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Michael Riffle
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Starting at 7:00 this evening, you have a chance to give a little to help our neighbors who have lost everything in the town of Oso.....and end up with something cool hanging on your wall. "Art for Oso"  has been put together by local photographers on Facebook to raise money for those affected by the recent landslide. 100% of the proceeds from these prints will go to the Cascade Valley Hospital Relief Fund and spent directly on needs for those affected by this tragedy The first round raised over $8000 and with everyone's help, the second round should raise even more. 

Just join the "Art for Oso" group On Facebook and starting tonight at 7:00, leave bids in the comment sections of the images in the photo gallery. The auction ends at 9:00 PM Pacific Time on Monday April 7th.

Even if you can't give, please help out by  sharing this post with your friends and family.

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Thanks everyone !!
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Thanks for sharing +Michael Riffle . Time to get together for another shoot soon!!
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Great pre-dawn shot of the cherry blossoms blooming yesterday at the University of Washington by +Jacob Lucas. Please leave any comments on his post!
Sunrise Over The Quad
University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA

See this image LARGE on my blog!

This past weekend my good mate +Sam Breach was in town, so I dragged her out to the University of Washington for a sunrise shoot. I had seen a lot of news that the Cherry Blossom trees on campus were in full bloom, and it seems they were right! 

We got there about 30 minutes before sunrise to find a quiet and almost empty quad. It was a very tranquil and quiet shoot. Definitely pays to wake early sometimes :)

#CherryBlossoms   #UWCherryBlossoms   #UWPhotography   #UniversityOfWashington   #sunrise   #sunrisephotography  
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So, is this more crowded than sunrise this morning, +Jacob Lucas? ;)
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I was there at 7:45 in the morning on Saturday and their was only 15-20 people their. by 10:00 more than 75 people. but great shots.
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Should be great, looking forward to this--going to put the X100S through its paces.
Our next Drink and Click event is happening in the fun & funky Ballard neighbourhood of Seattle. Tons and tons of bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and street photography await us as we meander around drinking and clicking. You don't have to drink alcohol either. Many of our members do not drink and they still come over for a good talk and networking.

The first place we’ll all meet at is set in an old library. It’s Seattle’s only pub dedicated to all things Australian & New Zealander, the Kangaroo and Kiwi. It’s a great spot with lots of open space for us to hang out, shoot, and grab a few drinks. After we’re done here, we’ll wander around Market St and Leary Way wherever we may feel like heading to. The locks are nearby too, potentially a fun spot to catch the sun setting towards the end of the event.

March Monthly Challenge!
As usual, there's a monthly challenge with the event and this months' theme is Shallow Depth of Field, with awesome prizes from +Gary Fong Flash Diffusers, +c't Digital Photography, and +Trey Ratcliff. More info for the challenge can be found here:

Hope to see you! Cheers!
+Jacob Lucas.
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Happy Monday, all! May tranquil scenes like this one help you get through these hectic holiday days.  :)
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Who hoooo   This is beautiful +Michael Riffle 
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Sol Duc Falls
Olympic National Park

Here's a little bit different of a view of these beautiful falls in Olympic National Park. Getting here just requires going off trail a little bit and standing on a mossy basalt cliff edge with a little bit of a 100 foot drop to the Sol Duc River, but it's not so bad.  ;)
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I used to go camping up there with my dad every year. Washington State is so amazingly beautiful
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And Then This Bird Walked into My Shot...
Bay of Banderas, Mexico

This is a shot from a recent family vacation to Punta de Mita, Mexico--near Puerto Vallarta. This is looking west, out of the Bay of Banderas and toward the open Pacific.  While most of the sunsets were clear, this one had quite a few clouds setting up on the western horizon so I went out with the camera hoping for something good... and wasn't disappointed!  After I found these cool rocks to use as a foreground, this bird flew in and decided to start frolicking in the surf right in front of me. Sometimes I get lucky. ;)

Shot handheld with the Fujifilm X100s. (RAW, ISO 1600, 1/18s, f/8).
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looks great!love it..:)
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Spring has arrived--and guess what's in bloom right now? Think it's time for a few more field trips up to the Skagit Valley.
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I'd like to join you one of those days 
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Absolutely gorgeous shot by +Peter West Carey of my favorite city, during an early morning outing that he somehow convinced me to join him on.
Panorama: Before Sunrise In Seattle, Washington, USA

Summer mornings are near perfection in Seattle. We don’t get warmth all year round so when Summer finally begins (some time around the end of July, usually) and the days are long, getting up early for photography is easy.

My friend +Michael Riffle and I were up extra early, well before coffee stands were open (which is saying something in this coffee-Mecca town) and that allowed for extra time to set up and capture morning’s colors before the sun touched Mt. Rainier in the distance.

This view captures a lot of Seattle’s icons, form the obvious Space Needle and Mt. Rainier to the newer Great Wheel on the waterfront and the two sports stadiums in the far distance (while admitting I still miss the Kingdome sometimes….in the winter).

Camera: Pentax 645D
Lens: Pentax-D FA645 55mm
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 55mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1 second
Altitude: 342 ft.
GPS Coordinates: 47°37'46" N  122°21'38" W
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Cool shot of a cool city.
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Autumn on the Sol Duc
Olympic National Park, Washington

Took a recent trip over to Olympic National Park to try to catch some fall color in the forests around Lake Crescent and nearby river valleys--and wasn't disappointed. Here is an early-morning view of Sol Duc Falls with a little splash of color.

Shot Details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, +Really Right Stuff TVC-23 and BH-55, +f-stop Guru Bag, Green Lantern Underoos, B+W Circular Polarizer, RAW, ISO 100, 23 mm, f/16, several exposures. 

#landscapephotography  (+Landscape Photography  , +Margaret Tompkins +David Heath Williams +Bill Wood +Jim Warthman), +NationalParksMonday  curated by  +Juan Pons #NationalParksMonday
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Fantastic ..!!!
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Photographer. Scientist. Caffeine aficionado.

By day, I am a computational proteomicist, bioinformaticist, and scientific data manager at the University of Washington in Seattle. (What???) That means I use computers to study biology. I spend my time generating and working with huge amounts of scientific data, writing datamining algorithms, and developing massive databases. If you are throwing together science, academic, programming, database, or other similar circles, feel free to add me—more than happy to talk about these things!

By most of the other time, I am a landscape photographer based in Seattle. The Pacific Northwest affords endless opportunities for amazing outdoor photography. Three National Parks located right here (Olympic, North Cascades, Mt. Rainier), and endless mountains, seascapes, forests, bridges, and more. I try to get out and shoot as much as I can, and am always looking for people to go out and shoot with!

Also particularly love to travel to the Colorado Plateau and the Desert Southwest to get more amazing shots. I am especially likely to be found in these places near the end of Winter when my skin has the consistency and color of a waterlogged corpse.

Other personas include chocolate and coffee addict, hiker, tennis player, belligerent political debater, hack philosopher, and nerd-in-denial.

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Scored 161 points for a single word in Words with Friends (QUEZAL).
  • University of Washington
    Molecular and Cellular Biology, 1999
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