Posts Tagged ‘seattle’

3rd November
2012
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In Seattle, part of the WA-99 highway goes through downtown Seattle, right on the waterfront. This portion of the highway is called the Alaskan Way Viaduct. It’s not very safe, and things would not be good for someone driving on it during an earthquake, so they want to replace the viaduct with a tunnel. I’m not sure how a tunnel is safer during an earthquake, but I’m also not a civil engineer, so I’ll ignore that issue. The City of Seattle wants to replace the space taken by the viaduct with this waterfront park; they want to revitalize that area of downtown and making a touristy park can do that.

I love driving on the viaduct. I think it has some of the best views of downtown and some of the best views of water and mountains. You can’t get those views on the ground. And the only other way to get those views is to have an office in one of those buildings next to the water. I drive that way too and from Tae Kwon Do. And over the summer, I got to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m not sure when they will be tearing down the highway, so I wanted to capture a sunset before summer ended. The video does not do it justice, but it’s the best I could do.

As a note, I was driving while holding the camera so I wasn’t looking at what I was recording. There’s also one point where I’m making a turn, and needed both hands on the wheel to make it safely, so I move the camera away from the view. If you have any suggestions for music I could put in the background, let me know.

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16th December
2011
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I was walking through downtown this evening, on my way back from Brendan’s goodbye party in Capitol Hill. I had my camera with me and wanted to take pictures of all the lights on the trees. (Take a hint midwest: this is the way to lights on trees. Wrapping lights directly around individual branches looks waaaaay better than rings around the trees.)

I took 3 pictures from this angle, but focusing on different areas. Finally, I decided that the image focusing on the foreground of the image was going to be the picture of the day. However, it was a tough choice. Next, you can see the other two pictures. The left is an image where the focus is on the middle ground. On the right, the focus is on the background. One thing that I like better about both of the photos below, over the main photo, is that when I focused away from the foreground, the image as a whole turned out brighter. I couldn’t reproduce that effect on the main image.

11th December
2011
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Tonight, Kerry and I went to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the 5th Avenue Theatre. I didn’t bring my DSLR, because I didn’t know if they would let me into the theater with a camera like that. So all I had was my phone.

I didn’t like this picture at first. But then I lowered the midtones, changed the hue and saturation and I like this a lot better. It has an old-timey kind of feel, since I made the lights more yellow.

11th November
2011
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We saw the strangest weather today. It was raining for most of it. But around 4:30, as the sun was setting, there was a break in the clouds and this is what I saw. I thought it was neat, so got a picture of it.

23rd July
2011
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This morning, Kerry and I went on an architecture tour in Seattle. It was really neat because it somewhat on architecture, but it was almost like a Seattle history lesson. Now, the image I chose for today wasn’t actually part of the tour. I decided to use it for my picture of the day because it made it easier to format this post. (That image is horizontal, versus the bonus pictures, which are vertical.)

Anyway, I really like the main picture because of how blue this picture is. There’s the sky and then the reflection of the sky on the windows of the building. Then the color white places a role in the moon and the lines on the building. The plants on the rooftop terrace add a little pop. I’m happy with this picture.

Now, actually part of the tour are the two images below. The first image is interesting because of what the architect was trying to do. The architect was a mountaineer. He designed this building to reflect the mountains. First, there are the lower bricks that are darker and represent rocks and boulders. Then as you look further up the building you see light bricks until you get the white border bricks. Those represent snow. Then the towers on top (hard to see in this picture) represent evergreen trees.

Next is the building that houses Banana Republic. This building was originally built as a theater. And when there wasn’t need for this theater, instead of tearing it down, the architects came back and re-purposed it. But they did it in a way that the theater is still in there! It’s closed to the public, but I thought that was super interesting. Finally, this is one of the last buildings on the west coast that have the terracotta “crown” around the top of the building. Most buildings had that decorative stone taken down.

6th July
2011
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I’ve been meaning to take a picture of this. This is the view of Seattle and the Olympics I have from my balcony. I think it’s funny that I can see more of the city now (after moving to Bellevue) than I did when I lived in Seattle. I like the colors in the sky/mountains while the sun is setting.

2nd June
2011
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It was raining this morning and there were some rain drops on my window. I thought it was very representative of Seattle. I wanted to get some of the rain drops on the window in focus with the Space Needle blurred in the background. I think it turned out well.

31st May
2011
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Yesterday was Memorial Day and for it, the city of Seattle had an American flag on top of the Space Needle. I wanted to take a picture of it, but I had already posted the picture for Monday. So I waited until past midnight.

The other thing I wanted to try was to use a 1 second shutter speed. This was last week’s Gizmodo Shooting Challenge. I was even thinking of turning in the image until I figure out I was too late. Having Monday off of work threw me off. I thought I had another few hours still for the shooting challenge, but I was wrong. Oh well, not a big deal.

30th May
2011
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I was in downtown today running errands. I decided to take my camera. I’ve been meaning to take a picture of the fountain there and took my chance today.

23rd May
2011
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Tonight, I was energized after the MSHat Frisbee game, so I decided to walk down to Kerry park with my tripod and take some picture. Fstop was up to 11 and the ISO was down all the way to 100. I took a few pictures. That raised the shutter speed to 30 seconds.

I took two pictures I had taken and merged them together to get a longer skyline shot. I like this merged look, but I don’t know how to blur the seam together. :-/

Here are the two originals. Yes – the focal length changes between the two images, which made merging them more difficult.

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