The Space Needle – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

I wanted to continue from the last few weeks of sharing shots from our June weekend in the Seattle, Washington area (Ferry to Friday HarborRoche HarborHenry 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.

Space Needle 1

Space Needle 1

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.

Space Needle 2

Space Needle 2

The second shot centers the Space Needle with the buildings of downtown filling in the background.

Space Needle 3

Space Needle 3

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.

Space Needle 4

Space Needle 4

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.

Space Needle 5

Space Needle 5

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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34 thoughts on “The Space Needle – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

  1. Dan Antion

    Once again Kirt, you have jogged a favorite memory. I have spent many hours at that park. When I lived in Seattle, I worked at the base of Queen Anne Hill. I have always tried to visit the park when I’ve been back to Seattle on business. I have a series of night shots from that park from about 10 years ago, but I wish I was back for some now that I have a better camera. Thanks for sharing these.

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  2. Jet Eliot

    Truly excellent photos of Seattle, Kirt. It is such a picturesque city, but often it is rainy, but your photos here are crystal clear. When in Seattle, the Space Needle looms from wherever you are, so I like all the different angles. I like them all, but my favorite is the last one, simply because I never see the people on the Needle and I think that’s cool. 🙂

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Jet….I thought of you on the first shot with the seaplane coming in to land on Lake Union! When we were over on Henry Island the seaplanes were landing just across from the property we were at landing in Roche Harbor! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. MichelleMarie

    Oh yay! My 2 Aunts live near Seattle! One in Burlington and the other in Bremerton. My cousins live in Bellevue and Silverdale! It’s wonderful to see photos of the skyline and the space needle! My girl loves Grey’s Anatomy and always says oh that where Seattle Grace the hospital is! I’m not sure that is a real hospital name there but that space needle is a well known icon!
    I love all the history you shared and the photos are sharp I like that! 😄

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      1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        The Puget Sound is the main waterway going all the way down to Tacoma and up towards Vancouver Island….creates the ocean port for Seattle and Tacoma part of the connection to the Pacific.

      2. MichelleMarie

        Oh I didn’t know this! I think your photos are all so wonderful Kirt! Thank you for letting me know! I felt like I should know since my family lives there! I haven’t been back since I was little! 😄

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you!!! We lived up there for 6 months after we sold our family home in San Diego and were having our house here in the Phoenix area built! Our youngest daughter decided it would be the perfect place to go to college and has never looked back…..gives us a great reason to go up there a few times a year. We were in Issaquah at the base of the Cascades. Our youngest and her fiancé live in the Green Lake area north of where these shots were taken!!

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  4. reocochran

    I like Space Needle #1 and #3, Kirt. The views are breathtaking! It was good to know the Chihuly exhibit is extensive and impressive in Seattle, so glad you mentioned this fine glass maker who since getting older has hired apprentices to help complete his elaborate sculptures. He is a creative genius. 🙂

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I can’t even begin to tell you how extensive the collection is there….inside and outside…..room after room…incredible!! Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it!

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