Fan Favorites – Life On The Ferry

Fan Favorites – Life On The Ferry

If you’ve followed my photography over the years you know that you don’t see many people in them. I find my creative expression inspired by nature scenes, urban settings and nautical environs. But this year I had a goal to push myself out of my comfort zone in all areas of life, so I took a photography workshop a few months ago and pushed myself out of my comfort zone and dedicated my eye and camera on people. The workshop involved one of my favorite things, the Seattle ferries, so it was a safe and inspiring place to get into the unfamiliar.

 

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On Tuesday evenings, over a 3 week period, we rode ferries. Three different ferry routes around the Puget Sound to communities across King County. We visited Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, and Vashon Island. Well, we didn’t exactly visit the destinations, we visited the route there and back. As the ferries loaded, moved, and returned commuters and tourists, workshop participants took pictures of life on the ferry.  Each participant had their own style and way of seeing the ferry experience, from focusing on the shapes and light to black and white studies. While I pushed myself out of my traditional comfort zone and focused on people, I came away with photos that still reflected my love of color, shape and texture…but with people in them!

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The Art of Changing Perspective

The Art of Changing Perspective

A week ago I was basking in an uncharacteristically sunny February day and took a last minute adventure out to Port Townsend for a few days because it’s one of my favorite places to spend time with my camera. Port Townsend is one of my happy places.  It’s a small town with lots of boats and water and in some ways reminds me of my visits to New England when I lived on the East Coast. Monday morning roared to life. I was full of energy, up at 5:00am and on a 6:00am ferry so I could get to town in time to catch a little of the golden hour. I basked in the sun, walked along the marina docks and found inspiration from reflections.

 

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I love the way reflections make you look at things differently. How the water becomes a mirror, but with gentle movement that softens the harsh “lens” we we normally see things through. Hard angles become soft, flowing curves. Gentle to the eyes and soul.

 

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Reflections are a good lesson in changing perspective.

 

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If you turn slightly, take a few steps to the side, look closer, or step back things change. 

 

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You see more of one thing or less of another. Colors change. Shapes alter.

 

You have control of what you see by moving and changing your perspective.

 

Just like I did in the images above.

It’s Monday again and today, well, it’s not sunny.  I didn’t start the day with a roar. I’m not out surrendering to my wanderlust. I’m staring at a computer monitor. I’m restless. I need to change my perspective it seems to find the inspiration that is before me.

How are you feeling today? Is it time to turn slightly, take a few steps to the side, look closer, or step back to find some inspiration?

 

Life, photography…sometimes it’s all about the art of changing perspective.

 

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Ushering In A New Year Amsterdam Style

After my very long day in Haarlem on the week spent ushering in a new year Amsterdam style (read about my adventures on the Day Trip To Haarlem post), Mr. Visserplein was my destination and the Portuguese Synagogue which opens for one night a year to the public with a bright and beautiful display of candles.  An hour wait in line was worth it for this spectacular scene.

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Beautiful, serene, shiny, magical. Thank you Amsterdam!

Monday was a busy and active day so I decided Tuesday was a good day to take a little break, which I did at CT Coffee and Coconuts in De Pijp. Coffee and Coconuts is a very popular cafe in an old theatre. Three stories of seating at tables, sofas, cushions and a continuous line for a seat.

After I got mine, I relaxed without technology and had some comfort food in the form of hot cocoa and the Dutch version of avocado toast. This avo addict loves her avocado toasts from Ask For Janice in London and London Plane in Seattle._MG_7686

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Now I have an avo love in Amsterdam. Perfect! World-wide addiction options.

Wednesday brought nice weather which I took FULL advantage of and did a little camera walk through neighborhoods in the East.

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I got a little friendly with this blue and yellow beauty.

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I love the diversity of the bridges over the canals!

New Years Eve day was spent quietly reflecting and doing a little shopping at one of favorite Dutch fashion spots, Laundry Industry…sans camera in honor of my SCREAMING shoulder who BEGGED me to give it a break for the day.  Peace be unto my body today!

And before you know it…it’s JANUARY 1st! And, what a January 1st it was! THE most beautiful light I could ever ask for kicked on 2016 as I welcomed the New Year Amsterdam style. I’m taking it as a message for a bright and creative year! Check out these light gifted reflections.

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In addition to light and reflections, it was fun and funky to see all the “leftovers” from the party the night before. Amsterdam knows how to ring in the new year…I’m pretty sure my EARS are still ringing from all the fireworks explosions! New Years Amsterdam style!

This is what the streets looked like the next day (and still today)…

Love Letter To Amsterdam

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That pretty much sums up every part of Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve: fireworks, streamers, popping corks, toasting the new year Amsterdam style. A party tradition!

Oh, and speaking of tradition, I got to partake in a SWEET one in the afternoon.

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Oliebollen and Appelfrappen, the traditional Dutch New Year’s snack. Where I’m from we eat black-eyed peas. THIS is a better tradition! YUM!! New Year Amsterdam style!

And, to finish out the first day of 2016 on a musical, adorable, and colorful note, I happened upon this entertainer navigating canals and serenading all.

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Watch a full serenade on my YouTube channel! It’s worth the click over! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Before I hang up my….shoes…

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 for the day. My LAST indulgence of the week was Dutch apple pie at Winkel in the Noordermarkt.

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I don’t even know how to describe this pie.  Part pie…part cake…all parts YUM! Stop by Winkel for pie!

Thanks for a great week 3, Amsterdam! I love you!!

#LoveLettersToAmsterdam

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melissaAnne Colors European Travel Adventure

Hello Color Friends!

It’s been a busy Summer, including 4 weeks of travel opportunity for a melissaAnne Colors European travel adventure. Life is never better when it’s full of exploration, color, new friends, new foods, and new views into this big world of ours.  I’m excited to share my adventure with you in the Fall issue of A Perfect Event magazine. Flip through the pages of this beautiful magazine for travel stories, Fall fashion, and FUN holiday decorating ideas (I’m IN LOVE with the bat in the fork…you MUST look for this and if you have a party and try this I expect an invite!)

Start reading by clicking on the image below.

European Travel Adventure

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Dinghy in Pink

It’s the first Monday of “Spring Forward” pain. I thought you could use a little “color therapy” to cut through the fog.

I’ve been long overdue for a waterfront adventure so last weekend I was up early and heading to the Seattle Waterfront to jump on the Victoria Clipper. A little over two hours later, I was in Canada and exploring the beauty in Victoria, British Columbia.

The weather wasn’t the best, with snow flurries and rain leaving me wet and cold from head to toe, but it didn’t stop me from getting out with my camera (and my appetite, but that’s a whole other story!).

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