First of all this is the week before Superbowl and the Seahawks football team is playing in it. We’ve waited so many years for a great team that the whole city is caught up in the drama… even the people who put the lights on the Space Needle and atop the Columbia Tower. So we have a blue needle with a rave green top. Pretty cool!
The making of this image is interesting, too. Of course this is taken from Kerry Park on Queen Anne. It is made from two images: one taken before dark so Mt Rainier and the blue sky show up and one taken well after dark when the city lights are ablaze. Don’t move the tripod between the two exposures. Combining the two images is embarrassingly simple. First drag the darker image over the lighter one in Photoshop. Select both layers in the layers palette and go to edit > align layers to make sure everything matches up. Now select only the top layer and change the blending mode to lighten. The city lights and Mt Rainier from the lighter layer will pop through into the darker and there it is. It can be lots of fun to experiment with the various blending modes.