Beautiful Cliché

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Beautiful Cliché

By |2019-01-12T15:07:55+00:00January 13th, 2012|Categories: Photography|Tags: , |6 Comments

I had a nice, early morning today. I got up before the sunrise to meet up with my friend Jacob Lucas at Kerry Park in Seattle to do a sunrise shoot of the city. I’d heard of this spot several times in the few months since I moved hear and this is the first time I made it up. As you would expect it’s not always clear skies in this part of the country, so when the opportunity presents itself it’s difficult to say no. It’s always a wonderful thing when Mount Rainier is visible in the distance.

I got to the park earlier than I had planned, which was good because I got this “still dark” photograph, and I ended up liking it much better than my later shots when the sky started to get bright and colorful. I was also running on “battery fumes” because I forgot to throw a fully-charged battery in my camera bag and it was flashing red/empty at me by the time I called it quits. Thankfully a nice Canon photographer nearby let me use one of his spares for a bit so I didn’t feel too rushed … I like nice people!

I don’t expect to live in Seattle forever, so I’m trying to get some of the beautiful cliché scenes while I’m here and it’s easy transit (I live about a stone’s throw from the Space Needle). I’m sure this won’t be the last time I head up to Kerry Park, either. I may test the waters at sunset to see what the light is like, and I’m sure I’ll eventually head up and shoot some timelapse footage as well.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Dan Overes January 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Wonderful shot. All too often it is easy to overlook the locations right in our own backyard. I imagine you have a bit of an advantage there since it hasn’t been your backyard for very long. It’s also important to make the effort to get out and shoot these scenes and places when the mood strikes us because we never know how many chances we’ll ever get.

  2. Debbi smirnoff January 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Nicole I envy you so much. I follow your twitter and see youmove from Utah to Seattle with just your cat. I wish I was that brave! I’m afraid to be alone, let alone move to a strange city on a whim. You are my hero!

  3. Debbi smirnoff January 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Forgot to say how much I love your food photography book. Thx for sharing your secrets!

  4. Evelyn in Oregon January 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Are you photographing Seattle’s snow, as well? That might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  5. Claudia January 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous shot of the city I love. Thanks.

  6. Murali February 23, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Fantastic picture! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and this is picture is my favorite thus far.

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