There is a reason why Seattle is usually prefaced with “beautiful”. I can say without hyperbole that Seattle and that corner of the Pacific Northwest is a landscape and cityscape photographer’s dream and often feels like walking into a painting. If you want to see all my public photos of Seattle past and present(my older pictures had the year in the watermark and smaller sized), please visit my flickr album since it’s not possible to post them all here. Instead,here are my favorite photography spots in Seattle.
The first spot that any photographer should visit in Seattle is of course Kerry Park. There are probably millions of photos taken at this spot, but you should still make it your own. Trust me, depending on the time of the day or night, the weather, which spot you pick, which lens you use, and how you frame the picture, yours will still be unique. Just remember that this is a VERY popular area so if you come in the evening, you’ll be elbow to elbow with selfie takers and other serious photographers. Here are a couple of my pictures.
The next ultra popular and over-photographed area is Pike Place Market. Go ahead, act like a tourist!
Don’t forget that this is an actual market so there are pictures to be taken inside as well if you come during business hours.
While you’re in the area (or whenever), check out Seattle’s newest attraction, the Seattle Great Wheel – also known as the giant Ferris wheel. You can go east on Post Alley or just punch it up in your GPS.
Don’t forget to walk around in Waterfront Park as well. FYI, I took these pictures from the Columbia Tower’s Skyline Observatory. I highly recommend it and it should be on your list. Touristy? Yes, but not as much as the Space Needle and you can take pictures of the Space Needle too.
After sunset, they turn down the lights, but reflections are still a challenge. If you can get a nice picture though, it’s well worth the challenge. Either way, use your eyes and soak it all in as well.
Next to Kerry Park, the other well known skyline and Elliot Bay view is from Alki Beach/West Seattle. The best spot for that is near the Water Taxi port. You can take pictures from the Water Taxi too (which I did not). If you want a higher viewpoint, try Hamilton Viewpoint which is a 15 minute walk up (again, use your GPS).
Your final touristy area should be the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle and Key Arena (former home of the Supersonics (RIP).When the weather is nice and/or they have events there, you can get some nice pictures. This time around however, I had nothing to work with.
You are now done with the touristy areas. Let’s get more advanced.
Visit Volunteer Park and the Black Sun Sculpture – thought to be the inspiration for the Soundgarden song. I don’t know if it’s actually true or not, but it’s a unique spot mostly known by the locals:
There is some grunge music history here too as the video for the Temple of the Dog song “Hunger Strike” was filmed there.
Do you want more skyline pictures? Try the Dr. Jose Rizal bridge:
If you have access to a car or are comfortable with commuter buses, visit surrounding areas. Go to Snoqualmie Falls featured in the show Twin Peaks.
At this point, you should explore the city on your own. Check social media, find interesting subjects on the street, and if all else fails, find new angles of the Space Needle. I promise you’ll never run out of things to photograph in Seattle.
Hopefully this helps you if you may have stumbled here looking for tips. Just remember to be street smart and consider personal safety first. Seriously, you’re responsible for that and I am not liable if your camera falls in the water or someone mugs you 😉 Seattle is relatively safe but crime can happen anywhere so use your best judgement.