ironymaiden: (midas conflict)

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tonight was my second photo class. we met by the pig at the Market and spent the evening doing
hands-on shutter speed exercises. fun stuff - making waving arms disappear, stopping water mid-flow, panning to get a sharp moving object in the foreground and blur in the background.

my key takeaway from tonight was this: (per my teacher) the amount of information we have to absorb in the first few classes is overwhelming by design. we shouldn't really expect to feel competent about exposure until class six. and the shots we're taking now shouldn't be as good as ones we were taking before when we used auto settings because the camera on auto makes good choices and we don't know what the hell we're doing yet.

while ostensibly concentrating on shutter speed, i also absorbed more about choosing ISO and how to read histograms. i still don't feel the 18% gray thing in my bones, but tonight i feel more confident that it will make sense soon. also, i got more info about next week's critique: there's nothing wrong with choosing a favorite photo that is not my most technically proficient photo, because one of the things i will get out of the critique is what changes i need to make it a more ideal shot (and if i can correct that on the computer or if i need to recreate the shot with better settings).

so now i get to have more joy and less fear. i must fail in front of people in order to improve. it's going to be okay.
ironymaiden: (Seattle)
my solstice parade pictures are up. (i flagged the nekkid people, so you have to actively choose to see genitals at work.)

my favorite group was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch.
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my solstice parade pictures are up. (i flagged the nekkid people, so you have to actively choose to see genitals at work.)

my favorite group was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch.
ironymaiden: (washington)
part one here
part two here

we bid a fond farewell to the Pacific coast and headed back towards our base on Hood Canal via the Hoh rainforest.

i prefer the Hoh to the Quilcene. the trails in the Hoh were more luxuriantly moss-covered, and it was easy to get mom to places where she could see giant trees. but it was also the jumping-off point for more difficult trails to return to later.
Hoh rainforest

there are signs all over outside the visitor center (closed, we never did show up at the park when one was open) that people have been hassling elk and getting charged. eep. we do the accessible loop trail with mom and then run into a young woman who whispers that there are two elk *right over there*.
demure

we did a lot of silent watching while i shot many-many photos. the elk were standing right at the beginning of the Hall of Mosses trail, which was the walk dad and i were there to take. we wandered away for a little to see if they would move on. nope, those salmonberry bushes were delicious and far from gone. eventually we did what several others did - moved slowly and quietly, averted our eyes, and walked right by. an unconcerned elk proceeded to take a leak just as i was passing within arm's reach. for future reference, they smell like horses.

the trail is wonderful. i kept expecting ents.

Fangorn

the next day, we headed to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival via the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry and Whidbey island.
Deception Pass

there was a ton of construction when we got there, and we spent more time in the Pendleton outlet (mom's favorite) than i had patience for, but it was a sparkling day and a good last stop before getting the units pizza and an orgasm at Madame K's and dropping them at an airport hotel.

tulip festival

tulip festival
ironymaiden: (washington)
part one here
part two here

we bid a fond farewell to the Pacific coast and headed back towards our base on Hood Canal via the Hoh rainforest.

i prefer the Hoh to the Quilcene. the trails in the Hoh were more luxuriantly moss-covered, and it was easy to get mom to places where she could see giant trees. but it was also the jumping-off point for more difficult trails to return to later.
Hoh rainforest

there are signs all over outside the visitor center (closed, we never did show up at the park when one was open) that people have been hassling elk and getting charged. eep. we do the accessible loop trail with mom and then run into a young woman who whispers that there are two elk *right over there*.
demure

we did a lot of silent watching while i shot many-many photos. the elk were standing right at the beginning of the Hall of Mosses trail, which was the walk dad and i were there to take. we wandered away for a little to see if they would move on. nope, those salmonberry bushes were delicious and far from gone. eventually we did what several others did - moved slowly and quietly, averted our eyes, and walked right by. an unconcerned elk proceeded to take a leak just as i was passing within arm's reach. for future reference, they smell like horses.

the trail is wonderful. i kept expecting ents.

Fangorn

the next day, we headed to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival via the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry and Whidbey island.
Deception Pass

there was a ton of construction when we got there, and we spent more time in the Pendleton outlet (mom's favorite) than i had patience for, but it was a sparkling day and a good last stop before getting the units pizza and an orgasm at Madame K's and dropping them at an airport hotel.

tulip festival

tulip festival
ironymaiden: (washington)
part one is here

so...it turns out my teenaged niece A is a Twilighter. since we were wandering through the area where the books are set, i decided to be a cool aunt and take pictures for her. the effort to attract Twihard dollars is sometimes very clever and sometimes just pathetic. both approaches seem to be working, so more power to all the entrepreneurs scoring during the recession. this was my favorite:

treaty line

the set is here.

