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Soaring Skyward
Soaring Skyward

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Challenge: Perspective II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Seattle -- Seattle Center -- Space Needle
Date: Sep 8, 2005
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Cityscape, Sky
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2005

Photographer’s Notes
Seattle Center is always an interesting place to take pictures. Hopefully, here’s a good one of the Space Needle from an unusual perspective!

The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair. The 605 foot Needle was designed by Edward E. Carlson. Carlson's design called for a soaring needle topped by a disk reminiscent of a flying saucer. In the saucer is the SkyCity restaurant revolving through 360 degrees once each hour. And above that the observation deck.

Here is the Sat Photo courtesy Google Earth.
And another view from one of my challenge entries.

Other interesting observation towers:
* CN Tower - 1976 - 1,815 feet - Toronto
* Stratosphere - 1996 - 1,149 feet - Las Vegas
* Sky Tower - 1997 - 1,076 feet - Aukland
* Eiffle Tower - 1889 - 985 feet - Paris

As an observation, I was surprised how CLEAN the Space Needle is. I mean it's stored outside in the rain and all, but it's subject to the pollution of the city and such. I wonder how they keep it so CLEAN. Inquiring minds want to know.

Post Processing
Rotate Canvas 90°
Rotate Canvas -1.3°
Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
Sharpen (Lab Color Method)
Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
Brightness/Contrast (0/15)
Save for Web

Camera Data
Nikon D70
2005/09/08 12:17:51
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 38mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/250 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Noise Reduction: OFF

Place: 57 out of 544
Avg (all users): 6.0175
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.0867
Avg (non-participants): 5.9412
Views since voting: 878
Views during voting: 376
Votes: 286
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/20/2005 11:01:34 PM
very cool perspective
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09/20/2005 08:04:32 PM
Very pleasing lines as well as perspective
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09/19/2005 07:45:50 PM
Great use of perspective! This picture seems very balanced and centered.
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09/18/2005 02:31:59 AM
I don't get down to the Space Needle as often as I wish I could. Nice perspective. (Caba?)
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09/18/2005 01:21:53 AM
Truely awesome! Great perspective, composition, and color!
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09/17/2005 11:23:22 PM
I expected a lot of "looking up at the building" shots. Some of what I've seen I haven't really cared for all that much. I really like this one though. I think what makes it different are the many patterns within the image. Like the almost "ladder-like steps" leading straight up the middle. The circles with spokes at the top. The v-shaped lines leading from the sides inward. All of these patterns work well to bring your eyes right into the picture. Well done!
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09/16/2005 07:20:18 PM
Nice clean image with lots of good perspective. Good Job!
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09/16/2005 07:12:27 PM
I really like this photo and the perspective is great!
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09/16/2005 01:15:41 PM
Nice underview.
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09/15/2005 07:55:42 PM
I like the lines in this photo
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09/15/2005 12:02:41 AM
Looks like a giant mushroom....lol Great shot
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09/14/2005 06:58:54 PM
beautifil shot and perspective!
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09/14/2005 10:47:02 AM
Wonderful angle. Very concise shot and good sky color. I give it a 9
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09/14/2005 09:51:01 AM
Super. Simple yet much to see, nailed the subject of the challenge, and good contrast.
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09/14/2005 09:08:28 AM
Very symmetrical. Is this the needle in Seattle? It almost appears to be a bird with it's wings spread and the circular part is the head. (ok, I'm getting carried away - I need more coffee)
Nicely done.
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09/14/2005 12:10:20 AM
outstanding example of perspective. Great compostition.

Is this the space needle?
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