The City of Pikes, Stars and Bucks

Usually when Kasia and I are on the road, our itinerary is all about photography. No wonder our 16-year-old son prefers to stay home! After all, who at his age would enjoy driving thousands of kilometres only to watch two overexcited “old people” running around with their eyes glued to square boxes.

Therefore, whenever we convince (and bribe) Oli to go with us we try to make it a family adventure. It doesn’t mean that our seeing goes out of the window, not at all. I guess this addiction of ours of observing, composing and seeing cannot be brought to a full stop.

I know that my only window of opportunity to immerse myself in seeing is early in the morning when my family is still asleep. And that’s exactly what I did.

Once I pick the place of interest I like to arrive there early, before all the action starts. In this way I can get to know all the elements, backgrounds, anticipate the direction of the light, make some compositions in my head and imagine people in them.

Then, I wait for the light and people to arrive. In such a busy and popular place as Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market I try to remain focused and open to visuals that reveal themselves to me. Sometimes it is an interesting individual, sometimes it is the compelling light and sometimes it is the scene itself. In any case, a good, a well-thought out composition is a must.

OK, enough of these incoherent ramblings for now. Here are the images I shot this very morning.


All images shot with the Fuji X-Pro2 paired with the XF 35mm F1.4. Processed in LR6 (Classic Chrome and ACROS film simulations)















…and some B&W







2016 © Kasia & Olaf Sztaba Photography. All rights reserved.

12 thoughts on “The City of Pikes, Stars and Bucks

  1. Great work with that 35mm and the morning light! I really like that viewing angle. Excellent processing as well (colours, contrast). I particularly like the first image and the amazon fresh photograph.

  2. Agonising over whether to spring for the X Pro2 …… came across this post & the decision was made, and a camera was ordered 🙂 Wonderful shots!!

  3. Great images that give a real feel for the place – your choice of film simulations suit the scenes perfectly – the classic chrome is perfect for the vibrancy of the market and its folk, it works so well with the warm morning light.

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