Views from the Viaduct

At near midnight on January 11th, 2019, the state of Washington closed the Alaskan Way Viaduct permanently after more than sixty years ferrying cars along the Seattle waterfront. The dull roar that made it impossible to hold a conversation in Victor Steinbrueck Park disappeared and with it a calm that the waterfront has not heard since the early 1950s. On the night of February 1st, the state closed the Battery Street Tunnel, which the viaduct used to feed into. (It was still being feed by ramps from Western Avenue after the viaduct’s closure.) And then on February 2nd the city and state opened up the new 99 Tunnel, the Battery Street Tunnel, and a portion of the upper deck of the viaduct to pedestrian traffic before the new tunnel opened on February 4th. I went for a tour. Turns out that taking pictures of a road while actually on the road is not quite as interesting, I don’t think, but here are a handful of photos.

Revelers walk through the poorly lit Battery Street Tunnel.
The lower deck of the viaduct, while lit, was closed to pedestrians. This is a view from the Seneca Street off ramp.
The Seattle Great Wheel from the viaduct with the Port of Seattle behind it. No, this is not really viaduct related.

Still More Black and White Photography

This week was a bit of a weird one with some travel mixed in with family visiting. As such I did not get to take as many photos that I considered to be any good as I had the previous two weeks. This week was also the week that our class didn’t have an outing slash field trip. So here are some photos from my trip to Los Angeles plus some of Duke and Seattle Center.

A life guard station on the beach in Santa Monica, California.
Despite being part beagle, Duke’s fur is only black and white.
The metal paneling on the outside of the Museum of Popular Culture aka MoPOP formerly known as Experience Music Project aka EMP.
Art work outside the Museum of Popular Culture. The color version isn’t that bad, either.

More Black and White Photography

At the second week of the black and white photography class that I am taking we did a field trip to the Seattle Museum of Flight. I also took some pictures around the University of Washington campus. I also stood in the pouring rain in the pitch black to take some pictures of rain falling past a street light. It’s been a long week.

Rain falls around a streetlight over Aurora Avenue in Seattle.
The covering over the large collection of airplanes at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
The covering over the large collection of airplanes at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
The blades on the jet engine on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
These fancy pants jet turbine blades are on the demonstration engine for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
The book stacks in the Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington campus.
A series of lights hang over the reading room in the Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington campus.

Black and White Photography

I began taking a black and white photography class at the North Seattle College continuing education program last week. One week in and it’s just been a bunch of people who are seemingly good photographers show me their photographs and saying “try looking at things this way!” But we had an assignment the first week and that assignment was to take some photographs in black and white and then share them. These are my first week photographs.

Starting off my black and white adventure nice and easy, these are simple lines on a heating vent. I used a macro lens to get the strange focus plane.
This is the view from the inside of John Grade’s Wawona sculpture that hangs in the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.
These lights are above the lobby and the mezzanine of the UW Tower in U-District in Seattle.
I was pretty fascinated by the patterns that they formed with these lights.
The lights stretched all the way from one end of the lobby to the other and past the elevators and across two floors.

So Long, Alaskan Way Viaduct

Earlier this evening the state of Washington permanently closed the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a scar on the Seattle waterfront since the early 1950s. Before it closed I went down there to take some pictures. I felt that black and white really captured the lack of color that the waterfront has with this behemoth towering over it.

The northbound lanes on the left and the southbound lanes on the right converge to form a two tier highway just south of the Battery Street Tunnel.
The viaduct stretched for 2.2 miles along the Seattle waterfront.
The viaduct definitely made the waterfront feel neglected.
The Alaska Way Viaduct looms over Alaska Way.
This tunnel connected 1st Ave with the Seattle Ferry Terminal. It’s a common place for people to hide from the rain.
Underneath the viaduct was lots of extra parking for tourists and visitors as long as you didn’t mind that your car would be crushed in an earthquake.