Urban Adventure - Green Lake (Seattle)


Urban Adventure - Green Lake (Seattle)

A evening of practicing night photography, specifically light trails from vehicles on I-5.

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  • Casual

Meet at the I-5 overpass of 50th St. (and 5th Ave) at 6:00pm. Park in the neighborhood and walk to the meeting location. Nearest bus stop is  50th & Latona, bus #26.

We will be setting up on the overpass and practice taking photos of the light trails from the vehicles on the highway. Since you will need to slow down your shutter speed, you will need a tripod.

Camera Settings

The best camera settings for light trails photography are:

  • Shoot in RAW;
  • Choose the lowest ISO values;
  • Set your aperture to the sweet spot of your lens, in the f/4 to f/11 range;
  • Use a shutter speed of about 10-30 seconds.
  • Wide lenses will give you thin light trails while telephoto lenses give you thicker trails.

Test your settings and check whether you get trails of a decent length. Also, check that you have not clipped the highlights to pure white.

You want to keep some colours in the trails and avoid patches of pure white that are not pleasant to see.

Cloth face coverings are required and must be worn when passing others or when closer than 6' to others in the party.

All group members must carry either alcohol-based  hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap.

This activity will be structured to maintain 6' whenever possible (brief periods closer than 6’ are acceptable).


Green Lake (Seattle)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Water, snacks, appropriate outerwear and sturdy shoes.

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