Downtown Seattle

Failed Shoot in Seattle

As opposed to the situation below where things did work out, I had NO luck the rest of the time. I put up this little video showing some of the failure…

Daily Photo – Downtown Seattle

After arriving in Seattle, I immediately went to this spot to grab a photo. I barely made it in time. I had about 30 minutes of full light left before this scene began. It gave me just enough time to set up and frame everything with the right settings. I guess “last minute” sound a little dramatic, but, really, for me, I like to have some extra time to make sure all my settings are right before that magic moment hits.

Downtown SeattleAfter arriving in Seattle, I immediately went to this spot to grab a photo.  I barely made it in time.  I had about 30 minutes of full light left before this scene began.  It gave me just enough time to set up and frame everything with the right settings.  I guess "last minute" sound a little dramatic, but, really, for me, I like to have some extra time to make sure all my settings are right before that magic moment hits.- Trey RatcliffThe rest of this entry and a new short video are here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Susan

    Beautiful city scene Trey – glad it worked out and I was able to see it!

  • John F

    Was just in Seattle and nearby regions with same lighting problem. But you still got a good one.

  • http://none louis

    At least your wait was worth while in the end, nice shot and think about the rest you gave your body thats more important than trying to burn the candle at both ends.

  • George

    I have lived in the northwest is the past and there were more days like that than good light days. But you got a beautiful photo of Seattle in the end. Love it, Trey.

  • http://www.serie-terranova.com tntv

    Very beautiful photo! i want to leave in Seattle now :D

  • http://deysonortiz.com Deyson

    Very nice Photo!

    I like the video back stories. It is a nice addition to the photos.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.blackchickontour.com Terri

    I love this photo. I lived in Seattle for more than 10 years, and I’ve shot the skyline numerous times. However, I never thought to get it from this direction. Duh!! Gawd!! Anyway…thanks for sharing this photo.

  • Gail in Montana

    Great photo of Seattle. Looks very familiar as we go over there quite often. Thanks for sharing, Trey, great job. Have a wonderful Sunday :-)

  • http://www.focusatinfinity.com/ Richard

    Really like these little insights into what goes on outside the actual photo. Glad to see I’m not the only one who gets skunked.

  • http://www.places2explore.wordpress.com Talke Photography

    Trey, super shot!!!

  • Dan

    I think the way the clouds are, the haze and out line of the buildings would of made a really sweet picture.I don’t think that is failed light at all.

  • https://plus.google.com/107953487622985570781/photos Paras

    Trey, excellent shot. Colors, skyline, light trails…just amazing.

    Did you get a chance to shoot the skyline at Del Coronado (San Diego)? If not, you should try it. I have posted some of them under my profile: https://plus.google.com/107953487622985570781/photos

  • http://www.laskowitzpictures.com Ray

    Nice stock shot. Maybe you could approach Getty.

  • http://simonmorris.me/ Simon Morris

    Wonderful cityscape Trey – looks a hive of activity… excellent!
    Thanks also for posting the video (watched recently via your YouTube subscription)… glad we’re all human! ;-)

  • Big Matty

    Awesome shot Trey. It really makes me miss it.
    You were there on a really clear day! Thank you for sharing that one.

  • http://www.shenzhenphotos.com Jesse

    “Last minute” with 30 minutes to go? Haha. I have had tons of moments like this where I am rushing to get the shot as the sun descends, or even driving like mad then running up steps to a vista. The window of light like this is really narrow.

  • http://1138Studios.com Thelonious Gonzo

    Wonderful and unique view of Seattle. I have seen a lot of shots of downtown Seattle but not this one. Really cool. I’d buy that picture for sure.

  • Adam Runner

    Where was this shot from Trey, I think I have a similar photo…

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks thanks :)

    Ray – no way for Getty – and give them 80%? Highway robbery! :)

  • Meleah

    If only I had scoped out the place instead of grabbing food first! ;) Could have saved us at least 15 minutes. I was pretty bummed about the light, especially since it was so beautiful the day before and after. No matter, this is an awesome shot. I am pleased with mine as well.

  • http://www.anthonykurtz.com Anthony Kurtz

    Gotta agree with Dan. Dark clouds, fog, nice soft light. I would have loved to have been there to snap that shot. It’s so Seattle too…

  • Erik Kim

    Trey, I love your work!
    If you have time I would appreciate it if you emailed me the answer to this question. How do you know how long the exposed has to be when shooting the photograph? Do you take test shots before the main shot?

    Thank you,
    Erik Kim

  • http://www.shuttertours.com Terry Divyak

    Trey,

    A great spot where you could have shot at night is the Pike Place Market. The neon signs and cross between tungsten and fluorescent makes for some great HDR opportunities.

    Terry

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