[/caption] Downtown Seattle, WA with the Space Needle towering in the foreground offers a great view of the city. I have so many photos of downtown Seattle, WA and I still can’t stop comparing them. There are so many photographic opportunities that you can’t help but try to think of new ways to capture the cities personality. Once you’ve decided on the best geographical locations to photograph the city, your next approach is to choose the correct lens, camera mode and most importantly taking advantage of the changing weather conditions. It seems that Seattle’s weather either creates the most fantastic shooting environments or it can completely dash any chances in getting a descent shot. This shot was taken at Kerry Park and is located north of downtown. It’s the most popular place to take photos and for good reason. I was using my Canon T1i and my Sigma 17-70mm lens. I attached my CIR-PL and warming filter in order to saturate the sky and the buildings lights. I set the focal length at 70mm in order to surround the photo with the tall buildings and frame the Space Needle just off center. I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch in order to avoid any camera shake or blur. The camera was in Program/Normal mode so the aperture shot at F-4 since I had my filters and set the ISO at 100 and reduced the white balance at -0.7. This photo was taken on 7/10/11 at about 9:50pm. The sunset was at about 9:30 and the cobalt blue sky created a great backdrop for the bright lit buildings. I felt pretty lucky that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and that’s pretty rare in Seattle.
[/caption] One of the best times of the season to photograph along the Willamette river, in Portland, is during Fall if you’re wanting to get the glare of the city in the foreground. The contrast won’t be as good as late Spring or early summer but you will have a better chance of getting the glare. I took this shot in late November about 2 years ago and forgot about it until I was going through my inventory of Portland photos. I wasn’t using a tripod and I was shooting with my very basic Canon 18-55mm lens and had the focal length at 34mm. I was using my CIR-PL and warming filter and had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -2 since the sun was still pretty bright even though it was late in the season and it was about 2:00 pm.