Here’s a view of Seattle from another venue you may not have heard of: The Aurora Bridge (Click the image for a larger version). Mike and I accessed the north end of the bridge via a staircase leading up from the east side of the famous Fremont Troll. Infamous for the relatively large number of suicides, the Aurora Bridge nevertheless offers spectacular views of the Emerald city. Photographing from the bridge is a bit challenging, so here are a few lessons learned from our outing:
1. It can get quite windy up there and the closer you get to the center of the bridge, the more vibrations you’ll pick up from the traffic. Staying as close as possible to the north end of the bridge will help.
2. I almost never use the “Image Stabilization” feature on my lens, but on this occasion, it came in very handy, even on the tripod.
3. Bump up the ISO on your camera and use a relatively big aperture (I used ISO 400 and an aperture of f/4) to keep the shutter speed up. By the way, can you tell by my tips that vibrations are a big problem here? Don’t worry about the depth of field too much as the distant city and Mt. Rainier are close enough to infinity as far as the lens in concerned.
4. The walkway is relatively narrow, and you may have to move your tripod to let walkers and bikers pass.