Seattle. It was really neat because it somewhat on architecture, but it was almost like a Seattle history lesson. Now, the image I chose for today wasn’t actually part of the tour. I decided to use it for my picture of the day because it made it easier to format this post. (That image is horizontal, versus the bonus pictures, which are vertical.)

Anyway, I really like the main picture because of how blue this picture is. There’s the sky and then the reflection of the sky on the windows of the building. Then the color white places a role in the moon and the lines on the building. The plants on the rooftop terrace add a little pop. I’m happy with this picture.

Now, actually part of the tour are the two images below. The first image is interesting because of what the architect was trying to do. The architect was a mountaineer. He designed this building to reflect the mountains. First, there are the lower bricks that are darker and represent rocks and boulders. Then as you look further up the building you see light bricks until you get the white border bricks. Those represent snow. Then the towers on top (hard to see in this picture) represent evergreen trees.

Next is the building that houses Banana Republic. This building was originally built as a theater. And when there wasn’t need for this theater, instead of tearing it down, the architects came back and re-purposed it. But they did it in a way that the theater is still in there! It’s closed to the public, but I thought that was super interesting. Finally, this is one of the last buildings on the west coast that have the terracotta “crown” around the top of the building. Most buildings had that decorative stone taken down.

22nd July
2011
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I really liked the blues in the sky tonight, and the silhouettes of the trees against it. But all I had with me was my phone. Even when forcing the ISO down on my phone, it still looks really noisy. The shutter speed didn’t seem to change at all when messing with the ISO. I’ve learned that while my phone can take decent pictures during the day. It’s definitely not a good camera for the evening/night (unless I’m going for a really noisy look).

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