Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Seattle Summer Sunrise

Seattle Summer Sunrise

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I took about a bazillion photos of various sunrise scenes looking back on the skyline from West Seattle. Boats on the water, fishermen on the dock, a couple on a bench. Most of them I set up with bracketing to finally try to put together an HDR image. I figured out about halfway through that moving objects probably were not going to look very good. . .or maybe be an interesting effect. We'll see. Wish me luck as it will be my first time trying out Photoshop, which I hope to start using before the end of this year. In the meantime, I thought you might like to enjoy the early view the easy way: virtually. This shot, one of my last from the beach at Seacrest Park, was taken at 5:09:05 AM. Okay, you can go get that second cup of coffee now. I'm taking a snooze. :-)

12 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Liquid gold. Fantastic! Hope you had a good nap!

brattcat said...

The sun really is pouring in like butterscotch. Joni Mitchell might have been looking at just such a sunrise when she originally wrote those words. Your photography is already so extraordinary, Kim. It seems you could hardly improve it. But I'm eager to see how you creatively shape your images with these new tools.

Haitian-American Family of Three said...

While you were taking this photo I was watering the yard on Capital Hill and marveling at the light. I am so glad you caught it!

Meri said...

Fun capture, but too early for me. Sunsets are more my time of day. By the way, thanks for hosting PhotoWalk OSP. It was really a lot of fun.

Petrea said...

I guess you have to get up pretty early to get a shot like this, but it is worth it.

Bob Crowe said...

Seattle call itself the Emerald City but gold works just fine. I know the object in the right foreground is probably a buoy but it and its reflection look like a left-right flip of the silhouette of George Washington on the state highway signs.

Hilda said...

A golden beginning! Gorgeous, Kim!

Have fun playing with Photoshop! :)

Don and Krise said...

Very nice. They are right in what they say about the "early bird".

Jilly said...

Golden golden joy! What a shot. Just comes out and hits you and then you have to sit and wallow and enjoy its beauty. Well worth the getting up early, Kim. I look forward very much to seeing what you do with Photoshop. I don't have it but will get Elements when I feel brave enough to have a go.

Small City Scenes said...

Shimmery--that was my first thought when I saw your shot. Yes, liquid gold. ain't we lucky !! MB

carolyn said...

Wow, Kim. How glorious this dawn. I love the buoy bobbing in the water as, for me, it infuses the golden vision with the smell of the salt sea (and so many memories). Thanks.

Texas Travelers said...

Great photo. Beautiful color.

Many people, myself included, swear by single frame HDR. In this particular instance, it would not matter if things were moving in the water. One photo. This will work if you shoot RAW. It will also work if you don't shoot RAW, but not nearly as well.

I like to shoot high dynamic range photos and HDR is the only way to go.

I use "Photomatrix Pro" HDR software.
That combined with Photoshop will salvage the most difficult set of photos.

Consider the following two blogs pertaining to HDR that I needed.

HDR Blog 1, Click here.

HDR blog 2, Click here.

If you have any questions, e-mail me at astro38@charter.net .

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