“Photography is a holding together of opposites: light and dark, beautiful and ugly, sublime and banal, conscious and unconscious.”
This week we traveled from downtown Portland along the Oregon Coast to Bandon Dunes, and then back north to Seattle. Ben’s Opposites challenge made me think of this photo, which captures the energy of Seattle at night. The headlights streaming down the highway contrast with the peacefulness of Puget Sound and the beauty of the mountains in the distance – much as is described in Jack Welpott’s quote above. I loved the feeling of the constant beat of the city and it’s many lights – especially compared to what one would find in our quiet little enclave on Kiawah Island.
“Every time I see a crowd of photographers surrounding a subject, my impulse is to go in the opposite direction.”
The view from our downtown Seattle VRBO deck includes a ferris wheel as well as Puget Sound, across which the ferries constantly come and go. The evening light was particularly lovely and although it gave me some serious tummy tickles I ventured out with my camera and tripod to capture the scene.
“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”
Although I firmly believe in the abilities of a good camera, lens and tripod, I was amazed at the ability of the i-phone for night photography. I captured the first two shots with my Nikon D300 while there was very little light and the wind was blowing hard. While I don’t believe the i-phone could have captured those scenes, I was surprised at the ability of the i-phone to capture the famous Pike Place market as we strolled by. You know what they say – the best camera is the one you have with you!
Wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend – assuming you have one wherever this may find you 😊.