The Andy Aupperlee Explosion 5000

Tag: Boats

“Get yo’ wig split”

by on Aug.02, 2008, under Ballard, Seattle

I have never known an individual as dedicated to complete nonsense as Alex Chu. “Obnoxious” is a term frequently deployed by Alex to describe the scenery around him; although his use of it is rather ironic. Forever on the cutting edge, Alex was among the early adopters of the iPhone. For a brief period of time, every email Alex sent from this device contained a signature block that read: “Sent from Alex Chu’s obnoxious iPhone.” Well said.

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Summer Seattle Sunset

by on Jul.10, 2008, under Capitol Hill, Seattle, Sunsets, Vistas

Lake Union and The George Washington Bridge.
Seattle, WA. 8:54 PM. July 7, 2008.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Manual. 1/125 sec @ f/10. ISO 200.

The fifty degree weather of clouds and rain that plagued Seattle through May seems long behind us. Atmospheric conditions in the Pacific Northwest are nearly perfect right now. Seattleites don rain jackets and pour coffee down their throats during the winter because they know life in July, August and September is unrivaled anywhere else.

Throughout much of the year, The Puget Sound withholds its beauty; only occasionally does it allow un-overcast glimpse of mountains, water and sky. About a week ago, I drove along 10th Avenue in Capitol Hill on my way back to Wallingford from Volunteer Park. The view looking west was striking: Lake Union, The George Washington Bridge, Gas Works Park, Queen Anne, Ballard and The Olympic Mountains. Expansive vistas like these boldly contrast with the limitless gray endured during the winter.

I decided to return to the 10th Avenue vantage point with my camera on a clear night to catch the sunset. Unfortunately, there weren’t too many clouds in the sky to play with the light, but this image conveys the absolute wonderful climate we are experiencing here in the corner of the country. Let me know when you’ll be visiting.

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Failure, Beers, Victory!

by on Apr.16, 2008, under Ballard, Night Photography, Seattle, Vistas

Salmon Bay. Seattle, WA. April 13, 2008. 12:27 AM.
Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 70mm.
10 sec. @ f/10. ISO 200.
When driving across the Ballard Bridge I often look out into the bay and admire all the boats. Places like this remind of Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan where my grandpa lives. I spent a lot time growing up around boats and marinas; and Seattle with its lakes, bays and sound certainly feels like home. Or maybe I just love water.

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Sunday Sunset

by on Apr.10, 2008, under Ballard, Night Photography, Seattle, Sunsets, Vistas, Wallingford


I try to get out of the house around sunset if the sky looks interesting. Living in Seattle provides endless opportunities to explore new vistas. The city nestled between the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and surrounded by water conveniently has hundreds of municipal parks that stay open after dark. The view from each park has its own striking combination of water, mountains, buildings, roads, structures, trees and sky. Couple those elements with Seattle’s interesting weather and finding a good photo is not that hard. (continue reading…)

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