Jay Ellington: Blog http://jayellington.photography/blog en-us (C) Jay Ellington jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:33:00 GMT Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:33:00 GMT http://jayellington.photography/img/s/v-5/u847227536-o652440516-50.jpg Jay Ellington: Blog http://jayellington.photography/blog 80 120 Site Redesign & Major Content Update! http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/10/site-redesign-content-drop

Daze

Welcome to the new face of JayEllington.Photography!

What you see is a redesign that has been going through my head for the last few months. There is still a bit more to do but I want to start showing everyone the changes I have been thinking about. This isn't just a visual redesign either. Moving forward I want to make changes in how I update the site, how I update social media, product improvements, and for the Internets sake lets hope I don't try out video. So why in the world did I do this.

A while back I started to realize that the way that I was producing images and how they were being delivered was not in balance. I was and continue to be capturing lots of content but I have not been able to deliver the updates I would like in a manner that is efficient or maintainable. One of my main hurdles in the past has been that each blog or social media post, minus the random garden update, seemed to require that I was stuck in one spot, and that was at my desktop computer; which flat out sucks in the technology driven world we live in.

Another problem I have been trying to figure out has been how to separate updates on the website from social media updates; damn social media always getting in the way!

To accomplish both these goals I decided that I needed to re-organize my online presence all together.

You will see better organization and finished content come to the site. Where on social you will see BTS and bits of the stories come.

The site has already been reworked to show off projects I am working on along with the traditional styles I shoot. There are plenty of new images online such as the one above. The image above is from a Dahlia from our garden this summer, and is a project I am working on called Daze.

Well, with all that being said, please enjoy the new site, let me know any comments you have, and I will keep everyone posted as new improvements come out.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) color photography daze flower photography site redesign http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/10/site-redesign-content-drop Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:32:59 GMT
For The Love Of The City #3 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/3/for-the-love-of-the-city-3

I hope everyone is doing well. 

I keep wandering through the city thinking its going to start warming up and looking a bit more like spring, but its just cold and wet these days. I mean we have seen snow in March in Puget Sound, and I can't remember the last time I wasn't in Spokane that I saw snow in March.

None the less, it has been good times for creating images recently as I have been doing more and more stuff personally and for Arté Exposures each day. My son continues to be on cutness overload so he is a constant ham for our cameras. I mean it has actually been really great for me to be working on more artistic projects in recent years; I mean nothing is more exciting then a life of reading TCP/IP & Certification books. Just like watching TJ grow up, it is really rewarding seeing something like your personal projects develop further and further over time.

Well another day in paradise is ahead, take care, and keep pushing yourself.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Black & White Photography City Art Color Photography Seattle Street Photography Urban Photography Vanishing Art http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/3/for-the-love-of-the-city-3 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:35:46 GMT
Lets Get Abstract #2 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/2/lets-get-abstract-2

Hey Everyone,

Hope you are all doing well. I have been having a blast continuing to shoot more and more color and shape abstracts as I wander looking at normal everyday objects. It's amazing to me how many items we look at are so beautiful and simple once you focus in on a particular area.

Lately I will be walking along and a building that has been falling apart in other peoples eyes, has me totally consumed and creating images of it; I am sure people see me and think as they drive by "WTF". I mean it will just be something about an object that will just call out to me. In this most recent post it has been things like a wall at the train station, the side of a trolley, and the different textured stonework around downtown Seattle.

Enjoy the above shots, and I will talk to everyone again soon.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Abstract Photography Color Photography Seattle Shapes Street Photography http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/2/lets-get-abstract-2 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:23:30 GMT
Treasures of the Seasons #2 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/2/treasures-of-the-seasons-2

Magandang Umaga! (Good Morning)

I hope everyone is having a great week; I know I am. I have been taking the week off, and I'm not quite sure how, but along with all the other fun stuff we were doing, we ended up getting a Snow Day! I know I can't complain there. Due to the snow, I took the opportunity to create some images, and with some images that I found the other night I thought it would be a good time to post them.

I hope you enjoy the above.

Thanks
Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Color Photography Fall Photography Flowers Macro Photography Nature Snow Sunset Winter Photography http://jayellington.photography/blog/2017/2/treasures-of-the-seasons-2 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:16:42 GMT
Lets Get Abstract #1 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/12/lets-get-abstract-1

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to get a quick post out since I haven't gotten nearly enough of my new content up due to how busy the holiday has been.

