‘O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Thou tree most fair and lovely!’ We’re visiting the Space Needle in Seattle at Christmastime again this week. This view is on Fifth Avenue at about Blanchard Street as seen between the elevated tracks of the monorail. The stylized tree atop the Needle is beautiful, during the day the angled strings of lights are almost invisible, but at night they become a brilliant symbol of Christmas that can be seen from several miles away.
Shot last Christmas season in 2011, I caught the Needle’s top through the fog. I loved the atmospheric, ethereal feel of this shot at night. I had my camera mounted on my tripod to get a good steady shot. I actually was standing in the lane of travel and had to keep one eye on traffic coming south on Fifth to make sure I didn’t become a photographic road pizza. You know, fold it up and run…set it up and shoot, run/shoot, run/shoot. Do you take risks to get the shots you want?
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