20 Sep 11. Last May the NWCCC sponsored a photo shoot in Seattle called "A Day in Seattle." I had the privilege of co-chairing and generally setting up the specifics of the event. It was a fun day, but one that was a wee bit on both the cold and cloudy side. But cloudy can make for some very nicely saturated colors and I chose to work primarily with colorful things, like signs and large pieces of artwork in the form of statues and totem poles, or similar objects. Downtown Seattle has a lot of outdoor artwork from which to select and so it was sorta fun to just wander around and shoot various things as they stuck my imagination. In the center of Pioneer Square there is a memorial to our Seattle firefighters, and even though I've worked the subject prior, I thought it would be fun to see what I could come up with in an HDR composite. This image is just that, made from a set of five shots and one in which I've attempted to keep it looking as realistic as I could while still giving it a bit of stylization. I have exaggerated the details just a tad (that which is primarily responsible for the HDR "look") and given it a very slight color shift to emphasize the bronze tones of the statuary. Other than that it is pretty much straight from the camera. ISO 200; 1/125 sec (middle of 5) @ f / 9.