I've added two new artist links that you should check out. The first is Donald Smith's City Trees Furniture. Donald takes local scrap and salvage wood and turns it into beautiful, custom-made residential and commercial furniture. The bench shown below is an example and a piece that we were fortunate to be able to buy. If you're in the Ballard area, CTF is located just north of the ship canal at 4616 14th Ave NW. He also shows the work of several other local artists, including a wide selection of hand-turned bowls. Stop by and support a great local business & artist!
Trey Ratcliff is the second artist and his site, Stuck in Customs, is one of the most followed travel sites/blogs on the Internet. Trey specializes in an emerging form of digital photography called "HDR" (high dynamic range) which is the digital equivelent to the old days of using graduated neutral density filters or sandwiching negatives or slides to capture a wider range of exposure than film or a camera's sensor is capable of. Some people love the style....some people don't. I'm more on the positive side of the movement but am trying to find my own comfort zone as I've never heavily manipulated my images and it's sometimes a challenge to retain a natural look when merging four or five images with a wide range of exposure.
Below is one of my first HDR attempts, followed by a strip of the four images it was taken from.