Is This a Calendar Shot?
Seattle had its first (and probably only) snowstorm of the season this weekend, so I set out take photographic advantage of it. I’m intrigued by Ralph Nordstrom’s proposed exercise, in which you try to match the technical and aesthetic polish of a calendar photo. I found a nice Seattle calendar on after-Christmas discount, so I have reference photos for comparison, and I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to photograph. An obvious choice is the old Space Needle and Seattle skyline shot, and I thought the storm might provide a unique twist.
I took the bus to Seattle Center (who wants to drive Seattle hills in a snowstorm?), which is a moderate walk from Kerry Park. Kerry Park is halfway up Queen Anne hill and is where everybody bags their Space Needle and skyline and/or Mt. Rainier and/or moon shots. I imagine the tripods get three deep on days with nice sunsets. But when I reached Seattle Center it was snowing hard, and I got distracted with the possibilities right in front of me.
The photo here is of the side wall of EMP. I stood under the monorail tracks to get out of the snow while I set up the tripod and put the camera in a plastic-bag-like sleeve, then carried the whole rig out in the open to make the photo. Snow piled up on and in the lens hood, and I got a couple of drops on the lens, but they don’t seem to have caused a problem. (The dumpsters were gone, by the way. I checked.)
So, what do you think? Could you see this on a calendar, presumably for January? I think I could.
Oh, and I did eventually walk up to Kerry Park after the snow stopped, but while I spent an hour there and greatly enjoyed the views, I don’t think any of those photos ended up being of calendar quality. I probably would have to wait until sunset like everybody else, and I wanted to get back home. Plus I probably need a longer lens if I’m after the classic shot.