PNW Explored – Colorful Seattle

Sailor's View | 1/400 sec - f/8 - ISO 200 - 40mm

Sailor’s View | 1/400 sec – f/8 – ISO 200 – 40mm

Day 2 of our family summer trip through the Pacific Northwest had us venturing through the Emerald City. Seattle is a beautiful city. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually a quite sunny city, as also during my fourth visit I was kissed by the sun that brought out Seattle’s amazing colors. But see for yourself after the jump….

Pike Street Market |  1/125 sec - f/4 - ISO 500 - 57mm

Pike Street Market |  1/125 sec – f/4 – ISO 500 – 57mm

We started out with a visit to famous Pike Place Market, enjoying some fresh food and watching the famous fish vendors from Fishmongers shout orders and toss fish to each other, or even paying customers, a tradition that started more than 30 years ago.

Gum Wall |  1/40 sec - f/4 - ISO 1600 - 47mm

Gum Wall |  1/40 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 47mm

Of course I had to show the kids the infamous Gum Wall in Post Alley, just below the Pike Place Market, about which I have blogged on a previous visit (read here).  Tiny Post Alley Park offers a place to rest for weary travelers and some street shooting opportunities.

Post Alley Park | 1/125 sec - f/4 - ISO 500 - 66mm

Post Alley Park | 1/125 sec – f/4 – ISO 500 – 66mm

Waterfront | 1/400 sec - f/9 - ISO 200 - 14mm

Waterfront | 1/400 sec – f/9 – ISO 200 – 14mm

The colorful Seattle Waterfront is a mixed bag. Some parts are nicely re-done, but you always have the two-story highway with plenty of traffic, noise and dirt directly in your back. They are working on a tunnel, but completion is still years away (Bertha the digging machine is not all that fast).

Pioneer Square | 1/125 sec - f/5,6 - ISO 200 - 12mm

Pioneer Square | 1/125 sec – f/5,6 – ISO 200 – 12mm

From the waterfront we cut back into the historic old down around Pioneer Square, where Seattle’s founders settled in 1852. Many renovations have taken place and it is actually a quite nice area of the Emerald City. Through the financial district we then headed over to the Expo Center area below the Space Needle.

Downtown | 1/250 sec - f/6,3 - ISO 200 - 50mm

Downtown | 1/250 sec – f/6,3 – ISO 200 – 50mm

Monorail | 1/160 sec - f/6,3 - ISO 200 - 24mm

Monorail | 1/160 sec – f/6,3 – ISO 200 – 24mm

The Expo Center area features the stunning architecture of the MoPop, the Seattle Museum of Modern Pop Culture, that features, among other exhibits, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. We didn’t go inside, but enjoyed the reflections of its shiny facade, creating the backdrop for a family portrait of another kind.

Family Portrait | 1/250 sec - f/7,1 - ISO 200 - 24mm

Family Portrait | 1/250 sec – f/7,1 – ISO 200 – 24mm

Chihuly Glass | 1/60 sec - f/4 - ISO 1600 - 54mm

Chihuly Glass | 1/60 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 54mm

We treated us to a combo ticket for a trip up the iconic Seattle Space Needle and a visit to the fascinating Chihuly Glass and Gardens just down below the tower. It features the stunning glass art of Tacoma born Dale Chihuly, a true feast for the eye.

Chihuly Glass | 1/80 sec - f/4 - ISO 1600 - 70mm

Chihuly Glass | 1/80 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 70mm

Space Needle | 1/320 sec - f/8 - ISO 200 - 12mm 

Space Needle | 1/320 sec – f/8 – ISO 200 – 12mm

Seattle | 1/320 sec - f/9 - ISO 200 - 21mm

Seattle | 1/320 sec – f/9 – ISO 200 – 21mm

The view from the Space Needle was spectacular, and we even got treated to our first view of volcano Mount Rainier in the distance (you can make it out just behind the stadiums). A pity was that the construction on the Space Needle platform is still not completed, we couldn’t walk completely around and also the coming glass floor on the lower level is not yet accessible.

mopop | 1/60 sec - f/4 - ISO 320 - 31mm

mopop | 1/60 sec – f/4 – ISO 320 – 31mm

Walking back to the car (parked for free five blocks north of the Expo Center) we were treated to some more colorful views of the Space Needle in the setting sun.

Space Needle | 1/200 sec - f/4 - ISO 250 - 100mm

Space Needle | 1/200 sec – f/4 – ISO 250 – 100mm

Nocturnal Seattle | 2,5 sec - f/4,5 - ISO 200 - 70mm

Nocturnal Seattle | 2,5 sec – f/4,5 – ISO 200 – 70mm

After an extensive Pizza dinner we finished our day in Seattle with a trip up to Kerry Park in Queen Anne, were I set up the tripod for a long exposure night shot of the skyline below. Also Big Girl, who is a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy, paid a visit to Meredith’s (film-) house, which is just around the corner from Kerry Park. I had previously blogged about the views from Kerry Park here and here.

All in all, for one day Seattle visitors, our program should give you a good starting point for your own visit to the Emerald City.

Gear-wise, I left my PEN-F and the 12-40 and 40-150 in our Air BnB and just carried the E-M1 with the 12-100 F/4, my proven preferred combo for versatile city shooting.

Wish you a great Friday!

Marcus

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39 comments

      1. Marcus you’re welcome.
        The photograph of the sailors that you took raised some interest for me. I served in the US Navy attached to a fighter squadron that was aboard to different aircraft carriers. The ones pictured are aviation boatswain mates who work on the flight deck during launches and recovery. A dangerous job. Here is a link to the wikipedia site on that rating. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviation_boatswain%27s_mate
        They maybe on shore duty at the U.S. Naval Base Bremerton on board one of the carriers based there.

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