I can tell you about seattle but I am not up on the tacoma area yet. But I will find out what I can. I picked up a but call the Seattle Architectual Walking Tour which helps out a lot. After my camera is cleaned I will be shooting a lot of those locations.
BTW, I just ran across a book at Borders that I'm going to buy called Digital Photography Masterclass by Tom Ang. Really good book that covers everything from cameras, lenses, aperatures, etc. to image editing. It doesn't go hugely in-depth on any particular topic, but it has assigments for each section and he critiques sample photos. I liked it so much I was thinking of paying the full $30 at the book store for it. But since I'm such a tightwad, I decided to make myself wait and get it off Amazon for $20. It's very rare that I buy a brand new book, but I was very impressed by this one.
The only thing I couldn't find in his book is what image editing software he uses, so I wrote him an email asking him, but I haven't heard back yet. I have been using Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, but Microsoft isn't going to be making any new versions of that program so I am working on finding a new program. I'm leaning towards Adobe, just because they are the leader in that area. I'm trying to figure out if I actually need CS4 or if Elements 7 can do what I need. I can't see spending $700 on a program...that's just insane. I really want that book, though! Do you ever look at a photo book and wonder why anyone would even buy the book because the cover picture looks like crap? The pictures on the cover of this book are beautiful. I know he didn't use all his images because he gives credit to several stock agencies...but that's also good because some photography books just seem to be the photographer pushing his own work rather than teaching anything.
I will let you know what software he is using when mind comes in. I requested the book from the local library. You should do that before you buy. I do it to make sure the author is readable and the content is something I can use etc. Or I go to the local book store a flip through it. Like I did today and they didn't have half the book I wanted.
I already flipped through the book at Borders, but couldn't find any mention of which software he uses/recommends. I'm assuming if I get PSE7, it should be good enough. I can't see spending $700 on software. I'm tempted to just buy it at Borders because even though I can get it for $10 less on Amazon, I have to buy $5 more worth of stuff to get free shipping.