Stadium City

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I decided to mix it up a bit and post something a bit outside my norm, in fact, you could say it's almost the exact opposite of the peaceful, calm, people-free landscapes I typically post. Football season is upon us and I was able to go to the Seattle Seahwaks home opener at Qwest Field a few weeks ago. Rather than bring my super long telephoto like all the other photographers at the stadium, I decided to bring my wide angle lens and see just how wide it could get. Combined with the full frame of the D700, I was blown away at how much I was able to get in with the 14mm wide angle lens. I thought this perspective was rather interesting as not only did it really show how large the stadium is, but it also really led your eye to the city skyline backdrop in the distance. Here's a fun fact, though Seattle is known to get it's fair share of rain, both of the sports stadiums are open-air (though the baseball stadium, SAFECO field, does have a roof that closes).


About the shot, this was a 9 shot HDR that was hand-held. This was very tricky without a tripod and I had to set my ISO up higher than I'm usually comfortable with in order to be able to take the shot. I was surprised at little noise there was but still did give it a quick pass in NoiseWare. Then just some standard post processing for levels and contrast to balance out the image. Definitely need to view this one stadium size to appreciate the detail. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

  • Kevin Miller 6y

    Great shot.. gotta love Seattle. :-)
  • jaysains 5y

    great work in handheld:)
  • peter schenk 5y

    awesome stadium shot. they always seem like such a great idea, but everytime i go to a game with my camera, i feel like i'm doing something illegal and will get hassled by security. so my camera always turns out being dead weight. glad to see you were able to capture this. it's ridiculous.
  • Justin Kraemer 5y

    Thanks for the comments Jason, the weather has been definitely better than it was... Nothing is worse than 2 straight weeks of rain!! I look forward to seeing your next materpiece! I am still jealous of this shot, my Hawks shots came out not nearly as good.

    Anyway, I'm headed up to Snoqualmie falls in a few to check them out frozen!
  • Andrea Gatti 5y

    wow, notevole!
  • Marc Champagne 5y

    So vast, just an amazing image great job!
  • Kuba Kłopotowski 5y

    This is outstanding !!
  • Hamad A. Alajmi 5y

    beautiful wide angle and very nice colors :))
  • SgtSpartacus 5y

    quite a view... nice capture!
  • Moyan Brenn 5y

    Hi friend! thanks for your comment! it seems that i am good to stick photos togheter, but it also seems that you actually don't need it!! you use a very very good wide angle!!! never seen a strong wide angle photo of a stadium like this

    is very good and "massive" gives you all the feel of the crowd!!

    take care!!
  • Michael 5y

    very interesting, you have a stunning photostream.
  • Michael Schmidt 5y

    very exceptional composition and processing,
  • jdleung 5y

    Such great angle!
  • j.tvilling 4y

    -you are good dude! I love all of your shots...
  • Nicholas Chew 4y

    i love your work
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  • Lloyd Revald 4y

    Wow wow and wow!!
  • Gislaadt Art - 2 000 000 VIEWS ! 4y

    Excellent, bravo !!
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  • M. Larson 4y

    Awesome shot! This makes me want to go a Seahawk game.
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