Welcome to Urban Inspection. The part of the show where I go out with a camera and take way too many pictures of my current hometown of Tacoma, and show a few of the less unacceptable ones to you here.
Our new Fuji X10 is the most satisfying camera I have ever used, it takes such incredibly better photos than an inexpensive point and shoot on auto mode, and as I am starting to get used to shutter speeds and apertures, getting pictures that look even better. (though at this point I get plenty of washed-out shots too)
I decided to leave the photos completely unedited for this first Urban Inspection just to show how I am experimenting with camera settings. I am continually amazed at what this camera can do. For $305, it is exponentially better than a camera half as expensive.
First we start with my object of desire, the old Elks lodge. It's intact, but that's about as far as it goes.
It says "Do Not Occupy" but I'd bet somebody was sleeping inside as I photographed.
From across the street you can get a better overall view.
I am always very curious about what the letters that aren't words stand for--initials? Love the frieze too.
Lots of old ornamental bits on buildings were stamped metal. Quite rusted by this point. And here are some words we can read!
Ned came along too, and looks quite strangely ghostly here.
Here he is again, quite alive and safe.
Another object of my desire, the Port at night is splendidly beautiful.
This used to be a sort of army green. Well, Army Green to be specific. The military had a surplus of green paint at the end of some war, hence lots of these post boxes were painted with it.
And ending it with my one of my myriad favourite bits of graffiti. It's spread all around and I love uncovering a new location.
All of these photos were taken around 3.30a, just immediately before dawn. I then proceeded to get wonderful sunrise pictures. Next edition of Urban Inspection? Probably another nighttime jaunt, this time getting more detail on the Elks lodge from other sides and the grand Spanish steps, as well as some shots of the Stadium Way construction and the Port as well.