Recently something that I have found myself captivated by more and more are shapes and patterns that are built into the scenery around us that go unnoticed for the most part. This has been something in the past that has certainly interested my eye, but as of late, when I am taking a moment away from the viewfinder I am seeing them everywhere.

Because of this I am going to keep capturing what I find and see what materializes after sometime working on this project.

I hope you all enjoy.

Have a Happy New Year,
Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Abstract Photography Color Photography Shapes http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/12/lets-get-abstract-1 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:19:32 GMT
For The Love Of The City #2 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/12/for-the-love-of-the-city-2

I hope everyone is doing well. 

I have been going through some of my images this last weekend from November and wanted to get some of them up and published. I really liked how my November images turned out, the rain, the surprises from ordinary locations, and some oddballs. With that though, fall is ending, and we are starting winter. The holidays are around now with the Sounders winning last weekend everything surely will be buzzing even more than usual.

Please enjoy these shots from last month while I was wandering downtown.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Color Photography Seattle Street Photography Urban Photography http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/12/for-the-love-of-the-city-2 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:24:58 GMT
Treasures of the Seasons #1 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/11/treasures-of-the-seasons-1

Hey Everyone,
 
I hope you are all doing well after the weekend. 
 
I always have a bit of a rough time with Monday's but this week, due to daylight savings time, I had an exceptionally difficult time getting motivated and stay on task; let's hope Tuesday is a bit better with regard to getting more done. Don't get me wrong, who doesn't love the extra hour in the fall, but it is kind of a drag when you start looking at your watch at 6 like it is much later in the evening, and an even bigger drag when your old alarm clock seems to have a mind of its own.
 
Well at least daylight savings is just one small part of this time of the year, Fall in general is a great time.  The trees changing colors and loosing their leaves, the food, and of course spending quality time with good friends and family there are just a few of the reasons I love Fall.

Another reason thought that I love this time of the year, and anytime of the year for that matter, is for nature photography. Also being that I often have more to post than time in the day I am creating this new blog series to address show more of the treasures i capture throughout the year similar to what I am doing with my street/urban photography.
 
Please enjoy these most recent nature images I created from around the area.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Color Photography Fall Flowers Nature Seasons http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/11/treasures-of-the-seasons-1 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:53:37 GMT
For The Love Of The City #1 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/10/for-the-love-of-the-city-1

Among my photography relationships, the one I have with street/urban photography can often feel the most complex and taxing on me. In there chaos, cities can be right up in your face with their beauty or they can hide it in a way that you need to be extremely observant to appreciate. Like any relationship a city will tantalize you with its shapes, she will stop you in your tracks while you wait for everything to come together, and with her, nothing ever stays the same. You can even find yourself even needing some space at times to figure things out, which is what I have had to do for a while in order to understand how all of these images I create walking through my city Seattle should be published.

That's why I am trying to get back to blogging and showcase my Street & Urban photography all on its own instead of being a product of one of my other columns I used to be more active on. The key with the blog, is that with my blog I can post more than a single image for you to enjoy, while not being on such a rigid schedule to go through recent shots and get everything online so quickly.

I hope you enjoy the above which are my favorite Street/Urban images from the last two weeks.

Thanks,
-Jay
 

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Color Photography Seattle Street Photography Urban Photography http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/10/for-the-love-of-the-city-1 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:53:34 GMT
A Touch of Talent! http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/6/a-touch-of-talent

 

I have always loved walking through markets. Whether it has been in our world famous Pikes Place Market, the wet markets of the Philippines, or the street vendors in New York, NY. Markets come alive in their own ways, they at times overwhelm your senses, you can wander through the same place for years and still find something new each time you come for a visit.

Street performers are another reason I love markets because no matter where you are in the world, if there is a crowd then you can likely find someone being creative close by. The personality that you see in every street performer is fantastically unique. Each artist is amazing and the passion that they have is undeniable; I admire their effort, heart, and spirit so much.

Yesterday, while out at Pikes Place Market, my wife and I had the privilege to enjoy some of our cities talented creatives, and I hope you enjoy some shots I took while we were roaming around.

