Intense game of Chinese chess

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There is a small table and bench area just outside of Four Seas Restaurant on King Street in Chinatown where several locals like to hang out, have a smoke, and play xiangqi (Chinese chess). The group is usually hovering over the game and loudly commenting on what the next moves should be and different strategies to take. I’ve been wanting to get a photo of the game, but I could never see the board. On this day, I had my first clear view of the board itself as well as a gesture from one of the gentlemen playing. I just had to take a photo.

Chinatown. Seattle, WA. July 6, 2017.

Smoke break in the shade

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We’re getting a slight heat wave in Seattle this week. It got up in the upper-70s on Friday. That’s not terribly hot, generally speaking, but it’s still warmer than usual for the region at this time of year. Everyone was either basking in the sun or hiding in the shade.

The clear skies and hard afternoon sun made for some interesting lighting along my usual walking routes. Most photographers don’t like mid-day sun (bad angle, harsh shadows, etc.), but I’ve been enjoying working with it as a challenging lighting exercise. I look for interesting shadows, high-contrast scenes, and other ways to take advantage of the less-than-ideal lighting. Most of the time, I don’t get anything good. Sometimes, though, the hunt pays off.

Chinatown. Seattle, WA. June 23, 2017. Fujifilm X100T.

Eido and Jessica at Hing Hay Park

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Seattle Parks and Recreation has a Busker of the Day program that features street performers and musicians during lunchtime at a handful of Seattle parks. Eido and Jessica were featured at Hing Hay Park, which is a beautiful backdrop to their jazz guitar and ballet. I watched them perform for a bit before taking a few photos. I left them a big tip (they’re really fun), and Eido (the guitarist) gave me a fist bump.

Seattle, WA. June 21, 2017. Fujifilm X100T.

Post-lunch smoke break

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Whenever I walk past Tofully in the International District, I almost always see this woman standing outside in her pink teddy bear apron having a smoke. She’s clearly not 25 feet away from any entrance, and she really doesn’t care. I snap photos of her as I walk past, and she doesn’t care. I’m fully expecting her to yell at me one day. Until then, I’ll keep snapping.

Seattle, WA. June 20, 2017. Fujifilm X100T.