Posted on March 31, 2016
“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times. I just shoot at what interests me at that moment” – Elliot Erwitt.
For a year a did this very thing. Then in 2016, I decided not to do a 365. I stopped carrying my camera every day. I found I missed it at my side. In March we headed off to Seattle to meet up with my brother and his wife. I debated what lens to take. I knew that I was going to have to carry that backpack, plus lens everywhere I went. I eventually settled on the Canon EF 70 – 300mm, the Lensbaby sweet 35, and a very last minute purchase, the Canon EF 24 – 135mm. In hindsight my backpack would have been a lot lighter if I had left the Canon EF 70-300mm lens at home. I hardly used it.
And so we walked the city of Seattle, and I lugged that heavy backpack where ever I went. Today’s walk was through the Pike Place Market. I had heard stories about it, and was ready for the singing fishermen and the fish tossing. Somehow I never managed to capture it in a photo.
The Pike Place Market in Seattle, is vibrant, busy, colorful, fishy and a great place to meander through and look at the art work of various dealers. Walk with me as I share a few of my impressions of the market.
This fishmarket area was the first place we came across.
Foods in variety.
The Famous Gum Wall
Last but not least the view of the Ferris Wheel from Pike Place Market
Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my friend LUPJI Photography / Northern Virginia Photographer and see what he has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Leave a little love on their page as well.
If you want to see more of our trip to Seattle click here for the Chihuly Gardens.
Posted on March 29, 2016
If you are just starting here, you may want to walk through the inside of Chihuly Gardens first. We spent 10 days at the beginning of March in the beautiful city of Seattle, a couple of days at the Orca Islands, and a road trip through Leavensworth and the beautiful snowy mountains.
Yesterday I posted my first blog of this travel series, starting off with the visit to the Chihuly Gardens and a walk through the inside of the buildings. Today I am going to share my view of the outside gardens.
Meander with me through the combination of live plants and glass.
Chihuly – “What form does your imagination come in”
Thanks for walking through Chihuly Gardens with me. If you did not see the inside photo’s then click here.
For more on our visit to Seattle watch out for Thursdays visit to the Pike Place Market.
Keep a look out for more of our visit to Seattle. There were so many different areas to visit.
Posted on March 28, 2016
As most of you know my brother and his family live in South Africa, so we do not get to see them too often. However, for the last few years my brother has come to the US for a conference. This year when he said he was going to be in Seattle I was a little unsure whether we would be able to meet up with him there. My desire this year is to go to Macedonia in the summer to see my girl. However, Richard decided that we would go to Seattle. Macedonia does not appear to be in his plans, although it is still in mine.
Once my brother starts his conference we see very little of him. However, for the 2 days before the conference and the 3 days afterwards, we were able to hang out with him and his wife. During the conference, Richard, Enid and I walked the city of Seattle.
Having done a bit of research I knew that there was one place that I really wanted to visit. Obviously if you start to add up all the costs you eventually have to pick and choose. It was not a hard choice for me. I really had no desire to put myself on an external lift and head up to the top of the Space Needle. However, the Chihuly Gardens really appealed to me.
After paying the entrance fee I wandered into the “shop area” and was exposed to my first of the glass works. Beautiful, colorful objects of art.
Walking into the actual exhibition, there were two area that were absolutely my favorite. This was the first. What I did not realize was that everything would be so dark and that I did not have a flash. However, the Canon D6 has a great low light capability and I decided to test it out.
In another room I found various shaped art work of rich colors and artistic shapes.
I then walked into what had to be an underwater theme. Beautiful octopus statues made of glass, and the incredible tower of what appears to be reeds with tiny starfish, jellyfish, shrimp and various other sea life that surrounded the base of the tower.
After passing through the room I entered a passageway where the ceiling was an explosion of color and the color seeped down the walls. Stunning! So much so that I sat on the floor to get these images.
Leaving that passageway I entered this garden of color. I cannot begin to image how much time goes into creating something as beautiful as this. From what I understand each piece of glass is connected to a central frame of these big towers to enable them to take them apart to move them. I am not sure I would ever move the display.
I then moved into an area of boats and balls and leaves and hearts. I decided to play here with my lensbaby.
The next room showed glass in the form of stalactite hanging from the ceiling. Different colors, different shapes, all so amazing.
The last room I entered had lighted vase like bowls of multicolored patterns. Beautiful and detailed artwork.
And finally I walked out of the darkened rooms and into the light. This atrium of beautiful glass flowers was just so stunning. This was definitely my second favorite of the rooms, and I did pull out my lensbaby to play here.
If you are in Seattle, or if you see a Chihuly display in your neighborhood, I would certainly encourage you to visit it.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 minutes. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my fellow blogger Hayley of Hayley Hay Photography / Lausanne, Switzerland and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.
30 Minutes recently changed their name to Journey to an Artist. If you want to know more about Journey to an Artist head over to their facebook page, or to the blog page. There is new and exciting happenings going on with the group Journey to an Artist that you are sure to want to check it out.
For the outside photo’s taken at Chihuly Gardens click here on Tuesday March 29.
For more on our visit to Seattle watch out for Thursday March 31 visit to the Pike Place Market.
Posted on March 6, 2016
Two years ago I joined Project 10 as a casual blogger on their page. In 2015, there was a shift in the blog group and Sharetographers evolved. Due to various reason, the entire Sharetographers blog group has had to withdraw from the group. No one wanted to see this the page disappear. This past week I was approached by Casey, one of the Sharetographer bloggers and asked if I would consider running the page. Wow…where to start. For all sorts of reasons I wanted to say yes. So I said to Casey let me see if I can get a blog group together. I approached 4 ladies who have posted frequently to the page and asked if they would like to join me in this new endeavor. And with that, Share Six has evolved.
This is not a light commitment. This is a commitment to blog once a month for the next year. In 48 hours so much happened. Once we had a firm commitment to blog, I had to be established as an Admin on the page, then I added the rest of the group. We established a group page where we could communicate with each other. What a whirl. We now have an Instagram page @sharesix. I am currently working on a webpage for Share Six.
So without further ado, the theme for Share Six for the month of March is Narrow Depth of Field. This is perhaps one of my favorite forms of photography. I love the sharpness and the blur of the image. Here is my 6 images for the month of March 2016.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six. This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my my new friend and fellow blogger Kim of Kim Sidwell Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.
Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on facebook at Share Six and come and share your 6 images in the form of a blog throughout the month of March on our facebook page. Alternatively post a single image on the theme. April 6 the new theme will come out.
Remember to follow us on Instagram at @sharesix
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