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I have lived in Seattle since early 1999. I got a camera in early October, 2007 and started taking some pictures. More recently I got into panoramas and have taken a fair number, including hemisphere panoramas and one near sphere -- the last of which was stitched together from 130 individual photos. Email (remove all spaces and replace "at" with the appropriate symbol): timothy chase at gmail .com

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8476 x 1369. Taken 2011-07-23, 9:41-9:44AM. Trying out my new camera. It is capable of a somewhat higher zoom than what I am used to. In this panorama you can see Myrtle Edwards Park, a building reflecting the trees and the mountains, the Seattle PI globe, houses near and far, a vessel ready to be loaded with grain, two cruise liners, Magnolia Marina, and beyond that, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

11873 x 1118. 2011-07-23, 8:34-8:35AM. Trying out a new camera. With nearly 4x the zoom of my other camera you can see the architecture along the north shore of West Seattle much more clearly than before. West Seattle offers beautiful views (1, 2) of downtown area. The Fujifilm F500EXR can do its own panorama stitching but I bought the camera for other features, with the intent of continuing to use AutoStitch given its two axis of rotation. Additionally, with AutoStitch the size of the panorama is limited only by your computer's memory. In this panorama you can see some of the Port of Seattle Cranes, the missile defense Sea Based X-Band radar on Harbor Island, and much of the architecture along the north shore of West Seattle. Although you can't see it in this panorama, Alki Point (1, 2) is just a little beyond the right edge. The hill is already sloping down.

I had heard that the reason why Rainier and other tall mountains appear to float at a distance was due to refraction. The atmosphere becomes denser at lower altitudes, and thus in accordance with Snell's law of refraction the top of the mountain appears shifted much like something above water will appear shifted to an observer at the bottom of a pool. However what appears more likely is that it is due to Rayleigh scattering. The upper part of the mountain is white due to snow, the lower part darker, and just as the white of the moon shows through a blue sky but the shadows of the moon do not the dark colors of the base of a mountain are washed out by the blue of the sky due to the scattering of blue light. Consequently on clearer days when there is less scattering you may still see the base, albeit somewhat washed out by the blue. Likewise, the top of the mountain should appear to be in the same place whether you can see the base or not.

4100 x 1700, 10 photos taken 16th of July, 2011 at 6:17 PM. A much prettier day than the last time I was up here.

5457 x 1431, hand held, originally 5 photos, taken 8:48-7 AM on 9th of July, 2011 from Victor Steinbrueck Park, shown in Victor Steinbrueck Park seen from Behind Pike Place Market. This is the first in a series of six panoramas the I took while Moira and I were out for a walk to Sculpture Park and the shore. The white sphere of in the distance is the SBX radar mounted atop an oil rig over on Harbor Island. It is the subject of its own panorama in Larger than it Looks.

5978 x 1252, hand held, originally 14 photos, taken 8:44-5 AM on 9th of July, 2011 from Victor Steinbrueck Park, shown in Victor Steinbrueck Park seen from Behind Pike Place Market. This is the second in a series of six panoramas I took while Moira and I were out for a walk to Sculpture Park and the shore. The panorama curved down a bit as you move right, so I ended up trimming about half the panorama, but from the left, given that I had another panorama that did a much better job of showing what was on the left.

11550 x 1500, 12 photos, taken from 8:14 to 8:17 AM on 3rd of July, 2011. I like the contrast between the cloudy sky on the left and the blue sky to the right, the two divided by the bridge overhead. I was thinking I might be able to do a full circle, but then somebody came up in a sailboat and the operators in the tower had to raise the bridge. But actually they don't raise it: they turn it. On the left bank just beyond the railroad bridge there is a marina, and then off in the background a cement factory.

4543 x 2000, 13 photos, taken 4th of July from 9:49-50 AM. This is BNSF Railroad's Bridge over the Duwamish River, seen from under the West Seattle Bridge from a top the SW Spokane Street Bridge. The railroad bridge is still used, although not that often. But as you can see, it is a draw bridge and by default it is kept in a raised position. Mostly for sailboats, I presume. The bridge that I took the photos from likewise gets out of the way of the sailboats, but by having the center piece swivel rather than rise. The West Seattle Bridge? It is so far up it doesn't have to worry about sailboats. If you look closely, on the left Mt. Rainier makes an appearance.

8600 x 2300, 20 photos. Every time I look at this I am reminded of lips, the corners of the mouth being the two points at infinity while a regular photo would have only one. From left to right, the West Seattle Bridge, the Klickitat Avenue Bridge, the tower controlling the SW Spokane Street Bridge followed by the bridge itself, railroad tracks, grain silos, harbor cranes, trains, trucks, and then the Sea Based X-Band radar. For more on the last of these see the next image.

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