-Jay 

 

 

 

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Color Photography Pikes Place Market Street Performers Street Photography http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/6/a-touch-of-talent Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:04:26 GMT
This Past Month In Paradise! #1 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/3/this-past-month-in-paradise-1 Pioneer Square Peacock!Pioneer Square Peacock! Bike Wheel ArtBike Wheel Art Pioneer Square in the MorningPioneer Square in the Morning

Hey Everyone,

As I mentioned to you all last time, I have been busy working on new ways to change my posting processes in 2016. The main reason for this is to get away from the massive amount of planning and strain that each post used to put on me, and get back to just having fun showing my photography to the world.

So to get back to image making and not writing endless posts, I have decided to start utilizing social media more and at the end of each month create summary posts with the new content that made the cut during the previous weeks. New Images will always be available first on this site, but I will now be adding the images to the following Instagram and Facebook locations for people who are so inclined.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jayellington.photography
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaydellington/

With that, I hope everyone had a really great month this last February, I know I did ( http://www.arteexposures.com/blog/2016/2/announcing-our-new-all-star ). Enjoy March and I will talk to you all again soon.

Take care,
Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Color Photography Infrared Photography Nature Seattle http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/3/this-past-month-in-paradise-1 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 01:46:53 GMT
A New Year In Paradise! http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/1/a-new-year-in-paradise Hey Everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. I know I can't complain as life is going quite well for us these days, and well no one likes a buzz kill. There were lots of changes that happened over the course of 2015 and 2016 has already been full of fun so far.

There have been so many highlights over the last few months. I am in a new position at work these days, and I am really enjoying it too. We just launched our new portrait photography business Arté Exposures which has been an amazing experience to learn and grow from. We have traveled to Leavenworth (which I still haven't sorted the photos from), and down to California recently playing in the snow and visiting the Pacific.

With regards to the rest of the year, 2015 was defined as a year full of learning for me. My Career continued to change, and develop. Our new home taught us many new lessons. My photography has been gradually evolving and I continue to feel like I am starting to take on a distinct style. My blog began to make its mark in 2015. With the blog I continued to explore the format I will use, and I plan on redefining it further for myself in 2016. Last year I found out that the pace I was trying to update the site was unsustainable. This year I want to change the way I handle posts moving forward in that I want the posts to be about my life, and not have my life revolve around the blog.

With everything that happened in 2015 and all of the things that I learned, I am already excited to see what I will be learning in the rest of 2016.

Take Care,
Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Arte Exposures Color Photography Photography San Francisco Travel http://jayellington.photography/blog/2016/1/a-new-year-in-paradise Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:24:38 GMT
Another Day In Paradise #7 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/8/another-day-in-paradise-7 B&W Cactus PineB&W Cactus PineA cactus pine that seems out of place in its surroundings Sign of the Times!Sign of the Times!While we use these still, I feel it's only a matter of time before they become antiques.

It's starting out to be another beautiful day in paradise outside, that's kinda how things go these days I guess; Damn you global warming!!! This weather is so not the standard Pacific Northwest weather I remember as a kid. Whatever, lets hope we have a colder winter than we have had to get a bit of relief in the mountains and Eastern Washington.

Thankfully though the last few days haven't felt so horribly hot in the evening and we have been getting out walking again; man I need it too because my weight has gone up a bit... yikes!!! Walking always allows me to capture some images and I hope you all enjoy them during your visit today.

Talk to everyone soon,

-Jay

 

 

 

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Black & White Photography Geometry Mailbox Nature http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/8/another-day-in-paradise-7 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:40:57 GMT
Fun with Infrared #4 (Mabuhay Bellingham!) http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/7/fun-with-infrared-4-mabuhay-bellingham

Stroll Down IR LaneStroll Down IR LaneCouples walking along the bay on a Saturday afternoon! So if any of you know me, obviously I am trying to push myself to get back to the things I love in my life; while finding a way to efficiently deal with the dull, and drab aspects. In doing so I refuse to let this beautiful summer go by without doing lots of photography; especially infrared photography. Other than the fact that the images turn out looking "Surreal" or "Other-worldly", infrared photography is really at its best during the summer months; and that sounds like a good way to fire up my passion. 

