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Official First Day of Fall

Fall has always been my favorite season and with today marking the official first day, I thought I would honor it with a very “Fall” picture.

I took this shot a few years ago in Issaquah, Washington. I was doing a photoshoot of the fall colors as the trees were at their peak in and around this area. The fall foliage irony here is that the foothills and mountains in this area are covered in evergreen trees, so they are very green all year regardless of the season. The only fall colors are all of the deciduous trees that have been planted throughout the years in the towns and cities. That’s not to say that there isn’t spectacular fall foliage, it’s just not in the surrounding mountains, only in the established cities. Be that as it may, the amount of trees turning vidid yellows and red are everywhere throughout the metropolitan area of Seattle.

I was done with my photoshoot, when I drove by this scene. Believe it or not, this wasn’t in a large park or along a hiking trail. This setting was literally along a major boulevard in Issaquah that had a nice pedestrian walkway winding along the boulevard with trees, grass and occasional areas to sit.  I caught it out of the corner of my eye and thought about it as I continued to drive on down the road. A little voice had me turn around, find parking at a nearby shopping center and walk back to this bench to capture this shot.

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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.

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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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Railroad Tracks and The House – Featured Art Print

As promised last week, here is the sister print to “Picnic Table by the Tracks”. This art print is titled: “ Railroad Tracks and The House” and both are from my Landscape Oil Gallery.

This print is also done using an impasto oil technique. As with last weeks, this style uses large brush strokes and bright, bold colors. Both elements seem appropriate for this print to make the setting really pop with color and texture. The setting is the same row of trees as in last weeks picture, but the angle has changed and so has the subject matter of the print. The color of the turning leaves grabs your eye with the vibrant oranges and yellows. The railroad tracks are still a central theme, but in this view, we see them run parallel to the row of trees very close to a house. In this perspective you see the tracks go way off into the distance creating that depth I like. I love fall colors and I love a picture that pulls me in. The questions arise from looking at this scene. Where does the track go? Why is it so close to a house? Who would live in a house with a railroad track that close?

Some answers to the questions these prints bring up:

  1. The tracks are abandoned and lead to historic downtown Issaquah and what is now a Train Depot Museum, but what was once a passenger and freight depot serving this area. This was one of many stops between downtown Seattle and the mountain towns in the Cascade Range just to the east of Issaquah. The train service and tracks date back to 1889 and were used up until the 1940’s. Today the depot is listed in the National Register of historic places.
  2. The house doesn’t look like it dates back that far, maybe the 40’s or 50’s and may have been built after the tracks were abandoned; I’m really not sure. The house is currently used as the home of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the picnic table from last weeks art print is in the back yard of the Chamber of Commerce. I would assume employees use it during nice weather.

So, the mystery of the tracks themselves is solved. The house and closeness to the tracks still remains a mystery to me, but the tracks as you can tell follow a straight line and parallel an existing road. I felt very lucky the day I did the original photo-shoot that started this process, to not only get the fall leaves near their peak, but to capture some interesting elements into a couple of art prints. Thoughts?

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Birch Trees in the Woods – Featured Art Print

I don’t think its any secret that I love the beauty of nature. I love to experience it, hike in it and look at it. Most of my inspirations come from my venturing out and looking at the beauty around us and trying to capture it. The art print I am featuring today celebrates just such subtle beauty. I chose “ Birch Trees in the Woods” from my Landscape Oil Collection. This particular art print is from one of my many hikes last year in the Issaquah area of Washington. Issaquah is now an eastern suburb of Seattle, but started as a town located in the foothills of the mountains far away from the big city of Seattle. It has kept most of its rustic charm and preserved the natural beauty around it with all of the forest-covered foothills. There are an abundance of hiking trails and paths throughout this area. This particular scene caught my eye on one of my hikes. It was about this same time last year with summer winding down and the thought of fall starting soon. The days were warm, not hot, and just perfect for hiking. Having lived in Colorado a number of years, I am partial to aspen trees. I love the white bark and this grove reminded me of them. Most of the forest in this area is heavy with pine trees and just interspersed with deciduous trees, so coming across this type of a grove was a visual treat. To create this art print, I used an impasto oil technique. This type of style creates bolder brush strokes and stays with primary colors creating a textured and vivid scene that adds a strong element of depth. Looking at this print, I am not only ready to start hiking, but I can still see the wind gently swaying the trees and hear the leaves rustling. Thoughts?

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