Bainbridge Island resident Jason Stowe’s photo of his wife and baby looking across the water to Seattle’s unique skyline.

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Photographer: Jason Stowe, Bainbridge Island

Photo taken: July 1, on Bainbridge-to-Seattle ferry

Photographer’s description: “Jason Stowe photographed his wife and 9-month-old daughter watching the Space Needle pass by from the ferry. Camera was iPhone 6. Our family was on our way to see family in Carnation.”

Katie’s critique: “The photographer did a great job balancing the brightness of the outside light with the darkness of the interior of the ferry, which can be difficult when shooting on an iPhone. This just shows if you know how your camera functions, you can make great images. I love the symmetry and framing within this image, and it’s a great, tender moment. Lovely photo.”


For this month’s reader-photo contest, we’re looking for your favorite photo from an early-summer trek around the Northwest, whether it’s among balsamroot flowers in the Methow Valley or through lingering snow at an alpine lake.

Send us your best recent “Take a hike” photo, and we’ll choose a favorite to spotlight in The Seattle Times’ Reader’s Lens feature. A Canon photo bag goes to the winning photographer. Submit by end of the day Sunday, July 30, to