TIA’s Adventures in “Photocycling” / Chapter Five (Blooper Wheel)

Even though I had promised to deliver this chapter before the conclusion of 2020, the holiday season turned out to be a lot busier than I had anticipated, in addition to the insanity of the national politics that continue to unravel each day ad infinitum. Alas, this fifth installment of “Adventures in Photocycling” features a collection of images from last year that fall under two categories: 1) Images that were humorously botched by other unwitting cyclists or pedestrians, and 2) Images featuring special, unusual, or pleasant situations in Seattle. As blockbuster movies on DVDs or Blu-ray discs tend to feature “blooper reels” of their production, I have dubbed this chapter as the “blooper wheel” with every pun intended outright!

Although my photography of Seattle frequently goes by unnoticed by the people who live and work in Seattle, the same work is often of interest to people who live in other cities in the States, as well as major metropolitan areas in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Recently, PhotoShelter — the webhost of TIA’s official website — had its final “Vision Slightly Blurred” podcast of 2020. Prior to this particular podcast, the hosts requested PhotoShelter members to submit an audio recording that described which photography projects and activities they had focused on when it became certain that the coronavirus pandemic would undoubtedly curtail and confiscate everyone’s anticipated plans for the year. The hosts would then choose which projects they found the most intriguing and share them during the podcast. Surprisingly, PhotoShelter selected my “Photocycling” series to discuss during the podcast! You can listen to the podcast below via the audio bar or via Spotify. My project is mentioned at 8 minutes 20 seconds in the program. Many thanks to PhotoShelter for sharing my special photo project of 2020!

Fast forward to 8:20!

With that invigorating ego boost, let’s get straight into the blooper wheel!

Humorously Botched Images by Other Unwitting Cyclists or Pedestrians

In this category, please enjoy some images in which my original objective was to capture a certain scene but was interrupted by other cyclists and passersby entering my composition. Most of these bloopers, as far as I can recall, could not really be helped. In my view, this is advantageous because the images display genuine human conduct and interaction within the scene without any pretense. I hope these pictures will resonate with anyone who has experienced an unexpected interruption while attempting to capture a particular moment with a camera. In each of the slideshows below, the final picture features the subject matter I was essentially trying to capture.

  • Statue of Liberty Plaza, Alki Beach, Seattle. (December 2020)
  • Statue of Liberty Plaza, Alki Beach, Seattle. (December 2020)
  • Statue of Liberty Plaza, Alki Beach, Seattle. (December 2020)
  • Statue of Liberty Plaza, Alki Beach, Seattle. (December 2020)


  • "We Got This Seattle" solidarity sign adjacent to the Burke-Gilman trail in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (August 2020)
  • "We Got This Seattle" solidarity sign adjacent to the Burke-Gilman trail in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (August 2020)
  • "We Got This Seattle" solidarity sign adjacent to the Burke-Gilman trail in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (August 2020)
  • "We Got This Seattle" solidarity sign adjacent to the Burke-Gilman trail in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (August 2020)


  • Black Lives Matter / BLM Memorial along Harbor Avenue in Seattle. (July 2020)
  • Black Lives Matter / BLM Memorial along Harbor Avenue in Seattle. (July 2020)


  • Intersection of Pine Street & Second Avenue in downtown Seattle during the holiday season. (December 2020)
  • Intersection of Pine Street & Second Avenue in downtown Seattle during the holiday season. (December 2020)


  • Fishermen along the guardrail of Spokane Street Bridge, Harbor Island, Seattle. (September 2020)
  • Fishermen along the guardrail of Spokane Street Bridge, Harbor Island, Seattle. (September 2020)


Special, Unusual, or Pleasant Situations in Seattle

In this category, please enjoy some moments I found memorable during my year of “photocycling” around Seattle last year. Please click on any image for the caption.


That’s it for now! Tune in later on for Chapter 6!

Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle. (December 2020)
Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle. (December 2020)

Thanks for reading this article. If you enjoyed the photographs here, please visit my official website @ www.tia-international-photography.com for an indelible, visual experience.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kirk says:

    A pleasant topic and I enjoyed the images! Wishing you all the best for 2021!

    1. Thanks, Kirk! I wanted this chapter to be more lighthearted and humorous and I think these photos cover it. I’m also curious to know where the Adventures will go in 2021 as we enter Year Two of the coronavirus pandemic.

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