Through the Telescope

On the surface of it, taking pictures is all about finding a way to show other people how you see the world.  Often times, I just want the picture to reflect what I really saw – the framing, the light, whatever.

Other times, seeing a scene through a new light reflects something new.  These Through the Viewfinder pictures were all about a new way of seeing.  I like any sort of new framing device.

As it so happens there are a bunch of those big metal telescopes (kinda like this one) across the street from my work, overlooking Elliott Bay.  I was kinda curious if I could shoot through them.  Turns out I can.

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That’s Smith Tower, poking out over downtown.  Want to see a few more?  Hit the jump.

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Telescope Sight Zoo

Telescope Sight Zoo

Another view of my favorite telescope from yesterday. I broke one of the big rules with this one – the center of focus is right in the middle of the image. Rule of thirds says that’s a no-no and I usually agree. In my defense, however, the edges are in the right place and I love the diagonal lines. I shot this with my macro lens, which is great for close-up detail, but also does a great job separating the subject from the background. Who needs a studio backdrop when a couple feet of shadow gives the same effect? Well, also, I don’t have a studio or a background, so you takes what you can get.
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Telescope Focus

Telescope Focus

I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: old-timey crap is just a picture waiting to happen. I went to the zoo for some animals, but mostly for the other stuff. This is some pretty good other stuff. I love the kind of deco design, I love the chipped paint, and I love the built-to-last look. Having text in the picture makes me like it a lot more too.
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  • Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT