This past week, Karen and I have been hanging out in the Seattle area. Karen had never been to Seattle before, so she wanted to get a good taste of the city. As luck would have it (and “luck” seems to always be on our side), our friends from Lake Havasu, AZ were visiting Seattle the same time as us. We met up with them at the famous Pike Place Market and started exploring together. Since it was a “first time” experience for most of the folks in our group, we decided to have lunch at Pike Place Chowder. Chowder is a must in Seattle. Karen and Lisa were also excited to find that they had a vegan chowder!
After exploring the market a bit (and I pretty much had to pry Karen out of there) we hit up the space needle, and then the Chiluly glass museum located at the base of the needle. If you’ve never seen Chihuly’s stuff before, you should DEFINITELY check this place out. It’s kind of like walking into a Dr. Seuss book… only made of glass. Our group had dinner that night at a funky Italian place called Bizarro. Yes, it sounds bizarre, but it’s one of the few Italian places that I would actually recommend. The dishes were unique and the place had tons of character.
From left, John, Clint, Wayne, Andrew, Lisa, Me and Karen. We were so excited with this group in Seattle!
Karen got this shot of me at the Chiluly exhibit. I was shooting with the Lensbaby Sweet 35 lens… super nice!
Since we were in Seattle, I couldn’t help but visit Adobe’s local office. Adobe’s Patty Wilson invited us to watch in on a game of “Adobe Wiffle Ball.” Her team was in the company finals… and, well, it was quite the event for them. Their headquarters is also located within walking distance of the funky Freemont Troll, a giant concrete troll figure located under a bridge. Karen and I walked there after visiting Adobe. We didn’t take a lot of photos because some jerk spray painted the thing up in bright pink paint.
Me in front of Adobe’s Seattle headquarters.
Karen and I made a return visit to Pike Place Market one night. Karen wanted to shoot some more there, and take in more of Seattle’s local flavor. She bought this amazing flower bouquet (that was literally half her size) for $10! Crazy! We also drove around in search of places to shoot panoramas. We both wanted to shoot the Seattle skyline, but we wanted both sunset and twilight, and we also wanted an angle that included both the city buildings AND the space needle. We found a couple great places and did a lot of shooting. You can see some of the results below.
Karen with her monster bouquet at Pike Place Market.
I shot this panorama from Kerry park in Seattle at sunset. After merging, it turned out to be 27 feet wide! Check out the video below to see details on it.
Here’s a detail shot from the above panorama. Click to enlarge it and you’ll get a 100% view.
Here’s another panorama from a different locale in Seattle. The detail shot is a 100% view of the above panorama.
I created a little video that gives a better perspective on one of the panoramas. And, if you happen to be interested in shooting fun panoramas as well, I recently created a video that includes my favorite tips and techniques for shooting panorama images. You can find that here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0j8WH4IbEw&feature=relmfu
Karen and I plan on spending a few more days in the Seattle area and then moving on. To where, we’re not quite sure yet! That’s the beauty about living on the road! More to come…
This past week was spent in the scorching hot city of Las Vegas for another awesome Photoshop World Conference and Expo. Karen and I flew in on Monday and checked in to the conference hotel, the Mandalay Bay. One of the great things about Photoshop World is that all of the instructors stay in the same hotel, so it’s always a reunion of friends… starting the second we walk into the hotel. For us, the party started before we even got to Mandalay Bay, because my great friend Steve picked us up from the airport and was already arranging a dinner for that first night!
Here I am at the entrance to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo
The day before the conference starts is always pre-con day. While I didn’t have an actual pre-con event, I taught a 4-hour class that night alongside my great friend Judy Host. She was just wrapping up her Creative Design Tour and I was invited to co-teach with her that night. We could tell that the event was a success by the sheer number of people that showed up. Vegas is a night-life kind of town, yet hundreds of people chose to spend their night in our classroom.
During the course of Photoshop World, I taught three one-hour classes, on Photoshop’s hidden and hard-to-find tweaks, actions and Adobe Camera Raw. Outside of the classes, I always spend a lot of time networking, exploring the trade show and hanging out with friends.
The Epson booth had one of my images on display at the Photoshop World Trade Show.
Karen and I got really lucky this year, as we were able to squeeze in TWO Cirque du Soleil shows during this Photoshop World! The first was “O,” which is completely put on in water, and the second was “Love,” featuring the Beatles. “Love” was especially fun, as we were accompanied by our great friends Jay & Lesa, Eddie & Judy and Bert and Zosia. I guess it was appropriate that our group was made up of couples, being it was the “Love” show and all.
Aside from having a great time at this Photoshop World, I also got a lot of positive feedback from my sessions. I even managed to attend a few classes as well! On Saturday, Karen and I flew back to Seattle, as the bus was parked about an hour south of the city. This week, we’ll try to spend some time checking out the Seattle area. More to come…
Hey gang! In my last post, I was wrapping up a week full of training with creativeLIVE in Seattle. (If you missed those training sessions, you can read about them here.) After Seattle, my next stop was the Philly/South Jersey area, where Karen’s family lives. Karen flew out nearly a month ago to be with her family through some rough times, so it had been a while since I’d seen her. We’re used to spending most of our time within 10 feet of each other, so it’s always strange to be apart for a long time.
While I was in NJ, I spent a lot of time prepping for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up this week in Las Vegas. I can’t even keep track of how many Photoshop Worlds I’ve taught at, but every single one has always been a blast, and this one will be no exception. If you’ve never been to a Photoshop World, you can kind of think of it as a Photoshop/digital photography love fest. You’ll learn a ton, but will have loads of fun too.
If you plan on joining us in Vegas, I’ll be teaching the following classes:
Wed. Sept. 5, 6:15 – 7:15 pm – Photoshop CS6: Hidden and Hard to Find Tweaks
Fri. Sept. 7, 8:15 – 9:15 am – Camera RAW 7: Completely Redesigned!
Fri. Sept. 7, 11:00 am – 12:00pm – Getting Started with Actions
Outside of planning for my PSW sessions, I spent a lot of time just hanging out with Karen and her family. We went out to some nice dinners, enjoyed a happy hour at the winery and had a crazy fun game night at Karen’s sister’s new house. It was there that we discovered that Karen and I are not only great life partners, but great “Cranium” partners as well!
Karen and I at the Heritage Vineyard happy hour
A fun game of Cranium at Laura and Rich’s house
The past week has also been spent making plans for the vintage bus project. If you’ve been following this saga, you know that my vintage bus has been re-powered and is now in Chattanooga awaiting transport to Eugene, OR where it will get its interior installed. At first, I planned on having the bus shipped to Oregon on a flatbed truck, but that would be extremely expensive. Plus, I’ve had some offers from folks willing to drive the bus there for me. A third option would be for me to fly out to Chattanooga and drive the bus myself. I’m still weighing the options, and will give an update as soon as I’ve got a plan. Whatever happens, the shop in Oregon will be ready for the bus before the end of the month.
Well, as I wrap up this post, I’m getting ready to fly from NJ over to Vegas for Photoshop World! More to come…
Ben: I'm a traveling Photoshop guru who loves to explore everything unique and extraordinary. I'm a photographer, former graphic designer and world traveler. Back on March 14th of 2006, I got sick of sitting still and waiting for my next vacation, so I sold 98% of my material possessions and started living on a tour bus ...for more visit my blog, photo site, or photoshop training site.
Karen: I’m a photographer and graphic designer with an aptitude for anything involving pixels. I love being on the move, exploring the world and capturing it all with my camera. I joined Ben living on the road January 24th, 2010. For more on my work and play, visit my blog or photo site.