Columbia Center Obeservation Deck, Seattle, Washington

December 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Columbia Center is located in downtown Seattle, Washington.  The observation deck is located on the 73rd floor and you must take a series of 3 elevators from the parking area below the building to reach the view point area.  Once there and pay a fee ($9 - $12 with children 5 or under free), you are treated to a 360 degree view point of Seattle and the surrounding area.  There are great views of the Space Needle, Elliott Bay, Seattle waterfront, Mount Rainier, Bellevue, Port of Seattle, the Olympic Mountains and Seattle city buildings.  The observation deck was recently remodeled and expanded in the spring and summer of 2013.  With the expansion there are pluses and minuses for photography.  On the positive side are the expanded views to the east.  However, the best views (in my humble opinion) were always toward Mount Rainier (south), Elliott Bay (west) and the Space Needle plus the Olympic Mountain range (north and northwest, respectively).  These "best views" were there before the remodel.  The remodel added spot lights on the back walls for a display of historical comments.  The lights reflecting off of the wall reflect onto the windows and diminish views out of the windows which makes photography much more difficult.  If you go, brush up on how to photograph through windows and removal of reflections with Photoshop.  Security will turn out some of the lights if you ask them but those pesky spotlights remain on.  The photo selected for this post is of the top portion of what use to be Washington Mutual's corporate headquarter building.  The building has been renamed the Russell Investment Center.


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