Last week Barbara, and I traveled on a quick 4 day trip to Seattle, Washington (the Bellevue, Redmond area, to be exact) for some festivities related to the recent marriage of one of her nephews. We arrived very late Wednesday night and stayed, as usual, at her family's house which is just at the line between Bellevue and Redmond in, what is locally known as "the East Side." We awoke Thursday morning and, as usual, the very first thing I did was look outside to check things out. The image above is what I saw....A mystic and ethereal scene which, to my eyes, just seemed to be in black and white! Of course, it really wasn't black and white, but it certainly had that look. I grabbed my Olympus E-510 and went to work firing away, as that gorgeous moment of silhouettes and bright diffusion was bound to pass quickly.
Again, this image is not Black and White, it is color. I did very minimal processing, in iPhoto only, just to slide the shadows bar a bit (see below) I tried not to adjust any other settings at all because this image is really what I saw. My Olympus E-510 did a pretty good job on that task.
In this view, there is a vine maple on the right hand side and foreground. If you look closely, you will notice a slight bit of red in some of the leaves. I slid my shadows bar just a bit to bring the red leaves out to confirm that this is indeed a "color" shot.
The tall tree right in the middle of the frame is a Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). The "Doug Fir" as it is often called, is the predominant evergreen tree (conifer) in the Pacific Northwest in elevations ranging from sea level up to to about 3-4,000 feet. The shape of this particular Douglas Fir - especially at the top - has always appealed to me.
In the coming days, I will post a few more images taken during our very quick trip to Washington State and I hope that you will enjoy them.
Finally, like the old song from "Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks" titled: "How Can I Miss You if You Don't Go Away" (a favourite of mine), you may be wondering "why is Denny still "hanging around? I thought he was going to be busy and not posting very much!" Well, I am, indeed, gearing up for my studies and, when I finally I get going with them, I will probably only post about every 4 or 5 days or so. But until then, I have some images that I would love to share with you - I still don't have a lot of time, but the images are essentially ready, so there we are...you're stuck with me for just a bit more...I hope you enjoy.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire