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Dino L. Rovera
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2006
 

Seattle Virgin


I will be flying to Seattle soon, a city I have never been to before. I will only be there for four days and was wondering if someone could tell me some great vantage points for both sunrise and sunset shots. I am really looking forward to this little mini trip and can't wait to use my two new "L" lens I purchased...the 24-70 f/2.8, and my 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II !!


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12/7/2011 7:30:31 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Dino,
For sunset water shots - just go west until you hit Puget Sound - about 1/8 mile behind Pikes Market/1st Street by the Aquarium and for sunrise you can either go up to Lake Union or catch a ferry to Bremerton and shoot from the other side of Puget Sound.
Go up on the Space Needle and shoot some shots w/both lenses and bring the tripod for shooting the Space Needle at night from below :) Queen Anne hill gives you overlook views of the city.
Go east of Seattle (30 miles) until you will hit North Bend and you will find me hanging out with the Elk, Bear & Cougars :)
Lots to see & photograph everywhere you go in this area.
Enjoy,
Carlton


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12/7/2011 3:31:59 PM

 
Dino L. Rovera
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2006
  Thank you Carlton. That is just the information I was hoping to get. With such little time going to be spent there, I didn't want to waste any by being in the wrong place. I will post images when I return. Once again...Thank you very much.


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12/8/2011 3:13:06 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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Hi Dino,
Woodland Zoo is another place to consider shooting. The Pacific Science Center/Seattle Music Experience/IMAX & Space Needle are all right together so you can spend lots of time shooting there. This time of year it gets dark about 4:30pm so be in position & ready to shoot by 3:30-4pm. Its often cloudy so sunset shots are very hit & miss but I often see nice sunrise shots. We are just getting out of a high pressure system that hovered just off shore that has kept the low clouds & fog socked in though I believe this is now dissipating.
If you have time/transportation (jump on the Amtrak) to Tacoma and shoot at the Glass Museum. The Chihuly glass art is amazing. Bring a rubber lens hood to get up on the glass to keep reflections in check - as I also do at the Seattle Aquarium.
Hope this helps,
Carlton

Here is a pic I took at the Space Needle but you cant get this one anymore as the Ferris Wheel was removed.


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12/8/2011 12:25:52 PM

 
Dino L. Rovera
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2006
  Thank you again Carlton. Great shot of the Space Needle with the Ferris Wheel. Love the angle. I have a strong feeling that this first trip to
Seattle will NOT be my last.


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12/11/2011 6:36:03 AM

 
Leslie J. Morris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/30/2007
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  Hope I did not chime in after your trip but if I did save it for next time!

For beautiful night shots of the city, go over to West Seattle. There are a number of parks right on the water that allow you unobstructed shots of the city lit up...after you are done go to Pegasus Pizza for dinner!

Ditto on the Zoo...but then I am addicted to zoos.


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12/14/2011 8:05:26 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  If I recall, Kerry Park on W. Highland offers a fantastic view of the city and mountains in the distance. Been a long time, but I think that is the park I went to---"park" is a strong word---it is a VERY tiny patch of open space in a residential neighbor hood of Queen Anne, but up high, with great views...


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12/14/2011 8:55:09 AM

 
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