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July 12, 2005
Cityscape - Distance tripod test ...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Yesterday evening (that's Monday night for you Eastern time folks) I talked myself into thinking that the sun would die a bloody death in the west and provide some good rays for taking pictures from West Seattle.

No such display, but I went anyway - and thought as long as I was there I'd take a few shots.

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The cloud cover presented a good counterpoint to Puget Sound - so I thought I'd stick around for a while. That's a Washington state ferry system boat there - an example of excellent public transportation in our fair state. (As opposed to the proposed monorail system - don't get me started - see Sound Politics for everything you need to know about the boondoggle.)

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The Space Needle is certainly Seattle's most photogenic building.

Want to see some more Seattle cityscape? Click just below to continue - images will load...

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Wide shot from the Space Needle to the north to the Columbia Tower (or whatever they've named it lately) to the south.

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Ambient light is lessening - the city is brightening.

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From Pike's Place to South 4th - heart of the city.

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Battlestar?

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There's that wide shot again - but it's dark out. Compare to the shot at the top of this extended post. The color in the clouds is the reflection of the city.

Conclusions: Everything the sales guys at the camera store tell you about tripods is true - and then some. I took 95 pictures over the course of a couple of hours and more than half of them had some kind of unacceptable motion artifact. It's why you can invest as much in your tripod as you do in the camera body. Composite material seems to be a must. And that 'bone bag' that hangs under the tripod is a very good idea. The smallest breath or touch will affect the picture when the objects of interest are several miles away. I can't wait until that wireless shutter release comes in.

Persistence can pay off even if the conditions aren't optimal. Though I didn't get any red sky - the close coloring of the sky and the water made for some great shots that highlight the beautiful Emerald City.



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Those are loverly!

Now where's your bug pics for me? !!!!

EMCEE: I say let those kumquats die on their own! Doncha think? Yechhhh!

Posted by: SondraK at Jul 13, 2005 2:26:04 AM

Absolutely gorgeous shots, MC.

EMCEE: Thanks Sean. I really appreciate your positive feedback. Thanks!

Posted by: SeanH at Jul 15, 2005 6:10:15 PM

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