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Happy Earth day, Power to Science and finally, Beautiful Tulips!

 (ELISA SHERMAN)Greetings earthlings! Yesterday was Earth Day – so we went out in it. Many marched for Science – and I am so thankful. Science has allowed me to heal, and I am forever grateful to everyone who practices it everyday, everyone who discovers and all who push to the next frontier. Good science means good Earth. Yesterday, I finally felt well enough to go out amongst the tulips sprouting up from the damp earth, shooting some new electronics.

Today was the first day, clicking the new shutter of the Fuji X-T20 out in the world (& instantly instagramming!) – beyond our cat Thelma(lol). I wasn’t able to trounce through all the fields yet, but we did make it to the 2 main gardens up in the Skagit Valley – Roozengaarde and Tulip Town. I have 2 lenses so far – the kit 16-50mm and the Lensbaby Trio 28, the latter capturing most of the images(all the blurry and swirly backgrounds).

The Fuji is a huge change for me equipment wise – it’s mirrorless and a crop 1.6x sensor. I really wanted to shrink my kit size, and was looking at the mirrorless. They are all advanced now, and some great photographers are using them. I had focused the full frame Sony’s at first, but between the size, cost, and current tech, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. For mirrorless, one of the best was the Fuji line – but it was crop. So I researched, and found, that the performance, image quality, and body/lens styles all fit what I was looking for, so I took the leap. I am awaiting a fish eye to add to the kit for my travels to Europe next month. I imagine I will eventually replace the kit lens with a 16-55 2.8, and ultimately add a fast prime like the 50 2.0, and a longer fast zoom like the 50-140 2.8. Oh, and I still have access to the big 5d2 as it stays in the family;)

So anywho, let’s get to it – Tulips! For looks back – 2008, 2011, 2013.

Earth Day 2017 was a bit overcast and damp at intervals, however, the Tulips shown through!


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Lava, Luau, Loco Moco & Love…Big Island Hawaii 2016

 (Elisa Sherman)So, where to start…

I decided last spring that I wanted to spend my next birthday in Hawaii…because, well, sun, beaches, sunsets and paradise;) It’s good for the soul, and glorious for the camera sensor.

It really is peaceful excitement when you first set foot in paradise, and this trip proved why in many ways.

Let’s get the big excitement out the way first, #engagement…it was perfect and photographic all at once. We were walking around the Japanese garden in Hilo. I was like, why aren’t you taking more pictures…?! LOL.

Then he gave me a gorgeous book of all the pictures and fun we have had together over the last 2+ years, a birthday present I thought…and wrapped it up with a perfect proposal. There is much more backstory to the what led up to that, but for now, we’ll just say it was a perfection in paradise.

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In photographs, the vacation bookends the perfect engagement setting with bountiful beautiful gazing sights. Just don’t forget the mosquito repellant!(serious Dengue Fever has the island in a current state of Emergency)…

From lazing on the beach, glowing crater, sea arch, and this apparent island specialty – Loco Moco, it just got better and better.


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Oh, and there was a luau, a sunset or two, a sunrise with steam rising, palm trees and waves…and even the southern most point in the whole U.S. of A…not necessesarily in any of that order…


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And maybe, some turtles, Banyan trees and oh yeah, that one Japanese garden…

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So much gorgeousness…it’s endless ~ enjoy the slideshow – xoxo…


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Gates of the Mountains bursting in the Sun

…and through you go. So pretty, up from Holter Lake & dam up through the Gates of the Mountains and to Upper Holter Lake…all part of the Missouri River…on a bright 100 degree day…at 30 mph, it was quite nice:)

Bright, bursting sun in the sky, that ball of light…not to mention some thirsty mountain sheep (slideshow),that kind of look like deer or goats, but no, they’re sheep 😉 .


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Holter Lake & Gates of the Mountains, July 2015 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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NYC – Welcome to the Jungle

…the concrete jungle that is. So much of what hit my sensors (iPhone, big camera) screamed big city, big apple, classic, kitchy, reverent, New York City.

Last time, in 2014, it was a speedy spin through the city (link).

This time, bang bang – heat, humidity, tall sky scrapers, taxis abound, lights endless, building(s) everywhere.

New York City. One like no other. This trip, not unlike last years, was prompted by a show – this time a couple big name home town favorites, together in sold out landmark performances at Radio City Music Hall – the forever young – Tony Bennett, and the extraordinarily excessive Lady Gaga.

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It was fantastic. Check my instagram for more on the show.

Show aside, the city is rich with imagery, classic to kitch. Big and well bigger.

Until next time.


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New York, June 2015 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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Great Falls, Big Sky…Montana

 (Elisa Sherman)If there is one thing most folks associate with the great state of Montana…it’s the Big Sky…Big Sky Country as it’s referred. It’s beautiful, vast, bits of fluffy clouds, winding rivers, great big falls, and prairie for days.

