AAAAAND WE'RE BACK!!
Yay! So I kinda went AWOL for a little bit there. Life occasionally decides to get crazy and be, y'know, life. Just when I think I have a really good balance struck, the ground becomes a little unearthed and things like maintaining a a semi-regular blog go right out the window along with sleep and my small semblance of sanity.
No matter. Who needs sanity anyways, right?
I recently got back from a week split between Seattle and Portland. I love Seattle. I love the ocean and I love seafood, so it's got that going for it. I also love coffee. Between Starbucks and the abundance of other fantastic coffee shops, you won't go wrong there. Pike's Place Market is a bustling, multi-level farmer's and fish market that has so much to draw the eye (and the wallet). The waterfront has a number of shops and restaurants, or even just places to sit and watch the waves.
I also made it out to Portland for a day to take in *drumroll please* THE VANS WARPED TOUR! (I don't know if that "drumroll" even counts as a pun but yes it's intended.) If you're unfamiliar, Warped is a two-month summer, cross-America tour of about 70 alternative bands. Alternative here has the meaning of punk, pop-punk, metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, or anything else that fits into that kind of realm. My friend and I like to play a game called “spot the concert-goers” where you sit outside the venue and try and pinpoint who’s going - we’re usually identified by piercings, tattoos, bright coloured hair, band shirts, Vans/Converse/Doc Martens, flannels, eating pizza, headphones, or any combination of the above. (Of course that's not every single person but you get the idea.)
I've never been to Warped before, despite considering myself a part of this music scene for about five years now. It's a blast. I didn't have press credentials to shoot, so I got to wander around and take it all in, as well as see some awesome bands dominate the stages. I did bring a Sony QX30 to play with though. It's basically a lens that connects to your phone or tablet through a private wifi signal, and uses your device as the control panel/viewfinder. It's a little tricky to get used to, but the 30x optical zoom is a lot better than the grainy little image my phone will produce. Would it be better to just get a point-and-shoot to actually get photos? Yes. But it's a new and weird toy and I really just like to play.
Got a fantastic sunburn which made the plane trip ride home just so much fun too. All in all, great trip, great time, couple of good photos.
On a closing and/or bit personal note...
I’m beyond excited to announce that I will soon be joining the fantastic team of folks over at The Camera Store. It’s a local business that deals primarily in - you guessed it - cameras. And lenses, and lights, and all the fun photography-related toys you could dream of. It’s going to be an incredible challenge, but something I think will also be incredibly rewarding. I’m super stoked. I fully expect the next month to be completely overwhelming as things transition, but I'm very much looking forward to the opportunities this will open up and where it will take me. Onward!