Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sunset at the Public Market

This is a classic view that has been repeated thousands of times by thousands of photographers. But when it's done with Kodachrome, the site is even more spectacular due to the film's tendency toward red tint.

Bottom line: Great Beyond's Sunset at the Public Market is a true winner.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dick's Fries

dick's fries, originally uploaded by Rakka.

This photo was taken in 2005 by Rakka, before Dick's changed the type of oil they use on the fries. The older version - long a cult favorite - were limp, salty, and full of flavor. The new fries are still full of flavor and caked with salt, but they are crisper now. Personally, I like the new ones; I liked the older ones too, but the new ones generate just as much fry happiness in me.

All this photo needs is a Deluxe burger too!

Friday, September 24, 2010

From Above

Photo courtesy of TailspinT

Simple presentation, from above. Float plane on Lake Washington. Miminalism? Subjectively I would say "yes."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last Day of Summer 2010

Only in Western Washington could the last day of summer 2010 look like the first day of January...

Granted, the weather got way better by the end of the day. The morning - through about 11:00am looked much like what you see below.

Tam O`Shanter Park

Phantom Cargo

Keaney Park Portal

Keaney Park in the Fog

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shadow As Reality

Construction workers, Seattle

The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this photo was something philosophical.

That's right; construction workers standing behind a construction curtain reminded me of philosophy's golden age of Plato, and a story called Allegory of the Cave. In the story, a group of prisoners have been chained their entire lives inside a cave facing a wall. Behind them, life moves back and forth in the form of people on a walkway. Beyond that there is a large fire. The shadows of life are projected onto the wall in front of the prisoners. Because they are unable to see the actual figures making the shadows, the prisoners consider the shadows themselves to be the reality.

Plato went on to say that being released from the chains and having the ability to turn around was similar to being a philosopher.

He felt that reality revealed itself once the brain was stretched. Probably right.

WSU Study Article
Allegory of the Cave - On Wikipedia

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Something In Common - The Ballard Locks

The Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard have been operational for nearly 100 years. I have been visiting them since I was seven years old; a couple of times I was able to go through them on boats. Watching the salmon is one of my favorite activities there.

Here are eighteen different photographs of the location, from seventeen different sources. It was a great experience putting these together in the same blog post, because I was able to see this one location from so many different perspectives. I think this collection captures the facility quite well.

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Ballard Locks
Premshree Pillai

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Lake Washington Ship Canal aerial view, Seattle, Washington
Circa 1920 - UW Digital Collections

Ballard Locks

Fashion Bigot

Ballard Locks
Travis S.

Ballard Locks

February Flickr Meetup, Ballard Locks, Ballard, Seattle, WA

Ballard Locks

Chittenden locks, dam

Another look at the Lockspot Cafe

Sailboat, Ballard Locks, Seattle
Curtis Cronn

The Locks
Jonathan Caves

Photo Munki

Fishing boat Caroline in Ballard locks, Seattle, 1938
Circa 1917 - IMLS DCC


ballard railway bridge, under
Paul Beard

Playful Pursuit

About the Hiram Chittenden Locks

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