Daily Image - Mar 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

22 Mar 11. After having a go at the moon rise, we meandered over to what is now PacMed, before that the old Seattle VA Hospital, and when we were kids, the U.S. Marine Hospital on Beacon Hill. I'd never been there prior but had seen lots of night time images supposedly taken from that location and it seemed like a fine evening to go give it a try. I had no idea how to get there but my shooting partner for that evening did and so we went. It is an interesting location, and I'm not exactly sure I'd want to be there at night all by myself toting a bunch of camera gear, but the evening went well and I found myself shooting from several different sites adjacent to the campus. At one point, well down an embankment from the main road, I ventured over towards the edge of a cliff almost falling as I stepped onto some very slippery mud and then fighting with a bunch of brambles. Would have been much smarter to have turned on my flashlight; got smart fast though, and used it to find my way out of the mess. But it did offer a good perspective of the city that likely one can't get from any other place. Here we are looking north along I-5 towards downtown Seattle. The blue light at the center left adorns the top of Smith Tower, the tallest building west of New York City at 522 feet when built in 1909 and by law the tallest building to be allowed in Seattle until the rules were bent 5 decades later and the Space Needle was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Of course, once one exception was made there was no going back, and today the Smith Tower gets lost in the noise of all the high rise office and apartment buildings. ISO 200; 8 sec @ f /18 on a tripod.