I haven’t been for ages, and had never been this far past the Rockies, as Great Falls… Beauty abounds. Mostly, when you visit new places, you are removed from the taken for granted beauty of your local surroundings; even as they are common to the folks that live there. This struck me as we were visiting my boyfriends home town. He took me around to all of the just down the street magnificence. It made me think, all this beauty just in your back yard? So common, yet so easily overlooked. Alas, as a visitor, it was easy for me to gaze upon it, and and want to capture it click after click…in between visiting the fave Taco (Treat) and Pizza joints, oh and the Mermaid bar…yep, you heard me;) Yes, Big Sky Country, and Great Falls in particular, has said mermaid, Black Swans, and perhaps a Buffalo-fish…
My phone was not shy in aiding in the captures, check the instagrams


Instagram snaps aside, the vastness that Lewis & Clark once passed through, of the prairie and river is grand…and beckoned the full frame…
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Great Falls, Montana ~ June 2014 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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Neutral Density Hiking…

So, it’s late Spring, and time to get out and about. I need to get into shape, and what better way than to hike out to see some pretty things?

Like creeks and waterfalls…what does this mean for image making nerds? I means you take your tripod, stop way down, and let the shutter open for a bit. What get’s it all creamy and pretty versus just overexposed? A lovely neutral density filter. Of which I did not have a few weeks ago when shooting up by Humpback Creek…glowy white blown out exposure batman;) But there was still some pretty, nonetheless, and pretty mountains and a damp eerie tunnel.

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For last weeks jaunt, I picked up a neutral density filter so I could better control exposure(when needed) – and voila, much nicer;)

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Altogether, definitely going to get out more…there are many images to be had…summer? Are you there? lol…

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Hiking 6/1/2014 & 6/8/2014 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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Yosemite Redux

Visited Yosemite again…last(and first) visit was in 2009. This time more water, and a little more time stopping to take some photos.

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The light is always gorgeous up in the valley…this time was no exception. And the gradeur of the the glacier cut valley, even from the main road is breathtaking. And there was still water…where the falls just wept in August of 2009…they flowed freely this May. I want to go again and see some of the stuff that is slightly further than what you might catch on a day trip;) As is, we caught Bridalveil, Ribbon and Yosemite Falls; and of course Half Dome. All lovely.

Here’s a few of my faves along with a slide show of the full set…until next time…

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Yosemite 5/9/2014 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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Beach time…yes, we have Beaches…

Yes, it’s Seattle, West Seattle to be specific…where we have this little beachy part of town we call Alki…it’s where all the hipster yuppies who wear flip flops(and have too much money) live. There is sand, and yes, even palm trees…to go with the jagged mountain back drop. And before you round the bend heading to Alki point, you look back and see the gorgeous Seattle skyline(that would be downtown, from across Elliot Bay). It is beautiful here, and days like this, remind us why we all live here in the pacific northwest…and why the rest of the world can only dream of our emerald city:) Some of my faves from this gorgeous walk to the beach last weekend…

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West Seattle, Alki Beach 4-27-2013 – Images by Elisa Sherman
Perhaps fresh Yosemite images in about a week or so?! :)

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New York state of mind…

This last month, I took a quick trip to New York to attend the record release for Ryan Star’s new CD: Angels & Animals – alas, I did not photograph it, I simply experienced it:) (but I have, photographed Ryan, in 2010 and a few from BCE 2011:) ) I did however take lot’s of pix of New York…

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New York City 2014 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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Summer passed by…

As I sit here on a raining Sunday afternoon, about a week into Fall, I reminisce back on our summer here in Seattle. It was warm, sunny, and generally a good summer. I started the summer, photographically, shooting my 6th Noise for the Needy Festival, and Pride Parade, respectively. These events, year after year, consistently yeild some of my favorite images. And as so often the case, my phone is always with me to capture whenever the mood strikes. Follow me on instagram at @elisasherman to keep up:) Here’s just a few…

Over the balance of the summer, life distracted. But over the last few weeks of the summer, a few fun images captured… First, I had the most fabulous date idea to go up on the Seattle Great Wheel – awesome, considering I am massively afraid of heights. Clearly, my head was in the clouds, lol… Luckily, even at ground level, our new massive ferris wheel yeilds cool images, expecially shot though the 15mm fish:)
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And the last full weekend of summer, we got lucky with a rainless if overcast Saturday, and I got to visit Snoqualmie Falls on it’s lower platform & trail re-opening day. It was busy, food trucks abound up top, and I was feeling a little under the weather, as it were…but luckily, we walked down the trail, took some pics, and caught the shuttle from the bottom back to the parking (which was back towards town – they shuttled everyone in this day).
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And later the same day, I got to visit the Renton airport, and found some fun images unexpectedly. Images unexpected, are always fun.
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The summer in review ~

Summer 2013 – Images by Elisa Sherman
And with that, hello fall, what cornucopia do you bring?