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Suzzallo Library

The reading room at the University of Washington.

The reading room at the University of Washington.

I figured that the best time to take a photo of the library reading room would be before the quarter started when it only contained a few grad students or those taking summer classes.

I wanted to do an HDR shot (which I did) but I did not have a tripod but I had a lot of desks. I balanced a book that was left laying around on top of the lights for a little more stability and to reduce the sound of the shutter (it is a library). The shots were not perfectly lined up however when reduced to an 800 pixel width it is hard to tell.

I want to do a better HDR in the future when it is either night outside or direct sunlight is coming through the stained glass. This was done with an overcast sky which was not impressive. Though it did let me get the full range of light with only three exposures.

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Mt. Rainier View

This should be prominently showing Mt. Rainier in the background.

This should be prominently showing Mt. Rainier in the background.

Right outside the building that I will be working in for the next several years is this walkway. I hope in that time to get either a really nice sunset/night photo or day shot of Mt. Rainier with the fountain in the middle ground and students in the foreground.

I like this one because the clouds add some interest but the mountain did not show up as clearly in the photo as it did in person, mostly due to the exposure. Also maybe a photo after it rained with a wet ground reflecting the fountain. I am sure at least a few photographic situations will occur in the next several years.

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University Bookstore

Loose fiber optics cables handing from a ceiling.

Loose fiber optics cables handing from a ceiling.

The University of Washington bookstore has a sweet program, I don’t know if it is unique but even if it is not it is nonetheless pretty nice. 10% of all purchases made at the bookstore are refunded to you at the end of the year. Even if you did not make the purchase, as long as the receipt is registered under your student number you get 10% off.

In a way this becomes a tax refund that puts purchasing books and supplies at the bookstore on par with buying it online.

While in the bookstore last weekend I took a gander at the textbook section. I looked at the books for Earth and Space Science courses and compared them with books for the Physics course. Glad I am switching over to ESS. I looked through a grad level mathematical physics book and while I knew that I could figure out what was going on I realized that I might not have too.

The best thing about the bookstore is that they had a full line up of Terry Pratchett books in both their main and satellite bookstore. Sure I already own most of them (3 have the zany UK covers) but it is nice to see them all there fresh and new.

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