A Fall Walk with a RAW Twist

I took a walk at Coulon Park and despite the rain and milky sky, the fall colors couldn’t have been better.

So what’s the twist? For the first time I shot the photos using the RAW image format. And no it was not my idea.

I’m taking a Photography class and at the end of the first session the instructor stated – rather casually I thought – that we should be shooting in RAW not JPEG.  The quality of the image was better he said.  And unlike JPEG the RAW file contains all of the image data and can be edited without losing quality.  I’d heard of RAW before but it sounded too complicated to me and way beyond my abilities.  Now it was a roadblock and I was tempted to ignore the ‘suggestion.’

Instead I begrudgingly gave it a try.  I changed my camera settings to RAW and downloaded the software I needed to review and edit the files.  Then I set out to practice on my favorite walk at Coulon Park.

Turns out it wasn’t that hard.  I shot in RAW and JPEG simultaneously and compared  the results.  And though the difference is almost imperceptible I have to admit the RAW images came out a little better and were more fun to edit.

I still have a lot to learn but at least for the duration of the class I will be shooting in RAW.

And now I wonder what other mysteries of photography await to be discovered in this class.

~ Susanne

Up and Ready to Go!

Good Morning from Tiger and Benji  🙂

~ Susanne

Fall’s Early Twilight

I went outside after sunset last night and saw the moon surrounded by lavender and violet.  It was only 5:00 p.m.

By 5:15 the colors moved west settling behind nearby trees,

before disappearing from view.

I love early fall sunsets but not the early darkness that follows.

~ Susanne

Alki Blues in Seattle

Although Seattle’s nickname is the Emerald City it could just as easily be called the Blue City.   Surrounded by water, Seattle lies on a strip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

The first white settlers to the area – the Denny Party – arrived in Puget Sound by schooner at Alki Point on November 13, 1851.  They named it New York,  later adding the Chinook word, ‘Alki’ meaning ‘by and by.’  New York-Alki.

We visited Alki Beach recently on a cool fall day when the water was choppy and intensely blue.

We found a replica of Lady Liberty standing tall –

and the Space Needle doing the same in the distance.

We walked a bit then had lunch at Spud’s Fish and Chips – the best in town since 1935.

Inside the restaurant pictures of Luna Park covered the wall.  Known as the Coney Island of the West, Luna Park operated at Alki Beach from 1907 to 1913.  The pictures were taken by an early Seattle photographer, my great grandfather, O.T. Frasch, just so you know.

His work was prolific during the early 20th century, documenting much of Seattle’s early downtown and events including its first world’s fair, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held at the current site of the University of Washington campus.  (Sounds interesting, huh? I may have to pursue that in a later post.)

Before heading home we stopped by for more views of the Seattle skyline.

Which looks even better at sunset.  I happen to know this from dining at Salty’s last month where we celebrated our anniversary.

I love Seattle.

~ Susanne

A Fall Day with Purple and Gold

No not this variety –

this variety.

I finally attended a Husky Football Game – at the University of Washington for those who don’t know – and yes, that’s my alma mater – and no I’m not telling you how long ago.

Why did it take so long?  Well first of all I’m not a huge football fan.  I prefer baseball.  Second, I only went to the UW for my senior year so I never quite got into the school spirit.  But a friend of mine works at the U and had tickets and I said sure, why not, and met her Saturday at the stadium.  Better late than never!

Getting there turned out to be surprisingly easy.   My husband dropped me off at the light rail station and it was a straight shot to the UW at the end of the line.  Okay it was jam packed as everyone else had the same idea so I had to stand most of the way. Still, it was pretty amazing to come up out of the tunnel facing the stadium.

And when I saw this handsome fan go by I knew I was in the right place.

I met up with my friend and we got some lunch and found our seats.  We were there early and the pregame festivities were great fun.  There was the marching band, paratroopers, and a flyby of a giant C-17 transport plane.

There was music and sunshine and good views and hotdogs and lots of visiting.

Oh!  There was a game too!   😉

Sometimes this happened and everyone went wild.

Just not often enough. At least for our team.

We led at halftime but it was short-lived.  We lost to the higher ranked Utah team.

Even so it was entertaining and a great way to spend a fall Saturday with a good friend. I’d even do it again, win or lose.

~ Susanne

The Cruise North from Monterey to Victoria and Home Again!

In my last post on our cruise down the coast I left you in Monterey.  Time to get us back home!  It was a Thursday night and we headed north for our final port of call, Victoria, B.C.  It would be our longest stretch at sea without a stop – 843 nautical miles.

With no place to be or promises to keep we could have a slow start in the morning.  Watching the sunrise or sleeping till 10.  Having breakfast in the room or visiting the buffet.  Always followed by a walk around the ship on the Promenade Deck.

I visited the shops and toured the ship finding new and interesting things to photograph.

(Wasn’t supposed to be a selfie but can you find me hiding in the picture?)

In the evening there was dinner and sunset

and later a show to enjoy, like ‘The British Invasion.’

All good but we were ready for land and happy to arrive in Victoria on Saturday.

Now I’ve been to this charming city many times before but it never gets old. There’s the bustling harbor and nearby Legislative Buildings.

The Empress Hotel (almost didn’t recognize her without the ivy) where you can stop for tea and crumpets.  I did that once. Not this time.

There’s shopping on Government Street, made even better by the favorable exchange rate.

And a few blocks further there’s Victoria’s Chinatown –  the oldest in Canada and one of the oldest in North America.   Don’t know how I missed it before!

The best was Fan Tan Alley – once home to opium dens and gambling – the narrowest street in Canada is full of shops.

Including Kid Sister Ice Cream which was fabulous!

I met up with Bob at the Royal BC Museum (worth a visit) where we took in an IMAX film. Then it was back to the ship for our final night at sea.

We sailed quietly into Seattle early the next morning happy to be home again.

It was a wonderful cruise, hopefully not our last.

Here’s the whole story in case you missed it! – The beginning, Astoria, San Francisco, Monterey.

Thanks for coming along. 🙂

~ Susanne

Windshield Art and Shaved Ice

As I pulled out of my driveway I noticed the leaves on my windshield.

Windshield art I thought.

I stopped by the park at the end of my street

where one of the tree tops was a symphony of color.

Hawaiian shaved ice I thought.

I love fall.

~ Susanne

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