Forks is...familiar to anyone who grew up in an economically depressed rural area. La Push, the Quileute village, is much more appealing to me. it's on a spit of land facing James Island, between Rialto Beach and First Beach (if i understand correctly, First Beach is part of the reservation, but the surrounding beaches are part of the national park although the tribe has hunting/fishing/gathering rights there). i reiterate that we had a great experience as guests of the Quileute Nation and it's a perfect place to stay.

this was the view from our balcony.

the view

i only had to step out the sliding door to take this one.
first beach
anyway, sunsets, surfers, and fishing boats were right there while we sipped tea.

our first morning at La Push, i was out of bed before seven and off to scout Second Beach. it can only be reached on foot, from a wooded path over the headland - mom has limited mobility, so i wanted to see if it was something she could walk. no, definitely not. while the trail is relatively easy if you don't have a disability, it's still uphill then downhill with a long series of stairs, followed by a scramble over a wide and ungroomed field of logs. on First Beach there is the occasional path cut with a chainsaw. here, no civilization except for a demure privy on a spur off the main path and a target sign so that you can find the trailhead from the beach. i was the only person there that morning.

second beach

it was the new moon, so the tide was way way out and i could walk right up to rocks covered in tidal life.
second beach

apparently i was too busy taking pictures to see the otter go by.
sneaky little thing
ironymaiden: (washington)
part one is here

so...it turns out my teenaged niece A is a Twilighter. since we were wandering through the area where the books are set, i decided to be a cool aunt and take pictures for her. the effort to attract Twihard dollars is sometimes very clever and sometimes just pathetic. both approaches seem to be working, so more power to all the entrepreneurs scoring during the recession. this was my favorite:

treaty line

the set is here.

Forks is...familiar to anyone who grew up in an economically depressed rural area. La Push, the Quileute village, is much more appealing to me. it's on a spit of land facing James Island, between Rialto Beach and First Beach (if i understand correctly, First Beach is part of the reservation, but the surrounding beaches are part of the national park although the tribe has hunting/fishing/gathering rights there). i reiterate that we had a great experience as guests of the Quileute Nation and it's a perfect place to stay.

this was the view from our balcony.

the view

i only had to step out the sliding door to take this one.
first beach
anyway, sunsets, surfers, and fishing boats were right there while we sipped tea.

our first morning at La Push, i was out of bed before seven and off to scout Second Beach. it can only be reached on foot, from a wooded path over the headland - mom has limited mobility, so i wanted to see if it was something she could walk. no, definitely not. while the trail is relatively easy if you don't have a disability, it's still uphill then downhill with a long series of stairs, followed by a scramble over a wide and ungroomed field of logs. on First Beach there is the occasional path cut with a chainsaw. here, no civilization except for a demure privy on a spur off the main path and a target sign so that you can find the trailhead from the beach. i was the only person there that morning.

second beach

it was the new moon, so the tide was way way out and i could walk right up to rocks covered in tidal life.
second beach

apparently i was too busy taking pictures to see the otter go by.
sneaky little thing
ironymaiden: (washington)
i'm still kind of exhausted, but Olympic National Park is wonderful and i want to go back with C in tow the entire time and a better plan. we only had one full day of rain, and that day was spent driving, and visiting beaches that are still awesome in the rain. that rainy day was also the first of our two-night stay at the Quileute nation's resort, which is very nice in an understated way and is right on the beach. highly recommended. more about that later, along with elk and tulips.

get your boots on

we stumbled onto prime shellfish harvesting time at a state park on our way to Hurricane Ridge.

hurricane_ridge_0052

and it was foggy and snowy at the top of the mountain. sometime i will go there later in the year and actually see more. as we drove back down we got below cloud level and could see well out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca when we weren't staring at the blacktail deer.

bored with tourists

after that day, we started traveling the southern route of the 101 loop, which for us was faster since we weren't crawling along the (oh so scenic) Hood Canal at 35mph. which led us to the nearer rainforest.

Quinault rain forest

after that, we had a quiet day where our main activity was getting C to the Bremerton ferry. and then we struck out for the Pacific coast.

