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Wispy Shilshole Sunset

While shooting the sunset the other night, I tried out the fairly-new HDR capture mode in Lightroom mobile on my iPhone 7. Consider me impressed! The app snaps three photos and merges them together right there, creating a DNG (Adobe’s “digital negative” format) with lots of image information for editing. I’m generally wary of in-camera HDR processing, because with most cameras you end up with just a JPEG that doesn’t give you as much editing capability later.

The initial shot looked great, and I tweaked it slightly, also in Lightroom mobile on my iPhone. In fact, the only time the image went beyond the phone was when I checked it using the large screen of my MacBook Pro; since I saved the capture to a synced collection, the photo was waiting for me in Lightroom. Be sure to click the photo to view it larger at Flickr.

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Shilshole Evening

After many days of rain, this weekend the sun reappeared and presented an opportunity for me to shoot a sunset. I also had some camera testing to do (more on that later), so I grabbed a coffee and headed down to Shilshole Marina for some sailboats and sky photography. The temperature dropped quickly once the sun dipped, turning my flat white to an iced coffee, but it turned out to be a nice evening out. This is an HDR made in Lightroom from three brackets. (Click the photo to view it larger at Flickr.)

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Sunflowers

As a writer, I’m always trying to avoid clichés, so naturally that applies to my photography, too. That thought was on my mind when I visited the Ballard Sunday Market near my home in Seattle. It had been too long since I’d wandered down to the market, and so my wife and I dragged our non-caffeinated selves out of the house and into the sunny morning.

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After grabbing breakfast crèpes at one stand and much needed coffees from the Convoy Coffee cart, my brain was in a better place to start making photos. And that’s when my inner editor spoke up: “An open market? Could I get any more urban cliché than that?”

That voice is a real pain in the ass. Yes, a market can be a visual cliché. But a Sunday market is also filled with color, and variety, and interesting morning light. Those are all things that are great to put in front of a camera lens.

Baskets of Garlic Succulents

I also reminded myself that I wasn’t on assignment, or even shooting photos for any specific project. I deliberately chose to spend a lazy summer morning at the market, sampling food, talking with the woman I love, and experiencing life. I gave myself permission to take photos that appealed to me, and if none of them turned out well, that was okay.

Peppers and Tomatoes

I ended up leaving the market with a bouquet of sunflowers, a bottle of hard cider, half a dozen freshly made mini donuts, and a few photos I like.

Peppers, Ballard Sunday Market
Sidewalk Grate, Autumn

Yes, literally stopped me in my tracks.

That whole “The best camera is the one with you” advice? Spot on.

(Shot with an iPhone 5s. Edited in Adobe Lightroom mobile.)

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Water-dappled leaves in the morning sun, Seattle

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Color and Fog
Ballard Locks Gate