Here it is, my first real photo of the Streets of Portland, literally. Last night after work I drove up the South Portland’s Marquam Hill (aka Pill Hill), where the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the Portland VA Medical Center operate large hospitals, whose modern architecture is quite fascinating of its own. But my real target was the upper station of the Portland Aerial Tram, from which you have a stunning view across downtown, the Willamette River with its many bridges and on clear days onwards to Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens. I found free parking behind the Doernbechers Children’s Hospital and walked over to the Tram Station.
I knew that from the station there is this great view of Interstates 405 and 5 merging and crossing the Willamette River on the Marquam Bridge. And this is the photo I really wanted to take. So I brought the Olympus OM-D E-M1, the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom and my Rollei travel tripod. Temperatures last night where just above freezing and there was a nasty rainfall. Camera and lens are waterproof, so that was more of a problem for me with my thin and not waterproof jacket. The good thing was that inside the Tram Station I was protected by the roof. I put the tripod on the railing at the far end that is open towards city and river, and snapped away. The photo came out just as I had hoped for. Image specs were 8 seconds (to capture the light trails of the traffic crossing the bridge), f/10 and ISO 200. Focal length was the far end of my zoom at 150mm (equals 300mm in full frame) and I used the 2sec self timer of the camera to avoid any shake after pressing the shutter.
This is a good example of a planned shot, where you have in mind what you want to do and then just execute.
I took a few more photos on Marquam Hill, but need time to process and edit, A post will follow. And then of course I need to really hit the Streets of Portland. But due to a full business agenda this might have to wait until my next trip.
Have a great day!
Update 3/15: Entering this shot in the WP Weekly Photo Challenge “Atop”
Thanks, Gina! Glad you like your city 😉 !
Thanks for linking 🙂
Love Watching your Photos. Excellent Work done. Appreciate your efforts and work again. So good to watch pictures like this
Thank you so much 🙂 !
Amazing as always and once again I have to smile as I share a similar shot with you. I may make a post of it sometime or show you some other way. And with that said, Reno has some cool places to photograph too 😉.
Great work, I’m such a fan of your work and an even bigger fan of you as a person. Hugs
Making me blush again 🙂 ! Love to see your shot! I’ve been to Reno in my late teens and early twens, back then still shooting analogue. But I guess the city has changed a lot in the last 30 years ;-)! Hugs back! Marcus
Yeah, perhaps more things to see or at least give it a digital exposure 😉
Thanks, Peter! Much appreciated! Marcus
Wow. Just wow.
Thanks, Claudia, so much appreciated 🙏😊
OK. What’s the story with the semi-trailer?
Didn’t even see that until I opened the file on the Mac
Beautiful composition Marcus. You have really good eyes for capturing the extra in the ordinary. And congrats to your new photography lens.
Thanks for your kind words, Stefan, this is so much appreciated! I’m already deeply in love with my new lens 😉 !
Beautiful capture Marcus.
Thanks, much appreciated!
Ich schließe mich an, großartiges Bild. Steht auch auf der Liste was ich unbedingt mal ausprobieren muss. Ich hab zwar nur eine OM-D E-M10 aber die kann das auch 🙂
Danke 🙂 , freut mich sehr! Was heißt nur eine E-M10 😉 ? Hauptsache Oly !!
Das stimmt! Olympus ist richtig gut. Meine Canon mag ich aber auch, war halt die erste Liebe 🙂
Marcus, a stunning shot. What a grand way to start your exhibition of Portland images.
Thank you so much Tim, this really means a lot!
Beautiful!! ❤😄 I love this shot. Makes a city look glamorous… Shiny and glowing…
Thank you so much Janet! This was a great place for a first look across the city. Will return for a sunset when Mt. Hood glows orange in the background!
Thank you so much for your kind words!
What a stunning photo, thank you for sharing.
Thanks Marion, much appreciated!
Marcus, this is a spectacular photograph! All these beautiful lines filled with light. Breathtaking scenery and so masterfully done!
Thank you sooo much for your kind words! Marcus
Thanks so much for your kind words!Marcus
I feel you have time, go to Powell’s Books. It’s a book store that spans one whole city block! Some good street photography around there.
Stupid auto correct! That’s supposed to be “if you have time”. Sorry!
Figured that, don’t ask how many times this happened to me! Just passed Powell’s 5 minutes ago on my way to the office. Already read about it and for a book freak like me this is a mandatory visit 😄!
Beautiful! Youve taken full advantage of “our fair city”!
Thanks, and I hope this is only the beginning 😎👍!
Sehr schick! Kamera und Objektiv in Portland gekauft? Ganz schön cool 🙂
Nö, Kamera habe ich schon fast zwei Jahre, Objektiv letzte Woche daheim in den Amazon Warehouse Deals 😉
Ah ok, bought = brought! 🙂
love it, beautifully composed, Marcus, gorgeous flow of lights…
Thank you so much, Alexandra 😊🙏!
A beautiful image worthy to be celebrated!
Thank you so much 😊🙏!
You did a great job capturing those rivers of light.
Thanks, Jeff, much appreciated 😊🙏!
Hammer! Eine außergewöhnlich gute Langzeitbelichtung! Die Herangehensweise und den Blickwinkel finde ich ebenfalls echt genial! Passt!!! 😉
Danke 😊🙏! Ist vielleicht ein Portland-Klischee-Bild, mir ging es aber um die technische Umsetzung, außerdem wollte ich mein neues Linschen ausführen 😉
Und die technische Umsetzung ist Dir einwandfrei gelungen!!