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The Color Run brightens Seattle Center

 There are no personal bests at the Color Run, a 5k held in Seattle Sunday morning. Race officials don't even time the event, instead focusing on having fun, that and lots and lots of colored cornstarch.

Runners start the race dressed all in white, like brand new blank canvases. Throughout the run they get "painted" at color stations. I showed up in time for the race after party, where any blank canvas got thoroughly covered. 

The clean up station was a guy with a leaf blower.

http://thecolorrun.com/seattle/

 

How'd we shoot that? The Dummy Downhill

Mission Ridge Ski Resort ends each season with a "Dummy Downhill", sort of a demolition derby on a ski jump. We loaded up the news car with cameras and headed out to Wenatchee to capture the craziness. Click HERE for the full story that Matt Markovich and I put together. 
 
We brought 5 cameras to cover this event. Our two big cameras were at both at the top and bottom of the hill, we used those to get the majority of our video. The really fun stuff however came from the on-board shots we got with our three GoPro cameras. They are small enough to catch a ride on the dummies, and tough enough to take the abuse.
 
The real challenge was the steep and snowy hill, Each of the little cameras had to be run up the hill, attached to a dummy, then you had to get back down the hill in time to shoot the run with the big camera and retrieve the little camera from the carnage.
 
This story was a fun challenge both as a photographer and and editor. We don't normally get to use 2 cameras, let alone 5, and syncing all that action up was a lot of fun. Hope you like it!
Special thanks to Josh Markovich for his GoPro work.
 

Not a good morning for umbrellas in Seattle

It's been said that Seattle's not an umbrella town. While that may or may not be true, this morning downtown was no place for umbrellas.

Covering the Queen Anne Fire

It can be difficult to enter situations like this house fire. We never know the mood of people or how they’ll welcome our cameras. But experience has taught me that quite often, people WANT to talk. This was the case with Gina Axe. She agreed to wear my microphone as she watched her home burn. It’s a powerful thing when folks let me into their lives like that, and even after the interview was over, she kept me updated on things.

There is a competitive side as well. My interview with Gina was under the nose of a photojournalist from a competing station, one whom I have immense respect for. That I was able to beat him to Gina's story in such a chaotic scene was immensely gratifying.

Sneak Preview of SAM's new exhibit: MIRROR

First and Union may be the brightest spot downtown thanks to a new permanent exhibit adorning the northwest corner of the Seattle Art Museum. 

For MIRROR, artist Doug Aitken took hundreds of hours of footage from all around  the Northwest, then programmed giant screens to play different video depending on different inputs, such as the weather and traffic.

Especially at night, MIRROR is stunning. The large monitors are topped with ribbon thin screens that draw your eye upwards into the night. It's nearly impossible to not stop and be transfixed. The piece will be unveiled Sunday, March 24th. First Avenue will be shut down and the Seattle Symphony will perform a piece choreographed with the first video. The event is sold out.

MIRROR was commissioned by the late philanthropist Bagley Wright.

http://mirrorseattle.org/

 

Raw Video: Woodinville airplane wreckage removed

Early Sunday morning crews removed the wreckage of the Maule M5 plane that on Saturday had crashed into a home in Woodinville, killing the pilot and seriously injuring a passenger. The NTSB investigation is ongoing.

Boy octopus meets girl octopus

The hardened Seattleite  may cringe when you bring up going to the downtown waterfront. There are too many tourists, there is nothing interesting to see or do. I would even be guilty of that some days, but not on Valentine’s Day. The Seattle Aquarium cleverly disguises a hot, passionate, and tentacle-filled interlude as an educational experience. At noon they arrange a blind date between two giant Pacific octopuses, in hopes they will fall madly in love and, well you know, do what octopuses do.

This is the second year in row I have been able to cover this event, and I am so glad that I did. The crowd this year was amazing, most were school kids on field trips. And what I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall at dinner tables across Seattle that night. I can only imagine how kids answered the question of, “what did you learn at school today?’

The hot couple this year was a lovely female named Squirt. And Rain, a rugged, but bashful hunk of tentacles. After some encouragement by the aquarium’s biologists, the octopuses found each other irresistible and showed all of us there how lovely an under-water romance can be. It is definitely one of the most unique events to cover living in Seattle, and it’s pretty amazing that we all have access to such a great aquarium. Hopefully love will find its way under water again next year!

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Raw Video: Geoduck fishing off of Whidbey Island

The geoduck is big business in Washington State. The large clam can fetch $100-$150 per pound on a plate in Asia, which is where most of the clams are exported to. Here is some of our raw video shot off the shore of Langley on Whidbey Island. Our full story here.

One last show at Easy Street Queen Anne

Friday was the last day of business for Easy Street Records at their Lower Queen Anne location. For the final in-store show, Yo La Tengo came to town and  played a nearly hour-long set.

Easy Street owner Matt Vaughan bid a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the store over the last dozen years:

"I'd just like to thank the Queen Anne neighborhood, they've been very supportive of us. I wish we could have stayed longer, we're coming off a pretty good year, but there's some things out of my control. Hopefully we didn't let anyone down, made up for it tonight. Go west young man, we'll see you in West Seattle"      (Easy Street's West Seattle location is still open.)

The big surprise of the night was the marriage proposal from long time Easy Street employee and KEXP DJ Troy Nelson to his girlfriend Mackenzie Mercer. (the proposal happens at about the 4 minute mark)

Congratulations!

 

Snow conditions worsen at Snoqualmie Pass

Snow conditions worsen at Snoqualmie Pass

Country dog fascinated by Alki's big waves

Tucker, a 5-year-old chocolate lab, was raised in the country, far from big bodies of water. So when he and his owner Robyn Nelson moved to Seattle, Tucker was fascinated with big waves. And Monday's storm and high tide were almost too much excitement for him to take.

Local church remembers shooting victims

First United Methodist Church of Seattle read the names of each one of the Sandy Hook victims this Sunday morning. For each name read, a candle was lit and a bell tolled. Much of the service centered around the shooting and the larger issue of gun violence in this country.