Being in the right place at the right time makes a photographer’s job easier. Sometimes I manage this by intent and sometimes by luck.
In the case of this photo of Seattle, I got lucky. Apparently, it had been cloudy, cool and rainy for most of the week prior to our three-day stay in the area. But during our entire stay, it ranged from partly cloudy to crystal clear. I took this photo later in the afternoon, which resulted in nearly perfect light for the scene. And I couldn’t have asked for more interested clouds.
And, yes, this photo is manipulated in software. In my intent to work on the contrast in the photo, I found a setting in Nik Color Efex 4 that gave a look to this scene that I liked.
This photo was taken just across from the famous Pike Street Market and just down from the famous “Original Starbucks Store.” The sound of the guitar caught my ear but the three young listeners caught my eye. I was on the move so I didn’t have much time but I did take three or four photos of this group. But this ended up being the best, even though you can’t see the faces of the children. But that’s probably OK since showing candid photos of children can get a photographer into trouble sometimes.
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In the early 60s all the talk about “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” was baffling to me, but I did think the Space Needle was awesome when my parents took me to see the Seattle World’s Fair in 1963.
I’m pleased to say that when I returned to Seattle last year (2008) and went up in the Space Needle, I still found it awesome. It occurred to me that the Space Needle is the West Coast equivalent of the Eiffel Tower. Both towers were considered offensive to the aesthetic tastes of some. Both towers were considered technical marvels at the time they were built. Both towers “lived” to see another century. And both towers have become iconic. The view from the top of the Space Needle was amazing. (click)
Go to Panoramio (click) to see this photo in its geographic setting.
To see how Panoramio and Google Earth work, check out my YouTube video. (click) If YouTube is blocked where you are, try viewing the same video on Screencast.com. (click)
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