I wanted to continue from the last few weeks of sharing shots from our June weekend in the Seattle, Washington area (Ferry to Friday Harbor…Roche Harbor…Henry Island to Anacortes). This week is my final installment and what would a photo shoot in the Seattle area be without the infamous Space Needle. We stopped by Kerry Park, which is located in the Queen Anne District of Seattle. The park covers the southern slope of Queen Anne Hill and from the top elevation of the park; the sweeping views of Seattle are spectacular.
This first capture gives you an overall feel for the view towards the Space Needle and downtown. I like the fact that on the far left side of the frame, you can see a seaplane on its final approach to landing in Lake Union. Lake Union is to the immediate left (east) of this location. We are looking south with Elliot Bay (Seattle waterfront) and the Puget Sound just out of the frame on the right. If you look at the base of the Space Needle, you can see some colorful buildings, which are located in the Seattle Center. The Seattle Center (where the Space Needle is located) was home to the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair. The buildings today house a variety of venues, including theaters, museums, the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit (I have seen four of his exhibits in different parts of the United Sates and this one is by far the largest), a park with an interactive fountain and many restaurants. And of course, who could forget the monorail connecting downtown with the Seattle Center.
The second shot centers the Space Needle with the buildings of downtown filling in the background.
The third picture moves the Space Needle off center and allows some storm clouds to play a larger role in the composition of the frame.
The fourth capture zooms in a little bit with the needle centered in the frame. Because of the elevation of the hill, you get more of a straight on shot with the angle slightly upward.
The last shot is a full on zoom into the top of the needle. In this capture, you can clearly see the people on the observation deck. With this close up of the white roof, I wanted to make a note that during 2012, the 50th anniversary of the worlds fair, the roof was painted gold to commemorate the original color (I have a couple of shots from that year, but none of them up close and personal).
I will only be adding a couple of these shots to my gallery; any favorites you would recommend? Thoughts?
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