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More from Seattle

EMP1As I mentioned in my Cherries of the Dawgs post, I had two goals from my recent trip to Seattle: photographing the cherry trees at the University of Washington and shooting a full moon rising shot over the city. Since I was on UW campus in the morning and full moons don’t rise until evening, I had a lot of time on my hands after leaving the campus. I spent most of it at Seattle Center and the Olympic Sculpture Park down on the waterfront.

I’ve shot a few images at Seattle Center before, but not to the extent I’d wanted. I particularly wanted to shoot more abstract shots of the exterior of the Experience Music Project museum, also known as the EMP . This museum is truly unique, designed by Frank O.Gehry, it is formed of multiple, curvaceous sheets of colored metal.  It’s overall shape has been described as the same as a “smashed guitar.” Forbes magazine called it one of the 10 ugliest buildings in the world. But others love it as a fitting representation of rock music, in particular Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix. Regardless, it is something that is uniquely Seattle, and its exterior makes wonderful images (as I’d hope you’ll agree from the samples shown here). Of course, I took some shots of the Space Needle as well. I had hoped to get some shots of the new Chihuly Garden and Glass at the base of the Space Needle, but it doesn’t open for about a month.

From there I headed down to the waterfront to a visit to the Olympic Sculpture Park, which I’d never managed to visit before. It was well worth a walk through, especially for the cost (free!). I also spent some time just walking down the waterfront, something I have done many times before, but there is always some good shots there.

From there, with the sun about to set, I headed over to Magnolia where I planned my sunset and moonrise shots, but more on that in my next post.


Experience Music Project closeup


Another EMP closeup

Monorail and EMP

The Seattle monorail passes directly through the EMP museum.

Vintage Space Needle

Just a standard shot of the Space Needle. However, I processed in Lightroom to give it a retro look.

Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center courtyard at Seattle Center.

Needle and Fountain

The International Fountain and Space Needle. This fountain is popular with kids of all ages, who try to run down and touch it without getting sprayed.

Olympic Sculpture Park

One of the sculptures at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Orange and Needle

The Space Needle framed by a sculpture in the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Pier 63

Seattle and Bell Harbor from Pier 66 on the waterfront.


8 responses

  1. Nice images!

    April 17, 2012 at 3:08 am

  2. Bob

    Nice images Joe. I especially like the monorail through the EMP shot. I’m really enjoying your blog, keep it up!

    April 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    • Thanks Bob. I’ve tried this shot before without success. The light was much better this time.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  3. Awesome pictures! What camera did you use to take them?

    April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

    • Thanks a lot Marco. I am currently using a Canon 50D. Most of these images were taken with a 24-70 mm zoom lens; though I also use 10-24 mm and a 70-200 mm zooms.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  4. Beautiful new work, Joe!! So good to see your latest.


    April 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

    • Hi Jim! Good to hear from you and thanks for looking in. I obviously have been concentrating on posting on my blog rather than at Flickr. Did you put anything in at Ocean Shores this year?

      April 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

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