Rialto beach

the thing to do with the picture of the rock is to view it at original size and count the starfish. (i've found at least 19.)
ironymaiden: (washington)
i'm still kind of exhausted, but Olympic National Park is wonderful and i want to go back with C in tow the entire time and a better plan. we only had one full day of rain, and that day was spent driving, and visiting beaches that are still awesome in the rain. that rainy day was also the first of our two-night stay at the Quileute nation's resort, which is very nice in an understated way and is right on the beach. highly recommended. more about that later, along with elk and tulips.

get your boots on

we stumbled onto prime shellfish harvesting time at a state park on our way to Hurricane Ridge.

hurricane_ridge_0052

and it was foggy and snowy at the top of the mountain. sometime i will go there later in the year and actually see more. as we drove back down we got below cloud level and could see well out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca when we weren't staring at the blacktail deer.

bored with tourists

after that day, we started traveling the southern route of the 101 loop, which for us was faster since we weren't crawling along the (oh so scenic) Hood Canal at 35mph. which led us to the nearer rainforest.

Quinault rain forest

after that, we had a quiet day where our main activity was getting C to the Bremerton ferry. and then we struck out for the Pacific coast.

Rialto beach

the thing to do with the picture of the rock is to view it at original size and count the starfish. (i've found at least 19.)
ironymaiden: (futbol)
03-19-09_1659.jpeg



ETA: sorry for the mystery - this is the plaque on my seat at Qwest field.
ironymaiden: (futbol)
03-19-09_1659.jpeg



ETA: sorry for the mystery - this is the plaque on my seat at Qwest field.
ironymaiden: (washington)
Sunday night was the Caledonian & St Andrew's Society of Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy III. Robert Burns was born 250 years ago, and it's the year of the Ox. naturally, these events should be celebrated together. (hey, the Canadians thought of it first.)

so i was there to photograph lions. the lions started the event, followed by the Kenmore & District Pipe Band. after that, a rap-style performance of Address tae the Haggis accompanied by bagpipe and djembe. there was a ceremonial cutting of the haggis.

i love Seattle so much. (note the sunglasses on the portrait of Burns, among other things.)
address tae the haggis

address tae the haggis

we were invited to stay for dinner, so i ate my first haggis with chopsticks...followed by a more typical Hong Kong-style meal. (where, among other things, i found out that twenty years ago sifu was training to race hydros for the event organizer. WTF.) haggis is pretty good as an appetizer. i'm not sure i would want a plateful, though. the little girl highland dancers were fascinated with the little girl chinese dancers and vice versa.
gung haggis fat choygung haggis fat choy
we sang Auld Lang Syne in Mandarin at the end of the night.
more photos on flickr
ironymaiden: (washington)
Sunday night was the Caledonian & St Andrew's Society of Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy III. Robert Burns was born 250 years ago, and it's the year of the Ox. naturally, these events should be celebrated together. (hey, the Canadians thought of it first.)

so i was there to photograph lions. the lions started the event, followed by the Kenmore & District Pipe Band. after that, a rap-style performance of Address tae the Haggis accompanied by bagpipe and djembe. there was a ceremonial cutting of the haggis.

i love Seattle so much. (note the sunglasses on the portrait of Burns, among other things.)
address tae the haggis

address tae the haggis

we were invited to stay for dinner, so i ate my first haggis with chopsticks...followed by a more typical Hong Kong-style meal. (where, among other things, i found out that twenty years ago sifu was training to race hydros for the event organizer. WTF.) haggis is pretty good as an appetizer. i'm not sure i would want a plateful, though. the little girl highland dancers were fascinated with the little girl chinese dancers and vice versa.
gung haggis fat choygung haggis fat choy
we sang Auld Lang Syne in Mandarin at the end of the night.
more photos on flickr
ironymaiden: (photo)

DSC_0099
Originally uploaded by green eyed so and so.
yay, flying lettuce shot!

another round of Chinese New Year pics is up. this set includes the wakeup ceremony for two new lions, keeping evil out of the meat aisle, and explosions.

types encountered through the course of the day included the pyro grocer and his little old customer who doggedly pulled her rolling cart through a maze of explosions to do her Sunday shopping. i also had to chase a white dude back before the firecrackers in front of House of Hong blew up him and his iPhone. (both sets from this weekend you can see lots of people in the crowd holding up their phones.)
ironymaiden: (photo)

