Emotional Post-Processing

Perhaps, I was feeling a few feelings. And those feelings lead me to edit these the way that I did. In this case, life was feeling kind of bleak, but I could still see a hint of hope. In a cliched way, colors appeared less vibrant, and I wanted to find light in the darkness I seemed to be trudging through. I wanted to focus on the idea that life is not permanent, and to take note that while we are here it is beneficial to find or invite the things that bring light, warmth, and joy to our days.

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Sometimes We Burn at Both Ends | Marivic Pinedo | September 1, 2017
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Finding Warm | Marivic Pinedo | September 1, 2017
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How Long Until it Bursts? | Marivic Pinedo | September 1, 2017

 

Light finds its way

To start the week off, I spent a few hours at the Seattle Art Museum in search of new acquisitions. I wanted to share this trio of snaps I took as it undeniably proves that I am infatuated with how light finds its way to create irresistible compositions, whether or not it is artificial.

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The Italian Room ca. 1575-1600 | Italian (Venice), Italy – The light coming through the window is a simulation of sunlight. The room is in the middle of the museum, so no sunlight there!
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Forest fires from Central Washington State created warm and hazy atmosphere in the city.
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Rectangles abound. I want to say the light coming through the opaque wall is a mixture of interior overhead light and sunlight coming from a distance from the street.

A quick breather

Seattle is in the middle of a heat wave. In addition to the heat, we’ve been blanketed in smoke from wildfires happening in British Columbia. I can’t imagine the amount of destruction being made if the smoke is reaching as far south as Seattle, and even Portland, Oregon. It’s really sad. With that said, the air quality in Seattle has been pretty poor, and the smoke has created some incredibly intense afternoons steeped in magenta, orange, deep red, and white. It’s almost an “End of Days” feeling.

But today we got a little reprieve. It’s been at least 15F degrees cooler than the last few days. The smoke has wafted away from the city a little bit, and we’ve been able to keep our windows open, with cool breezes making it in without the smell of smoke. As the sun set, I decided to go for  a quick stroll around the block and breathe some outside air. It wasn’t bad at all. The sun still has a pinkish glow to it, but not as Mars red as it has been for the past three days. I snapped a few frames while I was at it.

Summer Solstice Begins

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“Step on a crack, break your mama’s back” | June 21, 2017 |Marivic Pinedo
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Street Art | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Smith Tower Rising | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo 
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Shining Through Cover | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Catching Rays I | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Playing Hoops | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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Lunch Break Sun Soak in Occidental Park | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo
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The Past Bleeds Through | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo 
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Catching Rays II | June 21, 2017 | Marivic Pinedo

 

Hitting the pavement | June 14, 2017

I’ve been working on taking weekly trips into the city to walk around and do some street photography. These were taken with my Fuji X-70, a wide angle fixed lens camera that I can easily stash in my backpack. For people with larger pockets, I’ve read it can be stuffed into your pocket. The lower profile is ideal for street photography, as it tends to not draw too much attention to myself. It’s also extremely quiet, and has little noise at high ISOs, so the need for flash isn’t necessary 90% of the time. I can shoot in manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and can control white balance, noise, and more things that I have yet to explore!

Though the images below were shot with some intention, I do hope to take more street photography that would be more spontaneous and interactive. I will need to work on how to engage if I want to make images that are more intimate. With almost everyone carrying around some sort of camera, I wonder if people are a little more aware of a lens’ gaze, and feel the need to duck, dodge, or photo bomb! Oh well, if they do. But I want to further my reach, both as a photographer, and as a community member. Wish me luck!

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Kubota Garden

As the weather warms and the sun slips through the cloud cover, just about everyone in Seattle has been prioritizing sunshine fun time. A friend suggested we check out Kubota Garden, which is about 20 minutes south of downtown. I took the black-and-white route with my photos. I might post some color ones next, but for now this is what came out of me.

Here are some photos in color that show more of the vastness of the park and its vibrant colors. Not to mention say more about how sunny and warm it was! Enjoy!

Being okay with okay

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There’s nothing great about this photo I took in Mexico City of the view from the Museo Tequila y Mezcal. It’s a snapshot. It was taken in passing as I walked down a hall on my way out of the building. But I like it. I like the apricot highlights in the sky. The imperfect sun rays struggling to cast themselves on the dense and dark grey clouds, or the asphalt streets below. I like the little tufts of tree tops pushing past the old and weathered buildings. I like how it’s horizontally split in the middle by those trees, and that the cars look like miniature models (and I didn’t do any tilt shifting).

Something I’m starting to understand about myself is that I’m okay with okay. I’m okay that I’m not the best at any kind of style. I’m okay if I get stuck in how I’m drawn to darkness and how light plays on things. I know what works for me. I know what excites me about photography, and that’s what I will continue to share with you. Likes or no likes, this is for me.

Cherry Blossom Season

Short lived, the cherry blossom season in Seattle brings people out of their caves to celebrate their beauty and the beginnings of Spring. Here are a few snaps I took around the neighborhood. The thing about cherry blossoms are that majority of Seattle goes to the University of Washington Campus, where the Quad has these gorgeous cherry blossoms that just burst with the most gorgeous blossoms in a beautiful old setting. This year, they came out in full force, like they were screaming “LOOK AT HOW PRETTY I AM!” That said, they draw huge crowds, and it’s difficult to take photos without running into other people taking photos, or getting hit with a selfie stick. I mean, it’s a marvel, but I tend to get a little claustrophobic in those settings. But you know what? Cherry blossoms grow wherever here. So, all I have to do is walk down a few streets to appreciate them.