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The Oyster Farm – Featured Art Prints

When we were in the Pacific Northwest last June, on our way over to Henry Island, we stopped at an oyster farm on San Juan Island. I have to say…that was a first. I truly didn’t have any preconceived notions of what an oyster farm would look like or how it worked, so I found the entire experience fascinating. The operation is so incredibly interesting, but not much in the way of a photo shoot opportunity. That said, the old buildings and equipment immediately spoke sepia tone for that rustic and vintage look. I finally settled on the attached four shots and just recently added them to my Sepia Photography Gallery.


The first one is the main facility where the offices and transactions are handled. The red “Oysters” creates a subtle focal point (on a project I worked on for a client earlier this year, they bought a series of sepia tone prints and asked me to create a subtle red element in each one….I liked the look, so added that to three of these).


 

 

The second shot is a storage shed on the property that they were talking about tearing down (they have since decided to keep it and upgrade it).


 

The third capture is netting on the dock with flotation balls. Again, I used the touch of red as an additional element.


 

The fourth print is of a small crane on the dock used to lower and raise the containers of oysters in and out of the water.

Thoughts??


 

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Summer Remembered – Featured Art Prints

As we head deeper into fall, with winter right around the corner, I wanted to take a look back at the summer. I decided to feature some prints I did from our summer excursion into the Pacific Northwest…reference two prior posts: Henry Island to Anacordes and Roche Harbor . The theme is nautical and warm. The prints I decided to feature today are all done using a fauvism technique. Fauvism was used by a group of modern artists in the early twentieth century. It favored painterly qualities with strong colors over realistic values, giving an abstract feel to a print.


The first print is of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. The harbor is clearly a haven for numerous boats.


The second print is the same harbor, but with a different perspective. This scene is looking across the bay to Henry Island in the background. The other side of Henry Island faces Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.


 

With the third print, the setting is much more subdued with a single sailboat navigating the waters around San Juan Island.


The fourth art print takes us back to Seattle on Lake Union. The scene depicts a sailboat with a group of guys enjoying the sun and water (they were packing a large water blaster to soak passing boats all in good fun), with the Space Needle in the background.


The fifth and final print, also from Lake Union depicts a guy kayaking with his dogs. What could be more fun than that?

Thoughts?

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Roche Harbor – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I wanted to continue from last weeks post with sharing shots from our June weekend in the Seattle, Washington area. As a refresher from last week:

“On Friday, we spent the day going up to Henry Island. Henry Island is located on the north end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in a group of islands called the San Juan Islands. This island is the most western island of the group and sits right across from Vancouver Island, British Columbia (just north of Victoria). To get to Henry Island, we needed to take a ferry (car and pedestrian) from Anacortes, Washington to Friday Harbor, which is located on San Juan Island proper. From Friday Harbor, we took our car across that island to the north end until we came into Roche Harbor. We did make a stop by Roche Harbor to go to an oyster farm, which is owned by the people we were going to see on Henry Island. After touring the oyster farm, we went back to Roche Harbor, parked the car and took a small boat that was left for us by family members over to Henry Island. I am going to be sharing a number of the shots that I took that day, but am breaking it down into what I think will be about three posts over the next few weeks.”

My post last week covered shots on the ferry ride from Anacortes on the mainland to Friday Harbor located on San Juan Island. Today’s series will focus on Roche Harbor, where we caught a private boat over to Henry Island.

First, a little history of the Roche Harbor area. The area has a large hill of lime rock and a very pure form of lime was created from burning the rock. A rock quarry and kilns ensued and in 1886, a company town now known as Roche Harbor was built to support the workers of the quarry and kilns. Now, it is a resort that keeps true to the architecture of the era.

Roche Harbor 1

Roche Harbor 1

Roche Harbor 1 gives you a good look at the marina and the sheer number of boats docked here.

Roche Harbor 2

Roche Harbor 2

Roche Harbor 2 is a shot sweeping left from the first one. In this capture, you can see the entrance to the harbor and Henry Island (the forested land in the background).

Roche Harbor 3

Roche Harbor 3

Roche Harbor 3 was taken from the same location as the first two shots, but this time sweeping right back towards the village itself.

Roche Harbor 4

Roche Harbor 4

Roche Harbor 4 shows a “rustic” building called Quarryman Hall. This building is actually part of the resort and was built specifically to mirror the architecture in the era of the company town. It sits next to the hill that housed the quarry and lines up with a row of kilns that were down on the harbor level. From this viewpoint, if you were to walk to your right, you would find yourself standing in front of Roche Harbor 4.

Roche Harbor 5

Roche Harbor 5

Roche Harbor 5 is a tower built from the local rock that has an old wooden platform on top for viewing out to the harbor and beyond towards Henry Island.

Roche Harbor 6

Roche Harbor 6

Roche Harbor 6 shows one of the kilns. There is one long row of kiln after kiln lining the base of the hill. This is where the rock was burned, creating the lime that was known for its purity.

Roche Harbor 7

Roche Harbor 7

Roche Harbor 7 takes us back into the village to the left and across the street from the Quarryman Hall. This is the Hotel de Haro and is the oldest continuous operating hotel in the state of Washington. The hotel is completely modern, but true to the original architecture.

Roche Harbor 8

Roche Harbor 8

Roche Harbor 8 – I leave you with this shot of Roche Harbor as we head through this garden to get our boat to continue our journey over to Henry Island. Thoughts?

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