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Skyline at 4AM from Alki Beach

Skyline at 4AM from Alki Beach

As the city slumbers, a hidden world of beauty awakens. At the serene hour of 4 AM, I ventured to Alki Beach in West Seattle with my camera and a mission to capture the ethereal charm of the Seattle Skyline. Armed with the technique of long exposure photography, I embarked on a journey to encapsulate the quiet majesty of this iconic cityscape as it gently embraced the tranquil waters of Puget Sound.

The Magic of the Early Hours:

There's a certain enchantment that accompanies the pre-dawn hours. The city, with its iconic Space Needle and towering buildings, stands as a testament to human ingenuity against the backdrop of a gradually lightening sky. The bluish and yellowish hues of dawn cast a surreal aura, turning the concrete jungle into a mesmerizing symphony of color and light.

Long Exposure: Painting with Time:

With the technique of long exposure photography, I set out to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. By allowing the camera's shutter to remain open for an extended period, the moving elements in the scene, such as the gentle waves of Puget Sound and the subtle shifts in the sky, merged into a graceful blur, almost like brushstrokes on a canvas.

Alki Beach: A Front-Row Seat to Beauty: Alki Beach, a hidden gem on the western edge of Seattle, provided the perfect vantage point for this visual spectacle. The city's skyline stretched out across the horizon, and as the day's first light started to paint the sky, the reflection in the calm waters of Puget Sound added an extra layer of magic.

The early morning hours are a gift to photographers, allowing us to witness a city awakening in its most intimate moments. As I captured the Seattle Skyline at 4 AM from Alki Beach through the art of long exposure, I couldn't help but feel a deep sense of connection – to the city, to nature, and to the passage of time itself. This visual journey was a reminder that beauty is not only found in the grand and the extravagant, but also in the quiet and fleeting moments that grace us when we dare to wake up with the dawn.

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This gives a whole new love and appreciation for our city! Unbelievably beautiful and talented!! Keep it up!!!

Norris Frederick
Norris Frederick
Aug 18, 2023
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Thank you, your words really do make a difference.

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