It doesn’t snow often in Seattle. Which is good because it is a very hilly city without the infrastructure to remove snow. On the rare occasion when it does snow this circumstances leave residents with only one option for getting around the city.
This week the impossible has happened. Its been snowing in Seattle. This is a little hilarious and a little terrifying as it is a very hilly city with nearly no infrastructure for snow or ice. It was nice on Monday to work from home and look out the window at the pristine white layers.
The forecast is predicting twice as much snow again this weekend which might mean the largest snowfall for the city in over 20 years. People are stocking up on groceries ready to be snowed in, but I wonder if I’ll be able to ski down the Fremont hill.
This week has been a political rollercoaster with the Democrats taking the house almost immediately followed by the “resignation” of Sessions. The latter with the appointment of Whitaker as AG crossed a line and yesterday I made good on a commitment made months ago; to take to the streets if there were sign of interference in the Special Counsel investigation. Seattle has a long and troubled history with the Trump administration, so it’s no surprise that I was not alone in showing up on short notice to protest the transparently corrupt actions taken. The point of the protest was to send a message, and to help spread that message I documented many of the interesting signs and people who showed up to support this cause.
In photography there is a concept called subject isolation, which simply means make sure what you want people to see in your photo stand out. This is commonly done by using a narrow depth of field to cause an intentional blur of everything that is not the subject. This effect is often called bokeh, and its popularity is the reason that so many wide aperture lenses are being made to day.
I recently got the ‘thrifty 50’ 50mm 1.8 prime from Sony. With the aperture open to 1.8 this lens should have a very narrow focal plane and lots of background blurring. Throwing on a tube extender for some ‘macro’ shots narrows the depth of field even further. I went for a walk to the local rose garden, self assigned to practice some subject isolation and try out the new lens.
liDue to forest fires in Canada, Seattle has been covered in a haze of smoke. While we’ve been advised that could be damaging to breath for long periods of time, it acts as a massive light diffuser. In the early morning everything has an amazing orange-pink glow.
Mailbox peak is a famous hike in the Seattle area, know for very steep elevation gain and beautiful views. Mailbox peak has been so popular there are now two trails up the mountain. We hiked the new trail which is better maintained and takes a gentler path up to the summit, though going back and trying the old trail is still a possibility.
The hike was challenging, but it was not as hot as the week before and most of the trail was under a protective canopy of trees. The last mile climbing in the sun was hard, but by that point the end is so close.
Made my way back to Snoqualmie falls again this past weekend and tried to capture the massiveness of the scene with panoramas.
A great picture of why I have not been posting on my blog much this winter. Washington has such great mountains I’ve spent almost every weekend skiing.
This weekend was Emerald City Comic Con and though I was a little late to get tickets I didn’t miss it entirely and managed to go for a few hours on Sunday. The main floor was a little to crowed for me so spent almost all my time there perusing the Artist Alley. I found some cool prints and fun stickers.