Pike Place Market in the Morning

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45 f/3.5-5.6, 14mm (28mm equivalent), f/8, ISO 100, 1.3 sec.

One of Seattle’s most famous icons, Pike Place Market is a photographer’s paradise.  Neon lights, charismatic people, beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier…you name it, The Market has it.  I like to arrive especially early in the morning, preferable after a rainy night. The wet, slick brick road leading into the market will give off beautiful reflections of the colorful neon signs, and hopefully there won’t be many parked cars to spoil your foreground.  The traffic this Sunday morning was especially light.  I was able to set up my tripod in the middle of the road and snap a few shots.  I suggest you stroll up and down the market and surrounding neighborhoods.  Take your time, walk slowly and look for interesting compositions.  After you’ve finished shooting, stop by a local cafe or restaurant and grab a little breakfast.  There are also beautiful flower arrangements throughout the market.  Why not buy some for your home?  This morning, I ate at Lowell’s restaurant while enjoying views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 20 f/1.7, f/1.7, ISO 400, 1/125 sec

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200 f/4.5-5.6, 61mm (122mm equivalent), f/8, ISO 100, 1.3 sec

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200 f/4.5-5.6, 109mm (218 mm equivalent), f/8, ISO 100, 1/10 sec

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200 f/4.5-5.6, 180mm (360mm equivalent), f/8, ISO 100, 1/8 sec

  • Bev
    March 21, 2010

    These are really cool. You have an excellent artistic ability; what are you doing in radiology?
    I love the booth picture but especially the black/white and red bridge photo. Inspired!

    • Mahesh
      March 21, 2010

      Bev, thanks for stopping by and commenting! It’s tough to make a living as an artist. Radiology pays the bills. 😀 Seriously though, I love both photography and radiology. I can’t see myself giving up either one.

  • Nicole
    March 21, 2010

    So classic. It seems everyone should have these images ingrained in their brains if they call themselves Seattlites. Thanks Mahesh!

    • Mahesh
      March 21, 2010

      Thanks, Nicole! Ya, many know Pike Place Market as a place for great shopping and dining, but it’s also a wonderful venue for photography. 😀

  • mariann
    March 22, 2010

    Great pictures! I have never seen the market empty like that. I guess that’s what you get when you go early!!

    • Mahesh
      March 24, 2010

      Mariann, thank you! Sorry I didn’t notice your comment till now. The market is like a ghost town before the sunrise. 😀

  • Barb Michieli
    March 23, 2010

    Dr. Thapa ~

    Such brilliant colors . . . even our eyes can’t see!

    Your photography makes the market look even nicer than it is!

    You talent is truly a blessing to us all.

    Thank you so much for your continued sharing.

    • Mahesh
      March 23, 2010

      Barb, thanks so much for the lovely comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the images. Pike Place Market is always a great place to visit, but I find it especially wonderful early in the morning, without the crowds. 😀

  • Carol Baldridge
    March 25, 2010

    WOW!!! “Sustenance for the Soul” your photographs certainly are. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Your work is truly inspiring (and inspired!).

    • Mahesh
      March 25, 2010

      Carol, thanks for the kind words. It’s my pleasure to share my photography. 😀

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