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The Caboose and Train Station Platform – Black and White Sketches

Anyone that has been following my work, knows I have an affinity to black and white photography. As I have stated before, I began serious photography with black and white film and had access to a dark room to develop my own prints. The mood, contrast and elements that become center stage in a photograph is different when seen in black and white versus the same shot in color. With these prints I have taken that look one step further with a pencil sketching technique. Using a sketched look versus the original photograph gives the final print a softer more rustic feel.

 

For this post I chose two sketches I created from the Issaquah Train Station (now a museum in Issaquah, Washington). I have featured numerous prints from this location as it lent itself to so many opportunities.

I love these old baggage carts sitting on the platform.

Thoughts?

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Autumn Foliage – Issaquah, Washington – Part Two

Part Two of Autumn Foliage…..

The Tracks

Orange Trees

Yellow Trees

More autumn colors from Issaquah, Washington. Issaquah is nestled against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is an eastern suburb of Seattle. Enjoy! Thoughts?

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Autumn Foliage – Issaquah, Washington – Part One

Some of the fall beauty in Issaquah, Washington this time of year….

Issaquah is nestled up against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is an eastern suburb of Seattle. Part Two next week as we enjoy autumn brilliance. Thoughts?

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Issaquah Train Station – Featured Art Print

Issaquah Train Station – from my Color Photography Gallery is a color photograph wall art print of train tracks running in front of the Issaquah, Washington train station. The setting is Issaquah, Washington during the fall color changes. The amount of trees throughout this eastern suburb of Seattle that turn vibrant colors in the autumn is spectacular. The brilliance of this autumn display becomes the focal point this time of year with the natural pines that cover the mountain slopes nearby as a steady green backdrop.

Since I shoot in RAW format, I was able to sharpen and deepen the contrast and details to give this shot strong depth throughout the entire frame. I love pictures that take a subject and visually follow it into “infinity” such as the tracks in this shot! Thoughts?


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A Bright Yellow Caboose – Featured Art Print

This week, I wanted to feature an art print that shouts out with bold color, titled; A Bright Yellow Caboose!!! Talk about bright and talk about yellow!!

To create this art print, I used a fauvism style oil technique. This technique uses bold brush strokes, abstract shapes and surreal colors, creating a very contemporary look. This particular wall art print depicts a yellow caboose located on the grounds of the Issaquah Depot Museum, a preservation of a piece of important history in this part of the Pacific Northwest.

 

The setting is Issaquah, Washington and the Issaquah Depot Museum. Using some license with this bright colored abstract piece, my goal was to depict a yellow caboose sitting on the track at the station. The Issaquah train station was an important stop along the railroad route from downtown Seattle to the mountain towns in the Cascades. Issaquah sits in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is now an eastern suburb of the Seattle metropolitan area. The train station has been refurbished and now sits as a museum along the abandoned tracks it once served. Thoughts?

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Abandoned Shack in Field – Featured Art Print

“Abandoned Shack in Field” is an art print I am featuring from my Architecture Gallery. The print was created using a gothic technique that creates an old world look using earth tones and bold brush strokes. Using this style with the subject matter seems a perfect fit.

The setting looks like the shack has been abandoned for all time in a remote rural area. That’s the beauty with art prints; you can create whatever look you want from a simple inspiration. The reality of this inspiration is that this shack sits smack dab in the middle of a thriving community. Not long lost at all, but has owner who is waiting for development. The location is Issaquah, Washington (Issaquah is an eastern suburb of Seattle, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range) right off the freeway. It is deep in a field, but totally surrounded by a major freeway, roads, office buildings, homes and apartment buildings. Growth has marched around it. I kept spotting it from the freeway when driving and it stuck in my head. One day, I drove over to some office buildings nearby, parked my car and hiked into the field. The end result is this art print.

Inspiration often comes from simple scenes we see on a daily basis, but when used in a creative way, they can become something quite different. Thoughts?

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Lost on a Hike – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I routinely go through older photo shoots to see if I have missed something or overlooked some shots. I know myself only too well and will completely miss certain ones if I find another series in that shoot I immediately like. Then, I am inevitably off to the next photo shoot for new material. Todays blog is about those shots lost to a series of other ones in a particular shoot. I went back to a shoot I did in the fall of 2013 at the top of Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, Washington. The significance of this shoot for those of you that have been following me, is a series of moss covered stairs that I shared as a post in November of 2013. I found them so interesting that they were about the only thing I used from this shoot.

In reviewing all of the photos I took that day, I pulled a couple of them that I wanted to share. The hike for the shoot was on a trail that started down by Lake Sammamish and rose over 1000 feet in elevation to the top of Cougar Mountain. This site use to house an anti-aircraft installation to protect the Puget Sound area. It became decommissioned long ago and turned over to the county to incorporate into their park system. The stairs that became a blog item were part of the remnants from that installation.

The shots that got lost on a hike…they start with what I think is a great capture of sunlight on green moss covered trees.

Sunlit Moss Trees

Sunlit Moss Trees

I love the way the sunlight hits the moss and brings the green to life. I guess I was too busy looking at stairs to realize I had captured it on the trees also:)

The next two shots are looking out over Lake Sammamish from the top. The scenery is beautiful and again the moss covered stair tunnel vision kicked in.

Lake Sammamish 1

Lake Sammamish 1

Lake Sammamish 2

Lake Sammamish 2

The last two shots are of a pavilion where barracks use to be.

Pavillion 1

Pavilion 1

The contrasting element of the straight lines against the trees and grass made me wonder what it would look like in black and white. Believe it or not, I was actually thinking this when I took the photo and over a year later and I finally did just that.

Pavillion 2

Pavilion 2

As you can see there isn’t a direct pattern to these pictures other than they were taken on the same hike in the same general area of each other. As I said earlier, I know myself only too well and the lesson to be learned is always go back through old shoots to make sure you really have everything from them that you like. Thoughts?

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