I love working with infrared light. IR photography is great because during middle of the day IR light is illuminating everything around you. You don't need "Fast Glass", because most of the time you need to have high levels of contrast and a large depth of field so your subject is in focus; which means small F-stops and low ISO. Since I got into IR photography this year, I am finding out more and more that Summer with it's long days, and harsh, contrasty light allow me to get the most out of my stuff; which isn't top of the line, and I get to enjoy myself all afternoon long.  Wayward Boulder!Wayward Boulder!While strolling on the boardwalk, this happy accident occurred when I was not expecting the different layers of the rock to reflect infrared light.

When you start to work with infrared light though you really start to realize how different things are. The infrared light reduces the contrast of your images, so you have to be really aware of the sun; those fancy anti-flare/anti-ghosting coatings on expensive lenses don't help because they are tuned to visible light and not IR. Often times what works composition-ally with normal photos will seem upside down in when you review things since what reflects IR light isn't always intuitive; you just have to go out there and try. IR cameras also have extra issues that you have to deal with when you are thinking about focusing on your subject as the focusing system wasn't designed with infrared light in mind; though this is easier now with the addition of "live-view" to cameras, if your camera has it. Which all in all, isn't bad, it's just a bit different and requires that you slow down and think out of the box a bit more.

I myself, am fascinated with IR photography. I love that it allows me to see a different environment then the one my eyes use to enjoy daily. To me Infrared light is like a magic invisible bottle of hot sauce, once you see the transformation after the image has been captured, you can't help but want to spice things up.

  Bellewood Acres in IRBellewood Acres in IRA dramatic day at Bellewood Acres! I hope you all like the above images from a recent trip up to Bellingham, WA. I am really happy with my results, because I set out to try and pre-visualize what the images would look like before I made them and I feel like I learned a lot in the process trying to do so.

-Jay

P.S. I have been browsing the work of Laurie Klein (http://www.laurieklein.com/) lately and you should check her out if you like infrared art. She is a amazing IR artist her work and discussions have been inspiring me to push myself and see if I could pre-visualize the above BW Infrared images. Also since I am in love with all things IR, I am very overwhelmed by how she has successfully used infrared photography for portraiture and wedding work; it has captivated me and I am now hooked on the idea, go check her stuff out.

 

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Bellingham Washington Black & White Photography IR Infrared Photography Nature http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/7/fun-with-infrared-4-mabuhay-bellingham Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:36:21 GMT
Another Day In Paradise #6 (For the love of the Street!) http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/7/another-day-in-paradise-6

Living Life can be such a funny and frustrating thing. Everyday something changes, sometimes we loose track of time or we flat out ignore what keeps us alive inside. Sometimes we forget that we need to have fun while we prioritize the stressful aspects of our lives that blind us at times. Often I just forget that if I want to continue driving through the tougher aspects of my day I need to take some time for the other passions I have.

The other day I felt like I had been missing something important to me and after some reflecting about what it was I realized I haven't been out doing any street photography in a long time. Don't get me wrong, we have had some really good times so far this summer, but I haven't felt right watching the weeks go by and not pushing myself in the way that I normally do. You see ever since I picked up my camera, I have been infatuated  with Street Photography and I feel like I have been neglecting that part of me. I feel like my passion for Street is like a committed personal relationship with someone I really care about, and both she and I deserve better than the lack of effort I have put forward recently.

Let's just say that I couldn't take it any longer, and I set out to get some shots for the blog this week when I knew I would have a chance. Then while looking at my blog posts this morning it shocked me to see that its been almost two months since I put anything up online. I have decided, this will not happen again, I need to feed this part of me more. So now I am making a promise to not forget about my personal projects and to keep feeding my soul.

I hope you all take some time for yourself when you need it. Make sure you have personal projects that keep you passionate about waking up in the morning, as life isn't just about a career and doing what is expected by society, it's also about taking the time to have love for yourself. So remember to take care of yourself because its your job, and your responsibility, and we have been given the right to "pursue" happiness; whatever that means to you.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Abstract Architecture Black & White Photography Seattle Street Photography http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/7/another-day-in-paradise-6 Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:47:08 GMT
Another Day in Paridise #5 (Memorial Day Pictures) http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/6/another-day-in-paridise-5

Hey Everyone,

I hope you are all well, or at least keeping your shit together on a semi decent level. Things have been going good in my world, busy, but good for sure. I feel like I have been trying my hardest to keep my head above water recently, especially now right in summers time distortion field. You know, when its really hard to focus on those routine and monotonous tasks for work, when the daylight is out longer yet the days feel like they go by faster. I also feel like I have been biting off more than I can chew with regard to my schedule and not taking quite as good of care of myself as I need to be doing. This added stress and grind has been around because we were still in a transitional phase between our current and last places.

