I felt like wandering today so I called my friend Casey and he agreed to join me. We met up at Bimbo's to catch up and eat some food before our walk. I captured the picture above when in the middle of Casey telling a story I noticed that my camera was on and had the shot already loaded into the view finder. I had to mess with the settings a bit but I was really excited to achieve the blurred background affect by bringing my F stop to around 3.5. I finally remembered something Del had taught me and I think it turned out really well!
I had always thought the Jimi Hendrix Memorial was in a very strange location. On the corner of Pine and Broadway, Jimi sat in front of an empty building. Finally just a couple months ago Everyday Music open it's doors and Jimi is now situated right in front of an excellent independant music store. I got down in front of the statue looked up to see the sky finally blue after a day of gray. I quickly snapped a few shots as the fluffy white clouds flew by.
We headed over to Volunteer Park just as the sun was setting. Coming upon the reservoir I saw quite a few couples sitting around waiting for the sun to set. Del loves doing back lit photo's and I thought I might try my hand at one. Of course, I'm lacking his awesome skills and I ended up getting the couple full on in the shot instead of backlit; of course it didn't help that the guy was wearing a white shirt! It's still kinda sweet.
This is Black Sun, which supposedly inspired Soundgarden's song "Black Hole Sun". It's always been a wish of mine to capture a really beautiful shot of this scuplture, and I don't think I've done it just yet...but it's a good start.
A couple weeks ago I went to a little secret garden about a block away from my apartment that Casey showed me when I moved in. It's a bit of an oasis in the middle of the city and not a lot of people know it's there. Unfortunately it's become pretty overgrown and although there were some lovely flowers scattered about, there wasn't enough light for me to get a really lovely shot. I did, however, find this little guy hiding behind some brush.
Also of note, when Del and I were doing one of our walks in Bellevue we saw a poster for a lost cat. Instead of a picture of said kitty, there was a stick figure drawing of a cat. We laughed about it and figured that no one else would be stupid enough to post a sign like that. Then about a week ago up the road from my house I saw the sign in the above picture. I made it black and white as it's not that interesting a shot, but in black and white everything looks cool.
So if anyone sees a clip art cat lingering around....
I'm hoping this will be an on going project for me, but I was really happy with the results of my outing today so I felt compelled to post what I have. I also will be giving more of a history of my lovely neighborhood in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back!