Earlier this month I co-hosted a film-only meetup and photowalk in Seattle! I've been wanting to host a meet like this ever since I got into film. With my friends Erica and Sam, also big film enthusiasts, we teamed up with Kenmore Camera and scheduled our meetup at their store.
This past November I was invited to visit the Big Four Ice Caves with a group of photographer friends. The Ice Caves were in my 'PNW Bucket List' so of course I agreed to go! Located along Mountain Loop Highway, the Ice Caves are a natural wonder. Made by a waterfall from the melting snow above, the caves changes in size and shape depending on the time of year.
This past October I decided to take a last minute trip to Mount Rainier National Park. I figured it would be a good time to visit before the roads shut down for the winter season. On a Saturday morning, I packed my camera, snacks, and coffee and hit the road.
Last month my friends from Boston (Simon, Ann, and Bee) flew out to Seattle for a weekend to visit. Since it was their first time in Washington (and we are all avid Instagrammers) I planned a fun-filled weekend to give them a taste of both city and nature.
Wow! It’s already been 3 months since my move to Seattle. Those months were filled with discovering the city and the wilderness around it. The one thing I love about Seattle is that it’s just a stones throw away to the mountains and nature.
If you want to see vivid blue lakes and gorgeous mountain ranges, I recommend visiting Banff National Park. This was our last major stop of our cross-country cross-continent road trip. From Glacier National Park in Montana, we hopped the border to Alberta, Canada and headed on the Trans-Canada Highway towards Banff.
Glacier National Park was one of my favorite stops during our road trip. Located in northern Montana just below the Canadian border, Glacier National Park has 25 active glaciers, several glacially-carved lakes, and one scenic byway through the park: Going-to-the-Sun road. We entered through the west entrance of the park at West Glacier, checked into our hotel room at Apgar Village, then without delay started our drive up Going-to-the-Sun road.
Yellowstone is an overwhelmingly huge National Park. We allocated two days to explore the park, but we could easily spend a week there. Yellowstone is also a very popular tourist destination. Along the main roads you can easily be stuck behind a backup of coach buses, or stuck in a crowd at an Old Faithful eruption. My tip is, don’t let the crowds get to you and enjoy the beauty that is the first National Park in the country.
This day was probably the longest, most activity-filled day Sam, Halie and I had in the entire road trip. We woke up in a motel room in Wall, South Dakota. The night before we spent 12 hours driving (each of us drove 4 hours) from our last stop in Chicago. After a few cups of motel coffee, we were on our way.
I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago. It’s a major city somewhat near New England, yet very out of reach. As we planned this road trip we knew Chicago would be one of our first stops. Long story short, we're glad we stopped!
It's been 4 months since my last update on this blog, and a lot has happened. I am now a resident of Seattle! I had a option to either ship my car and fly to Seattle, or grab some friends and do a cross-country road trip with my car. I chose the latter, and I definitely have no regrets.
A few weekends ago, a group of friends and I took a trip up north to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. We just so happened to plan it on a frigid weekend with wind chill in the negative degrees. We layered up, packed some feet and toe warmers and headed out. Along the way we got great views of the mountains on the way up via i-93.
Recovering from a recent surgery on my left foot, I'm not able to go out and shoot like I usually do. I wanted a way to keep shooting while staying off my feet as much as possible. I went online and found some inspiration on portraits using a projector to project images on to people.
I got all giddy when I first saw this memorial. All the lines of light made for great photos. While I mindlessly ran around and got shots here and there, my friend Molly was the only one that actually took the time to appreciate the installation, to read the words, the message that's conveyed to the public.
Who needs to go to the beach in the summer? It was mid-November when a group of friends and I headed to Crane Beach to explore and shoot around the area. Located on the North Shore in Ipswich, MA, Crane Beach is a beautiful conservation area, consisting of a large Estate, hiking trails, sand dunes, and of course the water. I brought with me my Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 lens.
As with all photographers, I am obsessed with chasing sunsets. The diminishing sunlight gives great soft and golden light, and that produces stunning images. During my LA trip to visit my sister, we squeezed in a visit to the Griffith Observatory. Lucky enough it was the perfect time of day to go.
I’ve been shooting with my Fuji X100S almost exclusively the past few years. It packed a big punch in such a small camera, and its ease of use and discrete appearance fit well within my needs of cityscape and street photography. However from my background of using Canon DSLRs, I missed having an interchangeable lens camera, and the ability to swap focal lengths to fit certain shooting needs.