Fly Fishing the CanalA neighbor was walking by casting their line in the canal in hopes of catching the big one.

Stumped!Stumped!I couldn't help myself when I saw this aging piece of wood on the beach by the canal, it had this ominous look to it that I knew would look good in IR B & W

Hummingbird over Honeysuckle

Infrared CanalInfrared CanalA walk along the water resulted in the following infrared image of Hood Canal.

So WTF Jay? What is this about? Well nothing big, drastic, or life changing really. I feel like this all about re-centering myself, re-evaluating the present and remembering who I am. I mean, you don't forget who you are, but after being cooped up in a either an apartment or condo for the last decade, it feels good to be able to do a lot of the things I used to enjoy that were impossible to do in those places. It's also about trying to take myself out of the tunnel vision I have been in and look around at my life and make sure I am making smart moves and take a deep breath while I can.

You see, I finally had a chance to take my stress level down a notch while visiting Hood Canal this last Memorial Day weekend. When I pulled that proverbial stick out of my butt I felt like some recent events were not representative of my best self. As I continue to look at those choices, I have decided that I need to re-evaluate how I will handle situations moving forward. Since then I have been continuing to think about my plate, whats on it, what all this grinding has been for, what I am doing next, and well if you want to know you will have to stay tuned because I am not even sure myself where life is going to take us.

Who knows whats next, I sure don't but I do know that I want to enjoy these new changes in my life, this beautiful summer with my family and friends before I look up and its dark at 5pm again.

--Jay

P.S. Please enjoy the images from our most recent trip to Hood Canal.

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Black & White Photography Color Photography Fishing Hood Canal Humming Bird IR Infrared Photography Nature http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/6/another-day-in-paridise-5 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:32:22 GMT
Lets Get Visual #1 (Geometry) http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/5/lets-get-visual-1-geometry  

ID Installation GeometryID Installation GeometryThe installation art in Seattle's International District had some great geometry.

Push the Button!Push the Button!A geometric based close up of a buildings door control
X's and HexagonsX's and HexagonsAn image featuring the awesome geometry of the King County Administration building. Leading Lines at City Hall Park!Leading Lines at City Hall Park!The complex shapes of the the stairs heading down from Yesler Way.

Something I am a big believer in is, personal projects. I think it's important to push yourself, to have goals for yourself, and to always improving yourself through practice. Don't get me wrong, I can be lazy, unorganized, and a huge procrastinator. I will even admit at times I have spent way to much effort building up the negative aspects of my life. Hey, I have issues seeing where my journey is taking me at times. It's important though that I keep moving forward at the pace this river of life takes me at, and let it teach me whatever it can. Because of this desire to move forward I recently have started to think of ways to improve my photography.

Starting today I am going to push myself by beginning a new column called “Lets Get Visual”. “Lets Get Visual” is where I will focus on regular exercises in composition with my first drill being a lesson in geometry and shapes. With this focus in mind, last week I went out with the intent of capturing images with things like squares, circles, triangles, leading lines, etc.. Through the act of going out and taking pictures with this in mind this last week, I can already tell that my eye has seen a big improvement when identifying these hidden treasures in a scene.

I hope you enjoy the images above and if you don't already, make sure to always keep pushing yourself with your own personal projects.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Black & White Photography City Images Color Photography Geometry Seattle http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/5/lets-get-visual-1-geometry Thu, 28 May 2015 12:22:56 GMT
Fun with Infrared - #3 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/5/fun-with-infrared-3
Little Home on the Infrared RiverLittle Home on the Infrared RiverA lonely house on the Snohomish river. Snohomish River (Infrared)Snohomish River (Infrared)The bend at the Snohomish river in infrared.

This sure has been the spring for treasure hunting; that is what I am calling my walks from now on. There has been hidden gold everywhere I look recently. This last weekend we found some more of these riches when we went for a walk along the Snohomish River. It was so beautiful when we got to the river. With hawks flying in the distance, the sun shinning, and only wildlife activity in the water it was really refreshing how peaceful it was at the river. In recent weeks my schedule has been extremely busy so it was nice to have a quiet afternoon walking around with my wife before we start in on another week.

