Evening/Night Seattle Skyline from Elliot Bay Marina, Private Viewing Deck

  • July 29, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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"Night-time" Seattle Skyline From Elliot Bay Marina, Private Viewing Deck

***New limit for 18 attendees: We have been able to extend the limit for (2) more. If you are on the wait list, automaticly the next two in order of sign up will receive notices.

Our viewing and shooting location is from Elliot Bay Marina's large private viewing deck out on the marina Jetty (rocks).  From "G" dock, we have a water transport; a very stable, 12' inflatable which will transport up to 6 passengers at a time.  Once departed from "G" dock, crossing 20' of calm protected waters within the jetty, we will easily offload onto a secure, stable floating dock which has a steel gang-way leading aprox. 20' up to a large secured viewing deck with rails.  The private viewing deck overlooks the length of Seattle's City coastline, with views of the space needle, ferris wheel, industrial to west seattle and beyond.  

What else you will/may see? This is the maritime gateway, ships will be in arriving  and departing port, the ferry's will be crossing our views, boats in general.  If your looking for that perfect seattle night skyline without boat traffic,.. TIMING (knowing the ferry routes) will be helpful, and we will have this schedule laid out as well.

**Our water transport is provided by a private vessel. With experienced boat handlers: Noel Nic'Fergusson (Licensed boat handler) , Roland White (years of zodiac experience), Dan Douglas (years upon the waters and sail boat savvy).

****BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS MEETUP, YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF, YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT AND YOUR VEHICLE.

This is a 3 hour evening photo shoot with night photography.  Hmmm ISO? Shutter speed? Lens's? These topics will be covered in a separate email.

Must be able to carry gear to end of dock for water transport.

You need: Tripod, Cable release (if you have a cable release for those longer shutter speeds).

Please be prepared, though we are experiencing warm day's, the evenings do chill off.  Layers of comfortable clothing.

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE BELOW INFO:

We will meet at 7:45pm, Elliot Bay Marina at the head (top) of "G" dock, the public fuel dock.  

We will have a 15 minute important safety meeting for getting our equipment and self in and out of our water transport.  We will as a group go down to our water transport at the end of "G" dock.  The gate will be locked, so no early entry.  Life preservers will be onboard for every transport.

There are public bathrooms located under the Palisade Restaurant and at the end of "G" dock.

FOR PARKING, only park in the Palisade Restaurant parking lot or where signs give public permission.  This is a private marina, anyone who parks in a "permit holder" location may receive a ticket. 

Drink, snacks, are your responsibility. (No alcohol please, the water transport mixed with booze ain't a good thing) 

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask :-)

Noel Nic'Fergusson
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http://noelfergussonphoto.com/

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  • Ann S.

    Wonderful setting, well organized meet-up!!

    1 · August 2

  • Noel N.

    Very good outing and magnificent weather eve. Water transports went well, plenty of time on the viewing platform with great views of Rainier, Seattle, ship traffic, moon set! What a wonderful group of photographers, respectful, easy and fun.

    August 2

  • John T.

    Thanks Noel, Roland and Dan. I really enjoyed my first outing with this group.

    1 · July 30

  • Bryce Y.

    Thanks Noel, Roland and Dan. Great time and I still got enough sleep to be semi-productive at work today!

    1 · July 30

  • Wei Z.

    Thank you so much, Noel! My wife and I had a great time!

    1 · July 30

  • Wei Z.

    Thank you so much, Noel! My wife and I had a great time!

    1 · July 30

  • Matt S.

    A very well-planned event, executed beautifully by those in charge with transport and safety (Noel, Roland, Dan) Thanks to them, as usual, for planning and assisting with things. Beautiful location, lovely conditions, light, temperature....stunning views of Rainier, Seattle, and more! Great crowd of people, fun times. Oh yes, and thanks to Roland, for once again proclaiming the merits of the venerable polarizing filter (which, to my chagrin, I failed to bring). Sometimes I wonder if Roland helped invent the Polarizer ;)

    My only constructive criticism for this event, would be that it would have been ideal to have fewer people and/or had some guidelines pointed out as far as helping to minimize vibrations by moving around gently. Other than that small detail, it was excellent!

    1 · July 30

  • Tri

    Great meetup. Everyone was so friendly. Love it.

    1 · July 29

  • Tri

    Great meetup. Everyone was so friendly. Love it.

    July 29

  • John T.

    I'm glad I'm getting in on this. Will we be able to leave the dock when we wish? I won't want to spend the whole three hours.

    July 29

    • Dan D.

      John I have sent an email to Roland and Noel about your question. We will want to limit the trips to and from, but do not know to how many at this time. I believe the 3 hours includes the trip to and from. More later.

      July 29

    • Roland W.

      So we had not really thought about leaving early, but I am sure we can work in an early return trip. There may be others that want to leave early, and if so, we would coordinate with them to provide one early return trip at a mutually agreed time.

      1 · July 29

  • Matt S.

    Is the parking at the marina / restaurant free? Or do you have to pay?

    July 29

  • Lew B.

    I am so sorry but I have to bail out on this event. I hope somebody on the wait list can take my place and I hope I can get on the list for next time.

    July 28

    • Noel N.

      Hi Lew. Sorry you have to bail, please click "no" and update availability, this auto generates availability for next in order on wait list. Thank you, hope to see on another outing soon.

