Seattle Lights

Prior to my recent trip to Seattle I did some research about best spots to get city shots. The most iconic photos are taken either from Kerry Park or from Dr. Jose Rizal Park. While in Seattle I went to both places, twice, to take some photos. Each time they were packed with photographers with their tripods, shooting it away. I think I got a few good shots of the city from those spots as well (coming sometime soon).

One evening I decided to go to the harbor and take some sunset photos. Didn’t see a single photographer with a tripod, just many tourists with their cameras happy snapping away, but none of the serious looking ones from the hills. And for the most part they are right, there are not that many “city” shots from the harbor, unless you are looking for one and mother nature cooperates with you, just like in today’s photo. We had a few rainy days, producing all those water puddles, following with beautiful sunny and clear days. Perfect for reflections. Up to date this is my favorite photo of Seattle. I hope you enjoy it too!

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147 Responses to Seattle Lights

  1. Remarkable picture! Just perfect!

  2. Fantastic shot! Very, very beautiful.

  3. This is amazing… I really struggle with night HDRs, so I have a deep appreciation for them 🙂

    • Dmitrii says:

      thanks, this one was taken right after sunset but the skies were still failry light, so it is not trully a night, but I hear what you are saying, I have the same problem with many night shots. Photomatix brings all kind of noise into the dark parts and it is very hard to balance it with the rest of the image.

  4. Reblogged this on Victor Travel Blog and commented:
    I think this is very good work!

  5. mimisioux says:

    that´s some awesome reflections right there

  6. orples says:

    What a great shot! I love photos like this, and although not a professional photographer myself, have taken a few reflective shots. This one is absolutely gorgeous with the colors and lights and complexity. Thank you so much for sharing your work.

  7. Scott says:

    This is WAAAAAY cool! I love it!

  8. barbaraweicksel says:

    All I can say is: WOW…

  9. Kyle says:

    Dmitrii, Wonderful shot! And, since you didn’t go where “everyone” goes, yours is unique 🙂 It is so nice when nature turns on her charm and her lights, isn’t it? Especially when you are ready to record it! I love your photos! ~Kyle

  10. This is an amazing shot! you’ve been really posting some awesome pics 🙂

  11. Lights…camera…awesome!

  12. Deano says:

    Brilliant photo of a fantastic city

  13. vydnic says:

    Wow! This is an amazing photo!
    I just love photos with a reflection in it and this is one of the most beautiful I ever saw!

  14. wonderful photo. Well done. Your an inspiration.

  15. magsx2 says:

    A beautiful photo. 🙂

  16. This photo is surreal! One of the best ever 🙂

  17. Alaska Girl at Heart says:

    I love it. I live Northeast of Seattle and while I haven’t gone looking for the perfect shot yet I appreciate your blog post so that I know to stay away from the ‘hot spots’. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dmitrii says:

      Oh no, I didn’t say that you need to stay away from the ‘hot spots’, not at all. The views of the city are gorgeous from those spots. Make sure to go and see it. But because they are so popular you’ll see half a dozen or more other guys/gals with tripods taking photos of the city, especially during sunrise and sunset times.

  18. jbmumofone says:

    That is awesome! I started my honeymoon in Seattle. Love it. Great shot!

  19. nice work on the reflection!

  20. Seattle’s already my favorite city in the world… And this pic is just great!!
    Thanks for the like

  21. What a stunning shot. Fantastic.

  22. SR Dryja says:

    Beautiful photo of a beautiful city!

  23. This is absolutely amazing and what a fantastic moment for you to capture. Incredibly beautiful!

  24. Dmitrii says:

    Thank you all! Your comments are much appreciated!

  25. DGuidas says:

    I think I see the same Seattle skyline shot in every photo blog and forum, so thanks for something different.

  26. Filipino Festival says:

    Reblogged this on

  27. Maria says:

    Absolutely breathtaking! We’re thinking of moving to Seattle at some point in the near future – this makes me want to go more! : )

  28. Heather says:

    I’m a country girl, but I would live here! WOW, beautiful picture!

  29. omgitsjaneth says:

    what are some good places to see while in seattle? I’m going in march

  30. weedimageoftheday says:

    My Gosh, this is gorgeous. I see you’ve managed to affect a lot of people, myself included. Congrats!

