It must be stereotype day on yon blog. I mean… other than taking a ferry to Pike Place Market, I think sunrise over Space Needle with Mount Rainier in the background is about as typical as it gets, yes?
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If the view looks familiar, it’s because Kerry Park is one of the very few places you can shoot this view from, so the idea is hardly unique, but I was still excited to go up there for myself and see what it was all about. I did a bunch of panoramas too, so you might see some of those coming up. I like this a lot in HDR, but there is some ghosting – it’s a really busy picture and there are a lot of lines that will show any mis-alignment. I shot this on a tripod with a cable release, but it’s still not as sharp as I’d like. I guess there is a reason that my tripod was $80 instead of $500.
Standing up in the park on a cold morning made me think a little more about what it means to make a picture like this. Sometimes all it takes is a lot of luck and showing up to get exactly what you want, but the real pros put far more work in than you might think. I wanted sunrise, so I got up early. I wanted an interesting sky so I waited for some clouds but not too many. I wanted the sun between the Needle and Mt. Rainier, but when I got there I realized it was coming up much too far to the north – if you want that shot, you need to come back in a whole different season. Like I said, sometimes you might get lucky, but most of the time it doesn’t just happen!