It’s been chilly in Seattle the last few weeks with temperatures in the mid-twenties. Cold days mean glorious morning light so I’ve been bundling up and heading out.
Once the sun has risen I like to take a morning walk going west along the Lake Washington shore path; catching the light coming through the trees and reflecting off the water.
Walking before dawn is like opening a geode; you never know whether the sky will burst into glowing color or a steel grey sky will simply slowly change to a lighter hue.
Time permitting, my favorite thing to do is head east along the Lake Washington path towards Seward Park and catch the sun rising over Mt. Rainier and a glowing lake.
Here are some morning walk photos.
In keeping with our goal to do this Spain trip as light as possible I am just taking my iPhone for photos and leaving the bigger camera home.
- The hama tripod is great for uneven surfaces and the legs can be wrapped around things for greater stability.
- The jellyfish clamps easily and tightly around most external phone cases then screws on to the tripod.
- The leef is for external memory storage so I can take a lot of photos then easily upload them onto a computer when one is available.
- The ztylus lenses I’m not totally sold on. They do screw into the special phone case which means cleaner edges but so far I haven’t been super impressed with the optical quality of the images. I’m going to bring them to give a bit wider range of options but this is an area where there hopefully will be some improvement.
In addition to the hardware I’m also using several different photo apps. These are great for pushing the camera to do a little more and for quick post-processing.
- Camera + has a nice macro feature as well as ISO, exposure speed, white balance and photo processing tools.
- Snapseed is great for quick post-processing. I especially like the “drama” filter for black and white city scenes. I use the healing tool and the dodge and burn brush tool a lot too for increased image control.
- SKRWT is a way to get building lines straightened out and to correct for some of the distortion with the iPhone native lens. I’m looking forward to trying this out more.
- Longexpo easily extends exposure times. I like using it for water and city motion shots. You definitely need to use a tripod with this app. I usually use headphones for a remote shutter too.
I’ll post periodically during the trip and let you know how the gear is working out. I’d love to hear from you if you have favorite apps or tips on getting the most from your iPhone camera.
A former military base the park is now heaven for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Spencer Island is part of the Snohomish River estuary. The walk starts near the sewage plant but it rapidly improves once you get deeper into the park.
I had the opportunity to visit Ohio a couple of times. The rural country and the tidy farms were gorgeous.
Last summer we visited upstate New York to check out some colleges and visit family.
Alfred’s parents live in Bar Harbor so we visit there fairly frequently. The photo ops are amazing!
While studying at the UW I often took study breaks and wandered around the campus and the nearby Washington Park Arboretum taking pictures.