Thankfully, with Memorial Day just around the corner, I am looking forward to a little bit more stress free downtime in the near future, and I hope everyone is getting excited for their upcoming weekend plans as well. Without a drop of rain in the forecast over the next week, it sounds like a good weekend for whatever type of holiday you take.

Have fun, and stay safe this Memorial Day holiday everyone.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) IR Infrared Photography Memorial Day Nature Snohomish River http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/5/fun-with-infrared-3 Mon, 18 May 2015 19:29:38 GMT
Fun with Infrared - #2 (Mothers Day 2015 Special) http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/5/fun-with-infrared-2-mothers-day
Dandylion (Infrared)Dandylion (Infrared) Duck Family (Infrared)Duck Family (Infrared)

With all the nice weather that we have been blessed with recently its been great to get out and walk around our neighborhood and continue to uncover the hidden photo treasures we can. This last week there were a few images I got really stuck on. The first image was from earlier in the week (the dandelion) and was something I saw in my head but couldn't make out on the camera's LCD so it was really great to get home and see how well it turned out, but the real treasure this week came while out strolling around yesterday.

 

When we were out wandering, we stumbled on a small lake that just captivated Lovely and I. With no one around, some wild life showed up but it was a family of ducks that we were really having a great time watching. It was really amazing just how curious of me these ducks were, each time I hit the shutter button they would swim closer and closer. This was just what I was looking for as well, because I had left the house with my infrared camera and a wide angle lens hoping to make an images of something special. The image of the lake above was closer to the start of our encounter, before the patriarch of the family arrived. The mother duck was just letting her young ones roam around swimming in the water. She was very calm but aware of me, yet I didn't seem to cause her to worry in the least.

 

The attentiveness she was showing to the trio of her young was endearing, and really relevant considering that we are all celebrating Mothers Day today. Watching this group of ducks made me think a lot about my Mom and how lucky my sister and I are that she continues to be a hugely important part of our lives. She has always watched over us, making sure we were safe, but at the same time always letting us move free and be ourselves; even when that meant good and bad things would come of it. I couldn't ask for a better mom, and I hope that all the Moms with Families out there are having a wonderful day themselves.

 

--Jay

 

P.S. By the way, if you don't have kids but your husband/other-half acts like a kid, and you still love them, your a Mom.

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Dandelion Flowers IR Infrared Mothers Day Nature http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/5/fun-with-infrared-2-mothers-day Sun, 10 May 2015 18:54:41 GMT
Another Day in Paradise! #4 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/4/another-day-in-paradise-4  

Tulip (Profile)The first of our tulips to sprout and show its colors this year. Tulip (Above)The first tulip in our garden to sprout and show its colors.

 

This last summer we moved into a new house and its been really cool to start working in a yard again. I mean, you can't complain when your own tulip's start to sprout and add a bit of extra color to the environment. These tulips were a gift originally, that due to the time of the year ended up being a bit more of an experiment than anything else. You see we didn't have much time to think about placement and landscaping before the summer ended and when I did stop procrastinating it was a simple dig and drop operation to get them into the ground.  None the less, I am glad to see what is starting to show up and they really have me excited to start thinking about what we can do next time around with a bit more time.

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Color Photography Flowers Nature Tulips http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/4/another-day-in-paradise-4 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:53:39 GMT
Another Day in Paradise #3 http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/4/another-day-in-paradise-3 Snail Dedication!

Its quite amazing what you will see in your flower beds if you look close. This snail somehow found itself at least 3 feet off the ground on the outermost flower of one of our azaleas. To me this snail surely could have gotten the same thing from one of the flowers closer to the ground. There must have been something that called to it to climb so far up into the plant then head out on this limb to eventually reach this position. To this snail it must have felt like a lifetime to reach this point. That is some real dedication and drive that this innocent creature has shown to eventually reach such a position on our front lawn. I only hope that I will have the dedication in my life to see half of the things that I start, through to the level that this snail has done in making it to this position on our beautiful blossom.

Let's all learn something from this animal and see our goals for 2015 through to the end!

-Jay

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jayellington.photography@gmail.com (Jay Ellington) Azalea Color Photography Commitment Dedication Flowers Goals Nature Photography Spring http://jayellington.photography/blog/2015/4/another-day-in-paradise-3 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:38:55 GMT