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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.

Thoughts?

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A Photo Shoot: “The Bench”

As any outdoor photographer can tell you, when we are out and about, we are always looking for a great shot. There are those occasions where I am out specifically getting shots like last week when I did the photo shoot of the Seattle Great Wheel, but there are also those occasions when you are just out and about and you catch it in the corner of your eye. If possible, you stop and go back at that moment. I have been known to make sudden side trips with a passenger in the car and they look at me , like are you nuts….no…I saw something. My wife has gotten use to this, so she humors me.

I saw that thing in the corner of my eye the other day, but couldn’t stop and take advantage of it, so I had to pass it up. It weighed on my mind the rest of the day and into the next. I finally decided, I had to go back and take some shots now…unfotunately for me it was raining, a nice steady rain, but I couldn’t get it out of my head…yea, I ended up hiking in the rain to get that shot.  I call the photo shoot: “The Bench” as a bench is the subject matter I was after.

There is something about a bench on a trail or in front of a scenic overlook that invites you to sit and take it all in or to sit and have a conversation with someone close to you. Whatever it is, I am drawn to capturing them.

I have attached three of those photos I took from my rain excursion and then included the three watercolor art prints that resulted from them .

The Bench Picture 1

The Bench Picture 1

This is the original photograph I took, you can tell it’s a dreary rainy day, but we still have the fall color and the leaves have fallen over the path.

Next, the resulting watercolor:

The Bench Watercolor 1

The Bench Watercolor 1

Next is picture number 2…

The Bench Picture 2

The Bench Picture 2

The same bench, just a slightly different perspective. The resulting watercolor…

The Bench Watercolor 2

The Bench Watercolor 2

And finally picture number 3…

The Bench Picture 3

The Bench Picture 3

and the resulting watercolor…

The Bench Watercolor 3

The Bench Watercolor 3

The same bench in all three, but from different perspectives. So, that was my photo shoot for the week and the resulting art prints.

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