  31. crazyloststar says:

    Wow, amazing shot!

  32. Another great shot Dmitri…
    Oh and thanks for the like on my blog as well..
    All the best wishes

  33. Lilly Loompa says:

    Dimitrii you are a great photographer! I will try your tutorial on HDR. Thanks for liking my post on Port Elizabeth.

  34. Christina says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! No doubt you’re proud of this one – good work!

  35. bllparkfrank says:

    Amazing shot, glad the puddle worked out for you!

  36. keltrustsnoone says:


  37. Aaron says:

    Wow. This is incredible; great composition and brilliant execution on the processing.

  38. Alex Autin says:

    Wow…..seriously, incredible work. It actually looks as though the city was built for this very shot. Your work never ceases to amaze me. And I see why this is your favorite photo of Seattle, it’s mine as well now.

  39. Love the reflection – great shot!

  40. ebbtide says:

    Seattle is such a wonderful place to live – I’m so glad the weather cooperated with you and you got such a nice shot of the city… 🙂

  41. Ben Leib says:

    That’s Seattle for sure.

  42. Kristin says:

    That is simply spectacular!

  43. truels says:

    Thanks for your “like” of my landscape 😉 – I must say, that I am impressed by your photos! This is a brilliant image, the colors and reflections are perfect and stunning…

  44. Meredith Barnes says:

    Beautiful! I’m a huge fan of reflections and this is so crystal clear! I’m also interested in reading your how to’s.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  45. WOW!!! This photo is awesome

  46. That’s a brilliant shot. It almost looks unreal, it’s so perfect.

  47. I like taking reflection, but, this shot is stunning !!! Great capture. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Wow – I love this shot! Lived in Seattle for years and have seen a lot of photos of the city, but have never seen a photo from this perspective before. Well done!

  49. marionowen says:

    I won’t say lovely photo, rather beautiful ART! Coming from a former Seattle-ite (and now living in Alaska) you’ve made magic out of an urban landscape.

  50. Fantastic lighting and color!

  51. joze perspective says:

    You really nailed that one, Dmitrii!

  52. Wow!!!! It looks like a jewel.

  53. janeeamon says:

    What a wicked shot! Thanks for liking one of my posts so I coud see your work. Love it.

  54. Lee says:

    Very beautiful.

  55. taniajessica says:

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  56. norinep says:

    This is lovely! I will have to look for more water puddles!

  57. N-DreW says:

    Perfect reflection! The HDR rendering is top notch! I am still struggling my way through HDR and your images do really inspired me do work hard!


  58. amysomday says:

    What a fantastic shot of Seattle. Thank you Dmitrii for such a view of my home 🙂

  59. Eleanor says:

    Definitely beautiful.

  60. 2gadabout says:


  61. Gorgeous — the reflection playing off of the actual makes this photo sing.

    Thank you for your recent visit to the Norwegian Artist and for Liking The Pataha painting.

  62. Really nice HDR. Not overdone. The light was just right.

  63. aqueoussun says:

    Very nicely (and cleverly) done….

  64. I live near Seattle and I must say this is most unique and impressive shot of Seattle I’ve ever seen!

  65. judyjudygirl says:

    Thanks Dmitrii and back at ya !!!

  66. John says:

    Fabulous Work. Compliments!!!

  67. vibhuti photography says:

    You sure get around some nice places! Nothing like this where I live (Chorley, UK)!

  68. jazzersten says:

    Beautiful photographic work with the lighting just right catching the dusk just as building lights come on. The reflection doubles the beauty.

  69. miltonjohns says:

    Like is not good enough. I need an amazing button! What a fantastic picture.

  70. abraalani says:

    Great shot! I have a similar one, though the puddle in mine is considerably smaller. We got a kick out this little “park” when we found it!

    • Dmitrii says:

      Over the last ten years I’ve been there a few times before, but never seen or paid attention to the paddles and reflections. I think I’m getting a better eye for these things, at least I hope I do…hehe

  71. rozsmallfry says:

    Stunning perspective on Seattle. Thanks for bringing your work to my attention! So beautiful.

