Emerald City Comicon 2016

Here are some photos from ECCC 2016. What a fun event. I used a Canon 5Diii with 85 1.2Lii lens on my first visit to this event. When I went back the second day, I didn’t want to lug the monster camera and lens around all day so I used an Olympus EM5ii mirrorless camera with various lenses. I thought about bring lights and other accessories, but ultimately I decided to use natural light because I wanted to keep things simple.

It’s been quite an adventure experimenting with different formats and camera systems. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting Sony for a while, both full frame and apsc, but currently I find that the micro four thirds system best suits my needs. I really like how small the camera bodies are (and how well built the EMii is) as well as the extensive lens selection that this system offers. The weather was awesome this past weekend, and the turnout was outstanding.

Enjoy!

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Spring Space Needle and Olympics

Besides eating photo and checking out food spots, I’ve of course been shooting a lot of photos. This photo of the Space Needle with the Olympic Mountains in the background was taken around sunrise this morning.

Photography has been quite a journey in the years I’ve been shooting. I continue to observe, learn and adapt. I’ve played around with different platforms and while I like full frame best for paid shoots and portraits, I really enjoy shooting micro four thirds for street and casual situations. Besides the smaller cameras and extensive lens selection, micro four thirds offers great image quality comparable to apsc or even full frame in certain instances. This was shot with a Olympus EM5II and 40-150 2.8 Pro lens with 1.4 extender. More on photography later…

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It’s been a while…

Hello photogs, phoodies, and ephoryone else. It’s been a while since the last post. Wtpho? How time flies – it’s already Spring. Hopefully you did the whole Spring Phorward thing and adjusted the time on all your watches.

I stopped by the ‘Boat of Saigon’ aka Pho Bizzle (ok, it’s actually Pho Bac) and divulged in a pholicious bowl of msg beef noodle soup today LOL. The weather has been rather crazy the last couple days, but at around noon today there was a sunbreak so I snapped some photos of the cherry blossoms on Jackson St. So beautifpho. I also snapped a photo inside the restaurant, as evidenced by one of the photos hehe.

One thing that’s a new addition to Seattle are the trains that run along Jackson Street all the way to Capitol Hill. The Link Light rail will also be going all the way to Capitol Hill and UW starting this coming Saturday. Big changes in public transportation are coming to this fast moving city. Cranes and construction cones galore in the Emerald City!

That’s all for now – buh bye! 🙂

Gum Wall almost ready for new chew!

The gum removal crew works hard to steam clean 20 years of gum build up off the Gum Wall. The iconic wall at Pike Place Market will be ready for new chew tomorrow Friday November 13, 2005. 🙂

I shot this using a Sony A6000 and Sony A-mount 85mm 2.8 lens using an LA-EA4 adapter. Processed using a preset from VSCO Pack 5 to give it a little bit of a vintage look.

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Golden Hour to Blue Hour

North Beacon Hill and downtown Seattle transition from Golden Hour to Blue Hour (well, Gray Hour). Shot from the neat little viewpoint on 33rd Ave in Mt. Baker at around 5 pm tonight.

This view spot is great for checking out Fall colors and catching the sunset. One thing I like about it is that it’s not as crowded at Jose Rizal Bridge, Seattle’s #2 view spot for shooting photos (according to many photographers in Seattle) which you can see in the photo.

I shot this photo using a Sony A6000 mirrorless camera with a Zeiss 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 with an LA-EA4 adapter. I like the flexible of this set up, and the relatively compact size and form.

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Buh-Bye For Now, Gum Wall…

20 years and over 1 million pieces of gum later, they are going to give the iconic Gum Wall in Pike Place Market a scrub down. The phogly yet beautiful wall get scrizzaped (just felt like saying that word LOL) on November 10th, which means you only have 5 days from today to get there and take a selphie. Once the wall is naked, they will allow pholks to stick gum on it again, but I imagine it will be years before we see it in the state that it’s in today.

By the way, they are having a photo contest and the submission date is November 12th. Get out there and snap some pics and a million sephies, and enter the contest! Good luck! 🙂

Oh… light trail is from a motorcyle that was cruisin’ through. Buh-bye for now Gum Wall, and see you again soon after you’ve been reincarnated. 🙂

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Emerald City Comicon 2015

Three days of countless Super Heroes and Super Sheroes, myriad vendors, and a healthy list of celebrities at this year’s Emerald City Comicon at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle. A huge success, and there’s talk that the nation’s ultimate comic convention will be four days next year.

I had fun shooting at this event. Definitely had to move swiftly and make quick decisions as subjects were constantly moving and being flagged down by other photographers. I went to the event with a few lenses but ended up using just my 55mm. On my second day to ECCC the 55mm was the only lens I packed in my bag; I decided to keep it simple and went with the one-camera-with-one-lens method. I used available light only, which was interesting as subjects weren’t always situated in ideal light. Sometimes I was able to get them to move better shooting locations which was helpful.

Enjoy the photos and see you at next year’s Emerald City Comicon!

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Warriors At Gas Works

Went to Gas Works to shoot some family portraits and saw these warriors going at it. Reached into my backpack and grabbed my Minolta 70-210mm F4 “Beercan” zoom lens and attached it to my Sony A7II mirrorless camera via LA-EA4 adapter and snapped some photos.

The warriors looked like they were having fun. Apparently they are an organized group that meets periodically to battle. Probably a good stress reliever. So where do I sign up? Ha. 🙂

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One Camera, One Lens – Historic Georgetown

Sony A6000 with 35mm F1.8 lens. My phovorite focal length for shooting street on a crop sensor camera; equivalent to 52mm on a full sensor or 35mm film format.

A quick grande Americano at All-Ciy Coffee and it’s time to hit the pavement. Lots of construction going on currently in the historic (and now swanky, I might add) Georgetown neighborhood.

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Planes in the sky and semis rollin’ by. Even a scooter in the sky and a vintage mobile park down below. Art galore and brick buildings too. Tattoo shops, good eats, bars. Georgetown has changed, as has many

Seattle neighborhoods in the three plus decades that I’ve lived here.

Often times one hour is not enough time to scope out a neighborhood, especially one that is as photogenic as Georgetown. Caffeine helps to walk faster. Head north and there’s trains and the downtown skyline. Back toward the coffee shop and skirt to the west and there’s the park and residential area. Back to the vehicle and on to the next episode.

Used a VSCO Pack 5 preset and tweaked it a little to give the photos a vintage look and feel. Not generally fan of grain but set it to 35 on these photos.

Enjoy and see you on the streets soon.

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