Seattle Seahawks City Night Lights

Seattle Seahawks City NightThere are several fun facts about this image.  Like the previous image it is made of more than one image but in a totally different way from stitching a panorama.

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.

Go Hawks!

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Mary Jo Allen

I've been a professional photographer for 30+ years. My degree is in microbiology and I did research work in that field for 3 years which sounds glamourous and exciting but in reality I found it to be repetitive and uninspiring. It does explain my interest in the tiny world and my desire to understand how things work. I've always said I could be a professional student as I love to learn new things and photography certainly does provide that opportunity. Even after all these years I continue to learn new things every day. I find photography to be the perfect blend of science and art. Most recently, some of my favorite work has been in the area of macro photography, especially the beautiful world of flowers. I'm looking for not only the documentary recording of what a flower looks like, but also taking a closer look and finding ways of expressing a more artistic and abstract view using color, curves, lines, lighting and softness to create interesting compositions. I love finding beauty in simplicity: just the edge of a rose petal, the sensuous curve hidden inside a flower, the way the morning dew clings and shimmers in the sunrise, a synthesis of color, light and softness, blending the magnificent with the minute; these are the things that make my soul sing a soaring melody of thanks to the Creator.

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