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Stadium City

Highest position in Explore = 3 on Oct. 5th, 2009. Also featured on Explore home page and Interestingness Page. Thank you!


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!

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Taken on September 3, 2009