  72. Cami says:

    Wow! That is really beautiful. 🙂

  73. judyjudygirl says:

    thank you, thank you !

  74. Wonderful shot! And perfect timing as I will be there in just a couple of weeks!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Its fantastic!

  75. Barbara says:

    Brilliant! The reflections against the still water made that shot!! Whoa!

  76. maybrick2001 says:

    Spectacular! And also inspiring. Thanks for posting it.

  77. sheila7697 says:

    Wow, that is stunning! Seattle is one of my favorite cities, so many beautiful views. This one is amazing! Thank you for sharing. ~ Sheila

  78. John says:

    Marvelous. A Well Planned and Perfectly Executed Shot.

  79. Mike says:

    Fantastic shot!

  80. indeedDivya says:

    Simply WOW!! Really Amazing Shot…the reflection and the angle the shot’s taken at are really superb.

  81. Lynne Ayers says:

    breath-taking shot! Absolutely gorgeous. (and thanks for stopping by)

  82. paul says:

    Cool shot! Wonderful reflection…

  83. Grumpa Joe says:

    You are right, it is a great shot. Al those pros must be kickin’ themselves for not hanging around to get this view.

  84. John says:

    ooohhhh sweeet! love the blues!!!

  85. This photograph is absolutely amazing!

  86. One of your best I’ve seen!

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  88. Zim Ibañez says:

    OMG! This is so great! It looked computer-generated at first but, wow! Not only does a magnificent view exist, but you’ve captured it well too! Great job man! I wish I had your talents!

  89. Jill says:

    Amazing reflection! Beautiful shot!!

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  91. Dee says:

    Amazing site. Thanks for checking out my first business post. I just started a travel “fly with me” blog as well

  92. dmcramer2 says:

    Amazing site, what a remarkable photo. I notice you have photos on Turkey. I leave for a trip there end of May

  93. I really like how the light is cast off the reflection of this one……….

  94. Excellent photography.

  95. fgassette says:


    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

  96. Aliera says:

    Amazing photograph.

  97. nancymn says:

    Thanks for the Like on my blog, and holy amazing photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  98. philandre says:

    I am new to your blog but like it immensely. I can see why this is your fave Seattle shot to date! Glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”, by the way. All good wishes, Phil.

  99. SingleFocus says:

    WOW! What a Beautiful Shot!

  100. wow, very beautiful!

  101. Office Diva says:

    Pretty keen, love it!

  102. Paula says:

    I’ll join the ranks of others that exclaimed “WOW”.

  103. phoxis says:

    This picture is breathtaking!

  104. socialbiz7 says:

    Wow, amazing shot. The lake almost looks glass-like, so clear, so calm and the detail:-)

  105. Nativegrl77 says:

    Thanks for stopping by … yes… That’s my city ! great shot

  106. To repeat … a stunning photo!

  107. ladyfi says:

    Wow wow wow — -this took my breath away!

  108. Just like a mirror… great shot!

  109. Marty R. says:

    Hi, thanks for reading my blog on Panama City. Looking forward to reading yours. Love the photo of Seattle.

  110. Qwetu Elements. says:

    Hey, Beautiful photo…

  111. janjoy52 says:

    Love, love, love your work! Absolutely gorgeous. You have a great eye for light, perspective, angles.

  112. philhewitt says:

    Amazing shot! You do great work.

  113. Coral Swan says:

    Wow! Spectacular shot. I love reflections photos. Thanks for dropping by my blog – which led me to see your photos. I’ll look forward to seeing more. Coral

  114. pollyhogg says:

    One word – Fantastic!

  115. photobycraig says:

    All I am going to say is “ditto” to the above comments! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  116. Stunning photograph! My hat is doffed!

  117. Anne Sandler says:

    Beautiful, maybe I’ll be shooting aswellas this someday.

  118. gibralter62 says:

    Photo is incroyable! Thanks for checking out one of my blog posts back in April. Obviously my blog photos were mediocre, taken from free web sites. Since I used a $20 Brownie on my 1961 trip mine are generally unexciting; however a few were quite good for an amateur. But yours – that’s another story. And you say its a hobby. Good job.

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