Jon and I headed up to Seattle for a long weekend around my birthday. I love Seattle. I've visited more than to any other city that I've not called home and if I ever move from San Francisco, Seattle would certainly be on the short list of destinations. Jon had never been to Seattle, so for once I got to show him around a new city. We played a little game to see how many times we could see mulitiple Starbucks from one location. Without much effort, we found two spots where we could stand and see three by only rotating our head! The Starbucks in the photos is the first ever Starbucks store.
This trip gave me an excuse to try out a new lens. I finally acquired a Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 and was anxious to test it out. My usual "vacation lens", the 18-200, is great for the range, but more and more when using it I realized I wanted something faster and sharper. Instead of taking a number of lenses on this trip I decided to use only the 17-55 to give it a good workout. Only a few times I missed not being able to go longer than 55mm, but I was constantly using apertures larger than f/4. When I got home, I was impressed at how sharp and contrasty my images were with this lens, even wide open, and how much less time I spent post-processing. Many of these images were shot hand held. The few exceptions being some of the very early morning shots that I simply found something to set the camera down on and used a small bean bag for stability, and the last shot from Kerry Park where I used a Gorillapod! (Didn't want to take the big tripod on this trip.)