Smoke and clouds blanketed the sky back in late August, so I headed over to West Seattle to use the neutral, low lighting to do some long exposure (bulb) photography. Another photographer in town had mentioned this old, rusty dock, but he didn’t know exactly where it was- happy to have found it! I included two of my favorite photographs from this location.
Rusty Dock, (Bulb Exposure #1), West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Rusty Dock, (Bulb Exposure #2), West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
Before heading down to the water to do some coastal, pylon-focused bulb exposure work, I decided to shoot a few more traditional ‘Seattle Skyline’ panoramas as the clouds rolled over. When I started, the day was grey and overcast (first panorama), and later in the afternoon the clouds started to part, making for a nice ‘black sky’ backdrop for the texture of the clouds (second panorama).
Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x55″)
Seattle Skyline from Joe Block Park (BW #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x32″)
After spending a few minutes walking around scoping out Joe Block Park, I decided to try to use some of the dock/pylons to frame the Space Needle and Seattle skyline (first photograph). Although I liked the idea, I found that a later composition was more successful (second photograph).
Pylons and Rocks Framing Skyline (Bulb #1), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (12″x16″)
Pylons and Rocks Framing Skyline (Bulb #3), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (12″x18″)
More bulb exposures of Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline shot from Joe Block park in West Seattle.
Pylons, Boats, and Rocks (Bulb Exposure #3), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x37″)
I was trying to find a few good places to take bulb (long exposure) photographs of the Elliott Bay shoreline, and I came across Jack Block and Joe Block Parks in West Seattle. These former Superfund sites have been recently cleaned up and converted into parks, but they maintain some of the old dock and pylon feel (perfect for an afternoon of bulb photographs when the tide went out and exposed the rocks along the shore).
Pylons, Boats, and Rocks (Bulb Exposure #2), Joe Block Park, West Seattle, WA (16″x33″)
Clouds over the Seattle skyline from the Jose P Rizal Bridge between Beacon Hill and the International District.
Seattle Skyline and Clouds (#3, B&W), Seattle, WA (16″x33″)
In mid-March, trees around the Seattle area started blooming, including the cherry trees. Although I find the pink flowers beautiful, my eye was more attracted to the contrasts of textures and tones of the black trunks and bright blossoms.
Cherry Blossoms and Clouds (Short Exposure, #2), Seattle, WA (16″x35″)
I intended to focus my photo shoot on the Sound and the downtown Seattle skyline, but when I arrived at the Jose P Rizal Bridge, an impressive storm cloud was lumbering over the Central District. I shot a few panoramas of the sky as the clouds changed shape, and this is my favorite.
Storm Cloud over Central District at Sunset, Seattle, WA (16″x72″)
I stuck around after sunset to shoot a few panoramas of the Seattle skyline from the Jose P Rizal Bridge. The exposures that make up the individual frames of the panorama are ~20-30 seconds, so the car lights on the highway turned into lines and the clouds started to slightly blur as they moved over the city.
Seattle Skyline and Interstate after Sunset, Seattle, WA
More panoramas of the Seattle skyline from the Jose P Rizal Bridge.
Setting Sun and Storm Clouds over Seattle Skyline, Seattle, WA
Storm Clouds over Central District, Seattle, WA