Project 365: 9 months down

I'm 3/4 through Project 365 and it seemed like a good time to post some of my favorite pictures over the last three months.

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 Funhouse bus

Funhouse bus

Funhouse Bus (1/14/2010) - I was at the Northgate Transit Center and noticed that the band of metal had interesting reflections. A bus came along, which made the reflection look a lot more interesting. I ended up getting extremely close to the band (just off the left edge is the reflection of my camera), and the result is I was able to pick up the wear and tear on the metal.

 Morse code in light

Morse code in light

Morse code in light (1/19/2010) - This picture took several tries to get the right timing, exposure (4 seconds), and white balance. It was a long enough exposure that you can't see the bike, but you can tell the rear light blinked faster than the front light. You can also make out how the front light illuminated the road. This is on the foot bridge going over Ravenna Park.

 Mystery shadow

Mystery shadow

Mystery shadow (1/27/2010) - This is on the spiral staircase at the Henry Art Gallery. I had gone to get pictures of the shadows on the steps, but was glad this shadow caught my eye. I liked how it seems to bend completely differently than the rail.

 Door of bureaucracy

Door of bureaucracy

Door of bureaucracy (2/8/2010) - This odd door is in a stairwell of the UW Tower (formerly the Safeco Tower). It's not there as a firebreak or for security (the rail is easy to hop over). I saw someone enter the stairwell and go through it, and he obviously had gone through it enough to think nothing of it.

 Keep out!

Keep out!

Keep out! (2/19/2010) - On the roof of the building where I work. I like how everything pieces together - the barbs in the front, razor wire coils and barbed wire cutting across the middle, the tilted building in the background, and the moon with the clouds. Even the slightly-off colors add to the mood.

 Blocked sun

Blocked sun

Blocked sun (3/2/2010) - In the University District (47th/12th). Underexposing (-2EV) gave me the look of almost black and white; you can just make out tinges of blue in the sky. It actually wasn't nearly as blustery a day as you would think looking at the picture.

 Swing!

Swing!

Swing! (3/7/2010) - Kellen and I walked through Dahl Playground (not far from the house) and there were all sorts of photo opportunities. As well as skateborders, there was a guy who was hopping onto rocks with his bike, but the swings ended up being a good subject because it was easier to give a sense of movement. I wish I had underexposed a bit (perhaps -2/3EV) but other than that, I like how this turned out.

 Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall (3/13/2010) - When Melody and I were last in Spokane, we went with Celeste and Neal touring around parts of Spokane we normally bypass. One of the places was Finch Arboretum, which had this small waterfall. It's hard to tell the scale, but the whole thing was about a yard top to bottom. There wasn't a good place to brace the camera and get the angle I wanted, so I used a faster shutter speed (1/10 second) than I normally would have. While it doesn't have a really glassy look, I think it still works.

 Light pi

Light pi

Light pi (3/18/2010) - I did a double-take when I saw these reflections on Kane Hall. I was on my way to a meeting, so I didn't take the time to play with composition and exposure. It just seemed pretty geeky, so I had to grab a shot.

 Robin strikes a pose

Robin strikes a pose

Robin strikes a pose (3/27/2010) - I was working in the yard one day when this robin came up to less than 10 feet from me. It happily watched me work for about a half hour (I was moving a pile of partially-decomposed sod to another area; it probably tought I would dig up worms), and patiently waited for me to grab my camera. I liked this model-like pose, looking over the shoulder.