Located on Pier 57 in Seattle, the Seattle Great Wheel is the tallest ferris wheel on the West Coast of America (175m). It is also one of the very few ferris wheels that are built on a pier and stand over water.
There are 42 gondolas that have air-conditioning with spectacular views of the city and pier.
While writing this post, I did some research and realized that this wheel just opened up last year in June. Pretty glad I made it to Seattle after it opened.
Since the ferris wheel is moving, it was impossible to take panorama shots to stitch together on photoshop later. I also don’t have any wide zooms or primes….. except my Samyang 7.5mm Fish-Eye!
I was lucky to have had this lens on me, as the views of the Seattle city skyline were incredible. Another fun way to take photos was of the city behind the ferris wheel’s frame.
The next time I’m in Seattle, I hope to ride this ferris wheel later at night so I can get some night time skyline shots. Should be beautiful!
The hardest part about shooting was shake though. Although I had my tripod on me, 1) it’s not easy to set it up against the gondola window and 2) the whole gondola moves. It was a lot of burst shooting and hoping some were sharper than others. Several of the photos posted here are also slightly blurry, but fine in web resolution.
I hope you enjoy the views from the wheel, thank you!