Seattle: From the bay to its highest peak


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The american flag floating in the wind near Seattle’s port. Shooting this photograph required the use of a 300 mm. F 2.8. lens. The orange light of the fading sun adds a cozy atmosphere to the scene. Being as close to the Boeing firm’s training zone, this image turned out to be a stroke of luck.

photo aérienne de Seattle

Magnificent take of Seattle’s port at twilight. The immensity of the container area shows the intense commercial relationship the city maintains with Asia. The majestic Mount Rainier (4400 meters), with its still active volcano, watches over the city. My Canon 1DS mark 3 with 24-70mm. F 2.8 Canon lens was used to capture this image.

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Seattle in all its splendor. A magnificent yacht sneaks through the ferries while leaving the marina. This time, I used a 1 DS mark 2 Canon camera with the same 24-70 mm. F 2.8 lens. The warm light of dusk brings out the ocher-like colors of the city’s buildings. An authorization had to be provided by the aerial control services, which have been very cooperative, in order to overfly the city.

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Impressive marina of Seattle. The breakwater protects the city from the Pacific ocean at the exit of the port. The backlight image capture brings out the texture in the boat decks.

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Colombia cedar transformation factory. This wood specie is sold across the world for its refinement. The low dusk light brings out the orange color in the logs which gives the photograph its richness. The diagonal framing also gives the image a singular perspective. To capture this photo, I used a 70-200mm. F 2.8 Lens.  It is an exclusive photograph as part of “The earth from above” documentary (Yann Arthus Bertrand from Paris).

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Meandering mud in a mangrove near Seattle’s port. The humid environment is so fragile that cities like Seattle need to strive to protect it and here is a perfect example. The intense green colors merged with the muddy waters give the image all its strength. The tight framing around the subject leads the eyes toward the essential part. A 300 mm. F 2.8 Canon lens was used for this purpose.

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Storage of cedar logs on Seattle’s bay. We can notice the belt used in order to transport them to the treatment plant. The darkness of the water combined with the color of the wood gives this photo an unmatched intensity. Once again, the tight framing is the result of a 300 mm. F2.8 Canon  lens.

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The massive mount Rainer (4400 meters) in the foreground with the renowned mount Saint-Helens which last erupted in May 1980. The biggest challenge was to fly 3000 meters high with a Cessna 152. Moreover, the cold forced us to wear winter clothes for the entire 30 minute shooting that also required opened windows. The highlight of the image is probably the framing that allows us to see both volcanoes and the rising of the moon above Mount Rainer. Timing was also crucial, because no cloud covers the blue sky’s intensity. My 1DS Mark 3 Canon camera and the 24-70 mm F 2.8 Canon lens gives this photo all its charm.