Grace Ormonde chooses my Seattle skyline!
Thinking it might be good for my future destination wedding page I went ahead and photographed the Space Needle from a few different places around the city. One is the famous little park on lower Queen Anne Hill. The view is incomparable really. Love the shot I got from that vantage point. Before I ever lived on Queen Anne my dad had taken me along with him on a business excursion to photograph scenery for his studio. It seems I must have been as young six or seven when we first went to that park to photograph the skyline with the Space Needle in the foreground. Later, in my early twenties, I lived just up the street next to that sweet old library on the top of the hill. Just walking down to that park through the neighborhood is nice, then you get to the view at the park, and I love it on any day - stormy skies or piercing blue. This photo below was taken on a gorgeous spring day with clear blue skies. My color choices were a mix of my processing technique mixed with a little curves and saturation in the digital darkroom. Creamy skies are not for everyone, but I like the twist. It feels familiar with a mix of other worldliness.
That is when I noticed a nice view of the Space Needle with the EMP nestled at it's feet in plain view. At the time I was headed to shoot something else I had in mind and didn't stop. Later in the day it kept coming to mind and I knew I would regret it if I didn't head back and try for a good shot from that perspective before heading home to Portland. After driving back to the view I parked my car at the begining of the ramp and realised it just wasn't going to work with the bushes and chainlink fence in my way. I wouldn't get the shot unless I walked onto the overpass all the way past the curve in the bridge, past all the traffic with the I-5 corridor rushing along below me. Though I am not afraid of heights, the thought of falling or dropping my camera sent a shiver down my spine while I walked across the freeway overpass to capture the shot.
Thankfully none of the huge semi trucks or school busses flew off the road and hit me, nor did I manage to drop my equiptment. In the end it looks like the extra effort is paying off. The photograph below will be printed at 10x12 for a full page image in the new Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine.
Respect the compulsion to do the things you love!