Seattle, Sister City to Seoul

June 07, 2014  •  2 Comments

Seattle has such a range of opportunities. I went straight out from my hotel at the Marriott and down to the marina. I asked these two gentlemen if they would mind if I took their picture. They said it would be fine, so I opened up my little umbrella and turned on my speedlight. They seemed a little distant, which to me embodies the attitude in Seattle. Then I showed them the photo and they instantly warmed up. They asked me if I would email them a copy of the picture and of course, I would. So I gave them my card and moved down the road.

The skies were perfect and there was a lot happening in the Marina. When I lived in Seattle, I always felt that the weather had such a great impact on the mood of the people. The citizens here are not exactly warm, but once you get to know them, they are very loyal. There is a social network in Washington, but it is an interior network. The rain keeps people very isolated and you almost have to be invited to be able to take a part in their lives. Very different from where I grew up, where we were all outside all the time. I am used to a small town atmosphere where we all say hello to each other.

The Space Needle was keeping a watchful eye over things as the clouds built in the distance. I am not sure what the draw is to Seattle. Certainly there is a large music scene here and, when the sun comes out, it can be amazingly beautiful. But the lifestyle here is extremely expensive. The hotel I was staying in charges almost $250 a night for their rooms, which aren't amazing or special, though the service is good. They also charge you an extra $25 a day to park your car in their garage, if you are a guest to the hotel. I will not stay here again, for that reason alone. If I am a guest, I should not have to pay, or park my car offsite.

I turned back towards the hotel and noticed that another couple had asked one of the guys from before to take a picture of them and their dogs. I asked if it would be ok for me to take their picture as well. The young lady asked, "Oh, do you do pictures or something?"

I said, "Yeah I dabble a little."

I took their picture on my Canon EOS M, my little travel camera. I showed the couple their picture and they got very excited. "Oh my God, that's awesome!" They were very friendly after that. We talked about their camera and I took a photo for them with it. Her dad had bought her a Nikon D7000 as a gift. That is my main camera, so I was happy to tell them a few things about it.

 

I continued walking around the marina. I do miss the boat culture and having my own sailboat. It is not really a possibility to own a sailboat in Korea, so I can just look at other people's boats and enjoy them from afar.

I have a week left here and an exciting photo shoot with a local musician tomorrow. We are going to shoot at Pike Market, and maybe the Experience Music Project building.


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Andrea(non-registered)
It was so nice to run into you at the beach! Mark and I have been talking about taking a camera class for a long time now and with one photo you got us hooked on learning more. You are an amazing photographer. Thank you for the taking the time to talk to us, the tips and for saving my dog! Hope you have safe travels home.
hydee(non-registered)
I love the pictures very nice views.
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