They don’t call Portland ‘Bridgetown’ for nothing!
Portland is known as Bridgetown, Beervana, Stumptown, Ptown….well the list goes on and on. The true Jewels of the City are the 12 major bridges that run into and out of this wonderful city. I decided to attempt to capture a few of these bridges at their most vulnerable time….at 5:30am when their visitors include cyclist, runners and the near full moon. The architecture of the bridges are widely admired and the fact that Portland has a major river running through it (Willamette) means it is a great city for urban kayaking, running, fishing and well, excuse the pun but ‘boat loads’ of fun. I captured a few shots of the St. John’s Bridge, the Broadway Bridge, the Hawthorne Bridge, and the Steel Bridge. The bridges listed above are some of the main arteries of Portland and avenues that I frequently use to cycle into downtown.
For the Jewels of the City I also decided to include the Portland Theater a famous landmark of downtown Portland. At night the sign for the Theater pretty much represents Portland in all its glory.
Sometimes when taking pictures I get addressed by strangers either because of my cameras or because they don't want me to shoot something they claim they have responsibility for. But having the police on my back was a new experience.
There is nothing more refreshing than escaping one's everyday life for to unpack a camping tent and spend a wonderful weekend with friends for a few days during summer. Some of the coolest festivals are calling and there's a special one in Germany that is a must-see in July: Melt! festival. Win two tickets for this spectacular event to be held from July 17 to 19. Show us your most beautiful festival moments.
Portraits are always interesting to look at, even more so when you discover stories behind them. On a hike up a mountain in Seoul joycejoyce and her pals were able to meet an elderly lady whom they were able to chat with. She calls her harmoni, or grandmother.
Hiking in New Zealand has its own proper noun. Great Walks, they call it. The term stands for nine routes that can send people panting and oohing over nature. In 2001, another upper-case name sealed the country’s reputation for pristine land. "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" became an accidental advertisement for the green wonders of New Zealand.
For Crow, his LC-Wide, which he fondly calls Elsie, is the perfect camera for his "Don't think, just shoot" attitude. He takes it wherever he goes and even uses the camera to teach his daughter about photography. In this interview, he shares more about his love for the LC-Wide plus some of the photographs taken by his young apprentice.
There are many possible reasons for taking pictures. It could be to document an event, to capture breathtaking scenery, to preserve a fond memory, or simply, to have a snapshot of someone close to your heart. Whatever the reason, there's almost always a story behind a picture, no matter how significant or trivial it may be. And for lomographers, nothing beats the feeling of having that story unfold in your hand, in the form of a print. If you want a quick keepsake from that treasured moment or a snapshot of that special someone though, you can have it instantly, through Lomo'Instant Stories!
Beijing is a ready-made template for panoramic shots. Tourist baits like The Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace stretch for miles. Those who walk from end to end will have more to say. For instance, that the ground goes on to infinity. Or that they have never been so tired and amazed all at once.
A hat is in the position to be noticed before any other item of clothing. Its shape and texture can immediately call to mind cultural associations. A cloche is to 1920s fashion as a picture hat is to the 1900s. The wide-brimmed or fur-lined variety, on the other hand, is more functional for tribes.