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Of all the amazing cityscape views in the USA the view from Kerry Park Seattle is right up there. I had been on assignment for Cruise America and had left Olympic National Park after sunset to make the two hour drive to Seattle. It had been a long day and I was feeling tired. So I pulled over in a Walmart car park to catch some sleep. I was back on the road in plenty of time and arrived at Kerry Park in pitch black (around 5am). What I hadn’t planned for was the other 20+ photographers already there. I am nearly always the first to a location as I want to make sure I get the best spot. So this really threw me as all the best spots had been taken. Fortunately for me the guys and girls already there were super cool. They squeezed in my camera and tripod in to the line and we all ended up with this amazing sunrise.

One of the things I love most about photography is the sense of camaraderie. This is what was displayed on a cold, dark morning in Kerry Park, Seattle. I think there is always a neutral respect amongst photographers for anyone who is brave or stupid enough to get up at some crazy hour to then stand in the dark for hours waiting for that perfect moment that may never come.

Here is to all those that push themselves for their art. This one is for you…

View from Kerry Park Seattle

Camera settings; ISO 100, f/11 @ 1 sec

Equipment; Nikon D850 & 24-70 F2.8 lens with Lee filters 0.6 ND Grad filter supported on Manfrotto ball head and tripod and edited with Adobe Lightroom. Camera equipment stored in Lowpro Protactic BP 450 AW II backpack.


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