No one was at the park, which allowed him to set up with impunity. He'd mounted an 80-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor on his Nikon D200, a long enough lens to get the Space Needle in the distance. With the camera on a tripod near the sculpture, he spotmetered the Space Needle and then switched to manual. An exposure of 3 seconds at f/4.5, ISO 100, released using the camera's self-timer, did the trick. Later, in Adobe Photoshop, he sharpened the sculpture and removed noise.