      July 28

  • Morrie C.

    Jim
    It is going to be fun evening.

    July 28

  • Jim T.

    I am glad I am now confirmed to go. I really am looking forward to it.

    1 · July 28

    • Noel N.

      Hi Jim! Looking forward to meeting you and sharing a great evening outing. Several emails went out to attendees and wait list folks with final details for arrival and the time.

      1 · July 28

    • Noel N.

      See you the. :-)

      July 28

  • Shane

    Sorry had to cancel as I will be unable to make it back in time Tuesday to get to the meetup.

    July 26

    • Matt S.

      Bummer! I look forward to another shoot with you sometime soon!

      July 27

  • Noel N.

    Hi, I'd bring an assortment of wide angle to mid size zoom len's. With our location being close into the seattle shoreline, getting in tight with the cityscape, ferris wheel, space needle, and the great view of Mt. Rainier (before dark and hoping no cloud layer) which it been clear the past few nights. Nice evening glow, though a bit smoggy creating the hazy glow in the foothills. For many panoramic's, I shoot with a 200mm, getting in tight, aligning and blending up to 5 images for the pano. We will have the breakwater and possible ships/ferry passing through our foreground, things to consider with a wide angle lens. Creative options are fun to work on in the field. Brians notes are great! Also receive some great feedback from Eric Bishop who has notes from a photo shoot in Lake Union City scape, pano images and will email directly the PDF files.

    2 · July 27

  • Matt S.

    Can someone please suggest ideal lens/focal length for what we'll be shooting (from the distance we will be shooting). I have a very wide angle lens but I don't love the image quality on it. Could I use a 50mm on a crop sensor camera and get a decent view of the subject? I could probably shoot a number of shots and stitch them together into a pano.

    Also, how about ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc for the city pano?

    If you have experience with shooting this kind of scene, I hope you can help. Unfortunately I have not have time to research and learn about night city scenes, since I've been busy with moving and taking care of a lot of other things. Thanks for any assistance.

    July 25

    • Matt S.

      Brian, thanks for the helpful reply! Greatly appreciated, this helps, and a good reminder to do all Manual for panos!!Dan, sorry to hear about the pano you tried. That is weird that on manual, your exposures varied. Could it just be that different parts of the scene had much brighter areas and so it's beyond the dynamic range of the sensor? If one end of the pano was in shadow and the other had a lot of bright sky, that might have the effect you experienced. Just a thought.

      July 26

    • Brian

      Hi Dan; Don't know since I'm not sure what you are using. Just because it says "M" or manual however your camera says it you also need to set white balance to something other than Auto white balance. That being said I've done well even with auto white balance. The real challenge of night lights is you have many different types of light in you your photo so that as you move the camera it can pick up the different types of light. Learning is what this group is about and the best thing is try different ways to see what you like. From simple things like setting all manual and all automated even using the program modes to more complex things like double exposure, hdr, soft focus, lens zoom on a long exposure or camera shake on a long exposure. Best thing is to find out what works for you.

      1 · July 27

  • Jann

    Any chance of doing this one twice since there is clearly a lot of interest (long waiting list already)?!! This sounds fabulous. Can't believe I missed the chance to sign up :(

    3 · July 23

    • Noel N.

      Hi Shuyi, we do not have a second date set as of yet. The coordinating takes a bit, and wanting tides to be in our favor for the eve.

      July 24

    • Shui Y

      Thanks for your response Noel!

      July 25

  • Bryce Y.

    Is this better than Alki? Or Queen Ann hill?

    July 22

    • Bryce Y.

      Hey Brian, nice shots! Looks like it was a great trip!

      1 · July 24

    • Brian

      It was but would have liked to have stayed in one place a little longer. We would have done two nights in Banff but because we would have to change camp sites and with the smoke we decided just to head home.

      July 24

  • Jan

    I'm gone for a couple days and see what happens? Sigh...they wouldn't like to put a second viewing deck out there for us, would they?

    1 · July 24

  • Robin S.

    Guess I am a little late to this party. He/she who hesitates....

    July 23

    • J G.

      Thank you. It sounds like a great opportunity.

      July 24

    • Jan

      Ditto that, Robin!

      1 · July 24

  • LTen

    WHOOHOO!!! I'm IN!! Thank you so much - I can't wait for this!!

    July 23

  • Matt S.

    Another great opportunity! I just want to say that I feel blessed to have found this photography meetup group, to have opportunities for amazing outings, and the privilege of spending time with such great people. Thank you all!

    1 · July 23

  • Brandy R.

    this sounds awesome too bad I will be away down under in Australia but then maybe I will see if I can grab some more koala or kangaroo pictures while I am gone or ibis or wedgetailed eagles or bearded dragons or or Brisbane at night have fun capturing Seattle at Night

    1 · July 22

    • Noel N.

      Awesome adventure Brandy! Look forward to your return and share.

      July 22

  • Morrie C.

    This should be a great evening. I love taking photos of Seattle at night.

    1 · July 22

  • Rob S.

    Man, would love to join you, but will be on the 1st day of a week-long family vacation to Columbia River Gorge, CA Redwoods and OR coast. Hopefully I will get one or two nice shots... :)

    1 · July 22

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