The Andy Aupperlee Explosion 5000

Tag: Night Photography

A Bridge from Air, Land & Sea

by on Jun.12, 2009, under Fremont, Night Photography, Queen Anne, Seattle, Sunsets, Vistas

Fremont Lights

The George Washington Memorial Bridge is not in this picture. My camera, a Nikon D300, is hanging over the edge of the aforementioned structure, better known as the Aurora Bridge. I bolted the camera to a tripod, tilted it against the rail, and extended the center post so that the camera hovered some 160 feet above the ground. With a remote shutter release clenched tightly in my fist, I fired off frame after frame. The result is the latest addition to my “Scene from 99” series. In this entry, I captured the George Washington Memorial Bridge from the air (above), land and sea (below).

Scene from 99” is an ongoing series exclusive to the Andy Aupperlee Explosion 5000 that features images and commentary about Seattle’s iconic Highway 99.

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Biking the District

by on Dec.14, 2008, under Night Photography, Washington DC

Georgetown. Washington, DC. EXIF.
This photo was featured in the DCist.

Last Saturday I hauled out the Marin, packed up my camera gear, and cruised the streets of Washington DC. I was excited to use my new Lowepro CompuTrekker photo backpack, and I stupidly packed it full of everything I could.

Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200mm VR lens, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Nikon SB-600 flash. Check.

MacBook Pro and Bose headphones. Check.

Manfrotto tripod and ball head. Check.

All kinds of other random photog accessories. Check.

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Washington to Washington

by on Oct.19, 2008, under Night Photography, Places, Washington DC

The United States CapitolThe United States Capitol from The George Washington Monument.
October 17, 2008. 8:13 PM.
Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm VR lens @ 90mm.
Aperture Priority. 30 seconds @ f/22. ISO 200. -1/3 EV.

Next month I am moving to Washington DC. For the past few days I have been visiting “The District” to make preparations for the move. Last night I wandered around the city with my camera. While I expect to find all kinds of new things to photograph over the coming months, here are a few DC classics.

I setup the above photo at the George Washington Monument. I used a little Joby tripod (from Cambodia fame) and set the camera on one of the giant stone benches surrounding the monument. After selecting aperture priority, I dialed in f/22 to get plenty depth-of-field and ensure a long exposure. ISO was to 200 and I turned down the exposure compensation by 1/3 of a stop. Since I did not have my cable shutter release, I used the timer release on the D300. The camera chose to leave the shutter open for 30 seconds which captured the movement of the flags blowing in the wind.

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by on May.07, 2008, under Night Photography, Seattle, Vistas

I-90 Bridge. Mercer Island, WA. May 5, 2008. 8:24 PM.
Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm VR lens @ 27mm.
Program Exposure. 1/15 sec. @ f/4. ISO 200.
Lee 0.9 ND Grad filter.

On Monday night Julie and I took to the streets of Seattle hoping to catch a cool sunset. What we found were lots of clouds—apparently 36 hours of pleasant weather is all Seattle can handle in May. Nevertheless, at hour 37 Julie and I drove to Mercer Island and setup on the I-90 bridge. I recorded the image above minutes before sunset. I used a Lee 0.9 neutral density graduated filter in a Cokin “P” series mount to capture the sky. The 0.9 ND grad has a range of about three stops which allows the camera to see both the sky (bright) and a darker foreground.

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Failure, Beers, Victory!

by on Apr.16, 2008, under Ballard, Night Photography, Seattle, Vistas

Salmon Bay. Seattle, WA. April 13, 2008. 12:27 AM.
Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 70mm.
10 sec. @ f/10. ISO 200.
When driving across the Ballard Bridge I often look out into the bay and admire all the boats. Places like this remind of Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan where my grandpa lives. I spent a lot time growing up around boats and marinas; and Seattle with its lakes, bays and sound certainly feels like home. Or maybe I just love water.

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Dr. Jose Rizal Park

by on Apr.14, 2008, under Night Photography, Puget Sound, Seattle, Vistas

Jose Rizal Park. Seattle, WA. March 23, 2008. 8:19 PM.
Nikon D40. Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. @ 34mm.
25 sec. @ f/16. ISO 200.

Late last month I decided that I wanted to photograph Seattle from the south. Since I live in a neighborhood north of downtown, I usually shoot cityscapes from Queen Anne, Ballard, Fremont or out my window in Wallingford. What I have not found in these northern boroughs is a view of the city that incorporates I-5. The hills south of the downtown offer vantage points of the skyline and the juggernaut of an interstate that bisects the city.

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Portage Bay

by on Apr.11, 2008, under Ballard, Night Photography, Seattle, Sunsets, U-District, Vistas

Portage BayPortage Bay, Seattle, WA. April 9, 2008. 8:43 PM.
Nikon D300. Nikon 18-200mm VR lens @ 22mm.
20 seconds @ f/9. ISO 400

On Wednesday Jon and I made a quick stop to the north shore of Portage Bay on our way to trivia night at Montlake Ale House. We were supposed to meet Sharat and Dana at 8:30, but I lost track of time and we showed up late, completely missing trivia (which is a shame considering the trivia talent residing at 4411). We’ll be there next week—promise.

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