The Classic Seattle Night Shots

Blue Hour
Blue Hour | Seattle | 2018

I know there is the theory saying you should try to find an individual angle in your photography, not going after the shots that million others have taken. Thank heavens it’s just that…a theory.

Of course I went after the two classic night shots of the Seattle skyline. The first from Kerry Park was taken with 1/6 sec @ f/4 and ISO 500. I took it handheld, camera tightly tucked against the body, arms resting on the railing of the viewpoint. As I have written in other posts, getting tack sharp images with 1/6 sec handheld is no big problem with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 combined with the 12-100 F/4, where image stabilization of the camera are added to the lens internal image stabilization. Amazing technology. It was that crowded at the viewpoint that it would have been difficult to set up a tripod anyway.

Night Lines
Night Lines | Seattle | 2018

The second classic night shot of the Seattle skyline is from the 12th Avenue bridge across the I5. You have Century Link Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks) to the left, the Interstate 5 and Seattle downtown. Image specs here are 4 seconds, f/7.1 and ISO 200. As I wanted to capture the light trails of the passing cars I used a slow shutter speed of 4 seconds with the camera on a small tripod. I would have loved to use a longer shutter speed, but the problem was the bridge was vibrating with passing cars. Anything longer than 4 seconds always resulted in shaking from a passing car. Still, I’m quite happy with the result.

Any reason not to go for the postcard shots?

Wish you a splendid Sunday!


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  1. Beautiful shots Marcus and so interesting no tripod was needed! I like the brightness/darkness, they turned out perfect in my eyes! In the first pic, I can’t help but look at all the lights in those windows. Is someone behind them? A night worker in an office maybe? Are they looking out, towards you? 😊 My mind wanders! Have a good weekend! – Snow –

  2. Nope, there is no reason to avoid the postcard shots — especially when they’re as gorgeous as yours are! My philosophy has always been to photograph what I find beautiful or compelling. If it happens to be the same thing someone else also found interesting, who cares? It’s still a souvenir of a moment I experienced with my own eyes.

      1. I’ve fallen behind in my blog reading, Marcus … but that is my only complaint, so not too bad. 😉 Cheers to you from Minnesota, and I’m off now to see what else you’ve been up to since my last visit.

  3. Stunning photos Marcus that want to make me return to Seattle. I think a visit is long overdue as it’s about 20 years since I was there. Enjoy the memorial weekend. I’m at home, well to be precise, enjoying Sunday brunch on a sunny terrace a few miles away !

    1. So we shared the sun :-). it was a sunny and great weekend in the Pacific Northwest! Hope the weather is the same when we are there for summer vacation! Thanks for commenting, Marion, Seattle has changed so much for sure, you need to come back! Such a lively city! Marcus

  4. Yep, the Em1 stabilisation is good….but sadly my shutter curtain has stuck, and it’s off to Olympus for repair (3 years old now)

      1. Thanks, Marcus….I do have an EM5 as back-up, my images of Chartwell were taken using that

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