Seattle, Part 1 (s90)

So I’ve decided to break my Seattle post into about FOUR Seattle posts! πŸ˜€ There are certain things I want to show by themselves and what not, so hang with me as the goods will be coming. Since these posts will be shorter I’ll be updating more often so things should keep flowing smoothly.

So last post I mentioned that I used my s90 for all the shots on the airplane. It’s small and compact form factor and it’s underrated image quality really have become a favorite in my book, especially when you want to travel light. Like when I went downtown with Setsuko when she came to visit (lots of pics coming are from that trip!). On a beautiful day in Seattle in the middle of summer, you see a ton of DSLRs around; about twice the usual when you go to a place like Pike Place Market, practically swarming with tourists! Well we were tourists too πŸ˜› But I didn’t want to lug around a huge setup – I just wanted to enjoy the weather and enjoy Seattle! So I grabbed my small little friend and we took the bus downtown.

After lunch at Chipotle – man what a massive burrito! – we browsed around Pike Place Market for a few hours. As I said earlier, the weather was pretty much perfect – blue skies, sunny, with a hint of a breeze to keep it cool and bring the smell of ocean in, mingling with the smells of fresh fish, flowers, and fruits. The cries of the sellers and the hawkers drifted in and out as we pushed our way through the crowds. I’d forgotten how vibrant and bustling the area is, and it certainly was peak season!


These umbrellas blew me away. Paired with the hanging pots underneath and the brilliant blue sky behind, I couldn't have asked for a more colorful picture!

Fresh Veggies

More color, in the form of veggies - fresh paprika and bell peppers!

Squid at the Market

On one of the lower levels of the buildings there is a huge model squid - the light reflecting off the wood gave it a nice warm look.

Downtown from the waterfront

A view of downtown taken from the end of Pike Place.

Mt. Rainier over 99

I zoomed in on Mt. Rainier and then cropped again later in post. The sky was clear and we had a great view of the mountain, looming over Safeco and Quest Field.

We walked around the shopping district and took a quick break at Pacific Place before heading to the ID to check out Uwajimaya. I picked up a 6 pack of Asahi Super Dry for 7 bucks! I couldn’t believe it, it’s almost 2 dollars a can in Japan! (We had it that night, and let me assure, it’s almost as good as the real thing at half the price. I’m in heaven πŸ˜‰ )

For dinner we headed back to the pier to Ivar’s Acres of Clams. I like this place as it’s relatively inexpensive and has a great view of the water. The seafood is also very tasty. I tried to time dinner so that the light from the setting sun would come in through the windows. It worked, but we didn’t manage to nail a window seat 😦 Ah well, win some, lose some. Our dinner though, was pretty great. A strawberry salad (actually quite good, with fresh strawberries and strawberry vinaigrette), a big bowl of seafood chowder (yum!) and a main dish of King Salmon – with some beer and wine on the side.

Fresh King Salmon

King Salmon with some avocado sauce on the side.

Me at Ivar's

Me at Ivar's!

After dinner we walked back along the pier to watch the rest of the sunset. We found a place with an unobstructed view and snapped a few pics. Although the sun had already dropped below the Olympics in the west, the light was still nice, and it was really peaceful, sitting on a picnic table and enjoying the last moments of the day.

Looking Out Over the Ocean

I've come to love ocean sunsets more and more - the colors, the sky, the waves. It's light and sound and...

Across the Bay

A zoomed in shot of the mountains - silhouetted against the orange sky.

Sunset Ferry

The last ferry of the day (I think). Time to go home πŸ™‚

The Pier at Dusk

The waterfront, at dusk.

After sundown we walked back up to take the bus to the Space Needle for our last stop of the day. I snapped a couple of night shots on the walk.

Harbor Dock

The Argosy Harbor Cruise Ship.

Crab Pot at Night

"The Crab Pot" πŸ™‚ Maybe I can get them to use this in their brochures? πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading! What? “What about the Space Needle?!” Well, I liked the pictures enough to make them their own post – so that’s coming next! Next week to be more precise. I’ll be getting my new computer (27 inch iMac) this weekend, so I’M really looking forward to my next post too! πŸ˜‰


6 thoughts on “Seattle, Part 1 (s90)

  1. Echoing Pete’s comment – you are indeed the master at finding colors! And props on making the S90 work for you… my vacation really taught me how convenient it would be to have a pocket camera for when you don’t want to lug around the DSLR.

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