DSC_0099
Originally uploaded by green eyed so and so.
yay, flying lettuce shot!

another round of Chinese New Year pics is up. this set includes the wakeup ceremony for two new lions, keeping evil out of the meat aisle, and explosions.

types encountered through the course of the day included the pyro grocer and his little old customer who doggedly pulled her rolling cart through a maze of explosions to do her Sunday shopping. i also had to chase a white dude back before the firecrackers in front of House of Hong blew up him and his iPhone. (both sets from this weekend you can see lots of people in the crowd holding up their phones.)
ironymaiden: (photo)
i spent the weekend taking pictures of Chinese New Year lion dances and events. and now i sort and cull and crop...and hope to be done before the next event this Sunday :)

here's a sampling from Saturday:

DSC_0295


DSC_0626


DSC_0828


DSC_0055


DSC_0783


i haven't even started sorting the Sunday ones yet. here's the full Saturday set on Flickr
ironymaiden: (photo)
i spent the weekend taking pictures of Chinese New Year lion dances and events. and now i sort and cull and crop...and hope to be done before the next event this Sunday :)

here's a sampling from Saturday:

DSC_0295


DSC_0626


DSC_0828


DSC_0055


DSC_0783


i haven't even started sorting the Sunday ones yet. here's the full Saturday set on Flickr
ironymaiden: (boid)
today is supposed to be the worst day of the year. i had the day off (thank you, Dr. King) and it's been quite pleasant. here you can see what people wanted to say to the internets on Blue Monday via [livejournal.com profile] warren_ellis: page 1, page 2.

i made a macro at C's request, inspired by this.

sacrifices

made not one, but two experimental homemade light boxes this afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] scarlettina. the first one was too large for the throw of the lamps we had. i put together a second smaller one in short order. when we set the reject on the floor, Merlin moved in right away. so it counts as success all around.

C and i bought some lovely baby bok choi at the farmers' market on Sunday; tonight we made stir fry with that, Japanese eggplant, and red bell peppers in curry coconut sauce. i think this is the first time i have seen C devour a bowl of only vegetables and ask for more. he also happily ate baked acorn squash for lunch today and asked if i could pick up another winter squash so we could have more. i don't know who this man is, but i'm hoping the sex is good.

i had a moment of Seattle-squee over the Chinese New Year decorations that are up at the local grocery store.

now i am trying to remember if they also had them at HT (the grocery store that replaced Larry's at Oak Tree) when we stopped by last night. i'm sorry we hadn't gone there before. it's kind of like Ranch 99 plus Russian and Mexican stuff. there's horchata in the cooler, and the packets of drink mix [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin and [livejournal.com profile] southplains brought back, and masa, and giant tubs of lard. i need to spend more than 15 minutes there next time. (we were there because we went to see Tale of Despereaux next door. C chose it for the mousies - and it was okay. i probably enjoyed the Up preview more than the feature.)
ironymaiden: (boid)
today is supposed to be the worst day of the year. i had the day off (thank you, Dr. King) and it's been quite pleasant. here you can see what people wanted to say to the internets on Blue Monday via [livejournal.com profile] warren_ellis: page 1, page 2.

i made a macro at C's request, inspired by this.

sacrifices

made not one, but two experimental homemade light boxes this afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] scarlettina. the first one was too large for the throw of the lamps we had. i put together a second smaller one in short order. when we set the reject on the floor, Merlin moved in right away. so it counts as success all around.

C and i bought some lovely baby bok choi at the farmers' market on Sunday; tonight we made stir fry with that, Japanese eggplant, and red bell peppers in curry coconut sauce. i think this is the first time i have seen C devour a bowl of only vegetables and ask for more. he also happily ate baked acorn squash for lunch today and asked if i could pick up another winter squash so we could have more. i don't know who this man is, but i'm hoping the sex is good.

i had a moment of Seattle-squee over the Chinese New Year decorations that are up at the local grocery store.

now i am trying to remember if they also had them at HT (the grocery store that replaced Larry's at Oak Tree) when we stopped by last night. i'm sorry we hadn't gone there before. it's kind of like Ranch 99 plus Russian and Mexican stuff. there's horchata in the cooler, and the packets of drink mix [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin and [livejournal.com profile] southplains brought back, and masa, and giant tubs of lard. i need to spend more than 15 minutes there next time. (we were there because we went to see Tale of Despereaux next door. C chose it for the mousies - and it was okay. i probably enjoyed the Up preview more than the feature.)

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