Photo Safari #1

I had been planning to spend my weekends in April learning Photoshop tricks from phlearn.com but yesterday was entirely too warm and sunny to stay inside. I enjoyed the afternoon light, went to some local parks, Richmond Beach and North Seattle Community College.

Richmond Beach is a great local beach, it’s close but not too crowded and it has some of the best views of the Olympics. I was there too early to get interesting shots of the mountains, though. I’ve shot at North Seattle CC a couple of times before. I’m learning the value of revisiting places and subjects. Firstly, the more familiar I get with a location, the more I learn about what works in certain lighting – where the best lines, colors and contrasts are. Secondly, I find it immensely useful to see how my photographic eye has changed – my compositions, technique and postprocessing have been evolving and it’s nice to see the improvements.

light and shadow

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Richmond Beach, Edmonds WA

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Blue glass at the water's edge

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In the Northwest, we have to chain our trees to keep them in the yard.

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I like to juxtapose themes in congruent shapes.

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Imperfect symmetry is more exciting to me that absolute symmetry.