Monday, February 08, 2010

Vertical Highrise Numero Dos


Smith Tower
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I showed you this straight up view of Seattle's famous first skyscraper, Smith Tower, back in August of 2006 and have tried this shot again several times since. For this one I happened by with a full frame camera on a very overcast day. Floors 1-21 are offices, but there was news last year that floors 22-33 were slated to become 12 private residences. I haven't heard about the progress on those plans, but until they come to be constructed, the three story high penthouse dwelling in the pyramid top of the building is currently the only residence--as you can see in photos here, a very unique abode with a Chihuly chandelier at its center. When one rides the elevators in this building, one can look through the lattice and see each floor's number patterned right into the vintage tile floor at each landing (take a look at these interior 360 degree virtual shots). The killer views from the 35th floor Chinese Room with full surround observation deck (it's that curved overhang you see way up at center) make it a very popular venue for small wedding parties. I've shown you many interior and exterior shot of Smith Tower, as well as shots taken looking out from up above. To see all my previous shots grouped quickly together, type Smith Tower in the search box at the top of this blog.

14 comments:

Jilly said...

What a shot. Well done. I've tried such things with no success. Hope your neck is OK...

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

It is not easy for me to do shots like this one as I have to lay down on my back. That I am able to do but I can't get back up without help.

I hope you are not having continued problems with the embedded comment boxes and leaving replies. There are some advantages to the pop up type seldom realized and that is you can move the pop-up over and see the photo and the original post. You can't do that in the embedded style. So I may have to change back.

Tears up.

Brookville Daily Photo

brattcat said...

This is a fabulous up shot!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Fascinating information. The link to find the photos of the interior of the three-story atrium in the pyramid residence was very informative.

Joni aka Jett said...

I can really feel this photo from my feet up to my head! Cool!

Rambling Round said...

Great angle! At first, I thought these were railroad tracks.

Ming the Merciless said...

Perfect lines! How many shots did you take before you get this one? Please tell me it took you more than one try. :-)

Luis Gomez said...

Love the angle and the building. What a great shot!

christina Klas said...

what a fun shot! I was fortunate enough to spend the day in Seattle over the weekend, and used a photo from the adventure as my daily photo... What a fun city with never ending photographic opportunity!

www.christinaklas.com

Bibi said...

Cool shot of a place I like to see and visit.

Kate said...

I would have liked to watch you take this amazing shot!

Kim said...

Thank you to all. And Ming and Kate, I have to laugh because this really was a one-off shot this time, taken very quickly one day when Wayne from Vancouver was in town and we were photowalking the Pioneer Square/Sodo areas. We were either entering or exiting the building and I remembered I had wanted to try this shot again to get the full name (I think it's the fourth time I've tried this shot and had cut off the name the first couple times). When I try this with a wide angle lens I will use a tripod and see if I can get rid of that feeling that the building is falling on us. It would be fun to try a tilt shift lens, but that's way above my pay grade :-).

Maya said...

*sigh* I miss working here. It was nice to always have a beautiful building to shoot.

Mary said...

This is a really neat shot! LOve it!