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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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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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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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.

 

Musculature

In a rush to catch a bus, I stopped to take pictures of some stone benches and art that I’ve walked passed for years. Clicking away, falling into the bending light, a man yelled and told me that he had helped the artist who made them. Unfortunately, in my hurry, I did ask his name, but in a quick search I found out the work was done by the sculptor John Hoge.

While pushing and pulling the tones, I felt the images taking the shape of human muscle; the glow and reflections that came through are the energy and strength our muscles give us. Coincidentally, these stones sit in front of a hospital.

 

Burst

As I sit with a heating pad in my lap, a blanket over my shoulders, and listen to rain pour down all clickity-clackety on our roof, I stopped to visit this sequence of shots of a bubble artist we saw on the river front in Porto, Portugal in May 2015. Bubbles are so great in that they produce these beautiful shapes and a rainbow of colors that come from items you probably already have at home: water, dish soap, rope, sticks, and a bucket. They are simple creations that bring smiles to faces and a sense of wonder to the mind.
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Human Connection

The spontaneous nature of street photography can bring about unexpected moments of human connection. Sometimes my camera is not on the correct setting and it lags when I try to catch a candid moment. On this day, a stranger took advantage of the delay and flashed a friendly smile my way.

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Caught! | Victoria, B.C. | September 2016 | Marivic Pinedo