Sunday, August 28, 2005

Twisted Boat

Hood River, OR, along the waterfront
at the foot of the toll bridge
August 6, 2005, 11:52 AM
f/5.6, 1/750 sec, 38mm equiv focal length
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The wind-swept tree in the background is very telling of the Hood River climate, particularly the consistent wind conditions. Which of course is why it is the world capitol for wind-water sports.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Glowing Windows

SE Portland, South Tabor Neighborhood
August 12, 2005, 8:59 PM
f/3.2, 1/6 sec, 82mm equiv focal length
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This scene is very much as I saw it. I was attracted to the way I could virtually see the room inside the house glowing out through the windows into the dark neighborhood. The contrast of the warm indoor color against the cool night color outdoors.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Fenced Reservior Sunset

Mt. Tabor, upper reservior, SE Portland
August 12, 2005, 8:40 PM
f/3.2, 1/60 sec, 67mm equiv focal length
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Lone on the Beach

Columbia River, at Hood River, OR
August 6, 2005, 2:45 PM
f/5.6, 1/750 sec, 82mm equiv focal length
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I was thinking of posting this guy's pic, because I was amused by his stocking-cap look on this 90-degree day. I figured it lent itself somewhat to the Photo Friday theme, 'One.' So we'll go with that. I layered it with a colorized copy of the image to create the sepia cast.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Belly of the Bridge

Broadway Bridge, from below the east end
August 5, 2005, 4:35 PM
f/3.2, 1/90 sec, 70mm equiv focal length
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Monday, August 22, 2005

Union Station Tower

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Willamette River west bank, taken from the east bank below the Broadway Bridge
August 5, 2005, 4:34 PM
f/4.5, 1/500 sec, 218mm equiv focal length
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I'm trying to take more pictures that show more of the Portland environment, not something that could have been taken anywhere. So while the train station clock tower is the main feature in the middle ground, the foreground shows the Riverplace apartments (the red and white block-buildings, recently expanded), and behind are other new NW Portland apartment/loft buildings (not quite Pearl District, but feeding the same demographic). Behind is the West Hills, near Forest Park. The very near foreground shows the tops of boats docked on the Willamette.

I meant to post earlier, but Flickr was closed for maintenance. I'll have to update the post with more details, EXIF data, when I get home. [updated] It was a maximum-zoom (10X) shot from the opposite side of the river, so it gets that compressed look

[What does 'EXIF' stand for? Anyone?]

Friday, August 19, 2005

Arches Behind Chain Link

NE Portland, on NE Knott, between Williams and Rodney
August 5, 2005, 1:29 PM
f/2.8, 1/350 sec, 38mm equiv focal length
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I wasn't sure why I kept coming back to this shot. I decided it's at least partly because of the retrograde-superimposed patterns. As the arches get bigger left to right, the chain link gets smaller.

This is the east side of the same building I've been obsessed with in my past two posts. The other two were of the north side of the building.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

PGE Door, 1906

NE Portland, on NE Knott, between Williams and Rodney
August 5, 2005, 1:23 PM
f/3.2, 1/250 sec, 38mm equiv focal length
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Here is another perspective on yesterday's door, showing the age of the building.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Old Brick Wall with Door

NE Portland, on NE Knott, between Williams and Rodney
August 5, 2003, 1:22 PM
f/3.2, 1/250 sec, 65mm equiv focal length
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This is an old Portland General Electric building, across the street from Dishman pool and community center. There is still a big power station on the property, but I don't think the building is used anymore.

The truth is, I had other plans for this pic -- it was intended to be one quarter of a bigger wall scene, I was going to knit together with a series of four pics. But when I got them home, I didn't like the way it was turning out. I ended up liking this one by itself.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Frame the Sky in Shadows

SE Portland, my backyard
August 1, 2005, 8:34 PM
f/2.8, 1/90 sec, 38mm equiv focal length
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I was shooting something else in the yard, and just happened to look up, and liked what I saw and took this one. I liked the twilight indigo of the sky, and the way silhouettes of the trees were simple and varied at the same time. From left to right, that's a Western Red Cedar, a Douglas Fir, and a fruit cherry of some kind.

[I can't decide the right size for vertical-format images. On my 17" monitor set at 1024 x 768, after browser margins, toolbars and tabs, I can't see 700px vertically. And I don't want to have to scroll to see the image in pieces. It should be all visible at once. And maybe 500px vertically is too small, but I'm still trying to work within the limits of Flickr, and that's the standard 'Medium' size.]

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Moon Over Parma

Hood River, OR, On the Columbia River
August 6, 2005, 3:31 PM
f/8, 1/750 sec, 190 mm equiv focal length
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Sorry for slacking lately. By the way, this picture . . . not . . . an actual moon. It is, in fact, a kiteboard sail.

Monday, August 08, 2005


Columbia River, Hood River, OR
August 6, 2005, 3:42 PM
f/5.6, 1/750 sec, 128mm equiv focal length
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We were in Hood River on Saturday, and the kiteboarders were out in full force. Amazing -- just two years ago the sport was barely off the ground, so to speak. Today there may be more kites than sailboards on the water. I sat on the beach over an hour, trying to get the perfect kiteboard shot. There are many challenges to overcome, but unique to this sport I think is trying to get the boarder and his sail in the same frame, since there is about 30 feet (10 meters) between them.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Cat-Man Do

Downtown Portland, SW 5th
7/21/2005, 4:37 PM
f/3.2, 1/90 sec, 65mm equiv focal length
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And now for something completely different ... a man with a cat where is butt should be.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

North of Pioneer Square

Downtown Portland, on SW Morrison
April 9, 2005, 12:47 PM
f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, 40mm equiv focal length
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This is a shot I've always liked, particularly by the way it was framed by parts of the MAX platform structure. (I was standing on the south side of Pioneer Square, looking north.) Notice the pigeons showing through the windowed overhang. I've been trying to find the name of the building -- online of course, not by actually going there -- and I haven't been succesful.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Reedwood Friends Church, SE Portland
8/3/2005 7:33 PM
f/6.3, 0.3 sec, 105 equiv focal length
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My Photo Friday entry for this week -- I was considering submitting my previous post, which fits the theme in a more abstract way, and I may wish I had.

[Man, there are a lot of Photo Friday entries already! I don't understand how, within the first 24 hours of announcing the new theme, there were 350 entries. Obviously they are from archives and back-catalogs, which I don't have the same luxury. We have a week to enter, People. Don't you think you ought to get out and shoot some photos? To me, that's the intent of the Photo Friday challenge, at least in part.]

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Garden Morning Prayer

SE Portland, my backyard
8/2/2005, 6:44 AM
f/3.2, 1/500 sec, 95mm equiv focal length
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These are bloom-heads of leeks, and the early morning sun hit them, and they glowed, surrounded by shadows.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Home Team

N Portland, corner of Vancouver and Knott
July 26, 2005, 4:14 PM
f/3.2, 1/45 sec, 59mm equiv focal length
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I'm not a fan anyway, so it didn't hurt my feelings to learn that Portland's pro ball team now lives in a Gatorade bottle on a bus bench.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Building Blocks

NW Portland, Industrial Old Town
Between NW 5th and 6th
July 26, 2005, 4:30 PM
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I was intrigued by the way this cluster of buildings could be reduced to color and geometric form. And the pure blue sky helped.