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City Council Meeting: Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector

June 18, 2019. This evening the Edmonds City Council Meeting agenda will include an item to discuss authorizing the mayor to sign a supplemental agreement for further study of the Edmonds Street Overpass.

If you are unaware of this project (I was until a few months ago), this is an overpass that would extend Edmonds Street over the railroad tracks and down to Bracketts Landing North Park. You can read more details at saveedmondsbeach.com.

I walk Sunset Avenue frequently, and I think this overpass would greatly disrupt the views from Sunset Avenue. This is the wrong solution for the problem they are trying to solve. There are better options.

I can’t attend the City Council meeting tonight, but if you can, please do.

360° Panoramas!

I’ve been playing with 360° photography for several months. For me, this is a fun new way of doing photography.

The simplified explanation of the process is to shoot enough images to capture all directions, then stitch these images together (I’m using a program called PTGui) into a special format. To create the image below, I shot from a drone at 200′, in RAW to capture the wide range of brightness from shadows to sun reflections, then processed the images in Lightroom, sent these processed images to PTGui to generate the panorama, cleaned up the sky a bit in Photoshop (there’s a hole where the drone is – the camera can’t shoot straight up), then generated the final image using PTGui.

To see all of the panoramas I have published, check out my Panorama Page at roundme.com/@garystebbins. When on that page, click the “TOURS” button to see the images I have published.
Some images have been shot with my camera on a tripod, while others have been shot from a drone. I’m still experimenting and learning.

The image below is a snapshot from a panorama that was shot from a drone at 200′ above the beach just north of Brackett’s Landing. I can’t display a 360° panorama directly in this blog, so you will need to click on the image to open it in a 360° Panorama viewer. For fun, open this from a tablet, like an iPad, and be more immersed in the experience! 🙂

Edmonds Waterfront 360 Snapshot
Edmonds Waterfront 360 Snapshot

Rebuilding this Website

This site has been rebuilt in WordPress. After many years using Sitesell for this website, I decided to rebuild it using WordPress. You will notice some things will change as I experiment to get things the way I want them.

Many URLs on this site have changed slightly. If you are having troubles finding a particular page, use the Menu on the left to navigate to it.

[updated January 16, 2019]

Sunset Over Edmonds Waterfront

The evening of July 13 (2014), I walked out my front door and was struck by the odd lighting. Looking up at the sky, I saw what appeared to be a spectacular sunset approaching. I grabbed my camera and jogged down to the Edmonds waterfront (a few minutes away). There was a storm approaching from the south, which provided the interesting clouds to go with the brilliant colors.

Spectacular Sunset from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront
Spectacular Sunset from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront

Coyote near Shell Creek

I’ve heard for years that there are coyotes along Shell Creek. I didn’t doubt that, but never saw one until several weeks ago. This healthy guy (or gal) was splashing through the creek, no doubt hunting, then stopped for a photo op in this grassy area. If you live near Shell Creek, this would be a very good reason to keep your cats indoors! (August 22, 2015)

Coyote near Shell Creek, Edmonds, WA
Coyote near Shell Creek, Edmonds, WA

International Space Station

This photo is of the night skies over Edmonds as the International Space Station (ISS) passed over June 10, 2015. It is actually 5 photos combined. Each photo was shot at ISO 1250, f/5.6, approximately 30 seconds, using a 10mm lens on a Pentax K-3 (35mm equivalent 15mm) then combined in Photoshop. You can clearly see the big dipper (cup down) just left of the middle of the photo. You can find out when you can see the ISS at your location at NASA’s “Spot the Station” site.

International Space Station from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront
International Space Station from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront

Milky Way from Edmonds

Who says you can’t see the Milky Way from Edmonds? It may be hard to see with the naked eye, but it’s there. This is a photo I shot of the Milky Way from my driveway (in the Edmonds Bowl) on August 3, 2014. Exposure was 30 seconds at F/2.8 at ISO 1600 with a 17mm lens. I did some post processing in Lightroom (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom): increased contrast, lightened the light colors (stars), darkened the darks and a few more things to make the stars stand out a bit more, but just increasing the contrast made the Milky Way obvious in the photo. The light at the bottom is from downtown Edmonds.

Milky Way from Edmonds, WA
Milky Way from Edmonds, WA