3201 x 1709 px, 142 x 80 degrees, stereographic projection. 8 photos taken from the observation deck of the Columbia Center on 2011-09-14 at 15:27. In some respects the observation deck of the Columbia Center is more limiting than that of the Smith Tower. With the Smith Tower there are safety bars, but you can carefully place your camera on the other side, its tether wrapped around your wrist or held tightly in your fingers. Then you can rotate the camera around a bar and tilt it. With the Columbia Center you are encased in glass. There are dividers between the windows. They seem too close together, maybe 15 feet apart, and they are squarish. You can see some of the darkening of the panorama along both the left and right edges due to their presence. Pull back and you narrow your field of view and are more likely to pick up reflections from behind. With the Smith Tower you can walk all the way around the perimeter. With the Columbia Center you are limited to three walls. And while the Smith Tower is open weekends the Columbia Center is open only weekdays, 08:30-16:30. If you live in town and have a regular job you will probably need to wait until you have some time off. Nevertheless, the Columbia Center, more than twice the height of the Smith Tower, which becomes just one of the more prominent objects rising out of the background yet far below. The Columbia Center offers you a spectacular view of the city and bay. I would strongly recommend visiting it for the view in addition to that afforded by the Smith Tower.
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Photo taken in Central Business District, Seattle, WA, USA
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