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City in Pink

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!

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Taken on January 9, 2010