Sunsets and Snow

The challenge this week is Beaches.  Living in Seattle we are surrounded by water.  The challenge this week was not lack of subjects.  The tricky part was getting time to go shooting.  This past week we have had amazing sunsets due to the unusualy clear and cold (in the 20's cold!) weather we've been having.  The bummer about living as far north as Seattle is that sunset comes awfully early.  Like sunset at 4:30pm early.  A combination of a busy week at work and having to go pick up The Boy from daycare before 6:00 made it difficult to get out and go shooting.  Fortunately I had one day on Wednesday where I was able to leave work early and head down to Lake Washington to get some shots in.

I headed down to Gene Coulon Park.  The park is on the east side of Lake Washington so I would be facing the setting Sun.  I left the house at 4:00 so I had to hurry to capture the fading light.  As I was walking from the parking lot there was a spot next to the swimming area where a creek opened into the lake.  It was framed on one side by some trees and bushes and on the other by the dock and pilings that enclosed the swimming area.

Creek opening on Lake Washington.

Creek opening on Lake Washington.

I took several other shots and then continued on my way.  I walked out on the dock that frames the swimming area.  And captured some photos of the setting sun and the Boeing Renton plant where they assemble 737s.

I like the colors and the sun flair in this shot.  Did I mention it was cold?

I like the colors and the sun flair in this shot.  Did I mention it was cold?

I took this because I really liked the texture, color,  and the pattern of the waves.

I took this because I really liked the texture, color,  and the pattern of the waves.

The last of the fading light.

The last of the fading light.

Just for fun a black and white.

Just for fun a black and white.

I was pleased with the pictures that I got, especially the first one.  I wanted to capture another sunset from the west side of the lake.  My idea was to capture the golden light as it fell upon the other side of the lake.  Unfortunately life as a father interceded.  I got a call from the daycare on Thursday that The Boy was sick with a fever.  This threw off any plans I had of going out and shooting that night or on Friday.  The weather report didn't look good for sunsets the rest of the weekend.  Fortunately the fever finally lifted for good on Saturday.  I was fine with the pictures I captured when I did go out and resigned myself to the fact that I wasn't going to be able to go out shooting again.  Then, Saturday night happened.

The weather report said that Seattle was supposed to get a light dusting of snow that would turn into rain.  Forecasting snow in Seattle is almost impossible. Saturday night we got about 2" of snow.  The world was white and beautiful when we woke up Sunday morning.  I got dressed and headed out to Pritchard Beach Park to go capture the beach covered in snow.  I hoped that the snow was still pristine.  I couldn't have been happier.

It was quiet and beautiful.

It was quiet and beautiful.

It wasn't 100% pristine the ducks and geese had already been there.

It wasn't 100% pristine the ducks and geese had already been there.

I'm a sucker for decorative grass. 

I'm a sucker for decorative grass. 

After working my way down the small beach I headed over to the trail that connects Pritchard Beach to Beer Sheva Park.

The entrance to the walking trail.

The entrance to the walking trail.

Snow covered trees.

Snow covered trees.

I turned around and headed back to the car and captured the following picture.  I edited this picture very differently than how I typically edit.  I normally like really contrasty pictures with almost over saturated colors.  In this picture I did the opposite.  I decreased the contrast and softened the image.  I really like how it turned out.

A dreamy winter land. 

A dreamy winter land. 

As I got back to the car I saw that there were some kids walking along the water with their sleds.  This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I was able to get the picture below.  This is the picture I'll be submitting this week.

The next challenge is home. Anybody have any ideas? Maybe I'll get The Boy to participate in another photo shoot.