I realize “Seattle’s Best” is a coffee brand, but that’s not what this title is referring to. I just needed a title for this post.
This was supposed to be a post describing my experience shooting with two different cameras, but I decided to leave the shop talk for later and just write a photo blog post.
Carline and I were given an opportunity to fly out to Seattle from Boston (a quick jaunt that proved not so quick coming back) to visit our daughter, some friends and to explore a city that we talked about visiting. Our trip coincided with the Lunar New Year celebration in the city, which is the main focus of this post.
We met up with our friends Matt (of Light & Matter) and Garima (Gari). As always, my main focus in any scene is capturing the human condition, or a derivative thereof, so I concentrated more on the visitors than on the staff and performers of the street celebration (all three blocks of it 🙂 ).
Ok, I can’t resist; I’m going to talk a little about my shooting (I’m weak; what can I say?).
I brought along my Fujifilm X-T1 and my Leica M-P: two cameras with different “philosophies” despite Zack Arias calling the Fuji line “the new Leica”. Being in close proximity with the people around me, forced me to be a bit bold. It was either shoot something or go home empty handed. Perhaps it was because there were tons of people with cameras there that nobody really paid attention. Perhaps it was because nobody EVER pays attention. I was able to take shots at quite a close range. I tested my theory the next day away from the festivities and I pretty much got the same result. Granted, I wasn’t in people’s faces, like some street photographers are, but I was definitely in their periphery.
When I finally got to view the images, I noticed that the ones taken with the X-T1 seemed too “clinical” while the ones from the Leica were more “gritty” or “laid back”. It could be psychosomatic, so I’ll leave it up to you to decide (art being subjective and all).
Overall, the advantages and disadvantages of each camera became grossly apparent. But in the end, it’s all about the capture, though sometimes the “journey” to that capture is what one really enjoys. Even if we had come home empty-handed, we really enjoyed Seattle and the company that we were with.
One of many steep hills Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Watching the fireworks outside our lunch restaurant. Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Dancers X-T1 / 56mm f1.2
Carline in the carousel. This shot was nearly impossible to take given that we both were moving and I was focusing manually. Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Lost Kid Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Shot of the moon. Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Local model enjoying the breeze.
Intense watching Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Father and son atop the Needle Observation Deck. Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Guy in Spider-Man costume just standing around collecting money for literally doing nothing but pointing to his bucket. Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Local model posing for photographers
Matt taking pictures X-T1 / 56mm f1.2
Couple X-T1 / 56mm f1.2
Seattle Great Wheel X-T1 / 18mm f2
Girl peering through telescope Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Seattle skyline as seen from Seattle Great Wheel. Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Kid Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Painting station Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Father and son looking overboard Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Dragon Mask Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Me as a tourist. Shot by Matt Gore with a Canon 5D Mk III and Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Series
Me shooting the horizon with the X-T1 and the XF 18mm f2. Shot by Matt Gore with a Canon 5D Mk III and Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Series
I have to give Matt credit for this one. He noticed the scene before me. Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Not watching Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Mother and daughter watching seals at the aquarium.
Cellist in a photoshoot Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Wheel of Fortune Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Kid on shoulders X-T1 / 56mm f1.2
Mother making sure her kid’s dragon costume is “perfect” Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Shiping containers Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Carline petting a dog with the owner Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Matt taking pictures with his Canon 5D Mk II and Sigma 50mm Art lens X-T1 / 56mm f1.2
Me taking a picture of the Seattle skyline with the Leica M-P. Shot by Matt Gore with a Canon 5D Mk III and Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Series
Seattle Great Wheel X-T1 / 18mm f2
Models “lipsticking” each other Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Competition baby Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Kid trying to see over the Observation Deck Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm
Monk with smartphone. He was about to take a picture when he saw me. He paused to smile at my camera. X-T1 / 56mm f1.2
Our women: (L to R) Carline, dude in mask, Gari. Both women have a bubbly personality. Together they have more bubbles than a bottle of Willy Wonka Fizzy Lift Leica M-P / Summilux 50mm