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Seattle Subterranean Bus Tunnel | by moog55
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Seattle Subterranean Bus Tunnel

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Is this an entrance to a gigantic space station from the year 2189? Nope. It's a merely a metro bus tunnel in Seattle. This is on the "mandatory shots" list for any Seattle photographer. It's spectacular to see, but the notion of subterranean bus routes still boggles my mind.


This particular station is located in Pioneer Square on 3rd and Yesler and was designed by architect Jerry McDevitt with design guidance from Kate Ericson. The arches seen in the photo are a nod to the many instances of arched structures and materials in the surrounding neighborhood. Normaly, I don't like having people in photos of this type, but it would not be easy to get a people-free shot here and I also think it's good to have people in this so you the viewer can get an idea of the scale of the station. The white and bronze colored circular objects on the ceiling are air vents and sound baffles. You can read more about the tunnel station here.


This shot is also the first that I took with my new Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 super wide angle lens. So far, I really like it and I think it will really allow me to get some good results when shooting landscapes and this will definitely fill the void until I upgrade to a full frame camera.


The shot: Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16mm @ 11mm, f11, ISO 100


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Taken on May 21, 2009