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.
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Charles, as he prefers to be called, specializes in pre-bridal and wedding photography. Amusephotographer’s Award winning WPJA lensman likes to “capture the events as they unfold” and hopes that the images would serve as “valuable mementos for the couple to admire.”
I’d only heard rumors of the Magic Tree. I had no idea if they were true and, honestly, I’m still half disbelieving of it despite the story I’m about to tell you. If you have faith in what I say, I’m grateful. If you don’t, I bear no ill will towards you. But either way, please shout out in the comments what secrets or sophistries you think I found through its twisting branches.
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There is nothing than a photo shot at the perfect moment. Henri Cartier Bresson's principle on "The Decisive Moment" is a principle that we should still follow to this day. A perfectly-timed photo creates impact, whether it's one of a friend jumping into the pool or a couple emerging from the ceremony on their wedding day. For this rumble, we want to see that breathtaking moment, shot at the perfect time.
Read on dear friend and I will weave a story for you. There may be more questions than answers raised by this peculiar tale. But if it’s clarity you seek, have no fear, things will become clear in time (they always do, don’t they?). So rub the Sandman’s dust from your sleepy eyes and take a journey with me. If you think you have an answer when we reach the end, please do share it in the comments!