Seattle on Film

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seattle was everything I expected it to be: beautiful, charming, and a bit grey.  We had a ball exploring the city, taking the ferry over to Bainbridge Island (where Corey basically got offered a job and I was confused as to why he didn’t take it immediately), eating all of the food in sight, and attending our cousin Matt’s lovely wedding on Lake Washington.  One of our most memorable experiences was driving up to the Sunrise Visitor Center, which admittedly sounds like a home for the elderly.  On our last day of the trip, Meg, Chris, Corey, my parents, and I crammed into the rental van (with Corey stuffed in the back with the coats) and drove 2 hours from Seattle and up a very large mountain to find ourselves at the most spectacular view of Mount Rainier and the cascades.  We were so high up that my dad, who apparently has a fear of heights that I was completely unaware of, had to stop driving.  We spent a couple of hours hiking around and just being in awe.  You really can’t believe how big it is.  For just a couple of minutes, we were even able to see the peak of Mount Rainier, which is mind blowing.  If you look at the first image below, you can just barely make out the peak.  All of these were shot on my Mamiya 645 with Fuji 400h or Portra 400.

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Pamela and Sean

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pamela and Sean were only in town for one weekend but we were able to get together so I could take some portraits.  Of course, I arrived a little early on Saturday morning to find that the location I had chosen was filled with people (and a band) who were getting ready for a 5k race.  Typical.  The three of us spent a couple of minutes trying to decide if we should go elsewhere and finally just chose to embrace the situation and dance to the music (and maybe steal some balloons).  They were just the sweetest couple and so lovely in front of the camera.   These photos were shot on my Mamiya 645 with Fuji 400h film.

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Movies For Autumn

Thursday, September 18, 2014

And so it always happens around this time of year that staying home and cozying up with a throw and a movie starts to sound like a more excellent choice of activity.  It is not even that the weather has gotten much cooler (although this week had a day that would border on brisk) but more about the anticipation of what is to come.  Here are some of my favorite movies that aren’t Harry Potter to watch in the fall.  I also made a conscious effort not to include any Halloweeny movies in this.  Strictly movies that to me feel like fall.

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When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Stepmom, and Runaway Bride can all really be grouped into the same category which is feel good chick flicks with awesome sets and settings that at some point include the fall.

Dead Poet’s Society is a beautiful Robin Williams movie set on a highly attractive college campus.

Mermaids is a movie I watched on tv recently which I hadn’t seen in years and I really enjoyed it.  Parts of the movie occur in the fall and it is just the kind of movie that feels fally in general.

The Village is a movie that some people don’t like because it is one of those weird M Night Shyamalan movies but I have always enjoyed it and honestly been a touch scared by it.

The Cider House Rules.  I need to re watch this because it has been years.  Just watch it for the movie score if nothing else.  “Good night you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.”

What are some movies you want to cozy up to this fall?

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