What’s worth to get up 5AM in the morning?

Mid-March, annual cherry blossom season had arrived.  It’s not a surprise that Seattle’s hippest spot for it is right in the University of Washington.  It will involve with hours of traffic, finding the impossible “parking spot”, and you will guaranteed bump into at least one person you know in your life that will be there.  That! Is the annual thing to do for seattleite.

I got an invited on Friday night, been told that bunch of people are going to the University of Washington around 5AM to avoid the traffic, the people, crazy kids and dogs, parking issues, and you can photograph low-light!  Obviously, this isn’t the first time I’ve ever done low-light photography, but since I advanced to Sony A7, I was afraid that I just don’t have a proper wide angle lens to do such task.  End result, I had to use an APS-C lens (Pentax DA 21mm Limited) to do the job.  Images were cropped nearly about 1/3 off from original image and they were still suffering from the corner smearing.  Sadly, I wish I have had a better setup.

Obviously, I am not really an early riser.  I dragged on my sleepy head with a zombie body to the scene before I knew who is there, my friend Andrew shouted out my name.  That’s what 5AM would do to you! Funny enough! I arrived late, so technically it was around 6AM.  These dedicated photographers were already here since 5AM.

Before entering the open field, I should at least test out how wide my APS-C wide angle lens can do.  An indication of how much I should crop off.
Before entering the open field, I should at least test out how wide my APS-C wide angle lens can do. An indication of how much I should crop off.

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What’s worth to get up 5AM in the morning?

Meydenbauer Park

Low light photography is one of my favorite thing to do with my cameras. I’ve tried to see beyond the human eyes in the dark, making compositions that wasn’t very visible at first, but surprised me after the outcomes. Often times, back when cameras using films, you will not expect what you are getting because photos do take time through the developing process. That goes the same to the cross processing.

There is another side of the fun factor. Normally after mounting the camera to the tripod, remote the shutter through a wire. Often times! The exposure might take as long as 8 ~ 30 minutes or even longer for the proper exposure. The fun part is to have a buddy next to you chatting or having a cup of coffee in hand. Enjoy the silence of the night, breathing in some cold air. It’s much more relaxing than carrying all the camera equipment and following around people all day. Don’t you think so?

This shot was taken in one of the nearby park. Actually that lighten up building structure is.. in fact the public restroom. There is also a trash can right in front of it. :0

Pentax MZ-3, Pentax FA 43mm Limited f/1.9, Fujifilm Velvia 50
Meydenbauer Park, Bellevue, WA (3/6/2001)

I walked up to the bridge above the park. This one was taken while my tripod was tilted, unsecured. My camera and lenses were basically hanging out of the bridge. I had to put my foot to giving enough pressure so the camera won’t tip over.

Pentax MZ-3, Pentax FA 43mm Limited f/1.9, Fujifilm Velvia 50

Meydenbauer Park