City in Pink

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    So I was just about to launch a black and white series but I really lucked out with an amazing sunset this weekend and just had to post this shot! I was just wrapping up from another photo shoot in West Seattle when I realized that the weather had finally broken and I could tell that we were going to have a clear sunset. So I literally ran back to my car, put a fresh set of batteries in my camera, and was off to the races to try and find a really compelling spot for the sunset. From what I could tell, it looked like there were some really interesting clouds forming over the city so I went out to my favorite location, Rizal Park. As I’ve shot that location multiple times this year, I decided to give it a go from the lower vantage on the 12th street bridge. The sunset was phenomenal and as the sun went down, the clouds turned multiple shades of orange and to be honest, I thought that was all she wrote. I was actually in the middle of trying to put together a cool traffic composition when all of a sudden I looked up from my camera and round 2 of the sunset began. The cloud over the city all of a sudden caught fire and turned a brilliant pink. In all my years of photography, I have never seen anything like this. My jaw dropped and I literally almost fell off the 12th street bridge! The color explosion only lasted about 2 and a half minutes. Just long enough for me to fire off a few different length exposures to make sure I had the shot. The best part was that I’ve never been able to get good shots from the bridge due to the vibration caused from the busses and big trucks. One bus did roll through in the middle of my set but the shutter had just clicked right before the vibration started... Talk about luck!

    To make things even better, I just so happened to run in to the man, the myth, the legend... Kevin McNeal. It’s always great to run into a fellow photographer, but I must say, I was a bit star struck :-) I mean, this guy was just on the cover of Outdoor Photographer this past November. Anyway, if you haven’t had a chance yet, check out his stream, some of THE BEST landscape photography out there... period! I’m looking forward to head out shooting with Kevin soon and witness some of his magic.

    As for the shot, another multiple exposure shot, 6 sec exposure for the sky that was literally SOOC (yep, it was that pink), then 3 longer exposures for the buildings, headlight, and taillight streams.

    Hope you all have a fantastic week! Oh, and if others were able to capture this magnificent sunset from different vantage points, please shoot me a Flickrmail, I’d love to see it!

    Math__, Dave DiCello, Mathiasa, and 345 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. surf_opi 63 months ago | reply

      Wow - a very cool picture. Great work on this!
      Greetings Roman

    2. josephdas 63 months ago | reply

      Wow... I want to visit the place now, right now. Beautiful. Congratulations. It is truly a power shot.

    3. Jari V. 62 months ago | reply

      Amazing colors.

    4. ~EvidencE~ 61 months ago | reply

      back to see this one again so amazing

    5. chas + jo 60 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning!

    6. walla2chick 60 months ago | reply

      I just saw Kevin McNeal's photo of this and he mentioned you. Now I have another photographer's photos to drool over!!

    7. adam.w.knox 55 months ago | reply

      Man, great snag. Rizal park is a really cool outlook & place to meet photographers. Make sure to say hi if we bump into each other!

    8. 54 months ago | reply

      Nothing will ruin plans of black and white like a great sunset! :)

      Loving your portfolio in general, too, actually. So much, in fact, that, I have featured you in my 100 awesome Flickr streams article over on my Photocritic blog.

      Keep up the great work, and looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

      ~ Haje

    9. Bea Ackles 53 months ago | reply

      Me encantan tus fotos! Las añadiria todas a favoritas!! Un beso

    10. becky cupcake.™ [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

      so beautiful!

    11. valentino * 51 months ago | reply

      bella fotografia

    12. fewstingscorpio 51 months ago | reply

      Wonderful Photo !! You Really Made A Splash!!!! Please Let Other Splashers Enjoy Your Artistic SPLASH !!
      1best splash final_edited-3**Splash**

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    14. debiesn 49 months ago | reply

      omg, it's perfect!

    15. Moniza* 47 months ago | reply

      Awesome !!!

    16. fljeffrey 39 months ago | reply

      This is quite possibly a 'once in a lifetime' shot in a city that can so unexpectedly reveal such spectacle in one place, in the space of a couple of minutes. Beautiful moment you captured.

    17. Eloise Claire 34 months ago | reply

      Such a cool photo! Love the pink tones and the composition is just spectacular!

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