There’s a place in Seattle I’ve been wanting to shoot as long as I can remember. It’s a view I’ve seen many times from other photographers of the city with I-5 running in the foreground and Elliott Bay of the Puget Sound in the background. The local photography club scheduled a trip to Dr. Jose Rizal Park, which is just up the hill from the bridge, to shoot this scene. I took the opportunity.
Seattle Skyline from the 12th Ave. Bridge
There were a couple challenges, the first being that the sun sets pretty late at this time of the year. It dipped below the horizon at about 9:00 but wasn’t dark enough until nearly 10:00. Here’s a wide angle view of what the scene looked like when I first showed up.
View from the 12th Ave. Bridge
You can see the stadium where the Seahawks play on the far left (the Mariners’ Safeco Field is even further to the left, out of this frame) and the railing from the bridge in the bottom right corner. That was a bit of a challenge too – shooting over the railing without it being in the frame. Other challenges included jockeying for position with the other photographers there (but they were all very friendly), keeping an eye out for the locals (friendliness status unknown) and the constant rumble of cars and buses over the bridge on which we were standing. Here’s a view of the other direction, away from the city.
From the 12th Ave. Bridge, Facing East
The special effects in the above image are courtesy of two buses that passed in front of me during a 13 second exposure. All in all it was a great trip, and I will definitely be going back. There are some other vantage points to explore and an incredible brick building that, at one time, housed the headquarters for Amazon. It looks amazing from down on the freeway and spectacular up close.
The latest How-To article for HDR shooting can be found up under the High Dynamic Range menu – Shooting HDR with the Nikon D800 In it, I detail the steps to take to shoot series of bracketed images for HDR processing.
As with all of the other related articles, this is completely about how to capture the images, not how to process them afterward. If I decide to tackle that topic, it will be at a later time.
The Abandoned K2 Headquarters on Vashon Island
Posted in HDR, Instructional
This first image was made somewhere over Montana in May of 2013. As you can see, it was still pretty cold down there.
This one was made a short time later during the same flight. We were a little closer to the ground as we approached the airport in Detroit. This is the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist the tired and oft-recycled line that people use when they have pictures of egrets. The following are pictures of a great egret that was fishing on a small lake when I was in Orlando, FL. I crept up slowly and quietly at first, but the thing kept moving further away every time I go within range to take a picture. Eventually, it shot its head into the water and came up with a fish. Once it had eaten it stopped moving away from me and even did a little show.
People tell me they like this third image the best. What do you think?
Posted in Nature
Tagged birds, Orlando
Among other things, 500px.com gives me the opportunity to find out which of my images are popular with people and which ones are not. Already I’ve been surprised several times, but I guess that’s why people do market research. Over the weekend, I put up some more pictures I took in the past, and one of them rocketed to the top of the heap.
I call the category to which this image belongs “Airplane Mode” as a play on the term for safe, non-transmitting electronic devices. The above image was taken on a Delta flight out of Sea-Tac airport in Seattle. We left the ground right at dawn, and flew over the Cascade mountain range as the sun continued to rise. I could see a break in the clouds coming (looking through the window in front of the one next to me) and got ready to capture this scene where the clouds are on one side and the mountains are clear on the other. There’s also a bit of an S-curve going on.
I thought it was kind of cool once I got it through post-processing, but I didn’t think it was 500px-popular cool. I posted this to my 500px site along with several others that I thought were much more interesting. This one, however, has been my most popular so far.
500px.com has given me some amazing inspiration in the short time I’ve been a member. Every time I look at the updated list of popular photos I am humbled by the truly excellent photographers and artists out there. I am also motivated to strive for greater goals.