Reflecting on Reflections

I was talking to a friend last night I mentioned that during this project I had shot a lot of landscape photos.  The type of photography that I have enjoyed the most is getting great candid shots of friends and especially The Boy. I never thought of myself as much of a landscape photographer yet here I am having shot some landscape photos I'm really proud of.   I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed landscape photography.  One of the things I want to accomplish with this year long project is to try different kinds of photography.  Maybe I'll find I like something new and different.  

I was listening to an interview with Jerry Stahl.   He's best known for writing his memoir of addiction called Permanent Midnight that was later adapted into a movie with Ben Stiller.  In the interview he said that he wanted to fail at every type of literature there is.  I loved this idea.  Go out try and learn from each genre.  You inevitably fail when you first start out with something new.  The trick is to learn from those failures.  If you are able to apply what you learn from the failure then it was okay.  With trying different kinds of photography I'll be able to learn different lessons about lighting, composition, exposure, and subjects and end up applying those to the areas of photography I enjoy most.

On to the photo shoot!

This week I almost ran out of time this week.  I was trying to figure out what I wanted to shoot.  The other complication is that the weather was really bad.  Lots of wind and hard rain.  I was able to grab some time Thursday night.  It was about 9:30 at night and I hopped into the car and headed over to West Seattle.  The weather had been pretty calm that day so I thought that I could get some great shots of of the lights of the city reflecting on Elliot Bay.  I first stopped here.  I set up with the tripod and started shooting away.  The first image I captured was this panorama of downtown Seattle.

It's really worth it to click through on this image to see how really large it is.

It's really worth it to click through on this image to see how really large it is.

The panorama was a little tricky because each shot was a 30 second exposure.  There was a ferry coming in so I had to get the timing just right.

I messed around with different f/stops and exposure settings.  The next one was not as successful.  It doesn't capture the reflections as well as I wanted. I needed longer exposure times to smooth out the water so the reflections would stand out more.

At this point I got my gear together and walked south along the street to the other side of Salty's.  I wanted to get a more clear shot of Harbor Island.   I set up along the water in the parking lot next to the restaurant.  It was from this vantage point I was able to capture my two favorite shots.

A different view of Harbor Island.

A different view of Harbor Island.

Then I took my favorite shot of downtown Seattle.  This is the one I submitted for this week's challenge.

This is one of my favorite shots I've taken in this project.

This is one of my favorite shots I've taken in this project.

I was thinking that if I didn't love what I got Thursday night that I could go shoot at Kubota Gardens again and get some reflection shots.  Every previous week I needed the second shoot to get the image I wanted.

I didn't need that second shoot this week.