City Photo Spots: Best Locations in Seattle for Photography

Seattle has been my home for more than 20 years. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. It is rich in culture, great food, and has a wealth of scenic spots. Seattle’s photo spots were one of the main reasons I moved here.

You will also be rewarded with amazing views if you travel for just a few hours in any direction. Northbound travelers will find the North Cascades National Park, and Vancouver, BC. Mt. Rainier National Park. Olympic National Park is to the west and The Palouse, the rolling hills to the east, are located towards the Palouse. Seattle offers it all: cityscape, waterscape and mountain scape…

I am often asked by people if it rains so much in Seattle. It does rain a lot in Seattle. It’s because of this that everything here is so beautiful. Because of the changing colors, autumn is my favorite time to visit Seattle. Each season has something to offer. Winters can bring snow and severe storms. The summertime seems like the sun never sets. Spring brings cherry blossoms and fields of tulips. Seattle is a great place to visit. Grab your camera and go check it out. Here are five of my favourite spots to photograph around Seattle.

If you’re interested, I have a Sony A7r III camera body and the 16-35mm F/2.8 G Master lens as well as the 24-105mm f/4 G lenses. These images were all taken with the same setup as mine or something similar.

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Bhy Krackle Park

Although Kerry Park is the most popular, Bhy Krackle Park (which is just a stones throw away) offers a unique view of the Emeral City. It’s often less crowded and offers plenty of parking. The best time to visit is late fall or early winter. The Space Needle can be seen between the leaves of the tree to the right. Here, sunset and sunrise can be spectacular. You can also visit during the fall/winter months, when the sun rises late or sets early. This means you don’t need to miss breakfast and dinner.

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Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden is one of my favorite spots to photograph snow in Seattle. The red bridges really stand out against the white background after a heavy snowfall. The snow can make exposure tricky. To ensure that the snow is white, I usually overexpose the shot by 1.5-2 stops. Kubota Garden is a beautiful place to visit in the fall when the deciduous plants turn into vibrant shades of orange, yellow, and red. Take a moment to admire the beauty as you stroll along the meticulously maintained paths.

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West Point Lighthouse

Discovery Park is located in the heart Seattle and is comprised of 534 acres meadows and forest land. West Point Lighthouse is the crown jewel of Discovery Park. The lighthouse is a charming Victorian beacon that deserves a visit at any time of the year. The Visitor’s Centre is a good place to stop by to get the best route to the lighthouse. It can be difficult to find the right way if you aren’t familiar with the area. Trust me, it’s worth it! The lighthouse is not the only thing that you see. There are clear views of Mt. Rainier is to the south. Low tide and late afternoon light make for a great combination. To capture the lighthouse from different perspectives, make sure you walk all the way to it.

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Alki Beach

Alki Beach is perhaps the most well-known beach in Seattle. It stretches from Alki Point to Duwamish Head in West Seattle. The views from the beach are stunning and you may even see a seal or two. Alki Point Lighthouse can be found if you go to the west point. You can frame the lighthouse with the Puget Sound ferry passing by in the distance if you time it right. From Alki I love to capture the city at sunrise, and the lighthouse sunset. There is no wrong time to explore.

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Volunteer Park

Volunteer Park is a great spot for photography in Seattle. It is located in Seattle’s vibrant neighborhood of Capital Hill. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is also housed here. You can frame the Space Needle with a donut-shaped art. To see stunning views of Puget Sound or the Olympics, make sure you walk to the nearby water tower. You may also be interested in Lake View Cemetery, which is right next to the house. Bruce Lee, a legendary Chinese American martial artist, and movie star, and his son Brandon Lee rest here. It is a popular attraction that has become a worldwide pilgrimage destination.

These are just five of my favourite places to photograph in the Emerald City. Bring rain gear and a sense of adventure when you visit Seattle. Although you will be wet, that should not stop you from experiencing all the incredible sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Seattle. Seattle should be on every photographer’s bucket list. It offers photo spots and history to please even the most discerning.